24 Feb 2017 | Posted In Bob's Blog (MALG updates)

I think it’s safe to say that the last MALG Members’ Meeting in January was a huge success! Attendees, who heard excellent presentations from academics Professor Sharon Collard and Chris Fitch and GambleAware’s Jane Rigbye, said it felt like a ‘game changer’ in the development of a new and improved MALG. You will be able to download their presentation slides from our website soon.

I’m now very pleased to announce details of our next must-attend Members’ Meeting! Please note that the original date of 23 March has been changed to avoid clashes with other events:

What? MALG Members’ Meeting
Where? Bond Dickinson, 4 More London, Riverside, London SE1 2AU
When? 6th April 2017

We’re currently finalising the themes and speakers which will address key hot topics and give us all plenty of food for thought. I hope to see many of you there.

Fintech Fortnight

Speaking of thought-provoking events, I gained a valuable insight into how Fintech developments can impact our industry by attending a Fintech Fortnight event in London last week. There was a great panel covering topics as wide ranging as the ‘digital divide’, collaboration, protecting customers and Fintech as an enabler. One subject the panel didn’t cover was vulnerability and I asked a question on how those customers who are fearful, incapable or unable to access technology would be able to cope with the future changes. It provoked more debate than a previous discussion on Brexit! There were clear divisions in opinion across the panel and I feel this highlights the true value of the work we are doing.

Introducing the MALG Board and Executive CommitteeWith all the changes afoot at MALG, we thought now would be a great opportunity to formally introduce our Board and Executive Committee. What makes us so special as an organisation is all the people that are involved in it and we will be making a point of showcasing them on our new website when it launches in April. In the meantime, here they are:

Board of Directors:
Liz Barclay, Chair – Author, broadcaster, journalist, trainer, conference speaker/chair and small business coach.
Leigh Berkley – Director of External Affairs and Development, Arrow Global
Stuart Hayward – Qualified Chartered Accountant
Lee Healey – Founder and Managing Director, IncomeMax
Robert Skinner – 40 years experience in financial services, financial regulation and debt advice
Jacqui Tribe – Legal & Regulatory Manager, UK Cards Association
Yvonne MacDermid – Chief Executive, Money Advice Scotland
Richard Wharton – General Secretary, Debt Managers Standards Association

Executive Council:
John Deans, Chair – Customer Conduct Collections & Recoveries Senior Manager, Nationwide Building Society
Dan Alchin – Head of Retail Policy, Energy UK
Ian Fiddeman – Retail Policy Director, British Bankers’ Association
David Hawkes – National Money Advice Co-ordinator, Advice UK
Meg van Rooyen – Policy Manager, Money Advice Trust
Andrew Smith – External Affairs Director, Clear Debt
Bee Thakur – Policy Manager, Money Advice Service
Robert Wilson – CEO, Institute of Money Advisers
Bob Winnington – Executive Officer

We also have some fantastic people on our specialist committees and working groups without whom what we do would not be possible.

Launch date for the Standard Financial Statement confirmedLast week, we announced the launch date for the Standard Financial Statement (1 March 2017) on our website and via email to members. If you haven’t read about becoming an SFS user, catch up now here: https://www.malg.org.uk/launch-date-of-the-standard-financial-statement-confirmed/

MALG Conference sponsorship and exhibition packages

We’re incredibly excited about the new theme and format for this year’s conference, which we will be announcing in the next few weeks along with a full breakdown of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities. In the meantime, we’re asking organisations that are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference on Monday 24 November at 30 Euston Square to express their interest by emailing bob.winnington@malg.org.uk. We can assure you that it will be an event like no other!

Kind regards

Bob Winnington, Executive Officer
07988 646384