Fintech Lunch 2024 – The four ‘C’s of Fintech shaping our landscape

Date: Thursday 9th May 2024
Time: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location: INNSiDE by Meliá Manchester, 1 First Street , Manchester, M15 4RP
Cost: £Members £55 (+VAT), £525 (+VAT) per table of 10 | Non-Members £70 (+VAT), £675 (+VAT) per table of 10
Key Events
Member Event

Come along to listen to our fantastic line-up of Fintech experts, starting with an Update on the Regional FinTech Scaleup Report with Julian Wells, then a Fireside chat 'The evolving expectations on the Fintech Market' with Kimberley Waldron and Alex Mackenzie. Then after lunch our panel discussion on The four ‘C’s of Fintech shaping our landscape.

  • Cash – Covering funding, profitability, financial inclusion, vulnerability – How has the landscape changed for raising in Fintech, What investors are looking for now.
  • Compliance – How Fintech’s are handling/reacting to compliance within their businesses.
  • Capability – How are Fintech’s delivering?  Including Innovation and utilising tools like AI and data.
  • Crypto – An emerging topic which needs education, new market entrants, the larger FI’s trying to adapt.


12.00: Arrival drinks and registration

12.30: Welcome from Dave Gardner, TLT

12.35: Update on the Regional FinTech Scaleup Report with Julian Wells/Whitecap

12.40: Fireside chat 'The evolving expectations on the Fintech Market' with Kimberley Waldron/SkyParlour and Alex Mackenzie/Ryft.

13.15:  2 course lunch

14.15: The four ‘C’s of Fintech shaping our landscape - Panel discussion with Luke Stubbs, Natalie Jameson, Chris Gardner, Andrea Lagna and Anthony Yeung (see below for speaker profiles!)

15.00: Close & networking

Our annual Fintech Lunch provides a great opportunity to network, to learn and meet like-minded business individuals, don't hesitate, book your place now!

Sponsorship opportunities are available from just £1500 +VAT. Please email [email protected] for further information, or download our sponsorship brochure here.

About the Speakers:

Kimberley Waldron Managing Director - SkyParlour

An award-winning marketer and entrepreneur, with 15 years’ experience in the technology, retail, mobile and banking sectors. In 2009, Kimberley co-founded international communications agency SkyParlour. Ten years on, from its base in central Manchester, the business has amassed Fintech clients around the world from Palo Alto, to Munich, to Jakarta and back again to Cheadle.

Kimberley is co-chair of the pro manchester Fintech committee and industry advisor to the University of Salford Fintech MSc programme. She is also an active member of the Founders for Schools initiative and presents the Future of Banking podcast.

Alex Mackenzie Director - ryft.

Alex Mackenzie is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at Ryft, a Manchester-based PSD2 compliant payments facilitator for marketplaces and digital platforms. A visionary business leader with a plethora of experience in the fintech sector, Alex has played an integral role in Ryft’s latest partnership announcements – notably AMEX and Clearhaus, a Danish financial institution. Prior to co-founding Ryft, Alex was the Managing Director at Butlr, a contactless app built for the hospitality sector.

Most notably, Alex is a well-versed public speaker specialising in fintech, payments, and business growth, and has spoken at Meet Founders in London, the Manchester University Fintech Panel, and the Fintech North Future of Payments Conference.


Dr. Andrea Lagna Senior Lecturer in Financial Technology (FinTech) - Alliance Manchester Business School

Dr. Andrea Lagna (he/him) is a Senior Lecturer in Financial Technology (FinTech) at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), University of Manchester. He is a member of AMBS’ Centre for Financial Technology Studies (CFTS) and Innovate Finance’s UK FinTech Academic Network. With over a decade of academic experience across international institutions like Loughborough University and UC San Diego, he brings a global perspective to his research and teaching. Andrea’s expertise lies at the intersection of Information Systems and Political Economy. Using an interdisciplinary approach, his research sheds light on the complex interplay between technology and finance, exploring topics such as fintech-led financial inclusion, AI as a strategic fintech resource, and the environmental implications of data-driven AI.

Anthony Yeung - Fusion Growth

Anthony has over a decade of experience in the world of Fintech spanning Payments, Fraud, AML and Crypto. He has held senior commercial roles at publicly listed and VC backed companies like ACI, Judopay and Elliptic. Through his career he has played pivotal roles in helping to grow organisations across UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Today, Anthony channels his wealth of expertise into his consultancy venture Fusion Growth which focuses on supporting Fintech and Web3 companies commercial goals.

