This event will stimulate high-level discussion around innovations within the payments ecosystem and how they have encouraged businesses to drive productivity through frictionless payments and the potential for Paytech innovation.
As part of a wider initiative exploring how the Direct Debit product can be improved to better serve the needs of SMEs, Bacs launched a research piece with the IoD, which formed part of the Policy Voice survey that was sent out in October 2016. Through this research, in-depth behavioural insights into how businesses use payment services were gathered.
Why you need to attend
- Find out how innovations in the payment industry can help your business now
- Understand how the future potential for frictionless payments could help you drive productivity in your business
- Get a unique opportunity to put your questions directly to the industry experts
Date & time: 04 Apr 2017 08:00 - 11:00
Location: Institute of Directors, London
25.00 GBP + VAT - Member rate
30.00 GBP + VAT - Non-member rate
Host: James Sproule, Chief Economist and Director of Policy, IoD
James Sproule has been Chief Economist and Director of Policy for the Institute of Directors since January 2014. Prior to joining the IoD James lead Accenture’s UK Research and global Capital Markets Research where he focused on Thought Leadership. He started his financial career as a merchant bank economist working with both Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort, and eventually helped to found the boutique bank Augusta and Company.
Before embarking on a career in economics, James was a signals officer in the Royal Navy.
Anne Pieckielon, Director of Product and Strategy, Bacs
Anne is responsible for delivering the company strategy to ensure that Bacs products and services are successfully delivered. She is responsible for Direct Debit, Bacs Direct Credit and the Current Account Switch Service. Anne’s team lead strategic engagement with key stakeholders, including Government and Regulators.
Anne has directed a series of major developments for Bacs. These include a technology refresh, improving stakeholder access to Bacs, establishing the Affiliates proposition and leading CASS towards Regulatory recognition. She is also responsible for gender diversity and inclusion within Bacs, and she is a champion of the HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter.
Jason Kitcat, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Crunch
Jason Kitcat is a champion for digital transformation and passionate about micro-businesses and public policy (jasonkitcat.com). He is Head of Policy & Public Affairs at Crunch, which includes being Micro-Business Ambassador for Chorus. He was previously award-winning Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, a member of the UK’s first ever Green council administration. Jason sat on the Leading members group for the Key Cities association of 26 mid-size cities and also had a number of roles at the Local Government Association.
Andrea Dunlop, CEO – Acquiring & Card Solutions, Paysafe
Since Andrea joined Paysafe Group Plc (formerly Optimal Payments Plc) in February 2013, she has established Paysafe’s Acquiring Business in Europe which went live in 2014. She has also scaled up the card issuing business to become one of the top white-label prepaid providers in Europe. With over 16 years’ experience in the financial sector, Andrea has in-depth knowledge across many aspects of payments; from Acquiring and Issuing, to Mobile solutions. Prior to joining Paysafe, Andrea ran her own consultancy and led successful programmes for organisations such as Barclaycard, CapitalOne, Experian and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Rich Wagner, Founder and CEO of APS financial
Rich Wagner has nearly 30 years of payment experience from both the US and UK markets, and is recognized as one of the leading innovators in this industry.
He is founder and CEO of APS financial a leading challenger to banks offering digital banking and credit solutions to consumers and SMEs. He has created one of the most awarded payments companies in Europe, and was recognised by the London Stock Exchange as one of 1000 companies that inspire Britain. He was instrumental in driving the Bank of England’s policy announcement in June ’16 to provide access to non-banks in the future.
Bacs has been maintaining the integrity of payment related
services since 1968, with responsibility for the schemes behind Direct Debit
and Bacs Direct Credit, as well as services such as the Cash ISA Transfer
Service, and the Current Account Switch Service. Sitting at the centre of the
UK payments landscape, Bacs has long been committed to working strategically
and collaboratively across the payments industry, providing the tools and
services that enable businesses to meet the evolving payment needs of their
Over 150 thousand organisations use Bacs services. Almost nine
out of 10 British adults have at least one Direct Debit commitment, with 73 per
cent of household bills paid this way, and around 90% of people receive their
wages and salaries via Bacs Direct Credit. As a not for profit company sitting
at the centre of the payments ecosystem, Bacs is ideally placed to foster
innovation and competition for new services. This is supported by our extensive
independent research programme which looks at the future needs of businesses
and their customers for payment services and how they can boost access,
productivity and financial capability.