Our Advisory Panel

The experts who are supporting and mentoring our Innovators' journey.

Siobhan Clarke

Chair of Advisory Panel

Head of International Investment Operations, M&G Investments

Advice to Innovators:

“Make sure you are clear on the business problem the technology is trying to solve”

Olivia Vinden

Deputy Chair of Advisory Panel

Head of FinTech and Innovation, UK, Alpha FMC

Advice to Innovators:

In the words of Simon Sinek “Start with why…”

John Macpherson

Deputy Chair of Advisory Panel

Independent Advisor

Advice to Innovators:

“More is learnt in rejection than in acceptance if you are prepared to listen.”

John Thompson

Delivery Lead – Investments, Standard Life Aberdeen

Advice to Innovators:

“Clearly identify your USP along the value chain, engage early with both prospective customers and regulators and embrace agile practises.”

Markus Lohman

Global Head of IT, Allianz Global Investors

Advice to Innovators:

“Listen activley to your target audience and test ideas fast.”

Sally Evans

Head of Operating Model Transformation, Aviva Investors

Advice to Innovators:

“Don’t be distracted by the naysayers!”


Giuseppe Tedone

Head of Global Portfolio Solutions, Barings Asset Management

Advice to Innovators:

“Think big, start small, act fast”

Joe Parkin

Head of Banks and Digital Channels in the UK, BlackRock

Advice to Innovators:

“Get live quickly with a Minimal Loveable Product (MLP) and learn from your customers”

Frank Roden

Head of Asset Management EMEA, BNP Paribas Securities Services

Advice to Innovators:

“Don’t be afraid to get things wrong from time to time but learn to fail quickly! Be brave, push boundaries and collaborate in the process.”

Gareth Johnson

Head of Digital Channels and Investment Services, Brewin Dolphin

Advice to Innovators:

“Do or do not, there is no try!”

Caroline Abbondanza

Caroline Abbondanza

Group CTO, Brooks Macdonald

Advice to Innovators:

“This sector is open to innovation, seize the opportunity”

Adam Bradbury

Product Development and Strategy, Citi

Advice to Innovators:

‘To quote Steve Blank, “…no facts exist inside the building, only opinions.” continually validate both your riskiest assumptions and the subsequent solutions.’

Charles Kerrigan

Partner & Global Head of FinTech, CMS

Advice to Innovators:

“Know your (target) customer”

James Perrin

COO of Distribution at Columbia Threadneedle

Richard Partridge

Head of Global Digital Wealth at Fidelity International

Advice to Innovators:

“Focus on customers – build it and show us customers using it.”

Colin Bennett

Head of Digital Distribution, Global, GAM (UK) Limited

Advice to Innovators:

“Know your customer. Relentlessly validate your idea in partnership with your market. Make your product a must have, not a nice to have”

Chris Worle

CTO, Hargreaves Lansdown

Advice to Innovators:

“Discover and then never lose sight of the customer need. Always question the value and benefit you are bringing to them”

Mark Whitcroft

Partner, Illuminate Financial

Advice to Innovators:

“Partnering with the right people and organisations early on can make all the difference to success”

Dan Costa

Dan Costa

Head of Technology Development, Insight Investment

“Test your assumptions, get feedback and test them again.”

Matthieu Grosclaude

COO, EMEA, Invesco

Anne Grim

Independent Advisor

Advice to Innovators:

“Keep the customer at the centre of your thinking – focus on their problem; get feedback; continually test and refine.”

Stuart Davis

Senior Associate and FinTech lead, Latham & Watkins

Advice to Innovators:

“Always consider how regulation will impact your business and embed compliance within your systems and culture right from the start.”

Brenda Sklar

Global Chief Operating Officer, Legal & General Investment Management

Cecile Rousseau

Chief Technology Officer, Ruffer LLP

Advice to Innovators:

“There are multiple paths to innovation. It is less about offering products than understanding clients’ problems and possible solutions.”

Graham Kellen

CTO, Schroders Personal Wealth

Advice to Innovators:

“Aim for the highest peak you see and keep climbing, one step at a time and never stop.”

Dr Paul Aldrich

Managing Director, Talent Impacts

Advice to Innovators:

“Coach and be coached”

Jeremy Leung, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Executive Director, UBS Asset Management

Advice to Innovators:

“Continuously test and refine your initial idea. Be humble and learn from your mistakes.”

James Hubbard

Fund Manager, Wesleyan

Advice to Innovators:

“Every industry has locked doors blocking the way to progress. Innovation is the key to opening them.”