Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

Howden appoints Mike Dalby as Managing Director to drive business growth and service delivery in the UK Consumer Health & Protection market

Howden, the global insurance group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Dalby as Managing Director of its UK Consumer Health & Life Business.

In his new role, Mike will drive business growth and help Howden meet increased demand for individual health and protection solutions, including Private Medical Insurance (PMI) and Life Insurance. In addition, Mike will oversee the integration of the Consumer businesses acquired from A-plan and Aston Lark, which will result in a dedicated team of over 250 employees available to provide specialist advice to consumers.  

Bringing a wealth of experience, Mike Dalby joins from AXA Health, where he was a Distribution Director for over two years. Prior to this, Mike was an Individual Health Director at AXA Health for almost five years.

Notably, he was also Managing Director of Health-on-Line, a venture he founded in 2000. Under his leadership, Health-on-Line flourished into a prominent brand, with AXA Health assuming the role of underwriter in 2006 and eventually acquiring the business in 2012.

Commenting on his new role Mike said, "I am thrilled to join Howden. The company's leadership in the employee benefits market and its rapid expansion, both organically and through strategic acquisitions, are impressive. My focus is to build upon this momentum, grow the consumer team and address the heightened demand for individual health and protection solutions."

Glenn Thomas, CEO Health & Benefits and Global Practice Head at Howden said: “Mike brings tremendous business and industry expertise to the team and will be an asset to clients and to Howden. He is highly regarded and a trailblazer in the sector, founding his start-up health tech business which he grew into a successful brand and subsequently sold.

‘’As a business, we are seeing increased numbers of individuals exploring health and protection insurance for themselves and their families, many for the first time. They are looking for expert advice to navigate the market and help in selecting the appropriate cover to meet their personal needs. Under Mike’s leadership, Howden’s team are able to provide specialist knowledge and support to consumers. We are confident that with Mike at the helm, our consumer business will go from strength to strength.”