Dixon becomes EB head at consolidator Attivo

Former Chase De Vere corporate sales manager Jon Dixon has joined IFA consolidator firm Attivo Group as its first director of employee benefits.

Dixon will drive a new campaign by the group to support small and medium businesses needing advice on employee benefits, including auto-enrolment and group pension schemes. 

He has over 30 years industry experience in the industry including stints with Hymans Robertson and Chase De Vere where he lead the development of its auto-enrolment proposition. 

Attivo Group currently has around £400m in clients’ assets and is aiming to grow to £1bn by 2017. It also has £100m in its commercial property arm. It also launched a discretionary fund management business, Attivo Investment Management, last year, and offers its own Sipp.

The firm, which was formerly known as Fountain Independent, plans to acquire at least six IFA businesses this year.

Attivo Group chief executive Stephen Harper says: “Auto-enrolment will touch every employer in the UK and presents enormous challenges to employers as hundreds of thousands of businesses have for the first time to select and contribute, by law, to a retirement savings plan.  Attivo Group’s employee benefits proposition, under Jon’s leadership, aims to be recognised as the partner of choice for SME businesses and others that value the difference innovation and quality can make.  We are delighted to have such an experienced and highly respected industry figure join our growing team.”

Dixon says: “Historically I have held senior positions with Barclays Bank and Aon Consulting as well as niche professional service providers such as actuarial firms. This has given me a unique insight into the diverse needs of employers and a deep and broad understanding of the suite of solutions that can be deployed to meet them.”

“My brief is to continue the development of Attivo Group’s already innovative employer solutions to give SME clients access to market leading products and services. Unlike much of the current pensions advisory community, Attivo Group is not hindered by obsolete processes, systems and behaviours and as such seeks better, leaner ways to deliver outstanding outcomes to staff from the boardroom or on the shop floor. We are keen to increase our footprint in both the business and advisory communities and have a rolling schedule of business briefings planned to help decision makers understand their duties and make choices that will increase their competitive advantage”.