The Rt Hon. the Lord Vaizey of Didcot
Ed Vaizey (Lord Vaizey of Didcot) is a member of the House of Lords, appointed in 2020, and sits on the Communications and Media Committee. Ed was the Member of Parliament for Wantage between 2005 and 2019. He served as the UK Government Culture and Digital Minister from 2010-16, and is the longest-serving Minister in that role. He was appointed a privy councillor in 2016. In his role as digital minister, Ed was responsible for the roll out of the successful rural broadband programme to more than 4 million homes, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for film, television, animation and video games, which have helped make the creative industries the fastest growing part of the UK economy.
Director - Intelligence, Digital, and Innovation, Financial Conduct Authority
Ian joined the FCA in the summer of 2021 as Director of the Intelligence & Digital division. He is helping set up a cross-FCA centre of excellence to ensure the organisation utilises the range of intelligence it receives and to maximise the exploitation of digital opportunities.
Prior to his current role, Ian was most recently Director of Citizens' Health Technology at NHS Digital, helping lead its response to COVID-19. Ian has also worked at the Home Office, overseeing the world's largest migration to Amazon Web Services, as well as transforming immigration platforms at the height of Brexit.
Ian has spent over a decade in National Security with strong expertise in data exploitation, in addition to holding senior technology roles at Visa, Citibank and American Express.
Chief Executive Officer, Zodia Markets
Usman Ahmad is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Zodia Markets.
Prior to Zodia Markets, Usman spent 18 years in financial services, predominantly in technology, enterprise leadership and strategic transformation roles across both Merrill Lynch and HSBC, spanning London, New York and Hong Kong. Usman joined BC Technology Group as CIO in 2018, where he helped to structure the organisation for scale as well as develop and launch new business lines. Usman was instrumental in OSL, its Digital Asset subsidiary, becoming the first SFC-licensed Virtual Asset Trading Platform in the world.
Co-founder & CEO, Ctrl-Shift
Liz Brandt is co-founder and CEO of Ctrl-Shift, her career has spanned 20+ years of business consultancy across numerous sectors. She currently advises a number of global clients including Facebook, O2, the BBC, and Suncorp, helping them to develop and future-proof their digital products and services. Her career has spanned multiple disciplines including consultancy, digital media, customer service design and strategic marketing. After twelve years with Barclays, Liz moved to the Systems Integrator company Logica, heading up their Sales and Marketing and the development and running of their international CRM business, after which she has founded several companies, including a mobile CRM company, Zishi, and Digital Public, a public sector consultancy developing a consumer-centric digital media service for government.
Since its launch, Ctrl-Shift has been at the forefront of understanding, explaining and shaping the Personal Information Economy(PIE), it has pioneered Me2B digital services and Personal Information Services (PIMS) and remains at the forefront of strategic business consulting in the PIE market.
Founder & CEO, Open Banking Excellence
Helen Child is the Founder & CEO of Open Banking Excellence (OBE), the world’s leading community of
Open Banking and Open Finance pioneers. Working with innovators, leaders and pioneers in the UK and
across the world, Helen is committed to connecting changemakers to enable collaboration to maximise
impact and growth.
Throughout her career, Helen has always operated at the leading edge of innovation. After founding the first
e-Money Licence Issuer in the UK to be awarded licences by both Mastercard and Visa, Helen moved into
Open Banking as the UK’s world-leading ecosystem was taking shape.
In 1664, Helen’s family established Child and Co, the third oldest bank in the world and the first to be led by
a woman - Sarah Sophia Child-Villiers. Later, in the 20th century, Helen’s grandmother was a suffragette.
Today, Helen keeps her family’s flame burning as a passionate champion of women and an advocate of
financial inclusion. Innovation is quite literally in her DNA.
After playing a key role in the development of Open Banking in the UK, Helen became a global
ambassador, collaborating with government and industry to fly the flag for Britain across the world; advising
governments and regulators in major emerging ecosystems, including Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
Helen sat on the Counsel of Lancaster University and is a founding member of the University’s InfoLab.
During the rare quiet moments in an action packed agenda, Helen enjoys cycling and running along
beautiful Morecambe Bay.
CEO, Platform One
Alex joined as CEO in January 2019. He has been an advocate for the advancement of our platform technology since day one, pioneering the development of new systems internally as well as through acquisitions. Alex previously co-founded a platform technology company that merged with Platform One and since then we've seen phenomenal growth in our core business. Previously headed up BD & Sales for EMEA and APAC for IOActive, a US-based cyber-security firm. Imperial College Medical School and Business School Alumnus.
