Nick Kirwan is to remain as head of health and protection insurance at the Association of British Insurers on a permanent basis.
Kirwan, who resigned from Scottish Widows in April, took over the role from Richard Walsh in June on a six-month consultancy basis pending a formal recruitment process but has now accepted the position permanently.
Since he joined the ABI, it has developed a guide aimed at helping consumers better understand critical-illness cover and what illnesses are generally covered.
It has also received the go-ahead from the Office of Fair Trading to clarify its definition of total permanent disability – the condition which leads to most declined claims – and has proposed abolishing the existing exemption which allows insurers to differentiate based on sexual orientation.
Kirwan says: “I am thrilled. I guess the ABI was impres- sed with the work I have been doing and I am excited to have the opportunity to continue.”
ABI spokesman Jon French says: “The ABI is delighted that Nick will be taking on this position on a permanent basis.”