Charlotte Crosswell steps down from Innovate Finance top job

By Aisling Finn on Wednesday 7 April 2021

Digital Banking

Crosswell, who was appointed CEO of Innovate Finance back in 2017, will leave the role at the end of this month.

Charlotte Crosswell steps down from Innovate Finance top job
Image source: Charlotte Crosswell/Innovate Finance

Another big shift in the fintech world as industry body Innovate Finance loses its CEO.

Charlotte Crosswell will step down from the top job at the end of this month after four years at the helm.

Crosswell will be succeeded by Janine Hirt, COO of Innovate Finance, until a permanent replacement is found.

Of her departure, Crosswell said: “After nearly four years as CEO of Innovate Finance, the time has come for me to step aside. It has been a privilege to lead the UK’s fintech industry body through a period of tremendous growth, which has seen our members scale globally and the sector cement its position as a world leader.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all our members, the government, regulators and the wider global ecosystem, to champion the innovation taking place in our financial services sector and lift the profile of Innovate Finance to be the voice of UK fintech.”

At the helm of Innovate Finance, Crosswell played a pivotal role in accelerating the adoption of fintech in the UK and was co-Secretariat to the landmark Kalifa Review, which laid out a series of policies to strengthen the fintech industry here in the UK.

“Charlotte has done a truly incredible job for the last four years as CEO of Innovate Finance to promote and support the FinTech ecosystem and how it is positioned across the UK and overseas,” added Natalie Ceeney, chair of Innovate Finance. 

“The UK remains the best place to start and grow a FinTech company and the sector has a significant role to play in the future of financial services. Charlotte leaves Innovate Finance extremely well placed to support our members, to advocate for the sector and the role it can play in the UK’s economic recovery. I wish Charlotte all the very best for the future.”

It is not yet known why Crosswell is leaving Innovate Finance or where she might be headed next, but with a resume like Crosswell’s, we can’t wait to see where she ends up next. Best of luck Charlotte!

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