Neyber co-founder Ezechi Britton named to New Year’s honors list
Slim picks for fintech names this year, but some familiar faces made the cut.
Image source: Ezechi Britton / Code Untapped.
CEOs of fintech companies have made regular appearances on New Year’s honor rolls in recent years, and the latest one, released on Friday, had two notable mentions.
Ezechi Britton, co-founder and former CTO of financial wellness provider Neyber and former judge of the 2019 AltFi Awards, received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for service to diversity and youth .
In recent years, Britton has co-founded Code Untapped, a digital skills accelerator for people from under-represented backgrounds, and is also a principal and founder member of Impact X Capital, a £ 100million venture capital fund. dedicated to financing under-represented entrepreneurs.
“I am truly honored to be recognized for the work we do to support diversity and inclusion in technology and I hope this honor will help inspire others to do the same,” Britton wrote on LinkedIn after the announcement of the award.
Other names in finance to be honored include William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London and a member of the Innovate Finance advisory board, received a knight for his services to financial innovation, culture and well-being in the City of London, in particular during Covid-19.
Nigel Wilson, CEO of Legal and General, and Richard Meddings, Executive Chairman of TSB, were awarded the title of Knight and OBE respectively.
In recent years, we’ve seen a slew of fintech names receiving titles, including new Open Banking administrator Charlotte Crosswell, who last year received an OBE for her work in financial services.
Rishi Khosla, who heads OakNorth Bank, the firm he co-founded, received an OBE in 2019 “for business services”.
Anne Boden, CEO and Founder of Starling Bank, received an MBE in 2018 for her financial technology services.
Rhydian Lewis, co-founder and CEO of RateSetter, now defunct, also received an OBE in June 2017.
Peer-to-peer lending pioneers Giles Andrews, founder of Zopa, and Samir Desai, founder and CEO of Funding Circle were awarded an OBE and a CBE respectively in 2015.