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Educational council chief steps down

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Mark Brimble has resigned as Chairman of the Financial Planning and Educational Council following the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority’s decision to adopt the council’s framework and course approval list.

Deputy Chairman Sharon Taylor will act in the role until a replacement is appointed.

Financial Planning Association (FPA) Chairman Neil Kendall has thanked Dr Brimble for his “outstanding contribution” since his appointment in November 2013.

“In this volunteer role, Mark has guided the development of a world-leading university curriculum for bachelor degrees in financial planning,” Mr Kendall said.

Dr Brimble was responsible for establishing the Financial Planning Research Journal and a research grant to support academic studies in financial planning.

The Financial Planning and Educational Council was established by the FPA in 2011 as an independent body tasked with raising the standard of financial planning education and promoting financial planning as a distinct learning area and career choice.