Voted by the insurance industry Sponsored by St Paul Travelers.

The winner of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award is The Right Honourable, The Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE - a man who stands astride three professions: politics, law and insurance.

David Hunt qualified as a solicitor in 1968 before specialising in insurance and financial services.

In 1973, he was awarded the MBE for services to young people and elected Member of Parliament for the Wirral in 1976 - a position he held for 21 years.

Hunt was also a member of the UK Government from 1979 to 1995 under Margaret Thatcher - he was the Coal Minister during the miners' strike - and is one of only a handful of ministers not to have been sacked by Maggie. He finally stepped down from the Cabinet in July 1995 and was made a life peer in 1997.

He has been Senior Partner of the national law firm Beachcroft Wansbroughs since 1996 and is a leading expert on rehabilitation and the personal injury claims industry. Hunt was the first chairman of the Association of Independent Financial Advisers and represents the House of Lords on the All Party Parliamentary Group on insurance and financial Services.

He is president and patron of more than 50 charities and voluntary organisations, and the personification of the adage that if you want to get a job done, ask a busy man.

Within our industry alone, he is a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management; President of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Health and Safety; a Trustee of the British Occupational Health Research Foundation; an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries; and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and has recently been appointed chairman of the CII Professional Standards Board.

Lord Hunt is an interesting and charming companion; a wise, thoughtful and respected commentator; and a forceful campaigner for all that's good in our industry.

Congratulations to a truly noble winner.