Alex Preece, CEO & Co-Founder, Tillo
Alex Preece has a wealth of experience in the fintech retail payments space. He co-founded Tillo in 2016 and in 2010 he also co-founded the first UK daily deals platform which was acquired by MoneySupermarket.com PLC the following year. Tillo has revolutionised the digital gift card market with its innovative platform that connects the world’s most popular brands with fintechs and enterprises looking to drive sustainable and profitable growth.
Aron Alexander, Founder & CEO, WeGift
Serial entrepreneur with a background in technology, retail and payments. CEO and founder of WeGift, an award winning, market leading infrastructure for sending and spending digital value.
Ashumi S, CEO & Founder, MAD Global
Ashumi S is the Founder and CEO at MAD Global, a Top 100 CreaTech Company in the UK. She is a multidisciplinary Creative, Producer and Innovator working in the Web3, Metaverse and NFT space. She is also a panelist, keynote speaker, and lecturer on the importance of including gender and diversity when creating new digital realities and translating luxury in the metaverse.
Briony Robertson, VP of People, Tillo
My background in the people field has come from working within diverse industries from a large national charity, advertising and business intelligence. I moved to Tillo 4 years ago and here I lead on the people agenda covering, HR, Talent Acquisition, Reward and Benefits and Learning and Development as well as being part of the Senior Leadership Team to drive the overall business agenda.
Chris Ronald, VP EMEA Incentives, Blackhawk Network
A mere 5 years in the industry but proud to lead the Blackhawk Network EMEA team for B2B Incentives Rewards and Benefits. Passionate about Branded Payments that turn transactions into experiences. Empowering brands to connect & build loyalty with their customers & employees using giftcards, codes and prepaid products.
Dan Brookman, CEO, Toggle & Airship
Dan Brookman is the CEO of Toggle (usetoggle.com
) a SaaS platform that enables over 500 hospitality brands across 4000 locations to sell digital and physical gift cards, experiences, retail products, pay-it-forwards and tickets. Dan is a seasoned marketeer and is also responsible for Airship.co.uk
, a CRM platform that helps hospitality drive loyalty.
Dan Miller, Commercial Operations Manager, M&S B2C Gift Cards
Dan’s background is in retail, with a particular focus on commercial and operational strategy. He has been a manager in M&S stores and took a leading role within M&S Energy. Within gift cards, Dan is focused on operational effectiveness, whilst championing innovation and M&S’ market leading designs.
Don Williams, Partner - Retail Sector, KPMG
Don has over 30 years of experience of advising clients in the retail sector initially as an audit partner and National Head of Sectors at BDO. His clients are, predominantly, private (family) or private equity owned and focused on managed growth to maximise shareholder value. Don joined KPMG in late 2014 and continues his focus on the retail sector with a view to building on the existing strength of the firm’s retail franchise and leveraging existing experience and services that are currently employed effectively with other sectors. Although based In London, he is service line and geographically agnostic. Specifically he seeks to help clients with some of the key opportunities and challenges that the sector faces: supply chain and operational efficiency, identification and effective penetration of international markets, the world of omni-channel, and the effective collection and analysis of data together with the systems and processes that are required to achieve this… And helping business
Eoghan Thompson – Director of Skills & Learning, KPMG
Eoghan is a Director and Skills within KPMG’s Government, Infrastructure and Healthcare Practice. He supports organisations of all sizes identify their future skills needs and then build those skills in house.
Eoin Whyte – Chief Revenue Officer & Co-Founder, Savvy
Eoin leads Savvy’s partner programme, and oversees all aspects of customer acquisition and retention across Savvy’s international direct and partner sales channels. He also leads Savvy’s new product development initiatives, and was Chairman of the Gift Card & Voucher Association from 2015-2021.
Glenn Sizer – Head of Prepaid & Subscription, Currys
Glenn has over 20 years of retail experience, predominantly with Currys and heads up their gift card and subscriptions business. Glenn is also, proudly part of the GCVA Exec.
Hollis Thornton, Vice President, Client Success, TOTUS
Hollis Thornton is Vice President of Client Success at TOTUS Gift Card Management where her team oversees gift card issuance and program management for TOTUS clients. She has over 20 years in the gift card industry helping merchants improve their gift card programs and the marketing of their brands. Hollis was awarded the Incentive Marketing Association’s inaugural “Incentive Industry Influencer” award and is Incentive Gift Card Coalition President.
James Malia, Managing Director UK & Ireland, Prezzee
Leading Prezzee’s UK expansion, James Malia is passionate about promoting the Prezzee brand and ideology: that we can all use a little more Human Interaction – known by Prezzee as ‘HI’, the antidote to AI – in our everyday lives. Prezzee’s mission is to ignite human connections through remarkable digital gifting moments.
Joseph Robinson, Director of Consulting, GlobalData
Joseph has a track record of delivering strategic insight to leading companies in the Retail, FMCG and Financial Services sectors, including Tesco, Disney, eBay, IKEA, Reckitt Benckiser, and American Express. Prior to GlobalData, Joseph held retail insight and consultancy roles at Verdict Research and Conlumino.
