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Comms role for Murray in big reshuffle

A week of resignations, retirements and appointments at the FSA has seen former journalist John Murray take the helm of the regulator’s communication team.

The appointment of Murray as communications director came in a week that also saw the departure of three lead- ing members of the regula- tory body. Murray’s role is newly created from the for- mer division of people and communications.

Major retail groups director Oliver Page is retiring at the end of April.

Page has been with the FSA since its creation in 1998 and also held the post of financial stability sector leader. He will be succeeded by former retail firms director David Strachan. Sarah Wilson will take over from Strachan from February 1 and starts her role as insurance sector leader in April.

Head of mortgages and credit unions Andy Watson, who is best known as the regulator’s spokesman throughout the introduction of mortgage regulation left the FSA this week.

A replacement is yet to be announced and Watson was unavailable for comment.

David Baker is joining Pearl Group from the FSA in April as director of business transformation.

Baker has been working on closed life funds for the regulator since 2003.

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