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Who We Are

Granite Belt Insurance Brokers have been servicing the Granite Belt for more than 25 years. We have access to a wide range of insurers, allowing us to meet your insurance requirements, from the mainstream known insurance companies to the boutique insurance companies that specialise in specific cover. There is rarely an insurance situation we cannot help with.

Caron Hopkins

Caron commenced working at Granite Belt Insurance Brokers in November 2014.

Caron has won multiple awards as an Insurance Broker, including both state and national level. Caron was recently named as People’s Choice at the Advisr Insurance Broker Awards.

Having moved to Stanthorpe in 2012 to offer her family a tree change, she has an extensive background in finance, working for the NAB for 12 years in Victoria, as well as in Mortgage Manager/Broker companies in Brisbane

Caron is qualified to provide you with quotes and insurance coverage.

She loves working at Granite Belt Insurance Brokers and strives to ensure that all customers have a memorable experience when dealing with us.

Qualifications

ANZIIF Tier 1 General Insurance Broking
ANZIIF Tier 2 General and Personal Insurance Advice

Trisha McNeil

Trisha joined Granite Belt Insurance Brokers in 2023, after moving to the Stanthorpe area in 2020.

Trisha has an extensive background in Life Insurance, Workers’ Compensation and Employment Services.  Her roles have included Claims Technical Specialist, Capability and Development Coach and Senior Claims Manager.

Her diverse background encompasses Quality Assurance, Best Practice Case Management, IT Systems Development, Staff Training, Company Systems Process Mapping and championing pilot programs such as Holistic Case Management.

Trisha manages all Claims for Granite Belt Insurance Brokers, as well as Office Management and Quality Assurance Administration, and works part-time Tuesdays to Thursdays.

Qualifications

Undertaking ANZIIF Tier 1 General Insurance Broking
Graduate Certificate in Case Management (Disability and Employment Services)

Karen Thomson

Karen commenced work in the General Insurance Industry in 1982.  She obtained her Diploma in General Insurance with the Australian Insurance Institute in 1988.

Karen relocated in 1990 and together with her husband has run a successful agricultural contracting business for 30+ years.  In 2012 Karen returned to work in the insurance industry in various areas of broking, where she has continued to work, having an extensive knowledge of General Insurance.

Karen is a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker of the National Insurance Brokers Association and holds a Diploma of Insurance Broking – Senior Associate CIP (Certified Insurance Professional) Member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.

Lorraine Sampson

Lorraine was a highly regarded Agricultural adviser in the Moree district, helping pioneer specialised agriculture techniques known as No-Till Farming. The career spanned research, advice and field work. Lorraine started in Financial Services in 2000 after retiring from her career as an Agronomist when the family relocated from Moree to Toowoomba, Qld.

She quickly learned the business of Insurance being able to apply techniques developed from Agriculture Risk Management and became a General Insurance Adviser later that year. She attained her Diploma of Financial Services in 2004.

Lorraine’s degree in Rural Science from University of New England in Armidale combined with her many years of experience in business and insurance, puts her in a great position to offer risk solutions to all our clients.

Qualifications

BRurSci Diploma of Financial Services

Trent Sampson

Trent started in insurance in 1992 as a Colonial Mutual Adviser in Moree NSW. The family moved to Toowoomba in 1999 where he specialised in Financial Planning. His clients were happy when he reopened the General Insurance side to the business in 2002, with the purchase of PRP Insurance Brokers in Ipswich. That company is what is now known as WebInsure Pty Ltd and is based on the Sunshine Coast.

WebInsure is a Platinum partner of the Insurance House group.

Trent is a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker (QPIB), member of the National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA), holds an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, and is a Certified Insurance Professional (CIP) (Senior Associate) member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. (ANZIIF)

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