Three awards made to jounalists.
Insurance Times dominated the 2008 Biba Journalist of the Year Awards, picking up three prizes. Sarah Kennedy (left) won the award for news, for stories on delays to the reform of personal injury claims. Ellen Bennett picked up the features award for an interview with David Blunkett, the former home secretary. Danny Walkinshaw won the Gary Hyndman award for most promising newcomer for news on staff poaching.
The judges included Brendan Macmanus, chief executive of Willis UK & Ireland; Paul Donaldson, RSA broker chief; and Andrew Honey, head of the small firms division at the FSA.
The awards were held at the newly opened Willis headquarters on Lime Street.
Biba chief executive Eric Galbraith said: “We are now in our 26th year of the awards and every year we have seen the entries grow in strength. I believe this year’s shortlisted journalists represent the strongest group that we have ever had the pleasure to work with.
“As well as looking at the originality and style of writing, and the quality of related research or investigatory work, our judges have been asked to identify the journalists that raised awareness of general insurance subjects through their work and provided an insight into general insurance issues.”