Government appoints Wales and Northern Ireland fintech envoys

Wales and Northern Ireland are getting their own financial technology envoys as part of a government effort to ensure that the UK maintains its position, post-Brexit, as Europe’s top fintech dog.

The new fintech envoy for Wales will be Richard Theo, co-founder and CEO of Wealthify, while in Northern Ireland his counterpart will be Georgina O’Leary, director of innovation, research and development at Allstate Northern Ireland.

They join Scottish envoys David Ferguson and Louise Smith and ‘Northern Powerhouse’ envoy Chris Sier.

The appointments were unveiled by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond as he visited Halifax and Edinburgh in an effort reassure the financial services industry that it will continue to “flourish” despite Brexit.

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