John Brazier is an experienced B2B journalist and editor. He took on the position of editor for COVER in February 2021.
John has spent over a decade working across various B2B editorial roles and markets, most recently in a freelance capacity reporting on gas and renewable energy, electric vehicles and power materials.
He was previously editor of The Trade, a buy-side publication for a readership of global asset managers, hedge funds and traders, a position he held for two years.
Prior to this, John spent three years with WatersTechnology, a fintech publication with a global audience, where he served as a European staff writer, before stepping up the role of deputy editor, working across the buy- and sell-side brands of the title.
He has also worked on a number of personal finance, retail IT and technology brands, and has personal interests in literature, technology and environmental issues.
Claire Ginnelly has been working in the private medical insurance industry since 1991. Most of her experience has been gained working for large insurance companies managing the distribution of health insurance products through intermediaries. She held senior positions within Standard Life Healthcare, as Head of Intermediary Sales, and Groupama Healthcare, as Head of Distribution.
In June 2013, Claire joined Premier Choice Group as Head of Healthcare and she was appointed Managing Director of the Group in July 2015. Premier Choice Group is involved in all aspects of the Healthcare market from Private Medical Insurance to Risk and Protection and has been part of GRP group since August 2020.
Naomi started her career working in the corporate space of the Life Assurance sector in 2002, helping advisers understand the products available in the UK market whilst giving training and development on the benefits of personal and business products. In 2014 Naomi founded specialist brokerage Heath Protection Solutions, which offers Private Clients and Businesses whole of market advice on a full range of insurance solutions. In addition to running her own business Naomi has brought her deep understanding of the UK life assurance market to LDNfinance as Protection Director, where she supports the development of their protection advice to mortgage clients. Naomi has become an Ambassador for the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), working to raise awareness of the importance of protection products for women. She speaks at events in London on the education and guidance of young women and the importance of protecting their futures regularly appearing at events such as ‘She’s on the Money’. Recently awarded the Woman of the year in Protection Advice Award at the Women in Financial Awards 2019, Naomi looks to continue raising the awareness of the need for Protection Advice by supporting the education of both brokers and clients.
Dr Tarun Gupta was recently announced in the newly created role of Medical Officer for Legal & General Group Protection. An NHS GP, Clinical Commissioner and Occupational Physician, he will provide CMO opinion on complex group risk cases to help improve decision-making and thought leadership on clinical issues.
With professional interests in mental health and occupational health, Dr Gupta brings a wealth of experience. He currently serves as Clinical Lead for Mental Health for the largest CCG in England, GP Reference Panel and Committee Member for NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) on clinical guidelines and as Specialist Advisor to CQC (Care Quality Commission).
Outside of the NHS, Dr Gupta serves as an Occupational Physician to several large and SME clients across a range of sectors, from autos to financial services.
His insight into corporate life is further grounded in the fact that he started his career in investment banking with Goldman Sachs (following a First in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford), before pursuing graduate-entry medicine. He is currently completing his executive-MBA equivalent at Harvard Business School.
Shayne Halfpenny-Ray is the Public Affairs Manager at the Chartered Insurance Institute. He leads on the CII’s programmes of engagement with Westminster, Whitehall and financial services regulatory bodies on key consumer interest issues across the insurance and financial planning sectors. He has led engagement on various policy areas including financial resilience, health and protection, intergenerational differences, open finance, and disabled and vulnerable consumers.
Shayne leads on the CII’s involvement with the Building Resilient Households Group and Chairs the Professionalism Workstream of the Cabinet Office sponsored Access to Insurance Working Group. He also sits on the board of BIBA’s Access to Insurance Signposting Committee as the CII’s representative, and provides the Secretariat function for the Insurance & Financial Services All-Party Parliamentary Group.
Before joining the CII, he worked at the Nuclear Industry Association as a Public Affairs and Communications lead, and has diverse experience in policy analysis, communications and advocacy campaigns.
