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Knox-Johnston in the running for IFAP chief executive

Consultant Richard Knox-Johnston is being touted as the next possible chief executive of IFA Promotion following the resignation of Anne- Marie Martyn.

Knox-Johnston, a former Allied Dunbar and Lincoln salesman, was instrumentalin setting up Aifa as project manager. He has also recently been involved in the consultation process for Saltr, putting forward IFAs&#39 views.

He says he is open to an offer from Ifap but is not expecting any approach until the organisation&#39s future has been decided.

One possibility is that Ifap will be merged with trade association Aifa.

Sources close to the two bodies says they are weighing up the arguments for and against a merger. It is thought the IFA community would be best served by a merger but such a move would throw up funding issues.

Money Marketing revealed earlier this month that Aifa director general Paul Smee would be sitting in Ifap&#39s future board meetings.

Ifap itself has said it is delaying the appointment ofa new chief executive until after the publication of the London Economics study on polarisation. Its findings could determine what sort of skills would be required by the person chosen for the job.

Knox-Johnston says: “My mind is open to anything.I have not been asked atthis stage to provide anymore information but Ifap are reviewing their situation.”


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