Mick McAteer has been appointed deputy chairman of Registry Trust, the non-profit organisation which collects decree and judgment information from jurisdictions across the British Isles and Ireland.
McAteer, who has been an independent director of the Trust since 2016, takes up the position with immediate effect. Malcolm Hurlston CBE remains chairman
He is co-founder and co-director of the Financial Inclusion Centre and a consumer advocate with long experience of representing consumers and small business at UK and EU level, with the highest level regulatory experience.
He is a member and former chair of the European Commission’s Financial Services User Group and a former member of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Financial Innovation Working Group.
He was a board member of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)/ Financial Services Authority (FSA) for six years until the start of 2016. He chaired the FCA’s external risk and strategy committee, and was on the FCA’s oversight and audit committees.
After starting his working career in the City of London, McAteer became principal policy adviser at Which? and formulated the consumer organisation’s policy on financial services. He led the work on exposing major scandals such as pensions, mortgage endowment and PPI mis-selling, and worked on the reform of pensions, insurance and banking. He chairs Z2K and is deputy chair of the Northern Ireland Consumer Council.
Malcolm Hurlston said: “Mick brings a wealth of experience to the role of deputy chairman. His in-depth knowledge of the financial services sector coupled with his wise and thoughtful approach make him the ideal candidate to take this step towards the chair.”
Mick McAteer said: “Registry Trust has a unique role in the credit world, supporting lenders, borrowers, consumers, business and the public interest. I welcome the challenge.”