Michelle McGuire, Chief Executive Officer, GECKO Governance is an experienced compliance and risk professional with 15 years experience in senior positions in various financial services industries including banking and fund administration. During her time in industry, Michelle was a member of Industry working groups in AML, Data Protection and Regulation. Michelle holds the relevant compliance, risk and legal qualifications and professional body memberships, complementing strong business commercial knowledge.
Having worked in the Funds industry and understanding the intricacies of the work involved, Michelle is able to fully appreciate the pain points and frustrations of GECKO Governance’s clients and how the software can alleviate these pain points and streamline clients’ workflows and business processes. Active in the start-up and Fintech communities, Michelle is a member of the Fintech and Payments Association.
Developing and maturing business operations within start-ups;
Fintechs, Digital Transformation, and Cyber Risk;
Regulatory risk compliance including training, review, and analysis of CBI guidance, AIFMD, UCITS, AML legislation with cross-jurisdictional requirements including MiFID, governance, and data security;
Outsourcing best practice review and guidance;
Financial Crime Compliance by way of monitoring, local and global MI reporting and risk consulting;
THE FINTECH CORRIDOR ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIRMAN & VICE CHAIR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to 2021! We have exciting news about our many upcoming events. Coming soon to a screen near you…
Collaborating to Build Better in FinTech: Co-hosted by TFC and Ireland’s South East Financial Services Cluster (ISEFS) – expect to hear from forward-thinking and inspiring leaders, trend-setters and entrepreneurs sharing perspective and expertise on the moving trends of our time. This is the first of a series which will roll out throughout 2021.
TFC: The Fintech Gateway to Europe: This webinar is for anyone considering providing regulated fintech services in Europe. The Fintech Corridor recognises and promotes the many good reasons for fintech businesses to cluster in the area between Dublin and Belfast. Through a series of webinars, we will consider those many appeals in more detail with local experts. In this webinar, we consider the appeal for both local payment service providers and those from outside of Europe to settle in this area in order to serve the European market.
TFC & NI CYBER: Securing Fintech: Presenting the second in a series of events on cybersecurity and its challenges.
Don’t worry we’ll update you on dates and times so you can add to your calendar – that way you wont miss out on TFC events in the next few months.
Here’s to 2021 – lets make it a year to remember!
DkIT Signs New Partnership Agreement with The Fintech Corridor
Dundalk. Ireland. Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has today signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the industry led regional cluster initiative, The Fintech Corridor (formerly known as the M1 Payments Corridor).
Supported by InterTradeIreland, The Fintech Corridor, assists SMEs in the financial and technology sectors between Belfast and Dublin to boost economic growth.
The MOU with DkIT provides a strategic framework for greater collaboration with The Fintech Corridor in the areas of workforce training, graduate talent pathway development, joint sponsorship initiatives and research & innovation projects.
Over the course of three years, both parties have agreed to explore bespoke training opportunities for membership of the cluster such as Vesta, PayPal, State Street, Aphix Software, Yapstone, Coca-Cola International Services and AWS, that will support retention and nurturing of talent.
The MOU also outlines an intention to explore creating more defined career pathway opportunities for DkIT graduates within the Fintech Corridor cluster membership companies including formal mechanisms to engage with future graduates via student projects, on-campus visits and guest lectures and the potential to develop graduate programmes for DkIT graduates.
Speaking today, DkIT President, Michael Mulvey, PhD, said,
“We are delighted to formalise our partnership with The Fintech Corridor initiative today which demonstrates our commitment to uncover new opportunities for innovation and collaboration within the financial technology sector. We firmly believe that this alliance will help generate new development possibilities for both DkIT and the member organisations of The Fintech Corridor. Ireland is fast becoming a global hub for fintech and the Dublin-Belfast corridor has a strong reputation for expertise in this area. It is therefore vital that we continue to work closely with our industry partners to develop skilled graduates, unlock training opportunities and seek research collaboration opportunities that can enhance innovation and expertise required to sustain growth in this sector”
Hilary Moran, Programme Manager, The Fintech Corridor said
“The Dublin to Belfast Corridor’s attractiveness as a place for fintech companies to do business remains strong, The Fintech Corridor, along with our lead partner InterTradeIreland recognises that access to skilled graduate talent, connectivity with research and opportunities for industry and academic partnerships are vital to continue the expansion of this cluster. We are committed to working with DkIT to explore and support the economic development of our region and seek out new opportunities for growth for our members.
