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MAS director on £200k a year exits


One of the Money Advice Service’s highest paid directors who earned over £200,000 last year has quit the organisation.

Lesley Robinson joined the MAS in 2011 as UK debt advice and corporate services director. She became one of its highest paid members of staff, taking home more than £200,000 in 2014/15.

Robinson earned a total pay and benefits package of £187,000 in 2013/14. In comparison, MAS chief executive Caroline Rookes earned £180,000 in 2014/15 and £163,000 in 2013/14.

Robinson is leaving the organisation at the end of the week to join MDL Marinas, which operates boatyards across Hampshire.

MAS chief executive Caroline Rookes says: “Lesley has been a great asset to the MAS and has played an invaluable role in evolving free debt advice services so that they now reach more people than ever.

“She has continued to make a full and active contribution to the leadership of the MAS since announcing her departure in September and we wish her well for her future role.”



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  1. Lesley may have ‘taken home’ £200k but ‘earned’ £200k???!!!
    She will now be able to ‘sail away’ in style.

  2. Sort of like rats leaving a sinking ship to jump on a boat?

  3. “Lesley has been a great asset to the MAS and has played an invaluable role in evolving free debt advice services so that they now reach more people than ever”.

    It wasn’t free dear it was paid for by someone else. When will these idiots learn to keep their stupid mouths shut? £200k, for doing what exactly?

  4. Good riddance to overpaid rubbish.

  5. The very one thing that strikes me is, they (FCA et al) often say we have to offer competitive (very high) packages to attract the right people !

    Now when are they going to realize (i know we all do) that all this does, is attract the WRONG people ? game players and greasy pole climbers !

    I mean come on, 4 years she has been there at MAS, and you can be guaranteed from day one she would have been thinking, OK big salary sit tight do enough to get by, or get found out, and hopefully time enough to plan your exit !!

    Do these jobs come with a sell by date on them ? it certainly feels like it ! 4 years !!.
    I mean really…… from MAS to boatyards ? were is the correlation in that ?

    And to be honest I don’t blame, Lesley in the slightest, I would do the same 200k short term gig, take as much as you can do the job with no accountability, & give nothing back !!

    Its a very concerning area, and one that you have to expect, from a system will no accountability and free range to set their own budgets, all paid for by the consumer who are judged to have endless resource.

  6. Trevor Harrington 26th October 2015 at 3:04 pm

    You don’t really think she left with just that do you/

    The next thing we will be told is how much her “severance package” amounts to.

    Then we really will be angry.

  7. Utterly speechless another gesture political quango wasting money and instead actually fixing real issues the govt continue to just ‘waffle’ and use valse veneer groups sounding boards and endless enquires. This country is done, it is lazy broke, over subscribed and we are just a giant call centre laundering the worlds money with suits on. And that’s if you can get through to anyone on an 0845 premium rate number!

  8. It disgusts and amuses in equal measure when a functionary claims that a leaver has been a great asset and did this/did that.

    Why not be honest and say that like the rest of us she enjoyed a bountiful period being massively overpaid in her non-job and now that something better paid/less taxing/more relaxing, whatever, has come along she has jumped ship.

    These people make me want to puke.

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