Speakers and Panellists

UKGCVA Conference 2019 brings you a fantastic line up of speakers, panellists and content over two full interactive days. We will be announcing speakers, panellists and contributors as they come on board.

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Overview of the UK Market 2018 and KPMG Retail Report

Brian Burchfield, Director – Data & Analytics, KPMG UK
Brian has over 20 years of experience in consulting, business development and thought-leadership across 5 continents selling and implementing advanced analytics solutions and services. He has a track record of identifying clients’ business challenges and designing/delivering solutions to meet those challenges to realise ROI quickly. Industry sectors include: Telecoms, Retail, FMCG, Utilities as well as Public Sector.

Dave Walsh, Group Retail Manager, UK and Ireland, The Gift Voucher Shop
David Walsh joined The Gift Voucher Shop in 2007 (GVS). David is Group Retail Director for GVS across UK and Ireland and is responsible for the management and development of all Retail Partners that accept the One4all Gift Card, focusing on relationship management of existing partners and the acquisition of new Key Retail Partners.

Prior to the Gift Voucher Shop David built up 7 years sales experience in the FMCG industry spending 5 of those years with Mars Ireland holding a variety of sales roles including new Channel Development and National Accounts Manager across a wide variety of products.

Currently on the board of the UK Gift Card and Voucher Association which represents the gift voucher, gift card and stored value solutions market in the UK, worth around £5bn per year.

David is also a board member of the IMA Europe – The Reward, Recognition and Incentive  association, Ireland chapter. Founder and Chairman of Cycle4haiti, a annual Charity Cycle from Dublin to Galway in aid of Haven.

David holds a Masters in Marketing from DCU and a BSc degree in Business Studies and Sports Science.


Panel discussion: Insight into the Payments Industry (& Buzzword Bingo) – Chair: Tessa Unsworth

Andrew Cregan, Head of Payments Policy, British Retail Consortium
Andrew is the Head of Payments Policy for the British Retail Consortium. He coordinates industry engagement with Government, regulators and providers on matters relating to retail payments and consumer credit, and acts as a spokesperson for the industry. He has led the industry response to the IFR, PSD2 and domestic initiatives, including the Payments Strategy. He has also supported HM Treasury and Bank of England projects for the roll – out of the new notes and coins.

Before joining the BRC in summer 2016, he led public affairs and stakeholder engagement  for The UK Cards Association and Financial Fraud Action UK, working on the Interchange Fee Regulation and contactless for transit among other projects. He began his career in the  European Parliament working for two MEPs and then as a consultant at the global PR and public affairs firm Burson-Marsteller, advising clients in across a range of sectors including banking. Andrew also served as a London Borough Councillor from 2014 to 2018.

Paul Swinton, CEO & Co-Founder, B4B Payments & Chairman at Prepaid International Forum
Paul Swinton is CEO and co-founder of B4B Payments, a UK fintech enabling companies to reduce costs and increase efficiency in managing corporate expenditure using prepaid cards. Paul also serves as Chairman of the Prepaid International Forum (PIF), the not-for-profit industry body representing the prepaid sector.

Under Paul’s leadership, B4B Payments has achieved outstanding growth and multiple industry awards. Paul has driven the business to consistently deliver annual growth in double-digits over recent years.

B4B Payments has won a series of awards for financial services including Best Prepaid Card Solution at the Payments Awards 2016 and category winner at the Emerging Payments Awards 2018. B4B is currently shortlisted for Best Prepaid Product of the Year in the Card & Payments Awards 2019.

Growth has been fuelled by Paul’s deep knowledge of prepaid card technology and its market applications enabling B4B Payments to adapt to emerging needs from SMEs to large corporates and NGOs.

Prior to founding the company with his business partner in 2006, Paul enjoyed a successful 15 year career in management consulting where he worked around the globe and across sectors including retail, consumer products and with a strong focus on technology.

Stuart Boon, Head of Commercial, Thomas Cook
Stuart has worked with global brands such as Visa, MasterCard, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Avis and Hard Rock Café in a variety of leadership roles covering payment cards, foreign exchange, international payments, banking systems, loyalty and marketing. As a Global Sales Director for AXA, he worked alongside colleagues on projects in banking, insurance, health and automotive markets.

