TFC Chair & Vice Chair 2021




The Fintech Corridor (TFC) has today announced two new appointments at the top of the organisation. Supported by InterTradeIreland, this announcement comes at a key time for the organisation, as cross-border collaboration continues to opens up more avenues of growth for the sector.

Simon Bailie has been named as Chairman and Alan McEeneaney as Vice Chair, 2021. Former Chairman Pete Rowan, will continue to engage with the group in an Advisory Board member and Brand Ambassador capacity.

Commenting on his successor Pete Rowan, Executive Vice President Yapstone International, said “The last 12 months have without doubt been the most challenging time our industry, trying to adapt one’s business to the forever changing global landscape brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The island of Ireland has a very strong Fintech industry and is home to a number of companies that provide software solutions designed to assist the financial services industry, indeed a number of electronic payments companies have chosen Ireland as their European and International hubs.

The island is well placed for further Fintech growth, product development and meeting regulatory requirements on a global scale. The launch of The Fintech Corridor, to establish a future focussed cross-border forum of Fintech professionals has certainly been the highlight of my 12 months in office. I know that in handing over the reins to Simon as the new Chair and Alan as Vice Chair we will continue to go from strength to strength in supporting digital transformation through the continuing facilitation of business needs and creation of a skilled workforce and jobs. We are very fortunate to have someone of Simon Bailies’ calibre and experience accept the position. “

Simon is a highly experienced and innovative leader. Over the past two decades he has worked across multiple industries and environments, including in sales, organisational development as well as commercial leadership roles.

Since 2017, Simon has been the driving force behind Digital DNA, the biggest tech and business community in Northern Ireland. He has helped establish a wide network in the public and private sector – encompassing the media, policy makers, the investment community, business leaders from high growth tech companies and start-ups in the wider Northern Ireland tech ecosystem, including those in the fintech sector.

Joining Simon on the board as the new Vice Chair of the FinTech Corridor is Alan McEeneaney. Alan has a wealth of experience in the fintech sector, and is the EMEA Outsource (OS) leader for Partner billing, invoice and strategy at PayPal. He is also a member of the site leadership board for the operation of PayPal’s Dundalk site in Ireland.

Together the new Chair and Vice Chair will work with the Advisory Board and Brand Ambassador group on a wide range of business initiatives and external engagement, in areas such as business development, technology and business transformation, academia/industry collaborations and network opportunities.

Speaking on behalf of InterTradeIreland, Grainne Lennon commented:

“InterTradeIreland as lead supporter of the Fintech Corridor cluster welcomes the announcement of the new Chair and Vice Chair representing both the Irish and Northern Irish FinTech ecosystems.

The collaborative nature of this cross-border cluster requires input from industry, academia and government from both jurisdictions. Support for cross-border clusters is a key premise of our 2020-2022 corporate plan and presents real economic opportunities.  

We want to acknowledge the wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts that they both bring  and their appointment is a great example of the cross-border nature of this support.  We look forward to enhancing our great working relationship with Simon and Alan.



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About The Fintech Corridor

The Fintech Corridor (TFC) continues to be the driving force in early stage innovation, start-up activity and scaling of indigenous companies in the fintech sector, alongside FDI growth, whilst connecting EU& UK Fintech.

Our diverse and geographically balanced ecosystem consists of both Irish and Northern Irish public and private sector, indigenous and FDI, academic institutes and government bodies.

Our stakeholders and members show their strong contribution and commitment by providing thought leadership and innovative ideas by effectively contributing in finance and technology spaces to enable members to overcome the many challenging facing the sector. Within our accessible and resourceful network and with Dublin and Belfast both named as ‘Tech Cities of the Future’ the opportunity to maximise and promote fintech related economic value, opportunities to increase talent and innovative business ideas is key.

Simon Bailie Chair
Alan McEeneaney Vice Chair

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The Fintech Gateway to Europe and Beyond

TFC and fscom have joined forces to co-host a series of webinars focusing on regulated fintech services in Europe throughout 2021.

Our first session ‘The Fintech Gateway to Europe and Beyond’, on Thursday 25 February at 12pm, where our panel of experts consider the appeal for local payment service providers and those from outside Europe to view the Dublin to Belfast Corridor as a location to serve the EU & UK market.

Moderated by Simon Bailie Digital DNA’s CEO, you will hear from experienced fintech trend-setters and entrepreneurs John Irwin, Modulr, executive search and leadership consultants Susan Kelly, Signium who will share their perspective and expertise, along with experts on regulatory regimes and corporate structure Alison Donnelly, fscom and Christopher Jessup, A&L Goodbody.

Please join us by registering today…

Collaborating to Build Better in Fintech

The Fintech Corridor and Ireland’s South East Financial Services Cluster  partnered to co-host a series of innovative online events in 2021.

The first in the series is on Tuesday, 9th of February at 12pm.

Moderator Siobhan Hanley, Head of Fintech & Payments, IDA Ireland will lead the discussion on ‘The Power of Collaboration in a Remote World & Eco-Systems’.

Attendees can expect to hear from forward-thinking and inspiring leaders from each cluster, and international guests, sharing their perspective and expertise on the moving trends of our time.

Registration is Now Open

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