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Departing chair Natalie Ceeney will step down from the position on 9 July.
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With new Innovate Finance CEO Janine Hirt taking on the reins earlier this month, the UK Fintech trade physique can also be refreshing its board with a brand new chair.
Louise Smith, Lloyds’ chief digital officer since February 2020, has been appointed because the group’s new incoming chair, as a consequence of take up the submit from 9 July.
“The sector is maturing at a speedy price and there may be vital momentum following the Kalifa Evaluation, with renewed assist from authorities, trade and the broader neighborhood to gas additional monetary innovation throughout the nation,” stated Smith on her appointment.
In addition to her work at Lloyds, Smith additionally a regional FinTech ambassador, appointed by the UK Authorities, and beforehand labored at RBS the place she led the digitisation of the financial institution’s private and enterprise banking and was head of clever automation.
“Having been intently concerned with the expansion and evolution of economic providers by way of my govt profession, I’m excited to proceed supporting the innovators and entrepreneurs remodeling the sector to higher ship for companies and customers alike,” Smith added.
She’ll take over from Natalie Ceeney CBE, who’s been chairing Innovate Finance since 2017, overseeing the group’s growth below former CEO Charlotte Crosswell.
“It has been a beautiful 4 years serving as Chair of Innovate Finance, and I’m vastly happy with what now we have achieved as a crew,” stated Ceeney.
“It’s been encouraging to see each Innovate Finance and the FinTech sector mature and develop from energy to energy, and I’m happy to be leaving the organisation in Louise and Janine’s succesful fingers.”