The two UK trade associations in the personal investment management and financial advice sector have agreed to come together to form a larger representative body for organisations that support individuals and families to plan and invest for their financial life journey.
Together the WMA and APFA will become PIMFA (Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association) effective 1 June 2017.
The updated name, which adds the word “personal” to the acronym following further thinking and feedback, emphasises the nature of the services offered by the united member base. PIMFA members will provide a range of financial solutions for individuals and families, charities and pension funds, including investment advice and portfolio management, as well as investment and execution services, financial planning and advice.
PIMFA will continue to lead the debate on policy and regulatory recommendations to ensure that the UK remains a global centre of excellence in the wealth management, investment advice and financial planning arena.
“We will expand our value-added advocacy and technical research work, and remain committed to creating an optimal operating environment so firms can focus on delivering the best services for clients,” WMA’s CEO Liz Field says.
“Through PIMFA, the combined experience of the WMA and APFA will create a stronger, united voice that will provide a more effective voice for the membership to deliver change,” adds Chris Hannant, APFA’s director general.
WMA’s chairman Tim Ingram says: “This is an exciting time for both the WMA and APFA as we face a tremendous opportunity to help champion our industry and all its clients in a fast changing environment.”
“The coming together of APFA and the WMA creates a relevant, joined-up trade association which can both support its members across the wider client value proposition and speak with coherence and authority to both government and the regulators for this significant part of the financial services industry, which has both high added value and high social impact,” PIMFA’s incoming chairman Lord Deben says.
Neil Liversidge, APFA council member adds: “A merger makes obvious sense in terms of bringing more expertise to the table and more effectively using our resources through a uniform approach. Our members, large and small firms alike, provide a crucial service to families of all levels of means, from the most modest to the wealthiest. By speaking with one stronger voice we can more effectively bring that fact home to legislators and regulators.”
Field will lead an expanded executive team of policy experts, covering all aspects of the sector.