A quartet of Bermudian students spent the last two weeks getting a taste of life in the London insurance market on an internship granted to winners of the first annual Christian Thunhurst Award.
Christian Thunhurst, a casualty underwriter for Platinum Bermuda and chairperson of the Under 35s Reinsurers in London, died suddenly in January 2007 in Bermuda of a cardiac abnormality.
The award is funded by a multi-year grant of $5,000 a year from Platinum Bermuda, along with donations from Aon Benfield, Ince & Co, Allied World Assurance Company and former friends and colleagues of Thunhurst.
The winners - Arianna Ball, Tomisha Goater and Michelle Onyia of The Berkeley Institute, and Rajah Steede of CedarBridge - were announced by the Bermuda Education Network (BEN) and Platinum Bermuda.
Becky Ausenda, BEN executive director, commented: "We've chosen to honour Christian's memory by creating an opportunity for Bermudian students to visit the London insurance market as we think he would have liked to help students pursue a career in underwriting."
The four students work-shadowed at Aon Benfield, Allied World Assurance Company, Amlin and Catlin as part of their London internship, which also saw them tour London colleges.