Champion of small advisers and former Fimbra board member Brian Cochrane has died aged 64 after a battlewith cancer.
He began his career in the RAF but set up as an IFA in Falkirk in 1978. He was one of the creators of the ScottishIFA Association and became head of the Fimbra admiss-ions department in 1986 and then a member of its discip-linary panel.
He was a leading dissident when other Fimbra members voted for the regulatory body to be disbanded and replaced by the PIA.
He resigned shortly before Fimbra was dismantled to set up his compliance consult-ancy IFA Compliance in 1996 and merged the firm with Standard Financial Limited 10 years later.
Former director general of the IFA Association Garry Heath says: “Brian was one of the first people to realise that regulation was going tocause havoc in their world.He was one of the first IFAs on to the Fimbra board and wasa very powerful advocate of the IFA cause right across the country.”
Founding chairman of the National Federation of IFAs Geoff Kangley says: “His motto was very much take your compliance and clients seriously but never take yourself too seriously. He was always very efficient and was dedicated to what he believed in.”
Former main board of Fimbra and committee member of PIA Peter Hobbs says: “He was a dedicated campaigner for small IFAs and he fully understood the problems that they faced.”
Cochrane is survived by his wife Joan and three children.