Payment Systems Regulator appoints new General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer

9th May 2023

The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has made announced that it has made two key appointments to its executive team appointing Alex Olive as General Counsel, and Natalie Golding as Chief Operating Officer.

As General Counsel, Olive will be responsible for leading the PSR’s team of expert lawyers and for providing legal advice and managing legal risk across the organisation – including the PSR Board and Executive Committees. Olive will join the PSR on 12th June 2023.

Olive joins the PSR from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), where she was the Legal Director and previously the Mergers Director. Since November 2022 she has also been part of the Senior Leadership Team in the Investment Security Unit at the Cabinet Office, leading on national security risk identification, analysis, remedies and enforcement.

Golding joins the PSR from the Cabinet Office where she was Director of the Leadership, Government Skills and Curriculum Unit; prior to that she was Chief of Staff to the COO of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office.

As COO and Head of People and Operations, Golding will be accountable for, and have strategic oversight of, how the PSR invests in the skills and capabilities of its staff, the overall effectiveness of its operations, and the way in which the PSR manages project delivery and risk management. Golding will join the PSR on 3rd July 2023.

Chris Hemsley PSR’s Managing Director, said: “With the rapid pace of change in the payments sector, and the impact that our work has on supporting the UK economy and society more generally, Alex and Natalie join the PSR at a key time. To deliver against our ambitious strategy, the PSR needs to invest in and attract the right skills and experience for our teams, and continuously improve how we deliver our projects. This includes making sure that all of our work is informed by the best possible legal advice and analysis.”

“Alex and Natalie have a track record of delivering good outcomes and driving high performance in critical areas of the economy. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from working at high-profile regulators, government departments and in the private sector, and understand the importance of good engagement and offering value for money – qualities that will be essential in helping us deliver our Strategy and making sure payments work well for everyone.”