About Us.

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

Board Directors

Andrew Whitworth Ripple

Andrew Whitworth

Policy Director, EMEA, Ripple

Executive Board Director

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

Claire Conby

Co-Founder, Head of UK & Business Development, OneStep-Financial

Executive Board Director

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Jannah Patchay

Founder, Markets Evolution

Executive Board Director

Phil Kenworthy, Founder at Payment Systems Consultancy

Phil Kenworthy

Founder, Payment Systems Consultancy

Non-Executive Board Director

Operations

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

Claire Conby

Operations & Innovation Lead

Helen Disney

Helen Disney

PR & Events Lead

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Jannah Patchay

Policy & Strategy Lead

Jonathan M.

Jonathan Marriott

Digital Marketing Lead

Michelle Brook

Michelle Brook

Membership & Community Lead

Working Group Leads

Alexandre Neves

Payments Working Group Lead

Policy, Legal, and Regulatory Working Group Co-Lead

Chris Glennie

Policy, Legal, and Regulatory Working Group Co-Lead

Identity and Privacy Working Group Lead

David Rennie

Identity and Privacy Working Group Lead

Diego Ballon Ossio

Policy, Legal, and Regulatory Working Group Co-Lead

William Lorenz, Individual Expert Member, Digital Pound Foundation

William Lorenz

Use Case Working Group Lead

Steering Committee

Andrew Whitworth Ripple

Andrew Whitworth

Policy Director, EMEA, Ripple

Policy, Legal, and Regulatory Working Group Co-Lead

Chris Glennie

Partner, CMS UK

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

Claire Conby

Co-Founder, Head of UK & Business Development, OneStep-Financial

Diego Ballon Ossio

Senior Associate, Clifford Chance

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Jannah Patchay

Founder, Markets Evolution

Jonathan M.

Jonathan Marriott

Marketing & BD, Electroneum

Lee Schneider, General Counsel at Ava Labs

Lee Schneider

General Counsel, Ava Labs

Martin Hargreaves

Chief Product Officer, Quant Network

Melanie Budden, Managing Director at The Realization Group

Melanie Budden

Managing Director, The Realization Group

Nalin Lad Accenture

Nalin Lad

Accenture Metaverse Continuum Business Group – Digital Currency

Nick Davies, Innovation lead

Nick Davies

Director, ICC UK Centre for Digital Trade | Innovation & Technology Lead, HMRC

Phil Kenworthy, Founder at Payment Systems Consultancy

Phil Kenworthy

Founder, Payment Systems Consultancy

Victoria Thompson, Co-Founder & CEO at Orora

Victoria Thompson

Co-Founder & CEO, Orora

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