An Experienced Team

Bringing together experts in payments, banking, loyalty, cloud technology and user experience design, Pollinate is more than just a collection of individuals. We are passionate about small businesses, and together with our banking partners, are transforming commerce for SMEs.

Our vision is to combine our strengths with the expertise and reach of the largest banks in the world, to provide small business owners with the 21st century tools they need – now more than ever – to grow and succeed.

We came together in 2017 to re-imagine merchant acquiring for NatWest, culminating in the launch of Tyl in September 2019.

We formed as a company in October 2019. Based in London, and with over one hundred staff, we are now working with other leading banks around the world to implement the Pollinate platform for their customers.

COVID-19 Impact

Small businesses have been disproportionately impacted by the recent pandemic. In response, our teams are actively working to support our banking partners – to build specific tools and solutions to help small businesses overcome these unprecedented challenges.

Our leaders
Simon McNamara

Simon McNamara

Chair

Al Lukies CBE

Al Lukies CBE

Founder & CEO

Jonathan Hughes

Jonathan Hughes

Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer

Fiona Roach Canning

Fiona Roach Canning

Co-Founder, Chief Product and Marketing Officer

Tim Joslyn

Tim Joslyn

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

David Beresford

David Beresford

Chief Commercial Officer

Sean Hegarty

Sean Hegarty

Chief Financial Officer

Anna Moore

Anna Moore

Group HR Director

Chair

Simon McNamara

Simon McNamara

Simon McNamara was appointed Group Chief Administrative Officer, RBS in September 2013. Responsible for defining and delivering Services strategies and service proposition across Technology, Data and Analytics, Innovation, Payments, Transformation, Shared Operations, Property and Supply Chain Services to support RBS ambition and strategy.

Biography

Prior to joining RBS Simon was Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Standard Chartered Bank Consumer Bank in August 2008 based in Singapore. Simon was responsible for developing and implementing the Group Technology and Operations strategy which supports the Consumer Bank’s strategy.

Simon has held a number of senior Information Technology and Operations positions in the global financial services industry; Westpac Banking Corporation in Sydney (CIO), Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, and Midland Bank. He was also a founding partner in a successful software start-up company, CATS INC, in Silicon Valley.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Economics and Statistics from University College Swansea and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire. He has also completed the Executive Programme at Stanford University. Simon is married with two daughters and one son. His interests include football, skiing and mountain biking.

Career Highlights

2008 - 2013

Group Chief Information Officer, Consumer Bank

Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore

2002 - 2008

Group Chief Information Officer

Westpac Banking Corporation, Sydney, Australia

1996 - 2001

Global CIO

Deutsch Bank

1996 - 2001

Chairman

Deutsche Software

1998 - 2001

Head of Global Technology and Services

Asia Pacific Singapore

1996 - 1999

Head of Global Foreign Exchange, Money Markets

Commodities IT, London

2001

Industry Involvement

Spokesman’s Challenge

1996

Managing Director

ASR International, London and New York

1992 -1996

Global Head of Technology

Paribas Capital Markets, London

1990 -1992

Vice President – Product Marketing

CATS INC., Palo Alto

1984 -1990

Senior Project Manager

Midland Bank / Midland Montagu, London

Founder & CEO

Al Lukies CBE

Al Lukies CBE

Alastair Lukies CBE is a UK businessman and entrepreneur best known as a pioneer and champion for the UK’s global FinTech industry

Biography

Founder of Monitise in 2003 and recognised as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum, Alastair was appointed as a Business Ambassador to the Prime Minister for the financial services industry in 2014.

Alastair was awarded a CBE for services to mobile banking and charity in June 2014, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Growing Business Awards. Alastair was also a co-founder of epolitix.com, the portal for Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved institutions.

Career Highlights

2016 - present

Founding Partner, Origination

Motive Partners

Chairman

Innovate Finance

2014 - present

Prime Minister's Business Ambassador

Fintech

2003 - 2015

CEO

Monitise

1999 - 2002

Epolitix

Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan Hughes

Jonathan Hughes

Jonathan has 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, in strategy, operations and technology roles.

Biography

Jonathan was previously the Chief Operating Officer for Technology at WorldPay Group plc. He spent four years with WorldPay while it was under private equity ownership, and was deeply involved in leading the programme to separate the business from RBS and rebuild the core technology operating platform, as well as transforming the technology organisation to meet the needs of a modern, engineering-led FinTech business.

Before WorldPay, Jonathan was a Partner at Bain & Company, the global strategic management consultancy, where he held leadership roles in the Financial Services and Technology practices.

