Rory Cellan-Jones, Technology Correspondent, BBC
Rory Cellan-Jones has been a reporter for the BBC for more than two decades, covering business and technology stories for much of that time.
His on-screen career began as reporter for Wales Today in Cardiff, from where he moved to London as a reporter on Breakfast Time. He quickly transferred to business coverage, working across the BBC's output from the Money Programme to Newsnight, from the Today programme to the Ten O Clock News. The stories he has covered range from Black Wednesday and the Maxwell trial to the dot com bubble and the rise of Google.
In 2000 he was briefly the BBC's Internet Correspondent before returning to his post as Business and Industry Correspondent after the dot com bubble burst. At the beginning of 2007 he was appointed Technology Correspondent with a brief to expand the BBC's coverage of the impact of the internet on business and society.
He now covers technology for television, radio and the BBC website. He also blogs regularly on "dot rory", the BBC's popular technology blog, named recently as one of the Sunday Times Top 100 blogs, and is a prolific Twitterer - you can follow him at twitter.com/ruskin147. And whenever there is a new gadget or useful website to try, Rory is likely to be experimenting with ways of using the new tools in his journalism.
In 2011, he presented a major series for Radio 4, The Secret History of Social Networking. He is also the author of "Dot Bomb", a critically acclaimed account of Britain's dot com bubble.
Rory studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Jesus College, Cambridge, and worked in Paris and Berlin before entering journalism. He is married with two sons, and lives in Ealing in West London.
Maurice joined the Payments UK in 2014 as Chief Executive. Since then he has worked with the industry and key stakeholders to design and set up a new collaborative body to represent and deliver on behalf of the payments industry. This new body is due to be launched this summer.
Maurice has over 30 years' experience in the banking industry including roles within First National Bank of Chicago, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and most recently Barclays Bank (2011- 2014) where he was Global Head of Cash Management, Managing Director, and a member of the Corporate Bank Exco with a co-head responsibility for all products. During his career Maurice has also held a number of positions within the industry including Chairman of the IBOS Association and a Director of SWIFT UK, CHAPS, and the Payments UK.
Julian was appointed as the director general of Intellect in March 2012 and led its transformation to techUK in November 2013.
Julian has spent over 30 years in the technology industry after an initial spell as a retailer. For 28 years Julian worked at IBM holding various positions in sales and marketing working with IBM clients across retail, distribution and public sector organisations in UK, Europe and Worldwide. His last two roles at IBM were as vice president of Small and Medium Business in UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Africa and then for five years as vice president of Public Sector in UK, Ireland and South Africa.
In 2009 Julian left IBM and worked as a consultant with companies large and small in the technology industry. Latterly his work focused on helping SMEs establish successful operations in the UK primarily in the areas of local government and health.
Outside work Julian is a school governor at two schools in Putney and is chair of the External Advisory Panel of the Masters in Information Leadership course at City University London.
Julian leads techUK's 60 strong team which provides a range of services and support to more 850 member companies, including multi-nationals and more than 500 SMEs, to ensure that the high-tech industry is at the heart of modern society and the economy.
Julian is also a board member of Digital Europe the association for digital technology companies in Europe and represents techUK at WITSA the World IT and Services Association.
Michael leads Accenture Payment Services for the UK and Ireland. He has previously led programmes on mobile money, mobility and payments innovation, previously spending 3 years working in San Francisco, California on new payments in innovations and start up partnering. He has over 20 years experience leading payments strategy, technical architecture, service design and operating model change projects within major payments organisations. In that time he has worked in over 26 countries, with payments companies, banks and mobile operators.
Michael is an Accenture certified senior technology architect, holds a degree in Physics with Management Science from the University of Kent, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Chris Dunne is Payment Services Director at VocaLink. He is responsible for the core payments infrastructure business including Bacs and Faster Payments, and the relationships with the Bank of England, HM Treasury, FCA, Payments UK, BBA and SWIFT.
