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Peer2Peer Finance News | December 17, 2017

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RateSetter, Funding Circle, Zopa feature in Women in Fintech Powerlist

RateSetter, Funding Circle, Zopa feature in Women in Fintech Powerlist
Suzie Neuwirth

FEMALE employees at RateSetter, Funding Circle, Zopa and Landbay have all made this year’s Women in Fintech Powerlist, which celebrates the achievements and talent of women across the sector.

The 370-strong list, compiled by industry trade body Innovate Finance, was released on Thursday ahead of a launch event supported by Hogan Lovells and Lloyds Banking Group.

Among the ‘big three’ peer-to-peer lenders, RateSetter and Funding Circle have the greatest presence on the list, with seven entrants each, while Zopa has two.

RateSetter’s entrants are: Alexa McAlister, head of partnerships; Angela Yotov, head of legal; Joanna Wright, chief risk officer; Katie Brown, corporate counsel; Laurence Perrin, head of compliance; Lucy Bott, head of customer operations; and Maud Holma, finance counsel.

Women from Funding Circle who made the list are: Alysha Randall, global finance director; Lisa Jacobs, chief strategy officer; Lucy Vernall, global general counsel and global head of compliance; Maria Weaver, chief people officer; Panni Morshedi, managing director of international; Swati Lay, chief information security officer; and Vittoria Reimers, VP loan operations.

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Marie Steinthaler, head of new products and Natasha Wear, head of investment products, represented Zopa.

Clare Joy, communications manager at Landbay was also cited as one of the most influential women in fintech, as was Julia Groves, partner and head of crowd bond platform Downing Crowd, who is also co-founder of the UK Crowdfunding Association.

“The 2017 Women in Fintech Powerlist reflects the major contribution that women are making in the new world of financial services,” said Charlotte Crosswell, chief executive of Innovate Finance.

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“This year’s list is longer than ever and the range of skills that each nominee brings underscores the different talent we need to drive fintech forward. From chief executives and professional services executives to graduates embarking on their new career journeys – our power list initiative shines a spotlight on everyone that is helping to create one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors in finance.

“Innovate Finance is proud to celebrate the achievements of all of you – and hope to see this list grow bigger every year. Closing the gender gap and promoting diversity remain priorities for our organisation. We all have a role to play in making financial services better for consumers – and creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve is a step in the right direction.”

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