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Financial advice pioneer Len Warwick dies

by Daniel Grote on Apr 29, 2013 at 12:31

Financial advice pioneer Len Warwick dies

Financial advice pioneer Len Warwick has died at the age of 68.

Warwick (pictured), a founder director of the Association of Independent Financial Advisers and a past president of the Life Insurance Association (LIA), died last night. He had been suffering from pneumonia.

Warwick was the founder and chairman of Cheltenham-based IFA Warwick Butchart Associates and had worked in financial services for more than 50 years. He was awarded a CBE for his services to financial regulation in 1996 and also served as a director of the Securities and Investment Board (SIB).

David Burren, Warwick Butchart managing director, said: ‘It is a very sad loss to us all and particularly to his wonderful family and very many friends.

'As a business partner he was always wonderfully fair and honest, and a man of huge integrity. He was a man that everybody spoke highly of. Everybody I know that came into contact with him had nothing but good to say about him.

Warwick entered financial services in 1962 as a salesman at Commercial Union, spending four years there before moving to JH Minett Life & Pensions, where he spent two years. He then joined Endsleigh as regional manager for the West and Wales, before becoming national sales manager at the age of 28. In that post he built up a team of around 50 life and pensions consultants.

In 1981 Warwick started life as an IFA, setting up his own firm and operating as a sole trader, before Burren joined as a consultant in 1994. Burren became a shareholder and co-managing director of Warwick Butchart Associates in 1999.

Warwick served as the LIA president in 1988/89 and focused on promoting education in financial services. Education was also the focus of his time as a director of SIB, which he served between 1989 and 1996. There, he developed and introduced minimum training standards for advisers, and delivered the CP40 report into financial services. He was also more recently a contributor to the alternative assessment project group, set up to examine the practical issues surrounding the alternative assessment routes towards the retail distribution review's level four qualification benchmark.

Warwick was also a director of the Investors Compensation Scheme, the predecessor to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, between 1993 and 1994, and was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his work in the financial adviser community by Scottish Widows in 2007.

He was also an author, publishing his first book, Making a Difference, in 1996. He published his first novel, The Unspoken, last year.

Warwick is survived by his wife Ros, children John, Tom, Richard, Helen and Bernadette and several grandchildren.

39 comments so far. Why not have your say?

Monsieur Reynard

Apr 29, 2013 at 12:40

A great loss to the Industry.

My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

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Julian Sunley

Apr 29, 2013 at 12:47

Very sad, I met Warwick at various NMA events and he was a true Gent.

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Simon Webster1

Apr 29, 2013 at 12:49

Len was that rarest of breeds a businessman and a gentleman, a truly wonderful chap - he will be missed.

I add my condolences.

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Apr 29, 2013 at 12:50

How sad to hear. Len was a true gentleman. I shall miss him and his passing is a huge loss to financial services in the UK.

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Phil Bill

Apr 29, 2013 at 12:51

This is a sad loss for everyone, especially his family.

What a great character and gentleman he was. He just got on and achieved things, and never looked for the limelight, so was less recognised than many who perhaps achieved less, but made more noise.

A real shame, and I for one will raise a glass to Len tonight

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Man in Black

Apr 29, 2013 at 13:00

Graeme Urwin

Apr 29, 2013 at 13:02

I didnt know Len, but judging by the various comments and stories of his life, he obviously had something that is sadly mostly missing in people:


He also wrote a novel, and as I am attempt ing the same I know how difficult this is!

Well done Len, and travel well.

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Stephen Gazard

Apr 29, 2013 at 13:03

A very sad loss ... a true gentleman always open and willing to spare his time and knowledge ....

Will be greatly missed.

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Andrew Bedford

Apr 29, 2013 at 13:11

Len was a Past President of the LIA a few years before me and the saying "standing on the shoulders of giants" could have been started for Len. Simply a giant amongst men and a truly genuine, pleasant, person who cared about people.

Overused I know, but his early death really is a tragedy and best wishes to Ros and Tom and all the Warwick family - and his colleagues at Warwick Butchart.

Rest in peace.

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steve braidford

Apr 29, 2013 at 13:14

Whilst I was MD of the NMBA, Len was a significant contributor to the work we completed, delivering alternative assessment to financial advsiers.

A real gent who will be very sadly missed

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John Boucher

Apr 29, 2013 at 13:16

Very sad loss, will be truly missed. A great guy, should always be remembered as one of those people who put the industry first.

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Nick McBreen

Apr 29, 2013 at 13:17

A true gentleman with great wisdom, experience and insight and sense of humour.Len will be missed by all who came into contact with him.


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Dennis Hall

Apr 29, 2013 at 13:27

Very sorry to hear about Len. I didn't know him as well as I would wish but we always stopped for a short chat whenever we met. Always a very level headed person, willing to stop and share his considerable knowledge. I never found him to be the kind of self-publicist who loudly banged a drum, but someone who firmly stated his case and worked with others to make things happen.

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Andrew Lock

Apr 29, 2013 at 13:44

Very sad news, a great industry figure and champion. Len always had time for people, he will be missed!

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James Clancy

Apr 29, 2013 at 13:50

I first met them Len Warwick in the early 80s when attended LIA meeting. I fully endorse Dennis's comments.

Len was always prepared to share his ideas and thoughts with you. He will be a great loss to the financial service profession.

Saying that he has left legacies which younger advisers may appreciate in the years ahead. That been the sharing of ideas, helping others without reward and having a pragmatic to life .

My condolences to his family

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Tom Horan

Apr 29, 2013 at 13:53

Len did my initial training when I entered financial services in 1982. He was warm and fair, and he made sure I knew what I was talking about. I am shocked and saddened by his passing, and I wish his family my condolences. He was a very good person.

