Advisory Team

Our advisory team is made up of leaders and commentators in the payments industry who, along with your input, help us set the agenda and select the topics for discussion.

Roger Alexander

Widely acknowledged as an industry expert in the card payments arena, Roger Alexander brings with him experience gained through a distinguished career that has included a significant period at Barclays Bank culminating in being appointed a Director of Barclaycard and Managing Director of Barclays Emerging Markets Group, followed by positions as CEO of S2 Card Services Ltd (previously Switch) and CEO of Elavon Merchant Services.
Roger has represented Barclays, Elavon and the UK on numerous card scheme advisory groups around the world, participated in OECD and governmental working groups and was recognised by the Industry in 2008 when he was awarded ‘Cards Personality of the Year’ at the UK Cards Awards. He currently holds a number of non-executive positions in the UK, including Accourt and The Logic Group, as well as with other businesses in the US and Denmark.

Dave Birch

David G.W. Birch is a Director of Consult Hyperion, the IT management consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions. Here he provides specialist consultancy support to clients around the world, including all of the leading payment brands, major telecommunications providers, government bodies and international organisations including the OECD. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America.

Described at the Oxford Internet Institute as “one of Britain’s most acute observers of the internet and social networks”, in The Telegraph as “one of the world’s leading experts on digital money”, in The Independent as a “grade-A geek”, by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as “one of the most user-friendly of the UK’s uber-techies” and in Financial World as “mad”, Dave is a member of the editorial board of the E-Finance & Payments Law and Policy, a columnist for SPEED and well-known for his thought leadership blogging at Tomorrow’s Transactions.

He has lectured to MBA level on the impact of new information and communications technologies, contributed to publications ranging from the Parliamentary IT Review to Prospect and Financial World. He wrote a Guardian column for many years. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world.

Twitter: @dgwbirch

William James 

Will James is a partner in the Payments Team at the law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP, he has a specific interest in payment systems and networks and their interaction with participants in the payments value chain. Over the last five years Will has been involved in some of the major transactions in the merchant acquiring and payment processing sector advising significant financial institutions in relation to their card issuing and merchant acquiring businesses. He has worked on a wide variety of payment related transactions including BIN sponsorship and affinity arrangements between retailers and card issuers.
In relation to future developments in payments, Will has been engaged with one of the first UK based mobile phone payment solutions and has worked in-house with a major UK retail bank on elements of its digital payment strategy.
Will is a regular contributor to discussions and forums on payments issues

Twitter: @will_wiggle

Ron Kalifa

Ron Kalifa is Deputy Chairman of WorldPay, having led the global merchant services business through its transition to a standalone company where he took the role of CEO, following its sale by RBS in 2010 to Advent International and Bain Capital. Ron has had a varied international career in NatWest and The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. In the US, Ron was COO for Bancorp based in Pennsylvania. In 1999 Ron was appointed Head of Internet Banking for the RBS Group.

He joined WorldPay in 2002 and built the business via acquisition, first heading up the WorldPay gateway business following its acquisition by RBS in 2002, integrating it first with NatWest’s Streamline business and then leading the acquisitions for Bibit, TrustMarque International, Lynk and Cardsave over the following years to create the leading global payments business WorldPay is today. He has also held the role of Head of Global Merchant Services and Commercial Cards and Head of Product Management, GTS with responsibility for RBS’s Global Trade Finance and International Cash Management businesses as well as Commercial Cards, Global Travel Money Services, Hanco and Global Merchant Services.

David Yates

David Yates joined VocaLink as CEO in 2012 bringing to the role nearly 30 years of experience in the payments and transaction processing industries.

Prior to joining VocaLink, David was President of Western Union with responsibility for Business Development and Innovation. At Western Union, David oversaw the development of strategy for e-Commerce, Mobile Payments, Business Payments and Pre-Paid Cards. Previously he spent six years at First Data Corporation (FDC), most recently as Executive Vice President managing all of FDC’s activities outside of the US, including merchant acquiring, merchant transaction processing, issuer processing and ATM network solutions business units. David has also served in executive roles with several major international corporations, including IBM, General Electric and American Management Systems.

David currently serves on the Board of WorldPay, Europe’s largest acquirer and e-Commerce specialist. David has a master’s degree in law from Oxford University and is fluent in German and French.