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Sesame appoints John Cowan as non-executive director

Sesame has appointed John Cowan as an independent non-executive director, subject to approval by the Financial Services Authority.

Ivan Martin, executive chairman at Sesame, says: “I am delighted to welcome John to the Sesame board. John’s extensive knowledge and experience will be invaluable to us as we plan for the future and the strategic challenges emerging from the new environment being created by the FSA’s Retail Distribution Review.”

Cowan says he is excited to be joining a successful team and a strong brand at a time when the profession is once again on the cusp of profound change.

Cowan joined Scottish Amicable in 1969 where he spent most of his career and fulfilled a range of senior IFA facing roles, including sales and marketing director.

Following the acquisition of the company in 1997 by Prudential he became group sales director and was also a director of IFA Promotion.

After leaving Prudential Group in 2001, John joined National Australia Bank where he set up Pivotal, a proposition designed to help IFAs move towards a new model adviser business structure.

John’s other roles have included advising some major financial services distributors in the UK, including Paymentshield, Positive Solutions, Uinsure and


House price falls could end by Autumn, says Assetz

Assetz is predicting an end to house price falls as early as September 2009, having started to see signs of softening reductions in its House Price Watch – an amalgamation of the five major UK house price indices.

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White paper — recording sickness absence

The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions illustrate that sickness absence is still a major cost to businesses, with an annual bill for sick pay and associated costs to employers of £9bn. This paper from Jelf Employee Benefits looks at the importance of recording sickness absence for any employee health strategy and how this can be carried out in an efficient manner to reduce absence, improve employee engagement and drive up profits.


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