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4 September 2024
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It's official - we're back for 2024!

Now returning for the 13th year, The Insurance Insider Honours will yet again offer you the chance to celebrate the teams, innovations and success that made your year.

By submitting an entry before our deadline, you'll have the opportunity to have your work judged by a diverse panel of experts spanning from all corners of our vibrant industry.

In other news, we're back in the city! After a few years out in west London, the Honours will be returning to central London on 4 September 2024 at The Brewery.

The submissions deadline is 2 May 2024. Click here to submit your entry. More information is available in the entry pack here.

Please find the 2024 categories, judges, and partners below.

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2024 Categories

2024 Categories

  • Broker of the Year sponsored by Arch Insurance International

    This award is open to all regulated insurance and reinsurance intermediaries serving eligible markets. The judges will be looking for a company that can demonstrate continued incremental business expansion and improvement in turnover, margins and profits over the previous 12 months. Judges will look to see how management and staff have embraced change in the pursuit of these goals, as well as improvement in customer service and retention. The judges will also be interested in evidence of progress in the delivery of these and the broker’s stated business goals.
  • Broking Innovation of the Year

    The award recognises a broking innovation within the eligible period of the past year. Judges are looking for evidence that the innovation has broken boundaries in terms of its originality and success in increasing the size and scope of the market. Judges are also seeking examples that brought insurance solutions to satisfy emerging customer demand. For example, perhaps the initiative has challenged a cosy market context or has pushed the limits of insurability, using new thinking to solve old and intractable problems. The winner will be an attractively designed, well-marketed and successfully executed initiative. Judges will be particularly looking for evidence of successful take-up from the winning entry. Candidates will be (re)insurance broking teams and a specific innovation
  • New for 2024: Campaign of the Year

    This award recognises the vital importance of marketing, comms and PR to our industry this award aims to highlight fantastic campaigns and communications initiatives. Winners will be a combination of the agency or team alongside the brand or product. Judges will be looking for qualitative evidence such as coverage, impact and recognition as well as quantitative examples like conversations, leads, feedback and statistics on the campaign’s success. Campaigns that could be considered include product launches, rebranding, M&A, ESG initiatives, customer success stories or any other. Any part of the insurance ecosystem could be considered whether in broking, underwriting or claims; but also providers of solutions for example, tech or analytics. We encourage in-house teams and agencies to put in joint entries with their stakeholders.
  • Carrier of the Year

    This award highlights (re)insurance companies that provided an outstanding service to the (re)insurance market in the past year, standing strong for their clients in what has been a challenging period for underwriters. The winner will be a company or a team which has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the sector through consistent high-quality management and entrepreneurialism coupled with outstanding underwriting performance.
  • CFO of the Year sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group

    The winner of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Year category will exemplify outstanding leadership in business. They will be the driving force behind growth have demonstrably contributed to positive financial results in 2023 - 2024. They will have increased shareholder value where applicable, carried out their role with sound management and proven corporate governance, together with intangible qualities such as integrity and vision. They may also have been involved in some form of corporate innovation. This category is selected by our editorial team and cannot be entered. However, if you wish to make a suggestion that fits the description above, please use the form.
  • Claims Service Award

    This large loss award is open to the claims departments of risk carriers, brokers, loss adjusters and all organisations that have been involved in the reaction and response to major losses and claims events occurring in the eligibility period; 2023-2024. These could be a manmade loss that gives rise to a large and complex claim, or a natural catastrophe that gives rise to a series of claims. Judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate an ability to rise to the extraordinary challenge of such incidents, including the best deployment of the organisation’s in-house resources as well as the ability to co-ordinate and organise third party suppliers to the benefit of all parties.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Award

    This award is open to all insurance and reinsurance intermediaries, risk carriers, agents and investors working in (re)insurance markets, as well as the trade bodies, organisations, associations and clubs that serve them. The focus should be on programmes, events and other activities designed to promote and further inclusion and diversity. This category shall include but not be limited to actively improving the opportunities and advancement of inclusivity and socio-economic diversity of (re)insurance market carried out in the year to 1 May 2024. Judges will be particularly interested in proof of the efficacy of the initiative(s), the wider positive impact across the marketplace as well as the level of innovation, creativity and originality of entries. Winners will be programmes, initiatives with real on-going results which speak to colleagues and customers across a spectrum of underrepresented characteristics in the insurance market.
  • ESG Initiative of the Year

    This award recognises that our market has a part to play in the long-term future of our planet, the success of our businesses and the choices our people make. The winner will be able to demonstrate a programme which sits as part of a wider ESG strategy and could include several different elements such as:

