Peter Jeffreys, consultant director S&P Index Services and John Pattison, director of Financial Serv...
Peter Jeffreys, consultant director S&P Index Services and John Pattison, director of Financial Services Strategy, AtosKPMG Consulting are the final committee members to be appointed to judge the Gold Standard Awards.
Gold Standards is a new initiative designed to identify financial services companies practising high business standards in fund management, life and protection, pensions, banking, mortgages, insurance and independent financial advice.
The initiative is being organised by Incisive Media, publishers of IFAonline.
Jeffreys and Pattison join a heavyweight committee which includes Philip Warland, previously director general of the UK's Investment Management Association and now senior adviser on investment management at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Anne McMeehan and Jain Castiau of Cauldron Consulting, Malcolm Kerr of AtosKPMG, Mike Richards of Capital City Media, David Lee of Defaqto, Guy Vanner of AKG and John Dallas of CSITM among others. A full list of judges along with a list of categories and questionnaire can be obtained at www.goldstandardawards.com.
According to head of the judging committee, Deborah Benn, the judges have been appointed for their expertise in the five areas deemed most important when consumers buy financial products; financial strength, capability, service, fair value and trust.
"The response so far has been excellent. There has already been 150 requested entry forms, which is way beyond expectations for a new initiative," said Benn.
Commenting on the success so far, Benn added: "I think the fact that Gold Standards measures all five factors together is already setting them apart. For example, a company may have great financial strength but if their service stinks then they will lose customers. The aim is that when people see the Gold Standards logo they will know that the company they are dealing with has passed the high standards test in all five areas. This has to got to be a great boost to customer confidence."
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