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Lighthouse poaches head of training from Sesame

Lighthouse Group has appointed Sesame Bankhall Group principal of the financial adviser school Ian James to become its head of group training.

James will take up on the role on 10 December, and will be responsible for developing the Lighthouse Financial Advice academy for new advisers based at the group’s offices in Brighton.

James will be responsible for all new adviser training and induction for Lighthouse’s whole-of-market national arm Lighthouse Financial Advice, and for developing the training regime for the wider group. He will also become part of the Lighthouse Financial Advice senior management team.

Lighthouse is aiming to grow Lighthouse Financial Advice advisers to 500 by July 2015.

Lighthouse Group chief executive Malcolm Streatfield (pictured) says: “The appointment of Ian James underpins the strong growth of Lighthouse Financial Advice. 

“The group continues to make progress across the business, in particular with its affinity relationships, and the board is delighted to welcome Ian to the Lighthouse team to drive our training programmes and support our national, network and specialist service divisions.”

Last week Money Marketing revealed Lighthouse Advisory Services managing director Stephen Gazard is joining Sesame Bankhall Group as distribution director. News of Gazard’s appointment followed the departure of Sesame Bankhall managing director of distribution Nick Kelly after a reshuffle of its executive team.

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