Wellington brokerage Global Albatross won the 2017 Best Individual International Private Medical Insurance Intermediary Award at the Health Insurance Awards in London last week.

Global Albatross managing director Darren Manning said this was the first time a company outside of the UK had won that category in the Health Insurance Awards’ history.

The judges said that the company was “exactly the sort of intermediary that is a credit to this industry,” provides “real expertise” in broking, and called their approach to clients “open, thorough and unbiased.”

Manning said: “I am extremely proud of our team, and honoured to have served our clients over the past year. We look forward to continuing to deliver the high-quality service that the company has now been recognised for.”

Manning, originally from the Hawkes Bay, returned to Wellington in February 2014 after living in China for a decade. His decision to return was driven by his desire to provide his young family with a good lifestyle.

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But he said he soon started missing the expat life, and decided to start his own company specialising in protecting the health and wellbeing of expats after realising no company in New Zealand was operating in that space.