Simon Kirby was appointed as Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister) on 16 July 2016, with responsibility for financial services policy and overall strategic relationship with UK financial services.
He was elected as the MP for Brighton Kemptown in May 2010.
Simon has a degree in Mathematical Modelling from the Open University and studied Operational Research at the London School of Economics.
Career before politics
Prior to his career in politics, Simon started, and jointly owned, a local leisure business called C-Side which appeared in the â€ŽSunday Times Fast Track 100 List, as well as a local radio station, which today is Juice FM. He was also involved in campaigning for City status for Brighton & Hove.
Simon was first elected to represent the people of Kemptown in 1992 as a Councillor on East Sussex County Council. Following this, he served on both Brighton Borough and Brighton and Hove City Councils. He stood down as a Cabinet member on East Sussex County Council in 2009 to concentrate on winning back the marginal parliamentary seat in Brighton Kemptown and was successfully elected as the Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown in 2010.
He has served on the BIS select committee and was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Foreign Office and the Department of Health. He also played a part in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and was Vice Chair of the HIV/AIDS APPG. Simon held the Brighton Kemptown seat in 2015 and was promoted to the Government Whips office.
As Chief Operating Officer, Julian oversees business operations, including payment systems, card operations, customer contact, human resources and supplier relationships for Starling Bank. Julian also runs Starling Payment Service providing sponsorship services to the Banking & PSP market. Julian worked as a management consultant at Accenture and EY, specialising in large-scale transformation in the cards and payments industry. He set up his own financial services consultancy, Bluerock, which he ran for thirteen years before selling it in 2012.
Husayn Kassai is the CEO and co-founder of Onfido, prior to which he served as the President of the
Oxford Entrepreneurs society. Onfido uses machine learning to deliver next-generation identity verification, helping businesses remotely onboard more users while reducing dropout and fraud. Founded in 2012, Onfido has grown to a team of 145, received over $30m in investment and works with over 1,500 companies globally.
In 2016, Husayn was named as one of Forbes' "30 Under 30", and as the Startups Awards' "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" Husayn sits on the Advisory Committee of the Oxford Seed Fund and the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI. He has a BA in Economics and Management from Keble College, Oxford.
Alan works for the RBS Solutions Open Banking team and leads the bank's drive around APIs, open banking and fintech relations both externally and internally. He has led the team that has produced RBS's putative API: BlueBank and tested this with the fintech community and multiple third parties through a global programme of hackathons, completing 10 in the last 18 months.
Julian is an experienced entrepreneur, business leader, and starter of new disruptive services. Originally a designer, he specialised in optimising the interface between individuals and the organisations they interact with. In the early days, his tools were branding and retail environments. More recently he has focused on creating innovative personal data-driven digital services with an emphasis on creating effective user experiences. Julian now leads PORT, a personal data platform that enables businesses to connect with their customers, protect their data, and comply with the practical aspects of GDPRs quickly, easily, and at low cost.
Investor turned entrepreneur, Dylan was in strategy consulting and private equity before he left his job to rethink insurance for the consumers' benefit.
Frustrated by the insurance sector's focus on profits rather than consumer needs, Dylan launched so-sure to disrupt the stagnant insurance industry. so-sure's Social Insurance model provides its customers with better and up to 80% cheaper insurance. Having started in the UK with mobile phones, the ambition is to change consumer lines globally.
Dylan has an MBA from Harvard, MEng from Bristol and a Diplome d'Ingenieur from ENSAM (France).
Shuo is a certified chartered accountant and has been a member of the ACCA since 2009.
Shuo was involved in a Singaporean company going public on the AIM market as Group CFO.
Shuo is the founder of the first Chinese family office in the UK and has been involved in the property business for their family office clients since 2011.
Aman Ghei is Principal at Orange Growth Capital, a London- and Amsterdam-based venture capital firm focused on high growth fintech and mobile gaming companies. Prior to joining Orange Growth Capital, Aman worked at Facebook and Accel Partners.
