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Aifa to conduct strategic review member survey

Aifa is set to conduct a member survey as part of its strategic review to ensure the trade body remains “fit for purpose”.

It will also follow up the survey with face-to-face discussions with some members.

The findings of the survey will remain confidential and details of the survey will not be published. They will only be used to help Aifa conduct its review, which will look at the trade body’s purpose and its value to members.

The deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday January 21 and is available on the Aifa homepage.


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  1. A survey of it’s members that is “confidential” and NOT to be published.

    Says it all really.

  2. looks like you have to be a member in order to take part in the survey? so they don’t want to hear from all those who used to be members ? or why they stopped being members ?

  3. If AIFA dealt with complaints in the professional manner that its members are compelled by the regulator to do, then it would have the management information to hand to see where it has been going so very badly wrong and would have been able to avoid this self-inflicted humiliation. As things now stand, it looks as if things must have been sliding for some considerable time, 2 or 3 years at least; surely the Director General of AIFA is answerable to someone? Why has this state of affairs been allowed to happen? Is a change of DG really the answer or are AIFA’s directors really that complacent and contemptuous of its membership? As I am no longer a member of AIFA I won’t be answering their survey; they are clearly not bothered about why people like me have resigned (and if they knew the first thing about professionalism, they would be). However, might I politely suggest they begin by speaking with the Positive Solutions members who resigned en masse (I have been told there was about 70 resignations) and they may also wish to speak to staff members who have walked out or resigned over the last few years (staff retention is another of their widely known problems). AIFA’s members really do deserve better than this. They have been paying these people to represent them and now, up to 20% (in Hector Sants’ estimation) of them may have to cease trading without so much as a whimper from the trade body that represents them. Professionalism? Ask your members the meaning of the word AIFA, they’ll be happy to explain it to you.

  4. This sounds to me rather like an FSA “consultation”, whereby comments are invited but not published for all to see and to debate. What’s the point?

    Will AIFA state simply that it’s “taken on board” the comments it’s received, but without actually specifying which particular comments and in what way it’s taken them on board? If that’s to be the case, then AIFA can hardly be surprised if the announcement of this consultation is greeted with scorn and derision.

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