“My career to date has been surprisingly varied, from restoring sports cars for a very discerning audience, implementing SWIFT and payment gateways, to creating value and leading teams in small and global companies. Working with marketing, product development and business owners, has allowed me broad exposure to listen, create and deliver what clients need and customers value. My recent roles in Europe and key global markets has allowed me to appreciate and develop relationships in different countries and cultures.”

After senior positions at Travelex, Currencies Direct and AXA, Stuart joined Thomas Cook Money as Head of Commercial and is responsible for the introduction and performance of financial services products and solutions

Tessa Unsworth, Chief Commercial Officer, PrePay Solutions

Tessa Unsworth is PrePay Solutions’ Chief Commercial Officer. Since joining in 2004, Tessa has helped cultivate PPS’ client partnerships, business and product development, platform architecture, and core operations.

An innovative thinker, expert in fintech, and payments trailblazer, Tessa has created and delivered key initiatives that have made a tremendous contribution to both PPS and the industry.

Tessa previously worked at retail giant, Debenhams; the gift card solution she devised for the company is still used worldwide and her loyalty programme continues to be one of the most successful ever established.

Respected for her contribution to the retail and payments sector, Tessa recently joined the  Emerging Payments Association advisory board and is an active member of the UK Gift Card and Voucher Association’s executive committee. Tessa is also a supporter of the European Women in Payments Network, pioneering innovation and nurturing rising talent.

Tony Craddock, Director General, Emerging Payments Association
Tony is an enthusiastic business leader of the UK’s most influential trade association in payments, the Emerging Payments Association (EPA). He is a lively public speaker, colourful social media commentator and avid networker, and passionate about payments and the difference it can make to lives everywhere.

Whether writing blogs, chairing panel sessions, writing white papers or enrolling CEOs in his mission, Tony shares knowledge from fifteen years in payments. He is a director, investor and adviser to many payments companies.

He is also the co-editor of the PayTech Book, being published by Wiley, and publisher of Facing up to Financial Crime, an EPA White Paper.

Tony founded the EPA in 2008, where he is Director General. The EPA sets out to enable trust in and access to payments globally. It promotes the UK as a global hub for payments and the interests of the EPA’s 130+ members such as MasterCard, Barclays, Amazon and Fiserv.



Legislation Update

Siobhan Moore, Partner & Global Head of Cards and Payments, Locke Lord LLP and UKGCVA Executive Board
Siobhan Moore is a Partner and Global Head of Locke Lord’s Cards and Payments Team, based in London. She leads clients with niche payment solutions through the financial regulatory maze. Clients may be new to the payment services sector, seek counsel on product or business developments or want to ensure their business and contractual structures protect their business from the outset and as their business evolves. Siobhan works with retailers, mobile phone operators, financial institutions, e-money institutions, payment institutions, programme managers and resellers. She is a commercial lawyer who liaises with regulators, drafts and reviews B2B/B2C agreements, advises on product structure, business strategy and runs workshops.

Siobhan regularly speaks at industry conferences throughout the world. She works closely with regulators and industry bodies including; the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Payment Services Regulator (PSR) and the following trade associations; Prepaid International Forum (PIF) and the UK Gift Card & Voucher Association (UKGCVA).

Siobhan is non-executive director of the UK Gift Card & Voucher Association, for the past six years she has sat on the UKGCVA’s Executive Committee and chairs its Regulation Working Group. She is also a non-executive director and board member of the Prepaid International Forum (PIF). UKGCVA and PIF are not for profit trade associations representing their members-to provide a voice for the industries in which they operate. She represents both PIF and the UKGCVA in discussions with the regulatory and government bodies on the implementation of regulations affecting the industry.


Fraud & Security: Mitigating risk in digital gift card sales to create a smooth customer journey

Sophia Miller, Business Development Manager, Riskified
Sophia Miller is a Business Development Manager at Riskified, a leading eCommerce fraud prevention company, turning shoppers into customers by improving conversion at all stages of the customer journey. Riskified helps eCommerce merchants including Giftcards.com, Giftcard Zen, Lastminute.com, Foot Locker, Ticket Evolution and many other global brands to approve more online transactions.

Prior to working at Riskified, Sophia worked in developing partnerships for an educational NGO and in PR at Consultancies in the UK.

Sophia graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in History.


