Event - Scaling with technology and data teams in financial services | MBN
13 Dec 2022 , 06:00 PM

Scaling with technology and data teams in financial services

Data Analytics,Technology,Data Science

Data and technology have had an extraordinary impact on financial services over recent years, from banking, credit and payments, to insurance, personal finance and even regulation.

But challenges still exist. Progress at scale requires a complex mix of talent and technology, and the right conditions for growth can be difficult for businesses to achieve.

Join us as our panel of industry experts discuss approaches to scaling with technology and data teams in financial services.

Our panelists will discuss:

-How to build data and technology teams around strategic business priorities

-Leveraging technology and data solutions to meet your customers needs

-Key considerations and challenges when scaling your team

-How to scale and manage regulatory change


6pm: Arrival and networking with drinks and pizza

6:30pm: Panel discussion

7:30pm: Audience Q&A

7:45pm: Networking with drinks

8:30pm Close


Meet the speakers; 

Marilena Karanika, Head of Data Innovation, Experian

Marilena Karanika is the Head of Data Innovation at Experian, providing data and analytics support across different product domains such as affordability, credit risk and insurance.

With more than 10 years of experience in Credit Risk Modelling and Analytics in financial services, a key area of her expertise is enabling organisations to make better use of data, reach more informed decisions and support consumers throughout the customer lifecycle. Most recently Marilena and her team created and launched products that helped clients understand the impact of events such as the Cost of Living crisis and COVID to help them navigate these challenging times.

Marilena is passionate about the power of financial education and works with universities and professional bodies to deliver guest lectures and industry talks promoting a better and wider understanding of analytics and responsible data ownership. She has been voted Innovator of the Year 2021 in the Women in Credit Awards.

Robert Betts, Executive Director, JP Morgan

Robert is a non-typical thinker. He is an Open Source and inclusive workplace advocate. A dotcom veteran with many years of experience across Finance, Banking, Investment Management and Fintech startups. Currently an Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase, Asset and Wealth Management and serving as the Regional lead for Managed Accounts, Client Data and Client Service Technology.

Data has been central throughout much of his career from postulating on e-commerce possibilities through personalisation in the 90’s to rolling out investment personalisation at scale today. Data regulation, distribution, aggregation, security are daily challenges he faces when growing teams and building platforms to service the needs of customers.

Vicky Byrom, Chief Data & Analytics Office Officer at Zumo

Vicky has over 20 years experience delivering analytics projects across both private and public sectors, enabling companies to effectively use their data to make better decisions. She currently is the Chief Data & Analytics Officer for the crypto wallet app Zumo, and has previously headed up the data functions within FinTech scale up Modulr.

She won the Data IQ award 2019 for Data Analytics leader of the year when she led the multi-award winning Advanced Analytics practice for Merkle UK, and was a member of the AI steering committee for the Scottish Government.

Keith Harrison, Head of Software Development at Nude

Keith has over 20 years of commercial experience in software development and has helped many companies in financial services and other sectors to develop software products.Keith is currently working as Head of Development for Nude, a fintech startup helping people save for their first home.

He's an active member of the Glasgow developer community and currently organises Tech Meetup, a monthly developer focused meetup based in Glasgow.

Gordon Jackson, Head of Personalisation Products, Natwest

Gordon is Head of Personalisation Products at Natwest. He is an established leader of customer experience and digital transformation through data, analytics and marketing platforms. In his current role his work is focused on improving the ability of Natwest to personalise customer experiences through advanced analytics and technology. He is actively involved in development and execution of strategy to create partnerships and offer data products to the market.

In previous roles at Natwest he has helped to scale an innovation start up from 15k customers to a set of products that are used to create personalised experiences for all Retail, Wealth and Commercial customers across the organisation's entire portfolio. He has led a number of teams of highly skilled product designers, engineers, data scientists and cloud platform developers.

Robin Huggins, Client Services Director, MBN Solutions (Event Chair)

As Director of Client Services for MBN Solutions, Rob has spent over two decades at the sharp end of Talent Acquisition practice for the Data sector.

During this time, he has partnered with some of the UK’s leading data-driven businesses to deliver best-in-class talent solutions. In addition, working in an advisory capacity, Rob designed, built, and delivered the Data Lab’s MSc Placement Programme, has contributed to forums including Scotland’s AI Strategy and DMA Council and sits on University of Glasgow’s School of Maths & Stats Industrial Advisory Board.

A regular data industry blogger and event host, Rob also now hosts a data leadership focussed podcast called Boss’n’Data and has been recognised by Data IQ as one of their 100 most influential Data and Analytics practitioners in UK organisations for two years running.