Philip HammondChancellor of the Exchequer
The Chancellor of the Exchequer is the government’s chief financial minister and as such is responsible for raising revenue through taxation or borrowing and for controlling public spending. He was previously Secretary of State for Transport from May 2010, when he was appointed as a Privy Counsellor. Prior to this, he held a number of shadow portfolios. He was elected to Parliament in 1997 and was Secretary of State for Defence from 2011 until July 2014. Philip served as Foreign Secretary from July 2014 until July 2016. Philip had a business career in small and medium-sized companies in manufacturing, consultancy, property and construction, and oil and gas, both in the UK and abroad.
Scott MorrisonTreasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia
Scott Morrison is the Federal Member for Cook and Treasurer. As Treasurer, his achievements include reducing the deficit, getting debt under control, maintaining Australia's AAA credit rating, cutting corporate and personal income taxes, ensuring multinationals pay their fair share of tax and making sure Australia's banking system is strong, accountable, fairer and competitive.
Nathan Bostock was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Santander UK plc on 29th September 2014. Nathan joined Santander UK from The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (“RBS”), where he was an Executive Director and Group Finance Director, having joined RBS in 2009 as Head of Restructuring and Risk and Group Chief Risk Officer.
Nathan previously spent eight years with Abbey National plc (now Santander UK plc) from 2001 to 2009 and served on the Board as an Executive Director from 2005 until his departure in 2009. During his time with Abbey National plc, he held various senior positions including Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director, Finance, Markets and Human Resources. Nathan was also previously at RBS again before that (1991 – 2001) in a number of executive positions and spent seven years before that with Chase Manhattan Bank in a variety of areas and functions. He is a chartered accountant and holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics.
Eileen Burbidge MBEHM Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech; Partner, Passion Capital
Eileen Burbidge is a Partner at Passion Capital, the pre-eminent early-stage VC fund based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere. In addition to Passion Capital, Eileen is also the Chair of TechCity UK, which is the British government-backed organisation supporting digital business across the UK. She is also HM Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech, Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s office, and served on former Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group.
John Glen MPEconomic Secretary to the Treasury
John Glen was appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister on 9 January 2018, having held a position as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 14 June 2017 to 8 January 2018. He was first elected to Parliament as the MP for Salisbury in 2010, and has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Philip Hammond, Eric Pickles and Sajid Javid. Before joining Parliament, he held a number of roles within a large management consultancy firm.
The RT Hon Matt Hancock MPSecretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Matt Hancock MP was appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 8 January 2018. He was previously Minister of State for Digital from July 2016 to January 2018. Matt Hancock is the MP for West Suffolk, having been elected in the 2010 general election. From 2010 Matt served as a backbencher on the Public Accounts Committee and the Standards & Privileges Committee. Matt entered government in September 2012 and has served in a number of Ministerial Roles, including for skills and business, and as Paymaster General. He oversaw the expansion of apprenticeships, and championed the digital transformation of government.
Steve HatchVice President Northern Europe, Facebook
Since his appointment in March 2014, Steve has driven a fundamental evolution on the platform, namely the explosion of video consumption, and the commercialisation of Instagram. Prior to joining Facebook in 2014, Steve worked in Y&R, Omnicom and WPP where he spent 15 years with his final role as CEO of MEC. Steve is a non-executive Director of Trinity Mirror Plc and is the Chair of the Confederation of British Industry Tech group. In 2007, he co-authored the book 'Rigorous Magic'.
António Horta-OsórioGroup Chief Executive, Lloyds
António joined the board of Lloyds Banking Group in January 2011 as an Executive Director and became Group Chief Executive on 1 March 2011.
Previously he was the Chief Executive of Santander UK plc and Executive Vice President of Grupo Santander. He was also Chairman of Santander Totta until 2011, where he was CEO between 2000-2006, and prior to that was CEO of Banco Santander Brazil.
Sir George IacobescuChair and CEO, Canary Wharf Group
Sir George Iacobescu CBE is Chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group, a company with assets of £ 7.8 billion which has developed 17.5 m sq ft in 35 buildings and is developing a further 12 m sq ft in 56 new buildings. Canary Wharf is recognised as the world’s largest city regeneration project, and now Europe’s second largest banking and business services district. Sir George has previously led major developments in Canada and the USA such as the World Financial Centre. He is an adviser to Government on property and regeneration issues, worked on the MOD Defence Review, and sits on the Mayor of London’s Advisory Board.
