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Emerging Payments Association boosts its advisory board with four top payments specialists

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The Emerging Payments Association (EPA) is delighted to announce the selection of four new members of its Advisory Board, which advises the trade association on the main barriers to payments innovation and leads the various projects addressing those barriers.

Andrea Dunlop, CEO Acquiring & Card Solutions of Paysafe Group, Chris Dunne, Director of Market Development at VocaLink, Michael Laven, CEO of Currency Cloud and Judith Rinearson, Partner and Co-Chair of the Firms Payment and Fintech practices at Bryan Cave were selected from 11 candidates to join the existing Advisory Board in January 2016. The Board is chaired by Rich Wagner, CEO at Advanced Payment Solutions and includes senior representation from Global Processing Services, Payment Card Technologies, Prepay Solutions, Raphael’s Bank, Sodexo Motivation Solutions and The Bancorp.

Judith Rinearson of Bryan Cave explains: “I’m honoured to be elected to the Advisory Board of the Emerging Payments Association. Having worked with a broad range of clients in the US, Australia and Europe, I look forward to bringing a global perspective to the table and employing my 30 years of experience in payments regulatory issues for the benefit of the EPA members. This is an exciting time for emerging payments, with huge opportunities for those involved. The EPA enables the industry to work together to advance, so that the companies, regulators and consumers all benefit.”

Chris Dunne of VocaLink adds: “Joining the Advisory Board allows me to help to bridge the gap between the established and emerging payments industries. There are obvious benefits to everyone in bringing together the energy and creativity of new entrants with the industrial-strength knowledge and capabilities of the existing payments ecosystem. Ultimately I want to see the UK leading the world with innovative, intuitive and trusted payments systems.”

Andrea Dunlop of Paysafe Group adds: “I look forward to working with the new and existing board members to help the EPA influence the industry in what is without doubt an exciting and dynamic time of change in the payment landscape.”

The Advisory Board’s purpose is to harness the passion and talent of the UK’s Paytech industry to help advance payments innovation. The board works together to identify common issues faced by the industry and EPA members, find feasible solutions and influence relevant regulatory bodies by talking with a common voice.

Tony Craddock, Director General of the Emerging Payments Association, concludes: “The credentials, knowledge and expertise that these new members bring to the Advisory Board will help drive the growth of the emerging payments industry. I’m also delighted that all the unsuccessful candidates have also pledged their support to the projects.”

Current EPA projects being led by members of the Advisory Board include Project Rome, which aims to create a payments platform for non-settlement banks and financial institutions to gain direct access to clearing and settlement at a fair price, Project Catalyst, which supports the growth of early stage payments companies, and Project Leadership, which promotes emerging payments so that those inside the industry and beyond recognise its potential and relevance for them.

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