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

- We're already planning the 2014 conference and dinner

- IFA & Media protection training

- Consultancy work in the UK and internationally

- Research and surveys. The Syndicate is expanding and we're talking to potential new members about how they can be engaged in this exciting work and gear up hugely the value from their research spend

- 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!


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Philip Wood, Health Shield Friendly Society


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

Rebelling against Saturday Night Fever and Grease soundtracks which were coming from my sisters’ bedroom, my first single was David Watts by the Jam in 1978 and first album was The Specials in 1979 which led me in to the mod revival and scooter scene of the early 80’s.  I’m still a huge Weller fan by the way, but haven’t been tempted to revisit my youth with the Vespa.

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

Generally, the negative press and reaction stemming from the banking crisis together with the lack of a fuller understanding in some socio-economic areas of society of the vital role that insurance, health care provision and pensions can play.  I think that schools could teach more about financial management including all aspects of insurance and pensions.

3. What is your favourite film, and why?

Probably Green Mile stands out as one of my favourites as it has strong values messages running through the film.  It also combines every aspect of humanity with a sprinkling of ‘star dust’ in the magical gift of John Coffey. You can still watch it time after time and not get tired of it.

4. What if your favourite part of the world, and why?

You cannot beat the Scottish Highlands and Lake District for beauty and accessibility.  For the sheer scale and variety of a long weekend, it’s hard to beat New York although Paris and Rome are fascinating destinations given their respective histories.  For a relaxing break, the Amalfi Coast including Sorrento and Capri still have something to offer although the Far East and Australia are still on my To Do list. 

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

The cost of media and advertising space.  Joking apart, the health insurance industry is moving forward including relevant stakeholder discussions and there is more focus on product benefits, delivery and service alongside pricing as the social and political landscape continues to evolve.  Technology is helping to drive delivery alongside product innovation and market efficiency.


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

MARCH 2014

In our last poll we asked "Is it becoming more important to offer rewards and other added value benefits in order to grow the protection market?"  In one of our closest results yet, the Yes votes just had the majority but opinion is most certainly divided.


Latest Poll

In our latest poll we ask  "What impact do you think the Mortgage Market Review will have on the volume of protection business written this year?   Click here to take part in the poll and check back here soon to see the results.


The contents for the Protection Review 2013 as well as an excerpt from the book are available on the book page of  the site.   If you would like to order a copy email


Protection Review 2014 will be held on Thursday 10 July at the Landmark London. For more information on places at the dinner or conference and sponsorship opportunities please contact 

The tenth Protection Review conference and awards dinner took place on 11 July 2013 at the Landmark London hotel. More details can be found in the events section on this site.  View pictures from the 2013 conference, dinner and awards here. For queries about this, and other Protection Review events, including training, please email


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