    - Investment strategies

    - Equal and progressive recruitment practice

    - Community outreach and investment

    - Supply chain management

    - Ethical business practice - Waste and energy management

    - Net zero strategies

    Judges are looking for a project programme with demonstrable, realised -- yet ongoing -- results. Evidence of success will be required, and judges will give special consideration to an initiative which sits within a wide ranging corporate ESG strategy.
  • Employer of the Year

    In a post-pandemic world, colleagues and companies have fast evolving expectations on work-life balance. More than ever before, business needs to progress ideas about where and when people work. This is a trend which accelerated in the last two years but has been a consideration for employers and their workers alike for some-time. The Employer of the Year will need to demonstrate a wide range of capabilities for a genuinely satisfied workforce to ensure they recruit and retain the best.

    - A clear cultural strategy which encompasses inclusion, well-being, occupational health and freedom to speak up.

    - Specific considerations are needed to ensure that maternity, paternity, childcare, and homelife are managed alongside the pressures of work.

    - Employers must innovate to ensure their intake is more representative of the society they serve through training programmes, outreach to educational establishments and HR policies that ensure fair recruitment practice.

    - Benefits and remuneration are key to equality and retention through programmes which reduce the gender pay-gap for example.

    - Equal opportunities for progression and promotion through learning, training and education initiatives.
  • Operational Innovation of the Year

    This award is open to any organisation able to demonstrate the successful application of radical new initiatives to the (re)insurance market. The focus for candidates should be on demonstrating the successful launch of an entity, product or service that transfers, distributes or administrates (re)insurance risk in more effective, innovative, and revolutionary ways. Judges will be particularly interested in the level of proposed efficiency and scale of ambition shown by the entry as well as evidence of its acceptance by the investor community and/or successful collaboration with the existing traditional (re)insurance industry. As well as innovation, judges will also be looking for tangible and effective measurement of success within the context of profitable growth. Whilst technological innovations may be given consideration, InsurTech based products should be submitted directly in the Insurtech Product of the Year category.
  • InsurTech Product of the Year sponsored by Tokio Marine Kiln Insurance Services Limited

    This award is open to any organisation able to demonstrate the successful application of effective new technologies to the (re)insurance market. It is open to insurance industry incumbents as well as pure InsurTech businesses. Candidates should focus on demonstrating the successful launch of a product or service that transfers and/or distributes (re)insurance risk in more effective, innovative, and revolutionary ways. Judges will be particularly interested in the level of originality, efficiency and scale of ambition shown by the entry as well as evidence of its acceptance by the investor community and/or successful collaboration with the existing traditional (re)insurance industry. As well as innovation, judges will also be looking for tangible and effective measurement of success within the context of profitable growth.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    The editorial tribunal award this honour to a person who they believe has distinguished themselves whilst making the highest contribution to the industry over the course of their working life. The winner is an individual working in – or providing services to – the UK markets through a career that has spanned at least 20 years. This winner is selected by our editorial team and cannot be entered.
  • M&A Transaction of the Year

    This award is open to buyers and sellers of risk carriers, (re)insurers and intermediaries as well as their advisers. The prize will be awarded to the merger or acquisition the judges think has made the most economic as well as strategic sense in the past 18 months, producing a value adding proposition for both parties. In addition to the deal economics and rationale, judges will be looking at how cultural issues were dealt with and how well the deal was received by markets and investors, as well as how successfully its execution has progressed post-transaction.
  • MGA of the Year

    This category recognises the increasingly important role MGAs play in our marketplace as homes for entrepreneurial underwriters looking for independence, and as sources of new and diversifying profit streams for the carriers that back them. Candidates will be managing general agents that have provided an outstanding underwriting service to the (re)insurance market in the past year and have brought product innovation to the markets they serve. The winner will be a company or a team which has demonstrated excellent underwriting performance in the past year, coupled with an ability to bring profitable business opportunities to its carrier backers that they would not otherwise have seen.
  • Outstanding Contributor of the Year - Distribution

    The winner of this category is an individual working in the (re)insurance intermediary sector. They will have made an outstanding contribution to the development of this sector over the last year. This category is not eligible for entry and will be selected by our editorial team.
  • Outstanding Contributor of the Year - Risk

    The winner will be an individual working on the risk-bearing side of the (re)insurance market. This is intended to be a broad category that can include carriers and marketplaces, risk-bearing, venture capital or private equity insurance funds, as well as those working in the regulation and governance of the same. Through their strong leadership, this person will have made an outstanding contribution to the industry over the last year. This category is not eligible for entry and will be selected by our editorial team.
  • Underwriting Innovation of the Year

