FinTech North Leeds 2018

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aql Salem Church

11-15 Hunslet Road


LS10 1JQ

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We are proud to announce FinTech North Leeds 2018 - a showcase FinTech conference as part of the Leeds Digital Festival on Thursday 26th April 2018.

Following last year's sell-out event, this all day conference aims to attract over 400 delegates from the Leeds city region for a full day conference with networking, keynote speeches, pitching sessions and interactive Q&As.

With delegates from the wider Financial services industry, we have already taken pre-bookings from: Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, Barclays, First Direct, Leeds Building Society, Yorkshire Building Society, Yorkshire Bank and many major local tech companies including BJSS, Curo, Computer Share, DAC Beachcroft, Equiniti, Womble Bond Dickenson


  • 8:00 Networking Breakfast - sponsored by Leeds City Council

  • 8:45 Opening - Julian Wells, Director, FinTech North & Whitecap Consulting

  • 8:50 Welcome - Adam Beaumont, CEO, aql

    FinTech Landscape

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

  • 9:20 Keynote: Henri Murison, Chief Executive, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

  • 9:40 Keynote: Sameer Gulati, Head of Policy & Regulation, Innovate Finance

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

  • 10:20 Panel Session – Chaired by Chris Sier

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

  • 10:40 Morning Break

    FinTech Fundamentals

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

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

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

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

  • 12:30 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

  • 13.00 Tom Riordan - Chief Executive, Leeds City Council

  • 13:10 FinTech North Lean Lunch, sponsored by DAC Beachcroft

    FinTech Showcase

  • 14:00 International FinTech Showcase, in partnership with Department for International Trade

    Pitches from a selection of 6-8 UK & international FinTechs

  • 15:25 Funding discussion panel – Chaired by Sara Parker, North Invest

    – Nick Horrocks, Director, GP Bullhound

    – Zandra Moore, CEO, Panintelligence

    – Dr. Graham Davies, Investment Director, Mercia Technologies

  • 15:55 Blockchain & innovation – Carl Austin, CTO, BJSS

  • 16:15 Machine learning & data science – Dr Steven Finlay, Head of Analytics, Computershare

  • 16:35 Case study: Open Banking at First Direct – Nick Harrison, Commercial Director, First Direct

  • 16:55 Chairman’s closing remarks - Chris Sier

  • 17:00 Drinks Reception – Sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson

The Venue: AQL Salem Chapel

The historic Salem Chapel combines elegance and character with cutting edge technology and features everything you would expect from a 21st century venue and more. In addition to the main auditorium, there is an exhibition hall with an adjoining bar and refreshments area. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the building courtesy of aql.

(Please note - the venue for this event has no disabled access).

Thanks to our Sponsors





Curo Transatlantic


Equiniti Credit Services


Leeds City Council

Leeds Digital Festival


Innovate Finance

International Business Festival

University of Manchester


North Invest

Whitecap Consulting White Label Crowdfunding Womble Bond Dickinson

DAC Beachcroft

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11-15 Hunslet Road


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