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Industry pioneer Len Warwick dies

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Len Warwick

Tributes have rushed in for Warwick Butchart Associates chairman and founder Len Warwick who died this week of pneumonia at the age of 68.

Warwick founded Warwick Butchart Associates in 1981 and was president of the Life Insurance Association between 1988 and 1989.

He was a founding board member of the IFA Association, now Apfa, when it was established in 1989.

Warwick served as a director of the Securities and Investment Board from 1989 to 1996 and was chairman of the SIB training and competence panel.

Between 1993 and 1994, Warwick was a director of the Investors Compensation Scheme, the predecessor to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Warwick, who was a regular contributor to Money Marketing, was awarded a CBE in 1996 for his services to financial regulation.

Warwick is survived by his wife Ros, children John, Tom, Richard, Helen and Bernadette and several grandchildren.

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Warwick Butchart managing director David Burren says: ”Having worked with Len for many years, I know he was a man of great integrity who set high standards for everybody in the sector.

“His impact upon financial services has been enormous and he leaves behind a great legacy.”

Former Life Insurance Association president Andrew Bedford says: “There are few people who we can truly say made a difference to our industry but Len was one who lived up to that accolade. He has left legacies which younger advisers will appreciate in the years ahead.”

Incoming Personal Finance Society chief executive Keith Richards says: “Len had a positive influence in helping to shape professional advice and guided a large number of people over the years both formally and informally through his IFA practice and through the many organisations he was involved with.

“His commitment, pride and passion for the industry in general was evident from the first time I met with him. His contribution to education and professional development via the numerous committees and working groups leaves a positive legacy.”

PMI Independent Financial Advisers director John Stewart says: “He was a pioneer and someone who raised the bar for financial advisers. He set the standard for the financial advice community and changed the reputation of the industry for the better.”

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