Starling Bank UK
Julian Sawyer, a co-founder and former COO of Starling Bank was responsible over his 4 years tenure for running customer services, AML & Fraud, Payment Operations, HR and Supplier Management. He also held P&L responsibility for the B2B business – Starling Banking Services. Prior to Starling he worked as a management consultant at Accenture and EY, specialising in large-scale transformation in the cards and payments industry. He ran his own financial services consultancy, Bluerock, for 13 years before selling it. Julian is also an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at CASS University in the Faculty of Management, a member of the Emerging Payments Association Advisory Board.
Van Le has a unique career and life trajectory leading her to become one of Australia’s youngest bank Board Executive Directors, and likely the only female Vietnamese refugee represented amongst Australia’s bank boards. Van is a co-founder of Xinja deeply involved in Xinja’s strategy & planning, fundraising, team mobilisation, PR, public policy positions, licensing, finding Board members and building Xinja’s diverse, ethical, customer centric culture and vision from the beginning. Van’s thinking on leadership, inclusion, behavioural design, financial capability and her co-founder role as keeper of Xinja’s vision, have been central to Xinja Bank becoming what it is today.
Australian Military Bank
An experienced CEO with a track record of delivering strong organic growth and innovation in consecutive roles.
Strong strategy and marketing background drives me to “an outside in approach” to ensure the customer is at the forefront of considerations. I also enjoy challenging the status quo and inspiring my team to continually improve in a competitive environment. Our recent banking system conversion was driven by our desire to become a modern, nimble and ultimately successful niche bank.
Having worked for a variety of listed banks (e.g. Suncorp / St.George), insurance companies (Suncorp / GIO), building societies and credit unions I gain great satisfaction from leading a member owned organisation with a clear commitment to serving the Defence community.
Outside of my Australian Military Bank role I am a director of Shared Lending Pty Ltd which provides a platform to support the syndication of mortgage loans.
In addition to financial services. I have a passion for agriculture and producing beef cattle. It’s a cathartic experience.
Richard is ANZ’s lead on Open Banking Richard has over 20 years’ experience in strategy delivery, digital transformation and program management which spans multiple industries of Finance, IT & Telecommunications. He has been with ANZ for 6 years, and prior to this also held a number of executive roles at NAB. As part of Banking Services Richard leads on delivering ANZ’s response to Open Banking in Australia, and shaping how ANZ innovates in an open data economy. Richard has an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Portsmouth, and post graduate certificate in Management from Henley Management College.
Graham has spent the last three years designing and building Judo Bank, an SME lender built from a greenfield; delivering on the promise of digital technologies in a relationship focused Bank. He has driven the technology path through the regulatory process to achieve Judo Bank’s ADI status.
Prior to that he has spanned different industries, from Health to Education to SMART Cities, but always focused on how to best deliver to both strategic and tactical outcomes with pragmatic, simple, solutions.
Founded in 2015, MoneyPlace is one of Australia’s fastest growing personal loan providers, using risk-based pricing to offer consumers the best rate possible.
Stuart has helped shape national fintech and innovation policies as Chair of Fintech Australia (Australia’s national fintech association) and as the founder of the National Fintech Census, Australia’s first and largest survey of the local fintech industry. Stuart is also a member of the Federal Government’s Fintech Advisory Group and the Data Standards Body Advisory Committee.
Prior to founding MoneyPlace Stuart was the Head of Strategy for NAB Business and a management consultant at Bain & Company.
Amrita defines next generation customer strategies. Passionate about leading sustainable customer-led business transformation, Amrita thrives when leading cross-functional teams to deliver profitable business outcomes. As a leader, her focus is to be a cultivator, harvester, and originator of ideas. As a lifelong learner, she is at her best when surrounded by smart, ambitious people, whom I can position for greater success.
With over 12 years of management consulting experience with top-tier consulting firms in the US working for Fortune 500 clients, and 7 years of executive leadership experience in Australia. Amrita has been fortunate to have had exposure to a varied mix of business challenges across multiple industries, business models, organisational cultures, and geographies. This enables her to look at business problems with beginner’s eyes which is particularly relevant in the realm of customer-led transformation, where success often is determined by differentiation and innovation.
Geri is Head of Regulatory Compliance for ARCA, an industry association that supports Australia’s credit risk industry. She is responsible for the industry rules around credit reporting, and leads policy initiatives to improve that system e.g. improving how financial hardship is reported. Geri is also an Ambassador to the industry-funded education and awareness campaign, CreditSmart.org.au.
Seshika heads the financial solutions team at WSO2 where she builds financial industry-specific solutions using WSO2’s middleware platform. She also works closely with potential customers looking to deploy a financial solution, providing ongoing consulting. Throughout her career, she has had extensive experience in providing technology for investment banks, regulators and stock exchanges from across the globe.
Australian Payments Network
Andy White is the CEO of Australian Payments Network (AusPayNet), the Australian payments industry self-regulatory body. AusPayNet makes payments thrive, by driving collaboration between our network of over 130 members to deliver improvements that benefit all Australians.
Andy has over 25 years’ international experience, incorporating roles at the Bank of England, LCH.Clearnet and the ASX. He is a graduate of Oxford University and AICD. Andy also holds advisory roles on Australia’s Data Standards Body, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, and Emerging Payments Association Asia.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)
Kate Crous is the General Manager of Digital Banking for the Commonwealth Bank, Australia’s largest bank and leading provider of integrated financial services.
The CommBank Digital business serves over six million retail, wealth and business customers with market-leading digital assets including the CBA Mobile App, NetBank, CommBank.com.au and a family of apps. CommBank Digital has grown to become a major channel for the Commonwealth Bank, a catalyst for customer experience and fintech innovation and developing new ways to help millions of Australians improve their financial wellbeing.
In Kate’s role as GM Digital Banking she is responsible for strategic direction and day-to-day management of the bank’s digital assets (CBA Mobile App, NetBank, CommBank.com.au.) and the portfolio of investments that support Everyday Banking and Digital. She also oversees Digital’s emerging policy practice, Open Banking and Digital Identity. The teams are focused on strong commercial performance for the Digital’s business and delivering on CBA’s purpose to improve the financial wellbeing of our customers and communities.
Prior to Digital, Kate spent 6 years in CBA’s product teams working across deposits, transactions and mortgages products, most recently leading the deposit business. She has experience in P&L management, CVP development, segment strategy and sales channel development.
Kate joined CBA from Westpac in Australia and has previously worked for leading financial institutions: Capital One, GE Money and First National Bank in the United States, UK and South Africa.
Stone and Chalk
Financial Data and Technology Association