Rishi KhoslaFounder and CEO, Oaknorth
Rishi is the co-founder of ACORN OakNorth, a fintech firm focused on unlocking the potential in bespoke SME lending globally using its data and technology platform. In the UK, the firm operates as OakNorth - a bank that Rishi and his business partner, Joel Perlman, founded in September 2015 to address the mid-market funding gap in the UK. Last year, the business completed the largest fintech raise in the UK to date, securing £250m from a number of investors - GIC (the Singaporean sovereign wealth fund), Coltrane Asset Management, The Clermont Group and Toscafund - valuing the company at c.$1.3bn. Prior to this, Rishi co-founded Copal Amba. Rishi is also an active venture investor and has provided early stage funding to several companies, including two multi-billion dollar companies: Indiabulls and PayPal.
Sir Dave RamsdenDeputy Governor for Markets and Banking, Bank of England
Dave Ramsden joined the Bank to become Deputy Governor for Markets and Banking on 4 September 2017. He is responsible for oversight of Markets and Banking directorates. Dave is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee, the Financial Policy Committee and the Prudential Regulation Committee. He is also the Chair of the RTGS/CHAPS Board.
Before joining the Bank, Dave was Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury and Head of the Government Economic Service from 2007 – 2017.
Keith SkeochCEO, Standard Life Aberdeen plc
Keith Skeoch became Co-Chief Executive of Standard Life Aberdeen plc and also Co- Chief Executive of its asset management business, Aberdeen Standard Investments, following the merger of Standard Life plc and Aberdeen Asset Management plc in August 2017.
Keith, alongside Co-Chief Executive Martin Gilbert, has responsibility for overseeing £655bn* of assets.
Keith was appointed Chief Executive of Standard Life plc in 2015, having been Chief Executive of Standard Life Investments since 2004. He became a Director of Standard Life Investments upon joining as Chief Investment Officer in 1999 and joined the Board of Standard Life plc in 2006.
Prior to joining Standard Life Investments, from 1980 to 1999, Keith was with James Capel (HSBC Securities from 1996) where latterly he was Managing Director of International Equities. Keith started his career in 1979 at the Government Economic Service.
Keith has held a number of key industry appointments and is currently a board member of the Financial Reporting Council. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Sussex and Teesside University in recognition of his contribution to the financial services industry, most notably in establishing best practice in stewardship and governance in the wake of the global financial crisis.
In 2013, Keith was named European Personality of the Year by Funds Europe. Keith is a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists, which was awarded for service to the Economics profession.
Mark TuckerChairman, HSBC
Mark Tucker was appointed to the Board of HSBC Holdings plc with effect from 1 September 2017, and assumed his role as non-executive Group Chairman on 1 October 2017. He also chairs the Nomination Committee. He has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Asia and in the UK, including 25 years based in Hong Kong.
Nigel WilsonCEO, Legal & General
Nigel was appointed Group Chief Executive in 2012 having joined as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2009. Nigel won the ‘Most Admired Leader’ award at Britain's Most Admired Companies Awards 2017, for Management Today. In 2015 - 2016 Nigel was a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. He was also City AM “Business Personality of the Year” in 2014. Qualifications include a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a Kennedy Scholar, and a recipient of the Alfred P Sloan research scholarship. Nigel also worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBEJayne Anne Gadhia has been Chief Executive of Virgin Money since 2007.
A Chartered Accountant, she spent six years at Norwich Union (now Aviva) before becoming one of the founders of Virgin Direct in 1995. Three years later, she set up the Virgin One account, which was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2001. She subsequently spent five years at RBS as part of its Retail Executive Committee, before returning to Virgin as the CEO of Virgin Money. In 2012, Virgin Money acquired Northern Rock, and in 2014 it successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange.
In November 2016, she was appointed as the UK Government’s Women in Finance Champion, and in July 2017, she became a founder member of its Business Diversity and Inclusion Group.
Andrew BaileyCEO, FCA
Andrew Bailey is an executive FCA Board member and Chief Executive. Prior to becoming the FCA's Chief Executive in July 2016, Andrew was Deputy Governor for Prudential Regulation and Chief Executive Officer of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). He is also a member of the Prudential Regulation Committee and the Financial Policy Committee.
