Paul Adams- Director — Acquiring/Payment Acceptance, Barclays Bank Ireland
Paul Adams leads the Acquiring business in Ireland is an Executive Director of the Board and a member of the UK Executive Committee, accountable for the day-to-day strategic and commercial leadership of the payment acceptance business in Ireland.
Ray Bassett — Former Irish Ambassador
Ray is a former Irish Ambassador to Canada and a senior diplomat for over 30 years.
Ugo Bechis — e-Payments & SEPA Advisor
Ugo Bechis is an independent e-Payments & SEPA Advisor, to UBI Banca and to other institutions. He has banking experience in the areas of distribution, securities transactions and payments services as head of Multichannel Distribution, Home Banking, Trading On-line, Corporate and Retail Payments, Cards, Consumer Credit and Bancassurance Divisions, following his first banking practice in Corporate and Trade Finance and in Audit and Acquisitions assessment. He gained his management expertise in commercial, organizational and strategy roles in international and italian banks.
Russell Burke — Senior Payments and E-Money Authorisation Specialist, Central Bank of Ireland
Russell is working towards building a more efficient and modern payments environment in Ireland.
John Burns — Client Projects Director, Payment Services, Compliancy Services UK
John has 35 years experience in retail banking and payments. He worked on the PSD from it being a Commission proposal, through the negotiations, as a member of the EPC experts group and the Commission's Payment Systems Market Experts Group. He joined the FSA in June 2008 to see the implementation of the directive into UK law through and assist in the FSA's implementation process.
He was a compliance advisor to Global Transaction Banking in Lloyds Bank, advising on major migration project and introduction of new corporate online banking system while acting as subject matter expert on payments and is now Client Project Director in Payments Services at Compliancy Services, UK.
Marcia Clay — Senior Vice President, Market Development, Mastercard UK & Ireland
Marcia is Senior Vice President, Market Developement for Mastercard UK and Ireland.
In this role, Marcia is responsible for developing and executing the Mastercard business strategy and development plans for the UK and Ireland to drive market growth and performance. Previously, she managed Key Customer relationships at Mastercard.
Marcia has extensive experience in payments, working in the UK and International markets. Before joining Mastercard, she was Vice-President, Client Development at First Data and prior to this, held a number of roles within American Express covering new product and marketing strategy and acceptance network development.
Emma Cunningham — Principal Officer, Banking Policy Division, Department of Finance, Dublin
Andrew Doukanaris — Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, JCB International (Europe) Ltd
Andrew joined JCB in 2016. As Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, he leads hte issuing, acquiring, marketing and communications team for JCB in Europe. He represents JCB at EMVCo and European Card Stakeholders Group.
Prior to joining JCB, Andrew established Flotta Consulting — a bespoke consulting practice — working with numerous global merchants, schemes, fintech start-ups and banks in strategy development and executive and product design and deployment.
Tribh Grewal — Head of Europe, Director, Global Business Development, Diners Club International
Tribh Grewal is the Head of Business Development and Relationship Management for Europe at Discover Financial Services. He joined Discover/Diners Club three years ago from Modirum Ltd, a payments software and services company, where he was the Managing Director. Prior to Modirum, Mr Grewal was Head of Emerging Payments at Visa Inc. and before that he held senior roles at Visa in Acceptance and Product Development and Marketing. Mr Grewal is an experience senior professional with over 20 years' experience in card payments business gained through his various roles at Discover, Modirum, Visa and VeriFone.
Simon Grossman — Vice President, Regulatory & Public Policy, Mastercard UK & Ireland
Simon Grossman is responsible for regulatory and public policy issues for Mastercard in the UK and Ireland and is a member of the UK senior management team, having joined Mastercard in 2015.
Simon is a qualified lawyer, but spent the early part of his career working in Parliament before moving into public policy, primarily in the telecoms and technology sector. He spent 11 years at Orange (and subsequently EE) where he undertook a number of public affairs, policy and regulatory roles, ultimately managing the team in the UK. He worked for several years at US-based media company 118 118 (both in telecoms and financial services) where he was responsible for regulatory, Government and business affairs across the European business, having initially established the function within the company. He also worked at global technology company Huawei where he managed Government relations in the UK and Ireland.
Niamh Hall — Partner — Design & Copyright/Trademarks, FR Kelly European Patent and Trademark Attorney
Niamh is a solicitor and trade mark attorney dealing with all aspects of intellectual property. She has received a personal recommendation as one of the world's top 1000 leading trade mark
attorneys in each edition of the WTR1000.
