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National honour for EBM’s Executive Chairman

Alan Bishop AM

On Australia Day 2019, EBM’s Executive Chairman, Alan Bishop, was made a Member of the Order of Australia, in honour of his significant service to the insurance industry and to the community.

The award was announced by the Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).

A leader in the Australian insurance industry for more than 40 years, Alan formed Elkington Bishop and Associates with Neville Elkington in 1975.

Alan had a few years’ experience under his belt as an underwriter at Prudential Assurance Co Ltd and then with international brokerage Stewart Wrightson, where he met Neville. The move to establish his own brokerage was a bold one for the then-22-year-old.

Two years later, John Molineaux joined what became Elkington Bishop Molineaux (EBM Insurance Brokers) and the business really took off. In the same year, EBM became representative brokers of Lloyd’s of London and went on to develop new insurance products to meet the needs of their clients (including creating one of Australia’s first, and now leading, landlord insurance product – RentCover).

In the decades that followed, EBM charted a steady course with Alan at the helm to become a leading general insurance broking firm, with the business offering expanded to include premium funding, legal counsel and claims advocacy, injury management, financial planning and finance services.

And Alan cemented his position as an industry leader.

As President of the National Insurance Brokers’ Association (NIBA), Director of its National Board and as Chair and Committee Member of the Western Australian division, Alan helped guide the development of the Association and elevate the standing of its members. He was the recipient of NIBA’s highest individual recognition, the Lex McKeown Trophy, and made an Honorary Fellow of the organisation in 2004. EBM won the NIBA Award for Business Excellence in 1987.

More than an insurance professional of the highest calibre, Alan’s community spirit shines through. Alan’s philanthropic endeavours and charitable works have focused on education and child/young adult health and well-being. This personal commitment also ensures that EBM considers support for the community as a priority. He has made an ongoing contribution to his former school as Deputy Chair of the Churchlands Senior High School Foundation, and during his role as Director and Deputy Chair of Teen Challenge (faith-based addiction support). He is a donor and was a Taskforce Member of Ronald McDonald House, and a significant donor to the So They Can Charity, which provides education for children and adults in Kenya and Tanzania.

Alan has also committed time and incredible enthusiasm to sports as President, committee member and supporter of the Wembley Amateur Football Club and the Wembley Athletic Club, of which he is a life member. His passion for the West Coast Eagles is legendary!

The Order of Australia awards were established in 1975 to recognise Australians who go above and beyond to make a significant and positive difference in their field and wider community.

In the Australian honours system, the Order of Australia confers the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service across a wide range of endeavours.

From everyone at EBM RentCover, our congratulations to Alan!