PEXA appoints Sir Roger Marsh as Ambassador and Adviser to the UK Board to bolster Yorkshire’s burgeoning fintech ecosystem

By PEXA - May 30, 2024

PEXA today announced that it has appointed Sir Roger Marsh OBE DL as an Ambassador and Adviser to the Board for the UK business as it looks to deepen its business relationships in Yorkshire and help grow the influence of the region’s tech hub across the UK.

As Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) between 2013 and 2022, Sir Roger has been responsible for creating significant transformation in the area. He has played a substantial role in driving the Government’s vision for the development and levelling up of the North acting as Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund Strategic Oversight Board as well as additional sub committees to raise funding for the region. Until 2023, Sir Roger was also the Chair for the NP11, which brings together the 11 Northern LEPs.

PEXA is already embedded in Yorkshire following its significant investment in the opening of its UK headquarters in Leeds and acquisition of the remortgage conveyancer Optima Legal, and it is involved in initiatives such as the Leeds Digital Festival, Legaltech Leeds, Fintech North and UKREiiF. It is now looking to deepen its ties to the business ecosystem and help grow the size and influence of the Yorkshire tech hub at a national level. Sir Roger, with nearly 40 years’ experience and unrivalled knowledge of both the regional business environment and its wider economic impact for the UK, is uniquely placed to help PEXA do just that.

Yorkshire is already home to large financial services and fintech businesses, with institutions like the FCA selecting it as its regional hub and the Bank of England increasing its presence with 500 staff set to be based there from 2027. Leeds-based PEXA has already invested circa £75 million to date on its mission to transform digitisation in the housing sector in the UK. PEXA is committed to investing further with the help of Sir Roger to showcase its technological innovation for the benefit of both the local and wider economy.

Sir Roger Marsh OBE DL, Ambassador and Adviser to PEXA, comments: “Yorkshire – and the North more broadly – is a hotbed of innovation. It’s a really vibrant ecosystem boasting some big institutions as well as attracting start-ups and scale ups who want to use Leeds as a launch pad for their innovations. It is undoubtedly benefitting from significant international investment from important players like PEXA, not only in terms of it bringing proven technology to the market but also investing more widely in the growth of the tech ecosystem. I’m looking forward to working with PEXA to support its vision for the region, deepen its presence and help bring its benefits to the market.”

Glenn King, PEXA Group Managing Director and CEO, adds: “The north of England is home to some of the most exciting and innovative companies in the country, and Leeds’ business community is going from strength to strength. As an international property tech company, it has been a natural fit for our UK head office. It’s a pleasure to welcome Sir Roger, given his significant leadership experience and business expertise, and his passion for driving growth in the region through collaboration.”

Joe Pepper, UK CEO of PEXA, adds: “Leeds has a really strong tech ecosystem that we are already embedding ourselves in, and we have had a tremendous level of support since we decided to base ourselves there. Now we’re determined to do more to help give these businesses a greater voice at the national level. Yorkshire is a thriving tech hub and the UK economy as a whole could benefit if only we work together to drive growth and further investment. With an extensive network and unrivalled experience, Sir Roger is the perfect person to help on this journey. We’re honoured he is coming on board.”

 

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About PEXA

PEXA (Property Exchange Australia) is a world-leading, digital property exchange and data insights business, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Since 2013, PEXA has facilitated more than 16 million property settlements, and today, 90% of all property transfer settlements in Australia are processed on the PEXA platform. In 2022 PEXA launched its refinancing capability in the UK.

 

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PEXA is the trading name of Digital Completion UK Limited.
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