FinTech North Manchester Conference

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FinTech North Manchester Conference 30/11/2021 9:00

We are delighted to return to face-to-face events with our first physical Manchester conference since 2019! The FinTech North Manchester conference is hosted in partnership with LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group), a leading global financial markets infrastructure and data provider.

We are delighted to confirm that the Ravi Bhalla, Head of Department for Data, Technology and Innovation, FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) will deliver a keynote speech at the event. We will also feature keynotes from our Chair Dr. Chris Sier and our sponsors Refinitiv.

Please see below for our agenda complete with timings. The event itself will take place at the University of Manchester’s Whitworth Hall. 

FinTech has long had the unique potential to impact societal and financial change. Over the past 18 months, FinTech innovation has helped us all survive and in some cases even thrive. In light of the Kalifa Review’s recommendation that increased National Connectivity is key to the UK’s FinTech strategy, we believe it’s an exciting time to be part of Northern FinTech. What better place to start than one of the North’s most exciting ecosystems – Manchester!

At the conference we will engage with the international and national FinTech landscape, explore UK and regional FinTech, take a deep dive into the Greater Manchester FinTech ecosystem and showcase some of the region’s innovative start-ups and scale-ups.

Throughout the pandemic, FinTech North has reached our entire Northern community with our virtual conferences and events, irrespective of geography. This year we are planning to live-stream and record the conference to maintain accessibility for those who are unable to join us on the day in Manchester.

Delegates can expect:

Networking opportunities with the Northern FinTech Community

To enhance their knowledge of UK FinTech

To find out what FinTech innovation is taking place in Greater Manchester and beyond

Breakfast, lunch and refreshments across the day

General admission tickets are priced at £75. Virtual tickets are free. We have also included the option for Virtual attendees to donate / pay as they feel to support FinTech North.

The FinTech North Manchester conference is hosted in partnership with LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group), Infinity Works, part of AccentureOpenMoney, Shoosmiths, Fund Her North, MIDAS (Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency), pro-manchester and The University of Manchester.



9.00-10.00am – Breakfast and Networking

10.00-10.10 Welcome from FinTech North & University of Manchester

Joe Roche, Engagement Manager, FinTech North

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President & Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester

Julian Wells, Director, Whitecap Consulting & FinTech North

Morning Session: National FinTech and Global Trends

10.10-10.30 The Evolution of UK FinTech

Chris Sier, Chairman, FinTech North

10.30-10.50 UK FinTech Sector Update

Innovate Finance

10.50-11.10 Ongoing FinTech Research

Professor Markos Zachariadis

11.10-11.30 UK FinTech Innovation & Regulation

Ravi Bhalla, Head of Technology, Innovation & Data, FCA

11.30-12.10 Panel Discussion: FinTech in Manchester, sponsored by Infinity Works, part of Accenture

Kimberley Waldron (Chair), Founder, SkyParlour

Rachel Kenyon, Business Engagement Manager, University of Manchester

Matt Elliott, Co Founder & CEO, Nivo

Vanessa Harding, Managing Director and North West Co-lead, Accenture

Richard Hayes, CEO & Founder, Mojo Mortgages

Rachel Eyre, Business Development Manager, MIDAS

12.10-1pm – Lunch & refreshments

– How is the university working with partners on FinTech R&D? Throughout the conference the University’s Business Engagement & Knowledge Exchange team will be available for participants to drop-in to find out about how businesses can access academic expertise through collaborations. The team will be in Committee Room B, beneath Whitworth Hall, and also available on Zoom via the link  

1-1.45pm – Panel Discussion in partnership with OpenMoney: “Is FinTech helping Financial Inclusion?” 

Anthony Morrow, CEO, OpenMoney

Vicky Gosling OBE, Chief Strategy Officer, Auden

Laura Pomfret, Co Founder, Financielle

Jemma Jackson, Head of PR, interactive investor

1.45 – 2.05 North West Funding Report Launch

Piers Dryden, Partner, Brabners

2.05-2.50pm – Panel Discussion in partnership with Fund Her North: Female Entrepreneurship and Funding

Jordan Dargue, Investment Director at North Invest and Founder, Fund Her North (chair)

Heather Waters, Regional Ecosystem Manager, Natwest Business

Amy Whitell, CEO & Co-founder, Collctiv

Sally Cowling – Angel Investor

Eleanor Simmons, Consultant, Whitecap Consulting

2.50-4.30pm – Manchester FinTech Showcase:

Accenture – Graham Cressey, Senior Manager

Hydr – Nicola Weedall, Founder

SimpleInsight – Michael Stewart, Founder – SimpleInsight

HouseFlow – Joe Shalom, Founder – HouseFlow

Financielle – Holly Holland and Laura Pomfret, Co-Founders – Financielle

RD Vault – Shoayb Patel, CEO – RD Vault

Digital Oracles – Sara Simeone, CEO

xDesign – Matt Ward, Client Services Director

Leonard Cheshire – Jen Sweeney, Regional Fundraising Development Manager

Tech Passport – Layla White, Founder

Ving.AI – Benjamin Ndubuisi, Founder

Data on Demand – Simon Gregory, Sales Director

Tasika/Comply Radar – Lee Melia, Co-Founder

Rupee (Brazil) – Guilherme Baumworcel, CEO

Goldman Sachs – Winston Pearson, OpenBanking Product Manager

Verlingue – Mark Robinson, Sales Director

PollenPay – Leon Wilson, CEO

Spondula – Paul Haberlin, Operations

SportFin – Siddesh Iyer, CEO and Founder

4.30pm – Closing Remarks & Drinks Reception, sponsored by LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group)


For any speaking, partnership or sponsorship enquiries – please contact FinTech North Engagement Manager Joe Roche (


Covid Precautions at the University in advance of our Manchester Conference: 

All attendees & speakers are asked to take a Lateral Flow Test 24hrs+before the event 

We ask anyone experiencing symptoms, or who has a positive test result, to not attend on the day and instead join virtually via our live-stream

Attendees are asked to wear face masks when moving around the building, but are not expected to wear them whilst sat down or enjoying food and refreshments

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Whitworth Hall, University of Manchester
Whitworth Building, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL

T: +44 (0)113 834 3133

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