FinTech Australia appoints high-profile Canberra advisor to the board

  • By Elizabeth Fry

FinTech Australia has appointed former senior Turnbull and Morrison government advisor Harry Godber to its board as an independent director. 

Godber currently serves as Flare’s Head of Strategy, a fintech business aimed at transforming the way Australians earn, engaging employees through the workplace with market-leading superannuation, banking, and human resources services. 

Before taking on this role, he spearheaded initiatives in fintech and financial regulation under Superannuation Minister Jane Hume. Further, he played a key role in the launch of Australia’s consumer data right, superannuation reform as well as the introduction of new payment regulation.  

 Godber also led the establishment of the Australian Space Agency as an industry, innovation, and science adviser to Ministers Arthur Sinodinos and Michaelia Cash. In a separate role, he earlier led product and strategy at Data61, Australia’s largest data innovation group. 

As an Independent Director of FinTech Australia, Godber will assist and advise on government relations and new policy initiatives from the peak body.  

“FinTech Australia has been instrumental in helping shape many of the world-leading policies that are governing our fintech sector,” said Harry Godber on the announcement of his appointment. 

“I look forward to sharing my passion and experience with the Fintech Australia team to champion our ecosystem’s ingenuity and diversity. With the right policy and regulatory settings in place, fintech is poised to lead Australian consumers and business through our economic recovery.” 

Builds on ties with policymakers 

FinTech Australia head Rebecca Schot-Guppy added: “Harry’s appointment is a huge feather in our cap. This appointment will build on our existing relationship with policymakers.  

Of the 23 recommendations from the latest Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre, 20 draws from FinTech Australia’s submissions and the contributions of our members. 

“Harry has accomplished a staggering amount in his years in government, and we look forward to working with him and drawing from both his enthusiasm for the growth of the sector and his deep expertise.”  

The appointment comes as FinTech Australia prepares to launch its annual fintech conference, Intersekt in Melbourne on May 19 and May 20.  

Highlights include a fireside chat with Limepay regarding its path to IPO, Afterpay discussing Afterpay Money, CBA’s x51 Ventures and IAG on investing and scaling start-ups, and Up Bank and Tik Tok integration’s integration and partnership with Bendigo Bank.