The Emerging Payments Association is managed by its senior leadership team and receives guidance and steering from the EPA Advisory Board. The EPA Advisory Board is composed of 14 highly effective CEOs from leading payments companies who all have a desire to change the payments industry and create a profitable, sustainable payments ecosystem..
Advisory Board members are nominated and elected to the board based upon their ability to lead and influence the payments industry. Members of the Advisory Board are both nominated and voted on by the members of the EPA and serve a term of three years.
Andrea Dunlop Managing Director of the Payment Division at [The Access Group | Business software] , an angel investor and non-executive Director. She is also a co-founder of https://investfem.com/home.
Andrea is highly-regarded in the payments industry; she has been recognised with numerous industry awards including being named one of the ‘Most Influential Women in Payments in 2018’, and appearing in Payments Power 10, a list of the top ten influential contributors to the payments industry in 2016/17/18/19. Andrea is the Deputy Chair of the Emerging Payments Association’s Advisory Board and Board member of the European Women in Payments Network.
Andrea previous roles include establishing a successful UK and European merchant acquiring business, as well as running her own consultancy in financial services and payments sectors. Previously she served 13 years in the Royal Air Force.
She is a passionate speaker and supporter of diversity and inclusion, as well as financial inclusion, championing and challenging the industry to deliver better financial products for the benefit of all.
Neil Harris is the Group Chief Commercial Officer at Global Processing Services (GPS), an industry-leading issuer processor that provides payment technology and alternative banking solutions to programme managers, acquirers and some of the largest Fintechs and ‘next generation’ banks globally. As Chair of the Financial Inclusion Committee at the EPA, Neil is part of the leading taskforce that has been created in developing a new industry kitemark for tackling the issue with financial inclusion.
For the last 2 years or so, Alan has been driving change at FleetCor, traditionally known for fuel-card payment products and systems, but is a large and growing force in commercial payments across the world. In the last year, FleetCor in the UK, under its subsidiary Allstar brand, launched the first dual application payment card for businesses, combining all the unique data-driven benefits of a fuel-card with controlled access to the Visa network for other business expenses.
As the Managing Director of SkyParlour Communications, it has been Angela Yore’s great pleasure to play an active role in the EPA, leading ‘Project Media’ with her mentor Currencycloud CEO Mike Laven. By offering SkyParlour’s support as the EPA’s dedicated PR Agency, its reputation has been raised in the media. ‘Project Women in PayTech’ embodies a group of amazing people supporting each other to aim higher and strive for diversity in the boardroom.
Jeremy Nicholds, has been at the forefront of payments for over 25 years, leading teams across Visa and Mastercard as well as in a number of NED positions. Currently CEO of the leading mobile payments solution, Judopay, he’s helping companies across multiple sectors to serve their customers with a better way to pay.
As the founder of The Just Loans Group PLC, John Davies is focused on helping to bridge the funding gap that has restricted the growth of British industry.
His experiences led to the creation of Kompli-Global to provide ‘Gold Standard’ support for a broad range of companies/industries needing to meet the significantly enhanced compliance requirements that the imminent implementation of the EU 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive will introduce (in June this year).
International entrepreneur, speaker, author, Monica Eaton-Cardone is the Chief Operating Officer of Chargebacks911 and Fi911.
Ms Eaton-Cardone is an industry thought leader and preeminent expert in the field of chargeback management and has headlined business, technology and eCommerce events all over the world. She is a passionate diversity advocate and is committed to developing and sharing innovative solutions that empower the global fintech space with the very latest in sophisticated dispute management technology.
She has earned numerous awards, distinctions and special recognitions, including last year’s Retail Systems Awards where she received the ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement Award’ and being named Global Leader of the Year at the Women in IT Awards.
Scott has both personally and through MasterCard been a very active participant and supporter of the EPA and its aims and objectives. Within MasterCard, Scott span many areas of payments in the UK and Ireland but also provide a global outlook through his many relationships inside and outside of MasterCard. He is passionate about the industry and his role within it. He believes he can bring new insight, thinking and approaches, both personally and on behalf of MasterCard, to the advisory board.
Tessa joined PrePay Solutions in 2004, and have since played an integral part in PrePay Solutions’ partnerships with a number of key, long standing clients. She has been in and around the EPA over the last 10 years and also work closely with industry bodies that work with Retailers. She has been an active member of the Women in Paytech board, organising speaker training for over 50 women, representing the industry in European women events and formulate a mission statement for the group.
Nathalie is Chief Operating Officer at Curve, a banking platform that connects multiple debit and credit cards into one smart card. At Curve, Nathalie is responsible for the day to day operations of the company, and as it scales up its platform and expands deeper into Europe. Nathalie will also oversee Curve’s launch in the US in 2021.
Prior to Curve, Nathalie worked at IDEMIA as Senior Vice President of Global Innovation Strategy, Marketing, Partnerships and M&A for the Financial Institutions Business Unit. As GM and Head of Samsung Pay Europe between 2015-2017, Nathalie is credited with building the organisation and launching Samsung Pay across 6 European countries in just 18 months. Nathalie worked at American Express for 15 years, in a variety of roles, including as VP of Global Product Marketing.
She is also a Non-Executive Board Member at Pay.UK.
Jason is an entrepreneur with nearly 3 decades of experience building global businesses across diverse industries and ever-changing financial markets.
Jason is the CEO of the CoinPayments.net, and the founder of HODLtech.eu, and is actively involved with the an active player in a number of global Fintech, payment processing, crowdfunding and blockchain technology projects which he believes will bring a tremendous amount of opportunities and lessons to share with each of the members of the EPA.
“I truly believe we are in a major transitional state of how people and business exchange value. The Emerging Payments association and its members have a unique opportunity to support this change. My personal goal is to contribute, share and help the current and future members grow and become a stronger voice globally.”
Vikesh Patel is Head of UK and Ireland with responsibility for SWIFTs strategic direction and growth in the region. Vikesh joined SWIFT in 2017, charged with strengthening the cooperative’s key relationships and delivering commercial performance across its portfolio of products and services; including SWIFT’s global payments innovation (gpi) and its suite of financial crime compliance solutions. With 20+ years’ experience in executive roles for HMT, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, LSE, and SWIFT, he has a rich wealth of expertise in terms of the global and UK financial climate. A natural leader, he is skilled at setting strategic direction, and driving alignment around important issues.
Andres has more than 20 years of banking experience from finance to payments, and also has experience as a global e-commerce merchant giving him valuable expertise in how payment processing looks from the client perspective. As Head of LHV Banking Services, LHV has further committed the focus on the fintech scene by announcing the establishment of a stand-alone bank in the UK based on the current UK branch.
Lewis has worked broadly across cash and digital payments since joining PayPoint in 2007. Now as Chief Operating Officer he works with the Group CEO to drive the operational performance of the business as well as strategic projects. In addition to his COO role, Lewis is currently also interim Managing Director of PayPoint’s Romanian subsidiary.
Daniel brings a wealth of expertise across FinTech, eCommerce, accountancy and law to the role of CEO of Trust Payments Group. Joining in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer of the company, Daniel took over as CEO in 2018 and has transformed Trust into a fast-growing Fintech payments group.