Alan Higham resigns from Fidelity

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Fidelity Worldwide Investment retirement director Alan Higham has resigned from his role at the asset manager to become an independent pensions commentator.

There will be no replacement for Higham who leaves at the end of July.

Higham has launched a website and will aim to be an independent retirement expert and consumer champion.

He says since Ros Altmann moved into the House of Lords and became pensions minister a “vacuum” has opened up in independent commentary on pensions.He says: “I’m looking forward to helping lots of people, taking ordinary people’s questions and starting to look into issues and problems that come to me.”

Fidelity Worldwide Investment head of retirement Richard Parkin says: “Having joined Fidelity on the acquisition of Annuity Direct, Alan has contributed significantly to our retirement offering with his wealth of knowledge and experience in the pensions sphere.

“Alan is leaving Fidelity to pursue his own projects and he goes with our best wishes and sincere thanks.

“Fidelity’s retirement business remains unaffected by his departure.”

He joined the firm in 2013 as part of Fidelity’s acquisition of annuity broker Annuity Direct, where he was chief executive and chairman.

Retirement Angels, set up by Higham and Don Grant, acquired Annuity Direct from Partnership in 2010.