01 August 2017

We are delighted to have a number of JLT young professionals in the top 50 insurance 'Young Guns' list, compiled by leading industry publication Insurance Business.

The Insurance Business ‘Young Gun’ Award recognises the brightest, high performing insurance professionals who are under the age of 35. Drawing from entries around Australia, the esteemed publication releases a list of 50 award winners every year.

“We are very proud of our Young Guns, Kerri-Anne Varkoly, George Ruka and James Smorthwaite. Apart from learning a lot about insurance from our Old Guns, our Young Guns have also taught our Old Guns a lot about the needs and wants of millennial clients, underwriters and brokers. In doing so, they have refreshed JLT with a transfusion of talent and made it a better broker overall.”

André Louw, Chairman, JLT


Kerri-Anne Varkoly, National Manager - Operations

Kerri-Anne Varkoly is an advocate for women both in insurance and the wider business community. In recent times, she was instrumental in launching the inaugural ‘Women at JLT’ event, to prompt discussion around young women working.

Varkoly joined JLT in 2005 as an account broker and now directs, manages and coordinates the operational activities of JLTA , tasked with improving productivity, efficiency and service levels. She manages more than 20 employees and has achieved a number of successful business-critical initiatives for JLT.

James Smorthwaite, Account Manager - Financial Lines

James is only two and a half years into his insurance career and already proving he’s one to watch. Day to day, he provides broking support to the senior financial lines brokers, specialising in insurance programs for large commercial and financial institutions.

James is also a passionate advocate for the education and development of young professionals in insurance, being the Australasian President of the Young Insurance Professionals (YIPs).

George Ruka, State Claims Manager - VIC/TAS

George Ruka is legally trained with an MBA specialising in leadership. In late 2013, he was headhunted to become divisional manager of Echelon Claims Service (a JLT subsidiary) and, in 2015, he was promoted to State Claims Manager of Victoria. Last year, his responsibilities expanded to encompass Tasmania, and he is now responsible for 27 claims staff. His swift progress through the ranks owes to Ruka’s track record of results at each stage and the demonstrated improvements of the claims teams he has led at JLT.

Take a look at the full list of Insurance Business 'Young Guns' here.