Women in Protection was set up by Emma Thomson in 2017, bringing together a range of industry professionals with a shared ambition to broaden distribution of protection for advisers and access for consumers. Helping to build better financial resilience for UK families and individuals.
We all share a desire to bridge the massive protection gap that exists in the UK. We’ve talked about it for years but if we keep doing the same thing, we’re going to get the same result. Social structure has changed and the nuclear family is just one element of it, so using the same approach for everyone won’t work.
It’s time to make a change.
Emma Thomson – Product Strategist, British Friendly
Emma has been an advocate for the protection industry for nearly 20 years. Recognised as a thought leader who pushes the market forward for the right reasons, Emma has been recognised with a number of awards including winning Insurance Person of the Year at the 2017 Cover Excellence awards. Using her expertise and influence, Emma has lobbied for improved customer experiences and increased consumer awareness of the need for protection insurance. Over the years her work with insurers, reinsurers and journalists has been a notable driver of positive change in our industry. She was the inaugural Chair of the Protection Distributors Group leading it to become a well-respected industry lobby group, and has been a member of industry groups the Income Protection Task Force and F&TRC Protection Forum for several years.
Rose St Louis – Head of Strategic Partnerships, Zurich
Rose has over 20 years’ experience working in financial services. She established her career as a financial adviser so has an appreciation of consumer behaviours as they relate to insurance and investments. Rose is Zurich’s lead consumer spokesperson, chair of Zurich UK’s Women’s Innovation Network, a Trust Executive for Zurich Community Trust, board member of trade body the Investment and Life Assurance Group (ILAG) and voted Woman of the Year – Protection in the 2018 Women Financial Advice Awards.
Catherine Trimble – National Account Manager, Aegon
Catherine has 30 years of financial services experience, more recently in the protection sector. She has a passion for the products and a real belief in the value they deliver. Her day to day role involves working alongside Distributors looking at ways to develop and enhance their protection strategy. The execution of a strategic vision for sales lies at the centre of any successful business, but for protection its about embracing and blending the critical importance of product understanding, soft skills, high quality analytics and sales motivation to ensure a customer’s needs are fully covered. Women In Protection gives Catherine another platform to raise awareness of just how important protection planning is when providing holistic advice to customers.
Denise Wond – Marketing and Engagement Specialist
Denise is a protection specialist who has spent the last 17 years helping advisers have better protection conversations. With a background in retail, utilities and start-ups as well as business consultancy, marketing and proposition development, Denise is passionate about helping advisers create a more diverse client bank, allowing everyone access to good protection advice. A regular contributor to the trade press, and an advocate for the consumer, Denise spends much of her time talking to advisers and distributors to understand how we can work together to drive positive change.