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21 June 2023

Cashplus Bank strengthens its Board with two senior appointments

Cashplus Bank, the leading digital challenger bank, today announced the appointment of two new Independent Non-Executive Directors (INED). Julia Warrack, Interim CIO of Suse, and Barbara Gottardi, CEO of Finbridge Global. 

Both bring with them a wealth of relevant banking and technology expertise to Cashplus and enhances the diversity of its Board as the firm continues to grow in size and scope. 

Prior to her current role, Barbara Gottardi worked in Chief Information Officer and other senior executive roles at leading financial institutions including Vanguard and HSBC, for the past two decades. In 2022, Barbara founded Finbridge Global, a digital transformation consultancy that helps companies adapt to and implement the digital agenda. 

Julia Warrack is an expert in the banking sector having worked at c-suite level at Vanquis Bank and as an MD at JP Morgan Chase., She brings extensive experience across the private and public sectors in both regulated and non-regulated industries to the role of INED. Upon taking up her role on the Board, Warrack will be appointed chair of the Remuneration Committee subject to regulatory approval. 

Cashplus Bank Chairman Mark Sismey-Durrant said: “I am delighted to welcome Barbara and Julia to the Board of Cashplus as Independent Non-Executive Directors. They both have excellent track records and possess significant experience in banking and financial technology will bring new and valuable perspectives to the Board. This diversity of leadership and challenge at Board level will be of great benefit to Cashplus as it pursues its ambitious growth plans and moves towards its ambition to be the UK’s best loved digital bank.” 

Julia Warrack, Independent Non-Executive Director, Cashplus Bank said: “At such a critical and rapidly-changing time for UK small businesses and consumers, I’m excited to join the Board of Cashplus and to be working with Mark and the other non-executive directors as well as the executive team led by Rich Wagner. I look forward to deploying my experience in cross-sector financial services industries to further guide and develop the bank’s strategy.”   

Barbara Gottardi, Independent Non-Executive Director, Cashplus Bank said: “Having spent over two decades working in technology roles at large international banks, I am now passionate about the possibilities for smaller, technology-led institutions to deliver great customer and market benefits through the smart application of digital technology. I’m really impressed by what Rich and the team have built and look forward to working closely with the Board and management as the company grows.” 

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