Andrew Strange wins plaudits for Aifa role

Advisers have praised Aifa policy director Andrew Strange’s contribution to the IFA market following this week’s announcement he is leaving.

On Tuesday, Aifa announced that Strange is leaving in October after more than four years at the body to pursue other opportunities in financial services.

Yellowtail Financial Planning managing director Dennis Hall says: “I think Andrew has done a very good job as policy director. He has always been very on the ball and aware of the current issues in the IFA market. I am concerned that Aifa has lost two experienced people, Chris Cummings and Andrew Strange, in a short time, while Stephen Gay is still getting his feet under the table. Filling Andrew’s shoes will be a difficult job, Aifa needs to find someone like him who can negotiate at the highest level.”

West Riding Personal Financial Solutions managing director Neil Liversidge says Strange has made an “immense contribution” to Aifa. He adds: “He will be difficult to replace but because he has built up a strong research and policy team, there will not be a hiatus when he leaves.”

Aifa director general Stephen Gay says: “Andrew’s work on detailed regulatory issues from the RDR to the role of European regulation demonstrates the depth of his knowledge of the industry. He has played an extremely important part in delivering a better outcome for members and we wish him well.”

Strange says: “I will miss participating in the breadth and intellectual rigour of the Aifa group of trade bodies but I look forward to continuing my career in financial services.”