    This award honours an underwriting initiative or new product launched in the last two years that has either broken boundaries in terms of innovation and increasing the size and scope of the market, has challenged the market context or has pushed the limit of traditional insurability. Judges may also consider entries from innovative capital structures. The winner will be an efficiently structured, well priced and successfully executed initiative, with the recipient either the individual(s) or team(s) that designed the product or risk carrying entity or those responsible for backing and spearheading the initiative. Judges will be particularly looking for evidence of successful take-up and profitable implementation of the initiative. Candidates will be (re)insurance underwriting teams and/or their managers. Candidates may be working at a (re)insurance risk carrier or at an underwriting agency.
  • Women in Insurance Award

    This award category is designed to celebrate the innovations and developments that the insurance market has been making to grow inclusivity for women. Itwill be awarded to an organisation which has put progress, representation, and inclusion at the heart of its agenda. We are looking for the best initiative(s) with demonstrable contribution to the advancement of women within the industry. The winner of this award will have developed a range of initiatives which could include career development, gender diversity recruitment campaigns, work-life balance. Judges will be looking for impact and influence not just on the business, but on the partners and in the wider market. Winners will be specific initiatives and/or organisations rather than individuals. If there are leading women spearheading initiatives, judges will take this into consideration as an organisational representative.
  • Young Broker of the Year

    Candidates will be an individual aged 35 or under on 31 December 2024, and working in the broking sector. The winner will have already made a significant contribution to the industry, clearly demonstrating a solid input into the future development of (re)insurance distribution. Candidates’ entries must be supported by their department manager.
  • Young Claims Professional of the Year

    Candidates will be individuals working in the sector who are employed in the claims departments of intermediaries or carriers, and aged 35 or under on 31 December 2024. The winner of this category will have already made a significant contribution to the industry for the improvement in the speed and quality of claims service and the enhancement of the reputation of the sector. The successful candidate will clearly demonstrate drive, innovation and evidence of their positive input into the future development of (re)insurance claims management. Candidates’ entries must be supported by their departmental manager.
  • Young Underwriter of the Year

    Candidates will be an individual employed as an underwriter aged 35 or under on 31 December 2024 whoworks in the sector. The winner will have already made a significant contribution to the industry and will be on a clear path to an important career in a leadership position. Candidates’ entries must be supported by their department manager.
Key dates
Key dates for 2024

Key dates for 2024

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Submissions deadline

Thursday, 2 May 2024

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Shortlist announcement

Thursday, 27 June 2024

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The Honours

Wednesday, 4 September 2024

2024 Partners

2024 Event partners

2024 Judges

2024 Judging panel

Selected for their expertise with a cross-section of market knowledge, our 2024 judges will review our entries against a clear set of criteria. Judges will meet for a judging day in person to select our winners.

More judges will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Richard Askey

Managing Director, Head of Insurance, Lloyds Banking Group

Richard leads a London-based team covering a global set of clients involved in the insurance and reinsurance sector.

He joined Lloyds Bank in 2007, Richard has extensive experience of originating and financing solutions for clients in the London, Bermuda, US and European specialist insurance markets. Financing structures include M+A debt, Regulatory Capital support and DCM.

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Ben Canagaretna

Global Managing Director, Acrisure

Ben joined Acrisure Re in February 2021, to lead the newly formed company Acrisure Re Corporate Advisory & Solutions (“ARCAS”) which provides corporate finance services to carriers, MGA, and reinsurers. The focus being on strategic advise, capital management, legacy transactions, setting up underwriting vehicles, mergers and acquisitions and access to alternative capital.

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David Croom-Johnson

Previous CEO of AEGIS London

David Stepped down after a hugely successful career as the CEO of AEGIS London, one of the most profitable managing agencies in the Lloyd’s market over the past decade.

He has chaired the LMA Marine Committee and the Joint Liability as well as being a member of the LMA Board. Since retiring David has taken on a Non Executive role at Munich Re Syndicate Limited and spends much of his time being an unpaid Über driver to his four children!

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Ed Gaze

CEO and co-founder, IRL (Innovative Risk Labs)

Ed is CEO of IRL, a UK-based insurance broker, and (soon to be) Lloyd’s broker, dedicated to helping launch new insurtech brokers and MGAs, and securing them capacity in the Lloyd’s market.

