PSR appoints two new Senior Advisers

03/09/2021

Senior Adviser

  • Dr Helen Weeds joins as Competition Economics Senior Adviser
  • Nick Fincham joins as Regulatory Economics Senior Adviser

The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has appointed two new Senior Advisers: Dr Helen Weeds and Nick Fincham. Both will join on Monday 13 September 2021.

Senior Advisers provide advice and challenge on the implications of policy decisions and enforcement, helping the PSR understand where its focus should be, how to analyse particular issues, and to take decisions on how best to regulate payment systems.

Dr Helen Weeds

Helen is an experienced competition economist. Most recently she has worked as a Senior Consultant to the European Competition Practice at Charles River Associates, the global consulting firm that specializes in management consulting and economic litigation. She is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College Business School, London and has worked in advisory roles for the National Infrastructure Commission and to the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

Nick Fincham

Nick is an experienced economic regulator, consultant and co-chair of the Regulatory Policy Institute. Until recently, Nick was Strategy & Regulation Director and a Board member at Thames Water. Prior to that, Nick worked at a number of UK regulatory authorities including Ofgem, the Postal Services Commission and the Civil Aviation Authority, where he was Director, Economic Regulation and Competition Policy.

Helen and Nick (in addition to Kate Fitzgerald, our Payments Senior Adviser) will advise the organisation across the breadth of its work and will attend the PSR’s Executive Committee meeting.

Chris Hemsley, the PSR’s Managing Director, said:

"I’m delighted to welcome Helen and Nick to the PSR. We’ve recently published our proposed strategy for the future and Helen and Nick will play a vital role in helping us deliver it – working with all PSR colleagues to provide industry insight, technical expertise and constructive challenge."

"I look forward to them joining and helping us unlock and support the potential of UK payments to solve problems facing society, support the UK economy and improve how we live our daily lives."