Strengthening Scotland’s Financial Services: SFE Announces Key Appointments

Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) has recently announced two new appointments. Ben Rose has stepped into the role of Director of Public Policy and Communications, while Christina Anthoulaki takes on the role of Programme Director. These strategic additions to the SFE team will help the organisation achieve its sector-wide strategic priorities.


Ben Rose: Policy Expert

Ben Rose brings an impressive track record of over 15 years in both the public and private sectors, making him a valuable asset to SFE. His most recent role as Senior Public Policy Manager at NatWest Group allowed him to amass a wealth of experience that he now brings to SFE. Moreover, Rose previously served as Chair of SFE's Public Affairs and Communications forum from 2021 to 2023.

In his new capacity, Rose will take the reins of SFE's policy development, government engagement, and broader stakeholder communication efforts.


Christina Anthoulaki: Nurturing Growth and Talent

Christina Anthoulaki steps into her role as Programme Director, a new position designed to oversee the coordination and delivery of key programs across SFE. Her mission is clear: to align these programs with Scotland's Financial Services Strategy, which includes the pivotal delivery of the Skills Action Plan and the sector's Growth Strategy.

Anthoulaki's background is equally impressive. With a six-year tenure at NatWest Group in various technology and change management roles and subsequent experience as Finance Product lead at law firm Mishcon de Reya, she brings a wealth of knowledge and strategic acumen to her new role at SFE. Her prior work at Mishcon de Reya helped reshape the organization's strategy towards a more efficient business model, highlighting her ability to drive transformation and growth.

Beyond these two key appointments, SFE is also fortifying its junior team with the permanent addition of Marketing Executive Harry Meighan and the appointment of Lana McGill on an Office Admin internship.

Sandy Begbie CBE FRSE, Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise, emphasises the importance of these appointments in the context of SFE. He states, "

"As our membership continues to grow, we are adding new talent and expertise to help us oversee our increasingly ambitious agenda. Ben and Christina bring valuable capability across a range of specialisms that will add value to our membership and support our strategic priorities.

“I’m looking forward to working with Christina on developing our industry-wide growth strategy, and with Ben to further develop our strong relationships with both the Scottish and UK Governments and delivering our public policy agenda.”