Graham Kellen

CDO (Chair of Velocity Advisory Panel), Schroders
Advice to Innovators
“Aim for the highest peak you see and keep climbing, one step at a time and never stop.”

Derrick Hastie

Global Head of Data Technology, Aegon Asset Management
Advice to Innovators
“Make sure your solving real problems for your customer…”

Markus Lohman

Global Head of IT, Allianz Global Investors
Advice to Innovators
“Listen actively to your target audience and test ideas fast.”

John Thompson

Delivery Lead, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Advice to Innovators
“Clearly identify your USP along the value chain, engage early with both prospective customers and regulators and embrace agile practises.”

Sally Evans

Head of Operating Model Transformation, Aviva Investors
Advice to Innovators

“Don’t be distracted by the naysayers!”

Olivia Vinden

Head of Fintech and Innovation, UK, Alpha FMC
Advice to Innovators
In the words of Simon Sinek “Start with why…”

Giuseppe Tedone

Head of Global Portfolio Solutions, Barings Asset Management
Advice to Innovators
“Think big, start small, act fast”

Frank Roden

Head of Asset Management EMEA, BNP Paribas Securities Services
Advice to Innovators
“Don’t be afraid to get things wrong from time to time but learn to fail quickly! Be brave, push boundaries and collaborate in the process.”

Gareth Johnson

Head of Digital Channels and Investment Services, Brewin Dolphin
Advice to Innovators
Do or do not, there is no try!”

Jason Wood

COO, Brooks Macdonald
Advice to Innovators
‘There’s no monopoly on good ideas’

Adam Bradbury

Product Development and Strategy, Citi
Advice to Innovators
‘To quote Steve Blank, “…no facts exist inside the building, only opinions.” continually validate both your riskiest assumptions and the subsequent solutions.’

James Perrin

COO of Distribution at Columbia Threadneedle
Advice to Innovators

Richard Partridge

Head of Global Digital Wealth at Fidelity International
Advice to Innovators
“Focus on customers – build it and show us customers using it.”

Stella Dang

Head of Investment Business Management, First State Investments
Advice to Innovators
“You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.”

Colin Bennett

Head of Digital Distribution, Global, GAM (UK) Limited
Advice to Innovators
“Know your customer. Relentlessly validate your idea in partnership with your market. Make your product a must have, not a nice to have”

Chris Worle

Group Director of Digital Marketing, Hargreaves Lansdown
Advice to Innovators
“Discover and then never lose sight of the customer need. Always question the value and benefit you are bringing to them”

Kate Land

Chief Data Scientist, Havelock london
Advice to Innovators
“Identify valuable problems and keep the solution as simple as possible, but no simpler”

Mark Whitcroft

Partner, Illuminate Financial
Advice to Innovators
“Partnering with the right people and organisations early on can make all the difference to success”

Dan Costa

Head of Technology Development, Insight Investment
Advice to Innovators

Matthieu Grosclaude

Advice to Innovators

Stuart Davis

Senior Associate and FinTech lead, Latham & Watkins
Advice to Innovators
“Always consider how regulation will impact your business and embed compliance within your systems and culture right from the start.”

Martijn Moerbeek

Group Digital Strategy & Innovation, Legal & General
Advice to Innovators
“Good execution and solid business models typically trump exotic technology”

Siobhan Clarke

COO Investment Operations, M&G Investments
Advice to Innovators
“Make sure you are clear on the business problem the technology is trying to solve”

Dr Paul Aldrich

Managing Director, Talent Impacts
Advice to Innovators
“Coach and be coached”

Jeremy Leung, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Executive Director, UBS Asset Management
Advice to Innovators
“Continuously test and refine your initial idea. Be humble and learn from your mistakes.”

James Hubbard

Fund Manager, Wesleyan
Advice to Innovators
“Every industry has locked doors blocking the way to progress. Innovation is the key to opening them.”

Anne Grim

Chief Customer Office, Independent advisor
Advice to Innovators
“Keep the customer at the centre of your thinking – focus on their problem; get feedback; continually test and refine.”

John Macpherson

CEO, Independent advisor
Advice to Innovators
“More is learnt in rejection than in acceptance if you are prepared to listen.”

Chris Cummings


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Digital Marketing Manager

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Head of Finance

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Media Relations Manager

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Government Affairs Manager

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