UK Fintech Envoy and chair of Innovate Finance has been appointed as chair of the board of administrators for Stripe Funds UK Restricted.
Stripe’s presence within the UK is nearing a decade and Smith’s appointment is properly timed due, notably as a result of the corporate’s clients now embrace among the nation’s largest organisations, reminiscent of Depop, Deliveroo, Hargreaves Lansdown, Frasers Group, the Pure Historical past Museum and Church of England.
Smith was the primary ever chief digital officer at Lloyd’s of London, and led efforts to remodel the agency into a sophisticated digital insurance coverage market underpinned by knowledge. She additionally spent over 15 years in retail banking roles at Royal Financial institution of Scotland – now NatWest – and Barclays, the place she constructed digital companies for customers and companies, and rolled out synthetic intelligence and knowledge applied sciences to ship extra environment friendly operations.
On the appointment, Smith mentioned: “I’ve all the time been fascinated by the potential for tech infrastructure to assist companies adapt and develop. Stripe offers a platform for everybody from first-time founders to seasoned FTSE executives to construct a extra environment friendly, extra worthwhile enterprise. We’re solely scratching the floor of what’s attainable within the digital financial system and I look ahead to supporting Stripe because it builds the infrastructure to unlock these alternatives.”
Max Roberts, UK nation lead, Stripe, added: “We’re thrilled to welcome Louise to our UK board. From her work to assist conventional enterprises undertake digital infrastructure, to her assist for early stage fintechs and startups, Louise’s ethos and expertise could be very a lot aligned with Stripe’s.”
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