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Sudden death of senior pensions industry figure

Pensions expert Mike Morrison, whose sudden and very sad death was announced earlier this week, was an incredibly well-liked and respected member of the profession. Mike joined AJ Bell in 2012, where he was head of platform technical.

Like so many people who have been involved with the UK financial services profession for a while, Sue Whitbread, Editor of the IFA Magazine, knew Mike well.

She said: “I was so sad to hear this awful news which came as a real shock to me.  Mike was a very special person and incredibly knowledgeable. He had the knack of making complicated technical matters sound simple, which when it came to pensions was always a plus! More than that though, it was his kindness, his patience and willingness to help others that really stood out.  He was one of the good guys that’s for sure – and he will be very sadly missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts are very much with his family who must be devastated by their loss.”

Mike was a regular press commentator and a veteran of the adviser seminar circuit, speaking to hundreds of advisers every year via AJ Bell’s ‘On the road’ adviser roadshow.

Mike was 55 and had a wife and young daughter.

Andy Bell, chief executive at AJ Bell, comments: “Mike was never more comfortable than when he was in a room full of financial advisers talking about complex pension topics in his unique, engaging and light hearted way.  He was one of the most popular pension commentators in the industry and leaves behind many friends and colleagues.  Most importantly he was a dearly loved husband and father and our thoughts and support are with his family at this difficult time.  He will be sorely missed by everyone at AJ Bell.”