Former head of regulatory developments at provider Zurich, Matthew Connell, has joined the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) as director of policy and engagement.
In the newly created role, he will manage the policy, public affairs and public relations strategy of both the CII and adviser professional body, the Personal Finance Society (PFS).
At Zurich, Connell (pictured) spoke on a variety of regulatory issues affecting advisers, including the impact of appropriateness tests on advisers and why long-term care funding initiatives benefited mainly the high-net worth. He has also been a passionate supporter of a long-stop on liability for advisers.
In his previous role as chairman of the Investment and Life Insurance Group, Connell brought together investment and insurance practitioners with policymakers to work on EU and UK regulatory initiatives.
PFS chief executive Keith Richards said: "We are delighted to welcome Matthew to our team. Matthew has a strong reputation in the regulatory world and brings a wealth of policy and public affairs expertise, which will be key to building public trust in the power of professional standards in the insurance and financial advice sectors."
Connell added: "I am excited about joining the CII and PFS at a time of increasing regulatory development. New technology, demographic change and higher expectations from consumers are all demanding new standards of professional and ethical behaviour from the financial services sector.
"I'm looking forward to working with insurance and financial advice professionals and policymakers to find practical ways to maintain and increase trust in the sectors."
The CII has also appointed former Nucleus Financial content editor Jun Merrett as content and engagement manager, in a bid to ramp up its ‘thought leadership' work.
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