AJ Bell appoints Gareth James as head of policy

Andy Bell
20 November 2020

Gareth James has been appointed to the newly created role of head of policy at investment platform AJ Bell.  
In the role Gareth will lead AJ Bell’s public policy strategy, with a focus on Government policy and regulatory developments around pensions, taxation and investment platforms. He will also be responsible for co-ordinating AJ Bell’s work with industry bodies and wider policy groups.

Gareth was previously head of technical at AJ Bell and starts his new role with immediate effect.

Andy Bell, chief executive at AJ Bell, comments:

“Gareth has been with AJ Bell for over 20 years holding roles encompassing administration, operational management, technical and policy work. This has given him extensive experience and understanding of how pension and investment platforms can help to meet the needs of consumers. For many years this knowledge has fed into our responses to, and implementation of, numerous regulatory consultations and wider Government proposals, with the purpose of shaping better outcomes for customers and their advisers. The creation of this new head of policy role will allow us to develop our policy work further, liaising more closely with relevant industry and regulatory bodies.”     

Gareth James, head of policy at AJ Bell, comments:

“Financial services plays such a significant role in the lives of millions of people that it’s understandable we see a near constant stream of policy proposals and developments. Many of these changes potentially have a massive impact on the finances and experience of customers and advisers and so I’m looking forward to encouraging positive, deliverable outcomes which make it easier for people to invest.”

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