UK Finance strengthens senior team with two new appointments

UK Finance, the body representing the finance and banking industry operating in the UK, has significantly strengthened its senior team with two new appointments. 

The group announced the appointments of new Managing Directors; Karen Baxter, who will lead on Intelligence Strategy for Economic Crime, and Jana Mackintosh who will lead on Payments & Innovation, with joining the organisation in autumn this year.

Bob Wigley, Chair at UK Finance commented on the new appointments: “With significant experience in their specialist areas, spanning commercial operations, law enforcement, regulation, policy and the public sector, Karen and Jana both bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise which I know will prove to be significant assets to the UK Finance team and invaluable to all our members in this sphere. We are very much looking forward to their both joining us in these key roles.”

Newly appointed Baxter is currently the Commander for Economic Crime for City of London Police, (The National Lead Force for Economic Crime), the National Coordinator for Fraud investigations and the National Lead for Cyber Protect across UK Policing. 

Joining UK Finance in October she will head up UK Finance’s Intelligence Strategy working closely alongside Katy Worobec, Managing Director, Economic Crime, to lead the development and implementation of a coherent and comprehensive strategy for intelligence sharing across economic and cyber-enabled crime in UK Finance.

On her new role, Baxter said: “The challenges to tackling economic crime are both diverse and growing and it’s vital that the public and private sectors play their parts in helping prevent this scourge on our society. Intelligence sharing of criminal activity is key in achieving this and I look forward to working with UK Finance’s team, members and partners in helping the industry tackle economic and cyber-enabled crime.”

Joining her at UK Finance, Mackintosh joins arrives from FIS (and Worldpay from FIS), a leading Fintech, where she is currently Director, Government Relations and Public Policy, responsible for its global strategic policy programme. 

In her newly created role at UK Finance, Jana will be responsible for leading the trade body’s payments and innovation policy and programme development. Jana will join the organisation in September this year, reporting to UK Finance’s Chief Executive and the Chair of its Payments Products and Services Board. Jana will join UK Finance in September.

Mackintosh added: “Having worked closely with UK Finance since its formation, I am very much looking forward to joining the team and supporting our members as they face a series of ‘in-flight’ mandatory change programmes while also navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by innovation and digital technologies.”