Louise Beaumont, the long-time Head of Public Affairs & Marketing of GLI Finance has departed the firm. According to her LinkedIn profile, Beaumont has taken a position as Vice-Chair of the Open Bank Working Group. Beaumont has been an outspoken advocate of alternative finance and the importance of SME’s for the UK economy. She is a regular commenter on public policy and highly visual spokesperson for GLI
GLI released a statement on Beaumont’s departure;
“Louise has left the Company effective Friday 23rd September 2016. When Louise joined GLI the principle task she set herself was to work towards the leveling of the playing field for alternative finance and FinTech in the UK. She has worked with HM Treasury, the British Business Bank, the FCA and many more entities, in supporting and encouraging appropriate legislation and regulation. The legislation mandating banks to refer to neutral finance platforms when they decline SMEs for finance goes live this Autumn – which means that she can now focus on the areas of her career that have been on the back burner over recent years.
We wish Louise every success in her future career.”
The Open Banking Working Group is a collective of banking, open data and FinTech professionals that was created at the request of the UK Government. The Group’s mission is to develop a framework for adopting an open API standard across banking and to assess how open banking will impact the industry.