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Lakey would join Aifa if Owen gets top job

Lakey: Support

Adviser Alliance director Alan Lakey says he may close down the lobby group and join Aifa if Evan Owen is appointed as director general of Aifa.
Money Marketing revealed last week that former IFA Defence Union chairman Evan Owen has applied for the director general role to replace Chris Cummings.

Last month, Cummings announced that he will leave Aifa in August to become the first chief executive of The CityUK, a new independent membership body for promoting the UK financial and professional services industry.

Owen: Application

Aifa has launched a recruitment process with the formation of an appointments committee, chaired by John Gummer, which includes representatives from the trade body’s membership.

Lakey says: “I would join Aifa if Evan is appointed to the role, I might even close down Adviser Alliance. I would even go for a seat on the Aifa council.

“Evan is an ideal person for the job. He knows what is going on, he has been an IFA and I think he is the perfect person for the role. Evan has a personal interest in representing the IFA sector and I would be delighted if he got the job.”


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  1. Spot on Alan. Having left AIFA due to in-action by them in the past, I would rejoin if Evan gets the Post. He has fought harder than most for fair treatment of IFA’s, to the detriment of his private life and has been an inspiration for many to put their heads over the parapet and shout enough is enough.
    Go for it son, I am with Alan and will support you all the way!

  2. If Evan stands and AIFA can confirm that only a full member, one man one vote, election is the only method of appointment, then I will join AIFA.

    We need effective representation and to have both Evan and Alan on board would be a massive bonus.

  3. Evan would do a pretty good job – and dare I comment he would have an organisational and membership structure supporting his efforts – making them a lot more effective than the ‘lone voice’ he is sometimes cast as…

    Unfortunately, I can imagine the larger networks running for cover – will any of them declare for Evan? Suspect not. Evan speaks for the smaller IFAs and for individual IFAs that languish in Networks/Self-employed Nationals. But he doesn’t speak for those who hold sway in Networks & Nationals – for whom individual IFAs are a commodity or means-to-an-end – and therein lies the problem with AIFA…

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