Meet the women who are giving back and paying it forward as the dedicated Committee members responsible for managing the Women in Payments EMEA Awards.
Chief Operating Officer
Maria has built a career in the high growth tech and fintech space, and has been recognised as one of the top 25 women leaders in European fintech. She was an early employee at GoCardless, Monzo, and Snyk, where she played a key role in establishing the cultural and operational foundations for their success. Her career sweet spot is helping fintechs establish the right environment to scale successfully and deliver value to both customers and employees.
Chief Customer Officer
Charlotte, as chief customer officer is responsible for growing relationships with American Express customers internationally. By developing best-in-class products, evolving how to attract new customers and enhancing capabilities and processes, Charlotte and her team are transforming how the company connects with customers and enriching what it means to be a member.
Charlotte is passionate about ensuring AXP is a welcoming place where everyone can bring their whole selves to work.
Head of Policy
In her career Kate has led change and transformation in payments, banking, and operations. She specialises in leading large transformational programmes for end-to-end payments in financial services.
Recently, Kate worked as a senior advisor on payment systems at the PSR. Previously she worked in several roles at Lloyds and led payment integrations for the merger with Halifax Bank of Scotland, and the Verde Divestment, ultimately becoming TSB's Payments Director.
Chief Executive Officer
Hannah Fitzsimons joined Cashflows in May 2022 after over ten years at Elavon, holding several positions and working her way up to EVP and General Manager.Hannah has spent her career working across the finance and fintech industry in roles at Citibank and Natwest. She is an experienced leader and has built high-achieving, international teams with a track record of fast expansion and growth, as well as being a champion for workplace diversity and innovation.
Chief Business Development Officer
Kate has worked in financial services for over 20 years. Through a number of diverse roles in marketing, product development, technology and payments, the common thread for Kate is the delivery of great end user journeys and solutions. Kate is on the executive of Pay.UK, the UK’s retail payment system operator. Kate leads the Business Development function at Pay.UK, focussing on product management and development, supporting new business and Fraud. Pay.UK has the purpose to power payments, champion innovation and give the UK choice in how it pays.
Managing Director, Liquidity & Account Solutions Business Development, Global
Simona Giaquinto, Managing Director, is the Global Business Development Lead for Account Solutions, within JPMorgan Payments. Her team is accountable for the strategic vision, delivery and implementation of Virtual Solutions across client segments and markets, globally. Simona moved to the UK from Italy in 2000 where she originally joined the JPMorgan cafeteria as supervisor.
ANITA LIU HARVEY
Director, Global Commerce Strategy
ANITA LIU HARVEY
Anita joined Spotify in 2019 and leads the team that is responsible for defining and implementing Spotify's strategic plan for commerce and payments, across 184 markets and multiple services for consumers, creators and advertisers. Previously, she held various leadership roles within Barclays’ Payments business where she helped shape its international e-commerce and omnichannel payment strategies as well as leading its SME product organization.
VP, Business Development
Keira is Co-chair of the UK chapter of Mastercard’s gender equity group WLN (Women’s Leadership Network). The co-chairs lead a community of 800 supporters and a volunteer workforce of 30 people striving for a better balanced workplace. In her “day job”, Keira works in Global Partnerships at Mastercard. She has a background in innovation and marketing and lives in London with her family and two dogs.
Managing Director of Specialist Sales
Kirsty has a 22-year career in Payments in Barclays. Working up through the organisation over this period has afforded her opportunity to understand the workings of the business in great detail. In addition, over this period Kirsty has been able to explore multiple different roles and opportunities to use her skills.
Now as a Managing Director, Kirsty has a huge interest in supporting colleagues and driving the agenda for Diversity.
ABIGAIL ST. JOHN KENNEDY
European Chief Counsel of Elavon Financial Services DAC
ABIGAIL ST. JOHN KENNEDY
Abigail has been a qualified lawyer for over 25 years, of which 10 years were as a Partner working in Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions, and a further 10 years as in-house counsel in the financial services industry. Joining U.S. Bank Elavon in Europe as Chief European Counsel in 2018 she leads a legal function dedicated to a number of business areas including Elavon’s acquiring, processing and gateway offering, and its issuing business.