Karen has nearly 20 years’ experience in the banking sector, including leadership roles delivering large-scale transformation programmes at UBS, BNP Paribas, Barclays and Lloyds. Most recently she was Founder/CEO of a challenger firm focussing on speedy P&L-driving transformations and technology integration for top tier banks and cutting-edge FinTech firms. Karen started her career in the Canadian chemical engineering industry before moving to the UK where she helped build an AIM-listed dot.com tech business.
Robert Lewis MBE
Bob is a specialist in cyber security with over 23 years experience in the Military and Civil Police, and 13 years in the banking and private sectors. He delivered the first-ever banking forensics lab, now widely used in financial services, and has experience with collaborative initiatives involving law enforcement, intelligence agencies and regulators. Bob has served in various capacities as Non-executive Director, Advisory Board Member, Governor & Chair.
Beverley has a background in investment banking and broking working for Chase Manhattan, Credit Suisse and ICAP. She then built up and eventually sold a multi-million search recruitment firm focussing on the investment banking sector, with offices in London, Zurich and Singapore. Her firm received a three star accreditation for Best Company and came 2nd in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to work for.
Israel has led customer focused transformation programmes and developed enterprise software solutions within the financial services sector for over 20 years, delivering digital products and services for Barclays, RBS and HSBC. He takes business strategy, identifies customer needs and designs innovative solutions to meet and exceed their expectations, ensuring increased operational efficiency. Israel is a specialist in building teams across the globe and bringing new customer products and services into the digital space.
Damian is a marketing strategist with experience delivering creative corporate brand identity design and corporate communication to Fortune 500, SME, startup, public sector global firms, and not for profit organisations, including Van Heusen, IZOD, Meritas Ethical Funds, PVH, Women’s College Hospital, Aga Khan Museum, Nestlé, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Torquest Funds. Damian has gained multiple accolades for creative, brand and marketing campaigns.
Denisse has over 15 years’ experience delivering financial crime prevention, anti- money laundering, counter-terrorist financing & controls and systems across banking and public sectors. She has experience working with many top-tier financial firms as well as holding the roles of G7/G20 Director of Research: Global Security Threats, founding member of the WEF’s Coalition to Fight Financial Crime, and Senior Member of the UK RegTech Council’s AML stream.
Kay has extensive experience at launching operational centres for Hedge Funds in the UK & US, and applies a no-nonsense approach to organisation of all Human Resources policies, benefits packages and operational requirements for start-ups to hit the ground running quickly. Working in accordance with HMG’s Supplier Assurance Framework on processes and policies, her most recent role was Chief of Staff at a disruptive technology start-up.
Gary is a PwC qualified chartered accountant who has audited, consulted and worked for financial services firms since 1984 in London and Sydney. He Cofounded Monzo Bank Limited in 2015 and worked with the team to obtain a full banking licence and grow to over 2m customers and a market valuation of £2bn, where he performed the roles of CFO and Executive Director. Gary was also CFO and COO for ABN AMRO Global Transaction Banking, a business with a turnover of over €5bn.
Mark’s experience in both corporate finance private practice at one of the World’s leading law firms for over ten years before establishing and chairing a listed public company investment bank in an executive role has given him unique experience in micro and macro capitalised equity markets, flotations, fundraisings, transaction structuring and distressed business situations. Mark is a non-executive director of and commercial advisor to select growth companies, both public and private. Mark also has particular experience in dealing applications for authorisation by regulatory authorities and the management of ongoing relationships with those bodies.