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AWD revamp as top two quit

AWD Group is undergoing a management restructure following the resignation of chief executive Douglas Gardner and managing director Chris Isard.

Both have resigned with effect from Friday, with Simon Waugh taking over as chief executive from September 1. Waugh has worked at director level for a number of financial services firms, including Centrica, American Express and Saga.

Trevor Best replaces Isard following his internal promotion from his former role as AWD Consulting operations director.

Both Gardner and Isard have been at AWD for over 17 years and say they feel it is time to move on.

Gardner is taking a break with his family with a view to looking at his career options later in the year, which could include setting up his own practice or linking up in a partnership with someone else in the industry.

AWD marketing director Graham Hooper says: “I think that both of them have been at the firm for such a long time that they feel it is time to move on. We are settling down following the Chase de Vere acquisition, which has been relatively straightforward. There are no immediate plans for any further consolidation.”

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