Career Highlights

2016 - 2018

Operating Partner

Corsair Capital

Executive Director

Galafres ltd

2012 - 2016

COO Technology

Worldpay

2000 - 2012

Partner

Bain & Company

Co-Founder, Chief Product and Marketing Officer

Fiona Roach Canning

Fiona Roach Canning

Fiona believes the customer should be at the heart of every business. She has 20 years’ experience, split between management consulting and customer- centric roles with networked businesses.

Biography

Fiona's expertise lies in design and management of consumer engagement programs. She ran operations and customer experience at Nectar - the UK’s largest loyalty scheme with 20 million members. She also ran their white-label business in Europe, managing proprietary schemes for hotels, airlines, banks and retailers.

Prior to Nectar, Fiona led insight for Visa Europe, and was a manager at Prophet, a global brand and marketing consultancy.

Career Highlights

2014 - 2017

Chief Customer Officer

Nectar

Management Consultant

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2006 - 2009

Head of Strategic Insight

Visa

Management Consultant

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2002 - 2006

Manager

Prophet

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Tim Joslyn

Tim Joslyn

Tim has worked alongside Private Equity, performing key roles in the acquisition and turnaround of payment companies.

Biography

He has created and delivered the initial implementation of technology strategies for WorldPay in the UK, Nets in Scandinavia, ICBPI in Italy and Concardis in Germany.

Prior to this, Tim founded, built and exited a multi-million pound technology advisory company, held key strategic technology roles in banking and finance, including VocaLink and Old Mutual, and worked as part of Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory practice.

Career Highlights

2017 - 2018

Consultant

Concardis

Co-Founder

Jump Twenty Four

2016 - 2017

Consultant

Gruppo ICBPI

Founder

Patina Classics

2014 - 2016

Consultant

NETS

2013 - 2014

Consultant

WorldPay

Chief Commercial Officer

David Beresford

David Beresford

David is a highly experienced senior executive in the field of business services, technology and specialist outsourcing.

Biography

He started his career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and over the last 28 years has developed expertise of operating in highly regulated markets such as financial services and the public sector.

Most recently he was the Executive Director for Strategy and Business Development at Equiniti Group PLC, and part of the PE backed management team which floated the business on the FTSE in October 2015. He has experience of working in the UK, Europe, USA, Middle East, India and South East Asia.

Career Highlights

2013 - Present

Group Executive Director

Equiniti

2008 - 2013

Managing Director

Serco

2002 - 2008

Exec Board Director

Morse PLC

COO

SportsBusiness

Managing Director

Diagonal PLC

1990 - 1995

Paris & London Manager

Accenture

Chief Financial Officer

Sean Hegarty

Sean Hegarty

Sean has held executive finance leadership roles in media, technology and SaaS / e-commerce businesses.

Biography

Prior to joining Pollinate, Sean was the Chief Finance Officer and executive board director of Ten Lifestyle Group; an AIM listed travel and lifestyle concierge company.

Previously, Sean has had senior finance roles at RELX plc, Yahoo! Europe and MTV Networks (part of Viacom) as well as a number of commercial finance roles at BSkyB working across diverse areas including marketing, their digital platform operations and corporate finance. He is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with PWC.

Career Highlights

2012 - 2019

Chief Finance Officer

Ten Lifestyle Group PLC

2010 - 2012

Head of Commercial Finance

RELX PLC

2007 - 2010

Operational Finance Director

Yahoo! Europe

2006 - 2007

VP Finance

MTV Network

1996 - 2006

Various roles

BSkyB PLC

Group HR Director

Anna Moore

Anna Moore

Anna has 20+ years’ experience in HR, in both Employee Relations, Change Management and Business Partnering roles.

Biography

Anna was previously Head of Employee Relations at Marks and Spencer plc. She was responsible for managing a team to deliver expert advice and guidance on key business change programmes, including closing the Defined Benefit Pension scheme, International Store Closures and Head Office Operating Model changes. She also was appointed to an external role as Chair of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Employment Policy Action Group, influencing the government on key employment issues.

Before specialising in Employee Relations, Anna was a Head of HR for several areas of Marks and Spencer, including IT and the set-up of Overseas sourcing offices.

Career Highlights

2012 - 2018

Head Of Employee Relations

Marks & Spencer plc

2008 - 2012

Senior Employee Relations Manager

Marks & Spencer plc

2005 - 2007

Head of HR

Marks & Spencer plc

Non-Executive Directors

Paul Thwaite

Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Banking - RBS

Jeff Emmanuel

Chairman & CIO - EFM Asset Management

Rob Heyvaert

Managing Partner - Motive Partners

Careers

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