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IFP elects two financial planners to board

The Institute of Financial Planning has announced the election of two financial planners to its board of directors.

The IFP announced at its annual general meeting held in Newport today that Paradigm Norton head of business development Martin Ruskin and Penguin Wealth certified financial planner Craig Palfrey have been elected to the board.

In addition, Brook-Dobson Brear director Andrew Brook-Dobson has been re-elected after coming to the end of his term as director. He will also continue in his role as chair of the IFP ethics committee.

BoulterBowen Wealthcare director Simon Boulter has stepped down from the board.

IFP chief executive Steve Gazzard says: “As is often the case with IFP board elections, the final result was very close.

“We were pleased to see that six excellent candidates drawn from all quarters of our profession were nominated to stand for the three available places on the board.

“I’m delighted to welcome Martin and Craig to the IFP board, and congratulate Andy Brook-Dobson on his re-election. Their excellent individual track records and experience in a range of different areas will be a great help to us in shaping the future of the financial planning profession.”

The announcement comes as the IFP opened its three-day annual conference at Celtic Manor in Newport today.

In his opening address, Gazzard told delegates the “financial planning gap” would be a major theme of the conference.

He said: “We have heard about the savings gap and the advice gap, but I think there is also a massive financial planning gap. That needs to be talked about more and we will explore it further over the course of the conference.”

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