Mick McAteer joined the FSA Board in November 2009. He is a consumer advocate with long experience of representing consumers at UK and EU level.
He is founder and Director of The Financial Inclusion Centre, a UK based not-for-profit think tank (www.inclusioncentre.org.uk). The Centre's mission is to promote fair, inclusive, efficient and accountable financial markets.
He is Chairman of the European Commission's Financial Services User Group (FSUG), a board member of the CARITAS (Westminster) Advisory Board, member of the Registry Trust Consumer Panel and member of the ESMA Financial Innovation Standing Committee Consultative Working Group.
Previously, Mick was Principal Policy Adviser at Which? (the largest consumer group in Europe, formerly known as Consumers' Association). He was with Which? for 13 years until end 2006 and formulated the organisation's policy on financial services. Prior to this, he worked for five years for two major fund management firms in London.
He has also held a number of senior board and committee positions. He was a board member of the UK Financial Reporting Council's (FRC) Professional Oversight Board, a non-executive director of The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) and 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.
At EU level, he was previously Chairman of the European Commission's Financial Users Panel (FINUSE) and member of 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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