We are delighted to welcome the Rt. Hon. Diane Abbott MP

PR & Social Engagement: How to maximise your programme featuring #Giftbetter

Steve Leigh, Director, PR Agency One
Steve works with a range of businesses, from the FTSE to fast-growing SMEs, helping them to better understand, measure and build their reputations.

Within the financial services sector, he has worked as a consultant to most major banks and many leading insurance companies, as well as advising UKGCVA, PIF and One4All.

Steve helped launch PRAgencyOne in 2011, which has grown to become a leading UK consultancy (named ‘Outstanding Consultancy’ by the CIPR in 2016, just five years after its launch), pioneering methods which better measure the impact of PR and communications.

He is an advocate of ‘PR with a Purpose’ – ensuring that both the commercial and reputation impact of PR can be proven, measured and reported.

Kitty Newman, Director, Trapeze Media
Kitty Newman is Director of Trapeze Media, a social media agency and consultancy. Kitty manages the social media marketing for clients across a wide variety of sectors including within the Gift Card space.

Kitty and her team look at content creation, management, customer acquisition and engagement, paid advertising strategy, campaign strategy and influencer marketing. Trapeze Media also offer training packages bespoke to your business and objectives.

Outside of work Kitty can be found upside down doing handstands or flying through the air on a trapeze.


VAT Update

Jim Wilkinson, Partner, PwC
Jim is PwC’s Tax Leader for the National Retail & Consumer group. He also heads up PwC’s Indirect Tax Retail practice in the UK and leads the firm’s Indirect Tax business across the North. He has over 30 years’ experience in VAT and has been a Tax Partner at PwC for over 12 years, focusing mainly on the retail and consumer sector where he has a wealth of experience in advising clients on VAT, Customs duty, Excise duty and Environmental tax issues.

Most recently, Jim has been actively involved in the recent EU voucher changes advising both HM Treasury on appropriate legislation/policy and UK businesses on the potential impact.


In Conversation With: Corporate Social Responsibility, Charity & Gift Cards

Crispin Rogers, Founder and CEO, For Good Causes
Crispin is the CEO and Founding Director of For Good Causes Ltd, which is empowering generosity by enabling brands to tap into the engagement their customers have with the charities they care about most. Their platform enables consumers to donate their loyalty rewards and other untapped sources of funds to the charity of their choice and provides digital donation capabilities to charities.

Crispin has extensive experience in the Global Loyalty and Payments industry, managing data-based marketing programmes across 30 markets around the world and providing specialist loyalty consultancy to start ups, scale ups and blue chips alike.

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Launching and developing your gift card programme For people new to the market, as well as delegates wishing to grow their programme

Brian Dunne, Gift Card Consulting
Brian is known in the industry as ‘Mr Gift Card’. He has a lifetime achievement award from this organisation and he was the second ever in the history of the UKGCVA to get this recognition.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants and he holds a Masters of Business Administration. He founded IMA (Incentive Marketing Association) Europe and was president for eight years. He was on the global board of the IMA, a 600 strong association that includes the organisations that are the large corporate and agency buyers of gift cards.

He has been awarded with the associations highest level of Fellowship. He is a judge on many major awards in the prepaid, Emerging Payments world and he has consulted with many of the world’s major retailers helping them to drive increased demand and profitability from the gift card program.

Brian is the leader of Gift Card Consulting with a team of industry experts.

Jackie Barker, Barker Consultancy
Drawing on over 15 years experience in the gift card industry, Jackie Barker is putting her expertise and skills to work as a freelance prepaid card specialist.

Formerly Head of Product Management for Grass Root (UK) Ltd, she was responsible for the very successful development, launch and marketing of their prepaid products. She grew the ‘pure’ prepaid card product and bonusbond gift card on the Visa network to an annual turnover in excess of £18m in the business to business market.

She has also worked for Whitbread Group plc and Mobil Oil.

She works with clients to improve their prepaid products, launch a prepaid scheme and look at alternative payment technology.

She has worked with brands such as Laithwaite’s Wine, Hilton Hotels, Haven Holidays and Leisure Vouchers.


Panel Discussion: Global Markets: The biggest opportunities and challenges – what can we learn from each other? – Chair, Gareth Gillatt

Erin Wood, Director, Subway Cards
Erin Wood is the Subway® Card Program Director and Vice Chair of the Retail Gift Card Association.

