Rising Star: Shaun Towner, MPW Insurance Brokers
After completing two CII qualifications in quick succession, Shaun Towner has already risen through the ranks to the position of account executive.
How did you get into insurance?
As with many people in the industry, I fell into insurance following completion of my A-levels and applied for various jobs including an outsourcer that undertook processing activities for Hiscox.
What achievement are you most proud of?
The completion of Chartered Insurance Institute exams in relatively quick succession having been lucky enough to get funding through the Allianz scholarship in 2013, completing the CII diploma and advanced diploma within two years.
What would your advice be to other newcomers in the industry?
I would certainly recommend working in different departments within any given company, whether an insurer or broker in order to find a specialism or class of insurance that you enjoy. Expert knowledge of a certain class of insurance means that you can really add value that will set you apart from your peers. Listen and learn: you will learn something new every day.
If I wasn’t working in insurance, I would…
like to have worked in the legal profession, insurance law in particular.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career to date?
My biggest, and most recent, challenge was my job role changing from account handler to account executive, but so far I have achieved my financial and client retention targets and look forward to continuing this success in the future.
Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
In 10 years’ time I hope to be able to mentor others and share the knowledge that I have gained, while still progressing my career and knowledge in our specialist area of construction.
“Growing in confidence and becoming technically proficient in a short period of time, Shaun is a great example to any young insurance professional.”
Colin Donnellon, associate director, MPW Insurance Brokers
July 2018 to present
Account executive, MPW Insurance Brokers
September 2012 to July 2018
Account handler construction/commercial, MPW Insurance Brokers
February 2010 to September 2012
Commercial account handler, Jelf
July 2008 to March 2010
Shaun Towner, account executive, MPW Insurance Brokers