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IFP hires Gazzard as operations director

The Institute of Financial Planning has appointed Steve Gazzard as operations director.

Gazzard will take up the role on February 26.

He joins from Fidelity FundsNetwork and brings over 20 years of industry experience, having worked at Scottish Equitable, Prudential, Fleming Save and Prosper and Egg.

In January 2006, he joined FundsNetwork as business operations and development director.

The senior management comprises Cann and Gazzard, education director Lucy Courtenay and communications director Sue Whitbread.

Gazzard will focus on growing the business, overseeing the launch of financial planning week – starting September 8 and pursuing QCA and ISO 17024.

IFP chief executive Nick Cann says: “Steve’s experience will be invaluable as we plan to build the profession of financial planning. The expectation of growth is high for the next three years and there are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline that Steve will be bringing to fruition.”

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