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Meet our new staff
As the new year rolled in, we welcomed new staff members to our team. We sat down with Tom, Brittany and Thomas to find out about their greatest achievements, dream job (outside of insurance) and what they would like to improve on. Read below to learn more about our newest team members!
Tom Plant, Assistant Account Broker, Professional Risks
Do you have a nickname? I have always gone by Tommy, otherwise It’s all plant related…
What has been your greatest achievement so far? So far it’s got to be finishing my uni degree last year whilst working full time for the final 2 years. It was a challenge and definitely taught me a lot about time management and prioritisation.
What is your favourite childhood memory? It’s a mix between kicking the footy with dad for hours in the street or surfing with him every weekend!
What is your greatest strength? I’d have to say my honesty and loyalty.
What would you like to improve on? Living in the moment. I can get so caught up in planning the future that I can miss out on the time to just ‘be’.
Where was your favourite holiday? My trip to Europe in 2016 was a definite highlight fitting in 14 countries into 6 weeks. My recent trip to Fiji was also unreal. Being on "Fiji time" was a great way to unwind after a busy year.
What is your favourite colour? I am a big advocate for blue (in many shades).
What is your dream job outside of insurance? I always wanted to be a musician, but for now I’ll bide my time with the guitar blasting through my apartment building.
How did you get into insurance? Insurance has always been a common dinner table conversation throughout my life, due to my father and grandfather both being in the industry… it was only natural that one day I’d “see the light” as they’d both say!
What attracted you to GSA? I had heard amazing things about GSA and its amazing culture. I wanted to walk into a dynamic and exciting place every day, and it’s definitely living up to the reputation!
What is your all-time favourite food? I really, really love pasta. I also ashamedly have the sweetest tooth ever and admit to a serious love of chocolate, lollies… and well sugar in general.
Brittany Ellis, Account Broker - General Insurance
Do you have a nickname? Everyone called me BJ at school because of my initials… however it isn’t the most appropriate name so now everyone just calls me B or Britt.
What has been your greatest achievement so far? I represented Singapore in both Touch Football and Netball whilst living there for 10 years.
What is your favourite childhood memory? Cooking with my mum in the kitchen and making a mess. I think that’s where I developed my sweet tooth.
What is your greatest strength? I love meeting new people and spending time getting to know people, so I would say building relationships and making friends.
What would you like to improve on? I want to be able to live more in the moment and not be so focused on planning for the future.
Where was your favourite holiday? South Africa when we went on Safari. I loved the animals and seeing them in their natural environment. I was slightly scared going to sleep hearing the lions roar outside our window in the National Park but I survived.
What is your favourite colour? My favourite colour is green, it reminds me of nature and I find it calming.
What is your dream job outside of insurance? I would be a food critic, eating exceptional dishes daily. However I would have to be conscious of being healthy to offset all the yummy food.
How did you get into insurance? I applied for several Graduate programs once leaving university and was successful with attaining employment at Allianz Insurance. It definitely wasn’t my first choice but I feel like Insurance is such a good industry to work in, it’s a hidden gem full of networking, socialising and making life long friends.
What attracted you to GSA? Definitely the culture. GSA is unique in the way it operates, everyone is inclusive and friendly plus everyone loves the GSA Christmas parties!
What is your all-time favourite food? I love Asian food, particularly spicy food. I like trying new things and pushing my boundaries.
Thomas Tcheng - Account Broker, General Insurance
Do you have a nickname? I get lots of different ones but normally its Tom or Tommy. A unique one I sometimes get is T Gun.
What has been your greatest achievement so far? Hard one to say but the most recent one is learning how to snowboard.
What is your favourite childhood memory? The holiday my family took to Singapore. Now that my two older brothers have moved out and have their own families, I really appreciate the time when we were all still together.
What is your greatest strength? Being able to learn and adapt quickly.
What would you like to improve on? Speaking in public.
Where was your favourite holiday? Spending Christmas and new year in Japan.
What is your favourite colour? Red.
What is your dream job outside of insurance? Shredding the guitar in a big band.
How did you get into insurance? After school I worked in admin at an international brokerage. A year later I applied in a position
that opened in the Professional Indemnity team. As it is for a lot of people, once I got in I never left.
What attracted you to GSA? The friendly vibe of the office and people.
What is your all-time favourite food? I can’t say I have a particular dish but favourite cuisine would be Japanese.