ALUCA TurksLegal Scholarship


The ALUCA Turks Scholarship, now in its 14th year, offers life insurance professionals a unique educational opportunity to attend one of three major international life insurance conferences of their choice, while contributing to the ongoing debate on cutting-edge issues affecting the future of risk insurance in Australia.

Stay tuned for details on the 2020 ALUCA Turks Scholarship!

The winner of the Scholarship receives a package valued at up to AU$8,000 including return travel, accommodation, $1,000 cash and registration to one of the following overseas conferences of their choice:

  • Eastern Claims Conference
  • Life Insurance Conference
  • Supplemental Health, DI & LTC Conference

In addition to the major prize, the winner is invited to sit on the judging panel alongside senior industry leaders for next year’s scholarship and receives automatic membership to ALUCA and TurksLegal’s scholarship alumni program, Life Insurance Future Thinking (LIFT). The 1st runner-up will receive a AU$1,000 Visa pre-paid gift card and the 2nd runner-up will receive a AU$250 restaurant voucher.

Entrants are asked to submit a paper (2,500 words max) addressing one of a possible 10 topical life insurance industry question in the application form.
The Scholarship is open to all members of ALUCA regardless of country of residence. Each entrant must be a current financial member of ALUCA and work in the life insurance industry.
Lawyers, accountants or medico-legal consultants who meet the above criteria are eligible to enter provided they are direct employees of life insurance companies, life reinsurance companies, superannuation trustees or superannuation administrators.
Submissions are assessed on:

  • Understanding and insight of the chosen topic
  • Conclusions supported by sound evidence and research
  • Clarity of thought
  • Commercial insight
  • Presentation
The judging panel comprises the following senior industry leaders:

  • Brett Clark, Chief Executive Officer, TAL
  • Gavin Pearce, Chief Operating Officer, Life & Investments, Zurich
  • David Campbell, Chief Operating Officer, MetLife
  • Malcolm Weir, General Manager, Life Customer Services, CommInsure
  • Jeremy Houghton, Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, AIA
  • Linda Winterbottom, Claims Rehabilitation Consultant, RGA Reinsurance
  • Evgeney Schkola, Case Manager Income Protection Claims, CommInsure (2018 Scholarship winner)
  • Devi Uka, Deputy Chair, ALUCA
  • Alph Edwards, Partner, TurksLegal
  • John Myatt, Partner, TurksLegal
  • Darryl Pereira, Partner, TurksLegal
Cy Lindeberg, Health Support Consultant, BT Financial Group, was awarded the 2019 ALUCA Turks Scholarship for her paper on ‘The Role of Rehab Advisors in Improving Customer Outcomes’. In her well researched and compelling paper, Cy enlightened us to the many ways Rehab advisors operating in the life claims space can make a difference for the better in terms of the customer experience.
The 1st runner-up was Celeste McFadyen, Case Manager at CommInsure for her paper on ‘Developing Empathy Skills’. There were two 2nd runners-up this year; Honor Grant-Hennessy, Senior Underwriter, OnePath for her paper on ‘Will we really miss the duty of disclosure when it is gone?’ and Torrent Woodard, Senior Research and Development Underwriter, BT Financial Group for his paper on ‘The origins of Protecting Your Superannuation’.
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