CompaniesMay 15 2013

Edwards to leave Royal London

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ByIona Bain

In the statement, Hugh McKee, chief executive of Royal London’s Intermediary Division, said that Mr Edwards, current managing director of UK protection and long-standing member of RLAM since its purchase of Scottish Provident in 2008, had turned down the role of marketing director, a new role created to oversee a restructuring of proposition and marketing.

The pensions and protection divisions of the business previously had their own marketing and proposition teams, but these will be phased out in favour of two overall teams with responsibility across the entire intermediary business.

Mr Edwards will stay for the next few months to oversee the transition. At the moment, it is not known whether he has a new position elsewhere.

Mr McKee added: “We are starting to restructure the division to help deliver greater efficiency while continuing to provide strong expertise in our chosen markets. Mr Edwards has decided not to be considered for a role in the new structure and will leave the company in due course to pursue new challenges.”

Adviser view:

Peter Chadborn, director of Colchester-based Plan Money, said: “Mr Edwards was one of the founders of the menu-plan protection which was launched by Scottish Provident and modernised by Bright Grey, so it’s a shame to see someone with that history leave.

“Up to now, the confusion in the mind of the adviser has concerned what Bright Grey and Scottish Provident are separately good at. It’s been an anomaly in the protection business that two strong brands have been competing against each other.”