Quilter has promoted its academy’s former head of training, Julian Hince, to lead its adviser school following Scott Stevens’ departure.
Hince (pictured) will take on responsibility for Quilter Financial Adviser School (QFAS) after Stevens, head of adviser recruitment and acquisition, is leaving Quilter Financial Planning to pursue other opportunities.
He was hired as QFAS’ head of training in November 2019 with responsibility for the school’s trainers.
Hince was previously technical development director at M&G Investments, where he was responsible for creating some of its training courses.
Stevens joined Quilter in 2016 as head of business development for Quilter Cheviot, before joining its financial planning arm in 2019 as director of recruitment and acquisitions.
His responsibilities will be taken over by Gemma Harle, managing director of Quilter Financial Planning.
Steven Gazard, chief executive officer of Quilter Financial Planning, said: “The Quilter Financial Adviser School is at an exciting stage in its development and we’re thrilled Julian will be leading the school in its next phase.”
Gazard added: “Scott has been a vital driver of the changes to QFAS and creating a successful recruitment process and we thank him for his valuable contribution.”
The personnel changes come after QFAS moved its level 4 courses fully online last month to improve access and flexibility for students studying to become a financial planner.
Hince will be focussed on ensuring the effective running of the online proposition and increasing diversity within the school.
Gazard commented: “Having moved our Level 4 course fully online we are excited to be able to reach a wider population and support people keen to become financial advisers.
“The digital course, which provides more flexibility and access, will shorten the time required to complete the training and help us in our goal to create an adviser population as diverse as that within the UK.”
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