Stafford leaves AMI for ABI

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!”