Chris Gardner Independent FinTech Advisor -

Chris is a senior commercial leader with extensive experience starting, growing and managing digital businesses within large financial services companies, establishing strategic partnerships with FinTechs, and advising early stage FinTech entrepreneurs.

He spent 13 years in leadership roles at Barclays Wealth, including Chief Commercial Officer for the on-line, direct-to-consumer investment platform, Barclays Smart Investor (300,000 customers, £12 Bn invested assets), and led a number of initiatives to establish and grow the bank’s coverage of the UK FinTech ecosystem ex-London.

Before that, he spent 9 years at Accenture’s Strategy & Technology Consulting practice in London, New York and Doha, working with early-stage FinTech companies on their journey to seed funding, and advising large incumbents (global investment banks, UK retail banks, UK Wealth Managers) on their digital transformation agendas.

Dave Gardner Partner - TLT LLP

David is an authority on IT, outsourcing and technology-driven procurement,with a particular focus on clients in financial services and the technology sector. David regularly acts as lead advisor for customer and suppliers to deliver complex and strategic technology projects, collaborations and commercial contracts of all shapes and sizes. He is ranked as a leading individual in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, the independent guides to the legal profession.David is a published author and speaker who is regularly sought out for his industry insights. In 2018 David co-authored a ground-breaking research report on Open Banking, which is shaping the future of financial services.

Julian Wells Director - Whitecap Consulting and FinTech North

Julian is a strategy consultant with proven commercial expertise across the financial services, FinTech and professional services industries.

Julian is a strategy consultant with over 25 years experience in financial services. Prior to joining Whitecap in 2012 he was marketing director at HML (now part of Computershare), and his career has also included roles at Boston Consulting Group, Nationwide Building Society, Mortgages plc, and Merrill Lynch. Whitecap is involved in two regional FinTech ecosystems, FinTech North and FinTech West, both of which it helped create and now manages. Via these initiatives, Julian is also involved in the FinTech National Network which was created by Innovate Finance, FinTech Scotland and FinTech North in 2019 to help link the national Fintech sector across the UK.

Luke Stubbs Partner -

Luke is an experienced commercial contracts, outsourcing, and technology transactions lawyer who acts for clients across the full Financial Services, Payments, and FinTech ecosystem (including established banks and challenger banks and technology and solutions providers). He has experience advising on both domestic and cross-border matters gained at leading City and international firms.

Luke has acted for clients on strategic commercial, collaboration, technology, and supply-chain projects. He also regularly advices on critical and material cloud and outsourcing projects which are subject to the financial services regulations on procurement.

As well as his technology and sourcing work, Luke has particular experience relating to payment services and systems arrangements and FinTech (including BNPL and embedded finance).

Luke leads Shoosmiths FinTech team nationally and currently sits on the advisory board of the PIMFA (the UK industry body for financial advice and wealth management) WealthTech initiative (focused on the development and use of new technologies in the wealth management and financial advice sectors) aswell as the Pro Manchester FinTech committee. He also regularly contributes to technology and financial services focussed initiatives and groups, including FinTech North and the Finance and Leasing Association. Luke is author of the current Thompson Reuters Practical Law guide to IT Co-location services and co-authored their guide on Merchant Acquiring services.

Natalie Jameson Fair FinTech Founder YZen Ai | Experienced Financier | AI Ethicist | U.N. SDG Author | Unpaid Mom Taxi - YZen ai

After a successful career as a structured debt director, as the only girl in the deal team, she co-founded and sold the UK’s first dental network in Sainsbury and Tesco to BUPA. Her Data, AI & Tech Programs have impacted the skills, confidence, life and work chances of 1000s of women and people from underrepresented groups.  Not one for an easy life,  today she leads a global investment bank’s EMEA Belonging and Inclusion strategy & is the founder of a groundbreaking AI-powered Fintech.  YZen AI uses machine learning and Natural language Processing to reduce culture and conduct risk by providing personalised real-time bias detection and inclusive communication guidance and compliance solutions at scale across all platforms.  This helps regulated firms build high performance human centred cultures and healthy conduct with exceptional predictability.

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