Payments Council Executive Committee
Adrian Kamellard, Chief Executive
Adrian joined Payments Council in November 2011 and is leading the development and implementation of a corporate strategy that balances the interests of the key constituencies that the Payments Council represents: industry, customers, regulators and public policy interests.
Adrian previously worked at the centre of government in the Cabinet Office. His role including establishing a strategic commercial team that renegotiated high value contracts, designed and implemented outsourced business process reengineering projects and structured new businesses that could be found from service areas in government departments. Adrian’s work in this area saved £800 million in one year, without adversely affecting the quality of services received by the taxpayer. Before moving to the Cabinet Office, Adrian was Head of Major Projects at Partnerships UK, where he was also seconded to serve as the Chief Executive of Broadband Delivery UK. Earlier in his career, Adrian was an Investment Director at Charterhouse Bank, where he advised on telecoms projects in both the public and private sectors.
Gary Hocking, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive
Gary is Chief Operating Officer of the Payments Council and responsible for industry programmes and internal service delivery. As Deputy Chief Executive, Gary also represents, acts for and deputises for Adrian. Gary has worked in the payments and cards industry for 20 years, leading major change programmes, including the multi-stakeholder Chip and PIN Programme from 2001-2006.
Peter Finlayson, Director of Policy & Research
Peter has responsibility for major initiatives such as the development of the National Payments Plan and for consultancy, information management, research and analysis, and the co-ordination of industry standards. Peter’s background is in economics and operational research.
The Payments Council works closely with contracted payment schemes in the UK. These schemes are led by:
Michael Chambers, Bacs Payment Schemes Managing Director
Michael is the managing director of Bacs which has been at the heart of the payments industry for over 40 years. Bacs is responsible for the schemes behind the clearing and settlement of automated payments in the UK. Prior to joining Bacs, Michael held a number of strategic positions at Barclays Bank including head of electronic solutions delivery; senior solutions delivery manager; and head of funds control.
Angela Thomas, Managing Director, Cheque and Credit Clearing Company
Angela is the managing director of the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company Limited, the organisation responsible for the bulk clearing of cheques and paper credits throughout Great Britain. Prior to joining the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company Angela worked at Abbey National leading a specialist team covering the banks external payment and regulatory strategy.
Craig Tillotson, Managing Director, Faster Payments Scheme Ltd
Craig is Managing Director of Faster Payments Scheme Limited. He has enjoyed a successful and varied career over the last 25 years as a large business board director, unit director and strategy consultant in the telecoms and technology industries, gaining substantial operations and strategic management experience within the Vodafone and T-Mobile Groups. Prior to this he worked for ten years as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company in telecoms, transportation, healthcare and financial services, with an initial focus on information systems development.
Phil Kenworthy, Managing Director, CHAPS Co
Phil is the Managing Director of CHAPS Co who provide secure, real-time, high value payment processing within the UK. Phil joined CHAPS Co from CLS, the Foreign Exchange Settlement body. He served as CLS Director of Operations for six years. Phil served on the Board of CHAPSCo and chaired the Audit Committee between 2008 and 2010. He also has prior experience in roles at CRESTCo and the Bank of England.
John Howells, Chief Executive, LINK ATM Scheme
John Howells is the Chief Executive of LINK, the UK’s cash machine network. He was previously the Vice President responsible for Benefits and Pensions Consulting at Capgemini and a Director of Gemini Consulting’s Financial Services business where he specialised in the design and implementation of strategic change for major public and private sector organisations
Ivan Laird, Chairman, BBCCL
Joined Ulster Bank in 1964 as a junior clerk and retired in 2002 as Finance Director when, in addition to Finance, his responsibilities also included Risk, Internal Audit, Compliance, Purchasing and the Company Secretary’s Office.
Appointed to the Board of BBCC when it was established in 2007 - he took over as Chairman in 2008. He is also a Director and Treasurer of Ulidia Housing Association, Finance Director of the Towell Building Trust and a lay member of the Complaints Committee of the Chartered Accountants Regulatory Board in Ireland.