OBIE appoints new general counsel

Ellie Duncan
17 Mar 2022

The UK’s Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) has appointed Theresa Casey as general counsel, following the departure of Selene Brett to Yapily.

Casey, who most recently served as general counsel and company secretary at online retailer N Brown Group, will join OBIE’s senior leadership team.

Charlotte Crosswell, OBIE chair and trustee, said: “I am delighted to welcome Theresa as the OBIE’s new general counsel and believe her experience will further strengthen the leadership of the OBIE.

“This completes the additions to our senior team and will be critical in embedding and driving forward the significant changes we have made to our governance, management, processes, and policies, alongside our workplace practices and culture.”

OBIE general counsel Theresa Casey

Casey added: “I am pleased to be joining the OBIE at this time and I am committed to working with the board and CEO, and the rest of the management team to ensure the OBIE of today, and whatever new entity we transition to, remains a culturally progressive, inclusive, organisation with strong governance, and is truly fit for the next stage.”

Henk Van Hulle, CEO of the OBIE, is one of a number of leadership appointments the OBIE has made in recent months, having joined in February as the organisation’s first CEO.

He said: “Completing the appointments to our senior leadership team strengthens the OBIE’s governance as we prepare for our next phase and the imminent CMA decision on the future arrangements for Open Banking.”

Two independent non-executive directors, Barbara Ridpath, and Jeremy Newman, were appointed to the OBIE board towards the end of 2021, while Debbie Lombard was hired in January this year as the OBIE’s new people and HR director.

Earlier this week, Open Banking infrastructure provider Yapily announced that Brett, who had been the OBIE’s general counsel, will join in the role of chief legal officer.