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James McLeod Named Top 100 OpenUK Influencers 2021

January 14, 2021

We received a great New Year's present from OpenUK this month! Our FINOS Director of Community, James McLeod was named one of the Top 100 Open Source Influencers of 2021.


From the OpenUK website:

The 2021 Influencers are 100 top Influencers across the UK’s Open Technology communities

They hail from all walks of Open Source Software, Open Hardware and Open Data. This is *the* list of those to watch in UK leadership in Open Technology in 2021. All have influenced and are influencing Open Technology whether through social media, their jobs, community contributions, policy or education.

The British Honours system is something very specific to the UK and a means of rewarding an individual for their achievement or service. Medals are used within this system to recognise an activity or  long or valuable service.

Congratulations to all of those listed. Enjoy the recognition of  a New Year’s Honour from your peers at OpenUK and we look forward to seeing all that you will achieve in Open Technology through 2021.



James' Bio

James is the Director of Community at FINOS and wholeheartedly believes the transformation of Financial Services can only be fulfilled if Open Source is embraced under the three pillars of Contribution, Consumption and Community.
James has a twenty year career in software engineering having worked for telecommunication startups, the gaming industry, digital streaming platforms and financial services. Prior to joining FINOS James worked at Lloyds Banking Group where he focused on building engineering communities for Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows and other LBG banks. While at Lloyds Banking Group, James also drove the adoption of Inner Source and Open Source partly through the creation of engineering guilds providing in-person and remote educational sessions and large hackathon events. James also spent a number of years consulting on software engineering projects for RBS, NatWest and Barclays. 
As a member of the FINOS team, James' ambition is to bring his extensive experience building communities to grow Financial Services into a powerhouse of Open Source. James is a true open source advocate and founded the “React London - Bring Your Own Project” meetup to provide an interactive forum for ReactJS and Javascript developers to come together. In the last two years it has grown to a membership of over 1500 individuals.
You reach James at to find out how you can contribute to the amazing work of the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS). 

 Check out the rest of the 2021 OpenUK Honours List Here


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