FinTech Wales appoints IBM vet Sarah Williams-Gardener as CEO – FinTech Futures

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FinTech Wales has named Starling Financial institution founding member and IBM veteran, Sarah Williams-Gardener, as its first CEO.

Williams-Gardener spent 17 years at IBM

Williams-Gardener will lead FinTech Wales by way of “the subsequent stage of its improvement”.

FinTech Wales launched in April 2019 with Richard Theo, the HM Treasury’s FinTech Envoy for Wales, at its helm.

Theo based wealth administration utility Wealthify and software program agency Avantis Programs. He’s at present FinTech Wales’ chairman.

The group focuses on offering “an impartial voice” for the FinTech business in Wales and past.

It landed £250,000 in seed funding from the government-backed Cardiff Capital Area (CCR) in June 2020.

The affiliation operates a 20-strong advisory board together with Welsh corporations Credas, Confused.com, Admiral, The Principality and Capital Legislation.

Williams-Gardener spent 17 years at IBM, leaving as authorities affairs director, during which she labored with authorities companions on business and innovation initiatives.

Since leaving Starling in June 2019, she has held an interim CEO function at charity Hope for Kids.

“I’m thrilled to be becoming a member of FinTech Wales as its first CEO,” says Williams-Gardener.

“That is such an thrilling time for FinTech globally, however much more so in Wales with so many corporations each rising and thriving.”

The worth of digital expertise companies in Wales surpassed £1 billion in Might 2019, in response to Tech Nation figures.

2019 knowledge from the Workplace of Nationwide Statistics (ONS) additionally exhibits an 83% rise within the variety of expertise jobs within the nation.

Associated: Welsh government invests £250,000 in 10-year fintech roadmap

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