The Credit Services Association (CSA), the voice of the UK debt collection and debt purchase industries, has appointed Henry Aitchison, a former senior executive with the FCA and OFT, to the newly-created role of Head of Policy.

Aitchison, who has a career spanning almost 20 years in consumer credit, will have a broad role supporting the CSA executive team in identifying key Policy issues and developing a clear strategy to support the Association’s principal aims and objectives. He will also be responsible for developing and maintaining an active Public Affairs (PA) programme, ensuring that the Association’s views and membership goals are represented in the formulation and adoption of current and future UK and European policy and legislation.

Aitchison joins the CSA from the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) where he was Senior Policy Advisor. This followed more than 15 years with the OFT and FCA in similar advisory roles, and with a particular focus on consumer credit and protection.

John Ricketts, President of the CSA, said “The appointment of a dedicated Head of Policy resource will add further weight and bandwidth to the Association’s commitment to members. Our ambition is to be even more proactive in determining future issues and regulation that impact our members, and Henry’s knowledge and experience will play a key part in putting the CSA on the front foot.”

“The CSA is looking to further enhance its influence in a number of key areas, and Henry will help us in shaping the future agenda, rather than the agenda shaping us.”

Aitchison says he is delighted to be joining the CSA at such an important time: “I have observed how much the industry has changed in the last 20 years in helping customers to positively resolve their debt problems and how that change has been further accelerated with the advent of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).”

“I am very much looking forward to supporting the CSA and its executive team in devising and articulating future policies on key industry issues, and in representing the Association as it continues to engage with various stakeholders, from consumer advocacy groups to senior MPs and officials.”

Aitchison’s other responsibilities will include providing high-quality commentary and formal responses to government consultations and providing relevant research and analysis to the Chief Executive and Senior Management team to inform future thinking.