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Severn is up to the challenge

Your editorial challenges the wisdom of David Severn’s appointment as Aifa director general on the grounds that he is not a practising IFA. It is a matter of history that Paul Smee, when appointed, was in a similar situation but clearly had all the skills to deal with the challenges presented by the regulator and the Government.

Obviously, David Severn has a comparable skills set and am absolutely sure that he will achieve first-class results as Paul has in representing IFAs.

I do feel the vital ingredient that galvanises this is not just the ability of the man at the top but the team representing the trade association.

Clearly, the Aifa board, headed by John Gummer, comprises a broad church of senior representatives from the IFA world.

It is a combination of these two essential ingredients that produces the winning formula that has brought about many significant wins for IFAs as the regulatory scene unfolds. In addition to this, the regional structure of Aifa allows the grassroots membership to input their views into this important dialogue.

Barry KayesChairman,Tenet Group,Leeds

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