He joined the company in 2004 and played a key role in the successful implementation of the Bacs technology renewal programme. He then moved to be Director of Customer Services, in charge of customer contact centres and service management across the entire range of services delivered by VocaLink, and then took up the role of Strategy Director. He played a key role in the delivery of both Faster Payments and the new Current Account Switching Service.
Chris previously spent eight years at Reuters in a number of marketing and commercial roles before being appointed as Head of Strategy for the Treasury Services division. Prior to that he held a number of roles in the Foreign Exchange industry and at KPMG.
Rob spearheads PayPal's mobile payment experiences across retail, hospitality and next generation mobile apps. Advancing the digital wallet to ignite UK mobile payments and increasingly personalised digital experiences is all in a day's work for this PayPal veteran of eight years.
Looking beyond just payment, he works with established and emerging brands, to unlock the potential of mobile payments to transform the rational into the emotional.
Jonathan Vaux, Executive Director Innovations Partnering, VISA Europe
Jonathan Vaux was appointed Executive Director, Innovations Partnering by Visa Europe in 2014 to ensure Visa remains the preferred payment method as digital technologies evolve to change the way consumers buy and pay for goods and services.
Jonathan is focused on extending the Visa acceptance promise into new digital environments – whether it's online or in-store, through a mobile or a tablet, in-app or through a digital wallet – and developing flexible ways for our partners to integrate Visa services into their commerce and banking platforms.
Ultimately, Jonathan brings the 'voice of the customer' into Visa's digital strategy, making sure all of our stakeholders' needs are met in a highly competitive and evolving ecosystem.
Jonathan has held a number of roles since 1998 including Commercial Director of V.me, Head of Processing, Head of Alternative Payments, Head of Commercial Solutions and Vice President, Commercial Solutions for Visa International.
Jonathan holds an honours degree in Law from University College London, and a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Mr.Vella is a digital services expert and independent advisor/consultant to players large (such as Visa, Vodafone and the GSMA) and small (a number of startups) in the space. Prior to offering his services-‐at-‐large, Mr. Vella was at RBS where he led the bank's mobile efforts globally. Before RBS he spent five years with PayPal starting out as the Director of Business Development in the US Merchant Services team and finally as the Head of Mobile Payments leading the mobile payments initiative in Europe. Prior to PayPal, Mr. Vella worked as the VP of Sales & Marketing at 4charity, Inc.(a software startup focusing on corporate philanthropy for the Fortune 500), and as a Partner at Quantum Technology Ventures (a corporate VC firm focusing on the storage industry). As an entrepreneur, Mr. Vella co-‐founded NetAbacus Corporation, a web-‐based purchasing service for small businesses, serving as the VP of Marketing/Strategic Relations. Before graduate school,he began his career in Client Service at the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago. He received a BA in Mathematics (with High Honors and elected to Phi Beta Kappa) from Holy Cross College, a JD from Stanford Law School, and an MBA (with certificates in Global and Public Management)from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Julian is a member of the Digital and Design Office at Barclays HQ. He describes his role as putting an 'internet lens' onto service design. Julian has spent all of his career in information technology, mostly turning ideas into businesses and/or services. During his 10 years at Apple, he worked on the early Newton, Set Top Box and Internet gaming products. At AT&T Unisource, as director of Service Strategy in the late 1990s, Julian invented, funded and built what was arguably the world's first digital cash payment service, assuming a world full of SIM-based wallets using pre-authorised debit and/or digital cash. Julian then led an MBO, backed by his employers and the Dutch government, to create an
independent company, smartaxis bv to commercialise the services globally. As a resident mentor at Barclays Accelerator programme in Whitechapel Julian has also been involved in the selection and mentoring of cohorts.
Hannah Nixon joined the PSR from Ofgem, the gas and electricity industry regulator for Great Britain, where she led on the development and implementation of a new regulatory framework. Before that, she was Head of Regulatory Economics at the Office of Rail Regulation, a founding member of Cambridge economic Policy Associates and Vice President of Deutsche Bank's global markets economics team.
