The fresh approach to Rural Insurance - Rural Affinity

Déjà vu – a promising start for winter crops across most parts of the wheat belt but tough conditions persisting for large parts of northern NSW and Queensland.  Let’s hope for some meaningful rainfall where it’s most needed in the near future.

There has been a lot happening at Rural Affinity since our last newsletter…

Nigel Watson finished with us in March.  Nigel spent just over 2 years with Rural Affinity and was integral in our entry into the farm package insurance market.  We would like to thank Nigel for his excellent contribution and wish him the best of luck in his future ventures.  Sarah Padgett has joined us to head up our farm package underwriting team.  Sarah brings a great deal of experience and expertise.  You can learn more about Sarah in the staff profile in this newsletter.

Phil Weir and myself were joined by Joachim Herbold from Munich Re in Munich for a very informative tour of the Ord River Irrigation area.  We were very well looked after by Francis Bright from the Department of Agriculture and Food and we would like to thank him and all the farmers and other experts who helped make our trip a great success.  Also, special thanks to Francis due to his expertise as a fishing guide each of us managed to catch our first Barramundi in the mighty Ord River!





The staff of Rural Affinity recently attended a planning summit in Millthorpe.  We spent two days doing a bit of internal reflection and hopefully we have come away with some great ideas on how to make Rural Affinity the first choice for our brokers and their customers.  Thanks to everyone who made our stay in Millthorpe so productive and enjoyable, notably Richard and Jenny Beach form Rosebank Cottage, Gerry and his team at the Commercial Hotel, Tonic Restaurant and the Old Mill Café.  Anyone looking for a great location for a small conference or a weekend away, give Millthorpe some thought; we will most certainly be back. 

Regards James Hooper.