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Robert Gardner to chair Children’s Savings Policy Council

January 16, 2017

TISA, the investments and savings membership association, has announced that Robert Gardner, the founder of the RedStart financial literacy programme for young people, has been appointed to chair its Children’s Savings Policy Council.

Robert Gardner launched RedStart in 2012 with the aim of planting the seed for the financial wellbeing of children. He is the author of the children’s book "Save Your Acorns" published last year to help 4 to 6-year olds learn about saving, investing and sharing. Robert is also the co-founder of Redington and Mallowstreet and a trustee of the FairLife Foundation.

Carol Knight, TISA Chief Operations Officer said:

“The Children’s Savings Policy Council has been heavily involved in supporting the Child Trust Fund and latterly the Junior ISA initiatives. The outgoing chairman, Nigel Banfield, has driven the work of the Council over this period, particularly regarding the CTF to JISA transition, and we thank him for his considerable efforts.

“The Council has a long-standing commitment towards improving the financial education of young children and their parents. This is also one of the six key policy recommendations identified by TISA’s Savings and Investments Policy project and an exciting new education initiative is now being developed for launch in 2017. We are therefore delighted that Robert has agreed to chair the Council, his expertise in, and passion for, the financial education of young people will be invaluable.”

Commenting on his appointment, Robert Gardner said:

“My dream is to ensure all children in the UK can live the financial life they aspire to. We all need to save more for a better financial future, but this is difficult in the current climate. Our goal must be to ensure that we equip children with the attitude, skills and resources to achieve their personal and financial goals. TISA is ideally placed to bring the industry together to make a worthwhile contribution towards this aim and I’m looking forward to working with the Council and the broader membership.”

The Children’s Savings Policy Council is focused on ensuring that there are suitable and appropriate savings products for children and that future government savings strategy includes provision for children. The previous chairman, Nigel Banfield, has completed his term of office.


For further information please contact:

Alistair Kellie – Telephone: 0207 680 6558/Email Alistair.Kellie@newgatecomms.com

Sara Neidle – Telephone: 020 7680 6550 / Email Sara.Neidle@newgatecomms.com

Jessica Hodson Walker- Telephone: 020 7680 6538/Email Jessica.HodsonWalker@newgatecomms.com

Email: TISA@newgatecomms.com

Notes for Editors

TISA is a not-for-profit membership association operating within the financial services industry. The focus of our recommendations and actions is improved outcomes for consumers and UK plc with this approach leading to a stronger UK financial services industry.TISA’s growing membership comprises over 150 firms involved in the supply and distribution of savings and investment products and services. These members represent many different sectors of the financial services industry, including asset managers, insurance companies, fund managers, distributors, building societies, investment managers, third party administrators, consultants and advisers, software providers, financial advisers, pension providers, banks and stockbrokers.

TISA has a successful track record in working cooperatively with government, regulators, HMT, DWP and HMRC to improve the performance of the industry and the outcomes for the public. Effective policy and regulation and the creation of efficient industry infrastructure continues to be the major focus for our members. TISA is unique in that it represents the entire financial services industry, incorporating cross-sector policy, industry and technical expertise. Whilst we maintain a solid partnership with government, the regulators and wider industry, we remain independent and develop neutral views and opinions. This impartiality is reflected in our ability to drive development projects which improve industry performance and consumer outcomes, putting us in the unique position of being able to constantly challenge the status quo to bring about material improvement.

Website: www.tisa.uk.com