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Nick Kirwan to take over from Richard Walsh as head of protection at ABI

ABI head of health and protection insurance Richard Walsh will leave the ABI at the end of June with ABI Protection Committee chairman Nick Kirwan taking his place.

Kirwan, who resigned from Scottish Widows in April this year, will be employed on a six month consultancy basis pending a formal recruitment process.

He says: “I’ve enjoyed working with the ABI as Chair of the Protection Committee and I’m 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 would like to thank all those who have enabled me to achieve so many good things. I am particularly proud of the genetics moratorium, the changes in the way 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. For the future, I am planning to work in collaboration with others in the health and protection sectors and beyond, both as a commentator and in developing policy and strategic thinking.”

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