Lois Williams announced winner of the Young Broker of the Year Award

14th May 2014

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association has named Lois Williams of Oval Insurance Broking Ltd its national Young Broker of the Year for 2014.

Stevie Ridgley of Firth & Scott and Natalie Albert of Caunce O’Hara & Co were also named national finalists in the award which recognises the performance of younger brokers and encourages commitment to the future professionalism of insurance broking.

The judges named Lois the winner because of her dedication and commitment to the sector. Both through her achievements at Oval along with her personal commitment to professionalism, personal development and the role she plays in the wider industry.  The judges felt that her passion for customer service and her success in mentoring apprentices particularly stood out.

The award was presented by Lord Digby Jones Kt, former Director General of the CBI and star of the hit BBC 2 programme, The New Troubleshooter, at BIBA 2014.

Steve White, BIBA’s Chief Executive, said: "It is a great pleasure to be able to recognise the stars of insurance broking. The winner and those shortlisted represent an important group of our sector who are instrumental in shaping our future."

Lord Digby Jones Kt said: “It is an absolute honour to be able to present this award. It’s important that all sectors of business recognise the next generation and business leaders of the future. I understand Lois has fought a tough competition to achieve this award and I wish her lots of success in the promising career she has ahead of her”.



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