Anna Laycock is CEO at the Finance Innovation Lab, where she leads our work to build a financial system that serves people and planet.
Anna is a collaborative leader, systemic thinker and expert facilitator, with extensive experience of coaching and mentoring. She regularly speaks at public events in the UK and globally, has taught fintech at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford, and has been published in academic journals, book chapters and a range of online and print media. She holds an MSc in Global Ethics and a Chartered Institute of Marketing Professional Diploma. She has been a judge for the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards and Young Banker of the Year, and in 2017 she was recognised as one of the leading Women in Social Enterpriseand on the Women in Fintech Powerlist. More recently, she has been nominated one of 30 Ones to Watch in 2018 by Brummel Magazine.
Prior to joining The Lab, Anna was Ethics and External Affairs Manager at Ecology Building Society, where she led the Society’s communications, public affairs and impact measurement. She was instrumental in the development of new regulation to enable building societies to issue a new type of shares to their members, and represented the Society on the Global Alliance for Banking on Values Communications and Impact Metrics expert groups. Anna has previously worked in international development, campaigning, academic research, social enterprise, and community development.
Anna has recently served on the boards of the Just Finance Foundation, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative to create a fairer financial system, and NEON, the New Economy Organisers Network. Previous voluntary experience includes three years as Trustee and then Chair of HALE, a community health project in Bradford, and three years serving on the grants committee of Leeds Community Foundation.