Kevin Hellard, President

Hi everyone. Here it is – my final newsletter article featured alongside Michelle Thorp, our outgoing CEO. As I wrote in last month’s article, we are grateful to Michelle for her excellent work leading the IPA. I am excited for what the future holds, given the Association’s present footing.

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Paul Smith as interim CEO. Paul has held many leadership positions in financial services, including Managing Director at HSBC Private Bank (UK) and Chair of the Private Banking Advisory Panel of the British Bankers Association. I congratulate Paul on his appointment and warmly welcome him to the IPA.

On to other current activity. I would like to highlight to members the recent publication of our Anti-Money Laundering (AML) case studies and high-risk indicators. We have published these resources to help ensure that you, our members, are well equipped for AML compliance and aren’t at risk of falling foul of the rules around this vital aspect of insolvency work.

To that end, look out for further AML communications and details of free online IPA Essential Briefings later this month, forming our ‘Anti-Money Laundering: How to avoid risk in your business’ series. I strongly recommend that you note the information we will be sending out and join us for the Briefings.

With the country due to be ‘freed’ on 19th July, we are presently working to the plan of holding our last quarter events in person. The Regional Roadshow Series will kick off in September and run through to November. All being well, the IPA will be coming to Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham and London to brief members on the latest matters affecting the profession.

Watch out too for details of the IPA’s 60th Anniversary Reception. we hope to see you all there to help us celebrate with a late summer drinks reception in September.  

Thank you to all those who completed our events questionnaire. This provided us with a very useful reference for future events planning, for example which ones to hold in-person, and which to keep online. I look forward to seeing the survey results brought to life at IPA events in various settings. You can read more about the survey results in this newsletter issue.

September also sees the continuation of IPA Learning, delivered in partnership with Insolvency Support Services. Book here for the next iteration, a look at the impact of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act, at lunchtime on 9th September. Click here to view our full events calendar.

Staying with training and professional development, the IPA is pleased to offer all members a discounted rate on a range of on-demand insolvency and compliance training – perfect for insolvency teams. Read more here.

Best wishes for the summer.