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MyBnk founder honoured in Queens Birthday List

Written by , June 17, 2017

Elisabetta Lapenna-Huda, also known as Lily, Founder and Co-Chair of MyBnk has been made an...

Elisabetta Lapenna-Huda, also known as Lily, Founder and Co-Chair of MyBnk has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Over 10 years she has built our charity up to be a world leader in financial education practices – bringing together young people, educators, financial services and policy makers to design and deliver award winning workshops.

In 2012 her work with civil society helped financial education become compulsory in the secondary national curriculum.

“This is an incredible honour. It is a recognition for the remarkable MyBnk team who driven by the vision of a financially literate and enterprising society, work tirelessly to make it a reality. UK personal debt is £1.5 trillion and just 7% of young people have spoken to a teacher about money – the need for what we do has never been greater. I would like to thank every young person, teacher, youth worker and funder who has helped us advance this vital cause.” Elisabetta Lapenna-Huda MBE.

Together with the Money Advice Service, and others, financial capability has been pushed up the political agenda. Recently reflected with the establishment of a dedicated Minister for Financial Inclusion.

She has also been a leader in MyBnk’s interventions with vulnerable young people, working with Leaving Care Units to ensure thousands of care leavers have the skills they need to transition to independent living.

MyBnk has helped nearly 175,000 7-25 year olds learn to manage their money and start their own enterprise in 800 schools and youth organisations.

Independent of banks and commercial branding, we use trained experts to teach young people about everything from tax and saving to student finance and social enterprise. We also have a global presence that ranges from Italy to Namibia.

“Lily’s legacy is clear to see. We are now in a fantastic position to ensure that financial education is given the prominence it deserves. I would like to congratulate her on behalf of everyone at MyBnk.” Guy Rigden, MyBnk CEO.

Organisations such as Esmee Fairbairn, and JP Morgan Chase and as well as and individual donors like the CEO of H&M Karl Johan Persson, have been seminal in our growth and development. We are currently supported by various trusts and foundations including CSR units from Prudential plc, Old Mutual Wealth, MUFG; Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. See the full list, here


  • 2016: The Guardian Charity Award.
  • 2015: Children & Young People Now Leaving Care Award.
  • 2014: Project Oracle – Evidence Award 2014.
  • 2012: Centre for Social Justice Award – Prevention of Poverty 2012.
  • 2011: Lily appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
  • 2010: Lily appointed as an Ashoka Fellow.

For more information, please contact declan@mybnk.org