Director of Commercial
Hayley is Director of Commercial at Innovate Finance and responsible for the successful delivery of their Global Summit and UK FinTech Week, along with over 50 events that the company host per year. Hayley has over 11 years experience in delivering high-profile events for the finance, media and automotive sector ranging from 20 – 5,000 people. Prior to joining Innovate Finance in 2015, Hayley spent a year living in New York City and 2 years traveling the globe organising conferences, awards, exhibitions and receptions in Europe, Asia and America.
Q. Tell everyone a little bit about yourself and your role at Innovate Finance
A. As Director of Commercial, I am a part of the executive leadership team, who are responsible for setting the high-level goals and priorities of the organisation. I am in charge of developing and implementing commercial strategies that tie in with our company objectives. I work closely with the sales team on member and sponsorship propositions and lead the team that curate, organise and deliver all of our events and programmes throughout the year, including UK FinTech Week and IFGS.
Q. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time away from work?
A. Like a lot of people, I got a lockdown puppy, so my spare team is usually spent walking, playing with and entertaining a (very needy) pup! Yoga keeps me sane...as does the boxing bag and of course, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, preferably in a local wine and tapas bar!
Q. What are some of your favourite things about working in FinTech?
A. I have been at Innovate Finance for 6 years now, and have watched the sector flourish during my time at the company. The UK FinTech sector is robust, resilient and quite frankly, outstanding! I've been fortunate enough to meet a number of our members, partners and key players from the ecosystem and there is a general consensus that everyone wants to harness the power of FinTech to do good. FinTech has the ability to help solve so many key issues within society, from financial inclusion to climate change, and I look forward to being a part of that journey.
Q. You can invite any 3 people to your dinner party. Who do you choose and why?
- Warren Buffet - I'd love to hear his story from the horse's mouth. I also wouldn't mind a few investment tips.
- Beyonce - What a powerhouse. A wife, mother, sister, daughter and the best entertainer in the world. What an inspiration! She can also double up as the evening entertainment, win win.
- Leonardo Dicaprio - I mean, it's Leonardo Dicaprio....I don't think it needs an explanation!