Katharine BraddickDirector General for Financial Services, HM Treasury
Katharine Braddick is Director General for Financial Services at the Treasury, leading on all aspects of policy for financial services and financial stability. Katharine joined the Treasury in 2014 as Director, Financial Services (International), having spent a decade in financial services regulation at the FSA and, latterly, the Bank of England, where she was Director of Prudential Policy.
Tim BuntingPartner, Balderton Capital
Tim joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2007. He was previously a partner of Goldman Sachs where he spent 18 years. At Goldman, Tim held various roles including Global Head of Equity Capital Markets (2002 to 2005) and Vice-Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (2005 to 2006). Tim started to work with Balderton and its portfolio of companies in 2005.
Susanne ChishtiCEO, FINTECH Circle & FINTECH Circle Institute
Susanne Chishti is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe's first Angel Network focused on fintech opportunities, and founder of the FINTECH Circle Institute, the first peer-to-peer fintech learning platform. She is also the Co-Editor of the Bestseller "The FINTECH Book" which has been translated into 5 languages and is sold across 107 countries. Susanne is recognised in the European Digital Financial Services ‘Power 50’ 2015, an independent ranking of the most influential people in digital financial services in Europe. She has been selected as "City Innovator - Inspirational Woman" in 2016, been a fintech TV Commentator on CNBC, and is a guest lecturer on financial technology at the University of Cambridge. After completing her MBA she started her career working for a fintech company (before the term "fintech" was being invented) in the Silicon Valley 20 years ago. She then worked more than 15 years’ across Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley and Accenture in London and Hong Kong.
James C CowlesChief Executive Officer, EMEA, Citi
James C. Cowles, is Chief Executive Officer for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) at Citi. Jim is responsible for all businesses in the 54 EMEA countries in which Citi is present and has served in this role since January 2013. Jim sits on Citi’s Operating Committee.
Prior to assuming his current position, Jim was Chief Operating Officer for EMEA and Head of Western Europe at Citi. He has previously held the positions of Head of Markets for EMEA, Global Head of Equities, Global Head of Equity Capital Markets, Deputy Head of Global Investment Banking and Global Head of Debt Capital Markets.
Jim has also served from 2010 - 2013 on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and as Treasurer of AFME (Association for Financial Markets in Europe). He also previously served on the Board of Directors of Akbank from 2013 - 2015.
Jim graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University in 1977 with a BA in Economics. He graduated with an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1979.
Constantin CotziasDirector, Bloomberg Europe
Constantin is a Director of Bloomberg Europe and chairs the Bloomberg London office. He heads government relations, business development and strategy globally and is a Board Director of Bloomberg’s regulated trading platforms – Bloomberg Multilateral Trading Facility and Bloomberg Tradebook. He sits on the Mayor of London’s Economic Advisory Board and the EU Securities and Markets Authority Advisory Board.
Samir DesaiCEO, Funding Circle
Samir is CEO and Co-founder of Funding Circle - the world’s leading direct lending platform for small business finance. Samir is responsible for driving the company’s strategy, managing the company’s finances and overseeing Funding Circle globally. Set up in 2010, investors have lent £4 billion to over 40,000 businesses across the UK, US, Germany and the Netherlands, which has supported the creation of ~100,000 jobs.
Harry EddisFinancial Regulation Partner, Linklaters
Harry has long-standing expertise in financial markets regulation, and regularly advises banks, broker-dealers, investment managers and other financial services institutions on all issues related to their regulated status. In addition, he offers guidance on perimeter issues, such as authorisation requirements, market abuse and market conduct requirements, as well as wholesale market infrastructure. Recently, Harry has been advising on MiFID II and Brexit issues for a broad range of financial service institutions as well as industry bodies. Harry has leveraged his regulatory and market expertise over the years in relation to FinTech, advising BrokerTec and SwapsWire on the establishment of electronic trading and post-trade platforms. Harry continues to be a leader in this field, currently advising a consortium of banks on FinTech issues and being a regular speaker at FinTech events. Harry also co-heads Linklaters’ global FinTech team.
Samantha GhiottiPartner, Anthemis Group
Samantha is a Partner at Anthemis Group, where she leads the enterprise business development, bringing a unique blend of executive, entrepreneurial and deal-making experience to the firm.
