For the first time in its almost 30-year history, the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) has appointed a woman, Rebecca McNeil as its Chair, she succeeds Richard Jones, who has held this post since 2017, the Association said in a press release.
The appointment is effective from 30 November.
McNeil is currently chief executive at Close Brothers Retail and was previously CEO at Close Brothers Motor Finance. Her industry experience includes senior roles in Barclays as MD of the asset finance division, COO for Barclays Business and MD of product for all business and corporate lending.
In addition, she brings a wealth of consumer finance experience from her time at GE Money and AMEX, the FLA said.
Richard Jones, Chair of the FLA, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed chairing the FLA over the last four years, in particular through the recent challenges we have faced as an industry. I’m delighted to be handing over the reins to Rebecca, her knowledge of FLA markets and her insights on the challenges facing lenders position Rebecca well. I wish Rebecca every success in helping the FLA steer through its next chapter, including the challenges and opportunities of net-zero.