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Stafford quits AMI for ABI policy role

The Association of Mortgage Intermediaries policy officer Ben Stafford is leaving to join the Association of Brit- ish Insurers.

Stafford, who has been at AMI for two years, will work as a policy adviser in regu- lation and distribution at the ABI.

The AMI is recruiting a new associate director to support Chris Cummings who became director general of both the AMI and Aifa after David Severn resigned from Aifa due to illness.

Aifa says the expansion of its executive team is an acknowledgement of the changing mortgage landscape, including growing interest in secured lending.

The move will help allay concerns among AMI members that Cummings’ twin roles will not compromise the AMI’s lobbying power.

The associate director will have responsibilities in five key areas – strategy, regulatory analysis, developing the team, delivering financial targets and managing stakeholder relations with civil servants, regulators, the media and members.

Stafford says: “It has been a privilege working for Aifa but it is time for me to move on and face a new challenge.”


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