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as well as being the author of the bestselling book Digital Bank and Chair of the European networking forum, the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal's Financial News.
Simon Newstead, Managing Director, Head of Market Engagement, RBS Business Services
As Head of Market Engagement, Simon is responsible for managing RBS' engagement with payment schemes, infrastructures/standards bodies and regulators on key payments and payments related topics; supporting a coordinated debate on strategic payments issues across the bank; and for enhancing business engagement with RBS clients on strategic payments issues, including through the delivery of relevant and value-added thought leadership insights, such as the annual World Payments Report.
Prior to taking on this role, Simon held a Management Team role within the RBS Global Financial Institutions business as Head of FI Market and Business Strategy. Prior to this role, Simon has held senior positions in relationship management, product development/management and payment industry and legislative strategy.
Externally, Simon acts as a media and conference spokesperson on payments issues for RBS and as an influential member of a number of external payments fora. His current external positions held include: Chair of the UK Payments UK's PSD Working Group; Member of the European Payments UK's (EPC's) SEPA Payment Schemes Working Group; and Member of the European Banking Federation's Payments Regulatory Expert Group (PREG).
Carlos Sanchez is CEO and co-founder of ipagoo, a UK based financial services organisation specialising in cash management and banking. Carlos was previously an executive director at Goldman Sachs in London, acting as financial advisor for the European corporate market in investments. Prior to this, Carlos was CEO at RBC Dexia in Milan and CEO of Dexia Investor Services Bank France, country head of Fund Services division in France and head of operations of Dexia Private Bank France. Carlos is also a member of the PSR Panel.
Fiona Brownsell is the founder and CEO of Tusmor which fast tracks banking start-ups through the regulatory process, providing expert support and best of breed technology. Having delivered two start-up retail banks and a credit union, Tusmor has strong partnerships with complementary and like-minded organisations motivated to re-invent the customer proposition bringing innovation and competition to the market.
Fiona identifies and promotes thought-through solutions to barriers to entry and growth by levelling the playing field. She believes it is vital for the health of the sector to deliver on objectives of innovation, competition and promoting the interests of service users.
With over 30 years' experience in the technology industry, Paul still continues to be amazed & excited by the latest developments. Paul has driven 6 successful exits during his career & has focused on building up early stage privately funded technology businesses to the point of market success & profitable exit through IPO or acquisition.The most recent of these being four in the mobile industry with SpinVox, a leading developer of "Speech to Text" technology being sold to Nuance for $103M; ViAir, the first company to develop real time mobile access to Exchange & Notes, was acquired by Visto for $65M; Paragon Software, the inventors of SyncML, was sold to Phone.com for $515M & Mobile Systems International, the leading designer of mobile networks, sold to Marconi for $618M. Currently based in London, Paul has lived & worked in various countries across Europe, Asia & the Americas.
Paul is responsible for the evolving global product solutions around Safety and Security for MasterCard. ESS is part of the commitment of MasterCard to prioritise our expertise around Safety and Security in terms of technical excellence, advancing leadership through standards and assisting our business partners to maximise their business opportunities. He works directly with the technical teams on fraud solutions, authentication, leadership and consumer experience enhancement.
Paul has been with MasterCard for 4 years and has also worked in FMCG as well as Electronics sectors with expertise in Marketing, Innovation, Product delivery and operations.
Chi Onwurah is a British Member of Parliament representing Newcastle upon Tyne Central and is also a Shadow Cabinet Office
Minister leading on cyber security, social entrepreneurship, civil contingency, open government and transparency.
Chi was Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science & Digital Infrastructure Oct 2010 – Jan 2013 working closely with the Science and business community, with industry on Broadband issues, and on the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. Chi continues to encourage women in STEM.
Prior to Chi's election to Parliament in May 2010 she worked as Head of Telecom's Technology at the UK regulator Ofcom focussing on the implications for competition and regulation of the services and technologies associated with Next Generation Networks.
