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Exclusive: Theresa Casey joins Open Banking team as new general counsel

Theresa Casey joining the OBIE is the final addition to the new senior leadership team.

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The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) has rounded off its senior leadership team with its final hire, Theresa Casey, in the role of general counsel, AltFi can exclusively reveal.

Casey replaces Selene Brett, who left the organisation earlier this year and officially joinedYapily’s executive team yesterday.

Her appointment follows a number of key leadership changes in recent months. 

Appointed in October 2021, chair and trustee of the OBIE Charlotte Crosswell has been reshaping the leadership team following the publication of Alison White’s report into Imran Gulamhuseinwala’sleadership of the organisation.

Crosswell has been steadfast in her mission to mix up the OBIE, initially stating there was “no scope for complacency”.

“This completes the additions to our senior team and will be critical in embedding and driving forward the significant changes we have made to our governance, management, processes, and policies, alongside our workplace practices and culture,” Crosswell said today. 

“When I joined the OBIE, I promised to listen, learn and act, and this remains my focus, as well as ensuring that the progress we have made to date, keeps advancing.”

Towards the end of last year, two independent non-executive directors, Barbara Ridpath and Jeremy Newman, were appointed to the OBIE Board.

Debbie Lombard was also brought on as a new People and HR Director in January 2021.

In February, Henk Van Hulle was brought on as the organisation's first CEO, in an effort to strengthen’s the organisation’s governance.

“Completing the appointments to our senior leadership team strengthens the OBIE’s governance as we prepare for our next phase and the imminent CMA decision on the future arrangements for open banking,” Van Hulle said.

Casey previously worked as general counsel and company secretary at N Brown Group Plc, where she has been since 2015.

She brings “strong corporate governance, transformation and financial services experience” to her new role at the OBIE.  

“I am pleased to be joining the OBIE at this time and I am committed to working with the Board and CEO, and the rest of the management team to ensure the OBIE of today, and whatever new entity we transition to, remains a culturally progressive, inclusive, organisation with strong governance and is truly fit for the next stage,” Casey said.

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