8o April 2021

FinGo Strengthens Operational and Technical Capabilities with Key Hires

Katie Brownridge is appointed COO and Andy Horton as CTO.

FinGo, the biometric identity authentication solutions provider has today announced several key hires, including the appointment of Katie Brownridge as Chief Operations Officer and Andy Horton as Chief Technology Officer.

As COO, Brownridge will drive delivery of company strategy; design and implement FinGo’s target operating model; and be responsible for overseeing of day-to-day business operations. Brownridge joins FinGo having spent over 20 years with financial service companies, most recently as COO at WorldFirst, an international payments company owned by Ant Group, the world’s largest FinTech.

Brought in as CTO, Horton is responsible for extending FinGo’s range of identity products; and delivering the technology roadmap to support the company’s business strategy. Horton has extensive experience in delivering commerce and fintech enterprise platforms. Prior to joining FinGo he took Edge Petrol from idea to concept; and was founding CTO at Yoyo Wallet where he designed the infrastructure at the core of Yoyo’s e-Money network.  

Further strengthening the technical team is the appointment of Stephen Alale as Head of Engineering, responsible for the development and integration of identity services into the user journey.  Alale brings extensive knowledge of PSD2, Open Banking and payments from his previous roles at 118118Money and CashPlus Bank.

In additional moves within the company, Dan Cox has been named Chief Financial Officer - accountable for the company’s administrative, financial, and risk management operations; and Simon Binns takes the position of Chief Commercial Officer – with responsibility for all commercial sales and marketing strategies to drive new business.

These appointments are the latest developments in an exciting period of growth for the award-winning company.  In early 2021, the company announced a care homes trial of biometric certification for COVID testing, and the technology is also currently being assessed for use in national and regional identity schemes. In Cairo, FinGo is working with the Egyptian government to apply biometric technology across their healthcare, food subsidy and housing programmes; and in Greater Manchester, Mayor Andy Burnham initiated a working group to explore using Vein ID biometrics for the region’s transport, education and healthcare networks. 

Commenting on the appointments, Nick Dryden, CEO, said, “Katie, Andy and Stephen are integral additions to the company’s growth and we couldn’t be more excited to have them on board. Each of them has the experience and expertise needed to bolster the great work already being done at FinGo.”