Ben Brabyn steps down as head of Level39

By Oliver Smith on Wednesday 1 April 2020

Alternative LendingDigital BankingSavings and Investment

Head of ecosystem development Amy French will take over the role at Canary Wharf's fintech workspace.

Ben Brabyn steps down as head of Level39
Image source: Ben Brabyn.

After four years leading London’s flagship fintech community and workspace, Ben Brabyn has stepped down as head of Level39.

Brabyn took up the role in February 2016, coming in from his previous job as chief operating officer of UK Trade & Investment’s Innovation Gateway and as a former captain in the Royal Marines, and has become a leading figure in London’s fintech sector.

Yesterday in a post on LinkedIn Brabyn wrote “the sun has set on my last day as Head of Level39. It has been a wonderful four years.”

Level39 has been a breeding ground for high performing fintech startups since the Canary Wharf Group opened it in 2013, with its members and alumni including Revolut, Digital Shadows, ClauseMatch, eToro, CityFalcon, and many more.

In a post thanking his colleagues and the 200 member companies of Level39, Brabyn announced that Amy French, previously Level39’s head of ecosystem development, would be taking over his role.

Looking ahead Brabyn said he will be “looking for new ways to support the vital contribution that scaling companies make to our economy - and our community”, while also working on his GenieShares side project.

“Now more than ever the determination and agility, and also the humanity, humility and kindness of entrepreneurs will be tested, and in whatever ways I can, I hope to help.”

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