Erin has fourteen years’ experience developing and managing gift card programs for both Target and the Subway brand inclusive of retail, B2B and digital channels. In addition to her gift card experience she’s led various initiatives such as payments and delivery that make buying a Subway sandwich convenient. When she’s not working, Erin is busy being mum to four children ranging from three to twenty-two.

Volker Patzak, European Content Development Director of epay and Cadooz and Prepaid Association, Germany board member
Volker Patzak was born 1971 and is married with one daughter. He holds a Master in Business Administration and Marketing.

Volker started his career in the banking and insurance business and is key accounting for 2 major FMCG companies in Taiwan and Germany. He has 17 years experience in the incentive, loyalty, prepaid and payment industry and is European Content Development Director of epay and cadooz.

He is also a Board member of the Prepaid Association Germany.

Gareth Gillatt, Co-founder and CEO, Reward Cloud
A successful entrepreneur that has made it his mission via Reward Cloud to redefine the gift card industry. A true pioneer of API based real time open value transactions that has consequently become widely adopted throughout the industry. Now regarded as the market leader in digital and B2B; his approach and opinions are refreshing (albeit controversial at times) as the industry undergoes some fundamental shifts.

Peter Davison, Director, Corporate Alliances Card Services and Hospitality, The Walt Disney Company
Pete Davison started his career with Disney over 25 years ago, and during his tenure he has held roles in several lines of businesses; Global Development, Finance, Entertainment and now Corporate Alliances. Pete is passionate about the Disney brand and is an advocate for improving the business through innovation and calculated strategic change.

In his current role, he is responsible for the Disney Gift Card program in the US and Canada, supporting the Disney Visa business and Corporate Alliances Hospitality team.

His enthusiasm for the prepaid business has made him an authority within Disney and the United States.

Under his leadership the Disney gift card business has grown by over 300% in 4 years.

Pete lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and 3 children.

Matt Frawley, Senior Vice President, Global Services, Stored Value Solutions (SVS)

Matt has more than 20 years of experience leading organisations with highly complex customers. He is an 8 year veteran of SVS and is responsible for Global Card Production & Fulfilment Services, Global Vendor Management, Global Implementations, and US Account Management. He has also held leadership positions within Ceridian’s Human Capital Management business. Matt graduated with distinction from Clarkson University and earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Bellarmine University.


“Congratulations to everyone involved in Conference 2018. Exceptional content, well organised and great having it over two days.”



State of the Nation 2019 presentation

Maureen Hinton, Retail Research Director, GlobalData
Maureen Hinton is the Group Retail Research Director at GlobalData Plc. She heads up the global team of analysts and is responsible for all the syndicated and bespoke retail content. She is a regular writer and commentator on retail matters in the media as well as a speaker at retail events and conferences both in the UK and abroad.

Her background is in the clothing retail industry (including roles based in Italy and Russia) though she now covers all areas of retail. She has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and is a member of the KPMG Retail Think Tank and has been classified as one of the Top 10 global retail influencers by Vendhq.com in both 2016 and 2017.


Panel Discussion: Reaction and Response to the State of the Nation Research – Chair, Mark Essex

Helen Dickinson OBE, CEO, British Retail Consortium
Helen leads the team and sets the strategic direction of the BRC. She joined in January 2013 and has been working with retailers for over 25 years. She is also a judge of the Everywoman Retail Ambassadors Programme and was previously Chair of Working Chance, a charity helping women offenders find employment between 2012 and 2016. Helen was previously UK Head of Retail at KPMG, driving and developing the retail practice and leading relationships and audits for many clients. Helen was awarded the OBE in 2016 for Services to Retail.

Mark Essex, Director, Public Policy, KPMG
One of KPMG’s bold thinkers, Mark looks at how disruption can be applied to public policy challenges.

Mark has proposed ways to transform domiciliary care, reform property taxes, deliver lifelong learning and eliminate food banks.

He is responsible for KPMG’s recent report: Reimagine Public Policy – a collection of ambitious ideas for reforming public services.

Mark writes a regular column on Brexit where he applies logic, analysis and pragmatism to bust the prevailing myths. He is an experienced media panellist, keynote speaker and presenter.

