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Head of Health & Protection Policy

Association of British Insurers
London EC3N 2LB/Hybrid
£90,000 to £100,000 plus benefits
Closing date
6 Jan 2024

Job Details

 When meeting us, you’ll quickly discover that the best thing about the Association of British Insurers is our people.  We’re hugely proud that 99% of our people think individual differences are respected, that we are empowered to bring our whole self to work without fear of judgment and embrace all our differences as every voice matters. If that sounds like your sort of culture, read on to find out how you can join us.


 We’re looking for an Assistant Director, Head of Health and Protection to lead the strategy, development and promotion of ABI policy on health and protection insurance. You’ll represent the collective interests of this industry and its customers to government, Parliament, and other stakeholders.

We are open to flexible, part time and/or job share working – please let us know if this would be your preference. We work in a hybrid way with at least 40% of time in the office.

What’s the job?

  • Lead our relationship with the Department of Health and Social Care, the Independent Health Providers Network and other important stakeholders in this space.

  • Put forward credible, evidence-based policy positions to government to inform the policymaking process on issues including workplace health and health outcomes, the future of genetic testing, insurance and mental, critical illness, product distribution, and patient safety.

  • Represent the interests of the UK’s health and protection markets to key stakeholders (government, regulators, the third sector), in the media, and by speaking at conferences and events.

  • Lead the work of the Health & Protection Board, an ABI Board Committee, and ensure we advance credible positions which reflect the views of members and their impact on consumers.

  • Cultivate strong and enduring relationships with senior member executives in the health and protection markets, as well as other stakeholders.

  • Line manage, develop and motivate a small, high-performing team.

What skills do you need?

  •  Leadership – you can manage, develop and retain a team to deliver work across a broad range of objectives.

  • Excellent analytical and quantitative capabilities.

  • Policy – you easily digest large quantities of detailed material and present it in a way that is easily understood by all.

  • Strategic thinking - you identify and act on emerging opportunities, challenges and risks.

  • Lobbying and influencing – you can win the trust of senior people and argue persuasively to deliver strategic objectives.

  • Relationship management – you work collaboratively and build close and enduring relationships with decision makers and colleagues to build support for the ABI’s policy asks and get things done.

  • Good judgment and intellectual curiosity.

 Throughout the interview and assessment process, we will be looking for you to demonstrate the ABI’s values; We are Brave; We take Ownership; We are Appreciative; We are Human and We are Curious.

 Inclusion matters to us

 At the ABI, we feel empowered to bring our whole self to work without fear of judgment and embrace all our differences as every voice matters.

We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds and we run our application process a bit differently – we’ll ask you application questions which are relevant to the role and the skills we need. We don’t assess based on CV or past experience to ensure our process is fair, inclusive and everyone has equal opportunity to demonstrate their suitability.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and are committed to making reasonable adjustments where required. Where possible, we offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirements for a role. To discuss in more detail, please contact

To find out more

You can find lots more information on our careers page, including details of our generous benefits package and who we are as an organisation.

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The ABI is the voice of the UK’s world leading insurance and long-term savings industry. A productive, inclusive and thriving sector, we are an industry that provides peace of mind to households and businesses across the UK and powers the growth of local and regional economies by enabling trade, risk taking, investment and innovation. The UK insurance industry is the largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world.

It is an essential part of the UK’s economic strength, managing investments of over £1.8 trillion and paying nearly £12bn in taxes to the Government. It employs around 300,000 individuals, of which around a third are employed directly by providers with the remainder in auxiliary services such as broking.

If you would like to know more about the ABI and the work we do please visit You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

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