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FSA appoints Linda Woodall as director of small firms

The FSA has appointed Linda Woodall as the acting director of the small firms and contact division, to replace Lesley Titcomb.

Money Marketing revealed yesterday that Titcomb has been appointed acting chief operating officer, to replace Mark Norris who has left the FSA.

Woodall was previously director of the investments and savings department, with responsibility for small investment and stockbroking firms and credit unions.

She joined the FSA in 2001, following completion of an MBA. Her career up to that date had comprised leadership and management roles in sectors including manufacture, logistics, healthcare and accountancy.


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There are 10 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. Yet another person with no IFA experience in charge. You got to hand it to these morons they really know how to go from bad to worse…… When will they ever learn?

  2. I wish Linda all the best in her new role!(whoever she may be)

    Just hope she’s got some common sense!!!! Unlike the idiots before her.

  3. Another ‘theorist’ academic to dictate on the hoof.

  4. What are their respective salaries?
    Anyone know?

  5. Marty, Bob c and Judd

    Instead of whining from the outside why don’t you apply for the job and run regulation how you would want it. If not then shut up and get on with the real job og helping your clients achieve their financial goals and objectives.

  6. Peter Hanningto 2nd July 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Yet another successfull internal appointment ( or as we would call it, jobs for the boys ! ) What industry experience does she have, or do any of them for that matter ? Blind leading the ones who pay their salaries. How has our industry got into this position ?

  7. Unfortunately the comment (12:08) is probably true. These people have no practical experience of running a small business. They talk in terms that would make most of our clients glaze over! We need people who will help the small IFA not do their level best to make life impossible. It is the clients who will be the losers when we are all out of business and the banks clean up !! wow

  8. Steve @ IFAbonus 2nd July 2010 at 2:51 pm

    The FSAs idea of a small firm is the Prudential.

  9. Change the bl**dy record! 2nd July 2010 at 3:12 pm

    “Small firm” is not synonymous with “IFA”.

    “Intermediary” is not synonymous with “adviser”.

    At that level, what industry experience do you actually need? The job involves motivating and managing people; it’s not about doing it yourself, and it’s not a policy role.

    And I find it hard to disagree with Ian’s comment above.

  10. deeply depressed 2nd July 2010 at 3:21 pm

    who ?? how do they work this appointment out i can see the application form

    experience none

    qualifications dodgy mba in everything except financial services fits the critera for an FSA job for somebody who has a large salary and currently watering the plants and ordering the sarnies god help us we are going to need it

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