Marloes Nicholls

Marloes Nicholls


Head of Programmes at the Finance Innovation Lab


Marloes is Head of Programmes at the Finance Innovation Lab, a charity working for a financial system that serves people and planet. She leads the Lab’s work incubating and researching new businesses and innovations with the potential to make finance more responsible, democratic and fair.

Since 2017, she has been an advisor to the Friends Provident Foundation, and in 2019, Marloes taught the data ethics module of Cranfield University’s new MSc in Retail and Digital Banking.

Before working at the Lab, Marloes worked at the think tank Meteos as Programme Manager and Researcher working on finance and climate change related projects. There, she led the research for BankingFutures, a unique, multi-stakeholder dialogue that asks: how can we rebuild a healthy banking sector in the UK? She also directed Money Comms Lab, a collaborative research project to understand the most effective ways to engage and communicate with the public on issues relating to money and the financialsystem. Marloes has a wealth of experience working in social change, including co-founding the campaign Move Your Money UK, working at Oxfam on global campaigns and policy, and helping to establish a community garden and cooking scheme as vice chair of a Tenants and Residents Association of a large estate in East London. 

An economist by training, Marloes graduated from Nuffield College, University of Oxford, with a Masters of Philosophy in 2011 and received a first class bachelors in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bristol in 2008.