Emerging Payments Association announces latest Advisory Board members

By 8th January 2018Industry News

Payment leaders from Mastercard, Global Processing Services, Wirecard, SkyParlour, and PrePay Solutions are elected to join the Emerging Payments Association (EPA) Advisory Board.

London, UK. 8th January 2018. To usher in the new year, the Emerging Payments Association (EPA) is delighted to announce the addition of five payments leaders to its Advisory Board. This board is now composed of 14 experienced C-level executives from leading payments companies who all want to change the payments industry and ensure a profitable, sustainable payments ecosystem.

Advisory Board members are nominated and elected to the board based upon their ability to lead and influence the payments industry, their experience, and their seniority in their company. They are voted into this role by EPA members through a democratic vote. After an extensive nominating and voting process, the following five were selected from 21 candidates to join the existing Advisory Board in January 2018, which contributes to the EPA target of gender diversity in senior management positions:

  • Scott Abrahams, Senior Vice President at Mastercard
  • Tessa Unsworth, Chief Commercial Officer at PrePay Solutions
  • Tom Jennings, Managing Director at Wirecard
  • Angela Yore, Managing Director at SkyParlour
  • Neil Harris, Chief Commercial Officer at Global Processing Services

The Board also includes senior representation from Paysafe Group, Bacs, Kompli Global, Vocalink,  Currencycloud, and Banking Circle. Advisory Board members contribute new ideas and views relating to the strategy and priorities of the EPA, endorse the EPA’s brand and outputs to industry stakeholders, support EPA projects with mentorship and guidance, and strive to drive innovation and shape the industry landscape for the better.

The Advisory Board’s purpose is to leverage the passion, talent, and expertise of the UK’s PayTech industry to help advance payments innovation. The board collaborates to identify common issues faced by the industry and EPA members, determine effective and feasible solutions, and influence relevant regulatory bodies by speaking with a common, unified voice.

In conjunction with that, Andrea Dunlop of Paysafe has been elected as Chair to the Advisory Board, replacing Rich Wagner, who has been chairing the board for two years. Wagner will become Deputy Chair for the next year.

Andrea Dunlop said, “The EPA is a really important organisation for the payments industry and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to Chair the Advisory Board and take forward the good work of the previous members.  I’m particularly looking forward to working with such an inspirational team and community of members at this exciting time of regulatory changes.”

Tony Craddock, Director General of the Emerging Payments Association, commented, “I can’t thank the departing Advisory Board members enough for their tireless advocacy throughout their time on the board. I would like to welcome the incoming board members to the team. As they are from various backgrounds, this will ensure an influx of new ideas, which is the lifeblood of the EPA”.

The EPA has eight projects mentored and led by the members of the Advisory Board. These project teams are composed of over 80 volunteers from our member companies, who drive change in the industry through the actions of these projects:

  1. Project Rome is focused on the supervision and monitoring of e-money licenses and the closure of Fintech bank accounts across Europe as a result of de-risking by settlement banks
  2. Project Futures provides insight and thought leadership on the implementation, adoption, and scalability of innovation and technology, as well as firmly position the EPA and its members as being on the cutting-edge of the payments industry
  3. Project International Trade promotes trade between the UK Payment industry and non-EU markets, including Latin America, Far East Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, and southern Africa
  4. Project Regulator works with regulators to ensure a level playing field for non-bank PSPs and EMIs in the UK
  5. Project Media is focused on making the EPA the independent, central voice of payments and the main point of contact for the media on payments issues
  6. Project Inclusion encourages the UK government to adopt emerging payments products and services to increase financial inclusion
  7. Project Women in PayTech runs a special interest group to encourage and support women to capitalize fully on career opportunities in payments
  8. Project Retail runs a retailer-only community called Retail PayTech Forum focused on learning, knowledge-sharing and collaborative opportunities in payments

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About the Emerging Payments Association
The Emerging Payments Association (EPA) connects the payments ecosystem, encourages innovation and drives profitable business growth. Our goals are to strengthen and expand the payments industry to benefit all stakeholders.

We achieve this by shaping a comprehensive programme of activities for our members with help from an independent board, which addresses key issues impacting the industry.

These include:

  • Seminars
  • Conferences
  • Award ceremonies
  • Critical industry projects
  • Lobbying activities
  • Training and development

The EPA is over 110 members strong and growing. Our members come from across the payments value chain; including payments schemes, banks and issuers, merchant acquirers, PSPs, retailers, and more. These companies have come together, from across the UK and internationally, to join our association, collaborate, and speak with a unified voice.

Want to find out more about membership?
Get in touch with Keri to find out more about becoming a member: keri.farrell@emergingpayments.org