BIBA Journalist of the Year Awards – Winners announced

4th July 2017

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has named Sally Hamilton from the Mail on Sunday as the 2017 BIBA Journalist of the Year.

The awards showcase journalists who have made a contribution to furthering the understanding of what can often be highly complex insurance issues. National, regional and trade journalists are eligible to enter their work in a number of categories in the competition.

Steve White, BIBA’s Chief Executive, acknowledged Sally’s quality work, research, accuracy and appeal.  He said: “Not only has her work been recognised by our external judges, but the BIBA internal judging team also commend this journalist for their absolute professionalism, their desire to get the story right and their balanced approach to the sector and insurance brokers in particular.”

A full listing of winning and highly commended journalists from this year’s BIBA Journalist of the Year Awards follows:

Best Consumer Award

Highly Commended: Emma Munbodh, Mirror Online

Winner: Tricia Phillips, Daily Mirror


Best Personal Finance Journalist Award

Highly Commended: Sarah Pennells, freelance

Winner: Sally Hamilton, Mail on Sunday


Trade Feature Award

Highly Commended: Charlie Thomas, The Insurance Insider

Winner: Michèle Bacchus, Insurance Post


Trade News Award
Highly Commended: Siân Barton, Insurance Age

Winner: Martin Croucher, Post Magazine


Gary Hyndman Most Promising Newcomer Award

Highly Commended: Matthew Neill, The Insurance Insider

Winner: Rosie Quigley, Post Magazine


Scoop of the year Award
Highly Commended: Anthony Hilton, Evening Standard

Winner: Michael Faulkner, Insurance Day


Best Interview/Profile Award

Highly Commended: Ben Dyson, Insurance Times

Winner: Matt Scott, Freelance

Online Award
Highly Commended: Charlie Thomas, The Insurance Insider

Winner: Paul Handleigh, youTalk-insurance


Overall winner
Winner: Sally Hamilton, Mail on Sunday

The awards are judged independently by the following industry panel:

Sian Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Insurance Institute

Keith Stern, Lloyd’s Regional Manager, UK & Ireland

Huw Evans, Director General, Association of British Insurers


Brendan McCafferty, CEO Personal & Commercial Lines, AXA


Peter Blanc, Group Chief Executive Officer. Aston Scott Group

Mark Weil, Chief Executive for UK and Ireland, Marsh Ltd

Simon McGinn, General Manager, Allianz

Jane Kielty, Area Director, Aon Risk Solutions



Notes to editors

  1. For further information please contact:BIBA press office:
    Pam Quinn, Head of Communications
    020 7397 0223
    [email protected]

Leighann Forsyth; Deputy Head of Communications
020 7397 0223
[email protected]


  1. About the British Insurance Brokers’ Association

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) is the UK’s leading general insurance intermediary organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers.

BIBA membership includes just under 2,000 regulated firms, employing more than 100,000 staff.  General insurance brokers contribute 1% of GDP to the UK economy, they arrange 52% of all general insurance and 78% of all commercial insurance business. Insurance brokers put their customers’ interests first, providing advice, access to suitable insurance protection and risk management.

BIBA helps more than 250,000 people a year to access insurance protection through its Find a Broker service, both online and via the telephone.

BIBA is the voice of the sector advising members, the regulators, consumer bodies and other stakeholders on key insurance issues.