Ed is the CEO of Flock, an insurtech startup that is pioneering the use of Big-Data for drone safety and insurance. Flock's first product is a pay-as-you-fly insurance app for piloted and autonomous drones.
Ed has studied at Oxford University and Cambridge University, has worked with Facebook's policy team on their Internet governance strategy, and has lectured at universities in China. Ed is passionate about the use of technology to disrupt traditional industries and make the world a happier, more exciting place.
Sam Tidswell-Norrish is a Principal & the UK Chief of Staff at Motive Partners, joining with a broad range of financial services experience, from payments to investment banking, and government initiatives to industry trade organizations.
Sam began his career with Barclays in Payments Re-engineering and subsequently worked in a number of areas of the bank including equity capital markets. In 2013 Sam was selected as a young leader of the future by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation and joined Monitise Plc as an Associate, becoming a VP and subsequently the Chief of Staff.Sam has 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 still acting as a Board Observer. Sam has worked closely with UK Trade & Investment in supporting the UK Governmentâ€™s FinTech agenda, and regularly attends and contributes towards key global events such as the Annual Meeting of the WEF in Davos and IFGS (Innovate Finance Global Summit).Sam received a M.Sc. in International Business at Leeds University Business School and graduated, with honors, with a degree in Social Policy.
Peter Bidewell is the Chief Marketing Officer of Applied Blockchain and is the lead on client relationships, partnerships and marketing for the firm; consulting on the strategic implementation of blockchain solutions that are platform agnostic, scalable and enterprise ready. He works with C-suite executives from both startups and enterprises to shape transformational initiatives aligned to strategic intent, understanding client needs and succinctly articulating the key benefits of blockchain technology. Peter is a recognised blockchain thought leader and regularly presents on blockchain at major international events.
Pascal Bouvier is a fintech venture capital investor. He has invested in financial services and fintech for the past eight years, across Europe, the US and SEA. Pascal spends his time between being a Venture Partner with Santander InnoVentures and working on the RegTech Lab, a regulatory and innovation initiative tailored for the United States.
Matheus is the Director of International at Turo and is based in London, where he leads the companyâ€™s global expansion. He joined Turo in February 2014 in San Francisco and launched the business in Canada and in the UK from the ground up, covering all business functions.
Prior to joining Turo, Matheus cofounded Tripeese, a group travel startup based in San Francisco (sold to Travefy) and was a strategy consultant for Monitor Group.
Matheus holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Dual Degree in Business from University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Kedge Business School (France).
Julian is passionate about data science. He graduated from ENSAE ParisTech in Paris and Cambridge University and after working in quantitative finance, Julien is now the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at behavioural finance and machine-learning enabled start-up Neuroprofiler.
Jo Vercammen has a Masters in applied informatics and has more than 10 years of experience as a business consultant in the ERP market. In 2014, Orillia was the first to release a network of Bitcoin ATM machines in Belgium and advocated the possible application of Blockchain technology in financial and governmental institutions. In 2017, he founded Juru; an identity platform built on blockchain technology which brings self-sovereign identity and self-directing freedom concepts to the end user and allowing the end user to manage and share their personal data with individuals and companies in a secure and auditable way.
Carlos Espinal is a Partner at Seedcamp, Europe's first seed fund, identifying and investing early in world-class founders attacking large and global markets through disruptive technology. Seedcamp expedites a founder's mission and creates value through immediate access to smart capital, a lifelong community of support and a deep network that has been built upon a decade's experience backing exceptional talent with a portfolio of over 250 companies.
Niall has an Electronic Engineering Masters from Nottingham University and an MBA from Oxford University. His career spans technology, finance and entrepreneurship. His finance career spanned a number of years working for Barclays Global Investors and BlackRock and consulting for Deloitte and Alpha Financial Markets Consulting. His technology entrepreneurship career has involved three startups including Realeyes, WideRun and more recently Ernest (www.ernest.ai). With Ernest, Niall and team are building a layer of intelligence on top of traditional bank accounts in order to deliver a Robot (or ChatBot as they are known) to help users feel empowered and in control of their finances.
