FinTech Australia appoints former Jane Hume advisor Harry Godber as Independent Director

FinTech Australia has appointed former senior Turnbull and Morrison government advisor Harry Godber to its board as an independent director.

Godber currently serves as Flare’s Head of Strategy, a fintech business aimed at transforming the way Australians earn, engaging employees through the workplace with market-leading superannuation, banking and HR services.

Prior to this role, he led initiatives in fintech and financial regulation under Minister Jane Hume. He played a key role in the launch of Australia’s Consumer Data Right, superannuation reform and the introduction of new payment regulation.

Godber also led the establishment of the Australian Space Agency as an Industry, Innovation and Science Adviser to Ministers Arthur Sinodinos and Michaelia Cash. In a separate role, he earlier led product and strategy at Data61, Australia’s largest data innovation group.

As an Independent Director of FinTech Australia, Godber will assist and advise on government relations and new policy initiatives from the peak body.

“FinTech Australia has been instrumental in helping shape many of the world-leading policies that are governing our fintech sector,” Independent Director of FinTech Australia, Harry Godber said.

“I look forward to sharing my passion and experience with the Fintech Australia team to champion our ecosystem’s ingenuity and diversity. With the right policy and regulatory settings in place, fintech is poised to lead Australian consumers and business through our economic recovery.”

FinTech Australia CEO Rebecca Schot-Guppy added: “Harry’s appointment is a huge feather in our cap. This appointment will build on our existing relationship with policymakers. Of the 23 recommendations from the latest Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre, 20 draw from FinTech Australia’s submissions and the contributions of our members.”

“Harry has accomplished a staggering amount in his years in government, and we look forward to working with him and drawing from both his enthusiasm for the growth of the sector and his deep expertise.”

The appointment comes as FinTech Australia prepares to launch its annual fintech conference, Intersekt at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne on May 19 and May 20.

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FinTech Australia launched its Independent Director board positions in 2019.

The two positions allow FinTech Australia to appoint a director to leverage their expertise for the betterment of the industry group.

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