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Lawless replaces Scott as Sofa MD

Sofa is appointing retiring Axa Sun Life senior tax consultant Brian Lawless as managing director, replacing Dr Sandy Scott, who will continue in his role as director general of the CII.

Lawless, who has been on the board of Sofa for four years, will aim to improve Sofa&#39s communication strategy and raise the body&#39s profile.

He will be responsible for increasing membership and technical interpretation of the FSA&#39s reviews.

Lawless leaves Axa Sun Life at the end of this month.

He will retain a part-time appointment as group technical adviser to Bristol IFA JelfIfm Group and will work in his role at Sofa three days a week.

Lawless will also assist newly promoted CII director of qualifications Lucy Courtenay in the development and structuring of the scope of the CII&#39s financial services qualifications.

Lawless says: “This is a challenging time for the financial services industry. I have been closely involved with Sofa and I am a great believer in its objectives. My involvement has already been at both a strategic and practical level so I a hoping to slot quickly into my new role.”

Sofa chairman John Porteous says: “Brian embodies everything Sofa is about. His presentational abilities and technical skills make him the ideal choice for the challenges which are facing Sofa at this crucial time.”

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