Innovate Finance Updates Board of Directors

Innovate Finance has announced changes to its Board of Directors as well as an executive change. Justin Fitzpatrick, co-founder and COO of Duedil, will step down from his role as Non-Executive Director on 30th November 2017 after three years at Innovate Finance. Sue Hunter will join the board as Non-Executive Director from 1st November 2017.

Additionally, Abdul Haseeb Basit will step down on 30th November 2017 as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director. Janine Hirt, formerly Ecosystem Director will join the Innovate Finance board as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director effective 1st November 2017.

Innovate Finance said that Hunter brings extensive knowledge to the organization. With over two decades of experience in private equity investment, she is Chair of the investment committee of Frog Capital, a leading growth capital investor focused on technology-led businesses in Europe. She is also chairman of Tracesa, an innovative technology development company, and a trustee of a Kent charity for adults with learning difficulties called The Scotts Project Trust.

Natalie Ceeney, Chair of Innovate Finance, commented, that Fitzpatrick has been with the organization since its launch

“He’s provided a level of insight and experience that has been vital to the growth and direction of our organisation,” said Ceeney. “We thank him for the role he has played in the success of Innovate Finance and wish him even greater success in his future endeavours. We are excited to have Sue Hunter on board. Her experience in capital funding, leading teams and supporting the successful growth of technology firms, combined with her knowledge of the finance sector, makes her an ideal person to join the board.  She is an excellent thought leader and influencer and we look forward to working with her to take Innovate Finance to the next level of growth.”

Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance commented on the departure of Haseeb Basit who was the very first employee for Innovate Finance;

“His expertise has helped deliver the value proposition, transforming Innovate Finance from a young start-up to a community of over 275 member firms recognised for it’s world-leading programmes including the annual Global Summit.We wish him all the best in his future career plans.”

Crosswell said welcomed Hirt as COO;

“Janine has been an integral part of the Innovate Finance team leading our member community for the last three years. I am delighted to welcome her to the board in her expanded capacity. Janine’s experience and depth of knowledge about our membership will help us to continue our valuable support to the UK FinTech community”.

Innovate Finance is a membership association that represents the UK’s global Fintech community. Founded in 2014 and supported by the City of London and Broadgate, Innovate Finance is a not-for-profit that advocates on behalf of the UK’s leading position in the financial services sector by supporting the next generation of technology-led financial services innovators.


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