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StepChange appoints new member to its Board of Trustees

2 January 2024

StepChange Debt Charity is delighted to announce the appointment of Janet Pope as a Trustee, who joined the Board effective from 1 January.

The appointment follows a comprehensive and extensive search process to find new expertise to support the future direction and strategy of the charity and completes the process of recruiting four new Trustees for the charity throughout 2023.

John Griffith-Jones, Chair of StepChange of Debt Charity said:

“I am delighted to welcome Janet as a trustee. Her appointment will bring important insight from the financial services world, which will be vital as StepChange looks to support its clients struggling with their finances whilst also widening and deepening our already excellent relationships and partnerships across the financial services sector.”

Janet Pope said:

“I'm honoured to have been invited to join the country’s leading debt advice charity as a trustee. It’s a critical time, both for the people StepChange supports, and for the debt advice industry as a whole. I look forward to lending my experience to the strategy, governance and oversight of the charity.”

Notes to Editors

Janet Pope is an economist and retail banking expert with extensive non-executive experience in government departments, charities and the private sector.

She joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2008 to run the Savings business and between 2012 and 2023 was Chief of Staff and latterly Chief Sustainability Officer, a Group Executive Committee role. She was previously Chief Executive at Alliance Trust Savings, prior to which she was EVP Global Strategy at Visa International. Janet spent 10 years at Standard Chartered Bank where she held a variety of roles including Retail Banking MD for Africa and non-executive directorships at Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia and Botswana.

Janet is also Chair of the Charities Aid Foundation Bank, Trustee of the Charities Aid Foundation and Trustee of Camden School for Girls.

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