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Mayfair 101 strengthens advisory board with two new appointments

Mark Cliffe, chief economist at ING Bank, and Kirsty Rutter, former head of Innovation at Barclays Bank, have joined the advisory board.

Mayfair 101 strengthens advisory board with two new appointments
The appointments will boost the group’s innovation and economic expertise

Mayfair 101, the Australian-founded, London-based investment and corporate advisory group, has strengthened its advisory board through two new major international appointments.

Mark Cliffe, chief economist at ING Bank, and Kirsty Rutter, former head of Innovation at Barclays Bank, have joined the Mayfair 101 Advisory Board.

The duo will provide valuable strategic advice to the investment and corporate advisory group as it continues to grow its internationally focused assets.

Their appointments will help drive Mayfair 101’s push into the UK market and provide a major boost to the group’s innovation and economic expertise.

“Additional strategic depth”

Mayfair 101 founder and managing director James Mawhinney said: “The appointment of two of the UK’s leading financial experts to the Mayfair 101 Advisory Board is a powerful signal to validate the innovative approaches Mayfair 101 is taking to create value for its investors.

“We are particularly excited about this additional strategic depth as it provides our portfolio companies with access to world-class talent to assist with the group’s growth objectives.

“This approach of sourcing exceptional talent is central to our investment strategy and has proven itself many times over.”

35 years’ experience

Cliffe has more than 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry, leading research teams analysing the global economy and markets, and since 1998 has been at ING Group, having previously headed teams at HSBC, Nomura and ANZ.

Throughout his career, he has travelled the world to provide strategic advice to a wide variety of clients ranging from private investors to multi-national corporations.

He has extensive contacts within academia and policy-making and has been widely quoted in the international financial press.

In recent years, Cliffe has analysed disruptive changes in technology, politics and society, and is an advocate of open-source approaches to economic problems, drawing on new methodologies and other disciplines such a psychology, sociology and anthropology.

He has been involved in financial innovations applying behavioural insights through digital technology.

Cliffe said: “Mayfair 101’s model is particularly attractive to investors against a backdrop of sustained low interest rates in Australia and the UK.

“In my capacity as an advisory board member, I look forward to supporting Mayfair 101’s global approach to identifying the best opportunities for the group and its investors.”

20-plus years in financial services

Rutter has spent more than 20 years in financial services in roles spanning finance, strategy, risk, data and technology at five different Top Tier financial institutions.

Initially qualifying as an accountant, she retrained as a strategy consultant developing business growth strategies, before moving on to specialise in operational and enterprise risk, leveraging fintech in the early days to deliver data-led insight to support organisational risk management.

In 2016, Rutter shifted her focus to fintech; developing products, marketing strategies and supporting the sales of tech and data products into financial services, which led to a role as Head of Innovation for Barclays UK consumer and SME businesses.

At Barclays, she provided alignment and connectivity between over 200 fintech solution providers, from bootstrapped to large tech, and Barclays’ UK businesses; supporting the business’ strategy to drive commercial results.

Rutter also said she was excited about the opportunities offered by Mayfair 101.

“Not only is Mayfair 101 hugely innovative in itself but it is also championing some of the most exciting international businesses,” she said.

“Their announcement as lead investor in the fast-growing fintech PayMate last month, and recent further investment in Accloud PLC, are just two examples of how the Mayfair 101 team has identified and capitalised on prime opportunities to facilitate positive outcomes in socially impactful businesses.”

An innovative player

Founded in Australia in 2009, Mayfair 101 is increasingly recognised as an innovative player in the financial services industry, working to challenge conventions within the sector while delivering consistent results for their investors and raising the bar with their levels of customer service.

Mawhinney said: “At the core of our product offerings is a desire to see a more equitable distribution of global capital – be this through investing in innovative solutions in fast-developing markets or providing high-quality, higher-yield cash investment opportunities in established markets.”

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