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Positive Solutions brings in Gardner to lead distribution

Former AWD Group chief executive Douglas Gardner has joined Positive Solutions as distribution director.

Aegon head of risk Graham Dumble has also joined the board as a non-executive director in a management reshuffle that sees sales director Chris Smallwood and compliance director Chris Davies leave the group.

Positive Solutions revealed last week that David Harrison has stood down as chief executive to take the role of executive chairman. Former chief operating officer Neil Johnson becomes chief executive.

Gardner, who quit AWD last August, takes on the newly created role of distribution director, which will see him take on Smallwood’s responsibilities as well as the broader remit of building relations with providers and its IFAs.

He will be supported by assistant sales director Mark Henderson.

Assistant compliance director Doug Hudson will look after compliance issues while the firm seeks a replacement for Davies.

Johnson says the management changes reflect the direction in which he wants to take the company.

Johnson says: “We are extremely sorry that Chris and Chris are leaving, both for personal reasons. They have played a major part in our achievements so far. The directors would like to wish them both great success in their future endeavours.”

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