Interviewing motivational speakers can be invigorating, baffling or, on the wrong day, a red rag to a very cynical bull. But rarely is it controversial, unless you include their football analogies in a how-to guide without having any idea what you’re talking about. Sorry Steve…
Among my more exciting assignments of late was a day spent undercover with a team of private investigators looking into insurance claims. I learned how to spot a a surveillance team, how not to be seen, and how it’s slightly less glamorous than it looks on the telly. Oh, and how there’s much, much more of it than you’d think. Women make the best surveillance operatives I’m told – but you have to be prepared to sit still in the back of a white van for eight hours at a time. I’m not planning a career change.
The debate over NHS top-up fees, and whether people should be able to buy better healthcare, is an ethical minefield. It’s also a massive business opportunity for the insurance industry. As the government appears to be relenting on its opposition to top-ups, I wrote for Insurance Times about how the NHS might change, and spoke to the insurers hoping to make money making expensive drugs affordable for everyone.
I investigated the extend of insurers’ exposure to asbestos claims for Insurance Times – and discovered that their liabilities may never end.