FinTech Australia announces new board appointments

FinTech Australia has appointed three new board members, with the addition of one new board position in Queensland.

The board now consists of nine members split across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. In addition to providing input on the direction and policies of Fintech Australia, the board actively participates in its operation.

The appointments follow FinTech Australia’s refocus to facilitate and encourage collaboration across all elements in fintech and the broader financial services sector. This year’s annual Finnies awards will focus on the relaunched ethos towards collaboration and recognising standout fintech businesses.  

It also follows the group’s escalation of its efforts to champion local issues affecting the fintech sector including the changing payments landscape, R&D tax credits,  and the Consumer Data Regime.

General Manager of FinTech Australia, Rebecca Schot-Guppy says the new board additions are in line with the growth of fintech across Australia.

“Sydney and Melbourne have long dominated fintech in Australia, but now we’re starting to see other states catch up,” Schot-Guppy said.

“By appointing another board member, we want to ensure that Queensland has a strong voice at the table when it comes policy and ecosystem matters.”

The new members include:

  • Simone Joyce, Managing Director of Brisbane-based Paypa Plane, a digital payments solution
  • Robin Sands, CEO and Co-founder Link4, an invoice delivery SaaS solution
  • Nicholas Lembo, Country Manager, Australia at online money transfer firm TransferWise

Joyce said: “It’s such an exciting time to be involved in fintech both in Australia and particularly Queensland. We’ve reached a pivotal point where fintech theory is becoming reality, and I’m pleased to report that Queensland’s fintechs are playing an increasingly important role in this shift.  It’s an absolute privilege to be able to advocate on behalf of the local and national fintech community, and I look forward to supporting its growth and success.”

Sands said: “Fintech organisations are generally great at their speciality. I’m keen to be a part of the FinTech Australia team in making this community more cohesive so we can collaborate often and capitalise on each other strengths.”

Lembo said: “FinTech Australia is at the forefront of helping fintechs bring more transparent products to Aussie consumers and more competition to the financial services sector. I look forward to helping fintechs bring innovative products and services to the market that will create cheaper, faster, and more reliable alternatives to traditional financial products.”

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About FinTech Australia: FinTech Australia is a national association for the Australian fintech startup community. Our vision is to make Australia the leading market for fintech innovation and investment by working with both sides of government, industry and the Australian fintech community to create a supportive environment and partner ecosystem in Australia and abroad.