The Broker of the Year Award, proudly sponsored by CGU celebrates the depth of talent within the insurance broking profession. The Award acknowledges an exceptional broker who demonstrates a high-level of professionalism, integrity and devotion to their clients.

A deserving winner is selected from each division; NSW/ACT, Qld, SA/NT, Vic/Tas and WA who then go on to compete for the National Broker of the Year title and the Stephen Ball memorial trophy.

The award honours the late Stephen Ball and his tremendous contribution to the insurance broking industry, as a former JLT Australia Chairman and NIBA President. 


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Nominees will be judged on the following criteria:

1. Being an inspirational representative for the broking profession: 

  • Commitment to the development and promotion of the insurance broking profession to share, grow and prosper i.e., participation in committees, mentoring opportunities, industry events. 
  • Contribution towards the team in which you work. 

2. Demonstrated professionalism in broking practice: 

  • Demonstrated professionalism and integrity towards your clients. 
  • Demonstrated professionalism and strength of insurer relationships. 
  • Commitment to your professional development  

3. Demonstrated contribution to the broader community

  • Demonstrate how the broader community has benefited from your contributions. 

For the Broker of the Year Award at a State/Territory based level, nominees will be judged on the award criteria based on: 

  • Strength of submission (25%) 
  • Panel interview (75%) 

For the National Broker of the Year Award, nominees will be judged on the award criteria based on: 

  • Panel interview (75%) 
  • Participation and contribution in the Professional Development Program (25%)  

To be eligible, nominees must meet the following: 

  • Be an individual member of NIBA and hold the designation of QPIB. 
  • Hold a full Diploma of Insurance Broking. 
  • Have a minimum of 3 out of the last 5 years of broking experience in Australia. 
  • Applicants must be available to participate in all award activities as outlined below. 

Previous entrants and winners: 

  • Past entrants to the award can re-enter. 
  • Previous winners will not be eligible for the award. 

Who can apply or nominate
  • Anyone in the insurance industry can nominate a broker 
  • Anyone in the insurance industry working as a broker can self-nominate                                                                                                
Award inclusions

State Broker of the Year Prize

The CGU and JAWUN Ngarrindjeri Country Immersive Experience and Capability Building Workshop is an immersive 3-day/3-night program, exclusively designed for an intimate cohort of the five state NIBA Broker of the Year winners and five senior CGU leaders. The program aims to foster a deep understanding of Ngarrindjeri country and its Indigenous partner organisations through guided regional tours, exclusive insights, and a unique interactive experience with an exceptional Indigenous organisation in the Lower River Murray region of South Australia.

In addition to cultural immersion, the program will focus on stretching the cohort’s leadership capability through building a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by Indigenous enterprises.

During the program, participants will work together to conduct an interactive insurance workshop that aims to empower Indigenous businesses with comprehensive insurance education and business insights. The primary focus will be on learning how to safeguard their enterprises to effectively adapt as they evolve.

The CGU and JAWUN Ngarrindjeri Country Immersive Experience and Capability Building Workshop will enable brokers and CGU executives to develop cultural understanding, enhance their leadership capabilities, and contribute to the empowerment of Indigenous businesses through collaborative education and resource development.


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National Broker of the Year Prize

CGU strives to back and reward broker ambition through education and insights.  The 2024 NIBA Broker of the Year will receive a 4-day executive education course at NYU Stern Business School during the Autumn class period April – June 2025.  

The prize includes return economy airfares and seven nights’ accommodation in Greenwich Village, the urban heart of New York City, conveniently located near the NYU campus.  And it won’t be all work – the winning broker will also enjoy a quintessential New York experience to round out their stay before we fly them home to put their newly acquired leadership skills into practice. Total prize value $21K.

Why NYU Stern?

Short executive courses at NYU Stern are designed for ambitious business professionals and high-potential managers to retool, advance, and expand their skills and knowledge in an ever-changing world. Participants come from more than 50 countries across six continents, immersing students in a diverse professional cohort that promises to stretch their thinking.

NYU Stern’s world-class faculty and over 100 years of business education back up an assurance that graduates will emerge from their intensive courses better equipped to master the challenges and opportunities of both their corporate environment and industry.


Key dates

Entrants must be available to participate in their state's Award Panel Interview and Gala Lunch, as well as all other award activities as outlined below. 

FEBRUARYWednesday 14 February 2024 Nominations open
MARCHFriday 5 April 2024 Nominations close
APRILFriday 12 April 2024 Submissions close
 Monday 15 – Friday 26 April 2024   Submissions reviewed by NIBA Divisional Committees  
 Monday 29 April – Friday 3 May 2024 Shortlisted candidates notified 
MAYTuesday 21 May 2024State panel interviews in capital cities 
JULYWednesday 10 July 2024 State winner announced at Gala Lunch NSW/ACT 
 Friday 12 July 2024 State winner announced at Gala Lunch WA  
 Wednesday 17 July 2024 State winner announced at Gala Lunch QLD  
 Friday 19 July 2024 State winner announced at Gala Lunch Vic/Tas 
 Friday 26 July 2024 State winner announced at Gala Lunch SA/NT  
SEPTEMBERMonday 16 – Friday 20 September 2024Professional Development Program, South Australia
SEPTEMBERThursday 19 September 2024   National Award Panel Interviews*
OCTOBERSunday, 20 – Tuesday, 22 October 2024 NIBA Convention, Adelaide*


*Award sponsor to coordinate and fund travel requirements


Broker of the Year award winners 

Barry Sonter, Finsura




Sally Coulton, WTW


Tony Venning, Crucial Insurance 



Shelley Hymas, Phoenix Insurance Brokers 


Lisa Carter, Clear Insurance 



Kim Gilbert, Zenith Insurance Services 


Brett Piggott, Willis Temby Insurance Brokers 



Dale Hansen, Austbrokers Coast to Coast 


John Mutton, InterRISK (currently Marsh) 


Alan Wilson, Alan Wilson Insurance Brokers 

Bunmi Ajayi, Megalines Insurance & Risk Advisers 


Danny Gumm, Parmia Insurance