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Freedom Finance appoints group compliance manager

Freedom Finance has promoted Grahame McGifford to the position of group compliance manager.

McGifford will report to Stephen Atkins, group compliance director, and will be responsible for providing compliance support across the whole Freedom Finance group including Mortgage Next.

He previously helped manage Freedom Finance&#39s sales teams, both head office and field-based, providing training and compliance support. Prior to joining Freedom Finance, he was an IFA, working with Thompson Brothers Financial Management and Royal & SunAlliance.


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Tighter rules on credit marketing

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