Shayne graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a BSC in Politics and Global Governance.
Christine is the Managing Director of RedArc, a specialist company providing personalised, long-term help and support to employees, individuals and families suffering from serious illness, disability or bereavement, through its team of highly qualified, registered nurses.
RedArc was the first company to address the non-financial needs of protection customers and their families, something now integral to the majority of protection products in the group and individual markets. RedArc supports people via key protection players such as Royal London, Scottish Widows, Legal & General, Canada Life, AIG Life, Aviva and Aegon as well as via intermediaries and organisations in other sectors such as the Federation of Small Businesses and Unite trade union.
RedArc’s expertise covers a wide range of conditions including cancer, mental health, trauma, cardiac conditions as well as long-term conditions such as Parkinson’s, Diabetes and Long Covid.
Specialist service features include Practical Help at Home, Face-to-Face Second Medical Opinion, Private Consultations and a wide range of specialised External Therapies addressing specific physical and mental health needs.
Christine spent the initial part of her career in financial roles within the chemical industry before moving into financial services. Since then, Christine has held several directorships and is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Speaking of RedArc, Christine has said she is “proud to be helping so many people at often the most difficult times of their lives, whilst at the same time adding value to a wide range of clients across all market sectors.”
Alan Lakey has been gainfully occupied in the industry since 1978. He's been a financial adviser since 1986 and started the acclaimed CIExpert system in 2012. He is an ex-Director of Adviser Alliance and an ex-Council member of APFA. He also spent eight unhappy years working for an assortment of insurers and distributors and is the winner of 20 awards for advisory excellence. He is the author of Growing Old Disgracefully, a biography of seminal ‘60s rock band The Pretty Things and recently wrote ‘Idiocy in Commercial Life: Practical Ways to Navigate Through Nonsense'.
Suba qualified as a doctor from the University of Glasgow and trained as a surgeon, working in various NHS and private hospitals in London and Cambridgeshire. Her areas of clinical research include value-based healthcare, patient reported outcomes and subjective wellbeing. She is on a mission to make healthcare as inclusive and accessible as possible.
She joined Aviva in 2015 with the remit to provide clinical insight in every aspect of the insurance value chain- from assessing scientific evidence when funding new healthcare treatments, identifying and contracting with high quality healthcare providers, to co-designing innovative healthcare propositions that address unmet clinical and customer needs. She has been driving the transition of Aviva Health from a bill payer to a commissioner of care with the key aim of commissioning healthcare that provides high clinical quality and an excellent customer journey in a sustainable and affordable manner.
She is Aviva’s Clinical Lead and Board observer at Healthcare Purchasing Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture between Aviva and Vitality. She is a Non-Executive Director at Healthwatch Hampshire and a Non-Executive Director and Wellbeing Guardian at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest providers of community health, specialist mental health and learning disability services in the UK.
Dave was appointed Executive Chairman of AMII on 22nd April and also has roles as Executive Director of Benefits Advisory Services (BAS) and Consultant at Radiant Corporate Benefits.
Dave was previously CEO of Employment Benefit Consultancy, Portus, until the sale to Aon in 2017 and following the successfully sale integrated both clients and colleagues into Aon. During his time at Portus he sat on the committees of both GRiD and AMII, the former as Chair of the ‘Raising the Profile’ committee and during GRiD Chairmanship helped developed the GRiD training academy which is still going strong.
In addition, Dave is a Trustee of Charities Smile for Joel and Sporting Minds UK as well as being Chairman of Governors at a local Primary school and Chair of the Birmingham and District Cricket League cricket committee.
Brian Walters is managing director of specialist PMI broker Regency Health and a former vice-chair of the Association of Medical Insurers and Intermediaries (AMII). He is a regular commentator to the national press on health insurance matters and has written a number of articles for COVER and other trade publications. Brian knows what it takes to win on the night, having won many awards himself as well as previously judging the COVER Excellence Awards.