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Judging panel

Martyn Atkinson, Director of Digital and Change, Metro Bank
Simon Burrows, Director, Payments Fintech Limited
Matt Cox, Head of Innovation and Insight, Nationwide Building Society
Glenn Murphy, Head of IT, Cazenove
Aksana Pekun, Head of Culture and Capability, Chief Data Office, Deutsche Bank
Julian Sawyer, Chief Operating Officer, Starling Bank
Michelle Stevens, Editor, FStech


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Martyn Atkinson, Director of Digital and Change, Metro Bank
Martyn joined Metro Bank at the beginning of 2016 as Director of Digital and Change, and is responsible for executing the bank’s diverse change programme, as well as setting the digital agenda. He began his career at Accenture working within the retail sector, delivering large scale complex IT transformation programmes, before moving to Lloyds Banking Group as Programme Director. Martyn was then appointed Head of Business Change at Friends Life, before moving to Nationwide as Head of Transformation, where he oversaw the £150 million change agenda for the mortgages, savings and product originations portfolio.

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Simon Burrows, Director, Payments Fintech Limited
Simon is a senior advisor in FinTech and payments with over 20 years’ experience working with banks, FinTech providers and payment processors in M&A, startup, and other advisory situations. He has worked on several of Europe’s largest M&A deals in the FinTech sector, as well as advised clients on creating and growing new startups, platform replacements, operating models, sourcing change, and strategies for achieving regulatory compliance. Simon worked at PwC for a number of years in the FinTech M&A team. His experience includes working with FinTech accelerators and regulators, and assisting companies preparing for IPO. Simon is a Chartered IT Engineer and Fellow of the British Computer Society.

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Matt Cox, Head of Innovation and Insight, Nationwide Building Society
Matt has had an 18-year career in a variety of strategy and technology roles at Nationwide Building Society, primarily focused on driving change in retail banking, and in digital and mobile in particular. Matt is now accountable for innovation at Nationwide. Based in Nationwide’s Innovation Lab, Matt’s team uses creative and strategic thinking and in-depth research methods to identify trends and solutions, and develop innovative propositions for customers and employees in new ways.

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Glenn Murphy, Head of IT, Cazenove
Glenn is Head of IT at Cazenove – Schroders’ global wealth management division for high net worth individuals. Glenn has over 19 years’ IT leadership and operations experience focusing on the wealth and investment management industry, with international experience in developing and supporting global systems, teams and services. Glenn’s interests are mainly in strategic level initiatives such as emergent technologies, vendor engagement, FinTech and the impact of regulatory change, with a strong interest in M&A and programme management. Glenn has extensive experience in developing and managing high performing teams and is also a certified management coach.

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Aksana heads the Culture and Capability function within the Chief Data Office at Deutsche Bank. She is responsible for developing communications, training, certification and knowledge management programme to drive cultural change and embed data skills throughout global technology and wider Deutsche Bank operations. Aksana has over ten years’ experience in the TMT sector, advising private equity clients and technology companies on cross border M&A transactions at EY and a leading customer experience business improvement programme at BT.

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Julian Sawyer, Chief Operating Officer, Starling Bank
As Chief Operating Officer at Starling Bank, Julian oversees business operations, including payment systems, card operations, customer contact, human resources and supplier relationships. Julian previously worked as a management consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and EY, specialising in large transformation change in the cards and payments industry. He then set up his own financial services consultancy, Bluerock, which he ran for thirteen years before selling it in 2012. After many years as a consultant, joining Starling gave Julian the opportunity to put all his learnings into practice, to build a bank with an amazing team of true professionals. He enjoys working at a FinTech business since he loves delivering things, making things happen and moving things forward at pace.

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Michelle Stevens, Editor, FStech
Michelle became Editor of FStech and its sister title Retail Systems in February 2016, having joined both publications as Deputy Editor in early 2014. She has been a business journalist for eight years and before focusing on financial, retail and payments technology, she specialised in employment matters, government workplace policy, employee engagement, talent management and industrial relations. Michelle has been recognised for her journalism at both the Santander Media Awards and the Towers Watson Media Awards.

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