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Judging panel 2021

Simon Burrows, Associate Partner, FS Technology, EY
Robert Courtneidge, Industry Consultant
Tim Decker, Head of Payment Product Development, Lloyds Banking Group
Neira Jones, Advisor and National Lead, Payments, FSB
Mark McMurtrie, Director, Payments Consultancy
David Parker, Chief Executive, Polymath Consulting
Paul Rodgers, Chairman, Vendorcom
Mike Smith, Retail Payments and Banking Products Specialist
John Schratz, Managing Director, Eclipse Enterprise Consulting
John Yeomans, Chairman, Paymentology

Image titleSimon Burrows, Associate Partner, FS Technology, EY
Simon is Associate Partner in EY’s Mergers & Acquisitions team specialising in Payments and Fintech. He has worked on several of Europe’s largest M&A deals in the payments sector, as well as smaller deals particularly with Private Equity firms. He regularly advises clients on payments strategies, deal integration/separation, operating models and regulatory requirements. His expertise includes deep-dive due diligence on payment solutions and planning for transformational change within payments businesses. Simon is a Chartered IT Engineer and Fellow of the British Computer Society.

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Robert Courtneidge, Industry Consultant
Robert is a valued and highly respected industry expert with a distinguished career in the card and payments industry. Robert has deep expertise in digital assets and e-money, and is highly skilled in all aspects of consumer finance issues, including banking regulation and compliance, consumer protection and AML/CTF. He was regularly named a key player in the Payments Power 10 (including #1 in 2015), a highly competitive ranking of the influential contributors in payments. Previously, Robert achieved success as a senior legal professional specialising in matters relating to cards and payments. He regularly speaks on issues facing the European Payments’ Industry including laws relating to Electronic Money, Payment Services, AML/CTF, Digital Assets and CBDCs.

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Tim Decker, Head of Payment Product Development, Lloyds Banking Group
Tim has worked in the payments industry for over 20 years, holding senior positions in both IT and product management for Citibank, JPMorgan and HSBC. Since Sept 2015 he has been responsible for payments product development for Lloyds Bank Global Transaction Banking. In Jan 2018, he was appointed as the commercial bank PSD2/Open Banking product owner. Tim is very active in various banking industry forums and represents the UK at the Global SWIFT Payment Market Practice Group.

Image titleNeira Jones, Advisor and National Lead, Payments, FSB
Neira advises organisations of all sizes on payments, fintech, regtech, cybercrime, information security, regulations & digital innovation. More than 20 years in financial services & technology made Neira believe in change through innovation & partnerships and she strives to demystify the hype surrounding current issues. She is a strategic board advisor, non-executive director, professional speaker, and provides coaching and training, payment security expert witness services, and helps with M&As cybersecurity due diligence. She is the 1st member of Advisory Committee for PCI-Pal and chairs the Advisory Board for mobile innovator Ensygnia. She serves as the independent National Lead for Payments at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and is a Friend of the Global Cyber Alliance. She is the recipient of numerous industry awards, has served on the PCI SSC Board of Advisors for 4 years, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and has worked for Barclaycard, Santander, Abbey National, Oracle Corp. and Unisys.

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Mark McMurtrie, Director, Payments Consultancy
Mark McMurtrie is an Independent Consultant who focuses on Payments and FinTech. He advises retailers, payment service providers, acquirers, technology companies, financial services companies and investors. For the last 5 years he has been providing a range of high level payment advisory services focusing on strategy development, market assessments, investment support, commercial due diligence, technology reviews, competitive analysis and supplier selection. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies including the largest retailers, eCommerce merchants, PSPs, retail banks, merchant acquirers, card issuers, payment schemes and payment service providers. His payments experience is broad and covers mobile, face-to face, ecommerce, Omni-channel and instant/realtime payments. Mark is a regular industry commentator, conference chairman, speaker and awards judge. He is proud to be an Ambassador for the Emerging Payments Association and member of Vendorcom.

Image titleDavid Parker, Chief Executive, Polymath Consulting
David is the founder and chief executive of Polymath Consulting, who work on projects and advises organisations across the cards and payments industry. He is also an active mentor, non-executive director and advisor to boards – Swiipr, Nymcard, PiePeople, 3S Money and Bee Good along with others. In consultancy he has worked across the complete value chain, helping banks with their overall e-money/prepaid and emerging payments strategy, right through to market entry analysis, as well as working with processors and programme managers on segment analysis, certification and membership applications. In normal times he chairs conferences and events from Mumbai to Moscow; Las Vegas to London and Johannesburg/Nairobi in Africa to Colombo in Sri Lanka.

Image titlePaul Rodgers, Chairman, Vendorcom
Paul is the chairman and founder of European payments community Vendorcom, as well as sitting on the Financial Conduct Authority Strong Customer Authentication Monitoring Forum and chairing the UK SCA PMO’s Merchant and Gateway Engagement & Readiness Taskforce. His work with Vendorcom ensures that all stakeholders in the industry are connected and have access to independent information on strategic and innovative developments, standards, regulation and market opportunities.

Image titleMike Smith, Retail Payments and Banking Products Specialist
Mike Smith is a retail payments and banking products specialist with many years’ experience. His early career with NatWest saw him managing the current account and personal loan products before heading up personal customer marketing. Mike joined the Post Office where he was head of banking, and then head of marketing at the launch of Post Office Financial Services. He then joined Raphaels Bank, as director of marketing and strategy, responsible for launching a multi-currency ATM network and driving the Bank’s Payment Services Division. He was a director of the Prepaid International Forum for 10 years, a non-executive director of Faster Payments Scheme, and sat on the LINK Network Members Council representing Raphaels. Mike sat on the Payment Strategy Forum representing FinTechs and currently holds two non-executive director positions in lending and payments with Just Cashflow and Fire.com.

Image titleJohn Schratz, Managing Director, Eclipse Enterprise Consulting
John is the founder and Managing Director of Eclipse Enterprise Consulting, a specialist payments consultancy practice providing strategic, interim management, consultancy and advisory support to companies engaged in banking, consumer lending and card payments. As a leading professional in the card and payments sectors, John brings a unique blend of technical expertise, industry knowledge, product innovation and international experience. A financial services practitioner with over 25 years of experience, he has worked with some of the world’s leading financial institutions, as well as established Fintech and start-ups, where he has gained an in-depth understanding of the complexities in delivering change initiatives across large-scale business, operational and regulated environments. John has recently joined the Board of Fast Track Money Transfer where he serves as Chief Risk Officer supporting the launch of its international payments business, Simple Transfer. He has also held non-executive positions with Visa and MasterCard in the UK, as well as advisory roles with start-ups, including Jaja Finance, where he supported the successful bid for the Bank of Ireland and Post office credit card back-book.

Image titleJohn Yeomans, Chairman, Paymentology
Having played senior roles in founding, growing, leading and selling successful companies, John has a wealth of experience in the financial services solutions business. This strength was harnessed in driving the success of Paymentology, a leading player in the cloud based card issuing solutions, where as an advisor he provided support across the complete management team through to its sale to SaltPay. John’s background in sales and commercial management have brought him into contact with payment schemes, banks and large businesses globally. He also holds advisory roles at several companies in such diverse fields as payments and waste management.

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