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AIR Group appoints Taylor and Little to senior positions

Answers in Retirement Group has made two senior appointments due to start in Q1, with the view of developing the overall position of its retirement and later life services brands.

AIR Group is comprised of AIR Sourcing – the sourcing system for equity release and retirement lending products; AIR Prestige – the full service, para-packaging proposition for advisers seeking the right lending solutions for their older clients; the Equity Release Club – the platform for equity release and later life advisers; and the Later Life Academy – the commercial and training organisation for later life advisers.

In January, Mike Taylor will join AIR Group as operations director. Taylor has held a number of senior positions within financial services businesses, most recently as operations director at Holloway Friendly, and director of underwriting at Unum.

In early February, Gary Little, currently sales director at Blacks Connect, will be taking up the position of commercial director.

Little has previously been the commercial director at TMA mortgage club, and head of operations and membership at the Chartered Insurance Institute/Society of Mortgage Professionals.

Both Mike and Gary will be working at Group level focusing on all AIR Group brands and helping to grow the propositions.

AIR Group chief executive Stuart Wilson says: “These two senior appointments are indications of our corporate ambition to drive forward the growth of the group, with special focus on member benefits.

“After a record-breaking 2018 for the AIR Group, we are positioned for strong strategic growth and are investing heavily in the right people who have been selected from a stellar list of applicants.

“Mike and Gary have been chosen because of their broad corporate management experience at senior level and their shared passion for consumer outcome in our sector.”


John Heron

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