Julian has more than 30 years’ experience as a consumer champion working for various organisations including Which? and Consumer International.
The consumer senior adviser is a new role which the FSA has established as part of its commitment to deliver better outcomes for consumers through intensive supervision and rigorous risk assessment. The new approach also included a commitment to strengthen the FSA's understanding of consumer issues.
Hector Sants, the FSA's chief executive officer, said: "I am delighted to announce Julian's appointment today as a senior adviser to the FSA. He has considerable experience to bring to bear on the key issues that we face in protecting consumers.
"Through intensive and intrusive regulation we are focusing our skills and insight into not just taking action when we find failures - but proactively identifying and addressing issues that have the potential to harm consumers. This is a step change in approach and Julian will have an invaluable role in ensuring that we have the ability to achieve this."