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Money Advice Liaison Group (MALG) Conference 2017 speakers confirmed so far…

Anna Laycock

Anna Laycock is Executive Director at the Finance Innovation Lab, an organisation which facilitates the transformation of the finance system for the future to ensure it serves people and the planet.

She has previously worked in international development, campaigning, education, health and community development; and represented the Society on the Global Alliance for Banking on Values Communications and Impact Metrics expert groups. Anna is a Trustee of NEON (the New Economy Organisers Network), a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), an Associate of the Institute for Social Banking, and an Associate of the St Paul’s Institute.

She will be one of the keynote speakers at the MALG Conference 2017 where she will be discussing her passion for tackling the roots of social injustice in economic inequality, and her belief that we will only find lasting solutions to our most pressing social and environmental problems if we transform the values and power relations embedded in our global financial system.

Chris Fitch

Chris Fitch, Vulnerability Lead at the Money Advice Trust and Research Fellow at Bristol University’s Personal Finance Research Centre, is one of the UK’s leading practitioners on vulnerability in the financial services, water, energy and retail sector. He has been instrumental in advancing understanding of the relationship between financial difficulty and mental health and sits on MALG’s Mental Health Working Party as a contributor to our Good Practice Awareness Guidelines for Consumers with Mental Health Conditions & Debt and Debt & Mental Health Evidence Form.

His most recent publications include guides on vulnerability in debt collection (March 2017) and vulnerability in lending (June 2017).

Chris will be delivering a vulnerability workshop at the MALG Conference 2017 with a very special guest who will help to set his latest research and thinking into context for advisers, creditors and collections professionals.

Freddy Kelly

Freddy co-founded of Credit Kudos in 2015 as a solution to the problem of roughly 12% of the UK population being “under-banked”, forcing borrowers with no credit history to turn to high cost credit. He developed Credit Kudos as a tool for using consumer transaction data to build highly accurate and transparent credit score-cards and affordability metrics, making decisioning possible for the previously “unbanked” as well as those with nonexistent or “thin” credit files.

Prior to founding Credit Kudos, Freddy completed a B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Manchester, then moved to San Francisco to join the engineering team at Bitnami (YC W13). He was the first engineer at A16z-backed TXN, developing their transaction analytics platform.

Freddy will be delivering a ‘digital negotiation skills’ workshop at the MALG Conference 2017.