She’s held plenty of trophies aloft in her past sporting life as a hockey player but Vicki Constable is scoring goals on the state business field these days.
The Tamworth insurance agency manager has just been named the statewide winner of the NRMA’s All Star Leader of the Year at the annual conference.
She’s part of the six-person team in the Peel St office and has been a familiar face there for the past 18 years. She won’t take too much of the credit either, and like the solid hockey halfback player she was in so many previous sides and matches, she attributes the wins to that true sporting team spirit.
“But it’s great to be acknowledged and thanked for the hard work and efforts by everyone,” she said.
Mrs Constable has worked in claims and behind the counter in customer service and was part of the team that helped the office win the statewide agency award two years ago, too.
It was a finalist too this year and was named runner-up to the Albury agency for the title.
The office has been there for 24 years but since July 2006, when it was franchised, it has operated as a privately-owned business – just like all country agencies across NSW.
The owner, Chris Mowle, is from Kempsey and owns the Tamworth, Coffs Harbour and Kempsey NRMA offices.
He’s tickled pink with Mrs Constable’s top place.
“We are certainly proud to have her lead the Tamworth team,” Mr Mowle said.
Tamworth area manager Lyndelle Sullivan said the award recognised managers within the NRMA network for their dedication and hard work in developing a workplace that offered outstanding service and supported the community.
“Since 2006 it has been more important for our customers to use the NRMA Tamworth office to make payments and initiate new insurance policies, instead of using other channels of the NRMA,” Mrs Sullivan said.
Other agencies operate in Armidale, Gunnedah, Quirindi and Murrurundi and like other years choose to sponsor a charity as part of their community commitment.
Mrs Sullivan said Duchenn Muscular Dystrophy Foundation was this year’s charity.
“DMD is caused by faults in genes that parents pass on to their children,” she said.
“It is the lack of the protein dystrophin causing muscles to deteriorate and break down leading to immobility. It affects one in 3000 live male births throughout the world.”
Country agencies formed a syndicate to raise funds and they were matched by theNRMA parent companies to achieve a total of $75,000.