Equity release advisory firm Key has strengthened its estate planning team with the addition of Andrew Parkinson to the newly created role of head of sales and operations.

Parkinson has previously worked as group operations director at Legal Hub Group, director at Integral Solutions and head of legal services at two leading national accident management companies.

As part of his role, Parkinson will be responsible for growing the internal culture as well as developing customer service, operational processes and systems to meet the growing need for estate planning amongst the over-55s.

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Will Hale, CEO at Key, said: “At Key, we believe it is vital to provide customers with as much support as possible when they are looking to secure their later life finances.

“As the largest equity release advisory firm in the UK, we have often found many customers do not have a current Will in place which is why we started the estate planning side of our business after listening to customer feedback and to further support the needs of our customers.

“Andrew has worked in the legal services industry for two decades and he will only strengthen our rapidly evolving offering.

“I am pleased to welcome Andrew to the team and I am looking forward to working with him in the future.”

Parkinson said: “It’s an interesting time to be starting a new role during the coronavirus pandemic, but I have been welcomed into the business and quickly got stuck in.

“I am leading a new team which in the current times is an interesting experience but one I am enjoying.

“I am very much looking forward to using my experience to grow and develop the estate planning side of the business and it’s great to be working with a market leader in the retirement finances sector.”

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