Charlotte Crosswell OBE
Chair, Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT)
Charlotte has been involved in capital markets, fintech and technology throughout her career - as CEO, Chair, Board Advisor and Non-Executive Director. Prior to CFIT, Charlotte was Chair and Trustee of Open Banking and was also CEO of the fintech industry body, Innovate Finance. In this role, she supported the work of Sir Ron Kalifa in delivering the strategic fintech review (“The Kalifa Review”). She works closely with entrepreneurs, financial services firms, academia, government and regulators on fintech advocacy and strategy. Charlotte received an OBE for her contribution to financial services in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021. She believes firmly in a diversity and innovation-first approach.
Head of Smart Data, Department for Business and Trade
John Fitzpatrick is the Head of Smart Data for the Department for Business and Trade. He leads the team responsible for the Smart Data clauses in the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill. His team are also supporting Smart Data policy development via a wider programme of work, including the Smart Data council. Prior to working on Smart Data, John led on policies covering Health, Science and Innovation.
Global Head of Access Management, Barclays
Michael is the Global Head of Access Management for Barclays leading the Identity and access management for the group for both customer and college based solutions. This includes being the group lead on Digital Identity and also a founder member of Open Banking UK solution working closely with the OBIE and a member of the Open Banking Technical Design Authority over the past 6 years.
Machine Learning Engineer, Amplified Global
Chris Glaeser-Yalen is a Machine Learning Engineer at Amplified Global. Before transitioning into the tech sector Chris worked in education, starting out as a 7th Grade History Teacher. In his last education role he led the Data and Assessments team at his school, which managed all major exams and diagnostic assessments for 400+ students.
More recently he completed his Masters of Science in Business Analytics from UCL, where for his dissertation he worked with Amplified Global to design and develop a novel engine for their product. Shortly thereafter he joined the Amplified Global team and since then has been continuing to develop their machine learning models and infrastructure.
Director of Business Development, Moneyhub
Vaughan has worked as a senior manager in the financial services sector and as a CEO and Partner in management consultancy firms. He has written and lectured on fintech and financial wellbeing and was an Advisory Board member for the UK Financial Capability strategy.
Head of Technology Strategy & Architecture, Bank of England
I am Head of Technology Strategy & Architecture. I set technology strategy for The Bank and ensure projects and programmes are delivered on the right platforms and technologies. I have a particular interest in fintech, digital currencies and digital assets. My background is in engineering, so I like to keep a practical focus while working with those developing policy.
Director Digital Technology and Innovation, UK Finance
Phillip is Director of Digital Technology and Innovation at UK Finance, the trade body for the financial services industry. His portfolio extends across the technology change in banking and finance and includes digital identity, payments innovation, new digital money and open banking and data. Before that, Phillip worked at UK Finance (and Payments UK) on payments regulation and strategy and industry change programmes. He has a public policy background – at the Local Government Association leading on local government finance and public service reform. And at HM Treasury in a variety of policy roles, including leading policy reviews (the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance and the Russell Commission on Youth Volunteering) and as the Budget Project Manager. On secondment from the Treasury, he was CEO of the Giving Campaign, a national partnership between government and the voluntary sector to encourage charitable giving. Phillip has a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Master’s degree from Loughborough University.
Head of Digital Identity, Mitek Systems
Gareth Narinesingh has spent the past 4 years working on reusable identity use cases. At Mitek, Gareth is the principal product manager for their identity wallet and owns the strategy for bringing it to market. Previously, Gareth spent 12 years in banking, before working in supervision at the FCA for 3 years. He then moved to Deloitte where he advised boards and executive teams on regulatory risks and remediation programmes. Gareth’s ambition is to ensure that every citizen from any country can be issued with an assured identity that will enable them to access necessary services and products, in turn allowing them the opportunity to thrive.
Senior VP, Head of Blockchain, State Street Digital
Rob Otter is the Head of Blockchain for State Street Digital. He is responsible for the development and implementation of blockchain technology strategy across State Street Digital, identifying opportunities for innovation, assessing the market for potential hurdles, and prioritizing initiatives that will accelerate the division’s business goals.
