30th June 2022

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has named Ian Smith of the Financial Times as the 2022 BIBA Journalist of the Year at its annual Journalist & Media Awards.

Steve White, BIBA CEO presented Ian Smith with the  Journalist of the Year trophy in the 40th year of the association’s prestigious awards that recognise the work the media does to increase the understanding of insurance and insurance broking.

Congratulating Ian, White said; “Relatively new to writing on our sector’s issues Ian has proved his ability to absorb and understand complex issues. He writes pieces in a way that is both fair and insightful and always highlights key insurance points. We are always impressed with the way he appears to take on board all sides of an issue, asking questions and checking facts and undoubtedly bringing insurance matters to the fore in a highly respected publication. He is a worthy winner.”

He continued: “As usual I’m delighted to say that the standard of entries has set the bar high, proving the breadth, depth, enthusiam and sheer excellence of insurance journalism we enjoy in our sector. I would like to congratulate every single finalist and winner today.”

2022 Winners

Scoop of the Year Award
Adam McNestrie, Insurance Insider

Best Consumer Award
Ian Smith, Financial Times

Best Trade Award
Katie Scott, Insurance Times   

Most Promising Newcomer Award
Ian Aikman, Which? Money

Best Interview / Profile Award
Harry Curtis, Insurance Post

Best Digital or Broadcast Award
Sofia Geraghty, InsureTV

Best Thought Leadership Award
Mia Wallace, Insurance Business UK

Best Investigative Journalism Award
Jointly, Jen Frost and Pamela Kokoszka, Insurance Post

Best Publication Award
Insurance Business UK

BIBA Journalist of the Year
Ian Smith, Financial Times

In addition, Edmund Tirbutt, freelance Mail on Sunday (Scoop of the Year) and Isobel Rafferty, Insurance Times (Newcomer) were both highly commended in close-run categories.

Shortlisted entries are judged by a panel of independent judges from the broking sector.

Jonathan Evans, BIBA Chair
Peter Blanc, Group CEO, Aston Lark Group (Presented by Christina Talo)
Ant Middle, Chief Executive Officer, Ageas
Ben Wilson, Director of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, ABI
Jane Kielty, Chief Commercial Officer, Aon & Richard Dudley, Global Head of Climate Strategy Aon
Chris Croft, Chief Executive London & International of Insurance Brokers’ Association
Keith Stern, Lloyd’s Regional Manager, UK & Ireland
Laura Hancock, Director of Yutree Insurance Ltd.


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