As the founder of Anthemis’ Advisory business, she has developed and grown strategic relationships with leading financial institutions providing investments, venturing and insights. She currently sits on the board of Anthemis' strategic investment vehicles and is an active supporter of the diversity and inclusion agenda.
Imran Gulamhuseinwala OBEGlobal Head of FinTech, EY
Mr. Gulamhuseinwala was appointed as Trustee for the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) on 13 April 2017. In his role as Trustee, he has oversight and responsibility for Open Banking’s development and delivery of the common technical standards underpinning the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) open banking initiative. He is seconded to Open Banking from Ernst & Young LLP (EY) where he is a London-based partner in its financial services practice. He is also EY’s Global Head of FinTech.
Adrienne HarrisFormer Special Assistant, White House
Adrienne Harris is the Chief Business Development Officer and General Counsel of States Title, Inc. Before States Title she was a Special Assistant to President Obama in the White House National Economic Council, where she managed the financial services portfolio. She came to the White House from the Department of Treasury where she served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary.
Rob HeyvaertCEO, Motive Partners
Rob Heyvaert is an experienced financial technology executive and entrepreneur, having held senior leadership positions in the world’s leading Financial Technology firms and having founded, scaled and exited two industry-leading global financial services and technology consulting firms.
Rachel LordSenior Managing Director, BlackRock
Rachel Lord, Senior Managing Director, is Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for BlackRock and is a member of the Global Executive Committee. Ms. Lord also chairs the EMEA Executive Committee and is the Global Executive Sponsor of the Women's Initiative Network.
Al Lukies CBEMotive Partners; Prime Minister’s FinTech Envoy
Alastair Lukies CBE is a UK businessman and entrepreneur best known as a pioneer and champion for the UK’s global FinTech industry. He founded Monitise in 2003. During his time as CEO, Monitise grew to being a global leader in its industry, employing 1,500 staff on four continents. Alastair was the inaugural Chairman of Innovate Finance the UK’s trade body for FinTech and is a founder of Motive Partners, the FinTech Investment Firm. In January 2014, Alastair was first appointed as a UK Business Ambassador to the Prime Minister for the financial services industry by the UK Government, and today acts as the Business Ambassador for FinTech.
Alex MacphersonChairman, Octopus Ventures
Alex is Chairman of Octopus Ventures. Alex has been in the same position as many entrepreneurs having started, built and sold his own business. He co-founded Katalyst Ventures in 2000, creating the private angel network prior to its sale in 2007 to Octopus and rebranding as Octopus Ventures. Over the following ten years Alex led Octopus Ventures as CEO building assets under management from under £20 million to in excess of £700 million, growing the team from 4 to 30 with offices in London and New York as well as representation in Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Singapore.
Ross McEwanCE0, RBS
Ross became Chief Executive of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group in October 2013. Between August 2012 and September 2013, he was Chief Executive Officer for UK Retail, joining from Commonwealth Bank of Australia where he was Group Executive for Retail Banking Services for five years. Prior to this he was Executive General Manager with responsibility for the branch network, contact centres and third party mortgage brokers.
Ross has more than 25 years' experience in the finance, insurance and investment industries.
Martin MignotPartner, Index Ventures
Martin focuses on startups which operate in large markets (food, transportation, finance, health, SME) through the development of must-have products that get exponentially better with each additional user. He has worked with many entrepreneurs who started such businesses, including BlaBlaCar and Deliveroo. He also serves on the board of Drivy, Rad, TheFamily, Trainline (following the acquisition of Captain Train) and till recently SwiftKey (acquired by Microsoft in 2016). In addition to the companies already mentioned, he led Seed round in hosted search API company Algolia. Most of his initial investments are Seed and Series A.
Since joining Index in 2010, Martin has spent a lot of time helping build the Parisian ecosystem (he led the first institutional investment in local startup network TheFamily and currently sits on their advisory board), and also regularly travels to the Nordics.
Prior to joining Index, Martin was in the TMT team at UBS Investment Bank and co-founded the beauty subscription business Boudoir Prive (acquired by Joliebox/Birchbox) and a student web radio service rsp.fm.
Rajeev MisraCEO, Softbank Investment Advisors UK
Rajeev serves as the CEO of SoftBank Investment Advisers, the primary investment adviser to the SoftBank Vision Fund, and Board Director of SoftBank Group Corp.