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Philip Melville

Apr 29, 2013 at 13:59

How very sad.

We have known Len for over 25years and really enjoyed working with him during our time with the LIA.

A very rare individual who demonstrated all that is best in our industry and for whom mere words will never be enough.

Our sincere thanks for some wonderful memories - wherever you are now Len.

Phil & Jean

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Apr 29, 2013 at 14:10

A wonderful kind professional gentleman.

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ian muirhead

Apr 29, 2013 at 15:40

Len was a true gentleman. They don't make them like that any more.

Ian Muirhead

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Apr 29, 2013 at 15:44

He was my mum and dad's adviser for many many years and I remember him being so impressive when he visited the house when I was a child. A true pioneer and professional who will be missed by the financial community.

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Andy Barr

Apr 29, 2013 at 15:59

A very sad day for Len's Family and those that knew him well. I only met him briefly but found him to be a real gentleman. A loss to us all.

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Malcolm F Murray

Apr 29, 2013 at 16:09

Fortunately there are many who benefited from meeting Len and they include those who admired him as much for his devotion to his family as for his contribution to financial services. So often one gets in the way of the other but not in Len and Ros's case, His family are a wonderful and enduring testament to the man.

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Philip Wise

Apr 29, 2013 at 16:26

The tributes here say it all, and I hope that his family is aware of the high esteem in which he has been held for such a long time. RIP.

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Simon Webster1

Apr 29, 2013 at 16:29

Looking through these posts there is clearly a lesson in life and business for us all here...

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Helen Warwick via mobile

Apr 29, 2013 at 17:43

Thank you all for all your wonderful comments. We were so lucky to have such an amazing man for our Father and we are totally devastated by losing him. He spoke so highly of his work and the wonderful friends he had as a result. Thank you

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Phil Johnson via mobile

Apr 29, 2013 at 18:06

Len came up to Teesside about 10 years ago, when I was chairman, to do a talk for LIA members. He was a great inspiration to all who attended and like everybody has already stated, he was a true gentleman.

68 is just too young an age to leave this earth, my condolences to all of Len's family and friends.

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Ian Lees

Apr 29, 2013 at 18:27

My most sincere condolences to Len's family and friends and he will be sadly missed. I met Len on many occasions, at many functions where he was a dedicated supporter LIA and CII MDRT where he was a gentleman, engaging and always willing to impart his knowledge, his skills and his commitment to the servicng of his customers - and to others. I was one of the many who benefitted enormously by listening and learning and following his great traditions - for which I will be eternally grateful.

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david attwood via mobile

Apr 29, 2013 at 19:29

Len was a mild mannered gentleman revered by friends ,family and business colleagues .The whole Attwood family are the better for knowing and associating with Len.Our family extend our most sympathetic condolences to his family,he was a true gent and will be sadly missed in his business life and as a friend and neighbour.RIP

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Andrew & Jan Clift via mobile

Apr 29, 2013 at 20:58

Quite simply a great bloke. And possibly the most family oriented man we have ever met. He will be sorely missed by the Clift family and our thoughts are with all the Warwicks.

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Michelle Hoskin via mobile

Apr 30, 2013 at 08:03

So sad..Len was such a lovely man. I saw him in January at the NMA conference and he was on top form (as usual). He will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family.

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Michael Middleton

Apr 30, 2013 at 08:14

What sad news, my condolences to Len’s family.

Like many I have benefited from Len's guidance and wisdom over the years. The occasions were many from a Saturday morning in his office to time at a study group and lunch in his local Chinese restaurant.

I was thrilled to be able to help him once, it was minor really bordering on insignificant, but it meant a lot to me. Thank you Len.

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Michael Brown

Apr 30, 2013 at 10:44

I have read his many articles which have helped me in many ways. His guidance will be missed by the industry.

Such a young age and makes one how mortal we all are.

Condolences to all his family.

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Terence O'Halloran

Apr 30, 2013 at 12:22

Len was a friend and a mentor. He will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family.

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Katie Coleman via mobile

Apr 30, 2013 at 18:37

Condolences for all the Warwick family. Such sad news for a father and husband who is clearly loved beyond measure :'(

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Helen Hollick via mobile

May 01, 2013 at 14:59

I am so sorry to hear of Len's passing, he was one of the world's gentlemen.

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David Burren

May 02, 2013 at 18:16

I have known Len for more than 30 years, and we have jointly owned and run Warwick Butchart Associates together for the last 14 years. My colleagues and I - and our clients - are devastated by the sadness of the loss of our friend, but we are thankful for having shared our lives with Len and his wonderful family. The tributes paid to Len paint a true picture of a unique man, who exhibited the qualities and character throughout his life that most of us can only aspire to. We will all miss Len but his family, who he loved dearly, will miss him most of all, and we can but cherish and support them in this, the most difficult of times.

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Philip Vaughan

May 04, 2013 at 09:59

I hadn't seen Len for over 30 years since Endsleigh days but of all the people I've worked with in this industry he was amongst the most impressive, and whatever he did he always made a difference and you knew you were with a special person, God bless

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Dominic Grinstead

May 04, 2013 at 14:34

I have only just heard this very sad news. I first met Len well over twenty years ago and he was a really encouraging person in the early years of my career. Our paths crossed many times in the years after. A true gentleman with complete integrity and genuinely inspirational. My condolences to the Warwick family.

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Warren Shute

May 09, 2013 at 07:09

Thank you Len for what you have done for our profession and my thoughts are with your family at this time, may they feel supported.

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