An employee of a West Midlands commercial insurance broker has won the Birmingham Insurance Institute’s Young Achiever of the Year award for 2009.

Gareth Robinson, 28, who manages a team specialising in property owners insurance at Halesowen-based Johnston Park McAndrew, was presented with the award during the recent annual BII dinner, held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in the National Exhibition Centre.

Sponsored and judged by the BII and GI Resource Management, the nomination criteria included details of his qualifications, key job responsibilities and individual performance achievements within the business, client testimonials, personal qualities and charitable work.

Mr Robinson’s book of property-owning clients equates to £2.6million gross written premium, approximately 30 per cent of Johnston Park McAndrew’s total income and includes two flagship accounts.

Dale Collett, the sales and marketing director at Johnston Park McAndrew said: “Gareth joined us as a graduate trainee and since that time has achieved significant career progression.

“He is studying for a diploma in insurance and has successfully completed four out of the five modules necessary to gain the qualification. His nomination included excellent testimonials from two key clients, an indication of how he is now managing the property owners department. Johnston Park McAndrew aims to be both a broker and employer of choice and we feel that Gareth’s win endorses that. The whole team passes on our congratulations to him.”

Mr Robinson said: “In the four years I’ve been with Johnston Park McAndrew the directors have always shown a commitment to nurturing their employees and this award is a reflection of that.

“The opportunity to manage such a business-critical department has provided me with the skills and experience that I’m sure will contribute to my own and the company’s future success.”

Commercial insurance broker Johnston Park McAndrew recently established a new partnership aimed at improving their offering in pensions and retirement planning.