About Us

Kathryn Knowles smiling outside

Kathryn Knowles, PhD


Where to start, I’m Kathryn, I live in Yorkshire with my husband and 3 boys. You can see them in the picture above, enjoying a fun day of collecting shells, rock pools and falling asleep on me whilst having a piggyback.

I love zumba, pilates, praline chocolates, murder mysteries and being out in nature. 

Now for the more professional stuff.

I have worked in the insurance industry since 2010 and have had a real mixture of roles. I have been involved in compliance, administration, advising, training, marketing, website design and possibly more that I’m forgetting to mention.

This isn’t me job hopping, it’s because I set up an insurance brokerage with my husband in 2012. To me, to be able to grow and develop a strong company, I felt that I must understand all roles inside and out. Since then Cura Financial Services has gone from strength to strength, leading us to win multiple national awards.

I am known and have been commissioned by insurers to share my approach to providing protection advice. Often referred to as ‘humanising’ the insurance world. I have been involved with outreach campaigns for Scottish Widows, British Friendly and The Exeter.

I have also been involved in consultations with the Chartered Insurance Institute, Association of British Insurers, British Insurers Brokers Association and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

My Awards

Protection Review Award 2018
Award logo for winning Protection Adviser of the Year
Award logo for female Diversity Champion
Kathryn Knowles award for championing diversity within insurance from Next Gen Planners
Yorkshire Financial Awards 2021

Things I am up to

Member of the Institute of Faculty and Actuaries, Mental Health Working Group

Insurance Ambassador for Parkinsons UK

Managing Director of Cura Financial Services Ltd

Founder and host of the Practical Protection Podcast

Member of British Insurers Brokers Association’s Access to Insurance Executive Committee

What I have done

Selected for the Chartered Insurance Institute’s New Generation Programme 2018/19

Chartered Insurance Institute Financial Protection, Group Risk, Customer Service in Insurance, Financial Services Regulations and Ethics

PhD in Business Management from the University of Hull

London Institute of Banking and Finance Certificate in Protection

Ambassador for the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Insuring Women’s Futures programme