Apfa appoints Chris Hannant as director general

Apfa director general Chris Hannant

Apfa has appointed policy director Chris Hannant as its new director general.

Hannant joined the trade body in January 2012 and has since overseen the rebrand from Aifa, supported advisers through RDR implementation and the transition to the Financial Conduct Authority.

His appointment as director general is effective immediately.

Apfa chairman Lord Deben says: “Chris was the clear choice for the role. Since he joined us he has led from the front on our efforts to support the industry through the launch of RDR, and to hold the regulator to account.

“His work so far has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the issues facing advisers and a commitment to the sector. I am delighted to welcome Chris into the role.”

Apfa director general Chris Hannant says: “I have enjoyed a stimulating and challenging year and a half with Apfa. We are determined to secure a better deal for advisers, in what is a tough economic and regulatory landscape.

“I look forward to building on the solid platform we have established and driving Apfa forward in my new capacity as director general.”

Apfa has been without a director general since January 2012 following the departure of Stephen Gay, who stepped down from his role to join the Association of British Insurers as director of life, savings and protection.