Mail on Sunday personal finance correspondent Stephen Womack is leaving the newspaper to become an IFA.
Womack, who has been with the Mail since 1997, will leave at the end of January to finish his QCF level 4 qualifications.
Womack says: “I have been watching the way the financial advice sector has been developing over the last 15 to 20 years and have seen it becoming increasingly professional and well organised and it looks an attractive place to be.”
Leicester-based Womack says he is looking to join an advice firm but has not yet decided whether that will be as part of a network.
He adds: “I would aspire to be an independent financial adviser as that is what the Mail on Sunday has been a huge supporter of and I would hope that is the sector I will work in.”
Womack hopes to have received his statement of professional standing by the end of next year.
PMI Independent Financial Advisers director John Stewart says: “I think he is going to find a world of difference between his old job and his new one. There is also a big difference between knowing the theory behind financial advice and applying it.”