George is an experienced entrepreneur and former banker with a passion for small business. He has been Product Director at Zopa and Business Strategy Director at Barclaycard, as well as holding previous roles at WorldPay, RBS and Capital One. George is an authority on small business matters, having led (or worked for) a number of commercial and charitable small enterprises. In 2012-13 George authored a small business taskforce report for a large British political party, and in 2014-15 he led a network of hundreds of professionals concerned with UK digital policy.
Kumar is a serial entrepreneur who has been active in the blockchain space for the past few years. He is the Founder & CEO of Cashaa, a P2P marketplace for cash transfer. He is also the Chairman of Auxesis Group, India's first blockchain innovation company from IIT Bombay. Kumar Gaurav holds a bachelors degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in management from Politecnico di Milano. Before he moved into the world of financial technology, he delivered innovative systems for luxury automobile brands like BMW and Ferrari. During his time in Italy, he also co-founded Darwinsurance, the first Italian P2P insurance company based in Milan.
Gonen is a co-founder and CTO of Covercy. Covercy is a fast growing cross-border b2b payments platform. Gonen started his romance with technology at the age of 10 and eventually headed a department of technologists in an elite tech unit of the Israeli army. Prior to Covercy, Gonen co-founded and was CTO of Tryout.net - the first online talent network for kids. Gonen also serves, pro-bono, as a Technologist-in-residence for the Israeli Council For Higher Education.
Will is the Head of Operations & Innovation of CivilisedBank and an original member of the CivilisedBank team. He has been working since 2015 to build a new UK challenger bank with a focus on personalised relationship banking for SMEs, excellent service and fair offers for savers. He is an active member of the London fintech & startup community, serving as a startup advisor at StartupBootcamp Fintech, a London-based fintech accelerator, and an advocate at Tech London Advocates, an industry organisation promoting London as a global tech innovation capital.
Chris has spent the last four years leading devops teams working with AWS and infrastructure automation tools; most recently with Travelex, building the backend systems to support their new international payments product, Wire. Previously he worked as a technical account manager, being responsible for everything from project commercials to production disaster recovery. He started programming when he was six and never really looked back.
Alexander Akinjayeju is a business executive and security professional with over 2.5 decades of experience. With a technical background, he has extensive experience in technical, people and process security controls across several industry sectors. Alexander holds an MSc information security from the Royal Holloway, University of London and several industry certifications. He is currently a co-founder and CISO at the Digitranz, as well as the chairman of the Cloud Security Alliance, UK chapter.
Gene is a serial entrepreneur and software veteran. He is also a blockchain evangelist, speaker and architect of Blockchain solutions. Prior to Tradle, he co-founded a startup that pioneered distributed business networks helping to ship and invoice millions of tons of products in a multimodal supply chain spanning 20 countries. In previous roles, he managed a division of Information Builders, a NY enterprise company where his team deployed products to 90% of Fortune 500 companies. Gene also pioneered the use of AI in industrial control systems and has also worked as a system developer in banking and manufacturing.
Yuri Misnik is the Global Head of Digital Platforms in HSBC. His day to day responsibilities include driving technology definition, architecture, implementation and innovation of the HSBC retail digital capabilities. Yuri has over 15 years of IT experience ranging all the way from a core development to solution architecture of mission critical systems. Before HSBC, Yuri was the Head of Technology for Amazon Web Services UK and Ireland where he was responsible for driving the technical conversations with AWS customers and bringing the next wave of innovation using the power of cloud technology. Yuri’s team created the customer-centric, agile and innovative technical culture which AWS in the UK and Ireland are famous for.
