Kevin Carr- Co Chair

Kevin has been in the financial services industry since 1993. Following three years providing mortgage advice on the high street, he progressed through several roles with independent protection specialist LifeSearch including Head of Protection Strategy and Director of Public Relations. In 2008 Kevin joined PruProtect (now VitalityLife) as Director of Protection Development, a role which included all aspects of protection business including sales, marketing, product development and public relations. A previously qualified IFA and mortgage adviser Kevin is a well-known industry figure who speaks regularly to the media and at conferences on all matters related to protection. Kevin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and has won many industry awards including accolades for protection advice, business strategy, influence and PR. In 2006 Kevin was voted Protection Adviser of the Year and also the UK’s Best Financial Services Press Officer. In 2007 Kevin was voted the 2nd most influential person in the UK protection industry of the last ten years. Kevin is Managing Director of PR and consultancy firm Carr Consulting & Communications, CEO of Protection Review and Co-Chairman of the Income Protection Task Force. A keen Arsenal fan he has also been known to play keyboards in various bands over the years.

Roy McLoughlin – Co Chair

Roy McLoughlin works for Cavendish Ware in London and has been an adviser for 30 years. He has won numerous industry awards across the group and individual spectrum on protection, pensions and group risk, and is co-chairman of the Income Protection task force. He also sits on other industry bodies and is a ‘go to‘ commentator in both the industry and national press. He is an active adviser with a particular passion for protection demonstrated recently as one of the central advocates and architects of the Seven Families campaign.

Jo Miller – Head of Operations

Jo Miller has worked for Protection Review since 2010 and is now Director of Sales and Sponsorship as well as heading up The Syndicate research community.  Jo runs the Income Protection Task Force alongside Kevin Carr and Roy McLoughlin.  Jo previously worked as an Operations and Account Manager for the Financial Services practice at EY and before that for an international events company.

IPTF Executive Committee

Neil McCarthy -Executive Member

Neil joined the industry back in 1983, spending 25 years working with a number of specialist Protection insurers, including GRE, Swiss Life, AXA and Partnership Assurance primarily in sales and marketing roles. For the last 10 years he has been responsible for Distribution and Marketing at Direct Life & Pension Services Ltd where his focus has been developing the services within LifeQuote that can make life simpler for advisers. He holds the FCII and within the industry he sits on the ILAG Protection Group and joined the Income Protection Task Force as a NED in early 2018.

Richard Walsh – Executive Member

Fellow SAMI Consulting
IPTF Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs
Co-Chair of the Building Resilient Households Group

Richard Walsh is an experienced strategist and policy analyst for SAMI Consulting ( He has run many projects for public, private and regulatory organisations to help them analyse their external environment, review their internal strategies and develop plans for change.

For the IPTF and BRHG he leads on policy development and negotiations with the DWP – especially on the interactions between Universal Credit and private solutions and was responsible for achieving the new clarification on Support for Mortgage Interest Loans and IP. He was co-author of the original report for the CII “Building Resilient Households”. He has also worked on lobbying legislation on the new Single Financial Guidance Body and MAS to ensure they look at insurance as well as savings solutions for those who may become too ill to work.

Before joining SAMI, he was head of health and protection at the ABI between 2001 and 2007 where he negotiated the genetics moratorium and ended insurance discrimination against gay men. Prior to the ABI he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Health. Between 2007 and 2018 he wrote a monthly analysis column for Cover Magazine and was a judge at their awards.

Alan Knowles

Alan has worked in the protection market since 2005, originally as a web programmer but for the most part as an adviser. In 2012 Alan, alongside his wife Kathryn, setup Cura, a multi award winning protection intermediary specialising in hard to place protection cases. Alan is also a member of the Access to Insurance Working Group, and has chaired the Protection Distributors Group (PDG) since 2018.