Outgoing Personal Finance Society (PFS) chief executive Fay Goddard has said she wants her legacy to be the recognition among the public of financial planning as a chartered profession.
Goddard is due to step down in April after five years at the helm of the organisation, and will be replaced by former distribution director at Tenet, Keith Richards.
According to data from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), a total of 3,471 people held the chartered qualification on 28 January 2013, representing a rise of 644 people year-on-year.
This is the largest yearly rise in the chartered qualification since the launch for individuals in 2005.
Goddard said that about 5,000-6,000 advisers are on their way to becoming chartered.
"I want my legacy to be the recognition of financial planning as a chartered profession. This will benefit the whole profession, right down to those who work in admin. Being part of that community benefits everybody.
"It will attract the right calibre of people to the industry and will send the right message to the public, to the government, everybody.
"[The numbers of chartered individuals] is a huge achievement by members and a huge credit to them."
Goddard said she has also worked to get more young people and women into the profession, and that she is contacted "frequently" by young people who want to join but who struggle to find firms who want to take them on and train them.
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