KPMG’s Reimagine programme
Public policy faces challenges, in the form of technology, demographics, geopolitics and changing consumer behaviour. Meanwhile the unattractive trade-offs between the quality of public policy and at a price the nation can afford, requires disruptive thinking. We believe solutions need to be bigger, bolder and more imaginative.

Our report: Reimagine public policy, pulls together our best ideas highlighting several opportunities and calls for more radical thinking in addressing some of the big structural and systemic problems facing our nation. These include:

• Removing the need for any family to choose between heating and eating
• Using a new approach to taxation that improves housing affordability, infrastructure investment, economic productivity and our social care system
• Harnessing the innovative spirit of the UK regions to build the next global city
• Empowering patients to take control of the way they use the NHS – and reducing its costs
• Structuring sentencing and prisons to improve outcomes and reducing its costs
• Incentivising local government by sharing the benefits as well as the costs of investing in future generations

We publish these ideas to stimulate conversation, so please contact us to share your own thoughts on how changes can be instigated.

Maureen Hinton, Retail Research Director, Global Data
Maureen Hinton is the Group Retail Research Director at GlobalData Plc. She heads up the global team of analysts and is responsible for all the syndicated and bespoke retail content. She is a regular writer and commentator on retail matters in the media as well as a speaker at retail events and conferences both in the UK and abroad.

Her background is in the clothing retail industry (including roles based in Italy and Russia) though she now covers all areas of retail. She has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and is a member of the KPMG Retail Think Tank and has been classified as one of the Top 10 global retail influencers by Vendhq.com in both 2016 & 2017.

Dom Morea, SVP and Head, Gift Solutions, First Data
Dom Morea is Senior Vice President & Head of Gift Solutions at First Data where he is responsible for leading the transformation and growth of the industry’s leading provider of branded stored value solutions. Dom is a veteran of the payments industry where he has focused on the creation and growth of enterprise-level, strategic relationships with many of the world’s largest retail, banking and technology brands. Morea was formerly SVP, Advanced Solutions & Innovation where he was responsible for leading the company’s efforts in pioneering initiatives such as: Mobile Commerce, Loyalty Solutions and heading First Data’s Innovation Labs team. He has led the development of new partnerships and innovative commerce solutions with global companies ranging from iconic brands to start-ups, such as: Apple, Bank of America, Citibank, ExxonMobil, Foursquare, Google, Gyft, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Samsung Pay, Starbucks, Unicredit Bank and Wells Fargo.

Morea has been with First Data since 2004, when he returned to the company as Senior Vice President of Product & Business Development overseeing product management for the Company’s acquiring business which serves millions of merchants globally.

Before rejoining First Data, Dom was SVP of Strategy & Business Development at Encorus, a mobile payments company. Prior to that, he spent six years with First Data, serving in key product and business development roles including the start-up and growth of First Data’s eCommerce business and leading the development & launch of major acquiring joint ventures with partners such as Chase Merchant Services.

Morea has also held management positions in the brokerage and financial service industry with Credit Suisse and Citibank. Dom has been a board member or advisor to companies such as: Cardlinx, The Smart Card Alliance, ViVOtech, The Red Cross and PNC Merchant Services. Morea has been a featured speaker at a number of payment and mobile industry events, namely: CTIA, Cartes, Money 2020, Mobile Word Congress, NACHA and the NRF’s Big Show and a sought-after subject matter expert in the payments & electronic commerce space.

Dom is a cum laude graduate of Hofstra University and a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business

Simon Osgood, Senior Vice President, InComm EMEA
Simon Osgood was part of the original management team which started InComm Europe in 2005 and the subsequent launch of the UK’s first Gift Card Mall programme. Simon has more recently held the position of Vice President, APAC, Russia and Emerging Territories and on 1st March 2017, Simon returned to the European team as Senior Vice President. Prior to InComm, Simon was with Hutchison Whampoa [H3G] working on group strategy projects like the implementation of ‘contract handset’ concessions in the AS Watson (Superdrug and Savers) Retail Group and was also responsible for UK launch of Pay As You Go. Simon holds a Diploma in Management Studies from Nottingham Business School and is a competitive sailor and member of the Royal Thames Yacht Club.


