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IFS members scoop up Queen’s award

The ifs School of Finance has revealed that two of its board members have been awarded honours in the Queens Birthday Honours list.

Board member professor David Melville, also vice-chancellor of the University of Kent, is knighted for services to higher and further education whilst professor Elaine Kempson, director, personal finance research centre, University of Bristol is to receive a CBE for services to the financial services industry.

Gavin Shreeve, chief executive of the ifs School of Finance, says: “The diversity, mix and calibre of our board of governors already provides an excellent platform from which to oversee the activities of the ifs School of Finance on behalf of all our stakeholders worldwide – students, alumni and corporations.

“The recent honours conferred on two board members further demonstrate this.

“I am delighted that the tremendous service they have given, to education and financial services respectively, has been recognised in such a way.”


Government outlines housing supply proposals

The government has outlined proposals that set out how Communities England – a new housing and regeneration agency – will support local areas deliver both social and private housing. Communities England will replace two existing agencies and aims to boost the annual housing supply to more than 200,000 by 2016. The Department for Communities and […]

Former Nationwide CEO given 1.6m for “agreeing” to retire

Nationwides annual report reveals former chief executive Philip Williamson received a massive 1.6m settlement for agreeing to early retirement. The societys report of the directors financial remuneration for the year ended April 4 2007, showed Williamson took home a total of 3.2m including 605,000 in salary, an annual bonus of 374,000 and his retirement settlement. […]

Float may buoy Moneysupermarket brands

Rumours of a possible stock market floatation for were the talk of the industry last week, with pundits forecasting an even more prominent role for the price comparison website and growth for its broker-facing brands.With its Mortgage 2000 sourcing system, M2 mortgage club, lead generation firm and m2-d&p packager all in line for […]

PPI providers adding insult to injury, says says that despite the Office of Fair Trading investigation, Payment Protection Insurance prices are continuing to rise, adding insult to injury.Michelle Slade, personal finance analyst at, says: “With PPI currently under the OFT microscope and being seen as an ‘overpriced, inflexible’ product, you may have thought lenders would be reluctant to rock the […]

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A tailored approach to protection

By Ian Smart, Product Architect, Royal London In an ideal world, clients would be able to afford as much protection cover as they wanted, but few would describe current times as anything approaching ideal. But this doesn’t mean that they have to indulge in an either/or decision that results in missing out on some essential […]


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