Personal Finance Society appoints new president for 2017/18

Posted On: 
18th September 2017

The Personal Finance Society has named Thornton’s Sharon Sutton as its new President for 2017/18.

Ms Sutton takes over from Nick Turner, who has stepped down from the board after completing a 12-month rotation as President of the professional body and six years as a Member Director. The leadership change was formalised at the Society’s Annual General Meeting today.

Ms Sutton has over 30 years’ experience working in financial services, having held a number of senior roles at Thornton, Marsh and Barclays. She is a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and was Chairman of the Isle of Man Region from its inauguration until 2012. She was the President of the Isle of Man Insurance Institute for the year 2011/12 which saw the centenary celebration of the CII and the 25th anniversary of the Isle of Man local institute. Last year she was appointed Vice President of the Personal Finance Society.

Personal Finance Society Chief Executive Keith Richards welcomed Ms Sutton’s appointment, and paid tribute to the Society’s outgoing directors.

“Sharon is an incredibly welcome addition to the PFS as its President for the year ahead. Her experience will be invaluable in helping us further evolve our role as a professional body and I look forward to working closely with her over the next 12 months,” he said.

“I would like to thank past President Nick Turner for his insight and contribution to the profession over the past six years. His theme of attracting new talent led to the development of Aspire, the Society’s new apprenticeship programme which we will continue to build.

Also stepping down after six years on the board is David Thomas, joint Managing Partner of Chadney Bulgin.

“During David’s year as President his theme was the sharing of ‘good practice’ which continues as the Society’s Good Practice Hub. I want to thank him for his dedication and outstanding contribution these past six years,” said Keith Richards.

Mr Turner and Mr Thomas will be replaced on the Society’s board by Rory Percival and Gordon Wilson. Percival was previously technical specialist at the Financial Conduct Authority, where he was at for 10 years before leaving in August 2016 to set up his own consultancy firm. Wilson is the founder and Managing Director of Carbon Financial Partners.

Ms Sutton said: “I’m really proud to have been appointed President of the Personal Finance Society. My main goal for the year ahead is to advance the practice and profession of financial planning so to encourage our members and the wider personal finance profession to embrace the use of such tools and techniques that may help them and their clients achieve excellent outcomes. I look forward to working with Keith and the team.”

Personal Finance Society board changes approved at today’s AGM:

Director resignations

Nick Turner (Member Director)

David Thomas (Member Director)

Director appointments

Rory Percival (Member Director)

Gordon Wilson (Member Director)

Director reappointments

John White (Member Director)

Jonathan Rees (Lay Director)