Entry Requirements

We welcome nominations from anyone, in any relevant sector.

Company must be in the South West (Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire).

We welcome nominations from anyone, in any relevant sector.

Nominate yourself or nominate others, the choice is yours.  Simply complete the online nomination form and we’ll be in touch if you’re shortlisted.

Key Dates

  • Awards Launch – October, 2022
  • Closing Date For Applications – Now Closed
  • Shortlist Announcement – 15th May, 2023
  • Shortlist Interviews – 13 / 14th Jun, 2023
  • Tickets to Awards On Sale – April, 2023
  • Fintech Awards South West – Event & Ceremony – 6th July, 2023

Judging Panel

Joanne Dewar – Chair

Vice Chair of Global Processing Services (GPS)

Joanne Dewar is Vice Chair of Global Processing Services (GPS), the UK based payments issuer processor that is powering the fintech revolution. In her 4 years as CEO, Joanne led the transition to global scale up and secured $400m investment from consortium including Advent International, Viking Global, Temasek Holdings, Mission OG, Visa and Mastercard.

Recent recognition includes UK Fintech Leader of the Year, Technology Leader of the Year, Great British Businesswoman Tech Leader of the Year, Payments Power 10 and Most Inspirational Woman in Fintech.

Mark Walker

Mark Walker

The Fintech Power50

Mark is an experienced technologist, his early corporate successes led him to form his own enterprise software company, producing and selling to Universities and institutions. A hands-on role, he executed this idea from concept to maturity, while also leading the international development for an advanced engineering company before its M&A.

A former Senior Adviser at UK trade & investment, where he used his time to build contacts in technology, IoT and Smart cities sectors, as well as the investment and accelerator environment. Managing a team of seven, his role facilitated a good understanding of the London technology environment. He then continued his passion for supporting Start-up and Scale-up organisations by joining London & Partners as Head of Financial Services & Business Technology. He also led the Mayor’s international business programme for the technology & urban sector.

Having stepped back into the private sector, He has continued supporting ideas, Start-ups and Scale-ups with several of his own investments and ventures, including working with an amazing co-founder on an exclusive Fintech accelerator programme, The Fintech Power50, and running the Operations & Editorial functions at The Fintech Times, a global multimedia news outlet centred around the world’s first leading Fintech newspaper.

Stuart Harrison

Director, FinTech West

Stuart has 30+ years of working within the high-tech sector helping growth businesses with strategy, sales and investment. Having relocated from London when at Oracle to help set up the original Oracle Bristol office in the late 80s, Stuart is passionate about the region, the potential it is starting to deliver and the ethical and collaborative attitude of the people within the community.

He founded FinTech West in 2018 which is now the representative body for FinTech in the South West and part of the FinTech National Network. Outside of FinTech, Stuart is actively involved in a range of technology business advice, activities and mentoring in areas such as blockchain, AI/machine learning, LegalTech and quantum.

Gillian M. Lamela

CIB Markets Cloud Technology Product Owner, JP Morgan

Gillian is an Executive Director at JP Morgan and responsible for shaping the Public Cloud migration strategy roadmap, driving acceleration across public cloud adoption, enabling Markets businesses to provide simpler, faster access to storage and compute, reduce our data centre footprint and facilitating optimization. Previous to this, she was Engineering Delivery Lead at Barclays Investment Bank leading accelerated cloud migration trains, adoption of new migration tools, engineering productivity strategy and led the bank’s first-ever virtual innovation challenge. She started her career as an Engineer/UI Designer at Lehman Brothers and joined Barclays in 2008 where she held roles ranging from web development, systems design and analysis, testing automation and lead end-to-end delivery programme execution for CCAR and Lehman/Barclays systems integration of ~200 global systems resulting in over £1B cost savings to date.

Gillian has received accolades for her lifetime contributions in Technology  including Computer Weekly’s “Most Influential Women in UK Tech”, TechWomen100 Award and nomination for Top 3 Networks of the Year as co-founder Women In Technology Europe network. She can be seen in several publications, industry events and is part of Google UK’s Leaders Exchange.

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