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Trevor Matthews to chair Skills Council

Friends Provident chief executive Trevor Matthews has been appointed chairman of the Financial Services Skills Council.

The news comes after the FSSC was relicensed at the end of March by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and a panel of ministers, following a strategic review.

Matthews has experience within the field of financial education and professionalism having previously served as president of the Chartered Insurance Institute from July 2008 to July 2009.

Matthews says: “Today’s economy is overwhelmingly driven by the knowledge and skills of individuals, and nowhere more so than in finance, accountancy and financial services. 

“By working in full partnership with employers, professional bodies and education providers, we will ensure the sector is able to attract the talent and develop the skills needed to remain the world’s leading financial services centre.”

FSSC interim chief executive Liz Field says: “Trevor needs no introduction to the industry, and my team here is excited to have his expertise and enthusiasm driving our work forward.  His appointment reflects our strategic approach, which places employers’ needs, experiences and involvement firmly at the centre of everything we do.” 

Roy Leighton, who stepped down as chairman this week, having steered the FSSC’s strategic review and relicensing, adds: “I’m delighted that Trevor agreed to chair the FSSC to guide it through its next stage of development. 

“Finance is a people business and Trevor is totally committed to the importance of having a skilled workforce in our industry.”

Matthews joins existing FSSC board members Resolution chief executive officer and former FSA CEO John Tiner, British Bankers’ Association chief executive officer Angela Knight, Standard Life managing director John Gill, former Financial Reporting Council chief executive officer Paul Boyle, KPMG vice chairman Brendan Nelson and The Red House managing director Gareth Marr.


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There are 8 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. I suppose the appointments meet Government recycling targets, nothing new, the old bus with a new coat of paint

  2. Tiner & Knight more of the same gives you more of what you had. They are the problem not the solution.

  3. Friends Prov – Sesame, Bankhall…

    No conflict of interest there then?

    I’m sure Friends Provident is in dire need of his undivided attention.

  4. i think you will find the drawers have been left open here and its the advisers who will pay the concequeses

  5. Maybe he should be sitting behind his drawers ad Friends Prov trying to make them suck less

  6. Incompetent Regulators Award Team 14th April 2010 at 4:36 pm

    As someone already pointed out Friends are no longer my friends as they always suck up to the F-Pack. Just need to look at theri WP fund, it’s cr*p investment profiles made sure there were No Profits. Risk averse problems there due to being frightened of regulations and weak team in fund management.

  7. Mathews closed book obecued views & provider bias – survival of the fitest or just survival you decide?

  8. More employers/positions of late than the preverbial hot dinners.. It must be like musical chairs up there in six figure salaryland, just dont sit down for too long…

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