Claims Apprentice 2019: Episode 1 - meet the teams

The first episode of the new six-part video series, Claims Apprentice, in association with Insurance Post, launched last Thursday and is available to view below.

In the opening episode we meet the six candidates who will be vying to be crowned Claims Apprentice 2019 and find out a little bit more about them, their aspirations for the competition and the team names they decide on!

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The six candidates are:

  • Laura Eccles, technical claims handler at Ecclesiastical
  • Simerjit Kaur, senior claims handler for the major loss team at Allianz Insurance
  • Tosin Omosebi, claims adjuster at QBE Insurance
  • Alex Riley, global energy claims adjuster at Zurich Insurance (London)
  • Verity Ross, motor expert claims handler at Zurich Insurance (Scotland)
  • Dominic Sawkiw, motor claims team leader at RSA

The series, based on the BBC show 'The Apprentice', demonstrates our support of the development of the next generation of claims leaders in the insurance industry. Our Senior Partner, Nick Thomas, who assumes the ‘Alan Sugar’ role for Claims Apprentice, has outlined the qualities he feels the eventual winner will show during the process.

I think the person who will be crowned Claims Apprentice 2019 will be someone who is confident…someone who gets that the insurance industry is all about paying claims. They [will] want to deal with professionals in that regard, but they want to deal with real people as well - people with whom they can have some rapport.

Nick Thomas, Senior Partner

Alongside Nick, who the six candidates will be aiming to impress, will be a trusted team of advisers who will aide him in ultimately reaching a decision on an eventual winner. They are Partners Suzanne Liversidge and Richard West, HR Director Caroline Wilson, Head of Research and Development Karim Derrick, Head of Corporate and Public Affairs Deborah Newberry and, from Lloyd’s, Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager Marc Reace-Coles.

The series will showcase the ‘apprentices’ completing tasks related to the challenges the claims market currently faces, and is designed to help them in their future careers. In their first challenge, to be aired next week, the two teams embark on a live debate moderated by our Head of Corporate and Public Affairs, Deborah Newberry, in our London office.

The Claims Apprentice is a brand new initiative, designed to unearth, showcase and help young talent working in the claims market; and follows the success of Post’s sister publication, Insurance Age’s Broker Apprentice, which has been running for the last five years.

You can stay up to speed with this first ever series of The Claims Apprentice by following our Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter pages, or by visiting our dedicated Claims Apprentice 2019 webpage.