Claire Sunderland Hay is the Head of the Bank of England FinTech Accelerator. She established the Accelerator, announced by the Governor of the Bank of England in June 2016 to work in partnership with FinTech firms on challenges that the central bank uniquely faces. She leads the Bank’s engagement with FinTech firms, as well as its interaction with this market more generally assessing developments in, and the implications of, financial technologies. Prior to leading the work of the Accelerator, Claire has held a number of positions within the Bank, including as a supervisor of major banks and insurance firms as well as Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor for Financial Stability. She is a qualified accountant, with experience in corporate finance and a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Oxford.