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Kirwan taking health and protection role at ABI

Association of British Insurers protection committee chairman Nick Kirwan will replace Richard Walsh as head of health and protection insurance at the ABI at the end of this month.

Kirwan has been on gardening leave since resigning as Scottish Widows protection marketing director in April and will be employed on a six-month consultancy basis pending a formal recruitment process.

Walsh is leaving the ABI at the end of June.

Kirwan says: “I have enjoyed working with the ABI as chair of the protection committee and I am really looking forward to joining the team. The ABI has achieved a huge amount in the health and protection arena but there is still a lot more we can do. It promises to be an exciting challenge.”

Walsh says: “I have enjoyed my stay at the ABI immensely but after six years, have decided it is time to move on. I am particularly proud of the genetics moratorium, the changes in the way that insurers treat gay men and, most recently, the progress we have made on improving insurance applications to get better disclosure. This is now bearing fruit, with fewer declined claims.”

He has not announced a new role but says he plans to work in collaboration with others in the health and protection sectors and beyond as both a commentator and in developing policy and strategic thinking.

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