 Prior to this Ed headed up the Lloyd’s Lab, the home of InsurTech and innovation at Lloyd’s of London, from it’s launch in 2018 through to the start of it’s ninth cohort in 2022. Through this period he met hundreds of insurtechs from the UK and the US, and helped to accelerate dozens of solutions.

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Karen Graves

Chair, GreenKite

Karen has been working in the Lloyd’s and London market for over 30 years, starting her career in the compliance arena, moving on to a COO and then a CEO role within the Lloyd’s market for an established Lloyd’s Managing Agency.

Experienced start up advisor and consultant. She is the Senior Independent Director for the USAA Limited and USAA SA, a Trustee of the CII’s Education & Training Trust and Chair of GreenKite Associates.

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Kirat Kaur Nandra

Co-Chair, IFN

Kirat is the Elder Care Champion for Insurance Family Networks and named as one of the 50overFifty exceptional women in insurance.  Top 40 D&I Reinsurance professionals, short-listed for Hero of the Year at the European Diversity Awards 2022 & and a winner of elite women in insurance 2023.   12-time marathon runner raising over £50,000 for charities and more recently completed Atlantic Coastal Challenge 3 marathons 3 days for fun… and loves to sew!

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Mike Keating

CEO, Managing General Agents' Association

Currently CEO of the Managing General Agents Association, a position he has held since September 2021, Mike has crafted a successful and varied career in the industry. In 2022 Mike was included in the Top 100 Global Leaders by Insurance Magazine.

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Romaney O’Malley

Group Chief Financial Officer, Bolttech

Romaney leads Bolttech’s finance function and is a member of the executive committee. In her role as Group CFO, she plays a pivotal role in driving our financial strategy and management, and is involved in strategic planning and execution across the group.

Romaney brings with her more than 20 years of leadership and senior finance experience in the insurance industry. She previously held leadership roles at AIG, Liberty, Swiss Re and GE Insurance.

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Michelle Ransome

Talent Acquisition Manager, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

Bio coming soon!

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Samantha Ridgewell

Managing Director, Empower Development

Samantha Ridgewell is regarded as the insurance industry Talent Trailblazer for the impact she has, helping those in the market achieve their career goals and putting insurance careers on the radar of thousands of young people.

Samantha has gone on to have a tremendous impact on the insurance market, as thought leader, speaker and insurance TikToker, she was recognised as the Women in Insurance Trailblazer in 2021.

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Suneeta Padda

Managing Director, Padda Consulting

Suneeta has undertaken and managed a wide range of regulatory engagements for numerous insurance firms, holding senior positions within a number of these firms, more recently working with StarStone International as the International Director of Compliance.

Suneeta actively participates in a number of market wide Committees focused on Culture, Diversity and Inclusion across the Market and sits on the advisory board of RATL – Race Action Through Leadership.

Previous winners

2023 Winners

Broker of the Year — Sponsored by Arch Insurance
Miller

Broking Innovation of the Year
Marsh McLennan, Community- based catastrophe insurance (CBCI)

Carrier of the Year — Sponsored by DLA PIPER
Tokio Marine Kiln

CFO of the Year — Sponsored by Lloyds Bank
Sally Lake, Beazley

Claims Service Award
CFC

Diversity & Inclusion Award
Lloyd’s of London – LGBTQ+ Mentoring Programme (Led by Adam Triggs)

Employer of the Year
The Texel Group – ‘People Strategy’

ESG Initiative of the Year
Ninety – ARK, Ensuring humanity’s future

InsurTech Product of the Year — Sponsored by Tokio Marine Kiln
hyperexponential – hx Renew

Lifetime Achievement Award
Matthew Wilson

M&A Transaction of the Year
Howden – Acquisition of TigerRisk Partners by Howden Group Holdings

MGA of the Year
Corvus

Operational Innovation of the Year
LMG Data Council chaired by Sheila Cameron

Outstanding Contributor of the Year - Distribution — Sponsored by Allied World
Dominic Christian, Global Chairman Reinsurance Solutions, Aon UK

Outstanding Contributor of the Year - Risk — Sponsored by EY
Andrew Brooks, former CEO, Ascot Group

Underwriting Innovation of the Year — Sponsored by NEAM
Arbol Inc and Centauri – dRe Lifecycle

Women in Insurance Award
The Insurance Breakfast Club

Young Broker of the Year
Nicholas Parker, WTW

Young Claims Professional of the Year — Sponsored by DOCOsoft
Hannah Smedley, Senior Claims Specialist, Liberty Specialty Markets

Young Underwriter of the Year — Sponsored by MS Amlin
Struan Todd, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Pandamatics UW

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