Market People Awards 2017 – Professionals gather to recognise insurance talent in style!

Professionals from across the Lloyd’s and London Insurance Market gathered at the magnificent One Moorgate Place on Wednesday 13th December 2017 for the 2nd annual Market People Awards, produced by London Market Forums, in association with Market People Magazine. The event celebrates those who make a special or outstanding contribution to their team, business or the London Insurance Market as a whole.

13 incredibly talented and highly worthy recipients picked up an award at the glamorous event, ranging from those at the beginning of their career in insurance, such as Conor Husbands from Hiscox, through to the CEO of Aon UK, Dominic Christian, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event, commonly known as the “friendly awards”, is a great showcase for talent and commitment in the insurance industry, with people being rewarded, who ordinarily wouldn’t receive any form of public recognition for their efforts.

Guests enjoyed an amazing drinks reception, live music, entertainers, a silver service dinner and the Awards Ceremony itself, which was followed by a prize draw with funds going directly to Haven House Children’s Hospice, the annual charity of LMForums.

Commenting on the evening, Roger Oldham, founder of LMForums and the Market People Awards said "our awards are about recognising real people who make a genuine difference in the insurance sector, who go above and beyond to help their colleagues, clients and make the industry a better place to work. We are delighted with the support from the Market and the numerous commercial firms who sponsored the event, making it such a memorable evening."

The winners were:

Broking Professional of the Year - Andrew Vertigan, Millers

Underwriting Professional of the Year - Stephen Wares, MS Amlin

Claims Professional of the Year - Stuart Willoughby, SCOR

Market Inclusion & Diversity Award - Erik Johnson, Pioneer Underwriting

Innovation Champion of the Year Award - Sebastian De Zuleta, Lloyd’s

Young Person of the Year Award - Conor Husbands, Hiscox

Biggest Contribution to the Market - Mark Simpson, Armour Risk Management

Outstanding Contribution to HR/L&D - Jackie Overington & Andrew Sharples, Tokio Marine Kiln

Outstanding Contribution to Industry Transformation - Justin Emrich, Atrium Underwriters Ltd

Outstanding Contribution to Operations & Change - John Muir, WIllis Towers Watson & David Ledger – Aon

Outstanding Contribution to Legal & Compliance - Branko Bjelobaba

Market People, Outstanding Contribution Award - Jenny Pavitt, Meridian Risk Resolutions

Lifetime Achievement Award - Dominic Christian, Aon

The event was kindly sponsored by Charles Taylor InsureTech, ISG, CCH Tagetik, Aon UK, Morning Data, ActiveOps, Hanson Lee Resourcing, Decoded, SAI Global, Sheridan Resolutions, Xenovida and Market People Magazine.

3rd January 2018

Note to editors


London Market Forums (LMForums) which is headquartered in the Leadenhall Building in the City of London, is the networking and thought-leadership group for professionals from the Lloyd’s and wider London Insurance Market. WWW.LMFORUMS.COM.

Through a wide range of educational events organised by LMForums, insurance professionals have the opportunity to learn, debate and network as well as build valuable partnerships with those supplying solutions and professional advisory services to the sector.

Haven House Children’s Hospice

Since 2003, Haven House Children’s Hospice has provided palliative and holistic care for over 650 babies, children and young people (birth-19) who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Market People Magazine

Market People Magazine is the publication for insurance professionals working in the London Insurance Market. The magazine is produced bi-annually by LMForums and reaches around 30,000 people working in the world famous Lloyd’s and London Insurance sector. Editor: Roger Oldham

Contact Information: Roger Oldham, Managing Director, LMForums

Tel: + (44) 203 551 9188 Email:


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