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EPA Ambassadors

Do you have the same passion for the payments industry as we do? Are you an expert in a particular payments field?  Would you like to share and pass your knowledge on to others?

Why not become an EPA Ambassador?

As an EPA Ambassador we entrust you with our brand.
  • Support us in creating awareness, attention and desire from new members to join
  • Help our current members who want to understand more about the emerging payments and how it works
  • Help improve our community’s effectiveness

If you would like to contact any of our ambassadors, Calum Stephens will be happy to introduce you .

David Carr

CEO, EU Prepaid Ltd.

David begun his career in financial services in 1992 and in 2003 started working within the Emerging Payments arena with the launch of Prepaid Gift Cards in the UK. In 2008 he established EU Prepaid to provide consultancy services around the sector. Since 2003, David has been involved in designing and launching over 70 Prepaid Card programs including programs for the following sectors: Gift, General Purpose Reloadable, Payroll, Money Transfer, Youth, Incentive, Government, Insurance, and Multi-Currency.

David Parker

CEO, Polymath Consulting

David Parker got into Prepaid Cards in 2002 and in 2005 set up Polymath Consulting which has concentrated on consultancy services in Prepaid and Emerging Payments since then. Polymath Consulting have delivered over 100 projects across 20+ markets globally - from Nigeria and Kenya to Sri Lanka and Eastern. In addition the breadth of our work ranging from standard RFP’s for issuers, processors, to market entry strategy and risk/fraud provides a truly end to end view of the emerging payments arena.

Jackie Barker

CEO, Barker Consultancy Ltd

From business plan and strategy to implementation and ongoing product management, Barker Consultancy specialise in providing a ‘cradle to grave’ service to clients who wish to add prepaid card, digital codes and mobile wallets to their armory. Jackie is CEO and established the Barker Consultancy in 2009 and has over 20 years’ experience in the prepaid market in the UK, Europe and Asia. She is delighted to be an EPA Ambassador and looks forward to supporting the organisation and its many members.

Alan Smith

Founder, Defrayal Limited

Alan is the founder of Defrayal Limited, a payments consultancy business working with banks, payment providers and retailers to provide expert guidance on all things payments. Until May 2019 he was Managing Director of a leading prepaid gift card provider and through his leadership produced excellent financial results which helped the successful sale of the business in February 2019.

Kevin Hayler

CEO and Founder, Aubas Consulting Ltd

Kevin has worked in the Card Acquiring Industry for 24 years gaining experience with Barclaycard and First Data helping businesses integrate and improve their card acceptance to aid business growth. As a specialist in Sales and Leadership Kevin built Annecto UK Ltd to support over 6,000 SME’s in the card processing. More recently, as Founder and CEO of Aubas Consulting, Kevin is helping companies sell more things to more people!

Mark McMurtrie

Director, Payments Consultancy Ltd

Mark McMurtrie is an award winning Independent Consultant who focuses on Payments and FinTech. He advises financial services companies, payment providers, merchants, technology companies and investors. Through Payments Consultancy Ltd he provides market assessments, strategy development, regulatory compliance, supplier selection and commercial due diligence advisory services. His payments industry high profile comes from being a respected commentator, research analyst, conference chairman and speaker. Mark also acts as a judge for industry award programmes and is proud to be an Ambassador for the Emerging Payments Association.

Michael Chambers

Director, Northey Point    

  After over a decade as the Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s biggest retail payment system and bank account switching service, Mike is pursuing a portfolio career including an INED at a financial institution specialising in the custody and settlement of digital assets, a director at a leading Bacs bureau, undertaking payments advisory engagements through his consultancy firm and is a cashless advocate.    

Neira Jones

Ambassador, EPA

More than 20 years in financial services and technology made Neira believe in change through innovation & partnerships. She is regularly invited to advise organisations on payments, cyber crime, information security and digital innovation where she strives to demystify the hype surrounding current issues. She has previously served on the PCI SSC Board of Advisors, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and worked for Barclaycard, Santander, Abbey National, Oracle Corp. and Unisys.

Ian Staniforth

Director, twenty8k consulting Ltd

Ian Staniforth is a highly experienced Payments consultant and NED, having previously held leadership roles across start-ups and large global corporations. He has run his own consultancy since 2014, providing services from C-level advisory through to strategic project direction and delivery. With a background in technology, he has a track record helping FinTechs build and launch strong B2B and B2C value propositions as well as improving and expanding their existing portfolios. Ian relishes working with organisations that have the vision to disrupt through innovative solutions that truly enrich the consumer experience.