Two new non-executive directors appointed to the Board of Directors of the Student Loans Company

The Department of Education (DfE) has confirmed the appointment of Rona Ruthen and Gary Page as non-executive directors of the Student Loans Company.

The three-year appointments began on October 19, 2020.

Rona has 15 years of experience in fintech, financial services and payment solutions, with companies in Israel and the UK. She led the operations of Fintech Curve in the UK and previously led business units and processes in the independent online marketplace Fiverr and the global payments company Payoneer.

Rona is the current Vice President of Client Operations at Monzo Bank. She is responsible for the design and delivery of award-winning customer service and client operations, supporting the bank’s rapid growth.

Commenting on her appointment, Rona said, “I am honored to be appointed to the Board of Directors of the Student Loans Company. This position will allow me to bring my experience in client-focused financial services to support higher education and continuing education.

Gary has worked in the banking industry for over 20 years, primarily at ABN AMRO where he held several positions including Global Head of Markets and Global Head of Commercial Banking.

Most recently Gary has focused on non-executive roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors with a particular focus on positions that facilitate greater social inclusion.

In addition to his role with the Student Loans Company, Gary is currently Chairman of Triodos Bank UK Limited, the UK subsidiary of Triodos Bank NV, one of Europe’s leading sustainable banks and lay member of the South East Employment Tribunal. He is also a director of a Suffolk-based charity that works with families bereaved by suicide.

Upon his appointment, Gary said: “I am delighted to join the Board of Directors of the Student Loans Company as a non-executive director. I know from personal experience the transformative impact that higher education can have on a person’s life. I look forward to playing my role in helping The Student Loans Company continue to grow as a trusted partner by providing students with access to financial services and striving to provide excellent customer service.

Peter Lauener, President of the Student Loans Company, said: “The Student Loans Company enables nearly two million students each year to invest in their future through graduate and further education by providing student finance services. reliable, transparent and accessible.

“I am delighted to welcome Rona and Gary to the SLC Board of Directors. As education remains a key priority for government and decentralized administrations, Rona and Gary’s experience will help strengthen SLC’s board of directors, as we work to deliver an exceptional customer experience for students, graduates. and to our partners in the higher and higher education sectors. . “

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