Trade associations are evolving from being the secretariat and facilitator for lobbying regulators and government to developing expertise in their own right through data collection, research publications, and pro-active identification of issues requiring a co-ordinated response. Beyond legislative and regulatory efforts, trade associations are now expected to represent their members in media communications, training and qualifications, legal analysis, and international competitiveness. This panel has two long-serving trade association heads looking at the changing role of trade associations and the value they provide to their members and the UK financial economy more generally. How government and the public view a sector is often shaped by the character of the people in its trade association and the efforts they make to represent members’ activities and interests.
Panellist: Paul Smee, P2P Lenders Association & John Barrass, PIMFA
Chair: Kathleen Tyson
Speakers: Paul Smee - Prior to joining the P2PFA, Paul was Director General of the Council of Mortgage Lenders for six years until the creation of UK Finance in July 2017. Previously, he was Director General of the Association of Independent Financial Advisors, CEO of the Association for Payment Clearing Services, and CEO of the UK Payments Council. John Barrass - Joined PIMFA (then known as the Wealth Management Association) as Deputy Chief Executive in July 2007. As part of his work he runs PIMFA interests in Public Policy and Government Relations, including Brexit, EU related business and anti-financial crime activity. Prior to joining PIMFA, John was Head of CFA Institute Centre for Financial Market Integrity in EMEA which followed over 12 years running international regulatory policy for the UK Government, the Securities and Investments Board, and the Financial Services Authority.
The overall programme for this event is:
18.00 Registration and drinks
18.30 Speaker presentation and Q & A
19.45 Canapés, drinks and networking