Entry Requirements

We welcome nominations from anyone, in any relevant sector. Company must be in London.  Nominate yourself or nominate others, the choice is yours.  Simply complete the online nomination form and we’ll be in touch if you’re shortlisted.


Key Dates

  • Awards Launch – January, 2022
  • Closing Date For Applications –  Applications now closed
  • Shortlist Announcement – Week of 9th May
  • Shortlist Interviews – 14th & 15th June
  • Tickets to Awards On Sale – Week of 4th May
  • FinTech Awards London – Event & Ceremony – Wednesday 13th July, 2022

Judging Panel Chair

Charlotte Crosswell

Charlotte Crosswell

Chair of Open Banking; Non-Executive Director, Technology, Fintech and Innovation

Innovate Finance is the industry body representing the UK FinTech sector.

Prior to becoming Chair of Open Banking and CEO of Innovate Finance, Charlotte spent the majority of her financial services career in market infrastructure roles. Charlotte has held a number of management positions at Nasdaq and London Stock Exchange across international capital markets, equities, fixed income, OTC derivatives trading and clearing. In addition to her work with Innovate Finance, Charlotte is on the board of UK Finance, and also advises and sits on the boards of Government FinTech advisory groups, technology companies and FinTech start-ups.


Judges

Kate Rosenshine

Global Technology Lead, Unicorns & Scale Ups at Microsoft

Kate leads the Global Unicorn Cloud Technology team a Microsoft, focusing on digital native companies and building strong technology partnerships and supporting their expansion at scale through technology.

Kate joined Microsoft UK in 2017 to lead the Data and AI Cloud Solution Architecture team for Financial Services, a role in which she helped businesses shape their data strategies in a scalable and responsible way. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2017, Kate held global roles at start-ups in Israel and the UK, where she built and developed technical teams and shaped both technical and commercial strategies.

Kate holds a MSc in Molecular Biology and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

Stephen Kelly

Chair of Tech Nation

In June 2020, Stephen Kelly was appointed Chair of Tech Nation; the UK’s leading growth platform for tech scaleups and entrepreneurs.

Stephen’s personal commitment to the UK tech sector spans many roles. He is currently Chair of the Science & Technology Honours Committee, Board member of the No 10 Innovation Fellowships programme, a Director at Locum’s Nest, Chair at The Algorithm People, senior advisor to BlackRock, as well as an investor in a portfolio of high-growth companies. Stephen is the former CEO of global tech firms Sage, Micro Focus and Chordiant.

Stephen ran the Financial Services Industry Group for Oracle (EMEA) in the 90s, and then became part of the Californian startup team at fintech Chordiant, which grew from $0 to $100 million revenues in 4 years, with a $2 billion IPO on NASDAQ, where Stephen was CEO in the days before the terms ‘fintech’ or ‘unicorn’ existed. Stephen went on to scale more global technology companies and is unique as a CEO who successfully grew NASDAQ, FTSE100 and FTSE250 listed companies. He added approximately $10 billion of value to these companies, collectively, whilst CEO.

Stephen has also worked for the UK Government, in the capacity of Business Ambassador for Technology to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as well as as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing digital transformation for the UK Government.

An established Chair, Board Director, mentor and investor to many digital businesses and entrepreneurs, Stephen is passionate about building a thriving, diverse UK tech ecosystem, with strong social purpose, that creates opportunities for everyone and solves pressing socioeconomic challenges on a regional, national and global scale.

Neil Shah

Director, Tech Sector Specialist,
London Stock Exchange

Neil joined London Stock Exchange Group in July 2020 to lead business development for the tech and tech-enabled sectors. Neil is part of a 20-person primary markets team at the LSE spread across the globe and tasked with helping founders and boards to stay objective. They provide entrepreneurs with a sounding board throughout the IPO process and connect them with advisors to help them transition from private to public markets. They are also work with investors, policy makers, regulators and the wider ecosystem to make it even easier to match capital with the best ideas.

Previously, Neil worked as an investment banker for 15+ years. He started his career in the tech team at Dresdner Kleinwort in 2004 and joined Thomas Weisel Partners in 2009 where he co-founded their European technology investment banking franchise. TWP was acquired by Stifel in 2010 and Neil stayed on to help build Stifel’s global tech business for the next decade helping founders and venture & PE-backed businesses execute cross-border M&A and raise capital through IPOs and FOs across multiple markets.


Guest Judges

christopher woolard


Chris Woolard, CBE

EY Partner, UK FinTech Lead

Christopher Woolard CBE is a Partner at EY.  He leads FinTech for EY in the UK, EMEIA financial services regulation and chairs the EY Global Regulatory Network. Chris had a 25 year career in UK public service before joining EY in April 2021.

He previously served as interim Chief Executive of the Financial Conduct Authority in 2020, and also as Executive Director of Strategy and Competition and a member of the FCA’s board. He founded the FCA’s ‘Project Innovate,’ designed to encourage innovation in the financial services market, the FCA regulatory Sandbox and originated both the UK Digital Sandbox and the Global Financial Innovation Network, bringing together over 40 countries.

Chris was also a member of the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Committee and the Financial Policy Committee. He was the first chair of IOSCO’s Fintech Forum and a member of the FSB’s strategic risk committee.

Before joining the FCA, Chris held senior roles at Ofcom, the BBC and in the UK Civil Service. Chris was awarded a CBE by HM the Queen in 2021 for services to financial regulation and FinTech. He is also a freeman of the City of London.

anita kimber

Anita Kimber

EY EMEIA Business Transformation Leader

Anita leads the transformation practice for EY EMEIA Financial Services. Through offerings such as transformation architecture, business experience, design and execution, EY teams leverage their skills and capabilities, and those of its partners, to help solve clients’ most complex issues.

Anita has a track record of success working with CEOs, COOs and CIOs of major banks and insurers globally by helping to execute their business strategies of end-to-end digitization, cost reduction, market differentiation and growth. She is also proud to have facilitated open banking and innovation for one of the UK’s largest financial institutions.

Anita works closely with FinTechs and innovators across the industry to help drive better financial outcomes for consumers and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).  Anita previously led the Financial Services Consulting team in EY Asia-Pacific, driving business model optimization through digital transformation and FinTech collaboration.  Anita earned her postgraduate qualification in Strategy and Innovation at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

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