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Chessells to complete FirstAssist board line-up

FirstAssist has appointed Sir Tim Chessells as a non-executive director, completing its holdings board team.
The addition means it can now move ahead with plans for the business, with Chessells also becoming a member of its remuneration commission, and is to chair its group audit committee.
He is a chartered accountant, trained by Arthur Young where he was a partner for 17 years. He has also held non-executive roles for organisations such as the Legal Aid Board, where he was chairman, as well as being a member of the National Health Service Policy Board and chairman of the North East Thames Regional Health Authority.
FirstAssist chief executive Tim Ablett says: “Sir Tim is the final member of an already strong holdings board, bringing to FirstAssist his knowledge and expertise to complete the team. He is currently chairman of Hermes Pensions Management, Match Holdings, Catalyst Healthcare and a non-executive director of Care UK.”


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Park Row Independent Mortgages managing director Kevin Paterson has raised £400 for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service by completing in the Great South Run. Kevin runs the 10-mile race from Portsmouth every year but this year decided to raise money for the fire service benevolent fund following a serious house fire at his home last […]

Pensions simplification will go ahead says Standard Life

Chancellor Gordon Brown is expected to proceed with pensions simplification after the National Audit Office has not fundamentally disagreed with the Government&#39s proposals, says Standard Life. It believes that given the NAO failed to significantly challenge the Inland Revenue&#39s numbers, the Chancellor will push ahead with the full package of reforms. Standard senior technical manager […]

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Survey prompts FSA to educate school leavers

The FSA is looking to educate young people about financial services at times such as leaving school, starting a first job or going to university as it says these activities require the need for financial products, services and money management skills. The decision comes after an NOP study commissioned by the FSA found that young […]


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