WOMEN OF AMBITION: LISA CARTER

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Lisa Carter, Managing Director of Clear Insurance & 2019 NIBA Broker of the Year

What do you like about working in insurance? 

I truly enjoy nurturing relationships with clients and insurers alike. I love the complexity of insurance, the problem solving and negotiations that go along with pulling together a complex program for a client. I love a good challenge! 

Lisa and colleagues at the 2019 NIBA Insurance Broker of the Year Awards Ceremony

Why is International Women’s day important to you? 

Put simply, as a mother of three daughters, I want them to have every opportunity available to them over the course of their lives so they can pursue their passions

What drives your ambition? 

Insatiable curiosity - I have a thirst for knowledge! I encourage my daughters and staff to always strive to be the best they can possibly be. I truly believe we can drive positive change in the world.

Lisa with her three daughters on a family holiday to Hamilton Island

What’s the biggest thing influencing the insurance industry right now?

The continuing hardening of the market, continued rise in catastrophe events, increased litigation and class action claims, reduced capacity & insurer underwriting appetites, continued low interest rates and poor investment returns for insurers, market consolidation (Insurers & Brokers), regulatory and compliance pressures for insurers and brokers…. just to name a few!  Whilst a hard market makes placing business more challenging it is also a great opportunity for my team to focus on what we enjoy doing most: delivering quality risk and insurance advice to our clients. 

What are 3 things you love to do outside of work? 

Spending time with my three daughters, playing/coaching hockey and going to gigs/festivals - I absolutely love live music. So much so that my daughters are all named after bands and music!

Lisa playing hockey

Where would you be if you didn’t work in insurance? 

As a child my dream was to be a veterinarian but I was devastated to find out I have severe allergies to cats and horses, so that career path was quickly ruled out. Whilst in high school I was aiming to study Law, instead found my way to the wonderful world of insurance and haven’t looked back since. 

About Lisa

Lisa Carter is an award-winning adviser with over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. Following an 11-year career honing her commercial broking skills with an international insurance broking firm Lisa identified a market gap stepping away to start Clear Insurance as sole director in 2010.

Using her friendly, prompt and professional approach, Lisa builds long-term client relationships, specialising in custom insurance and risk programs for complicated and hard to place accounts. She respects and maintains her strong working relationships with insurers, underwriters, peers and clients, always striving to secure ethical and mutually beneficial outcomes for all involved in the insurance process.

As Managing Director of Clear Insurance, Lisa leads and inspires her team daily to deliver bespoke commercial insurance and risk protection programs for the construction, hospitality, medical and tech-startup industries. She has built Clear Insurance to become a platinum practice, a corporate authorised representative of Insurance Advisernet (IA), and the only endorsed insurance advisers to the RSL & Services Clubs Association Queensland Inc. 

Lisa's drive for maintaining and developing the insurance industry's professionalism makes her a valued industry leader and mentor.

Lisa was the first woman to receive the 2019 National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) Broker of the Year award and a QLD finalist in 2017.  Both memorable career highlights for Lisa. That same year, Lisa was named "Authorised Representative" of the year at the Insurance Business Awards 2019 and Authorised Representative of the Year by Insurance Advisernet. 

Before this, Lisa was the Insurance Advisernet Authorised Representative of the Year 2015 and finalist for this prestigious award in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. In 2016, Lisa ranked 27th in the Brisbane Business News 40 Under 40 top young entrepreneurs.

In 2020, Queensland Leaders appointed Lisa as their risk and insurance industry expert. A highly coveted industry accolade. She is a long-standing active member of Femeconomy, InsurTech Australia and Women Chiefs of Enterprises International.

Authorised Representative No. 388083. 

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