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Judges

Simon Burrows, Director, Payments FinTech Limited
Tim Decker, Head of Payments Product Development, Lloyds Bank Global Transaction Banking
Graeme Forward, Analytics Manager – Assurance and Fraud, Transport for London
Scott Manson, Head of Payment Strategy, Nationwide Building Society
Mark McMurtrie, Director, Payments Consultancy
Michelle Stevens, Group Editor, FStech and Retail Systems
Anthony Strzalek, Editor, National Technology News

Image titleSimon Burrows, Director, Payments FinTech Limited
Simon is now the Director of Payments FinTech Limited, having previously been a Director in PwC’s FinTech advisory team, where he had over 10 years’ experience working with banks and payment system providers in both M&A and other advisory situations. He has worked on several of Europe’s largest M&A deals in the payments sector, as well as advised clients on payments strategies, operating models and regulatory requirements. His expertise includes deep dive due diligence assessments of payment solutions and planning for transformation changes within payments businesses. He has also worked with several large UK retail banks on aspects of their payment strategies. Simon is a Chartered IT Engineer and Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Image titleTim Decker, Head of Payments Product Development, Lloyds Bank Global Transaction Banking
Tim has worked in the payments industry for over 20 years, holding senior positions in both IT and product management, working for Citibank, J.P.Morgan and HSBC. Since September 2015 he has been the Head of Payments Product Development for Lloyds Bank Global Transaction Banking. Tim has been involved at an industry level with SWIFT for many years, and currently sits on the SWIFT UK Banking and Payments Committee and the EMEA SWIFT Alliance. Tim served in the British Army for over 20 years, and has an MBA from Henley Management College and a Certificate in International Cash Management from the ACT.

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Graeme Forward, Analytics Manager – Assurance and Fraud, Transport for London
In his role at Transport for London (TfL), Graeme is responsible for providing assurance on the counter-fraud, risk and security controls of influential payments projects such as TfL’s contactless card roll-out and the cycle hire scheme. The continued success of these schemes is vital in keeping customers moving and ensuring London remains open for business. For over 10 years Graeme has worked in fraud prevention, cyber crime and computer forensics, advising businesses on how to maximise payment revenue whilst minimising risk. He is also an expert in information security management and has extensive experience in PCI DSS compliance, NFC, omnichannel and mobile payments.

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Scott Manson, Head of Payment Strategy, Nationwide Building Society
Scott joined Nationwide Building Society in 2016 with accountability for delivering a refreshed payment strategy for NBS. He has driven changes such as Android Pay and Samsung Pay to deliver market leading services in the evolving digital marketplace. Outside of delivering the strategy for the payments area he also has accountability for payments regulation and the analytics function. Scott has been a regular speaker at industry events, represented Nationwide on multiple industry forums and holds membership for NBS on the LINK Network Members Council. Previously, Scott spent four years with VISA, laterally as Head of Digital Proposition and Innovation relating to the issuer community. He was also part of the team that developed and delivered tokenisation to the European region.

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Mark McMurtrie, Director, Payments Consultancy
Mark McMurtrie has worked in the consumer payments industry for 25 years. He has travelled to over 60 countries promoting the benefits of electronic processing and the advantages of the latest card technologies and payment methods. In 2012 he formed Payments Consultancy Limited to offer retailers, banks, service providers and technology suppliers truly independent and unbiased advice. Mark has worked with many of the world’s largest organisations and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. His experience is broad and includes mobile payments, chip and PIN, gift cards, prepaid, PCI DSS, ATMs, NFC, wallets, real-time payments and person-to-person payments.

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Michelle Stevens, Group Editor, FStech and Retail Systems
Michelle became Group Editor of FStech and Retail Systems at the beginning of 2016, having joined both titles as Deputy Editor in early 2014. She has been a business journalist for eight years and before focusing on financial, retail and payments technology, she specialised in employment matters, government workplace policy, employee engagement, talent management and industrial relations. Michelle has been recognised for her journalism in both the finance and HR sectors at the Santander Media Awards and the Towers Watson Media Awards.

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Anthony Strzalek, Editor, National Technology News
Anthony joined Perspective Publishing in August 2016 and is the Editor of National Technology News, as well as the News Editor for FStech and Retail Systems. Prior to his current position, Anthony was a Reporter for My News, a local magazine group which operates in Hertfordshire and Middlesex. He has also held a number of other roles in the field of financial journalism, including in the foreign exchange, hedge fund and insurance markets.

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