Prior to Ofcom, Chi was a Partner in Hammatan Ventures, a US technology consultancy, developing the GSM markets in Nigeria and South Africa. Previously she was Director of Market Development with Teligent, a Global Wireless Local Loop operator and Director of Product Strategy at GTS. She has also worked for Cable & Wireless and Nortel as Engineer, Project and Product Manager in the UK and France.
Chi is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Manchester Business School. She was born in Wallsend and attended Kenton Comprehensive School in Newcastle, where she was elected the school's 'MP' in mock elections aged 17.
Clive Bourke is responsible for all Daon's business activities across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. His team delivers and supports biometric and identity solutions in digital banking, border control, visa, national ID, immigration, registered traveler, population registries, voter registration and customer credentialing. They work directly with end customers and through partners across the EMEA and APAC financial and public sectors.
Bourke has in-depth knowledge of the identity industry and has been closely involved in all the stages of development of Daon. With over 20 years international experience in enterprise software and solutions, Clive brings significant domain knowledge, consulting experience and a track record in taking multiple first-of-a-kind projects from concept to completion. He earned his Electronic Engineering degree from University College Dublin.
Chris has over 30 years leadership experience in world class IT Services Consulting, Software Services, Systems Integration and Outsourcing roles. He was a pioneer of Offshore Applications Outsourcing in the 1990's and as the founding European Managing Director HCL Perot Systems, grew the US/Indian joint-venture from start-up to over $1B valuation with 2000+ staff, EMEA operations in 10 countries and acknowledged as 'Best in Class' in just 5 years. Strategic impact projects include Executive co-Sponsorship for a Settlements system with a live cut-over processing over 15% of the value of all FTSE transactions on go-live which enabled the lowest cost per transaction in the industry for client UBS .
Icon UK is the newest venture built on combining the functionally best-of-breed 'icon' Document Creation and Output Management software, the market leader in German insurers and banks, with 'xyzmo' biometric e-Signature software and Wacom's e-Signature specialist hardware leveraging their creative industries global pedigree. Chris leads a high calibre team focused on building innovative and transformational application infrastructure for clients by combining powerful industrial quality software with analytics, consulting, professional implementation and change management in a holistic manner for maximum impact.
James heads up a team of experts based in the UK who work with the UK payments industry and internationally with a range of stakeholders on industry change. The team focuses on industry standards, Government engagement and liquidity management. Recently James led the project internationally to deliver the LEI (Legal Entity Identifier) standard and he is convenor of the ISO 20022 Registration Management Group.
John heads public policy outside of the US for Intuit, working out of the company's European HQ in London. Intuit is the leader in
cloud accounting software for small businesses with over 1 million firms worldwide using QuickBooks Online to manage their finances. He chairs TechUK's Public Policy Group and is a Director of the Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA).
Prior to joining Intuit in 2012, John spent over 6 years in public affairs consulting, in London and Brussels, focusing on the
David G.W Birch is Director of Innovation at Consult Hyperion, the secure electronic transactions consultancy. He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information (Wired magazine) and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking (Financial Brand); listed in the top 10 Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson (PR Daily); named one of the "Fintech Titans" (NextBank), voted one of the European "Power 50" people in digital financial services (FinTech Awards) and ranked Europe's most influential commentator on emerging payments (Total Payments magazine).
Simon Bailey is Director of Payments and Transaction Banking at CGI. Simon has responsibility for transaction banking and payments business development and strategy within CGI's global financial services business. He has more than 25 years' experience in retail and wholesale payments, electronic banking and cash management services. Simon's focus is on the effect of regulatory and technology change on the business and operating models of banks and the interbank systems.
