Former IFA Centre managing director Gill Cardy has joined Apfa following the closure of IFA Centre in December.
The IFA Centre announced it would cease to operate as a trade body last month after failing to secure enough members. It will still operate as a not-for-profit body.
It was set up by Former Professional Partnerships principal Cardy in September 2011 as a trade body purely for independent advisers in an effort to rival Aifa, as it was then known.
Cardy argued there was a need for a body to solely represent IFAs’ interests after Aifa formally rebranded as the Association of Professional Financial Advisers in November 2011 and began accepting restricted advisers as members.
Following the closure of the IFA Centre, advisers were urged to unite behind Apfa to strengthen the voice of the industry.
Cardy, who has taken up a new role as network development director at IFA network ValidPath, says the fact a body for independent advisers no longer exists is no reason to “do nothing” in getting the voice of the industry heard.
She told Money Marketing: “I belonged to Aifa when I had my own business and if it is now the only organisation representing advisers of any description then it needs advisers to join.
“I remain convinced that independent advisers need a voice, and that there will be occasions when the interests of IFAs diverge from those of advisers in general.
“But the fact that there is now not a specific voice for independent advisers is no reason for me to copy other advisers and do absolutely nothing about getting our voice heard.”