Prior to joining SoftBank, Rajeev was a Senior Managing Director and Partner at Fortress Investment Group. Previously, he served as the Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities at UBS between 2009 and 2013 and Global Head of Credit and Emerging Markets at Deutsche Bank between 1997 and 2008, where he built a successful global fixed income business. Rajeev is a Board Member of the University of Pennsylvania and MIT Sloan School of Management, and is on the Board of Trustees of KAUST.
Dame Helena Morrissey DBEHead of Personal Investing, Legal and General Investment Management
Helena is well known in the City, particularly for her work on gender equality. She was CEO of Newton Investment Management for fifteen years and has recently joined Legal and General Investment Management, leading a new drive to engage the nation to invest more.
Keith MorganCEO, British Business Bank
Keith Morgan led the planning and establishment of the British Business Bank from January 2013, and was appointed CEO in December 2013.
Prior to this, Keith was an Executive Director of UK Financial Investments (UKFI), joining in 2009 to manage the UK Government’s shareholdings in Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock. Keith joined UKFI from Banco Santander where he was an Executive Director of Sovereign Bancorp in the US. He was previously Director of Strategy & Planning at Abbey National and a member of the Executive Committee, and also served as Chairman of Santander’s Asset Management and Credit Card businesses in the UK.
Harry NelisPartner, Accel
Harry Nelis is a partner at Accel, focusing on consumer interest, financial services and software companies. He led Accel’s investments in CHECK24, Funding Circle, KAYAK (acquired by Priceline), Showroomprive, WorldRemit and others. Harry started his career as an engineer at Hewlett-Packard before founding the venture-backed software company E-motion.
Shayne NelsonCEO, Emirates NBD
Shayne Nelson has an extensive banking career with experience in various roles. Prior to joining Emirate NBD, he served in Singapore as the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Private Bank and was also the chairman of Standard Chartered Saadiq Islamic Advisory Board and a Board member of Standard Chartered banks (China) Ltd. Shayne is a member of the Board of Directors for Emirate NBD Capital, Emirates Financial Services and a Founding Member of the Higher Colleges of Technology Industry Advisory Council.
Nikhil RathiCEO, London Stock Exchange Group
Nikhil was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of LSE plc in September 2015. He joined LSEG in May 2014 as Director of International Development and Chief of Staff from the UK Treasury, where he held a number of senior roles. Most recently he was Director of the Financial Services Group, representing the UK Government's financial services interests in the EU and internationally. He served as the UK representative on the EU Financial Services Committee. Prior to that, he was head of the Financial Stability unit, overseeing a number of the UK's financial stability interventions during the crisis. Nikhil also served as Private Secretary to the UK Prime Minister for three years from 2005 to 2008.
Tara ReevesPartner, Localglobe
Tara is a partner at Localglobe with a particular expertise in fintech, working closely with relevant investments such as Cuvva, Zego, Cleo, Trussle, Tide and Bricklane. She started her career in the mergers and acquisitions group at Aon, followed by Wachovia Insurance Services and led product management at Wonga.com. She is the co-founder of Turo.com, the peer to peer car sharing service. Tara has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Michael SherenSenior Adviser, Bank of England
Michael Sheren is a Senior Advisor within the Bank of England. In his role, he provides counsel and independent challenge to senior PRA Management on matters concerning governance, banking supervision and policy, as well as research relating to the financial markets. On behalf of the BoE and the UK government, Mr Sheren co-chairs the G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group with China. Mr Sheren is also actively involved in the Banks FinTech and digital finance work in the UK and Europe.
Sun YuGeneral Manager, Bank of China Limited London Branch; CEO, Bank of China (UK) Limited, Chairman, Association of Foreign Banks
Sun Yu is the General Manager of Bank of China Limited’s London branch and CEO of Bank of China (UK) Limited, where he heads a team of hundreds of people specialising in fully-fledged sell-side financial market wholesale businesses.
Sun Yu has also been Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks since June 2017
Rob AshtonCEO, Account Technologies
Rob is the Chief Executive Officer of Account Technologies. Over the last 6 years the business has grown from 14 people in a ground floor London office to 150 staff across two sites in High Wycombe and Euston by pioneering the use of banking data in credit underwriting. Rob has worked in all areas of consumer credit through previous roles at DFC Global and Capital One.
