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UAC Expo, Perth

November 2018 – South West WA

James Hooper and Bree Norris recently toured the regional areas of south west WA including Albany, Katanning, Wagin (the Big Ram) and Narrogin. The trip culminated in their attendance on the the RA stand during the UAC (Underwriting Agencies Council) Expo in Perth. James and Bree loved seeing everyone and thanks to all those who caught up with them at the Expo.

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Sarah Hando – Insurance Business Australia Young Gun 2018

Rural Affinity Undewriting Manager

Sarah Hando was named as one of Insurance Business Australia’s 2018 Young Guns.  As Underwriting Manager, Sarah has been a key driver of our underwriting strategy and has played a major role in delivering strong results through the soft market cycle.  Managing a team of seven underwriters, she has shown a great ability to bring her team together as a cohesive, efficient unit.

Sarah is integral to the company’s relationship management program, and is actively involved in road trips and direct management of key brokers.  She has a specific interest in the integration of technology, such as satellite imagery and precision agriculture, into our insurance solutions with a view to creating broader and better products for all stakeholders.

She is currently involved in the development of a multi-peril crop insurance product that leverages the power of these tools.

Congratulations Sarah on this honourable accolade.




Rural Affinity’s Professional Development Day

July 2018 – Griffith NSW

On 17th July, 2018 Rural Affinity hosted a Professional Development Day for over 70 industry contacts in Griffith. Attendees were treated to a mix of presentations on the insurance and agriculture industries as well as insightful presentations on approaches to mental health in regional areas and the work being done by FRRR to support grass roots regional projects. A great day of learning and networking was capped off with a fabulous dinner at Zecca.

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Internal Professional Development Day

May 2018 – Riverina NSW

In May, 2018 the entire RA team headed to the Riverina region of NSW for our internal Professional Development Day. We were very fortunate to stay at Corynnia Station in Carrathool, a 17,000 acre working property one hour west of Griffith. Time was spent gaining insights from guest speakers, experiencing farm life and visiting different properties. We visited a cotton farm, a cotton gin and a citrus packing house. Everyone benefited from the hands on learning and much fun was had.

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