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IFA Centre appoints Phil Billingham as non-exec director

The IFA Centre has appointed former Threesixty head of business consultancy Phil Billingham as a non-executive director.

Billingham (pictured) will take his place on the board with immediate effect. He is currently a director of the Institute of Financial Planning and sits on the Financial Planning Standards Board regulation advisory panel.

Billingham joined Threesixty in June 2009 but quit the support services provider in May to spend more time on his financial planning business Perceptive Planning.

IFA Centre managing director Gill Cardy says: “Phil has demonstrated a strong commitment to working with IFAs to help them survive periods of regulatory change, moulding their business models in order to work more effectively.”

Billingham says: “The industry is dogged by the idea that being independent is impossibly difficult. However, in my dealings with clients, it is very clear that they do care that independent advice is available.”

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  1. Mr B must have very high net worth, intelligent & sofistocated clients that need a lot more than retstricted,whole of market advice around pensions, bonds, UT’s ISA’s etc. Good luck to him. I wonder how he described the difference between independent and restricted and the cost difference that will be incurred by the two post RDR. Any IFA that can carry on operating the new model at the current cost to clients is going to have a very shrot lived stay as independent in my view and as the vast bulk of middle Britain wont need to pay the costs for the “independent labelled” advice.

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