2019 Award Judges
RECOGNISING EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL SERVICES & FINTECH
Born and bred in Edinburgh and with a geeky interest in technology from a very early age, David founded Nucleus Financial, fulfilling a mission to create the UK’s first crowdfunded and genuinely collaborative platform. He remains immensely proud to lead the ever-growing team that makes Nucleus a credible and refreshing market participant, particularly at a time when honesty and accountability have never mattered more.
In May 2018 David was asked by the Treasury to be one of the Fintech envoys for Scotland. The objective of this position is to help boost the growth of Fintech, to raise its profile and ensure the UK remains competitive in the market.
Loral is CEO and Co-founder of Sustainably, a Fintech for social good start-up. Before setting up Sustainably she was head of digital marketing and strategy for Aberdeen Asset Management having worked in the investment industry for over 15 years. Prior to that, she worked in the advertising, music, travel, fashion and charity sectors.
Graeme leads the FinTech Sector team in Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s national economic development agency. He is responsible for managing SE’s response to the FinTech economic opportunity and represents the organisation within Scotland’s FinTech ecosystem. SE has led much of the facilitation of industry, government and stakeholders to develop an industry-led approach to FinTech growth and establish FinTech Scotland.
Graeme has held various digital economy roles including Programme Lead for The Scottish Government’s award-winning Digital Scotland business support programme. He also holds an MBA from The University of Strathclyde.
Juliette joined Octopus Ventures in 2018. She sits in the FinTech and InsurTech investment team where she focusses on identifying and assessing deals in the UK, with a strong interest in exploring the future of payments and banking.Prior to joining Octopus, Juliette set up and scaled an endurance events marketplace company and worked in the Netherlands, the UK and France as a capital fundraiser in several early ventures in the Aerospace, SaaS and VR sectors.
Juliette holds a BSc in International Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management. She specialised abroad in new venture financing at Babson College in the USA, and earned an MSc in Strategic Entrepreneurship from Cass Business School.
In addition to her important and influential role in global technology, Lynsey is a full time working Mum to identical twin girls. Lynsey is an inspirational leader and role model globally, and on a national scale as Chair of Scotland Women in Technology (SWiT) which aims to celebrate, champion, and invest in trailblazing women in the technology industry.
University of Edinburgh
Hugh Edmiston is currently Vice-Principal Business Development and Director of Corporate Services for the University of Edinburgh and an executive member of the senior leadership team. He is responsible for 10 groups which include finance, property and the commercialisation of research and services. In addition he leads of a number of the University’s strategic projects which include Data Driven Innovation for the City Deal and the development of the life sciences Bioquarter campus.
Hugh has significant change management and merger experience and he holds a number of commercial board and public sector committee positions. Previous roles have included the registrar for the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and the Director of Operations for the Roslin Institute and Silsoe Research Institute.
Bruce leads BlackRock’s Aladdin and technology-related oversight framework in EMEA. Prior to transitioning to this role in 2019, he was a senior member of BlackRock Solutions and responsible for all EMEA clients using Aladdin, the integrated enterprise investment system, and Aladdin Risk, the comprehensive suite of portfolio risk management reports and tools. Bruce holds a B Eng. in software engineering.
With over 20 years’ experience from both client and agency side Anneli is a true digital marketing expert with a proven track record of delivering exceptional results. She joined iProspect from DigitasLBi where she held a range of positions over 10 years, most recently as Client Partner where she led a large portfolio of global brands.
In the role of Managing Director Anneli is now responsible for the management, development and growth of iProspect Edinburgh. Her goal is to be a true strategic partner with clients, understanding their business and helping to find solutions to their business challenges. Anneli is passionate about the opportunity to combine best-in-class technology, data and creativity to create award-winning, high performance campaigns that resonate with the target audience and drives business performance. Anneli was named ‘Best Managing Director’ at the Scottish Women’s Business Awards in 2019. As well as her current success with iProspect, Anneli is a Non-Executive Director for FinTech Scotland, Strategy Council for DMA Scotland and on the board of Scottish Women in Sport. Anneli’s has been part of the judging panel for several awards including Marketing Travel Awards, Marketing Society Awards and the DMA Awards.
Callum is Head of the Technology and Commercial team at Burness Paull, specialising in a broad range of fintech and wider IT, telecoms and commercial projects.
Callum was named in the UK Lawyer magazine’s “Hot 100” of 2018, in The Times’ 2016 Digital List of 100 people from Scotland’s digital technologies industry who are “changing the world” and won the Leadership Award at the 2018 ScotlandIS Digital Tech Awards.
He is a serving board Member of ScotlandIS, the representative trade body for the digital industries in Scotland, and is a member of the Law Society of Scotland Technology Committee.’