Richard Brown is Executive Architect, Industry Innovation, for Banking and Financial Markets at IBM UK. His previous roles with the company, for whom he has worked for almost fifteen years, include Lead Account Architect for a global Investment Banking client and a Consultant for IBM software products. His specialisation is in the integration of complex systems. Richard is an expert in the emerging field of cryptocurrencies and wrote IBM's first externally-published paper on the topic. He is a Chartered Engineer, holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and a degree in Mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge. He blogs at gendal.wordpress.com. Follow him on Twitter: @gendal
John is an innovator and architect in the digital economy, with a recognized expertise in financial technology and a passion for financial inclusion. John has a track record of creating breakthrough business models by harnessing network capital to identify patterns created by market needs, inefficiencies and new technologies. With the mission to create value for individuals, corporates, investors and society.
John's is currently leading a synergistic group of operating companies at the intersect of FinTech, blockchain, distributed ledger and digital identity technologies, with a focus on social impact and revenue generating business models.
This initiative was created following a research project funded by the sale of Redkite, a company John co-founded to disrupt the regulatory technology market by delivering a cloud based real-time solution at a low price point. With the ambition to solve the problem of detecting insider trading and benchmark manipulation high frequency trading. Redkite was acquired by NICE Systems (Nasdaq : NICE). Redkite was formed after a decade building new business units within capital markets, notably at JP Morgan.
Robleh Ali is manager of the Digital Currencies work at the Bank of England. The Bank is currently undertaking research into central bank issued digital currencies, including the economic, technological and regulatory implications of doing so. He has a longstanding interest in how technology intersects with finance, in his previous role at the Bank he worked on data standards for financial markets and co-authored a paper with Andy Haldane on the subject.
Gabrielle Patrick, Co-founder and General Counsel, Epiphyte
Gabrielle Patrick is a US & UK lawyer and co-founder of Epiphyte, which provides financial institutions with back-end services for engaging in the world of distributed ledger technology. She chairs the virtual currency section of the International Bar Association, the largest global law association and specialises in cryptofinance law. Epiphyte supports financial institutions to exploit this new technology in a safe, secure and regulatory compliant manner.
Robert is a former hedge fund manager and macro specialist with over 11-years experience in the industry. He has helped to launch two hedge funds, and successfully ran short-term interest rate trading strategies in G10 markets, with a focus on policy actions of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank, Swiss National Bank, and the Bank of Canada. Robert was a pioneer in developing central bank policy probability-extraction models using interest rate derivatives, as well as Libor/FedFunds spread models that he developed years before these became popular after the 2008 funding crises.
A long-time critic of central bank interest rate targeting, Robert has a passion for challenging assumptions in monetary theory and has been following digital and alternative currencies since his student days, when he first first learned of David Chaum's work, and has been involved in the cryptocurrency scene since discovering Bitcoin in 2011. He has worked with the Ethereum project on protocol design decisions around transaction fees, and is the innovator of the dual-currency ''seigniorage shares'' model for next-generation cryptocurrency protocols.
Robert is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Clearmatics, a fintech firm developing distributed post-trade solutions for OTC derivatives markets.
Richard is an expert on Bacs, FPS, SEPA, and SWIFT based payments, looking after the needs of over 10,000 corporates, banks, and Bureaux. Richard combines more than 18 years of experience, including working for Bacs, and VocaLink, with a broad understanding of UK and European payment regulations and schemes to manage Bottomline's payments-related product portfolio in the EMEA region.
Angus is an experienced technology lawyer advising on a range of sourcing and contracting matters, with a particular focus on data assets and emerging technologies. He regularly advises clients within regulated industries, in particular the financial services industry, to deliver on Strategic cross-border projects.
Angus has particular expertise in relation to payments and the related regulatory framework. In relation to this, he has worked with both suppliers and customers, and engaged with regulators, on a number of high-profile transactions.
Angus regularly writes and speaks at industry events on sourcing, data protection and payments.
Nilixa is the Technical Specialist for Payments within the Policy Banking and Payment Conduct team at the FCA. Nilixa joined the FCA in
May 2013 (just in time for the publication of the PSD2 proposal!) from Barclays' in house Corporate Legal team. During her time at Barclays Nilixa supported various Barclays business units including receivables and trade finance; retail mortgages and cash management. In her role at the FCA Nilixa specialises in payment services/e-money/SEPA and all general payments related matters and is the FCA Policy lead on EU payment initiatives.
