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Project Women in PayTech

Mission Statement: Provides a platform to enable and support gender balance and professional development within the payments industry at every level through an event-led portfolio of activity, connection to a community of mentors, and access to information, guidance and research

The EPA has set up a Project based programme – Women in PayTech – to provide its members, as well as those in the wider payments industry, especially those who are just starting their careers in PayTech, with a supportive community of mentors, connections and information to drive a greater representation of women and gender-neutral approach by enabling the greater inclusion of women and their active participation within the industry, its development and structure to deliver a fair playing field within Payments and PayTech.

The goal of this group is to be the catalyst for a profound change in the composition of our emerging payments community, through the creation of a forum of influential women that can represent women’s interest at every level of the payments business, and wider industry as well as support and inform the male biased structures currently prevalent to assist in enabling this gender balanced approach. This will be done by providing an ‘interventionist’ programme targeted at both women and men to effect change without the ‘disenfranchisement’ of men within the industry.

We will also be assimilating the work of other gender focussed groups both within and outside of the payments industry to ensure that we do not re-invent the wheel but share best practice and signposting to other areas for help and insights as well.

This will be done by

  • providing an open and interactive forum for women at every level in the industry to participate and share experiences to bring greater learning and solution share
  • identification, discussion and solution provision of key issues facing women and men in the PayTech industry
  • provision of experiential advice through personal stories from influential women both within and outside of the industry
  • networking opportunities and social media forums for all both amongst their peers and on all levels within the industry framework
  • providing support and guidance for personal development of individuals
  • providing signposting to other sources and associations active in promoting women’s roles in male-dominated industries
  • lobby organisations, industry watchdogs and regulators and associations to promote policy change within organisations and adherence to industry initiatives e.g. Women in Finance Charter

The Emerging Payments Association is also proud to be a signatory to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter.

This is a commitment by HM Treasury and signatory firms to work together to build a more balanced and fair industry, reflecting the government’s aspiration to see gender balance at all levels across financial services firms.

Project Women in PayTech Team


Anne Pieckielon – Director of Product & Strategy, Bacs

Women in PayTech Programme Manager

Niki Akhurst – Ambassador, Emerging Payments Association


Angela Yore – Co-Founder, SkyParlour
Andrea Dunlop – CEO Merchant Acquiring Europe, Paysafe Group
Judith Rinearson – Partner, K&L Gates
Nilixa Devlukia – Head of Regulatory, Open Banking Implementation Entity
Tessa Unsworth – CCO, Prepay Solutions
Lucy Hawley – Director – Foreign Exchange Product Manager, Barclays
Jane Jee – CEO, Kompli Global
Alison Donnelly – Head of Advisory, fscom
Natalie Hicks – Stakeholder Executive, Pay.UK

“Thanks so much to the EPA, K&L Gates and to Victoria for a great session. I thoroughly enjoyed it” Deanna Fernandez, Head of Account Management at Paysafe Group