Kathy Heath, CEO, Healthy Minds Club
Kathy Heath has over 20 years experience in senior leadership positions across the Financial Services ecosystem on a global basis. Kathy speaks 4 languages and lives in the North West with her 10 year old son and her husband. As a long time leader of people, Kathy is passionate about people & wellbeing and has founded 2 wellbeing companies. Most recently the Healthy Minds Club, the UK’s first positive health & wellbeing gift card & membership platform. We provide personalised mental, physical & financial wellbeing solutions to prevent issues from occurring in the first place helping people to thrive in their lives.
Katie Wilkinson – Managing Director, Jigsaw Business Solutions
Katie left the banking industry to join Jigsaw and the world of gift cards in early 2016 as their Head of Operations, a team of one! Joining a start-up in its early years allowed Katie to experience every part of Jigsaw – pitch preparation and delivery, partner management, lead generation, project management, invoicing and financial reconciliation, order processing, and customer service. In 2017 she took on the role of Client Director allowing her to work more closely with Jigsaw’s ever-growing portfolio of retail clients whilst also working alongside Jigsaw’s two owners to drive the business forward. Katie’s latest role change came in January 2022 when she made the move to head up the company as Managing Director. She is enjoying working closely with her team of passionate and knowledgeable people to lead Jigsaw, their clients, and their partners into their 10th year and beyond!
Lucio Marazzi, European Partnership Director, lastminute.com
Business development expert with a particular aptitude for creating new revenue streams and building strong long-term relationships with both clients and partners. Sport and travel lover, father of two kids. More than 12 years spent creating new alternative sales channels inside lastminute.com
group with a strong b2b focus. His business mantra is “simplify to amplify”
and gift cards are not only a payment method, but “a real stand alone produc
Miranda Graesser, Head of Gift Cards & Sainsbury's Energy, Sainsbury’s Group
Miranda has over a decade of experience in retail leadership, beginning her career at the sharp end in store leadership roles before moving into strategic commercial roles. She got hooked on the gift card world and its wealth of opportunity while managing the John Lewis Partnership gift card programme. Continuing with her passion Miranda now leads the Sainsbury’s group gift card programme which spans across four brands, Sainsbury’s, Argos, Habitat and Tu Clothing, with a team managing all aspects of the gift card, MRV and card linking offer. Alongside Gift Cards the Sainsbury’s white labelled Energy proposition is also under her remit and Miranda is a proud member of the GCVA Executive team.
Molly Pemberton, Group Director of Retail, Reward Gateway
I’m responsible for managing and growing our world class employee discount and reward redemption programmes. My role includes responsibility for partnerships, operations, commercial ownership and product innovation of SmartSpending™ and the Reward Marketplace, adopted by over 4000 Reward Gateway clients and their 6.5 million employees worldwide.
Nick Rosa, Metaverse Strategy Lead Europe & Growth Market, Accenture
Nicola “Nick” Rosa is a creative technologist, experience designer, and digital transformation specialist, who previously worked for Google, Spotify, IBM IX, Yahoo!, and Atari; and is now part of Accenture in their Metaverse Continuum Business Group where he is the Metaverse Strategy Lead for Europe & Growth Markets. Nick is also a Director at the Academy of International Extended Reality (AIXR) a non-profit entity producing the annual VR Awards. He is the co-host and co-author of a podcast series called “Field of View” where he interviews entrepreneurs, researchers, and pioneers in the field of Extended Reality and the Metaverse and is available on all the major platforms including YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music. Nick has also been speaking at multiple international events such as AWE, Oculus Connect, Fyuz, and CogX, and his first book “Understanding the Metaverse: A Business and Ethical Guide” was published by Wiley worldwide on October 27, 2022.
Noelle Reno, Global Marketing Director, SmartMedia Tech
Noelle is an experienced marketer and business development strategist having worked with leading brands including Verizon, Accenture, Kering Group, Four Seasons, Peroni, BBC World, Rosewood Hotels, and the Huffington Post. She has led global digital marketing teams and is an expert within the creator economy. She is a known voice in the women in web3 community.
Rob Coulstock, Commercial Development Director EMEA, InComm Payments
Rob is the Director of Commercial Development for InComm Payments in EMEA, and has over 20 years experience covering the whole breadth of the Prepaid and Gift Card industries. During his time Rob has been involved in the Management of B2B and B2C Gift Voucher, Gift Card and eGift Card programs, sales and distribution and has extensive experience in the provision of Gift Card related services to retailers, agencies and processors throughout EMEA. More recently Rob has been responsible for InComm’s Business Development, InComm’s open loop products and services and supporting the ever expanding emerging and alternative payments landscape across EMEA
Steve Leigh, Director, PR Agency One
Steve works with businesses ranging from the FTSE to fast-growing SMEs, helping them grow profile and better understand and measure their reputations. Within the financial services sector, he has worked as a consultant to most major banks and many leading insurance companies, as well as advising GCVA, PIF and One4All.