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Key dates for 2015:

  • Protection Review: Wednesday 15th July

  • Intermediary Forum: Wednesday 8th April


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Fiona Murphy, Editor, Cover Magazine

1. What was the first album you can remember buying?

Green Day’s Dookie. I was about 10 or 11 and my guitar teacher had mentioned Green Day to me. So I went home and asked the cooler of my two older brothers (sorry guys) if he had any of their albums so I could check them out and he dug out a tape he’d bought a few years earlier.

It totally opened the floodgates. I actually listened to it so much that I wore out the tape in a couple of weeks and had to go out and re-buy a copy on CD for my brother with my pocket money!

2. What is your biggest pet hate about the world of financial services?

I imagine this is a popular answer but the dense jargon is a real pet peeve. It’s so off-putting and I would love for insurers to go back to the drawing board with some of the terms and names.

‘Protection’ is the biggest one. I get a lot of odd press releases from firms that see I write on protection but think protection is something else and not insurance related. I’ve had press releases on everything from sexual health to different types of security – even car alarms!  

3. What is your favourite film, and why?

This might sounds uber-geeky but I really love Star Wars, episode one. I think it has everything – it’s a soap opera in space – and the characters are just brilliant and it was so ahead of its time. I refuse to acknowledge the ‘prequels’ though – they’re so naff!

4. If you won a million pounds tomorrow what would you do with it?

That’s a tricky one as I think it would be enough to spend on a few big things but not completely sustain me for a few years…

I’d love to do some of the following - fulfil the distant dream of buying my own home outside of London, book a big holiday to Japan with my fiancé, spoil my family and donate some funds to my favourite animal charity/hospital Wildlife Aid.

I’d also love to put some money into some kind of DIY music project or business– like promoting local, unsigned bands or running a club night.

I’d like to say that I’d be sensible and invest some of it too… You’ve made me want to play the lottery now…!

5. If you could change one thing about the protection insurance industry overnight, what would it be?

I’d like the public to know exactly what the different types of protection insurance are, the value of it, feel encouraged to take it out and not be scared of insurers/insurance.  

I’d like everyone at different life stages to look at income protection -– whether they’re at the beginning of their career or a parent or whatever their circumstances, it’s something they should be aware of.

I don’t quite know what the answer to this challenge is but financial education in schools might help.  


About Protection Review

Protection Review is the definitive review of the UK's multi-billion pound health and protection insurance industry. Protection Review was established in 2003 by its then co-directors Peter Le Beau and Andy Couchman. In 2010 Kevin Carr joined as chief executive. All three are passionate about health and protection insurance
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