Mick McAteer

mick mcateer

Founder and Director, Financial Inclusion Centre

Mick is a campaigner for economic and social justice with long experience of representing consumers at UK and EU level with a focus on financial markets and public policy. 

He is founder and co-Director of The Financial Inclusion Centre, a UK not-for-profit policy and research group whose mission is to promote financial markets that work for society. 

He is also Chair of the anti-poverty charity Z2K, Deputy Chair of the General Consumer Council of Northern Ireland, a board member of the CARITAS (Westminster) Advisory Board, a board member of ShareAction (the movement for Responsible Investment), and a board member of Registry Trust.

At EU level, he is on the new European Commission Financial Services User Group (FSUG) and on the Consultative Group of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Financial Innovation Standing Committee (FISC).

Previously, he was a board member of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)/ Financial Services Authority (FSA). He was Chair of the FCA’s External Risk and Strategy Committee (ERSC) and was also on the FCA’s Oversight and Audit Committees.

He was Principal Policy Adviser at Which? for 13 years. He led the work on exposing major scandals such as pensions, mortgage endowment and PPI mis-selling, and work on reform of pensions, insurance and banking industries. Prior to this, he worked for five years for two major fund management firms in London. 

He has also held a number of other senior board and committee positions. He was a board member of the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) Professional Oversight Board, and a non-executive director of The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS).

He was one of the original founders of Hackney Credit Union, based in the London Borough of Hackney where he was a board member from 2005 – 2007. He was one of the first Fellows of The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE). 

At EU level, he was previously Chair of the European Commission’s Financial Services User Group (FSUG), Chair of the European Commission’s Financial Users Panel (FINUSE), member of the ESMA Financial Innovation Working Group, and the Consultative Panels of the Committee of European Insurance and Occupational Pension Supervisors (CEIOPS), Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) and Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS).

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