Bennett in-effect replaces Paul Smee, who retired as director general of the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) in its merger with UK Finance. In the role, Bennett will be responsible for leading the trade body’s mortgage policy development when she joins in February next year.
She is currently deputy head of compliance at The Northview Group, and prior to this was Compliance Conduct Manager at GE Money Home Lending.
Between 2001 and 2014, Bennett worked at CML as head of policy from 2004. She also served as deputy manager for property and household at Association of British Insurers (ABI), having previously worked as a senior executive officer at the Home Office for 13 years.
In June 2010, Jackie was awarded an OBE for services to the financial services industry in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Wealth of knowledge
Formed on 1 July 2017, UK Finance is led by chief executive Stephen Jones and integrated the mandates, skills, staff and members of six trade associations, including the CML.
Jones said: “With a long history at CML, Jackie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise of UK mortgages which I know will prove to be a real asset to the UK Finance team and invaluable to all our members across the mortgage industry.
“We are very much looking forward to her joining us in this key role.”
Bennett said: “I’m delighted to be joining UK Finance.
“Housing rightly remains at the top of everyone’s agenda and I’m really looking forward to helping lenders support this whilst delivering the right results for consumers.”