Gift Cards – A Global View

Talbott Roche, CEO and President, Blackhawk Network

Talbott Roche is CEO and president of Blackhawk Network. As Blackhawk’s co-founder, she was integral to the company’s transformation from a gift card network in one grocery chain to a global prepaid leader. Before becoming CEO, she served as Blackhawk’s president through a successful IPO (2013), and led the growth of the company’s retail and digital businesses. In recent years, she integrated multiple acquisitions in incentives, making Blackhawk a leader in commerce and incentive solutions, employing over 3,000 people in 26 countries.

Prior to Blackhawk, Roche held leadership roles with News America Marketing, a News Corp company, and The Clorox Company among others. Roche sits on the board of directors of Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), and previously served as an Executive board member of the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA).

Roche has received awards recognizing her professional achievements, most notably the PYMNTS Innovator Award for Women Driving Innovation in Payments, and Paybefore’s Industry Achievement Award. She is regularly asked to speak on payment innovation and was included in Progressive Grocer’s list of Top Women in Grocery and the San Francisco Business Times’ list of the Most Influential Bay Area Women.

Roche holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University.


Panel: Gift Cards – Evolution or Revolution? – Chair, Holly Glowaty

Eoin Whyte, Sales Director Savvy and Executive Chair UKGCVA
Eoin is responsible for all customer acquisition and customer retention activities across Savvy’s direct sales and reseller channels, and has been instrumental to Savvy’s growth since their start-up days. Savvy operates three secure cloud-based platforms providing processing, analytics, and B2B management, helping their customers to grow their business. In January 2019, Savvy announced in their business expansion to the US market. Eoin has also served as Chair of the UKGCVA for the last four years working closely with DG Gail Cohen and the Exec Committee to drive the organisation forward

Holly Glowaty, Co-Founder, K+H Connection and Flourish Conference
Holly Glowaty is Co-Founder K+H Connection, and is founding Co-Producer of the Flourish Conference – the premier Branded Currency Event in the US. K+H Connection consults with specialty merchants to enhance and grow their gift card, loyalty, promotional, stored-value and prepaid programs, in order to find new growth opportunities and technology partners for our merchant clients. Holly has spent over 12 years working with merchants to create profitable partnerships in FinTech, loyalty/rewards and Sports Marketing. She has represented major gift card portfolios for JCPenney and Staples; created numerous loyalty program partnerships and helped to develop relationships with merchants for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Raise.com. Holly was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in Incentives 2017 by Incentive Magazine, is a founding member of the YMCA of Metro Chicago Associate Board, a founding Chair of FinTEx: FinTech Women

Matt Howe, MD Europe, Blackhawk Network
Matt joined Blackhawk Network in 2008, and took the reigns as Managing Director of the region in 2014. He is responsible for the region’s business development, financial planning, acquisition and integration strategy.

Prior to joining the organisation, Matt gained 13 years of experience in the retail sector whilst working at Debenhams Retail PLC. In his time there, Matt ran the Debenhams gift card program and was responsible for driving significant sales growth through product innovation, marketing and in-store projection.

Matt holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Economics from Leeds Beckett University

Mitch Brody, Gift Card expert / Consultant
Having launched more 3rd Party Merchant Gift Cards from the merchant side than anyone in the business with combined LTD dollar loads exceeding $500M, Mitch is a seasoned Gift Card Consultant who specialises in helping emerging and established international retailers and e-tailers, often featuring new business models such as ecom aggregators (platforms) or online subscription companies (both in the box and OTT streaming types), launch and refresh successful Closed and Open Loop Gift Card Programs (B2B, Direct-To-Consumer, and 3rd Party). Past and current consulting clients/employers include include Neiman Marcus, Fandango.com, MovieTickets.com, Paint Nite (www.paintnite.com), Dollar Shave Club (www.dollarshaveclub.com), Atom Tickets, STARZ, and others.

Jayne Stegemiller, Manager Marketing Finance, Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and Retail Gift Card Association Chair
With a 10-year tenure in the gift card industry, Jayne has served in a variety of management roles within Cracker Barrel at both the corporate and field level – spending the past 8 years managing and expanding their gift card programs. Jayne is also very active in the Retail Gift Card Association serving on the board of directors and many committees since 2010. Jayne was instrumental in the successful launch and continued growth of RGCA’s annual Forum which provides rich content, best practices and networking opportunities for RGCA members. Jayne is currently serving as the Chair of the RGCA.

