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Brexit Council Meeting September 2017    |    Previous Delegates


Mark Barnett — President, Mastercard UK & Ireland Division
Mark Barnett is president of the UK & Ireland Division. In this role, he is responsible for growing the payments industry in the region and creating a world beyond cash through Mastercard's innovative approach to everyday payments, including emerging technologies such as contactless and mobile. Mark is also prioritising driving growth in everyday payments; supporting and sustaining the leadership position in credit; innovating in prepay cards and broadening Mastercard's offering to commercial clients through card and payments services.


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.


Anthony Belchamers — Member of the Financial Services Negotiating Forum Advisory Board
Anthony Belchambers is currently serving as a member of the Financial Services Negotiating Forum advisory board. He also works as a non-executive director for NASDAQ OMX NLX and a non-executive director of Saxo Capital Markets. Belchambers is the founder and former CEO of the Futures and Options Association (FOA), the main trade organisation for the derivatives industry in Europe.

Belchamers, a barrister, previously served as general counsel for the UK Joint Exchanges Committee (JEC), co-ordinating exchange activities and lobbying on behalf of the London-based derivatives markets in relation to international, European Union and UK regulation and taxation issues.


Graham Bishop — Independent Consultant on EU Integration
Graham Bishop is an independent consultant on EU integration. His expertise spans political, financial, economic and budgetry matters.

He has been a member of many European Commission Expert Groups and Committees, including the Expert Group on Redemption Funds and Eurobills, the Consultative Group on the Impact of the Euro on Capital Markets (the Giovanni Group), the Commission's Strategy Group on Financial Services (1998 — creating the Financial Services Action Plan) and the Committee of independent experts on the preparation of the changeover to the single currency (1994-1995).

For several years, Mr Bishop has been developing a proposal for a 'Temporary Eurobill Fudn' which would change the euro area government debt market dramatically.

The European Parliament nominated him as one of its two members of the first Inter-Insitutional Monitoring Group. Mr Bishop has also worked as a Special Advisor to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee and has given evidence in the House of Lords European Committee's update inquiry on the euro area.


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.

Tanya Coventry — Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC
Tanya is Senior Legal Counsel in Global Banking and Markets (GBM) at HSBC bank plc where she provides specialist legal advice to the Global Liquidity and Cash Management business. Tanya previously worked in the Financial Services team at Norton Rose Fulbright and completed a number of secondments to financial institutions in the City. Prior to that she worked at their offices in Paris and is a fluent French speaker.


Simon Crown — Parnter, Clifford Chance LLP
Simon Crown is a partner in the financial regulatory group in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP. The firm's market-leading financial regulatory group advises a broad range of regulated entities, trade associations, governments, regulators and market infrastructure providers, as part of a large international network within the firm of experts in all aspects of financial services. Simon has a focus on the regulation of banking, broker-dealer business and asset management, with particular expertise on mergers and acquisitions involving regulated entities, the rules governing payment services, the holding of client assets, with a particular focus on MiFID2 and AIFMD. Simon is currently advising several international banking groups in respect of Brexit.


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.


James Foster OBE, Chief Financial Officer — EMEA, First Data
Jim Foster grew up in North London, UK, and is Chief Financial Officer for the EMEA region and also has responsibility for Administration for the EMEA and APAC regions including Global Sourcing and Real Estate at First Data. He has also had responsibility for Expense Management in these regions.

Prior to joining First Data in October 2010, Jim was Chief Administrative Officer for EMEA at JP Morgan Chase with responsibility for Real Estate, Sourcing and General Services.

Jim was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year's Honours List for services to the financial services industry in Northern Ireland.

He is a Chartered Accountant and has a BSc (Economics) from University College London.


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.


Larry Gurwin — Investigations Expert, Guidepost Solutions
Larry Gurwin serves as senior director for Guidepost Solutions' Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) practice. He is an accomplished investigator with more than 20 years of experience devising and executing investigative strategies for maximum benefit. Mr. Gurwin has significant international experience. During his career, he has been based in New York City, Hong Kong, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Washington DC, Brussels, and Milan. He has spent much of his recent time conducting and managing due diligence investigations and managing international asset searches.

Mr. Gurwin has served as a senior investigator for corporate investigative firms in the United States and Europe where he led a multitude of complex investigations using his highly developed analytical skills.


