The Emerging Payments Association (EPA) has bolstered its senior team, with the appointment of six new diverse, expert financial services leaders to its Advisory Board. 

The appointments seek to accelerate the group’s growth and to help drive more meaningful change as we emerge from the pandemic. 

As part of this change, the Advisory Board will be led by Marion King, Director of Payments, NatWest. 

Advisory Board members are nominated and elected based upon their ‘leadership, seniority in their company and their ability, passion and expertise to influence the industry and represent the entire community’. 

Members of the Advisory Board are both nominated and voted on by the members of the EPA. After an extensive nominating and voting process, the following six personnel were selected to join the board:

Nathalie Oestmann, Chief Operating Officer, Curve

Jason Butcher, Chief Executive Officer, CoinPayments

Vikesh Patel, Head of SWIFT, UK and Ireland, SWIFT

Andres Kitter, Head of LHV Banking Services, LHV Bank

Lewis Alcraft, Chief Operating Officer, PayPoint plc

Daniel Holden, Chief Executive Officer, Trust Payments

New Chair of the board, Marion King, Director of Payments, NatWest, said: “It is an honour to have been nominated by my peers to chair the Board and to continue with their excellent work of driving innovation. I send my congratulations to the new advisory members and look forward to working together to bring more collaboration between banks and fintechs, with the aim of implementing meaningful change.”

Tony Craddock, Director General of the Emerging Payments Association, commented: “We are thrilled to have appointed Marion as Chair to lead our team of distinguished and experienced advisers. Marion’s wealth of experience and knowledge from across the financial services spectrum will be invaluable to the Board.”

He added: “Our future is being led and influenced by our members. This opportunity to surround ourselves with such an esteemed group of executives is an honour as we work to evolve the industry through our shared passion for enabling innovation in otherwise challenging circumstances and making payments work. We’re looking to continue to build our impact throughout 2021.”