Thursday October 18 2018

Professionals from Amazon Pay and HSBC Among Women Celebrated at the EPAwards

Emerging Payments Awards Names All Finalists Joint Winners of the Outstanding Women in PayTech Award

Professionals from Amazon Pay and HSBC Among Women Celebrated at the EPAwards

Some of the biggest names in UK FinTech celebrated the achievements of women in the payments sector on 10th October at the 11th annual Emerging Payments Awards.

Chief among the trophies handed out at the awards ceremony at The Hilton, Park Lane, London on Wednesday 10th October was a celebration of the Outstanding Women in PayTech. Awarded in partnership with Visa, the accolade recognises and honours the rising female stars of the payments industry.


With this award, Visa and the Emerging Payments Association want to acknowledge and celebrate women who have made a significant impact on the industry, helping to challenge stereotypes, driving equality in financial services, and taking steps towards breaking the ‘glass ceiling’.


Impressed by the calibre of the nominees for the award this year, the Emerging Payments Association judging panel decided to award the coveted title of Outstanding Woman in PayTech to everyone on the shortlist.


The winners this year come from a diverse range of backgrounds in terms of their specialisms, their seniority and the type of company they work for. What they have in common, though, is the integral role they play as strategic components of the FinTech community. 


Andrea Dunlop, Chair of the Emerging Payments Association, explained: “Each of the entrants this year demonstrated the remarkable contribution they have made to their own organisations and to the wider FinTech sector this year. From specialists in fraud and risk management, to experts in the legislation managing the way we pay, to communications professionals helping to spread the word about the latest innovations, all are playing an invaluable role in revolutionising the payment landscape in the UK and worldwide.”


Hugh Kingdon, Head of Business Development, UK & Ireland, added: “With this award we are proud to stand with the Emerging Payments Association in acknowledging and celebrating women who have made a significant impact in their workplace and the industry more widely. We are delighted to be able to celebrate those who, through their efforts, are helping to challenge stereotypes, drive equality in financial services, and are taking steps towards breaking the ‘glass ceiling’. This award is especially important as we seek to promote the outstanding women in our industry and drive towards greater empowerment and equality.


The full list of winners for 2018 is as follows:


  • Laura Alda                           Green Man Gaming
  • Miroslava Betinova         PrePay Solutions
  • Keri Farrell                          Emerging Payments Association
  • Vicki Gladstone                 Moorwand
  • Lisa Grahame                    Global Processing Services
  • Anna Jaworska                  HSBC
  • Miranda McLean              Banking Circle
  • Giedre Mitkute                 Locke Lord (UK) LLP
  • Anna Pickering                  Amazon Pay
  • Tinna Robertsdottir         Ravelin
  • Jules Robertson                Soldo
  • Anna Tsyupko                    Paybase
  • Emily Utton                        Global Processing Services
  • Jenny Watts                       Dynamo
  • Laura Willavoys                 InComm
  • Laurel Wolfe                      Klarna


To find out how to get involved with the EPA’s Women in PayTech project and its programme of activity, please contact Thomas Connelly at Thomas.connelly@emergingpayments.org


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About the Emerging Payments Awards

The Emerging Payments Awards are the highlight of the payments innovation calendar in the UK, produced in association with the Emerging Payments Association. This year will be the Emerging Payments Awards eleventh year of celebrating the best of the best in the FinTech industry.


It celebrates innovation, collaboration and emerging payments by recognising companies that have made significant advances in how we pay today. As the payments industry has boomed, so have the awards. Last year over 200 companies from across the globe entered 20 categories which were assessed by 31 judges. The winners are announced in style at a glittering ceremony attended by over 700 of the industry’s most senior opinion-formers and decision-makers.


Twitter: @EPAwards #EPAwards18



About Visa

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere.  As the world moves from analogue to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

For more information, visit our website (www.visaeurope.com), the Visa Vision blog (vision.visaeurope.com), and @VisaInEurope.


"Each of the entrants this year demonstrated the remarkable contribution they have made to their own organisations and to the wider FinTech sector this year."
Andrea Dunlop, Chair of the EPA

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