Sofa has appointed 30-year-old IFA John Porteous as its new chairman, replacing Peter Williams who stepped down in December after serving for a year.
Porteous is director of The Independent Financial Partnership and has 10 years experience in the financial services industry.
He has been an IFA for three years, first with Robson Rhodes before joining The Independent Financial Partnership in early 1999. He is responsible for running the firm's London office.
Porteous joined the board of Sofa as a members'director, elected by the membership in 1999. He contributes to Sofa's Access to Excellence seminar programme and has spoken regularly at the annual Sofa Update Conference.
Porteous says: “Sofa this year has a stronger, more robust and better thought out strategy. As chairman,I am responsible for implementing that strategy. I will be listening closely to members to give them a value-added proposition. I am getting acclimatised and will be planning to swap around some board members.”