She is the co-author of the leading Irish text Intellectual Property Law in Ireland (Clark, Smyth & Hall, Bloomsbury Professional), the European publication Concise European Trademark and Design Law (Kluwer Law International) and the forthcoming eBook on Technology and Intellectual Property Law by the Law Society of Ireland.
Niamh is the current President of the Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Ireland and was recently appointed as a Notary Public.
Philip House — General Counsel, CB Infrastructure
Philip started his career as a practising barrister specialising in litigating for a number of FTSE100 companies on regulatory and competition matters. Moving in-house thereafter, he has held senior roles in government and financial services firms advising on legal and regulatory matters whilst also building and maintaining the relationship between the businesses, their respective regulators and the European Commission across multiple jurisdictions. Philip joins the Lafferty Group's Brexit Council as General Counsel of a new UK based financial services company.
Rob Hudson — Group Executive, TSYS International
Rob Hudson is Group Executive for TSYS International. He is responsible for TSYS' European business, it's existing clients' relationships alongside it's performance across Europe encompassing the full spectrum of payments methods and processing. A 25-year veteran of the payment card industry, Hudson has previously managed the full product portfolio at TSYS International in addition to supporting the building of TSYS' European business from its inception in 2001. Prior to his time at TSYS, Hudson held senior roles at HSBC, GE Capital and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and has played a key role in all card sectors including consumer and commercial issuing, merchant acquiring and debit.
Emma Hynes — Head of Government Affairs, Citi, Dublin
Emma is a Marketing and Public Relations professional with fifteen years' experience. Her diverse background includes nine years in the global telecommunications sector in the Caribbean, Central America, Pacific and Ireland, followed by three years as Press Officer for Ireland's majority ruling political party. She currently heads the Public Affairs and Government Affairs function in Citi, Ireland.
Marek Iwanicki — Card Schemes Compliance Team/Manager, eService
Marek has 22 years of experience in the acquiring side of the cards industry. He spent six years managing cards acceptance risk and compliance produces in Poland with First Data Poland (formerly PolCard), and another six years managing cards acceptance risk and compliance procedures for acquiring and issuing in Central and Eastern Europe with Visa Inc.
Marek has had responsibility in card schemes compliance, card schemes fees control (interchange fees, scheme fees, processing fees, switching fees) and managing the industry impact of card schemes. He now works with eService, a member of EVO Payments Capital Group, Europe.
Colm Kincaid — Head of Division, Consumer Protection, Central Bank of Ireland
Colm first joined the Central Bank in 2004 as a solicitor in the Legal and Enforcement Department. After a short period as Regulatory Counsel at Merrill Lynch in Dublin he returned to the Central Bank in April 2008. He was Deputy Head of the Legal Division from October 2010 to May 2013, when he took up a position as Head of Consumer Protection for banking, insurance and investments supervision and policy. As of January 2015, he now heads a new Division at the Central Bank overseeing all consumer protection policy and the authorisation of payment institutions, electronic money institutions, retail intermediaries, debt management firms, bureau de change, moneylenders and retail credit firms, as well as bank charges.
Previous to joining the Central Bank he was a solicitor at Linklaters in London and an Associate at A&L Goodbody in Dublin.
Professor Ray Kinsella — Professor of Banking and Financial Services, UCD School of Business
Ray Kinsella received his PhD from Trinity and worked as an Economist in the Central Bank where he was nominated to participate in the IMF institute.
He worked as an Economic Adviser in the Department of Industry and Commerce before being appointed to the Chair of Banking and Financial services in the University of Ulster, He returned — on the day of the Good Friday Agreement! — to the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School.
He has written and published extensively in the fields of Banking and Regulation. Ray is a former member of the Northern Ireland Economic Council and here in Ireland the Higher Education Authority. He is now a member of the Global Retail Banking Academy.
Michael Lafferty — Chairman, Lafferty Group
A former banking correspondent, accounting correspondent and LEX columnist with the Financial Times, Lafferty received the Wincott Foundation's Young Financial Journalist of the Year award in 1977.
In 1981, he founded Lafferty Group, which has come to occupy a preeminent position in the global financial services industry and received The Queen's Award for Export Achievement (now known as the Queen's Awards for Enterprise) in 1988.
Jason Lalor — Country Manager, Ireland, Mastercard
Jason's current role incorporates all aspects of General Management for the Mastercard brand in Ireland, including oversight of local office operations and configuring in-country sales and delivery activities. He is accountable for defining and leading the broader business strategy for Mastercard Ireland as well as establishing, and being accountable for financial/operating objectives, identifying business opportunities and achieving sales objectives. He represents Mastercard to government and regulatory bodies in Ireland and in this capacity acts as Mastercard's ambassador, spokesperson and key contact for all associated regulatory and government agencies. He oversees communications with Mastercard's customer banks, and the merchant community and position Mastercard as a business partner, thought leader and trusted advisor with customers. He is accountable for identifying, coaching and grooming top talent and pro-actively developing employees as organisational resources.
