The insurance industry has lost a long-time, loyal servant with the death on 4 February 2019 of Frank Hoffmann, 84. Frank was the father of underwriting agencies in Australia.
Frank created Australia’s first stand-alone agency, Jardine Underwriting Pty Ltd, which subsequently changed to Jardine Underwriting Agency Pty Ltd (JUA) with the introduction of the Agents and Brokers Act.
JUA was probably the first agency to register under the A&B Act because its founders figured that would enhance its credibility at a time when agencies were not recognised within the legislation.
Frank was also a founding father of the Australian Insurance Law Association and the National Insurance Brokers Association. He was a life member of AILA and awarded NIBA’s Lex McKeown trophy in 1999 for services to insurance broking and the industry in general.
UAC General Manager William Legge, who knew Frank for most of his years in the industry, said he was a valuable mentor and would be sadly missed.
Frank was a renowned commentator on and consultant to the industry and an expert witness in courts and tribunals.
He is survived by his wife Jennie, three children, and five grandchildren. UAC expresses its condolences to the family.