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Three new ABI staff for media push

The ABI has appointed three new staff to its senior team this week as part of plans to boost its profile in the media and with the Government.

Joanne Segars has been appointed head of pensions. She was most recently senior pensions officer at the Trade Union Congress, where she developed the TUC&#39s stakeholder pension. The post also included responsibility for advising the General Council on issues surrounding state and occupational pension policy.

The new head of health is Richard Walsh. He was previously head of strategic planning at the Department of Health where he spent 11 years as a strategist and policy maker.

Alan Leaman, former Liberal Democrat director of strategy and head of office for ex-LibDem leader Paddy Ashdown, takes the new role of head of media and political affairs. Leaman was most recently a senior associate director at PR consultancy Hill and Knowlton.

ABI director general Mary Francis says: “These appointments will bring new experience and expertise to the ABI and will further strengthen our high profile in the media and with the Government.”


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Townends in Scottish Amicable Life tie up

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Change in global trends

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Skipton launches three year fixed rate bond

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A DGT with 100% access and 100% discount?

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