The Association of Independent Financial Advisers (AIFA) has appointed Vera Cottrell as a policy officer to assist Fay Goddard on IFA policy issues.
She joins AIFA with immediate effect and will report directly to Goddard.
Cottrell has eight years experience in the financial services industry, in both the UK and South Africa. She joins AIFA from Willis, one of the largest global insurance brokers, where she spent four and a half years working as a policy analyst with a special focus on European topics. In this role, she analysed the impact of regulatory initiatives from both UK and EU governmental, regulatory and standard setting bodies, which were likely to impact on the financial services and other major industries.
She also has first-hand experience of the UK policy-making process, after working for an MP in the House of Commons and for the policy unit of a major political party.
"Vera will be a valuable asset to the team at AIFA. We will have more scope to communicate policy matters to our members and I look forward to working with her on these complex issues," says Fay Goddard, deputy director general of AIFA.
Cottrell says: "AIFA is working relentlessly to ensure that UK financial services regulation takes account of the best interests of both its members and consumers. I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to be part of such an excellent and hard-working team."
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