Eileen Burbidge, one of the most influential people in London’s burgeoning FinTech scene, has been appointed as the new chair of Tech City UK, the publicly funded body that supports the tech cluster around Silicon Roundabout.
Earlier this year Burbidge was appointed by the Chancellor as a special envoy for FinTech in a bid to promote the sector across the UK and at an international level.
In her new position, Burbidge will chair the newly formed Entrepreneur Advisory Panel alongside four new board members.
Burbidge succeeds Baroness Joanna Shields, who was appointed Minister for Internet Safety and Security by the Prime Minister David Cameron in May 2015.
Her role will mean she will be working closely with the CEO Gerard Grech to define and develop the long-term vision of Tech City UK.
She will be liaising directly with political representatives as well as people working in the FinTech sector in order to boost Tech City UK’s efforts in accelerating growth of digital clusters across the whole of the UK.
Joining Burbidge are Robin Klein, the investor and founding partner of The Accelerator Group, Barclays tech VP Tim Luke, entrepreneur Wendy Tan-White and Yonca Brunini, the Marketing VP at Google.
Commenting on the appointment, Prime Minister David Cameron said, “Digital business and the rapid developments in technology are a key part of our long-term economic plan to support the industries of the future – creating jobs and building a more resilient economy. Eileen Burbidge will be a fantastic appointment, her knowledge and experience of the digital landscape will ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of this innovative industry.”
Burbidge said she is looking forward to bringing Tech City UK into the next phase and having a greater impact on the UK digital economy.
“The UK’s technology scene has changed beyond all recognition, and has certainly benefitted in recent years from the efforts of the Tech City UK organisation,” she added.
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