Chief executive of the Fin-ancial Services Skills Council David Jackman is stepping down after just six months in the role, voicing concerns that it will become a money-making organisation Jackman, described by industry peers as a driving force behind the initiative, denies that his departure will affect the development of the FSSC adviser qualifications programme. His replacement will not be appointed until June 2004 although he is due to leave shortly, which he acknowledges will leave things “up in the air” for some time.
Jackman will remain an FSSC board director and special adviser but is moving on to lead a team setting up the London Financial Academy, a project with the London Metropolitan University, and establishing an Ethics Foundation.
The FSSC has recently received a barrage of criticism from trade bodies Sofa and the LIA, which have attacked its attempts to develop the examinations' framework.
LIA head of public affairs John Ellis says: “Jackman's move signals that they are in the process of a rethink. We have already waited three years for the FSA to complete its examinations review and this will be a further set-back, stalling the process.”
Jackman says: “My real interests are in strategy and policy and I think the FSSC is moving towards becoming more of a moneymaking organisation. I actually think this will be very difficult.
“It has been difficult to get companies interested and offer services that other providers are not already offering. I personally think that it is not the right direction needed.”