Peter Rowan, Chairperson of The Fintech Corridor and Executive Vice President International & Global Customer Support at YapStone added,
“Driving innovation and building capability to support the continued evolution of Fintech through people and technology is a key goal of The Fintech Corridor. Today’s announcement confirms our long-standing engagement with the DkIT and builds on the vision of The Fintech Corridor’s which is to create further opportunities to attract new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the island of Ireland, as well as to support our home-grown established and start-up companies”.
The partnership with The Fintech Corridor initiative is an important component within DkIT’s wider Corporate Partnership Programme with industry and the community, which is led by the Regional Development at DkIT and will roll out over the next three years.
Aidan Browne, Head of Innovation & Business Development at DKIT spearheads the institute’s Corporate Partnership Programme concluded,
“As a founding member of The Fintech Corridor initiative, DkIT has played a pivotal role in its evolution. This new partnership agreement acknowledges the significant opportunity for collaboration, providing both DkIT and the Fintech Corridor membership with a renewed level of focus which will allow us to strengthen our relationship in line with ambitious plans for growing the Fintech cluster along the M1 Corridor.”
DkIT has a growing portfolio of corporate partnerships including agreements with lead sports technology firm, STATSports, Dundalk’s Creative Spark enterprise hub, Cargotech Ireland, Walls Construction, NDRC and one of Europe’s leading food processors, ABP Food Group.
Organisations, businesses and academic institutions across the island of Ireland have joined together to launch ‘The Fintech Corridor’, providing economic growth opportunities for the financial and technology sector between Belfast and Dublin.
Supported by InterTradeIreland, The Fintech Corridor initiative will provide start-ups and other businesses with a range of support resources including access to expert mentoring and knowledge exchange through its Brand Ambassador steering group, academic collaboration partnerships, skills development opportunities as well as business support vouchers.
A cross-border partnership, The Fintech Corridor covers the geographical region between Dublin to Belfast. With many well established fintech organisations and enterprise hubs already operating in the region, the area provides start-ups and SMEs with an attractive and accessible location from which to grow across the UK, Ireland and into Europe.
To launch the programme and share information about the opportunities for businesses, The Fintech Corridor will host a free online webinar on 30th September. Guests will hear from high calibre speakers including representatives from PayPal, Yapstone, InterTradeIreland, IDA Ireland and Invest NI. Alison Donnelly, Director at FScom and Ambassador for Ireland at European Women Payments Network (EWPN), will also speak about various regulatory issues arising from Brexit.
Peter Rowan, Executive Vice President of International and Global Customer Operations at Yapstone has been appointed Chairperson for The Fintech Corridor. Speaking about its vision he said,
“The Fintech Corridor initiative builds on the already established e-commerce and technology prowess along the M1 between Dublin and Belfast. By forming The Fintech Corridor, we can create an innovative and collaborative network of existing and new start-up enterprises, nurturing their ambitions with advice, support and growth opportunities.”
“From my experience with Yapstone, I know first-hand the economic and business benefits of being located in the Fintech Corridor. We selected the region as home to our international headquarters because of the tremendous support we’ve received from IDA Ireland, local businesses and other government sponsored organisations. The main benefit of being based in the region is access to a diverse and rich talent pool which enjoys a superior quality of life, something which in turn drives enhanced productivity within the company. About 50 per cent of the current staff are from the region or they live only 15 to 20 minutes from the office.”
Welcoming the initiative InterTradeIreland’s Designated Officer, Aidan Gough added;
“With both Dublin and Belfast named as ‘Tech Cities of the Future’, the island of Ireland is uniquely positioned to capitalise on and continue to grow it’s fintech credentials. This cross-border cluster will bring together key stakeholders with different expertise and market knowledge to create new businesses, jobs and develop skills. Businesses that join the Fintech Corridor will have the opportunity to get support and advice from industry forerunners while also working with academics to problem solve and innovate. It’s an exciting initiative and we’re delighted to lend our support along with other expert partner agencies.”
James Boyle, North East Regional Development Manager, IDA Ireland said “The North East region is home to leading multinational companies looking for room to grow. As sourcing talent for FinTech becomes increasingly competitive in the Dublin region, the North East offers employers and employees an attractive alternative. IDA Ireland is pleased to be involved in this opportunity to collaborate with local stakeholders to explore opportunities for investment, job creation and ultimately the long-term development of the region.”
The Fintech Corridor is supported by a Brand Ambassador group made up of experienced fintech companies including Vesta, PayPal, State Street, Aphix, YapStone, and Coca-Cola International Services, Fscom, TechNation, Digital DNA, AWS and the Fintech & Payments Association of Ireland (FPAI). The group also includes representatives from Invest NI, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland, the Louth Economic Forum and Louth County Council. Several universities have also joined the grouping including the Dublin City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University who will provide R&D partnership opportunities to members of the Fintech Corridor.