Aged just 22, Channel Islands Adjusters’ Aaron Slattery has become the current youngest professional awarded the accolade by the industry’s leading body, the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters (CILA).
Aaron joins Channel Islands Adjusters founders Richard and Julie-Anne Headington in holding the qualification, with colleague Josh Smith also due to become chartered before the end of 2019. Loss Adjusters work with both insurers and claimants to navigate the process in the event of an insurance claim. Channel Islands Adjusters – established 15 years ago – is the only locally-owned Loss Adjuster working across all of the islands.
Aaron’s background in construction led to his current role and he began his route to chartership three years ago with a Certificate in Loss Adjusting. Since then, he’s progressed through several exams and assessments, as well as clocking up the required five years’ industry experience.
Aaron says: “The path to chartership has been a challenging but very rewarding journey and I have acquired an immense amount of knowledge along the way. In addition, the attainment of chartered status and required time experience has developed my ability to handle technical and complex losses. I am incredibly proud to have become the current youngest Chartered Loss Adjuster; to be recognised at this level so early in my career really makes the hard work and effort worth it.”
Aaron says that he and his colleague Josh have helped each other navigate intense periods of study, with their challenge intensified by their location.
“Although Guernsey’s legislation is similar, there are a number of very specific differences between how claims are handled here and in the UK so that element certainly kept us on our toes! A key part of our work is in helping UK insurers understand the differences between the jurisdictions, so it was incredibly relevant to our everyday roles.”
Elsewhere in the business, Channel Islands Adjusters Co-Founder and Finance Director Julie-Anne Headington has been elected to the Executive Board of CILA and voted into the post of Examination Committee Chair.
Julie-Anne says: “I am passionate about the promotion of the CILA exams and the acquisition of knowledge. By being appointed as Chair of the Examinations Committee, I hope to ensure that access to the CILA exams is made available to all individuals and companies, whether claims facing or otherwise.”
She continues: “Every claim dealt with is personal and every disaster relative to the individual experiencing it. Knowledge means claims are more likely to be progressed to both the policyholder’s and insurers’ satisfaction, which is a win-win for everyone; I consider this will only enhance the reputation of the insurance industry.”