Malcolm Berg, UK Sales Director, Stored Value Solutions (SVS)
Malcolm is Sales Director for UK and Eire at Stored Value Solutions (SVS) and is responsible for business development throughout this region. With a reputation for delivering transformational change, he has more than 20 years experience in providing solutions for B2B, affinity, partnership and multi-channel sales. An accomplished mentor and coach, Malcolm takes pride in developing strong and meaningful relationships. This can be seen in his track record of creating long-lasting, profitable business relationships. Prior to his current position as Sales Director at SVS, Malcolm was Director of Merchant Services at Ukash. His ongoing professional development includes Key Account Management and Market Leading Management from Cranfield School of Management at Cranfield University.


Introducing Rethink, UKGCVA 2019 Conference Charity

Jemima Woolgar, Senior Community & Events Fundraising Manager, Rethink


Keynote Speaker – 7 Essential Rules for Working, Living, and Giving Better

James Wallman, Best-selling author, futurist and cultural commentator

7 Essential Rules for Working, Living, and Giving Better

Bestselling author James Wallman will share a mix of ancient wisdom and modern science as he takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the seven essential rules for working, living, and giving today.

Based on the latest research, and decades of work, by psychologists (evolutionary, behavioural, clinical), sociologists, economists, historians, and anthropologists, the seven rules form the backbone of James’s next book, Time And How To Spend It – to be published in April 2019 from Virgin Books.

These seven science-backed rules are designed to help people choose and design what they do – in order to be happier, more resilient, and more successful. The same rules also contain inspiring yet practical advice for any company or person that wants to create better employee, customer, and brand experiences.

James wrote the bestselling book Stuffocation (self-published, 2013; Penguin, 2015). He has appeared in the media, from BBC ONE and MSNBC, to Radio 2, NPR, the New York Times and Le Monde. He has given talks from Google HQ in California to the Royal Society of Arts and 10 Downing Street.

James is the principal at The Future Is Here (www.thefish.co), a futures-driven strategic consulting firm.

Recent clients include KPMG, HSBC, KFC, IDEO, and Facebook.

James lives in London with his wife, two children, and no pets – much to the children’s disappointment.


Panel Discussion: B2B – Is the current exponential growth sustainable? In partnership with IMA – Chair, Jonathan Grey

Bertrand Jolibert, Global Head of Kantar Incentives
Bertrand is currently the Head of Kantar Incentives, a set of incentives solutions made available to all Kantar Group companies and employees around the world. In his role, Bertrand manages the procurement of incentives through a selection of Kantar Incentives approved suppliers, helping Kantar companies to incentivize their market research respondents. Kantar is online at www.kantar.com

Bertrand has been procuring incentives for the last 18 years, especially vouchers/gift cards and digital incentives, working for market research firms such as Lightspeed Research, Nielsen or Ipsos. His focus has been on finding the right incentive for market research respondents, simple to use, easy to fulfil and offering a great appeal.

Fintan Connolly, Global eCommerce Manager, Globoforce
Fintan Connolly heads up global partnerships at Globoforce, leading a multi-function team of experts distributed across diverse geographies in Engaging People through Recognition & Reward. Recognition has the ability to empower employees and teams to recognize and reward each other, celebrating meaningful moments, big and small. These vibrant, crowdsourced stories come together to shape a culture that is connected, inclusive, and energized, building a better workplace.

Recognition and performance management has moved from tactical-based programs to social and strategic programs that energize employees which leads to actionable business value. Fintan is currently studying at Harvard Business School and holds the position of board member with IMA Europe & the position of board secretary with IMA US.

Jonathan Grey, Founder / CEO, Ovation Incentives; President, IMA Europe
In 2001 Jonathan founded Ovation Incentives which he still leads to this day. Based in London, Ovation is an award-winning incentive marketing company that provides online tools and campaigns to help international companies improve their business performance by rewarding and motivating their customers and staff.

Through Ovation, Jonathan has always been an active participant in the business communities that seek to promote standards and forester relationships in the gift card and business incentive markets. He sits on the board of the Incentive Marketing Association, a US-based industry network of 700 international incentives companies and is a founder of, and current President of, the European chapter of the association.

