Aifa has appointed Chris Hannant as policy director.
Hannant will also be responsible for developing policy at the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries and the Association of Finance Brokers.
He joins the trade body from the British Chambers of Commerce, where he was policy director. He was also head of representation at manufacturers’ organisation EEF.
Hannant replaces Andrew Strange, who left Aifa in October last year.
Aifa director general Stephen Gay (pictured) says: “Chris has extensive policy experience and knowledge of working both in and with the Government and financial services regulators. This will be essential to help us represent the interests of our members and deliver a better business environment.
“This year will continue to be dominated by major regulatory initiatives such as the retail distribution review and the mortgage market review as well as wider regulatory architectural changes.
“There is still work to do in these areas, as well as a wide range of other pressing regulatory issues, in order to ensure we achieve the best outcome for members.”
Hannant says: “The financial advice and mortgage intermediary professions provide a vital service in helping consumers to navigate the complexity of financial services and enabling them to make the right decisions.
“It is important that government and regulators recognise this and don’t damage the sector with short-sighted actions that impose burdensome regulatory requirements.”