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New head of mortgages at

Kevin Mountford is head of mortgages at having replaced John Myers.

Mountford has been head of savings and current accounts at the price comparison site for the past 18 months and, following the success of these channels, he now adds mortgages to his portfolio.

Mountford has worked in financial services for over 18 years and has occupied senior roles Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Birmingham Midshires, where he was head of sales and marketing for its savings business.

Mountford says: “Clearly it has been and remains a difficult period for the mortgage industry but I am confident will be well positioned to take advantage of any upturn in the market.

“We offer flexibility to customers and providers with business driven through click, call or lead.”


Trade bodies seek members

RAMP and AMPD will battle for members after plans to form a unified alliance were scrapped.John Rice, managing director of the Regulatory Alliance of Mortgage Packagers, has shelved plans for a single association and will instead focus on growing RAMP’s membership from 10 to 15 packagers.Rice says: “Nobody is immune to the changes taking place […]

Just Retirement sales up 13% year-on-year

Just Retirement has reported a sales increase of almost 13% to £763.5m while value of new business after tax was £42m up from £41m in 2006-2007.

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Guide: how to… communicate with your pension members

Effective communication of your pension scheme is a large part of getting auto-enrolment right. Delivering the same message to all employees is not necessarily the way to go. To assist you with the communication of your pension scheme, we have provided some key areas to think about, such as:

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