Responsible Finance, the voice of the responsible finance industry which supports a network of over 50 affordable, fair finance providers across the UK, today announces the appointment of new chief executive, Jennifer Tankard.
Jennifer is currently the Director of Advocacy and Research at the Community Development Foundation. As part of this role she is also Director of the Community Investment Coalition which has built a campaigning coalition for access to, and information about, affordable finance in poor communities.
Alistair Grimes, Chair of Responsible Finance, said:
“Jennifer’s appointment marks an exciting new phase in the development of Responsible Finance. Her clear thinking, dedication to the values of the responsible finance sector and results driven approach will serve our members, and the businesses, social enterprises and people who need and deserve access to fair and affordable finance well.
“Jennifer joins at a crucial point when our sector has grown from lending £77m to lending over £250m per year and has celebrated supporting over 280,000 people, businesses and social enterprises over the past 10 years. She will build on the solid, strong foundations and exemplary work done by outgoing chief executive Ben Hughes and as we welcome Jennifer we thank Ben for the huge contribution he has made, not only to our organisation but to making the financial sector as a whole more responsible.”
Jennifer will take up the post in early April and is attending Responsible Finance’s Annual Conference, on 8th and 9th March in Manchester. She commented:
“I am delighted to join Responsible Finance. The responsible finance sector makes a critical difference to people, businesses and social enterprises by providing access to fair and affordable finance. The sector has achieved impressive growth over the last few years despite operating in a challenging environment. I am looking forward to working with responsible finance providers to meet these challenges head-on and ensure that the sector continues to flourish.”
For interview requests for Jennifer Tankard, Alistair Grimes or Ben Hughes: please call Jamie Veitch on 07904 272 200.