In just my first week as interim CEO, I thought I would write a quick note to members and the broader fintech community.
The first thing I would like to mention is the fantastic and hard-working team I have inherited here at FinTech Australia. Vanessa Ronan-Pearce heads up our Events and Partnerships, ably supported by Danelle Denny and Kasia Ciszak (our new community manager).
Meanwhile, Mark Skelsey drives our Public Relations and Comms function, and has also picked up an increasing policy workload. (Note
We are all ably supported by Rehan D’Almeida, known as the ‘app man’, who helps us with so many of the important back end solutions to manage our members and keep our public channels humming along.
Perhaps the most important item on my list, right now, is to work with our board to help recruit a new CEO. If you know of anyone who may want to apply for this role, please pass on this web page. I am also working to provide a strong handover platform for the new CEO. (Note: since this post was published the CEO applications have closed)
Apart from this task, there are many, many other priorities for the organisation.
Delivery of our upcoming Finnie awards and our broader events program is clearly one of these, along with continuing to drive our policy agenda. In coming weeks, I will be working with the team to further scope and begin to implement our biggest short and medium-term priorities.
Importantly, Danielle Szetho is continuing to help me with this task, and also helping us with finalising some important policy submissions, while at the same time beginning to enjoy her new-found freedom. I sincerely thank Danielle for going above and beyond when it comes an orderly transition.
In the short time I’ve been in this role, it’s clear to me that we have an engaged and active membership supported by a strong and dedicated team. I am relishing the role and look forward to giving ongoing updates to our membership and broader community.