We are very pleased to announce that our very own Nick Onslow won the High Achiever Award at the Nottingham Chartered Insurance Institute’s gala dinner on 19th January 2018.
Nick Onslow (centre) receiving the High Achiever Award
The outstanding ‘Culture of Learning’ spearheaded by Nick, coupled with an array of his other professional achievements was recognised by the Nottingham Insurance Institute.
The High Achiever Award is a highly prestigious prize awarded to the local general insurance or financial services professional who has demonstrated the highest levels of attitude, performance and achievement in their working life.
Nick’s vision led Russell Ulyatt to achieve Chartered status in 2016 and its renewal in 2017. This is tribute to Nick’s capacity to embed a ‘Culture of Learning’ into our company, further demonstrating our continued commitment to raising the expertise, knowledge and professionalism of our staff.
Following rigorous scrutiny by an esteemed panel of industry experts, Nick’s considerable and wide-ranging achievements have received much deserved recognition. Here at Russell Ulyatt, Nick is known for his ambition, determination, commitment and enthusiasm. This led to his nomination for the award by Ian Browne, Head of Advice, along with a recent promotion to our Senior Leadership Team.
Nick’s primary role is a Chartered Financial Planner providing exceptional service to the 120 clients he looks after. In addition to this, his skills as a financial planner and human resources expert have led to him being a sought-after contributor on financial matters to national newspapers. He also recently appeared on Notts TV offering advice on saving for Christmas and dealing with financial pressures when the festivities are over.
But it’s Nick’s innovative, transformative strategies within our company that, according to Ian Browne, really makes Nick’s credentials stand out. Ian commented,
“Nick has been the sole architect of our ‘Culture of Learning,’ transforming the level of knowledge within the business with an emphasis on growth through professional development. Recognising that the more knowledge our staff have, the better the outcomes for clients, Nick’s passion for individuals enhancing their own professional qualifications, mentoring schemes, and the provision of regular training events by Russell Ulyatt has created a real buzz around the office and ongoing learning is now the company norm.”
Not surprisingly, Nick is seen as the “go to” person in the company for young advisers and paraplanners and he also takes a role in training apprentices. He gives generously of his time to read their advice reports and offer guidance, helping them to deliver great client outcomes. His approach to recruit the best staff and invest in their careers plays an increasingly important role in staff retention and morale. Nick said,
“I am very honoured and delighted to receive the High Achiever of the Year Award. I appreciate the very kind comments made by Ian Browne in his nomination but feel that the award is testament to the aspirational ethos at Russell Ulyatt and great teamwork, which made my achievements possible. So really, I’m accepting the award on behalf of the company. We can all reflect on and celebrate this success and use it to motivate us as we move forward with our plans to meet the Chartered Insurance Institutes Higher Standards in 2020.”
I feel gratified that my colleagues show such a genuine commitment to their continued professional growth. Their dedication to self-improvement helps them develop confidence and expertise. Their success is great for morale and, of course, our clients benefit from this ethos. Our investment in people is certainly paying dividends. We recently had 30 exam passes from 22 members of the team. This illustrates just how hard they are working.
Congratulations Nick. A fantastic achievement.