A managing director at a Blyth-based insurance company has been recognised for her work with a top industry award.
Karen Weir, MD at Weir Insurance, is one of only five recipients of a service award in 2014 – and the only one from the north east.
She was recognised for her work at an awards ceremony held by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
The second generation, family run independent insurance brokers was established in 1972 and employs 12 people at its central office in Blyth.
Karen said: “It’s a huge personal honour to be awarded this prestigious accolade and I thank the CII for its recognition.
“However this award doesn’t just recognise my individual achievements, it is also reflective of the fantastic support team behind me at Weir Insurance.
“One of the main reasons behind our success is over the last 40 years is that, despite our growth, we remain an intimate business with an outlook which is progressive and which continues to evolve and challenge the industry.”
Throughout her career, Karen has pioneered for a number of changes in the industry and from 2007 to 2012 she took up service with the CII as education secretary.
Richard Talbot-Jones, vice-president of the Insurance Institute of Newcastle upon Tyne, added: “Karen is a natural leader who takes charge of situations.
“She is far-sighted and incisive, and is able to perceive ways forward to achieve clearly set out goals.
“Having her on council has enabled us to do far more than we otherwise could have done, and her impact will be felt for many years to come.”