By Oliver Smith on Wednesday 5 January 2022
Slim pickings for fintech names this year, but some familiar faces made the cut.
The CEOs of fintech firms have made regular appearances on the New Year’s honours lists of recent years and the latest, out on Friday, had two notable mentions.
Ezechi Britton, the co-founder and former CTO of financial wellbeing provider Neyber and former judge of the AltFi Awards 2019, received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to Diversity and to Young People.
In recent years Britton has co-founded Code Untapped, a digital skills accelerator for people from underrepresented backgrounds, and is also a principal and founding member of Impact X Capital, a £100m VC fund dedicated to funding underrepresented entrepreneurs.
“I'm genuinely humbled to be recognised for the work that we do to support diversity and inclusion in technology and my hope is that this honour helps to inspire others to do the same,” Britton wrote on LinkedIn after the award was announced.
Other names in finance to be honoured included William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London and an advisory council member at Innovate Finance, was given a Knighthood for his services to financial innovation, culture and wellbeing in the City of London particularly during Covid-19.
Nigel Wilson, CEO of Legal and General, and Richard Meddings, executive chairman of TSB, were given a Knighthood and OBE respectively.