Ben BrabynHead of Level39
Ben Brabyn is the Head of Level39, the world’s most connected technology community in the heart of Canary Wharf. Ben amplifies Canary Wharf’s status as a global technology hub, overseeing the development of a space dedicated to supporting 200+ high-growth companies. He brings to his role experience of online payments, cybersecurity and social online commerce.
David CoghlanMarketing Director of OpenWrks
David is Marketing Director of OpenWrks, an award winning fintech company dedicated to making Open Banking work to improve people’s everyday lives. Prior to joining OpenWrks, David led the digital team for Experian’s SME business as well as running his own digital marketing and business growth consultancy.
Nick CookHead of RegTech and Advanced Analytics, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Nick leads the FCA’s RegTech activities, including the FCA’s TechSprint events - the first events of their kind convened by a financial regulator. He is responsible for implementing the FCA’s Data Strategy, and reforming the way the FCA collects, governs and uses data to inform its decision-making. Nick is the FCA’s representative on the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) Financial Innovation Standing Committee and is an advisor to the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator Programme.
Ken CooperManaging Director, Venture Capital Solutions
Ken Cooper is responsible for the design and delivery of a range of British Business Bank programmes that support the flow of venture investment into smaller UK businesses.
Ken has been responsible for designing and managing a range of UK Government-backed equity support programmes such as the Angel Co-Fund, the Enterprise Capital Funds and the VC Catalyst. These provide more than £2bn of finance to smaller businesses with a further £200m committed to venture funds annually.
Sheraz DarCEO of Credit Ladder
Credit Ladder allows a tenant's regular rent payment to count towards building their credit history. Sheraz previously served as Group Marketing Director at Primelocation and FindaProperty and has been Non-Executive Director at OpenRent, the UK's largest letting agent by volume, since January 2013. He has seed invested and advised a number of business across FinTech and PropTech.
David DuffyCEO, CYBG
David joined CYBG in June 2015 as CEO. David has held a number of senior roles in the international banking industry including, most recently, the position of Chief Executive Officer of Allied Irish Banks. David was also previously Chief Executive Officer of Standard Bank International covering Asia, Latin America, the UK and Europe. He was also previously Head of Global Wholesale Banking Network of ING Group and President and Chief Executive Officer of the ING franchises in the US and Latin America. Prior to that, he worked with Goldman Sachs International in various senior positions including Head of Human Resources Europe.
Adam FrenchCo-Founder of Scalable Capital
Adam spent the last 8 years working in London in the financial services industry. As Executive Director of Commodities Trading at Goldman Sachs, he was responsible for the Commodities Structured Products franchise. Prior to this, he worked in Derivatives Trading where he was responsible for electronic trading for private clients in fixed income, currencies and commodities products. Adam studied Business Mathematics and Statistics at the London School of Economics.
Ceri GodwinDirector of RegTech, Santander UK
Ceri is currently working with emerging technologies & business models, including Distributed Ledger, in collaboration with regulators, academia, industry & the FinTech community, to transform the approach to regulation and regulatory reporting. Santander's project SmartReg seeks to bring the digital agenda to regulation.
Ben GossCo-Founder of Distribution Technology and CEO of Dynamic Planner
Ben Goss is co-founder and CEO of Distribution Technology. Working with the team he has grown the company from start-up in 2003 to a leading provider of financial planning and practice management technology for wealth advisers today. Over 3,000 advisers from more than 200 firms use DT’s Dynamic Planner each month to profile, plan and manage their clients. DT has the most widely used investment risk profiling process in the industry with over £50bn of assets from more than 100 managers either run with reference to DT’s asset model or profiled against its risk profiles.
Jens HartwigJens is Co-founder and CPO of Laka, where he is responsible for user experience and growth. Laka created a community of cyclists to protect each other. Members of the community share all costs from claims but also the savings if there are none. While Laka passes on all savings to its members, it caps their monthly maximum price at market rate. Before Laka, he recently launched and headed operations at Startupbootcamp InsurTech where he supported UK's best InsurTech companies. Jens holds a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration and has been passionate about digital technology from the beginning, building tech products for over 10 years.
