Peter Le Beau, co-author of the Protection Review and founder of the Income Protection Task Force (IPTF) has been awarded an MBE for services to insurance and to charity in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
The managing director of independent consultancy Le Beau Visage has spent more than 30 years in the life and health insurance industry.
His charity work includes donating a portion of Le Beau Visage's income to disability campaigning organisation RADAR as well as regular support for autism charities. This year, he is also pledging support to The Golden Oldies, an organisation that arranges events for the elderly.
"It is very exciting and I'm so pleased," he says. "It truly was unexpected which made it all the more special. I found out three weeks ago but wasn't aloud to say anything. That wasn't easy."
Le Beau began his career at Commercial Union (later Norwich Union) before moving on to British and European and, later, Swiss Re, where he began as head of underwriting and finished as head of UK marketing.
He set up Le Beau Visage in 2001 and, four years later, the IPTF. The organisation, founded alongside Clive Waller to promote awareness of the value of income protection, has since published two white papers.
And then prepare yourself
Aims to double client base
Work with wealth management team
Reduces chances of rate hike
'Following the letter, but not the spirit, of the rules'