The distribution sector has witnessed some high profile moves recently, most notably Sesame chief executive Patrick Gale standing down after over seven years with the firm.
He reckons the time is right for him to look for a new personal challenge as he has seen the Friends Provident acquisition of Sesame through to completion and is now ready to move on.
Sesame members’ feathers seem largely unruffled by his departure, and although they are less familiar with Ivan Martin, the consensus seems to be that as long as service standards are not disrupted there is nothing to worry about.
Martin says regardless of the outcome of the RDR he has absolute confidence in Sesame’s position – both as a support network for advisers and also as an influencer of the overall advice community, particularly through the work it is carrying out alongside Aifa.
Another old face (old as in a long time ago, he’s actually rather young!) from the Sesame crew who is moving on is Alastair Conway. Alastair assured me when he left Sesame last December that he was interested in the wrap and platform space and true to his form he has turned up at Cofunds.
Conway joins the platform provider as marketing and proposition director, replacing Anthony Wolfe who is set to leave at the end of the year.
Over at Aegon, director of risk and regulation Graham Dumble is leaving the company after 30 years.
Aegon has “thanked him for his contribution to the organisation over the last 30 years and wish him well in the future” but we are yet to know what his future plans are.
People that have worked with and known Dumble over the years say he was an exceptional talent and very popular with staff.
But any more details of the whys and wherefores of his departure are still sketchy and to date Dumble has not been in touch with MM. If anyone sees him around, please do ask if he’ll get in touch. We’re not usually in the habit of stalking personnel, but it would be nice to catch up.