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Nick Cann and Steve Gazzard leave IFP


Institute of Financial Planning chief executive Nick Cann and interim chief executive Steve Gazzard have left the professional body following the merger with the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

The IFP board has announced today that it has voted to formally approve the merger with the CISI, which is expected to complete on 1 November.

Nick Cann has been on long-term sick leave from his role as chief executive following his stroke in March 2013. Gazzard was appointed to lead the professional body on an interim basis when Cann went on sick leave.

IFP president Rebecca Taylor says: “Steve has done an outstanding job for the IFP over the past seven and a half years whilst Nick has made a massive contribution to the success of the IFP since he joined in 1999. Both have played such an important part in driving forward the financial planning profession.”

She adds: “The IFP board and I wish to say a very big thank you to both Steve and Nick for the massive contribution they have made to the development of the IFP and the financial planning profession. Their strong leadership, commitment and enthusiasm for the profession and the IFP in particular have been so inspiring to members, the board and IFP staff alike. We wish them well for the future in whatever they choose to do.”

Taylor adds the merger with the CISI represents a positive step for both organisations and provides significant opportunities for growth.



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  1. A massive loss to the financial planning industry. Nick and Steve have always been so enthusiastic and great to work with and I wish them well in their next venture.

  2. Nick’s contribution was absolutely magnificent. To be laid low was a cruel blow for such a lovely and engaging man. I’m sure everyone wishes him well and every good fortune and a return to full health in the future.

    Steve stepping in and so seamlessly and adroitly managing the show was testament to his undoubted ability. However, the biggest debt owed by the IFP was the selflessness he and his Bristol team displayed in helping to facilitate this merger. The debt of gratitude owed should never be underestimated. Sincere thanks to each one of them.

  3. Rt Hon Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling 1st October 2015 at 5:28 am

    I NEVER understood how Steve Gazzard’s membership of the ICAEW Financial Servies Faculty could be reconciled with his membership, (far less CEO) of the IFP. When the ICAEW sanctions chartered accountants being AR’s of St James’s Place.

  4. Nick and Steve have made a significant contribution to the enhancement of professional financial planning in the UK and their hard work and enthusiasm should not be under estimated.

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