It's So Easy Travel Insurance is probably unlike any other travel insurance company you've ever heard of. That might sound like a rather wild claim but I think it's true.
My name is Kevin Waite and I'm the Director of the company. The company's history is rooted not in the financial world, as you might imagine, but in my experience of working in the health charity sector.
In the mid 1980s, when I was unemployed, I volunteered in the Citizens' Advice Bureaux Service. About 18 months later, I became a paid worker. Roughly a year on, I went back as a Deputy Manager to the branch where I had been a volunteer. It was a paid, three day a week post.
Not long afterwards, I volunteerd a day a week for a charity supporting people with a particular medical condition. I helped to answer the telephone and at many fundraising events.
A few months later, I started to use my CAB knowledge to help those affected through the maze of claiming disability benefits as well as advising in housing, employment, debt and other issues.
I extended my volunteering to two days a week as I had built up so much holiday entitlement in my CAB job. My workload at the charity snowballed and I urged them to obtain funding to turn what I was doing as a volunteer into a paid position. They recognised the need for the work and eventually, funding was found and my job was publicly advertised. I applied, went through the recruitment process and, happily, was appointed.
I worked at the charity until 1997 and when I left, I worked with an travel insurance underwriter to provide a travel insurance policy that included cover for people with pre-existing medical conditions. The policy became more widely known and feedback from some of my clients was that they preferred to insure with my company because of my history and experience in a health charity.
A few years ago, I started providing travel insurance for people travelling from virtually any country to any country.
In 2016, I developed a policy for people who had already left the UK and who had either forgotten to take out travel insurance or who wished to stay away longer but whose policy could not be extended because they were outside the UK. This has proved to be highly valued.
In January 2017, I launched three new policies:
Although I might sometimes be restricted by the insurance industry, I continue to try to provide policies that people need and hope to bring a more human face to the industry for those who buy my policies.
Our address is:
It's So Easy Travel Insurance, 27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3XX. We are registered in England as It's So Easy Travel Insurance Limited, company number 3931540.