Jimmy Higgins and Campbell Mitchell recognised as Insurance Leaders of the Year

18 November 2021

Jimmy Higgins and Campbell Mitchell were recognised at the 2021 NZ Insurance Industry Awards, receiving the Insurance Leaders of the Year award jointly with Sid Miller, CEO Earthquake Commission, and Blair Williams, IAG.

The group have been recognised for their advocacy and collaboration in driving New Zealand’s new Natural Disaster Response Model, which went live in July this year.

Jimmy Higgins said Vero was proud to have led the way on the new model, which would create more speed and certainty for New Zealanders affected by a natural disaster.

“The agreement was the result of many years work that Vero has done with EQC to trial new approaches to natural disaster claims following learnings from the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes,” he said.

“Vero has continued to advocate for a new approach and I am very humbled to receive this award, which is really a recognition of the enormous amount of effort from many employees here at Suncorp New Zealand.”

Campbell Mitchell said that the recognition belonged to the entire Vero team who had worked on the project, particularly in claims and legal.

“Our team has worked tirelessly for months to make this agreement a reality and I want to thank everyone at Vero who played a role in bringing the Natural Disaster Response Agreement to life. It is a major milestone for our industry and a huge step in the right direction.”

About the ANZIIF Awards

The ANZIIF New Zealand Insurance Industry Awards are a celebration of success across the industry, and an opportunity to reflect on the significant contribution our industry makes to the wider community.


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