The team

Craig Goulding
After gaining a double first in Physics from Oxford University, Craig worked developing missile tracking systems. He then moved into Finance becoming a Managing Director & CTO at JPMorgan. He pivoted into Consumer digital banking in the middle of this decade. Craig is the mastermind behind the technology that has made Currensea possible.
Most memorable trip - the Taj Mahal, a location which generated total awe even though I had seen it a million times in photos.
James Lynn
James spent two decades in foreign exchange of the world’s largest banks, such as Barclays and Credit Agricole. He is also an entrepreneur who set up two successful payments businesses. His deep understanding of foreign exchange and payments is now saving travellers money on charges and rates.
Most memorable trip - exploring Petra in Jordan, the feeling of walking through history is unparalleled.
Eleanor Beaumont-Smith
Head of Customer Communications
Eleanor is passionate about fintech, bringing a wealth of experience from both the foreign exchange and SME sectors, her previous experience includes driving growth at both Currencies Direct and Satago.
Most memorable trip - Camps Bay, South Africa - touring the vineyards of Stellenbosch right through to Safari on Inverdoorn Game Reserve.
Geoff Smailes
Charity & ESG Advisor
Geoff has an economics degree from Cambridge university and then spent 30 years managing trading businesses in banking and asset management. He is now focussed on advising the fintech sector on how to ‘Give-back' and understand their ESG obligations.
Most memorable trip - Hiking across the Andres and through the amazonian rain forest before gps devices - truly lost most of the time!
Clotilde Ecorcheville
Head of Design
Clotilde is a passionate designer with a decade of experience designing new digital products. She is the solo artist behind a sleek and simple Currensea website, which she designed from scratch.
Most memorable trip - a Safari in Tanzania, sleeping amongst wild animals in the most stunning natural wonders one can witness.
Abhisek Paul
Chief Engineer
Abhisek is an expert in cloud, internet technology, and the latest software engineering practices. He worked at several investment banks and has developed the technology behind Currensea.
Most memorable trip - a road trip from London to Swiss Alps, travelling through Champagne cellars in Reims to the remotest chalet right opposite a glacier up in the Alps.

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Maurice Cleaves
Managing Director and CEO
Maurice Cleaves was the CEO of Payments UK from 2014 until 2017. Prior to that, Maurice was at Barclays Bank (2011-2014) where he was Global Head of Cash Management and a member of the Corporate Bank Exco with a co-head responsibility for all products.
Sean Hastings
CMO, River Island
Sean Hastings is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of River Island. Prior to this, he was the Group Marketing Director of Pentland Brands from 2014 to 2018 - a group owning 14 famous brands. Sean has significant experience building global brands and delivering brand growth.
Marc O'Brien
CEO and Angel Investor
Marc was CEO of Visa UK and Ireland, before leading the Payments and Fintech practice as a Senior Partner at Capco. He has been on the advisory boards of a number of well-known fintech ventures including Revolut.
Robin Terrell
Non-Executive Director, Chairman
Robin Terrell has held a number of C-level positions across retail, consumer and digital businesses. This includes a 4-year stint as the UK MD of Amazon as well as time at Tesco plc, where he held a number of different roles: Group Multichannel Director, UK MD and Chief Customer Officer.

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James Copley
Managing Director, Talon Outdoor
James Copley has been a key player in the advertising industry in London for more than 20 years. He is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of Talon Outdoor, one of the market leaders in the Out of Home media space in the UK. He is an active investor in high energy, disruptive startups across the UK.
Ian Harjette
Global Co-Head, Santander Global
Ian Harjette spent 3 decades in senior and Executive roles in investment banking. For the past 10 years, Ian has been part of Santander Corporate & Investment Banking management and more recently a member of its Global Corporate and Investment Banking Executive Committee. Before joining Santander, Ian held senior positions at Bank of America, Nomura and Lehman Brothers. Ian is now an active investor in start-ups.
Mark Kimber
Mark Kimber has held a series of high profile roles over a number of years in the Financial Services industry. Until recently Mark was the global CIO of Worldpay providing technology leadership to the firm, and helping navigate the business through IPO and mergers. Prior to this role, Mark was the CIO of JPMorgan Chase, EMEA Region. Mark is now involved in a variety of innovative and disruptive initiatives in the world of finance.
Eric Newnham
CEO, Talon Outdoor
Eric Newnham is the CEO of Talon Outdoor - the market leader in the Out of Home media space across the UK, and has been a key figure in the advertising space in London for many years. He has built and sold several successful businesses in the media space over the past decade. Eric is an active investor and NED of several cutting edge digital businesses across the UK.
Charles Pickard
Division Director, Macquarie Group
Charles Pickard is a Division Director of Macquarie Bank (London Branch), having previously been Global Head of Risk for the Corporate and Asset Finance Group and Head of Credit for Macquarie in Singapore. Additionally, he is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales (UK) and New South Wales (Australia).
Mark Simons
Head of Sales Optimisation
Mark is Head of Sales Optimisation at Total. He is an established leader in energy trading & origination, specialising in establishing new businesses. Over the last 20 years he has led energy trading businesses for Maersk, Bg Group and BP.
Ben Slatter
Partner, Rutland Partners
Ben is a Partner at Rutland Partners Private Equity. He has been credited with deals across a wide set of industries including Total Rail Solutions, Gardman, Cedo, BAYV, Pusle Home Products, H&T, NoteMachine and The Music Group. Prior to Rutland, Ben trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Anderson and then spent two years with their corporation Finance Team in London.
Farahad Zama
Director, Barclays
Farahad is a hugely experienced Investment Banking technologist, having worked as a Director across JPMorgan, Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch, specialising in building market leading FX trading systems.