Eileen Murray, Payments Industry Manager, National Australia Bank Group
Eileen Murray is an experienced International Payments Manager for Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank in the UK. Eileen manages the International Scheme Governance team and represents Clydesdale Bank at SWIFT UK. Eileen regularly attends a number of Payments UK committees and working groups including UK EPC Group and the PSD Working Group. In addition, Eileen's main focus is ensuring compliance with the various regulations and directives in the industry.
Throughout her thirty year career, Eileen has had a number of roles within the bank but her main focus has been on Payments. She has had a leading role in some of the major payments process improvement and efficiency programmes, including the transformation of the bank's payments operation across Great Britain and Ireland as well as the replacement of payment processing platforms within the bank.
Eileen is also responsible for managing the impacts of new regulation emanating from the many global governing bodies for Clydesdale Bank, PSD2 being just one of the many regulatory changes.
Arun Aggarwal is Head of SWIFT's London office and Regional Director for the UK, Eire and Nordics. Given London's pre-eminence, Arun is particularly focused on the Securities, FX and Derivatives industries and has been leading SWIFT's market, product and customer services development in the region.
Arun joined SWIFT in 2009 from Tata Consultancy Service Limited where he held the position of Head of Global Consulting Practice, EMEA. Prior to this, Arun was a Managing Director at LCH Clearnet Group Ltd and responsible for their business management group.
Arun began and firmly established his career at Price Waterhouse. During his two decade service there, he commenced in audit and IT risk management moving on to the financial services group where as senior managing consultant he was appointed head of the Price Waterhouse Geneva office. In 1993, Arun was elected partner, EMEA financial services and the following year was made Head of the European Capital
Markets Practice, a position he held for 7 years prior to joining LCH.
Arun earned a BSc (Hons) Mathematics from the Imperial College London, is a qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) and an Honorary Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Scott Abrahams is responsible for developing and executing the UK&I Acceptance sales and marketing strategy to drive Acceptance growth and increase revenue performance. Before joining MasterCard, Mr. Abrahams served as vice president and general manager of Global Supplier Relations EMEA at American Express. He was responsible for revenues from suppliers such as British Airways, Emirates, Air France and Hilton. Previously, he held the positions of vice president of Client Management UK and general manager Nordics at American Express. Prior to this, Mr. Abrahams was head of Relationship Management at Barclays Bank, leading 100 sales people with a focus on implementing innovation, change, motivation and culture within his team. Mr. Abrahams began his career at Sainsbury's as a graduate trainee manager, rising to deputy store manager and then moving to Project Management where he was accountable for the movement and banking of all Sainsbury's physical and electronic turnover. Mr. Abrahams studied Economics and Law at the University of Leicester in England.
Nick Telford-Reed, Director of Technology Innovation, WorldPayNick Telford-Reed, Director of Technology Innovation, WorldPayNick has been working in online payments and financial services for the past 14 years in product, marketing and technology management roles since joining Worldpay in 2001. He ran the engineering teams for the RBS Group's websites and service management teams for RBS and Natwest online banking before returning to Worldpay in 2010 to take up the role of CTO of Worldpay's Worldwide Payment Gateway, leading its separation
from RBS. In 2013 he founded a new Technology Innovation function, working with the Futures division to develop new propositions in global payments. He sits on the Advisory Council and Web Payments Interest Group of the WorldWideWeb Consortium (W3C) and attends Board of Advisors meetings for Worldpay on EMVco.
He has a Masters Degree in Engineering and a Diploma in Computer Science from Cambridge University.
Mark's banking career started in 1987 and during his career his roles have been extremely varied, including heading up Bank of Scotland Business Banking for a number of years. As Payments Technical Services Director, Mark plays a leading role in defining the strategic Payments direction for Lloyds Banking Group. Building strong relationships with the Groups Commercial and Retail Divisions as well as influencing across the UK's Payments Industry. The role is extremely varied covering elements such as Ringfencing, Mobile Banking, FSCS, User Access Management and Incident Management for Global Payments.
