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Innovate Finance Appoints New Non Executive Directors

September 27th 2017, London UK: Innovate Finance, the membership association for the global FinTech sector, today announced the appointment of Danny Lopez and Iain Anderson as non-executive directors of the organisation. 

Both appointments bring an impressive wealth of expertise to their new roles.   

Danny Lopez is the Chief Operating Officer of Blippar, a technology company specialising in AR and AI. Between 2011 and 2016 Danny was the British Consul General to New York and was Director General of UK Trade & Investment in the United States. He played a vital role in leading the UK’s efforts to promote transatlantic trade and supported Innovate Finance’s outreach initiatives in America.

Iain Anderson is the co-founder and executive chairman of Cicero Group – an agency that specialises in public policy and corporate communications strategy, supporting many global FTSE and Fortune 500 blue chip organisations.

Commenting on the appointments, Natalie Ceeney, Chair of Innovate Finance, said: “Innovate Finance is delighted to announce the appointment of two new non-executive directors. Danny Lopez and Iain Anderson join the organisation with impressive and complimentary experiences, with a strong passion for FinTech. Their knowledge and expertise will provide valuable CEO and board-level counsel as Innovate Finance continues to support the FinTech sector.”

Nick Hungerford will step down from his role as non-executive director after three years at Innovate Finance. Natalie Ceeney thanked Nick for his significant contribution to the organisation as one of Innovate Finance’s founding NED appointments and said: “Nick’s experience as a FinTech founder and entrepreneur, coupled with his knowledge of the sector and global FinTech network, have been hugely important in helping us establish and build the organisation.  Nick has been with Innovate Finance from its inception in 2014. I’d like to thank him for his time and counsel, and wish him all the best for the future.” 

Danny Lopez

Danny Lopez is a former diplomat and banker who is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Blippar, a technology company specialising in AR and AI. He is also an Advisor to NY based VC fund FinTech Collective. Between 2011 and 2016 Danny was the British Consul General to New York and Director General of UK Trade & Investment in the United States. Previously Danny worked at UK Trade & Investment in London, was the inaugural CEO of London & Partners and worked at Barclays Bank for ten years in the UK, US and India. 

Iain Anderson

Iain Anderson is a highly experienced expert in integrated communications, global political risk and public policy. He is the co-founder and executive chairman of Cicero Group – an agency that specialises in public policy and corporate communications strategy, supporting many global FTSE and Fortune 500 blue chip organisations.

Iain Anderson has over 25 years of experience in communications, initially as a business journalist and then as a founding shareholder at Incisive Media. He has also worked for a range of senior politicians. He is also proud to support diversity in the workplace as one of the Financial Times top 100 #OUTLeaders.

Innovate Finance 
Innovate Finance is an independent 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 advances the country’s leading position in the financial services sector by supporting the next generation of technology-led financial services innovators. 

More than 250 global members have joined the Innovate Finance ecosystem to date. These companies range from seed stage start-ups to global financial institutions and professional services firms. All benefit from Innovate Finance’s leading position as a single point of access to promote enabling policy and regulation, talent development, and business opportunity and investment capital. By bringing together the most forward-thinking participants in financial services, Innovate Finance is helping create a global financial services sector that is more sustainable, more inclusive and better for everyone.