About Us

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The Digital Pound Foundation (DPF) is an independent organisation that was incorporated on 22 June 2021 to work with a variety of stakeholders and participants towards the implementation of a well-designed digital Pound and an effective and diverse ecosystem for new forms of digital money. 

The DPF’s goal is to act as a catalyst among stakeholders across the public and private sectors, including academia to explore and articulate the case for a well-conceived digital Pound, in both publicly and privately issued forms. Beginning with a programme of research, advocacy and multi-stakeholder engagement, our work will progress through to regulatory engagement and industry testing, via provision of a forum and ecosystem for multi-participant collaboration on practical experiments, proofs-of-concept, and pilot work, as needed. The DPF will support and complement other projects and associations having similar objectives, including the Bank of England’s consultation framework and Engagement and Technology Forums, existing industry associations, and private sector initiatives. 

Our intention is to create an inclusive, well-functioning forum for collaboration that looks at the implementation of a digital Pound from a holistic perspective, addressing narrow questions, such as the design, implementation and successful adoption of CBDC, and the wider impact of a digital Pound, in both publicly and privately issued forms and on the UK’s economy and society. We will advocate and provide constructive input on vital considerations such as privacy, financial inclusion and technology inclusion, and will consider the digital Pound’s role in enabling the UK’s transition to a digital economy and underpinning a more efficient, sustainable payments and financial markets infrastructure.

Meet the team

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Susan Friedman

Head of Policy, Ripple

Chair of the Digital Pound Foundation

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Gilbert Verdian

Founder & CEO, Quant

Board Director for the Digital Pound Foundation

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Richard Ells

Founder & CEO, Electroneum

Board Director for the Digital Pound Foundation

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Jeremy Wilson

Former Vice-Chairman, Barclays Corp.

Claire Conby, Executive Director & Chief Risk Officer at Billon Group

Claire Conby

Executive Director & Chief Risk Officer, Billon Group

Operations and Governance Lead for the Digital Pound Foundation

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Jannah Patchay

Founder, Markets Evolution

Policy, Regulatory and Legal Lead for the Digital Pound Foundation

Melanie Budden, Managing Director at The Realization Group

Melanie Budden

Managing Director, The Realization Group

PR and marketing for the Digital Pound Foundation

Jonathan Marriott, Marketing Manager at Electroneum

Jonathan Marriott

Marketing & BD, Electroneum

Social media and content marketing for the Digital Pound Foundation

Martin Hargreaves, Chief Product Officer at Quant Network

Martin Hargreaves

Chief Product Officer, Quant Network

Phil Kenworthy, Founder at Payment Systems Consultancy

Phil Kenworthy

Founder, Payment Systems Consultancy

Lee Schneider, General Counsel at Ava Labs

Lee Schneider

General Counsel, Ava Labs

John Velissarios, Global Managing Director at Accenture

John Velissarios

Global Managing Director, Accenture

David Putts, Chief Growth Officer at Billon Group

David Putts

Chief Growth Officer, Billon Group

Victoria Thompson, Co-Founder & CEO at Orora

Victoria Thompson

Co-Founder & CEO, Orora

Sean Devaney, Vice President of Strategy, Banking and Financial Markets at CGI

Sean Devaney

Vice President, Strategy, Banking and Financial Markets, CGI

Nick Davies, Innovation lead

Nick Davies

Innovation lead

Diego Ballon Ossio, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance

Diego Ballon Ossio

Senior Associate, Clifford Chance

Andrew Whitworth Ripple

Andrew Whitworth

Policy Director, EMEA, Ripple

Jakub Zmuda Modulr

Jakub Zumda

Chief Strategy Officer, Modulr

Helen Disney

Helen Disney

Director, The Realization Group

PR and marketing for the Digital Pound Foundation

Michelle Brook

Michelle Brook

Membership and Community Manager, Digital Pound Foundation

Sophie Cameron The Realization Group

Sophie Cameron

Digital Marketing Consultant, The Realization Group

PR and marketing for the Digital Pound Foundation

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Susan Friedman

Head of Policy, Ripple

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Gilbert Verdian

Founder & CEO, Quant

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Richard Ells

Founder & CEO, Electroneum

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Jeremy Wilson

Former Vice-Chairman, Barclays Corp.

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Jannah Patchay

Founder, Markets Evolution

Phil Kenworthy, Founder at Payment Systems Consultancy

Phil Kenworthy

Founder, Payment Systems Consultancy

Lee Schneider, General Counsel at Ava Labs

Lee Schneider

General Counsel, Ava Labs

Melanie Budden, Managing Director at The Realization Group

Melanie Budden

Managing Director, The Realization Group

Victoria Thompson, Co-Founder & CEO at Orora

Victoria Thompson

Co-Founder & CEO, Orora

Headshot of Susan Friedman, Head of Policy at Ripple

Susan Friedman

Head of Policy, Ripple

Chair of the Digital Pound Foundation

Headshot of Gilbert Verdian, Founder & CEO of Quant.

Gilbert Verdian

Founder & CEO, Quant

Board Director for the Digital Pound Foundation

Headshot of Richard Ells, Founder & CEO at Electroneum

Richard Ells

Founder & CEO, Electroneum

Board Director for the Digital Pound Foundation

Claire Conby, Executive Director & Chief Risk Officer at Billon Group

Claire Conby

Executive Director & Chief Risk Officer, Billon Group

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Jannah Patchay

Founder, Markets Evolution

Melanie Budden, Managing Director at The Realization Group

Melanie Budden

Managing Director, The Realization Group

Jonathan Marriott, Marketing Manager at Electroneum

Jonathan Marriott

Marketing & BD, Electroneum

Phil Kenworthy, Founder at Payment Systems Consultancy

Phil Kenworthy

Founder, Payment Systems Consultancy

Martin Hargreaves, Chief Product Officer at Quant Network

Martin Hargreaves

Chief Product Officer, Quant Network

Victoria Thompson, Co-Founder & CEO at Orora

Victoria Thompson

Co-Founder & CEO, Orora

Lee Schneider, General Counsel at Ava Labs

Lee Schneider

General Counsel, Ava Labs

John Velissarios, Global Managing Director at Accenture

John Velissarios

Global Managing Director, Accenture

David Putts, Chief Growth Officer at Billon Group

David Putts

Chief Growth Officer, Billon Group

Nick Davies, Innovation lead

Nick Davies

Innovation lead

Andrew Whitworth Ripple

Andrew Whitworth

Policy Director, EMEA, Ripple

Sean Devaney, Vice President of Strategy, Banking and Financial Markets at CGI

Sean Devaney

Vice President, Strategy, Banking and Financial Markets, CGI

Diego Ballon Ossio, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance

Diego Ballon Ossio

Senior Associate, Clifford Chance

Jakub Zmuda Modulr

Jakub Zumda

Chief Strategy Officer, Modulr

Andrew Whitworth Ripple

Andrew Whitworth

Policy Director, EMEA, Ripple

Helen Disney

Helen Disney

Director, The Realization Group

PR and marketing for the Digital Pound Foundation

Michelle Brook

Michelle Brook

Membership and Community Manager, Digital Pound Foundation

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