Published by Jim Boyd on 15 February 2018
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Deputy Director and Head of Research
I am privileged to lead the research and events programme at Reform, supporting the team to ensure that everything we produce is high quality and engaging – a job made easy by the calibre of our people!
While I work across each of our areas helping to shape and quality assure our work, I personally specialise in retirement and social care funding. I gained significant insight into these areas leading the Corporate Affairs functions at specialist life assurers Britannic Retirement Solutions, Just Retirement and Partnership Assurance. I have developed arguments which have shaped Government policy resulting in changes to equity release regulation, the provision of guidance to pensions policyholders and imposing a duty on local authorities to sign-post citizens who need care to financial advice. These have all focused on delivering positive consumer outcomes and safeguards.
In 2016 I was appointed Expert Adviser at the Department for Work and Pensions, initially supporting Lord Freud, then Welfare Reform Minister, advising on a specific project, ‘Support for Mortgage Interest’. My experience within Government is particularly useful in ensuring Reform’s research work is rooted in practical policy suggestions.
I am a member of the Advisory Committee of the Society of Later Life Advisers, a not-for-profit organisation which assists consumers to find ‘later life’ accredited financial advisers and an adviser to the International Longevity Commission -UK, a leading longevity, ageing and population change policy unit. A former Tax and Trusts lawyer I was founder Chairman of the Equity Release Council’s Long Term Care working group and a member of the Association of British Insurer’s Long Term Savings Committee.
Most likely to say?
‘What is your main argument?” and ‘How can you simplify that point further?’
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