Smart Cities & Communities: Shaping the Future
- 08:30 - 16:30
- Manchester Conference Centre
Melanie Johnson was appointed as its first non-industry Chair of The UK Cards Association in September 2009.
She was the Labour MP for Welwyn Hatfield from 1997 until 2005 and served under several ministerial posts as Economic Secretary at HM Treasury; at the former Department of Trade and Industry (DTI; now the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)) as Minister for Competition, Consumers and Markets; and latterly at the Department of Health as Minister for Public Health.
In her time at the DTI, Melanie undertook the first review of consumer credit legislation for more than 30 years and protected consumers against abuse of their rights through the introduction of stop-now orders. Her past experience lends itself to the work of The UK Cards Association, progressing the industry in both a consumer focused way, and building on our reputation as a pro-active trade association.