In 2011 Mark agreed to chair the UK Industry wide programme to deliver a UK wide Customer Switching Service covering 17 Financial Institutions and 37 Banking brands culminating in the successful launch of Current Account Switching in September 2013.
Mark is currently chair of the UK wide Future Clearing Model, to digitize cheques in the UK by 2016.
Mark is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland sits on the CIOBS Education Committee. He has also been involved with the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust, and is currently a mentor for the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Tim Jones is an experienced CEO with specialisms in financial transactions including payment systems, retail banking and pensions. Currently CEO of NEST Pensions in the UK, Tim is also Vice Chair of the International Center for Pensions Management (ICPM), a research center of the Rotman School of Management in Toronto. Tim serves additionally as an Independent Director at ITG Inc., a NYSE listed institutional broker dealer in New York.
Earlier in his career, Tim spent seventeen years at NatWest Bank in the UK where, from 1990, he led the development of Mondex digital cash, as well as becoming Chief Executive of Retail Banking in the late 1990s.
Tim is now introducing Tibado, a new global digital cash venture, to which he will be devoting his full attention from 2016 as he concludes his period leading NEST.
Tim is married with three grown up children and has homes in East Sussex and London.
Indrajeet (Indy) Sil, Business Head – Cards and Payments, Syntel
Indy Sil heads the Cards and Payments business at Syntel. He is responsible for the strategic direction, operations and growth in Payments globally. Indy has over 20 years' experience in Financial Services and Technology and focusses on advising customers in areas of Emerging Payments, Digital Transformation and Agility.
Russ is currently a non-executive director for two companies: Dialog—a publicly traded semiconductor company, and Unwire--a Danish, venture-backed mobile commerce and digital wallet business. He is also a limited partner in Ariadne Capital's ACE Fund, Vitruvian Partners Fund and an
investor in and advisor to Amazing Media Group. Lastly, he is on the Advisory Board of Letterone Telecom and E2Exchange.
In April 2013, Russ launched Tech London Advocates, an advocacy group of senior leaders within the international technology community,
created with the aim of championing and accelerating the growth of London's technology and digital sector. There are now over 1,200 Advocates in the group, across London, the UK and from around the world.
He has a BS from Washington University in St. Louis (and a member of its National Council), and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in London with his wife Lesley and his three sons.
Craig Tillotson is Chief Executive of the Faster Payments Scheme Limited, and also Chairman and Managing Director of Paym, the UK
cross-industry mobile payments service.
The Faster Payments Service, launched in 2008, provides real-time internet, mobile and telephone banking payments as well as the bulk of the UK's Standing Order processing 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, between all UK current accounts. In 2014 the Scheme processed over 1 billion payments worth nearly £ 1 trillion.
Paym was launched in April 2014, and allows over 90 per cent of customers of UK banks to register to receive payments using only their mobile telephone number to route the payment and confirm the identity of the recipient. Since launch over 2 million customers have registered and more than £25 million has been moved.
Prior to these roles Craig held board and other senior roles with Vodafone, T-Mobile and McKinsey & Company.
In 2012 he was appointed by the UK Government as a non-executive expert member of the Communications Consumer Panel and Ofcom's
Advisory Committee on the Old and Disabled. In 2014 he was appointed by the Financial Conduct Authority to the new Payments Systems Regulator statutory Panel.
Sophie Guibaud is Vice President of European Expansion at Fidor. She started her career in investment banking in New York before joining a growth capital fund in Paris. Along with investing in startups, she advised them on their development strategy. However, wanting to be more involved in startup operations, she moved to London and was instrumental in launching HelloFresh, a Rocket Internet food subscription-based company. After heading product strategy and commercialisation at Bankable, a payment solutions company, she is now in charge of the European roll-out of Fidor.