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Tonks takes over as Ilag chairman The

The Insurance & Life Assurance Group has appointed Bill Tonks as its chairman for 2001-02. He has spent the last 10 years working as a compliance officer first for Eagle Star and then Nationwide Building Society. He currently works for Nationwide as divisional director (risk management). Tonks will replace Phil Smallwood, who will continue to work with the trade body which represents 40 companies in the financial services industry. FSA sets up whistleblowers&#39 line

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