Ben Stafford is leaving the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries to become policy adviser for regulation and distribution at the Association of British Insurers.Stafford, who has been head of policy at AMI for the past two years, will join the ABI in January. Stafford says: “It’s been a privilege to work with Chris Cummings and the team, and brokers couldn’t hope for a better body to belong to than AMI. But after two years in the job the time is right for me to move on. I’m looking forward to the next challenge.” A search is currently underway for Stafford’s replacement and AMI is also advertising for the post of associate director. Effectively looking after the day to day running of the dedicated mortgage trade body, the latter job will entail working under AMI’s director-general Chris Cummings in formulating policy and dealing with members, politicians, regulators and especially the press. Cummings says: “The ideal candidate has to be able to cope with the complexity of the things we do but also see the overall impact on market. A sense of humour is also vital – this is regulation after all!”
From Arthur Hamilton Like many other brokers, we were promised great things with the launch of Future’s product range. The products looked excellent, but would its notoriously shaky administration be up to the task? Some months on, the reality of this lender’s incompetence is clear. What is the point of having a great range of […]
The Office of Fair Trading is to carry out a market study to look in depth at the payment protection insurance sector. The market study, which is the outcome of the OFT’s consideration of a super-complaint from Citizens Advice, will be launched early in 2006.PPI is applied to a number of credit products, including mortgages, […]
Goldsmith Williams has been appointed as the legal conveyancing partner of Freehold, a recently formed packaging cooperative of regional firms. Freehold packagers will be able to offer brokers a branded conveyancing service allowing them to earn up to 200 per referral. Benefits include exclusive prices, case completion within ten days and online case tracking.
The industry has mixed attitudes to mortgage payment protection insurance, research by Assurant Solutions and CETA has revealed.The survey shows that 89% of respondents continue to sell MPPI despite the increased scrutiny that the product has faced from the FSA and other consumer bodies. Additionally, one third of those surveyed believe the product has become […]
Jelf Employee Benefits closely examines healthcare provision and challenges within Nigeria. This will be of particular interest to HR decision makers with employees based in Nigeria, and assesses the environment, risks, facilities and safeguards that are relevant to organisations that are actively deploying expatriate staff in this location.
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