Savill to spearhead ABI’s gender bias challenge

LONDON/BRUSSELS: The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has appointed former DTI head of European Economic Reform Hugh Savill to handle its public affairs.

In the beefed up role as head of EU and international affairs, Savill replaces former head of European affairs Simon Gentry and former head of international affairs John Cooke, both of whom have set up consultancies.

Savill will represent the

ABI’s 400 members to the UK government and the EU. His key job over the next three months will be to present the ABI’s opposition to Article 4 of the gender equality directive, proposed by the European Council of Ministers’ social affairs working group in November. Article 4 states that using gender as a factor in insurance underwriting or actuarial decisions is discriminatory.

The ABI aims to get the

article amended by setting out its practical effects to

various European parliamentary committees, the British government and Europe’s umbrella insurance body the Committé Européen des Assurances before the parliament moves to a vote in April.

At the DTI, Savill advised the BBC on its digital TV ventures and European competition law between 1995-96. As an assistant director, he briefed DTI officials on the 1996 Scott inquiry into the arms to Iraq affair.

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