Penny Black's Insurance Week - 13 February 2014

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After insurers appeared on The Voice, we didn’t have to wait long for more industry representation on the small screen – but Penny isn’t sure anyone expected to see a London market member on ITV dating show Take Me Out.

Catlin’s Lucy Kuy, a personal assistant in the group’s claims department, made a bow on the show last weekend and nearly won herself a date with City Boy Arry (christened without an H) Langston. Alas, it was not to be for Lucy, who was rudely snubbed in favour of another contestant, but Penny hopes Ms Kuy can herald a new era for insurers on reality TV. Next stop, Pop ID&OL.

Meanwhile, although insurance is often accused of being awash with rampant egos, Penny discovered this isn’t always the case at the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Public Interest Awards. Ahead of a rousing opening speech at the inaugural event, CII chief executive Sandy Scott was approached by Penny’s well-meaning acquaintance who asked what Sandy’s role at the bash was – presumably not part of the silver service team. To his credit, the affable CEO took the innocent oversight in good spirit. However, it was not long before Penny’s red-faced chum repeated the faux pas with renowned broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby.        

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