In 2017 he was named as one of the top 25 most influential people in the industry globally. Jonathan is also very active in UK entrepreneurial networks and is a foun ding director, and former Chair of the Irish International Business Network (www.IIBN.com) – a global non-for-profit networking group connecting Irish entrepreneurs and business professionals. He is also an angel investor and business mentor for emerging start-ups in the UK and Ireland.

Previously, he founded GreatDaysOut.ie, the Irish gift experience company and sold it to its current owners in February 2009. Further, in 1999 he founded and launched Jomono.com first UK e-commerce web site to sell gift vouchers to a consumer marketplace and offer a collaborative social gifting platform.

Prior to starting his own businesses in 1999, Jonathan Grey was a public relations and online marketing specialist practising in San Francisco and London for Information Technology companies specialising in payment systems, encryption and smart cards.

Originally from Cork city, Jonathan now lives in Clapham, London, with his wife Rachel and their 3 children.

Graduating from University in 1993, Jonathan holds an honours bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science from University College Cork, Ireland. He also holds a post graduate diploma in Public Relations from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.

Soren Hoj Thomsen, B2B Lead at Zalando SE
Soren Hoj Thomsen is an international Business Developer with a decade of experience in the luxury industry and mass-market leaders such as Zalando and L’Oreal.

Less than three years ago, he took on building the B2B Gift Cards team in Zalando for its 17 markets. Prolific testing across all markets, industries, and partners, launched Soren on a near-vertical learning curve. With his focus on strategic partnership creation, scalability through continuous testing and big data, the economic impact of the Zalando Gift Card Channel now compares to that of an entire local Zalando market whilst cementing Zalando as a strong consultative partner for any company.

Driving an aggressive growth story, Soren is currently occupied with exploring the sweet spot for continuous ambitious but healthy growth with his team. When not scaling a business, you can find him enjoying a glass of good wine or trying to lock you down for a game of tennis.

Andrew Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, NGC Europe

Andrew is CEO of National Gift Card Europe, a division of the US-based National Gift Card, which specialises in the sales, marketing and fulfilment of gift cards and e-vouchers.

Andrew was Director General of The UK Gift Card and Voucher Association from 2006 to 2015. As well as managing the Association he was spokesperson for the industry, working with the media and the UK government.

In July, 2015 Andrew was honoured with the UKGCVA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and named to the organisation’s Hall of Fame by a vote of its members.

His greatest motivation is his two children and he is a big fan of Walt Disney who he considers to be one of the greatest business motivators ever.


Panel Discussion – B2C: How to maximise consumer sales – Case studies and tips from those in the market – Chair, Thomas Lincoln

Alan Smith, Managing Director UK, One4all
Alan Smith is the Managing Director for One4all UK, where he has overall responsibility for the strategy, growth and P&L of the UK business. He has over 20 years’ experience in the payments industry covering a broad spectrum of the ecosystem.

From 2015 to 2017 he sat on the Payment Strategy Forum, the body established by the Payment Systems Regulator to develop the future roadmap for the UK payment infrastructure.

Prior to joining One4all, he held senior management positions at Post Office, American Express and VocaLink.

Alan is also an Ambassador for the Emerging Payments Association.

Joanna Rogers, Category Manager, Marketing and Giftcards, John Lewis Partnership
Since joining the Partnership in 2015 Joanna has developed and managed several B2C gift card campaigns, in both, John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners shops and online. She has led the proposition development to what it is today and has recently redesigned and rebranded the portfolio. Her focus and ambition for 2019 is to make gift card an experiential product.

Thomas Lincoln, Head of Purchase Experience, Marks and Spencer
Tom has been with M&S since 2012 initially leading the development of Multi Channel deliveries & improving the customer Experience. In 2016 Tom took accountability for the Gift Card business at M&S and now leads Purchase Experience which includes Gift Cards. Tom is also part of the UKGCVA Executive and is Deputy Chairman.

Federica Foldes, Gift Card International Coordinator, Decathlon UK

Federica has been in the Decathlon company for almost 4 years, starting in Italy in retail and moved in the UK market with Decathlon early 2017. Her expertise area in Decathlon Group, has always been in Gift Card and Vouchers Market. In 2017 Federica launched a new concept for the B2C market selling gift cards which has proved hugely successful allowing customers to share their love of sport with friends and family by choosing from one of 70 sports themed designs which led to the UK being the fastest growing country worldwide in sales of Gift cards and E-gift cards for the key Christmas period in 2018.