Meet the Judges
Throughout his career, Stephen has been an influential advocate of making the financial world more open, creative and inclusive to people through innovative initiatives, encouraging progressive ways of working and collaboration across diverse communities and stakeholders.
Stephen’s career over four decades has earned a track record and reputation for leading the implementation of customer focused, technology enabled initiatives in a wide range of financial organisations, including executive leadership roles with large institutions such as Standard Life and Barclays as well as small innovative enterprises.
Today, Stephen is the Executive Chair of FinTech Scotland, the independent cluster leadership enterprise established in collaboration with the financial sector, entrepreneurial firms, Government bodies, regulators and universities with the ambition of making a better world for all through financial innovation and inclusion.
He has led FinTech Scotland, initially as Chief Executive, since its formation in 2018 to be recognised as one of Europe’s top financial technology (fintech) cluster bodies, a status awarded in 2020 by the European cluster accreditation body.
This progress has been achieved by bringing together diverse participants such as entrepreneurs, citizen groups; the financial sector; regulators; technology firms, public sector and universities to drive positive social and economic outcomes whilst connecting to the global fintech movement.
Stephen is a also Member of the UK Government’s Innovation Expert Group, advising on how innovation can improve productivity across all sectors of the economy, as well as a member of the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board and a Non-Executive Member of the University of Strathclyde Court.
From November 2020 for a period of six months, Stephen has been a part time director at Scottish Enterprise, the economic agency, working for the chief executive to provide strategic leadership in developing new economic initiatives to support the recovery post the pandemic.
Stephen is a regular contributor at global conferences on subjects ranging from technology driven innovation initiatives, impactful citizen inclusion and strategic economic leadership.
Living in Edinburgh with his family and enjoying his other passion of being a competitive long distance runner.