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TMA hires new head of operations and head of sales

TMA Club has announced that it has hired Louise Evans as head of operations and Sarah Evans as head of sales.

[Louise] Evans will take charge of the service and relationship aspects of the broker support term and will deliver TMA’s plan for new broker support systems and tools.

She has 15 years’ experience in financial services, including stints at RBS and Personal Touch Financial Services.

[Sarah] Evans, meanwhile, will look to improve TMA’s support to its DA intermediaries. She has worked in the financial sector since 1991, serving at HSBC, NatWest and the Bank of Ireland among others.

Both new hires were promoted from within the LSL financial services division.

TMA development director Lisa Martin says: “Both Louise and Sarah have been recognised for their outstanding talent and delivery. Their passion and energy are infectious, and they will be invaluable in supporting the ongoing ambitious development plans for TMA.

“This is a really exciting period of growth for us and we look forward to continuing to expand our teams with further quality talent to boost our support for intermediaries over the coming months.” 

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