Michelle Loftus — Business Development Executive, Lafferty Group
Michelle is a Career Banker with 25 years' experience in a variety of roles across Retail and Commercial banking. Michelle's key responsibility is the development of the Brexit Council for the cards, payments and retail banking sector.
Declan Lynch — Chief Executive Officer, Elavon/US Bank
Elavon is a fully chartered Irish bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bank (fifth largest bank in USA), based in Dublin, Ireland and operating principally in Ireland, UK, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Spain and Poland with approximately 1,800 employees across that European footprint. As one of the world's largest global payments brands Elavon Europe processes over one billion transactions annually, worth more than $120 billion for over 270,000 customers across Europe. Elavon also operates a number of other fast growing payments and securities services businesses in Europe including Corporate Card Issuing, Corporate Trust and Fund Administraiton.
Ronan Lynch — COO and Director — Global Knowledge Centre, Lafferty Group
Ronan Lynch comes from a family with a history of merchant trading and occasional piracy. Apart from writing about banking and finance he writes about Atlantic history and its malcontents. He is also a regular contributor to Village magazine on media matters and director of research for the Centre for Conflict Resolution Journalism.
Chloe MacEwen — Vice-President, Public and Regulatory Affairs, Western Union
Chloe MacEwen is Vice-President, Public and Regulatory Affairs at Western Union. She joined in 2016 and is responsible for Western Union's EU engagement with policy makers, legislators and regulators. Chloe qualified as a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons in 1998 and then worked as a competition lawyer at Herbert Smith before spending ten years working as a regulator at the Competition Commission, Office of Fair Trading and DG Competition, European Commission. Prior to joining Western Union Chloe worked as Head of competition and Head of International Policy at Lloyds Banking Group overseeing the bank's engagement strategy with policy makers on a broad range of financial services and competition issues. Chloe was educated at King's College London where she gained a LLB and LLM.
Marie Mangan — CRO, Elavon
Marie Mangan is Chief Risk Officer at Elavon Financial Services Limited with responsibility for risk and compliance. Marie has more than twenty five years' experience in various regulatory compliance related roles. Prior to taking up her current role, Marie headed up KPMG's regulatory advisory services team in Dublin where she advised clients across the financial services sectors and previously held roles as head of compliance at an IFSC bank and as a senior regulator at the Central Bank.
Cameron McEvoy — Senior Legal Counsel, TSYS International
Cameron McEvoy is Senior Legal Counsel in the legal team at TSYS International. Cameron joined TSYS from a Silver Circle firm where he acted for mid-market PE houses on investments and disposals. Cameron then spent time with the Ministry of Defence assisting with the renegotiation of various PFI contracts, and other wider outsourcing contracts and the legal framework for the withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan.
John McGrane — Director General, British Irish Chamber of Commerce
John is Director General of The British Irish Chamber of Commerce, a private sector organisation which he co-founded in 2011 to represent businesses with interests in the two islands and their economies.
He is a retired financial services professional having completed a 40 year career with the Royal Bank of Scotland / Ulster Bank Group in Ireland.
His career has spanned substantial initiatives in the enterprise and corporate sectors, both indigenous and foreign direct investment.
He is Founder of NSI Technology, a tech start-up which helps Not For Profits become Not For Losses. He is a Board Director at Dublin Chamber of Commerce and at The British Irish Chamber of Commerce and a number of charities.
Charles McManus — Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, ClearBank
An experienced international banking professional with over 30 years' in global investment banking, wealth management and retail banking, Charles McManus is ClearBank's Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director.
Prior to joining ClearBank, Charles was the Group CFO of RBS Ulster Bank Group until 2013, before which he spent 13 years with The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). His time with RBC culminated in a role as CFO of Europe and Asia and Global Head of Product Control.
Stephen Mendelsohn, Senior Vice President- Business Development, Evo Payments
Stephen Mendelsohn is a manager with 20 years of sales, project management and consulting experience in the payments and technology industries.
Theodore Morita — Head of Compliance and Internal Control, JCB International (Europe) Ltd
Theodore is an English, Japanese and French trilingual Compliance Professional with 10 years' experience in the financial industry. He is experienced in payments, corporate and investment banking, prime brokerage and asset management.
Michael Mulhall — Founder/CEO, FinTech Innovations
Michael is founder and CEO of FinTech Innovations — specialists in the design/development of Personal Finance Management (PFM) Apps for financial institutions.
