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Chair of The UK Cards Association

Melanie Johnson is the Chair of The UK Cards Association. She joined in 2009 and leads the Board, which is independently chaired from outside the industry by a non-practitioner. Prior to this, Melanie was the Labour MP for Welwyn Hatfield for eight years until 2005 and enjoyed a notable political career, with 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

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