Paul HeybourneHead of Innovation Operations for the Aviva Group
Paul is Head of Innovation Operations for the Aviva Group and manages a portfolio of innovation activity out of the London Digital Garage – and Aviva’s engagement with the start up eco-system. A proven Senior Operations Leader and Senior IT Manager with a wealth of experience gained from over 20 years working in both the Operational Business and IT & Change Delivery environments of multiple insurance companies.
Paul HorlockCEO New Payment System Operator
Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Payments System Operator (NPSO). Prior to his appointment, Paul was Nationwide’s Director of Payments with accountability for all payments services provided to the Society’s 15 million members, where he drove changes such as Contactless cards, Paym, Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Paul also led the set-up of the Open Banking Implementation Entity and chaired the ‘Design Hub’ at the Payments Strategy Forum.
Marilena IoannidouDirector, British Business Investments
Marilena joined in December 2013 and she is the team lead on FinTech investments, having previously led the mid-cap direct lending portfolio. Her previous career was spent largely in corporate finance and investment banking.
John JacksonProgramme Director, Bank of England
John Jackson is the Policy Lead for the RTGS Renewal programme, working in the Bank of England’s Banking, Payments and Financial Resilience Directorate. Following the creation of the Prudential Policy Directorate he became manager of the Capital and Leverage Team in the Banking Policy Division in August 2014. He joined the RTGS Renewal programme in December 2015.
Adam KellyDirector, British Business Investments
Adam joined from the Shareholder Executive October 2013 and focuses on structured capital solutions. His previous career was spent in corporate finance at two investment banks, most recently in the Financial Institutions team at JP Morgan Cazenove from 2004 to 2010.
Dr Andrei KirilenkoDirector of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology, Imperial College
Professor Kirilenko's work focuses on the intersection of finance, technology and regulation. He is a recognized world expert on technology in markets, including algorithmic and high frequency trading. He is also an intellectual leader on the principles of regulation of automated financial markets.
Robert LumleyDirector, Co-Founder at InsurTech Gateway by Hambro Perks and Director, Co-Founder of Lumley Jacobs
Robert joined Hambro Perks in 2016 to build and lead the HP Insurtech Gateway, the Hambro Perks InsurTech accelerator. He has worked in the insurance sector since 1984 concentrating on niche products, in particular designing engagement strategies through the application of innovative ideas to help insurers build long term productive relationships with their customers.
Tim MillsInvestment Director at the British Business Bank
Tim is an Investment Director at the British Business Bank as well as heading up the investment activity and operations of the Angel CoFund. Prior to the creation of the British Business Bank, Tim spent 5 years with Capital for Enterprise, leading investments into venture capital funds as well as launching various funds, including the Angel CoFund.
Aldo MonteforteFounder, The Floow
Aldo founded The Floow in Sheffield in 2012 with the vision of transforming the telematics industry through the convergence of mobile technologies, large scale data mining and psychology applied to driver behaviour. The Floow is now a leading telematics company working internationally with many of the largest insurers and automotive manufacturers harnessing the power of sensors, software and data to make mobility smarter and safer for all.
Leon MuisChief Operating Officer, Yolt
Leon is COO of Yolt: a smart money platform built to harness the power of open banking. Having worked as consultant for Retail Banks worldwide, Leon joined ING in 2011 before moving to Yolt in April 2017. Leon is currently responsible for all bank data connections that Yolt makes, and is Yolt’s representative for Open Banking and PSD2.
Tej PanesarSenior Investment Manager, Venture Solutions at British Business Bank
Tej Panesar is a Senior Investment Manager within the Venture Solutions team at the British Business Bank. He formerly held roles as Head of Credit and Equity Risk at Crowdcube and was CEO of a real estate fund based in Poland. He began his career in Citigroup as a corporate banker before working with 2 FinTech start-ups and a boutique corporate advisory firm.
Helene PanzarinoManaging Director for Rainmaking Colab
Helene is a highly-experienced Investment Readiness Consultant, Programme Director and Exited Entrepreneur. She has successfully created and launched the Inaugural Programme of Education and Events for the UK FinTech trade body, Innovate Finance. Since January 2017, she has been the Lead Fellow on a world-first FinTech Pathway in a Masters in Tech Entrepreneurship Degree for UCL, a visiting Fellow on the Imperial College Business School MSc in Finance, and co-creator and lead delivery partner on the Imperial College FinTech Executive Education Programme. Helene was named a Top 10 Influencer in SME Funding in 2016 and is the author of Business Funding for Dummies.
