Openwork to relinquish membership of APFA

Openwork joined APFA in 2013 following the trade body’s decision to expand its membership criteria to include restricted advisers.

Having conducted an assessment of its business priorities and evolving relationship with the FCA, Openwork has decided to leave the trade association with immediate effect.

As part of the move, Openwork chief executive officer Mark Duckworth is to step down from the APFA board.

Mark Duckworth said: “Our size, scale and status, offering both restricted and independent advice through the safety of an AR model, means we differ from many other advice businesses in terms of the level of direct engagement we have with the regulator and policymakers.

“Having reviewed our position in this respect, we have concluded that we no longer require trade body representation and have accordingly resigned our membership of APFA.

“We would like to place on record our gratitude to Chris Hannant and APFA for the work they have done in recent years and we wish the organisation all the very best for the future.”