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The Digital Banking Club Live Debate & 2017 Power 50 Awards

19 Oct, 2017

The Digital Banking Club Live Debate will be held on Thursday 19th October at the Law Society, London.

The Digital Banking Club Live Debate & 2017 Power 50 Awards

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Our topic on this occasion is: “Open Banking: Is it really going to breathe new life into the banking model”

Discussion points include:

  • What impact will the sharing of data have on the industry?
  • What will drive consumers to embrace these changes?
  • Are we likely to see more collaboration or more competition? Will it kick start account switching?
  • How are financial institutions going to meet the challenge of delivery on time?
  • Will security concerns create a barrier to success?

Our panel for this debate: 

The debate will be chaired by Douglas Blakey, Editor, Retail Banker International and Chair of the Digital Banking Club. Joining Douglas are:

  • Hilda Jenkins, Digital Experience and Engagement Director, Barclays
  • Megan Caywood, Chief Platform Officer, Starling Bank
  • Pol  Navarro, Digital Innovation and Transformation Director, TSB Bank
  • Roberto Ferrari, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Mediobanca
  • Will Beeson, Head of Operations and Innovation, Civilised Bank
  • Simon CadburyDirector of Strategy and Innovation, Intelligent Environments

2017 POWER 50 Awards

The Digital Banking Club 2017 Power 50 winners will be invited to join us and receive their awards at our Live Debate.

 The Award Categories in 2017:

  • Personality of the Year
  • Digital Financial Services Power 50
  • Digital Financial Services Rising Stars
  • Digital Innovation in Collections
  • Digital Innovation in Vehicle Finance.


The Law Society, London WC2A 1PL

Douglas Blakey

Douglas Blakey

Editor, Retail Banker International and Chair of the Digital Banking Club

Douglas is Group Editor, Consumer Finance at Verdict, chief of judges for the annual Retail Banker International Awards and lead market advisor for Verdict’s retail banking research division. This division produces and maintains more than 50 market leading research reports and has undertaken bespoke consultancy projects for banks, vendors and their advisors. Douglas practiced as a solicitor in Scotland before moving into business information and analysis. He maintains an editorial advisory board of leading bank executives and is a regular guest banking analyst with BBC, NBC, New Statesman and other leading media.

Hilda Jenkins

Hilda Jenkins

Digital Experience and Engagement Director, Barclays

Hilda Jenkins is helping the bank transform and bringing intuitive, frictionless, seamless digital experiences and engagement to the bank’s customers on web and mobile channels. She is responsible for the creation of the customer experience strategy for Barclays UK Digital Channels, and created a best-in-class mobile first strategy for the bank. Jenkins helped to deliver the first mobile site for and was head of technology at Tesco.

Megan Caywood

Megan Caywood

Chief Platform Officer, Starling Bank

Megan is Chief Platform Officer at Starling Bank, leading platform and API Strategy, partnerships and the development of the Starling Marketplace. Starling Bank is a leading challenger bank in the UK that was founded in 2014 by Anne Boden, former COO of Allied Irish Bank. In 2016 they raised $70 million in their first round of funding and received their official banking license. Prior to Starling, Megan worked in technology in San Francisco, having led product development at Intuit and Xero, two of the world's largest financial technology companies. Megan holds five patents in financial technology, and regularly writes and speaks on the subject. She is now residing in the UK on a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, recognised for her work in digital technology.

Pol Navarro

Pol Navarro

Digital Innovation and Transformation Director, TSB Bank

Pol Navarro is currently digital innovation and transformation director at TSB Bank as well as a keynote and associate professor of digital business at ESADE Business School. He was previously head of digital transformation at Banco Sabadell. Navarro is a highly qualified digital business, customer service and e-commerce strategist, and a recognised thought leader who has spoken internationally on several banking, mobile and internet conferences. He studied computer sciences at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

Roberto Ferrari

Roberto Ferrari

Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Mediobanca

Roberto Ferrari is general manager at CheBanca!, the digital and multi-channel bank of Mediobanca Group. Previously, Ferrari was marketing and partnership VP for Compass, the con¬sumer finance and payment company of Mediobanca. He developed his career as former western Europe marketing director at Procter & Gamble, focused on strategic and operational marketing, product innovation and launches across Europe. He earned a degree in Economics and Business Administration at the Federico II University in Naples.

Will Beeson

Will Beeson

Head of Operations and Innovation, Civilised Bank

Will Beeson is part of the founding team and head of operations and innovation at UK challenger bank CivilisedBank. After starting his career as an analyst at Citigroup in New York, Beeson spent seven years in Europe advising and managing financial services companies through the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent European sovereign crisis. He is a writer and frequent speaker at banking and fintech conferences, and is the creator and host of Rebank: Banking the Future, a leading fintech podcast. He is also a chartered financial analyst charterholder.

Simon Cadbury

Simon Cadbury

Director of Strategy and Innovation, Intelligent Environments

Simon is a product marketer and strategist with 18 years’ experience working for a range of major international brands. Simon’s role is to work with Intelligent Environments’ investors to set and deliver the company’s mid and long term strategy, as well as overall responsibility for the product development and management of Interact; the company's core product offering. Simon joined in 2013 from Lloyds Banking Group where he was responsible for payment technology and also sat on the Credit Card divisions leadership team. Prior to this he worked on the launch of a number of firsts in new technology – the Blackberry (BT Cellnet), BT Openzone (BT Retail), 3G Live! (Vodafone Australia) and Sky HD (BSKYB).

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