11 Nov 2019 | Posted In Bob's Blog (MALG updates)

Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended, spoke at, supported, exhibited at, and helped to organise/run the MALG Conference 2019 (as well as all of those who engaged from afar via social media – see the impressive stats below). We have had some fantastic feedback and, most importantly, ideas for how we can take forward the key discussions that were had around issues including the diversity of our sector’s workforce and debt advice funding. The buzz around the venue, the challenging questions raised by audience members, and the lively debate were all testament to the fact that MALG is a unique forum with no regulatory, commercial or political agenda where we can work together to make real change.

If you have not already given us your feedback and input into future events, please do so by filling in the brief evaluation form now: http://bit.ly/malgconf2019feedback

The speaker slides for conference sessions which had presentations can now be downloaded from our website here, where you can also view some of the photographs from the event: http://malg.org.uk/conference/malg-conference-2019/

And as always, we’re already looking ahead to 2020. If you’re interested in ‘early bird’ sponsorship or exhibition opportunities at next year’s conference, please email me on bob.winnington@malg.org.uk asap as we have a lot of interest already following the success of this year’s event.

MALG’s new Chair

As those of you who were at the conference will know, our long-standing Chair Liz Barclay closed the event by handing over the baton to our new Chair Paul Smee. Liz’s contribution to MALG over many years has been enormous and we are incredibly sad to see her go. I am sure all our members and contacts will join me in thanking her for helping to make MALG what it is today.

Our new Chair Paul Smee is also Chair of the Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) and has been CEO of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Payments Council and the Association of Independent Financial Advisers, as well as a TV regulator and a civil servant.

He says: “It is a great honour to be asked to take on the MALG Chair and to follow in the footsteps of someone of Liz Barclay’s stature. I hope to build on all she has achieved. MALG plays an important role in providing a place where all those involved in money and debt advice – from all points of the compass and with all their different roles – can exchange their insights and their best practice, and can give each other support. I intend to see this continue right across the UK. “

Paul along with our other Board members, Executive Committee and others who work behind the scenes to help run MALG are now discussing our exciting plans for 2020 and beyond.

Welcome to new MALG members!

We’ve had a flurry of new members recently who we wanted to take this opportunity to welcome!

  • JTR Collections (National Business Member)
  • Elifinty (National Business Member)
  • entitledto (National Business Member)
  • OpenMoney (National Strategic Member)

A full list of our national members can be found on our website here: http://malg.org.uk/membership/members/

Events calendar 2020

Our first MALG National Members Meeting for 2020 will be on 6 February at Captial One’s offices in London. We are finalising the agenda but would be interested in your feedback and input for topics and speakers you would like to see in the year ahead. I know that diversity has been raised as a topic that requires further discussion and this is something we are looking into. Dates for all 2020 MALG national and regional group meetings are being announced and more will be released soon.

If you have any events coming up next year which may be of interest to MALG members, please let us know and we will add them to the events calendar on our website: http://malg.org.uk/events/

Debt and Mental Health Evidence Form v4

Just a reminder that the new version of the Debt and Mental Health Evidence Form and all of its supporting documents and information are no longer hosted by MALG and can now all be found on the Money Advice Trust’s website at: www.moneyadvicetrust.org/dmhef

There were some issues with old links to the forms and supporting documents on the MALG website not being re-directed but this should now have been resolved and all old links should bring up a note signposting to the new home of the forms and information. If you discover any old links which aren’t working, please let us know.

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