Sofa's new managing director Bob Bullivant is aiming for chartered status for the society.
Bullivant replaces Brian Lawless who is moving to Exeter, where he becomes business development director with IFA the Jelf Group.
Bullivant is joining Sofa from Britannic Retirement Solutions, where he was corporate development director before the firm closed its doors to new business in November.
He is an associate member of Sofa and a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute. He will report to CII director general Sandy Scott. The position of Sofa managing director becomes full-time and Bullivant joins the CII's board of directors.
Scott says a key aspect of Bullivant's role will be to build on the success of Sofa and to develop the value of its membership. In an interview with Money Marketing this week, Bullivant says he is committed to raising Sofa to the status of a chartered institution.
Scott says: “Bob is a highly respected figure in the industry and he will bring considerable technical and market knowledge to both Sofa and to the CII director team.”
Bullivant says: “I have always believed in the value that a professional body can bring to its membership. As the CII's financial services arm, Sofa is the biggest professional body for financial advisers and I relish the challenge of building upon its successes to date.”