Speakers List - COVER Protection & Health Summit 2019


KEYNOTE: Dr Phil Hammond

Doctor, Journalist, Broadcaster,

Campaigner and Comedian

He qualified as a GP in 1991 and is currently works in a specialist NHS centre for children and adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME. Phil is also a presenter on BBC Radio Bristol and has been Private Eye's medical correspondent since 1992, campaigning for patient empowerment, open data in healthcare and for the NHS to be honest and transparent about the harm it causes as well as the good it does. In 2012, he was shortlisted with Andrew Bousfield for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Investigative Journalism for a Private Eye Special Report about the shocking treatment of NHS Whistleblowers. Phil has also won awards for broadcasting, popular health journalism, comedy and teaching. He is Vice President of the Patients' Association and a patron of Meningitis UK, the Doctors' Support Network, the Herpes Viruses Association, Patients First and Kissing It Better.
Phil presented five series of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor on BBC2 and has appeared regularly on Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show, The One Show and Countdown. He has been a Lecturer in Medical Communication at the Universities of Bristol and Birmingham,. Phil's Radio 4 sitcom about GPs struggling with the NHS reforms - Polyoaks - was written with David Spicer and the third series airs in June 2014. Phil has written three books - Medicine Balls, Trust Me, I'm (Still) a Doctor and Sex, Sleep or Scrabble? - and released two DVDs of his tours (Dr Phil's Rude Health Show and Confessions of a Doctor). He has currently on his third UK comedy tour with Games to Play With Your Doctor and writing his fourth book, ‘Staying Alive - How to Survive the NHS' which will be published by Quercus in January 2015

Ambika Fraser

Head of Proposition


Ambika Fraser is the Head of Proposition Development at Unum UK. Ambika has a strong history in Sales and Marketing and started her career at Legal & General after graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Economics and Business Management. Since moving on from Legal & General, Ambika has gone on to refine her specialities to focus more on the product management side of business. Ambika's most recent role before joining Unum was Head of Products at Chubb, a global insurance provider within the commercial and personal property insurance sector.

Johnny Timpson

Financial Protection Technical & Industry Affairs Manager

Scottish Widows

Johnny Timpson is Scottish Widows' financial resilience and protection specialist. As a leading expert in his sector, he brings over 40 years' experience working in a variety of individual and group protection technical roles and distribution models.

He is currently the DWP Disability Champion for the Insurance Industry and Profession, Chairs the Access to Insurance Working Group and is a member of the Money & Pension Service FinTech and Mental Health Advisory Group. He is also a member of the CII's Insuring Women's Futures Programme Expert Advisor Panel and London Insurance Institute Inclusion and Diversity Committee. In addition, Johnny is a member of the Resilience Task Force chaired by Baroness Drake and also the Income Protection Task Force where he sits on both its Welfare and Building Resilient Households Working Groups.

Johnny is a former chair of TISA's Consumer Protection Policy Council and member of the ABI Protection Committee plus until its close, he was a member of the Seven Families Project team where he lead its corporate relationship work stream.

Jiten Varsani

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

London Money

Jiten has been in Financial Services since October 2000. Starting in a Call Centre for a Fund Supermarket, he quickly worked his way up to become a Financial Adviser. Since February 2013 he has worked as an Independent Financial, Mortgage and Protection Adviser specialising in Lifestyle Protection Planning.