Innovate Finance is published its industry-specific (but nevertheless huge) ‘Powerlist’, recognising female leaders within the fintech sector.
The 2017 ‘Women FinTech Powerlist’, features more than 370 women in leading positions in fintech, including female founders, directors and professional service specialists. Four Scottish companies feature, including:
- Alex Ford, VP of Operations for encompass
- Jude Cook, CEO and Co-Founder, ShareIn
- Kristen Bennie, Head of Open Experience, RBS
- Liliana Reasor, CEO, Novus Ordo Capital
Launched in 2015, this is the third edition of the Powerlist. According to Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance, this year’s list is larger than ever, indicative of the, “different talent we need to drive fintech forward”.
Jude Cook, CEO and Co-Founder of end-to-end business crowdfunding platform ShareIn, told DIGIT: “I’m really pleased to be included for the third year running. Back in 2015 it was only 100 of us so it’s fantastic to see the list has been growing.
“ShareIn has doubled in size over the last year and more than 60% of the team are women. I’m very proud that every hire has been the best applicant for the job regardless of gender. We are set to double again this coming year so any women keen to get into fintech should get in touch.
“Studying engineering at university prepared me well for the gender imbalance in fintech!”
Commenting on the Powerlist, Charlotte Crosswell said: “The 2017 Women in FinTech Powerlist reflects the major contribution that women are making in the new world of financial services.”
“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. 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.”
Sophie Bialaszewski, Head of Innovation Culture & Events at Lloyds Banking Group, added: “The UK still has a lot of work to do, as recent research revealed only 23% of employees in the UK tech sector are women. Our desire is to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves, to build fantastic careers and in turn, provide the best customer experience.
“Action needs to be taken now to address the future digital skills gap which is estimated to grow to over 2 million jobs by 2020. The industry needs a diverse environment to tackle the gender gap in fintech by addressing unconscious bias in CV scanning, interviews, and to find the best places to advertise jobs to attract a more diverse audience.”