Rob brings more than 20 years of financial sector experience, defining and engineering advanced innovative technology solutions coupled with the creation of highly skilled teams in areas ranging from data science, research and performance engineering.
Rob has previously worked at JPMorgan Chase, where he served as head of CTO Blockchain and Applied Research. Prior to that, he held senior positions at Barclays, Credit Suisse Group and Goldman Sachs, achieving technical fellow at two.
Founder and CEO, Amplified Global
Founder of a novel language, intelligibility & simplification technology. Working with regulators and cross sector organisations to ensure their customers better understand and act on the information they have read and are better off for having done so. Minesh has a number of hidden disabilities and is a multi -sector pioneer in digital solutions.
Head of Digital Identity Governance and Trust, DSIT
John is the Head of Governance, Policy and Delivery in the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology's digital identity unit. In this role, John is responsible for establishing the Office for Digital Identities and Attributes; the new governing body supporting the development of a trusted digital identity market in the UK.
John has worked in the Civil Service since 2013, specialising in digital, services, and equalities policy. In previous roles, John led the private office advising the Minister for Digital Infrastructure, and the parliamentary delivery of the Telecommunications (Security) Act 2021. John has also previously worked in the Government Digital Service and Government Equalities Office.
Partner, Hogan Lovells
John Salmon is a highly experienced information technology (IT)
lawyer with a market-leading reputation in the financial services
sector. His main focus is advising financial institutions on their
strategic IT projects and he supports his clients in implementing
innovative digital and technology solutions whilst managing legal and
regulatory risk. John has a leading reputation as a lawyer in the
FinTech area and has been heavily involved with leading-edge
Partner, EMEIA Assurance Blockchain Leader, EY
Amarjit is EY EMEIA Blockchain Assurance Leader across all industries. His other roles include leading EY teams extended assurance offerings to the Wealth and Asset Management sector. He has worked with a wide range of clients in the financial services arena on variety of assignments from traditional audits to internal control reviews as well as external regulatory investigations for the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on areas of complex regulatory change.
He represents EY at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) Investment Management Committee as well as at the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and FCA on Client Asset (CASS) matters.
Amarjit is an active supporter of the Diversity and Inclusiveness program within the EY organization and is the chair of the EY Sikh Network.
Adviser to the Board, TISA
Faith is a strategic adviser to industry, government and regulators on fintech, Open Banking, Open Finance & Smart Data. She is the Independent Consumer Representative on the Open Banking Implementation Entity Steering Group. Faith is also a Non Executive Director for the Current Account Switch Service at Pay.UK. She advises the Lending Standards Board on the implementation of the Authorised Push Payment Scams Code and is a Non-Executive Director for Fair4All Finance which is responsible for promoting financial inclusion through the distribution of dormant assets. She is a Senior Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab. Previously she was a member of the FCA’s Financial Services Consumer Panel and led the Data Rights Working Group for the FCA’s Open FInance Advisory Group. During an earlier part of her career she established Toynbee Hall’s financial inclusion services. She is a 2010 Clore Social Fellow.
Chief Identity Strategist, Open Identity Exchange
Nick is Chief Identity Strategist at the Open Identity Exchange, a community for all those involved in the ID sector to connect and collaborate. Together we develop the guidance needed for interoperable, trusted identities on a global basis. Through OIX’s definition of, and education on, Trust Frameworks we create the rules, tools, and confidence to allow every individual a trusted, universally accepted, identity.
Nick has expert knowledge of Identity and Fraud techniques, solutions, and standards across a wide variety of different sectors and jurisdictions.
Nick was previously Director of ID and Fraud at Experian where he was responsible for the development of Experian’s fraud and identity solutions for both the public and private sectors. Nick led Experian’s development, launch and operation of a full “Identity as a Service” solution which was the first live example of a Digital ID being seamlessly interoperable across public and private sector.
Head of Technical Policy, TISA
Lisa has over 25 years experience in financial services with a breadth of regulatory knowledge and particular expertise in CASS. She spent 5 years at Architas Multi Manager as CF10a, and deputised for the COO in leading a function which included Third Party Governance, Operations and IT, as well as CASS. Prior to this Lisa spent 10 years with IFDS in various senior roles including as a Lead Relationship Manager and Head of European Cash and Stock Reconciliations. Lisa also spent some time with a Big 4 firm as a CASS SME. Prior to this Lisa worked in various operational roles in the banking sector.