Fluent Money has appointed a group compliance director in Stuart Almond.
Almond has joined from HLPartnership where he was compliance director for over three years.
He will replace the departing Nuala Wheeldon, wife of Fluent’s managing director Tim, who will focus on a new project.
Kevin Hindley, chief executive of Fluent Money, said: “We are delighted to welcome Stuart to the Fluent Money team.
“His experience running the compliance function for HLP, as well as his in depth personal knowledge of the advice world as a practitioner, means he is particularly well equipped to take over from our departing director of quality & risk, Nuala Wheeldon.
“Nuala has been responsible for building Fluent Money’s pre-eminence in its adoption of the highest compliance standards in the industry.
“She will be a hard act to follow. However, I am sure that Stuart’s network experience, allied to his personal knowledge of the intermediary’s role, will ensure that Fluent Money continues to lead the market in its ability to meet and exceed all compliance requirements in the future.”
Almond said: “I am looking forward to my new role. Fluent Money has been an important partner of HLP, so I know the company well.
“I was always impressed with their proposition. However, it was also the seriousness with which they embraced and built regulatory requirements into all of their processes, which was so impressive, made my job so much easier and meant that HLP’s members and customers were always in good hands.”
Almond started his career with The Prudential in 1986 before working in a sales and management capacity for companies such as Liverpool Victoria, Wesleyan General, MGM Assurance and Mortgage Next, as well as running his own brokerage.