Wotton + Kearney APIG Scholarship

The annual Wotton + Kearney APIG Scholarship supports the development of young professionals practising in professional indemnity and financial lines insurance in Australia.

The scholarship recognises an outstanding contribution to the industry each year and is open to current APIG members under the age of 36 who are actively involved in financial lines insurance, and who will significantly benefit from the scholarship experience.

Candidates are required to produce a brief submission outlining their background in financial lines insurance and their views on the industry from a perspective that affects them. Submissions will be judged by a panel comprising four members of the APIG National Committee and a representative from Wotton + Kearney.

Scholarship Details

  • Attendance at the 3-day Professional Indemnity Forum (PIF) Conference to be held at Robinson College, Cambridge, England on 6-8 July 2020, valued at approximately £1,200
  • Visit to the Lloyd's insurance market in London
  • AUD 4,000 towards return economy airfares and transfers
  • AUD 3,500 towards accommodation and spending

Entry Criteria

  • Current APIG members
  • Under the age of 36 years at the time of submission
  • Actively involved in PI/financial lines insurance
  • Approval from your company or firm to attend the PIF Conference
  • Members of the APIG National Committee are ineligible

2019 Scholarship

Submissions for the 2019 Scholarship are now open. Please find the application form and Terms & Conditions in the links below.

W+K APIG Scholarship 2019 - Application Form

W+K APIG Scholarship 2019 - Terms and Conditions

Submissions are open until 5pm (AEST) Friday 2 August 2019, and the winner will be announced at the 2019 APIG National Conference in Sydney on Thursday 22 August 2019.

2018 Winner

Wotton + Kearney and the APIG National Committee are pleased to announce that James Skiba, Senior Claims Officer at DUAL Australia has won the 2018 W+K APIG Scholarship. James's submission was selected by the judging panel for his topical analysis on how the rise in Securities Class Actions will impact on D&O insurance policies, and the need for reforms to continuous disclosure obligations and litigation funding to maintain shareholder rights in a manner which doesn't restrict corporate activity or access to adequate insurance cover. He also demonstrated a pro-active role as a young insurance professional engaging in industry training and skill development. Congratulations to James who will attend the 2019 PIF Conference at Robinson College, Cambridge University on 8-10 July 2019.

Review James' paper here.

2017 Winner

Wotton + Kearney and the APIG National Committee are delighted to announce that Mitchell Spurr, Complex Claims Examiner at AIG has won the 2017 W+K APIG Scholarship. Mitchell's thought provoking views on the increasing exposure of directors to potential claims relating to climate change, secured him the win amongst a very competitive pool of over 20 submissions. Congratulations to Mitchell who will travel to the UK in July 2018 to attend the Professional Indemnity Forum Conference to be held at Robinson College, Cambridge University, and visit the Lloyd's insurance market in London as part of the Scholarship prize.

Review Mitchell's paper here and a brief summary of his trip here

2016 Winner

Michael Forster from Suncorp Group has won the W+K APIG Scholarship for 2016, which will see Michael travelling to the Professional Indemnity Forum Conference in Oxford England in July 2017 and visit the Lloyd's insurance market in London. From a number of very strong submissions, Michael's application was selected for his unique approach on integrating technology and different management techniques to the financial lines industry - reflecting recent updates to Sherlock Holmes.

Review Michael's insightful paper here.

2015 Winner

APIG and Wotton + Kearney are delighted to announce that Kristine Salgado of Willis Australia has won the inaugural W+K APIG Scholarship. Kristine's application was selected because of her thought provoking account of the way forward for the insurance industry and her contribution to financial lines insurance at such a young age.

As part of the scholarship, Kristine will travel to the Professional Indemnity Forum Conference in Oxford England in July 2016 and visit the Lloyd's insurance market in London.

Review Kristine's excellent paper here and her summary of the conference attendance and experience here.

APIG thanks Wotton + Kearney for its generous support.