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Key takeaways from empowering women in protection conference

Key takeaways from empowering women in protection conference

The Women in Protection networking event took place last week, and what a truly engaging, insightful thought-provoking conference it was. With the overarching theme of ‘Empowering Change’

Emma Thomson, Georgia d’Esterre, Steph Hydon, Shelli Bentley and Catherine Trimble did an outstanding job of hosting the event, panel debates and ensuring that there was an informative, educational, and inspiring agenda. So many takeaways from each session, something for everyone in the audience.

Menopause support was mentioned on several occasions which filled me with a great deal of hope and encouragement that this seemingly taboo subject is really gaining the exposure it needs.

The key standouts were Ali Crossley – MD, Distribution at Legal & General, discussing Imposter Syndrome and how she will still encounter this now. The Mentor Standard delivered some key thoughts on becoming a mentor and providing resources to support this. And the fantastic Maggie Alphonsi MBE – Rugby world cup winner, amongst many other accolades delivering an extremely motivational speech and how she will take on challenges to succeed as a leader that will be make her feel uncomfortable. Resonating completely with the phrase ‘What doesn’t challenge you, won’t change you’.

A multitude of awards were presented at the conference in the evening, huge congratulations to all the well-deserved winners and shortlisted finalists.

The Protection Guru team also attended the UK FinTech awards 2023 where we were shortlisted as a finalist for ‘InsurTech of the Year’ We had a fantastic evening hosting our wonderful guests. We were not sadly successful in taking the award for the fantastic Consumer Duty ready PGPro solution, however we were very proud to be shortlisted against some fantastic companies in UK FinTech.

Jamie Pritchard – Sales Director of Glenhawk Property Finance posted on LinkedIn yesterday. He was taken by surprise with a heart attack at the weekend, and because of the fantastic support that the NHS provided him with, he was extremely lucky. His key points are the impact the incredible medical professionals have on our lives, how we need to pay for the medical insurance and to keep telling people how much we care about them. All the very best to you Jamie for a speedy recovery.

We have recently announced the prestigious Protection Guru awards will be back for the third year running on Friday 6th October 2023. It is set to take place at the Renaissance St Pancreas hotel, a fabulous location and we can’t wait to see many of you there.

It is a fantastic day to celebrate the leading lights of the protection industry with recognition to new entrants through to established names. Voting is now open and you have the chance to nominate your company, your colleagues, other esteemed individuals in the industry here

There is a selection of categories to choose from:

  • Individual Adviser Awards
  • Adviser Firm Awards
  • Insurer Awards
  • Prestige Awards

All entries must be submitted by 31st May 2023.

Hoping you all have a fantastic week!

what we covered on Protection Guru Last week

About The Author


Niki Cooke has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, in particular in the advise-tech sector, where she has worked for the likes of iPipeline, Intelliflo and Twenty7Tec Group. Niki recently joined FTRC/Protection Guru as Chief Revenue Officer, supporting the business in it’s growth and development of protection focused adviser research tools and working with the wider industry to help grow the protection market.

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