Anthony Wagerman became Chief Executive Officer of Travelex in 2015, having been with the business since 2000. He has held various roles within Travelex, including Managing Director for the Retail Division, Managing Director for Currency Services, and Managing Director for Europe & Americas. He became Deputy CEO in 2013, chairing a number of entity boards in Europe, Americas and the Middle East. Prior to joining Travelex, he held positions in a variety of companies. Anthony has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry & Administrative Sciences and an MBA from City University, London.
Jo Ann is CEO of Barefoot Innovation Group and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business & Government.
A noted advocate of “regulation innovation,” she has been Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, partner at KPMG, Co-Chairman of Treliant Risk Advisors, and a staff member at the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. She cofounded Hummingbird Regtech, a regtech firm focused on AML.
Jo Ann served on the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board and is on the boards of Oportun, the Center for Financial Services Innovation, and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.
Jo Ann hosts the acclaimed podcast series Barefoot Innovation.
Allan is a Global Lead Architect for Aegon based in Edinburgh. and the Hague. Allan is involved at strategy, design and delivery level with digital innovation and transformation, omnichannel architecture, mobile, cloud compute, big data, IoT, Open API PSD2 and blockchain projects.
Greg is Chief Technology Officer at Starling Bank, leading on technical strategy, engineering and infrastructure, and operating a service-based architecture in AWS supporting native iOS and Android apps. Greg has loved programming from the era of ZX Spectrums and BBC Micros, writing and submitting BASIC programs to computer magazines while at school in the 80s. He wants bank-building to be fast, fun and fearless. He codes in many languages but he loves Clojure.
Daniele Catteddu is an information security and risk management practitioner, technologies expert and privacy supporter with over 15 of experience.
Currently he is the Chief Technology Officer, at Cloud Security Alliance, where he is responsible to drive, on a global scale, the adoption of the technology strategy within key CSA lines of business: research, standards, education and products. He identifies technology trends, global policies and evolving social behavior and their impact on information security and on CSA’s activities.
Mr Catteddu is Member of the Policy and Scientific Committee of the European Privacy Association.
Nigel Verdon is Co- Founder and CEO of Railsbank, a global banking and compliance platform that gives companies access to global wholesale banking services in 5 lines of code.
Nigel is an entrepreneur and tech evangelist. Previously he worked at Swiss Bank Corp (now UBS) and was a director at Dresden Kleinwort Investment Bank - both sighted for their digital innovation. He is Chairman/Founder of one of the world’s best known FinTech brands, Currency Cloud, founder of the award winning Evolution Consulting Group plc. (exited to FTSE 100 company), an investor in FinTech specialist Anthemis and a board member of FX options hedge fund LCJ.
Koen Vanderhoydonk heads Euroclear's Operational Client Experience department as part of the Communication, Marketing & CSR division. His responsibilities cover digital transformation, operational content marketing, editorial- and translation services. He is responsible for MyEuroclear, the operational website covering e-Learning, digital user experience, customer journeys and Tone of Voice. Furthermore, Mr Vanderhoydonk is part of the Digital Customer Experience management team and has over fifteen years of experience with Euroclear. For several years he headed the account management and client relationship team covering all Euroclear Bank clients in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Central Europe.
Francisco Mingorance is the Secretary General of CISPE, the Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe. Mr. Mingorance participated in the creation of the CISPE organisation to help offer concrete responses to the growing questions and needs of cloud computing customers across Europe anticipating the application of the new European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018. As part of his counselling services, Mr. Mingorance advises leading innovative firms on government relations strategies, regulatory affairs, stakeholder outreach, industry relationship building and public sector business development. Mr. Mingorance is a lawyer with an engineering background.
Filip is an IT specialist with over 12 years of commercial experience. He is also a developer, analyst and project Manager with passion for new technologies and has experience in software development for corporations, small and medium business as well as startups.
Michal is an experienced pen tester, ethical hacker, and programmer. He has previously worked for MalwareMustDie where he assisted in a cybercrime investigation regarding Dendroid Malware Coder and has collaborated with both MMD researchers and the FBI, resulting in a successful conviction. Additionally, during his independent security research, he discovered and reported over 100 critical vulnerabilities and threats in airlines, banks, retailers, governments (White House and Barrack Obama website) and financial institutions systems in the UK, the US, and in Russia.
