Judging Panel

The judging panel is comprised of independent industry professionals with expertise in how to address the problems posed by financial exclusion. All judges contribute their time and expertise to Inclusion Signpost on a voluntary basis. If you would like to support Inclusion Signpost by joining the judging panel, please contact us at [email protected].

Anne Pieckielon

Bacs and CASS Consultant, Pay.UK


Anne Pieckielon is Director of Product and Strategy for Bacs, the longest established payment operator and an important part of the UK’s payments infrastructure. Anne has directed major developments for Bacs, including a delivery channel and platform refresh, establishing the Affiliates proposition and leading CASS towards Regulatory recognition. She is also responsible for gender diversity within Bacs, and is a champion of HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter.

Carl Packman

Head of Corporate Engagement, Barrow Cadbury Trust


Carl is the Head of Corporate Engagement for Fair by Design Campaign. To date his work has focused on the lived experiences of social and financial exclusion, and the design of innovative products and services for low income households. He previously worked for Toynbee Hall leading research on poverty, and financial resilience and capability. Before that he worked with a number of charities, think tanks, and academic institutions specialising in research on high cost credit and personal finance.

Chris Pond

Chair, Lending Standards Board


Chris Pond is Chair of the Lending Standards Board, of the Equity Release Council Standards Board and of The Money Charity and is Vice-Chair of the Financial Inclusion Commission. He is an Independent Director of Current Account Switch Service, part of Pay.UK. Chris has been CEO of two national charities and is now trustee of GambleAware and of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute. He was formerly MP for Gravesham and a Work and Pensions Minister and Director of Financial Capability at the FSA.

Erik Porter

Head of Adult & Industry Programmes, The Money Charity


Erik joined The Money Charity in September 2017 and is currently the Interim CEO and Head of Workplace & Community Programme. Originally from the US, Erik has had the opportunity to work in over 40 countries during his career developing and shaping local teams to find the best outcomes for customers. In addition, Erik is a Trustee of Fair Money Advice and has previous experience with the Southwark Foodbank and Southwark Citizen’s Advice. Erik enjoys working with others to develop their financial capability and helping them achieve financial wellbeing.

Faith Reynolds

Independent Consultant, Financial Services Consumer Panel


Faith is a member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel which advises the Financial Conduct Authority on the consumer interest in regulation. Faith is one of the Stand Out 35 from Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist and was listed one of the top 30 inspirational women in the City 2017 by Brummell Magazine. Previously, Faith was a member of ESMA's Financial Innovation Standing Committee Consultative Working Group, HM Treasury’s Financial Inclusion Taskforce and set up Toynbee Hall's financial inclusion work. She was awarded the Clore Social Leadership Fellowship in 2010.

Professor Howard Williamson

Professor of European Youth Policy, University of South Wales


Professor Howard Williamson CVO CBE FRSA FHEA is Professor of European Youth Policy at the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom. He is a nationally qualified youth worker and ran a youth centre for 25 years in parallel with his academic research that spanned issues such as youth crime, youth unemployment, vocational training, enterprise and entrepreneurship, substance misuse, homelessness, school curricula and youth work. He conducted the original ‘status zer0’ research that produced political attention to young people not in education, employment or training (‘NEET’) and has followed the lives of a group of men, now past their mid-50s, whom he first encountered when they were young offenders in the 1970s.

Liz Barclay

Chair, Money Advice Liaison Group


Liz Barclay is a Radio and TV Broadcaster and Producer; writer and author. She is a consumer champion who is a Financial Inclusion Commissioner, Chair of the Money Advice Liaison Group and the Fair by Design Campaign, NED of the Lending Standards Board, a member of the Fundraising Regulator Standards Board, The Equity Release Council Standards Board and the Ofgem Consumer Progress Panel.

Joanne Dewar

CEO, Global Processing Services


Since joining Global Processing Services (GPS) in 2014 Joanne has contributed significantly to the overall success of the business to date through reinforcing of foundations of the people, processes and the technology to support the sustained rapid growth. With her in-depth knowledge of the company, the culture and its capabilities, Joanne is well positioned to drive the necessary ongoing change within GPS to ensure its continued success. Prior to GPS, Joanne had a successful career in management consulting, specialising in complex multinational transformation programmes for FTSE 100 companies.

Shantanu Bhagawat

Senior Advisor (VC Funds & Fintech), Department for International Trade


Shantanu is presently a Sr Advisor (VC Funds & Fintech) to the growth capital team at Department for International Trade in UK. He has 17+ years of experience in venture capital & impact investing, across sectors & geographies and was previously a Venture Partner at Impact Ventures UK and at Nesta Impact Investments. A personal investor in, and an advisor to several start-ups, Shantanu is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship at conferences and B-Schools. He is a Non-Executive Director on the board of Reall, an international development organisation focused on affordable housing in Asia and Africa.


Steve Round

Founder, Saescada


Steve is of cloud based banking solutions provider Saescada bringing one of the first challenger banking platform to market in 2015. He founded the innovative Change Account, is Chair at Ecology Building Society and was Chair at The Big Issue Foundation for 10 years Steve believes passionately in financial inclusivity and believes that it is the right of everyone to have access to banking services. Previously Steve has been Marketing Director at Unity Trust Bank and has advised companies as wide ranging as MasterCard, GE Money and Charity Bank.