Meet the team
Paola Arce is a Data Scientist for GOFCoE responsible for analysing and visualising financial data in the data Safe Haven. She is part of the Data Science team contributing to the creation of a Global Economic Observatory.
Kevin Collins is the Interim CEO at GOFCoE, and one of the founders of the GOFCoE idea. He currently leads the interim management team, deploying the Strength in Places grant that is funding the start-up phase of the Centre towards establishing GOFCoE as an independent not-for-profit legal entity.
Technical Standards Proposition Lead
Brian is accountable for the creation and curation of a Digital Library of global technical standards that implement regulatory or industry based digital finance initiatives related to payments and consumer permissioned financial data sharing.
Legal Support for GOFCoE, University of Edinburgh Legal Services Team
Louise is a solicitor in the University of Edinburgh’s Legal Services team and provides legal support for all areas of GOFCoE activity. She is an experienced solicitor with a corporate background and demonstrated history of working in the research industry.
Engagement & Work Stream Lead for Social Impact
Mia Dowman is the Engagement and Work Stream Lead for Social Impact at GOFCoE. Mia is focused on catalysing stakeholders with shared interests to access data evidence and research insight to help solve societal problems related to financial inclusion and wellbeing.
Emily is a project manager for GOFCoE, responsible for the timely and successful delivery of initiatives across the portfolio.
Economic Crime Research Unit Proposition Lead
Simon brings a broad subject matter expertise of economic crime. His experience as a criminal lawyer, then at the Financial Services Authority and as the Global Head of Regulatory Investigations and Whistleblowing at HSBC gives him an ability to understand challenges from different perspectives.
Public Sector Engagement Lead
Mark was the socio-economic Impact lead in PwC UK before becoming an independent contractor. He has extensive experience of strategic reviews, business cases, public policy and investment analysis.
HR Resourcing Partner
Fiona is the HR Resourcing Partner at GOFCoE and is responsible for delivering HR and Recruitment services and advice.
Interim Chief Commercial Officer
Nick Hall is the Interim Chief Commercial Officer at GOFCoE. His role is to create the engagement strategy and capability to ensure we become a self-sustaining, self-funding business.
Executive Chair of FinTech Scotland, and GOFCoE Management Team Advisor
Stephen is the Executive Chair of Fintech Scotland and an advisor to the GOFCoE interim management team. He is one of the founders of the GOFCoE idea.
Customer Data Protection Unit Interim Proposition Lead
Bailey Kursar is founder of fintech-for-good Touco Lab. A financial inclusion advocate, she is a member of the Financial Inclusion Commission and the Government's Financial Inclusion Policy Forum and has authored a guide to inclusive design published by Money Advice Trust and Fair By Design.
Talent Programme Proposition Lead
Craig is the Proposition Lead for the Talent Programme at GOFCoE and is responsible for the commercialisation of GOFCoE through the development and delivery of revenue-generating training and development, CPD, Executive Education plus other activities that aim to bridge skills gaps in finance and fintech industries.
Consumer Data Protection Unit Interim Co-Lead
Emma Lindley is interim co-lead for the Consumer Data Protection Unit. She is also an independent consultant and co-founder of Women in Identity, a not for profit organisation focused on developing diversity and inclusive products in the digital identity industry. Women in Identity was founded in 2019 and already has 2000 members world-wide, they are currently developing a Code of Conduct for the industry to help product managers build for inclusion.
Customer Data Protection Unit Interim Proposition Lead
Dominic Lindley is Interim Proposition Lead in the Customer Data Protection Unit working on Privacy Law, Regulatory Design and the frameworks for Redress.
Executive Chair of FDATA Global, and GOFCoE Management Team Advisor
Gavin is the Executive Chair of FDATA Global and part of the GOFCoE steering group, and he provides advice and guidance around engagement with the Open Banking and fintech community. He is one of the architects of the original GOFCoE concept and has provided significant support to GOFCoE during its start-up phase.
Innovation Environment Proposition Lead
Ian Major is Proposition Lead for the Innovation Environment at GOFCoE, responsible for managing workstream strategy and technical implementation.
Impact Strategy Manager
Abigail Manz is the Impact Strategy Manager for GOFCoE and is responsible for the management of the monitoring and evaluation and impact measurement strategies for the organisation.
Interim Chief Operating Officer
Damien McGarrigle is the Interim Chief Operating Officer at GOFCoE. His role is to lead the operational delivery of the new organisation: to design, build and implement the mechanisms to support and scale it.
Funding and Grant Researcher
Nicola’s role at GOFCoE is to research and identify funding opportunities that will support GOFCoE’s aim to empower citizens, organisations and governments for social, societal and economic benefit.
Private Sector Engagement Lead
Martin Nel is the Private Sector Engagement Lead at GOFCoE. His role is to build partnerships with the private sector and leverage GOFCoE expertise and capabilities to harness financial data for social and economic benefit.
Proposition Design Manager
Tochi Okoronkwo is the Proposition Design Manager for GOFCoE and is responsible for managing the proposition design processes as well as providing innovation support, collaborative thinking and programme governance alongside the Chief Research and Innovation Officer.
Chief Data Scientist
Nick Radcliffe is the interim Chief Data Scientist for GOFCoE. In this role he leads our data science capability and the building of data assets at the heart of GOFCoE projects.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Dougie Robb is the Interim Chief Financial Officer at GOFCoE. Dougie is a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience in practice and in industry, including early stage business experience and CFO positions.
Nikki is the Finance Manager at GOFCOE. Her role is to provide finance support for all areas of GOFCOE activity and is a qualified accountant. Her responsibilities cover provision of financial information to both the GOFCOE Executive Steering Group and the Management Committee.
Research Fellow - Pensions
Lynne is an academic at the University of Edinburgh. She works closely with Mia Dowman, using data supplied by GOFCoE, to research financial vulnerability amongst older workers.
Head of Marketing and Communications
Richard Seabrook is the Head of Marketing and Communications for GOFCoE.
He is a proven business leader with over 25 years’ experience of leading large product and marketing teams and strategic consultancy in blue chip Financial Services organisations.
Mike is a data scientist at GOFCoE and has a background in environmental science, economics and sociology. His previous work has included agriculture, supply chains, rural economy, hydrology, digital skills and social services.
Interim Innovation Proposition Lead
Madeline is the interim lead for GOFCoE’s Innovation Proposition. She supports value case development, the build of the Innovation Environment, customer onboarding, and stakeholder engagement as GOFCoE continues to build and strengthen its partnerships in the market.