The committee will play an active role in advising Biba’s board, aligning with the trade body’s diversity and inclusion goals

Broker trade body Biba has formed a National Young Broker Committee, to represent brokers in the industry who are aged 35 or under.

The committee, which compromises of Biba’s current Young Broker Ambassadors, will advise the trade association’s board on the issues younger insurance professionals are facing in the industry.

It will work alongside Biba’s other committees and advisory boards, providing market intelligence on emerging trends within its members’ market segments and helping Biba to craft responses to these central themes.

The creation of the National Young Broker Committee also aligns with Biba’s diversity and inclusion agenda.

Courtney Barnes, chair of the Biba National Young Broker Committee, said: “I’ve always enjoyed being involved with Biba from a Young Broker standpoint.

“This new committee will not only allow the younger voices of the industry to be heard but will also help us learn from those who have established themselves within the industry.”

Bridging the gap

Young Broker Ambassadors who are part of the new committee will additionally be offered a mentor from the main Biba board – the trade body believes these relationships will be “instrumental to the governance of Biba” and will also help in “bridging the gap” between those who have a well established insurance career and those who are just starting out.

Committee members will also have the ability to feed into areas of research, so that Biba can invest in further benefits tailored for its younger members.

Steve White, Biba’s chief executive, added: “It is now more important than ever to listen the younger professionals within the industry.

“I am looking forward to having another perspective on key industry issues to help inform Biba’s strategic direction in the future.

“The board and I hope that the mentor/mentee relationship will work as a reverse mentoring opportunity and something that we can all learn from.”