St. James’s Place has appointed Andy Payne as its head of academy, following an internal move from head of transition in the firm's business establishment team.
Payne will be responsible for implementing the revamped academy throughout 2021.
Following an assessment of the training programme throughout 2020, it will now deliver enhanced training and development to a broader geographical area with a larger intake.
SJP said the new approach would look towards supporting people at all stages of their career and training, whether that be right in the beginning of training, entering the business with full qualifications or joining part way through.
This comes as last week at its Capital Markets Day (May 26), SJP said it will be welcoming around 400 new members into its academy from 2022, compared with about 250 a year before.
At the time, partnerships director Peter Edwards said the new intake would represent more than two-thirds of its gross recruitment.
Payne said: “I am delighted to have joined the academy at such an exciting point of growth.
“The training programme, which is the largest in the UK, already has such a fantastic reputation and I look forward to growing this further with the team.
“The need for financial advice grows daily placing more and more emphasis on the need for high quality advisers and we hope to find these advisers and help them find success in line with their ambitions.”
Edwards said it was an “exciting appointment” for the academy.
He added: “Andy brings excellent experience to the role from his background working in the establishment team within the partnership.
“I look forward to seeing how Andy shapes the academy throughout the year and I wish him every success in his new role.”
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