Philippe leads Kantox's strategic vision and is a standard-bearer in the sphere of fintech. Specialising in finance and company strategy, before founding Kantox he was financial controller at Renault Switzerland and a consultant in strategy and operations at Deloitte.
Steve is a Lead Architect within Lloyds Banking Group, Group IT Architecture, Methodology & Innovation function. Steve has recent cloud implementation experience and has been involved in a number of initiatives to position software-as-a-service as the future state architecture. Alongside his Group Functions responsibilities across Group HR and Group Audit, Steve works closely on a number of Accessibility, Inclusion & Diversity programmes. Accessibility is being seen as a key differentiator when comparing IT or Business facing services and Steve is working alongside the British Disability Forum to position accessibility as a key research theme.
Raul is the Spain Country Manager of Open APIs at BBVA's New Digital Businesses division. He is also the co-founder of Gifagif, a certified fanatic of agile development methodologies, crossfit practitioner, board games lover and recently became a Dad.
Simon Redfern is the CEO of TESOBE and founder of the Open Bank Project. He is a seasoned technologist with over 25 years experience in IT. He studied electronic engineering in Manchester in the early 80's focusing on realtime programming and digital systems, followed by relational databases and then the web in the early 90's. Since then, Simon has worked as a software developer, architect, CTO and DBA on numerous web based platforms. Always keen to explore emerging technologies, Simon is also a composer / musician and enjoys interdisciplinary creative collaborations. He is a keen supporter of open source and open data believing they are a sustainable force for social good.
Markos Zachariadis is Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Management at Warwick Business School zand a FinTech Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Digital Innovation (CDI), University of Cambridge. Markos' research sits at the crossection of economics of digital innovation, financial technology studies, and network economics, and has studied extensively the economic impact of ICT adoption on bank performance, the diffusion of payment networks, and the role of data & standards in payment infrastructures (SWIFT) and financial markets (LEI) among other things.
Simon joined Monzo in 2015 after years working for big financial services companies and banks around the world. He's part of the team that works on the core infrastrucutre at Monzo, building a scalable and reliable base on which the Monzo product can sit.
Julian oversees all operational aspects of Landbay, including technology systems and regulatory processes. Prior to Landbay, Julian spent 20 years in senior technology and business roles at JP Morgan and Macquarie Group. His roles have spanned FX, fixed income, derivatives, treasury and equities product sets in New York, Tokyo, Sydney and London. Julian has led divisions and managed large distributed global teams with a wide range of responsibilities from end‐to‐end systems re‐engineering, functional organisational design, to the build‐out of new business capabilities and running client facing businesses. Julian holds a patent for project viability assessment and is a non-executive director of financial marketplace Bud.
Francesca is the Chief Operations Officer at OakNorth Bank where she leads the development of the bank’s technology infrastructure, including its landmark move to the cloud in 2016.
Prior to joining OakNorth, Francesca led Citi’s Account Services Operations team for Corporate clients, driving its target operating model, process redesign, implementation, and IT landscape. During her tenure, she reduced costs 7% year on year, while simultaneously absorbing restructuring and investment costs.
Previously, she was Head of Strategy for Barclays’ retail and commercial bank, and was the Chief of Staff and member of Barclaycard ExCo. She also spent eight years at McKinsey.
Bhavesh is an Agile digital professional with 11 years’ experience in strategy, product development and digital transformation. Bhavesh enjoys connecting people and ideas to inspire, innovate and co-create solutions. He has proven experience within Banking, Defense (SC Cleared), Consultancy (Telecoms and Government clients). Bhavesh professional interest includes cloud capabilities, biometrics, digital payments, digital customer experience and disruptive technology. He is an avid traveler and enjoys skydiving, scuba diving and cycling.