Our team

Right now, we are an interim team, focused on the delivery of early proof-of-concept projects and readying the new organisation for incorporation and form into its new not-for-profit structure.

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What we are

GOFCoE’s current team brings together experts from a variety of fields, including financial services, fintech, consultancy, and academia. Members of the team have a strong entrepreneurial spirit; four of them have created their own businesses. Together, the team combines academic excellence with a sharp commercial focus.

While GOFCoE will sit independently from the University of Edinburgh once incorporated in early 2021, the centre will retain strong links with the university’s schools and computing services This means it can tap into the research strength of a globally-renowned institution and its world-leading computer power.

Meet the team

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Paola Arce

Data Scientist

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.

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Kevin Collins

Interim CEO

Interim CEO

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.

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Brian Costello

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.

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Louise Cullum

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.

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Mia Dowman

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.

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Emily Elliott

Project Manager

Emily is a project manager for GOFCoE, responsible for the timely and successful delivery of initiatives across the portfolio.

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Simon Gerrish

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.

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Mark Graham

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.

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Fiona Grieve

HR Resourcing Partner

Fiona is the HR Resourcing Partner at GOFCoE and is responsible for delivering HR and Recruitment services and advice.

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Nick Hall

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.

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Stephen Ingledew

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.

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Bailey Kursar

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.



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Craig Lennox

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.



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Emma Lindley

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.



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Dominic Lindley

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.



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Gavin Littlejohn

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.

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Ian Major

Innovation Environment Proposition Lead

Ian Major is Proposition Lead for the Innovation Environment at GOFCoE, responsible for managing workstream strategy and technical implementation.



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Abby Manz

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.

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Damien McGarrigle

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.

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Nicola McLaughlan

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.

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Martin Nel

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.

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Tochi Okoronkwo

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.

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Nick Radcliffe

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.

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Dougie Robb

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.

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Nikki Robertson

Finance Manager

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.

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Lynne Robertson-Rose

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.

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Richard Seabrook

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.

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Mike Spencer

Data Scientist

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.

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Madeline Swalm

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.

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