The team

Our world-class leadership team draws on decades of senior experience in financial services and technology.

Adrian Cannon

Chief Executive Officer

Adrian has enjoyed a highly successful and varied career including as a board director, company strategist and CEO of a range of financial services businesses. A major part of his working career has been focused on driving innovation in the financial services industry in the UK and in many other countries. He has held the positions of Strategy & M&A Director for Elavon Financial Services during its period of rapid growth in the European market; as the first independent managing director of Faster Payments and CEO of Valitor’s UK merchant acquiring business. As a director and partner in a number of leading consulting businesses he has led major national and international programmes. 

Robin Dear

Group Chief Financial Officer

Robin was recently the CFO of Cash Plus / Advanced Payments Solutions, a group regulated by the FCA providing banking and credit facilities to both the SME sector and individual consumers. Robin, as a founder member, took the business from a pre-funding business plan, helping raise the initial venture capital funding, to a highly profitable organisation processing over £4 billion in customer transactions annually and employing over 150 people. Prior to this, Robin has held senior finance and general management roles, from start-up and turnaround businesses, to senior finances role in blue chip organisations including Citibank Diners Club and Universal. He holds an MBA from Henley. 

Suzy Karger

Marketing Director

Suzanne has many years of experience building and operating businesses as a new business and growth strategy leader, responsible for driving revenue and creating shareholder value. Her background is diversified across a number of market sectors and geographies in fast-paced, high-profile entertainment, media, and fashion organizations, as well as smaller and more specialized, ventures. She has had high profile roles with Donna Karan and The Walt Disney Company, she has also been active with MTV, BAT and WPP. 

James Redding

Group Commercial Director

James has held senior roles within financial services businesses in the UK and Africa. He has extensive experience helping technology start-ups to grow and thrive and has worked with organisations operating across B2B markets, from retail and banking, to the technical service industries. He specialises in helping businesses to harness cutting-edge financial technologies to deliver innovative and radical product offerings that transform the way they engage with customers. James is the Emerging Payments Association (EPA) Lead.

Melony Botha

HR Director 

Melony has extensive experience as an HR Professional in the Global Financial Services arena with groups such as Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation, Argo Global, HSBC and Citigroup. Melony has a very diverse skill set covering all aspects of Strategic & Operational HR.

Simon Bowden

Chief Operating Officer

Simon joins from his work with Tsys leading one of their largest IT programs. Simon worked with Adrian at Planet Group here in the UK, moving them from a processor to a full scheme member of Visa and Mastercard. He also lead the operational standards implementation for Oberthur Technologies across Russia, Middle East and Africa. Simon also led the Enterprise Program Office for Network International, a payments solutions provider to banks, retailers, Financial Institutions and their respective customers across 71 countries. He has also led programs for Barwa Bank, Int’l Bank of Qatar, and SAMA (Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority). 

Matthew Deacon

Chief Technology Officer

Matthew was the former Chief Architectural Advisor for the Developer & Platform Group, Microsoft Ltd. His primary role was to serve as an advisor to Microsoft’s customers and the public on all matters relating to the field and profession of IT Architecture. He is also the Founder and CTO of Ensygnia Limited, revolutionary patented system that allows simple, fast, secure transactions on mobiles by scanning a code with a mobile app. 

Ian Savage

Chief Financial Officer

Ian was previously CFO at Cashflows Europe Limited where he helped with the growth, data, MI, reporting and more latterly acquisitions into the business. Prior to that, he held the same role at the Sigma Financial Group. Ian understands the reporting and MI needed on a day to day basis. He has specialised in high-growth, institutionally backed financial services firms for over a decade, developing wide ranging sector exposure from Fintech, Financial Services, Business Services to FMCG. He has been a Director in start up operations as well as companies with £300 million balance sheets. He held interim FD positions at Aldermore Bank PLC and Apex Credit under AnaCap. 

Jakub Molski

Head of Corporate Development 

Jakub is an experienced FinTech business builder and banking restructuring specialist. Prior to joining AEDC he spent his career in investment banking and asset management among others at Societe Generale, Credit Agricole and RBS. Most recently he was responsible for investments in CEE for Hoist Finance, a leading European NPL fund. Jakub is MSc/Diplomkaufmann/Master Grande Ecole from ESCP Europe and Magister from the University of Economics in Poznan. 

Lindsay Ward

New Customers Director 

Lindsay Robertson

Program Delivery and Management Director