The IT awards show the excellence of insurance people, says Andy Cook

The general insurance industry runs itself down too much. Sure, there are levels of performance that could and should be better. But on the whole, we have a lot to shout about.

I know because, earlier this year, I sat on the judging panel for the Insurance Times Awards. Our awards, uniquely, are based on presentations made by those who have been shortlisted. That means the judges can really be sure that what looks great on paper, really is great.

I sat through more than 60 presentations and I wish everyone in the industry could have experienced that. Because it reassured me that there is brilliance, innovation and passion in this industry. Not just in patches, but in all of our professions.

Just take the young achievers award. Any one of the shortlisted candidates could have won and, as the judges remarked: "If this is the future of the industry then we have nothing to worry about."

If you weren't able to join us last Friday at the awards presentation, please take a few minutes of your time to look through the award winners (pages 10-11) and let it reassure you that we have an industry to be proud of.