Digital ThinkIn – Credit post-COVID: what are banks for?

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Duration: 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Status: Completed

The sudden economic shock of C-19 has hit millions of workers – small business owners and freelancers; arts, culture and hospitality and much more. The government has scrambled to provide protection but households across the world are facing a dramatic disconnect between their expected quality of life and their new level of income – but many are struggling to access the promised funds. What role does the personal finance sector have to play in helping people cope? Is it rising to meet its responsibilities? What does responsible lending look like now? And if there are opportunities for the sector, what are they?

Chair: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, Tortoise

Special guests include:

Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chair of Mastercard. Prior to taking the Executive Vice Chair role, Cairns was President of International Markets, managing all customer-related activities worldwide. She is chair of ICE Clear Europe, global co-chair of the 30% Club, chair of Financial Alliance for Women and a member of the UK Government’s AI council. She is chair of ICE Clear Europe, global co-chair of the 30% Club, chair of Financial Alliance for Women and a member of the UK Government’s AI council.

Oliver Prill, CEO of Tide, the award-winning, fast-growing business bank. Tide is a UK financial technology company providing a mobile-first financial services for small and medium-sized enterprises. Oliver joined Tide as CEO in July 2018 from online lender Kreditech. Prior to that he spent 20 years in leadership positions in financial services, working across banking and insurance.

Alexandra Frean, Head of Corporate Affairs, Starling Bank. Alexandra leads PR and external communications for the company. She joined Starling after a 31-year career in journalism, based mainly in London but also including postings to Paris, New York and Washington DC. She spent 25 years at The Times, where she served as a reporter, foreign correspondent and business columnist.