Afternoon Tea Discussion – 16th September 2014

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 in Previous events

Afternoon Tea Discussion: “When do you build, buy or partner to innovate in payments?”

Tuesday, 16th Septemer 2014 – 5pm until 8pm            

Addleshaw Goddard LLP, London EC1                                   

Discussion Panel:

Paul Stoddart, Managing Director of Strategy & Business Development, VocaLink

Udayan Goyal, Founder, Anthemis Group and FT Advisors

Mike Walters, Product Director, Global Payment Acceptance, Barclaycard

Scott Abrahams, Group Head, Acceptance UK and Ireland, MasterCard Worldwide

Ed Chandler, CEO, Kalixa


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Not a day goes by without the announcement of a new partnership or acquisition in the payments world.  Where new payment solutions are being built by incumbent banks, payment providers or start-ups.  Many large players are developing ‘design labs’ to allow blue-sky thinking and innovation unencumbered by legacy thinking.   Emerging payments models are evolving at a rapid pace and senior management teams need to make crucial decisions  in how to maximise speed to market and domain knowledge expertise to gain competitive advantage.  It’s not just in the Fintech space that the right decision to build, buy or partner is at stake.  Distribution of new products especially in the acquiring eco-system is also an area that attracts partnership and investment deals.  So when is the right time to make that key move to gain competitive advantage?  How do you balance multiple factors to ensure the optimum route to innovate in payments and what are those factors?  Join our panel, who will give their perspective on how their companies have achieved the right strategic approach to innovate.  This is also your opportunity to add your thoughts to the discussion as many of our regular audience members have been involved in building solutions, buying companies and developing strategic partnerships multiple times.



Panel Profiles




131227_Paul StoddartPaul Stoddart joined the Board of VocaLink Ltd in June 2012 as Managing Director responsible for Strategy, Corporate Development, Marketing and the UK & International Product portfolios incl. Bacs, Faster Payments, Mobile and Immediate Payment Services.  Paul’s previous role was at Barclays where he was responsible for M&A and Asset Disposals for Barclaycard globally, covering Credit Card Issuing, Merchant Acquiring, Retail & Motor Finance, Loyalty & Reward.   Prior to this Paul spent over 10 years at RBS where he held a number of senior roles in Group Corporate Development and Retail and latterly in Global Transactions Services where he ran Product and Marketing for WorldPay for 4 years and then led M&A and Corporate Development activities including developing major commercial relationships with Fortune 500 companies globally.  Outside of VocaLink, Paul is a Non-Executive Director of Invitation Digital, the UK’s leading web and mobile vouchers and discount codes business, now majority owned by Vodafone Group.



UdayGoyalUdayan Goyal is a respected proponent, commentator and domain expert for technology driven reformation in banking and financial services. He is one of the founders of the digital financial services company Anthemis Group and was a seed investor in (Bank)Simple. He serves as a Board Director with Moven and Zyfin and also advises several digital financial startups, including those in the Anthemis Group portfolio and has led on a number of innovation projects including the UK mobile payments system, Zapp.  One of the most respected deal-makers in the financial technology space, Udayan has completed over 200 deals, including a number of recent flagship transactions such as Worldpay, Interswitch and Network International, Times of Money and Skrill.  He was formerly the Managing Director and Global Head of Financial Technology Advisory at Deutsche Bank and prior to that was at Credit Suisse.



MikeWaltersMike Walters is responsible for the product management, delivery, performance and profitability of Barclaycard’s Payment Acceptance Products, including Card Acquiring Services, Payment Gateways, Fraud management, Card Scheme Compliance and Innovation agenda. Mike joined Barclays as a graduate in 2002 and moved quickly through the ranks to manage large UK and multinational corporate relationships for the group, including securing successful FTSE 100 clients.  From 2009, he was Regional Director for North American Financial Institutions following the formation of Global Transactional Sales.  As Head of Corporate Payments from 2010, he was responsible for the products and services used by Barclays’ Corporate clients in the UK, ranging from physical cash and cheques to complex electronic payment solutions including the development of the multi-award winning Pingit for Corporates


ScottAbrahamsScott Abrahams is group head, Acceptance for UK and Ireland MasterCard Worldwide. He is responsible for developing and executing the UK&I Acceptance sales and marketing strategy to drive Acceptance growth and increase revenue performance.  Before joining MasterCard, he was VP and General Manager of Global Supplier Relations EMEA at American Express,  responsible for revenues from suppliers such as British Airways, Emirates, Air France and Hilton.  Earlier on, he also held the positions of Vice President of Client Management UK and General Manager Nordics at American Express.  Prior to this, Scott was Head of Relationship Management at Barclays Bank.  He began his career at Sainsbury’s where he ultimately moved into a project management role, accountable for the movement and banking of all Sainsbury’s physical and electronic turnover.



EdChandlerEd Chandler is Chief Executive Officer of Kalixa (, the next generation payments company that is disrupting the digital payments and fintech space. Ed has been in the payments industry for 10 years and has launched a number of pioneering services in Europe – including MasterCard Mobile Payments and Europe’s first contactless, transit and access phone (the Nokia 610) in partnership with O2 and Visa. Last year, Ed was voted the third most influential person in the European payments sector in the “Payments Power 10” alongside senior executives from Google, MasterCard, and PayPal. Prior to joining Kalixa, Ed held a number of senior positions at Tesco, Johnson & Johnson, Barclaycard and MasterCard.



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