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Ben Kinley

Head of Governance for a FinTech Disrupter

Multiply.ai are disruptive FinTech firm, operating a business model that had never been run (or regulated) before. Lawson Chase were appointed to secure a Head of Governance who would be their face to the regulator.

The challenge

Multiply.ai is a disrupter in the FinTech business with a completely unique business model. Their app is the first provider of automated wealth advice, recognised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Their leadership worked with Lawson Chase to define their requirements for a Head of Governance and to help them to understand the talent market available in the UK. Multiply.ai had already laid the groundwork in terms of setting up risk and compliance frameworks through employing consultants, but needed a credible leader to join them on a permanent basis as their Governance function matured.

The solution

Lawson Chase was appointed as the exclusive executive search firm by Multiply.AI. Our client was keen to ensure they had a full view of the London talent-market given this was such a business-critical hire for them. We were tasked with identifying a leader who had previously been in an approved person function with the UK regulator (the FCA), had experience in both asset management & wealth and had the gravitas and personal skills required to interface with the Board. We identified nine credible candidates for our presented shortlist. Multiply.ai ultimately hired a leader within corporate governance with over 25 years of financial services Corporate Governance experience, a background in wealth & funds businesses and the soft-skills required to operate effectively within a start-up FinTech group. The preferred candidate had held previous leadership roles including as Head of Compliance at BNP Paribas, Global Head of Compliance & Risk at EFG Asset Management and Head of Compliance UK at AXA Investment Management.

Candidate placed: Richard Anstead

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