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14 May 2015Dennis McConnell honoured with Francis Perkins award for industry service

Former BIBA chairman for Northern Ireland recognised with award

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Insurance broking stalwart Dennis McConnell, from Arthur J. Gallagher in Belfast, has been honoured with the prestigious Francis Perkins award at the 2015 British Insurance Brokers’ Association conference in Manchester.

Francis Perkins was the first Chairman of BIBA, back in the 1970s, and every year an award is made in his name to an individual who has demonstrated long-term commitment to the trade body and its member firms, giving of their time, passion and energy for the furtherance of the insurance industry and ensuring its continued development.

As a former Chairman of the Northern Ireland region in the 1990s, Dennis served on BIBA’s Property Insurance Committee from 1999 right through to November 2014, just prior to his retirement from full-time business. Having begun life as an insurance broker in 1972, Dennis came to Arthur J. Gallagher in Belfast four years ago and stills works closely with his colleagues there on a consultancy basis having stepped back from day-to-day activity at the end of 2014.

Shane Matthews, Regional Managing Director for Northern Ireland at Arthur J. Gallagher, said: “Dennis is an absolute gentleman. He has been a well-respected broker in the Belfast market for more than 40 years and has given great service to his clients and to the broking community through his involvement with BIBA.

“It is a great honour to receive this recognition by BIBA and there is no doubt that Dennis thoroughly deserves the award.”

On accepting his award from Steve White, Chief Executive of BIBA, Dennis spoke of the fantastic “community” that BIBA represents, and how he has thoroughly enjoyed all the time and years he has spent working with and for it.

While commenting that he was “absolutely delighted” to be recognised he added he “never thought for a moment” that he would be a recipient of the prestigious Francis Perkins award. He paid thanks to those that had nominated him, his wife Jean for her tireless support and all his colleagues from Arthur J. Gallagher in Belfast.

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