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Adviser trade body looks to Nest for policy hire

Pimfa-hire-General-Business-Handshake-Hire-Appointment-700x450.jpgApfa senior policy adviser Caroline Escott, who left Pimfa after its merger with the WMA, replaced with Nest hire

The Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association has hired Simon Harrington as public policy senior policy adviser.

Harrington was previously senior public policy adviser at Nest and also formally worked at the Treasury as a corporate communications officer.

There have been a number of departures since Pimfa was formed in June after the merger of the Wealth Management Association and Apfa.

Former WMA chairman Tim Ingram stepped down as chair of the Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association board.

Apfa senior policy adviser Caroline Escott left Pimfa to take up a role at another trade body, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.

Apfa director general Chris Hannant also said he would leave the organisation after spending a “transitional period” as a strategic adviser to Pimfa following the merger.

Harrington says: “Having come from a pensions background, I am acutely aware of the fundamental role the adviser industry needs to be playing in ensuring that individual savers are able to achieve the best outcome possible from their retirement savings.

He adds: “Access to financial advice is a fundamental part of a well-functioning financial services landscape and I look forward to progressing the concerns of Pimfa members on this front in particular.”

Pimfa chief executive Liz Field says: “We continue to drive for a culture of savings and investments in the UK and Simon’s expertise in pensions will be invaluable in advancing this cause.”

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