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Alliance Trust Savings poaches Standard Life international manager

Sara Wilson

Alliance Trust Savings has appointed Standard Life international propositions manager Sara Wilson as head of platform proposition.

Wilson will head up ATS platform development across both its intermediary and direct channels.

ATS proposition and service director Elaine Maddison says: “Sara’s appointment to the management team will help drive the development of our proposition to further build our market share.”

ATS has also taken on Standard Life intermediary marketing consultant Graham Cassidy as intermediary marketing manager and Standard Life head of customer and specialist marketing Julie Maguire as head of marketing communications.


NMBA launches adviser apprentice scheme

SimplyBiz’s training arm the New Model Business Academy has launched an A-level entry school leavers apprenticeship programme with the Babington Business College. The apprenticeships last for 12 months and include the Chartered Insurance Institute financial administration exam, an NVQ in providing financial services and a certificate in customer service. Adviser firms can initially apply through […]


FCA: Small firms may need to outsource to survive

The Financial Conduct Authority says small and one-man adviser firms will still be able to operate effectively in the post-RDR world but may increasingly need to outsource a lot of their functions. Speaking at The Platforum Roadshow in London yesterday, FCA technical specialist Rory Percival said the new regulatory requirements may be beyond the abilities […]

FSP’s View: A new guild for the 21st Century

The financial services sector is one that has growth in its DNA. The resilience possessed by the industry has enabled it to weather the storms of increased scrutiny and continue to look at ways to create opportunities for expansion and routes into the sector for new entrants. Companies in the sector are seeing that the […]


Welsh NewBuy thrown into doubt by Help to Buy scheme

The Welsh Government’s plans for its own version of the NewBuy scheme have been thrown into doubt after the UK-wide launch of Help to Buy. NewBuy is only available in England but Wales was due to launch its version on 3 June. Scotland and Northern Ireland have already launched equivalents. After the Budget unveiled a […]

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