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Here's a quick list of what is keeping us busy at the moment:

- We're collating the feedback from Protection Review 2014 and reading all of the comments we have received after the conference, dinner and awards

- IFA & Media protection training

- Consultancy work in the UK and internationally

- We're planning the annual advisory board meeting for The Syndicate where we will meet with members old and new to discuss the themes for the research over the coming year.

- Writing articles and commenting for the media and firms

- Product reviews. We have a track record going back almost 20 years and are building up our online library - it's free to access too.

- 'e-PR' - download it free from this website

And championing the cause for protection wherever we can!


5 QI

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Kelly Thomas, PruProtect

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

I mostly bought cassettes, but the first album was probably 'Smash Hits, 88' or something similar.

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

The obsession with price, particularly over quality. Also, that we keep talking about customers wanting 'simple products', rather than what the customer actually needs.
Customers will take the time to understand the product, if they can see the value in it, so surely it is our job to sell/demonstrate the value!

3. What is your favourite film, and why?

Shaun of the Dead. I love the British sense of humour. This movie pleasantly surprised me, I laugh every time I watch it, and it reminds me not to take life too seriously.

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

I'd take the day off and then book a surprise holiday in the Maldives for my family, where we would do nothing but eat, drink, play golf and surf.

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

That protection would be cool...and customers would engage and demand more value from their insurance. It would become part of everyday life and we wouldn't be afraid to talk about it.


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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Poll Results

Poll Results

JULY 2014

In our last poll we asked "Will the IPTF Seven Families initiative improve consumer awareness of protection insurance?"  65% of respondents felt that awareness of protection would improve as a result of the initiative.


Latest Poll

In our latest poll we ask  "Which of the following is most likely to increase protection sales?"  Click here to take part in the poll and check back here soon to see the results.


THE PROTECTION REVIEW IS NOW ONLINE!! Click on eBook in the menu at the top and register to view the content.  If you have any queries please contact 


Protection Review 2014 was held on Thursday 10 July at The Landmark London. The date for Protection Review 2015 has not yet been released.  Check back here regularly for details.

Click here for pictures of the 2014 conference and click here to see the pictures of the dinner and awards.

For queries about this, and other Protection Review events, including training, please email


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