The Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) has appointed Ian Waters as its director of professional standards, succeeding Anne Davis.

In his role, Waters will focus on ensuring that the IFA’s regulatory arrangements and processes are robust, transparent, proportionate, and fair. Waters and IFA’s Professional Standards team will also help to raise the profile of the IFA, ensuring it continues to have a voice in relevant forums – for the benefit of IFA members, their clients, and employers.

Commenting on his appointment, Waters said: “I have been aware of the work of the IFA for many years, and therefore aware of its high standards and positive culture. The industry is experiencing transformative times from a regulatory, economic, and technological perspective, providing great opportunities for me to make a difference. I intend to do this through supporting agility and openness to positive change, while being supportive of our members too.

“It’s clear that the IFA’s regulatory arrangements were in safe hands with my predecessor, and I’m excited to immerse myself in the role working closely with a talented team.”

IFA CEO Jon Edwards commented: “We warmly welcome Ian on board and relish the prospect of utilising his in-depth experience to guide the IFA forward in this new chapter. Anne has left large shoes to fill; however, with Ian’s background, together with a passion for continuous improvement, he is the ideal person to help us grow and become further recognised as a leading professional body across the sector.”

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