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We are proud to announce FinTech North Leeds 2018 – a showcase fintech conference as part of the Leeds Digital Festival.

This conference will aim to attract 300 delegates from the Leeds city region for a full day conference with networking, keynote speeches, pitching sessions and interactive Q&As.

FinTech North Leeds promises to be an unmissable event for anyone working in technology, the financial services and the multitude of businesses for whom FinTech applications are likely to have a significant impact. The conference is expected to be an extremely popular event and places are running out fast.

Please click here to book your space.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact us at fintechnorth@whitecapconsulting.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you at FinTech North Leeds 2018!


8:00 am                     Networking Breakfast – sponsored by Leeds City Council

8:45 am                     Julian Wells, Director, FinTech North & Whitecap Consulting

8:50 am                     Welcome: Adam Beaumont, CEO, aql

FinTech Landscape

9:00 am                     Chris Sier, FinTech Envoy (England), HM Treasury – Conference Chair

9:20 am                     Driving the North’s ambition; Contribution of Fin Tech to the Northern Powerhouse

Henri Murison, Chief Executive, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

9:40 am                     Sameer Gulati, Head of Policy & Research, Innovate Finance

10:00 am                     Anna Wallace, Innovate Head of Department, Financial Conduct Authority

10:20 am                     Panel Session – Chaired by Chris Sier

Speakers joined by Ross Mumford, Assistant Director Financial Services, CBI

10:40 am                      Morning Break

FinTech Fundamentals

11:10 am                     Innovation from within, the story of B – Fergus Murphy, Group Customer Value Director, CYBG

11:30 am                     Artificial Intelligence & the Toronto Tech story – Stuart Sherman, CEO, IMC

11:50 am                     Launch of the FinTech Forum – David Dalton-Brown, Director General, TISA

12:10 pm                     Building a Regional FinTech business – Richard Carter, Managing Director, Equiniti Credit Services

12:30 pm                     Skills & Resources panel session: Chaired by Lal Tawney, Director, Whitecap Consulting

Joined by:

Paul Connell, Founder, ODI Leeds

Dr Iain Clacher, Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance, University of Leeds

Andy Lima, Digital Strategist, School of Strategy, Marketing & Communication, Leeds Beckett University

Catherine O’Connor, Head of School of Arts and Communication, Leeds Trinity University

John Holdsworth, Operations & Technology Business Development Director, Vocalink

1.00 pm                     Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council

1:10 pm                     FinTech North Lean Lunch, sponsored by DAC Beachcroft

 FinTech Showcase

2:00 pm                     International FinTech Showcase, in partnership with Department for International Trade Pitches from a selection of 6-8 UK & international FinTechs

3:25 pm                     Funding discussion panel – Chaired by Sara Parker, North Invest

Javed Huq, Vice President, GP Bullhound

Zandra Moore, CEO, Panintelligence

Dr. Graham Davies, Investment Director, Mercia Technologies

3:55 pm                     Blockchain & innovation – Carl Austin, CTO, BJSS

4:15 pm                      AI and decision making in a post GDPR world – Dr Steven Finlay, Head of Analytics, Computershare

4:35 pm                     Case study: Open Banking at First Direct – Nick Harrison, Commercial Director, First Direct

4:55 pm                     Chairman’s closing remarks (Chris Sier)

5:00 pm                     Drinks Reception – Sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson


26th April 2018
08:00 - 19:00
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FinTech North
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