Financial Inclusion Forum News
Financial Inclusion Forum Welcomes Two New Board Members
LONDON – Financial Inclusion Forum today announced the appointment of Kelly Jennings-Robinson and Sian Williams to their Board of Directors
“We are absolutely delighted to be joined by two experts who bring unique skills and knowledge that materially strengthen our board. Sian is one of the leading experts on UK financial inclusion and enables FIF to deliver on our long-term strategic goal of helping the UK financial inclusion sector to learn from the developing world and vice versa and Kelly adds considerable expertise to boost our fundraising capabilities. This is a very good day for FIF and our Mission”, commented Paul Blyth, Financial Inclusion Forum, Chairperson.
Sian Williams is committed to the creation of a banking and finance sector that serves people and the planet. Sian is the Head of Financial Inclusion of Toynbee Hall, Chair of the financial system and banking reform think tank, Positive Money, and Vice-Chair of the UK Financial Inclusion Commission. Sian also represents the interests of people at risk of exclusion on a range of advisory bodies, including the UK government’s Financial Inclusion Policy Forum, the Pay UK End User Council, the Link Scheme Ltd. Consumer Council, and the UK Finance Consumer Advisory Group. She is also currently working on setting up a UK pilot of a no interest loan scheme and championing the rollout Request to Pay, both tools aimed at supporting financial resilience for people on low and unpredictable incomes.
“I first encountered the Financial Inclusion Forum back in 2009. I was just starting out on my journey into the UK’s financial inclusion sector and found the learning and networking events invaluable in exploring the international field of microfinance. Here in the UK, far too many people are still without access to a transactional account, affordable credit, or effective savings tools. We have much to learn from international experience and solutions to these problems, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to help join the dots between international and UK financial inclusion work through my new role for the Financial Inclusion Forum," said Sian Williams.
Kelly Jennings-Robinson has over 15 years of global experience working internationally and in multiple sectors. In recent years, she served as Opportunity International’s Philanthropy Manager, responsible for working with individual donors and corporate partners to secure support for a range of financial inclusion programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to moving into the international development sector, Kelly held several roles in international educational publishing for the EMEA region, working for Oxford University Press, National Geographic Learning, and Capstone Publishers. She is currently finishing her MA in Education and International Development at UCL’s Institute of Education.
On being appointed, Kelly Jennings-Robinson stated, “I am delighted and honoured to join the board of Financial Inclusion Forum. Sustainable, responsible financial inclusion unquestionably makes an impact on the lives of society’s most marginalised. FIF’s core mission is to disseminate knowledge and share best practice from a wide range of financial inclusion initiatives in both the developed and developing world. By raising awareness, we can use this knowledge to create even more opportunities for economic empowerment and reduce inequalities. I am looking forward to working with an exemplary leadership team, our professional networks, and our corporate partners to further this crucial work.”
To find out more about the Financial Inclusion Forum, please visit www.financialinclusionforum.org.uk.