Joel Blake OBE

GFA Exchange

Joel is a multi-award-winning businessman, thought leader and business speaker.  His core expertise is helping organisations develop innovative business support ecosystems through FinTech and Diversity. 

He is the Founder & CEO of www.gfaexchange.com, an award-winning fintech company specialising in benchmarking and monitoring business performance. He is also MD of The Cludean Group, a boutique business advisory firm. 

Joel’s passion for innovating traditional business support models has to led to a range of regional and national activity, including authoring independent reports on the growth needs of business owners for the government and financial institutions, and launching regional think-tanks on business and social impact. He was also the previous Executive for the GBSLEP Growing Business strategy and a Start Up Britain Ambassador.

He is a Non-Executive Director, Vice-President of the Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce,  National Ambassador for The Institute of Leadership and Management and Fellow of the Centre for Entrepreneurs.

Joel was awarded an OBE in 2016 for Services to Business Support and Enterprise.