Shefali RoyChief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, TrueLayer
Shefali Roy is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of TrueLayer. She is the former Chief Compliance Officer (Europe) and MLRO for Stripe. In 2016 and 2017, Shefali was named on Innovate Finance's Most Powerful Women in FinTech List, and in 2017, she delivered her first TedX talk, on ethics and business.
Arran SalmonHead of New Banks, PRA
Arran Salmon became Head of New Banks at the Prudential Regulation Authority in January 2018. Prior to this he has had a long-standing career in banking supervision at both the Financial Services Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, where he supervised a range of international and UK banking groups.
Daniel ShakaniCo-Founder of Salary Finance
Salary Finance partner with employers to offer them a range of salary-linked benefits to improve financial inclusion. Daniel founded the Financial Times Philanthropy & Global Impact Summit. Daniel serves on the Board of Hand & Hand, a non-profit founded by Dr. Percy Banervick, former Chairman of Astra Zeneca. Daniel graduated from Harvard Business Schools Program for Leadership Development.
Paul SmithHead of Policy, Payment Systems Regulator
Paul joined the PSR as Head of Policy on 1st February 2016 and is responsible for leading the development of regulatory policy and working with the industry to deliver the statutory objectives of the organisation. This includes ensuring that payments systems are operated and developed in the best interests of businesses and consumers, promoting competition within the industry and supporting innovation in payments systems.
Ben StanwayCo-Founder, Moneybox
Ben is Co-Founder of Moneybox. Prior to Moneybox, Ben co-founded Bloom & Wild, recently named by Deloitte as the second fastest growing tech company in the UK. The company has a team of 70 and operates in four countries. Ben now serves on the Board of Directors.
Martin StewartDirector of Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions, PRA
Martin is the Director of Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions at the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority. He joined the regulator in 2010 from the IFG Group where he was Managing Director of their expatriate financial advisory, tax advisory and asset management businesses operating in the UK, Europe and Australia. He has worked as an advisor to banks, building societies and insurance companies in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Richard TheoCo-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aviva-backed online investment service, Wealthify.
A leading player in the UK’s emerging robo-investing sector, Wealthify uses smart technology and award-winning design to make investing easy, accessible and affordable for everyone. Richard is a serial entrepreneur with a passion and enthusiasm for technology that has driven him to establish a string of successful technology-based companies, all founded on a common belief in innovation through technology. Using his PhD in Computer Networks, Richard has applied his software expertise to differentiate, innovate and derive competitive advantage, allowing his businesses to become innovation leaders within their respective markets.
Sam Tidswell-NorrishPrincipal at Motive Partners
Sam Tidswell-Norrish is a Principal at Motive Partners, part of the founding team, with a broad range of financial services experience, from payments to investment banking, and government initiatives to industry trade organizations. Sam has also been a personal investor in a number of early stage businesses, built his own event management company, exiting successfully and was heavily involved in the establishment and governance of Innovate Finance. Sam has worked closely with DIT and HM Treasury in supporting the UK Government’s FinTech agenda.
Duncan ThistletonBanking & Insurance Team, PRA
Duncan is the manager of the FCA’s Banking Authorisations team and has also worked in the FCA’s Enforcement and Supervision Divisions in his twelve years with the regulator.
Emma ThomasHead of Government and Public Affairs, Experian
Emma started with Experian in 2014, joining from DLA Piper UK LLP. Prior to this, Emma worked in European Parliament drafting and amending economic policy and coordinating EU US trade relations focused on financial services and data sharing. Emma has recently been involved in the development of the new General Data Protection Regulation, as well as a range of financial inclusion and consumer focused credit policy initiatives.
Lukas ZörnerFounder and CEO of Mespo
Mespo focuses on improving financial inclusion through new technology. Previously Lukas worked in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division advising Power & Utility companies across the EMEA. Lukas holds a degree in business administration from the University of Mannheim in Germany.
Oli BarrettDirector, Start Up Britain
Oli co-founded the national enterprise campaign, StartUp Britain; the schools competition, Tenner; the innovation agency, Cospa; and social enterprise, Volunteer It Yourself. A regular MC and speaker at international events, Oli has led eleven trade missions to the US, India and Brazil helping British companies to explore business opportunities.