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Gillian McAdam

Senior Commercial Underwriter
Gillian McAdam - Prestige Underwriting


Gillian McAdam

Job Title:

Senior Commercial Underwriter

Service time with Prestige Underwriting:

19 years

Education / Career journey:

I left secondary school education age 16 and joined a small insurance broker. I remained there for 2 years before moving to Stormont Insurance Services which subsequently merged with Abbey Insurance some years later.

How did you become part of the Prestige Underwriting team?

I was looking for a change in career as working in a broker call centre environment as this no longer fitted with my needs. I was undertaking other projects for Mr George Storey who asked me to consider underwriting. I gave it a go and haven’t looked back.

What does a typical day hold for you?

I managing a small team to run a motor trade scheme profitably on behalf of the carrier. I undertake all tasks but mainly now concentrate on overall performance of the account / rating / new business / training and broker development / credit control. Source markets for other commercial lines business.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

Meeting with the brokers and providing a good service.

What do you attribute to your career success to date?

Hard work and persistence. Also being able to respond and adapt to change.

Who is your role model in business?

Myself. I try to treat others as I would want to be treated as a customer.

What is your greatest passion outside of work and family?

Sailing and the freedom it gives. It’s an escape from reality and I do enjoy the competition element

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Outgoing, honest, dedicated.