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Alan Leach, MA (Cantab), MSc (London Business School), Director: Alan has responsibility for developing relationships with clients from the financial and other sectors at an international level. With a background in strategic research and consulting, Alan has extensive pan-European and global experience in areas that include affinity and partnership marketing, automotive financial services, bancassurance, customer behaviour, extended warranties and insurance for consumer products, retailer financial services, and travel insurance and assistance. Moreover, projects in which he has been involved include benchmarking card-related loyalty schemes for a major international payment card company, evaluating opportunities in creditor insurance in China, India, South Korea and Taiwan, and analysing automotive finance competitors and products across multiple European countries. Formerly, Director of Financial Services Consulting at Datamonitor, Alan is a fluent speaker of English, French, Italian and Spanish and can be contacted at .

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David Parry, MA (Cantab), PhD (Cantab), Managing Consultant: David held a research fellowship in modern French history at Hertford College, Oxford before he began his career in business intelligence for financial services, and he is the co-author (with Pierre Girard) of 'France since 1800' (Oxford University Press). He currently leads Finaccord's worldwide research program covering automotive financial services which embraces not only car finance and leasing but also related insurance, warranty and assistance products. David joined Finaccord from eBenchmarkers, where he developed and managed its benchmark on the performance of eCommerce for IFAs, for the UK's leading life and pensions companies. In total, he has over ten years' experience in financial services market analysis, and has been involved in a wide range of projects concerning retail banking and both life and non-life insurance in Europe, including market sizing and forecasting, competitor intelligence, brand analysis and the use of IT in financial services. David is a fluent speaker of English and French and can be contacted at .

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Yapei Zhang, MA (Oxon), MMath (Oxon), Consultant: Yapei is responsible for maintaining and expanding Finaccord’s coverage of automotive financial services worldwide, an area that includes not only finance and leasing but also associated insurance, warranty and assistance products, such as creditor, GAP, motor and other niche insurance plus extended warranties, prepaid service contracts and road assistance. She has developed market and competitor knowledge in this field across over 40 countries globally. In addition, Yapei has also been instrumental in developing a number of Finaccord’s research studies focused on the Chinese market, including those about bancassurance and commercial non-life insurance broking. Yapei is a fluent speaker of English, Cantonese and Mandarin; she can be contacted at

David Bowles, BA (York), MA (SOAS), Consultant: David is responsible for Finaccord's international research into niche insurance and assistance markets. This includes such diverse fields as health insurance, home emergency insurance and assistance, legal protection insurance, road assistance, and travel insurance and assistance. Among other subjects, David has also produced reports on insurance and extended warranty provision for consumer electronics across a range of European countries. He has also produced international reports on consumer automotive financial services and road assistance in Canada and Latin America. Having worked and studied in China for a number of years, he speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. He can be contacted at

Amandas Ong, BA (Goldsmiths, UOL), MPhil (Cantab), Marketing Consultant: Amandas performs two main roles at Finaccord. First, she has direct day-to-day involvement in the marketing of the company’s products and services. Secondly, she has been instrumental in developing Finaccord’s Global Insurance and Lending Market Data series which delivers consistent and standardised market value data and forecasts for 40 countries in the following six areas: accident and health insurance; commercial non-life insurance; consumer lending; life insurance and retirement savings; motor insurance; and property insurance. A fluent speaker of English and Mandarin, Amandas can be contacted at

Claire Fetherstonhaugh, BA (Dunelm), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab), Consultant: Claire is responsible for Finaccord's international research on retailer financial services and insurance. She has also produced reports on the UK affinity market and bancassurance. Prior to joining Finaccord, she received her PhD from the University of Cambridge and worked as a researcher for a startup specialising in financial services information. She can be contacted at .


Francisco Leitão, BA (Porto), MA (UCL), Consultant: Having developed a number of innovative new research products since joining Finaccord, Francisco possesses extensive and detailed knowledge of the UK insurance sector including professional indemnity insurance plus niche lines such as classic car, excess protection, jewellery / watch, landlord property, pet, tax investigation and van insurance. In addition to modelling the size, growth, segmentation and outlook for these and other products, he also has insights into the distribution systems used to sell them, including all major affinity and corporate partnerships. Francisco speaks English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish fluently and can be contacted at .


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