Peter Oakes — Non-Executive Board Director, TransferMate Global Payments
Peter has a multitude of experience as a senior leader operating at Board & C-Suite level in Central Banking, Financial Regulation, Risk Management, Anti-Money Laundering, Credit Risk, Data Privacy, Compliance, Financial Services, Fintech & Digital Currencies. Proven track record in transformational change, effective senior leadership, international financial systems, private and government/public sectors.
Mark O'Keefe — Partner, Optima Consultancy
Founding director of Optima Consultancy, Mark is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Operating across commercial finance, strategic change and business transformation he has 20 years experience in the Payments business.
His recent focus has been the development of Optima's payment reporting solution to help acquirers comply with the impending EU legislation on transparency (IRF, Article 12) and the unblending of interchange rates (IRF, Article 9).
Dr Solomon Osagie — Chief Legal Counsel, TSYS International
Dr Solomon Osagie manages the legal team at TSYS International. A leading General Counsel ranked in the FT top 25 GC rankings, he was named in the Hot Lawyer rankings for 2016 and also received a nomination at the UK Diversity Awards.
With a number of citations including lawyer of the year, General Counsel of the Year and Innovative GC, he is acknowledged as an expert in consumer finance, banking and regulatory services.
Solomon was appointed to the Law Society's Company Law Committee in 2011 and sits on several advisory boards including Acritas, GOAL, The Lawyer Financial Services Forum and the Brussels GC Advisory Board. In 2014, he was invited to join the Westminster Policy Forum on Legal Education and Training in the UK.
Solomon speaks and writes regularly about regulatory matters in the financial services sector.
John Phelan — Banking Policy Advisor, Department of Finance, Ireland
Gavin Purtill — Head of Capital Markets, Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland
Gavin Purtill joined BPFI in 2011 where he is Head of Capital Markets. He is active in many of the key areas of interest to FIBI (Federation of International Banks in Ireland) members such as EMIR, MiFID, UCITS V, MMF, AIFMD, ACS and Securitisation. Gavin is currently a member of the Financial Markets Committee of the European Banking Federation, a member of the ECBC (European Covered Bond Council) Steering Committee and ACS Ireland Committee Secretariat.
Prior to joining BPFI, Gavin worked with Aareal Bank AG as a Treasury Dealer and Regulatory Accountant for six years where he learnt first-hand the importance of regulation in determining the strategic direction and long term positioning of banks. He holds a Masters in Investment Treasury and Banking.
Emma Read — Vice President, First Data
Emma Read is the EMEA head of Enterprise Business Continuity and leads the Brexit Council at First Data.
Emma joined First Data on 1 October 2015. Prior to First Data, Emma worked at JPMorgan For 11 years where she held various roles in the bank. Her most recent role was EMEA head of Global Resiliency and Crisis Management. Prior to JPMorgan, Emma worked at BNP Paribas, Abbey National (now Santandar) and Schroders (now part of Citi).
Bernard Sheridan — Acting Deputy Governor (Financial Regulation)/Director of Consumer, Central Bank of Ireland
Bernard became Acting Deputy Governor on 8 April 2017. Previously, he was appointed Director of Consumer Protection (May 2010) and is responsible for the Consumer Directorate covering Banking, Insurance, Investment and Policy, and Retail Intermediaries and Payment Institutions. The directorate is responsible for developing the Consumer Protection Framework and for monitoring compliance with conduct of business requirements by retail firms and the development of consumer protection codes. It is also responsible for the supervision and authorisation of retail intermediaries and payment institutions.
Bernard joined the Central Bank in 1985 and has held a range of senior positions including head of domestic credit institutions, consumer protection codes and consumer information. He previously held the role of Chief Operations Officer of the Investor Compensation Company Limited (ICCL). Bernard holds a BComm from University College Dublin and an MSc in Investment and Treasury from Dublin City University.
Michael Stern — Former MP and Director, Lafferty Group
Michael Stern is a Chartered Accountant and served as a Member of Parliament for the British Conservative Party for 14 years.
Adrian Stoll — SRP Programme Director, Barclaycard
An experienced Finance and Treasury leader, Adrian is responsible for Structural Reform and Brexit planning for Barclaycard, which covers a broad spectrum of the changes required to adapt to emerging regulation. His prior experience includes senior Treasury and Finance roles with RBS and ABN AMRO including Retail Treasurer and Head of Balance Sheet Management.
Maol Muire Tynan — Head of Public Affairs, AIB
Maol joined AIB in February 2012 as Head of Public Affairs. Prior to this, she was Head of Public Affairs at ESB. She has also worked as a journalist in several national newspapers.
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