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

Dr Emma Stone

Emma is a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, and leads the Policy and Research department. Her work is focused on developing and using evidence from research and experience to inform, influence and inspire social change in the UK – with a strong strategic focus on solving poverty. Emma began her JRF career in 1998, managing programmes on disability, and then on immigration and inclusion.

She will deliver a keynote presentation at the MALG Conference 2017 on ‘solving poverty through re-thinking markets and growth’. She says: “I am not an economist or financial markets analyst but the economy and markets are all about people.”

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 (see below) who will help to set his latest research and thinking into context for advisers, creditors and collections professionals.

Alex Lewis

In November 2013, Alex Lewis, aged 33 and a father of one, collapsed and was rushed to Winchester ICU. His only symptom leading up to this was the common cold. Within a few hours of his collapse, his vital organs were being supported mechanically, his blood forced around his body with nora adrenalin. His chances of survival given by the consultants for the first 3 days was less than 3%. He had contracted Strep A which turned into Strep A Toxic Shock Syndrome, Septicaemia and Necrotising Fasciitis. This resulted in quadruple amputation and extensive skin grafts and facial reconstruction as the infection ravaged his face and mouth as well as his limbs. 

Alex now gives “A Minor Setback” motivational talks, in which he looks at dealing with change positively and turning obstacles into opportunities by accepting the things you can’t change and changing the things you can. Alex will deliver the vulnerability workshop at the MALG Conference alongside Chris Fitch to help us questions definitions of vulnerability and understand more about the challenges different people in vulnerable situations face.

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.

Laura Bunt

With a background in policy research and analysis, Laura Bunt is now Chief Digital Officer at Citizens Advice. Her role revolves around transforming services to help people solve problems through accessible, actionable digital content and services. By moving away from expensive tech and working more closely with users to design services, she has helped to ensure that Citizens Advice can help far more people and provide a much better user experience. This has shown the power of digital tech in solving big policy problems and Laura is working with the tech community to involve them in developing solutions that will help vulnerable customers.
She and one of her colleagues will be delivering a workshop on how money advice could be transformed by coders.