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.


Evelyn Hunter — CEO, Retail Banking Academy
Evelyn Hunter-Jordan is Chief Executive Officer of the Retail Banking Academy. A former ballet entrepreneur and classical ballet dancer, she joined Lafferty Group in 2007. From an initial role as assistant to the chairman, she became Lafferty Group general manager in 2008 and has played a major role in the development of the Retail Banking Academy. Evelyn holds a Diploma in Ballet from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance.


Jonathan Isaby — Editor, BrexitCentral
Jonathan Isaby has been Editor of BrexitCentral since its founding in September 2016. His journalistic career has seen him working for the full range of broadcast, print and online media, having initially joined the BBC as a political analyst in the corporation's busy Westminster newsroom on graduating from the University of York in 1999. Four years later he was recruited by the Daily Telegraph, where he spent five years, latterly writing his own political column, as well as blogging about politics on its website. In 2008 he became Co-Editor of, making him the first journalist from a British national newspaper to leave the mainstream media to become a full-time professional blogger.

After reporting on the run-up to the momentous 2010 general election, then covering and analysing the first year of the Coalition Government, he joined the TaxPayers' Alliance as Political Director in 2011, becoming its Chief Executive in January 2014 until his departure for BrexitCentral. A fervent eurosceptic since his teenage years (he once got a detention for challenging his German teacher about the merits of the EU), Jonathan frequently appears as a commentator on current affairs on local and national television and radio.


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.


Crystal Kaschula, Payments Policy and Regulatory Specialist,HSBC
A payments professional with 13 years of experience across the payments sector including cards, mobile and other electronic payments, Crystal has spent a number of years developing standards for mobile and card payment systems. She is currently working at HSBC providing regulatory and financial crime expertise to the organisation focusing on payments including card and mobile. Prior to joining HSBC, Crystal worked at the GSMA advocating for enabling regulatory environments by advising central banks and mobile financial service providers to drive financial inclusion. Crystal drafted the first international standards for the interoperability of mobile money platforms in emerging markets. This followed a tenure at Visa where she worked on various initiatives relating to the payment standards associated with the Visa payment system both inside and outside of Europe.


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.


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, 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.


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.


Dara McNally — Sales Operations and Events Administrator, Lafferty Group
Dara is the Lafferty Group Sales Operations and Event Administrator. Dara has 9 years of experience as an events professional, previously working with global event agency MCI and Londonwide Local Medical Committees.


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.


Ian O'Doherty — Chief Executive Officer, MBNA
Ian O'Doherty is Chief Executive Officer of leading UK credit card company, MBNA. Based in the City of Chester since its foundation in 1993, MBNA provides consumer credit to over 2.5 million cardholders throughout the UK. MBNA was voted by customers as Moneyfacts Credit Card Provider of the Year in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Ian joined MBNA back in 1991 as a Senior Planning Analyst, holding a number of commercial leadership roles in the US, Ireland and the UK as the business evolved and grew, before becoming CEO of MBNA in 2008.

With 25 years in the consumer credit industry, Ian is Vice-Chair of the UK Cards Association and Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland.


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.


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).


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.


Brian Tomkins — European Head of Commercial Cards, HSBC
Brian Tomkins is European Head of Commercial Cards for HSBC's Global Liquidity and Cash Management Group. He leads the European strategy, development and commercialisation for the full suite of Corporate Card Products and solutions. Previously held roles for Citi Commercial Cards in Europe, Citi Cards North America and Diners Club International.


Joel Vertes — Partner, Olswang
Joel is a Partner in Olswan's intellectual property team — one of the largest specialist IP teams in Europe. He specialises in both enforcement and commercial exploitation of IP rights, with a particular focus on the technology and retail sectors. He is also an experienced litigator, especially in anti-piracy, anti-counterfeiting, copyright and brand enforcement.


Darren Wilson — President, International, EVO Payments International
Darren is President, International at EVO Payments International, responsible for the nine bank alliances the company has in seven markets in Europe. He is also accountable for EVO's M&A strategy to expand EVO's presence and technical capabilities internationally. Darren has 15 years payment industry experience, formally holding the roles of Managing Director, Worldpay UK Ltd and President, Western Europe, Global Payments Inc.


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