National Member Group Directors
Sonia holds a Managing Director position at Standard Chartered Bank based in London as Regional Head for Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Europe and Americas. Responsible for the external brand positioning, sponsorships, communications, PR and driving the corporate sustainability agenda through CSR initiatives across the region.
Prior to this role she held several global and regional management roles in Transaction Banking. Leading the Product groups in over 45 markets globally managing and delivering Transaction Banking working capital capabilities and solutions across cash management and trade finance for corporate clients and securities services and correspondent banking for financial institution clients.
She joined Standard Chartered in October 2010 and brings over 25 years of experience in global institutions including ABN AMRO and RBS. She has held positions in Relationship Management, Sales, Product Management and Operations. Over this period, she has led major infrastructure developments, integration and divestment of businesses in many geographies and regulatory engagement globally.
She has been actively involved in the City of London RMB initiative and represented SCB on various forums in the development of RMB. In 2016 Sonia became the Chair of SWIFT National Member Group and SWIFT UK board Chair. She holds Advisory roles in a few Fintech start-ups in Asia and Europe.
Russell has been a SWIFT Director since 2016. Russell is a career banker with over 30 years’ experience, specialising in retail and commercial banking, payments, cash, operations, compliance, and strategic transformation. He is currently Managing Director of Payments Strategy for Lloyds Banking Group. Russell is a member of the Bank of England RTGS advisory board, and was a pioneering member of the PSR’s Payments Strategy Forum, leading the Financial Crime Working Group. Russell is also on the board of directors for Pay.UK; which is set up to transform the way retail payments are delivered in the UK.
With 34 years experience at The Royal Bank of Scotland, John is a senior executive with extensive operational management experience across a range of disciplines including payments, trade, cash management, retail banking and compliance services.
Currently responsible for the provision of a range of Shared Services across the bank including property services, supply chain services, shared operations (eg AML, operational tax, remediation) and management of hubs in India and Poland.
Director of SWIFT scrl since 2005 and presently Chair of the Technology & Production Committee and a member of the Chairmen's Committee, HR Committee, Franchise Risk Committee.
From Warrington originally, John studied at Durham University where he obtained a 1st class honours degree in Engineering Science and began his career in engineering at Leyland Vehicles and Ford before joining NatWest in 1985.
Leigh Cleasby is an Executive Director and EMEA Head of Shared Services Operations at Nomura with extensive operational experience across a wide range of middle and back office functions. His current responsibilities include management and oversight of all settlement functions, asset servicing, network management and reference data for EMEA with global responsibility for network management. In addition, Leigh is a member of the EMEA Operations Management team and the Global Shared Services leadership group.
Leigh started his banking career at Lehman Brothers where he spent seven years working in a variety of operational roles across the back and middle office functions. Post the acquisition by Nomura, Leigh was responsible for the build out of the equity financing function and subsequently moved to lead the asset servicing group globally including the project management of a new infrastructure build. Leigh moved into his current role in 2013.
Matthew joined Deutsche Bank in December 2016. In his current role, Matthew is the Global Head of Online Channel Products responsible for defining and executing Deutsche Bank’s online channel strategy, delivering institutional and corporate cash management solutions globally in collaboration with fintechs. Matthew has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years with extensive experience in cash management and securities services. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he held various roles at HSBC, BNY Mellon and RBS covering a range of responsibilities in transaction banking, digital strategy, product management, e-Commerce and client technology services.
Harcus is responsible for SWIFT, Host-to-Host, EBICS and API connectivity/integration propositions and Information Services globally for Corporate Clients and Non-Bank Financial Institutions. Harcus has 25 years’ experience in Cash Management developed across a number of roles covering multiple disciplines during his 29 years with Barclays.
Ad van der Poel is the head of Product Management, Global Transaction Services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In this role he is responsible for the development and deployment of payments, receivables, FX, liquidity, channels and information services for both corporate and FI clients across the region. Van der Poel is also a member of the GTS EMEA executive team.
Prior to re-joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2017, van der Poel was managing director for Basware Financial Services, a global purchase-to-pay SAAS (software-as-a-service) provider for multinational companies. As part of this position, he was responsible for setting up a fintech business unit which developed payments, cash management, supply chain finance and working capital services.
During his 20 years in the payments industry, van der Poel has led BofAML’s GTS EMEA corporate product team and worked at ING as executive director of Payments Innovation. He also has experience in strategy, product management, programme management, operations and IT, and is one of the founders of iDEAL, a successful online payments method in the Netherlands.
Van der Poel has held positions in a variety of interbank communities and working groups on both a national and European level including CHAPS, the European Banking Association and the European Payment Council. He currently sits on the Board for SWIFT UK Ltd.
Van der Poel has a degree in International Marketing and Business.
Nicholas Hamilton is an Executive Director in JP Morgan’s Digital & Platform Services team. He manages the European Production operations in the Markets business for Bonds. This covers the Primary & Secondary market activity and associated financing flows (Repo), regulatory reporting and change the bank programs.
Nicholas is also an active industry participant leading the Operations Committee for the ICMA European Repo & Collateral Council, JPMorgan & the ICMA representative on the ECB Advisory Group on Securities & Collateral in addition to chairing the SWIFT UK Securities Advisory group & sits on the SWIFT UK national user group. He has been more recently focused on the development of machine learning tools, collateral products & market liquidity & efficiency in T2S.
Barbara Patow is the Global Head of Programme Management for Global Liquidity and Cash Management (GLCM), as the Head of Programme Management with the responsibility of leading some of the large scale complex global change programmes within GLCM.
Prior to this role, Barbara was part of the Global Banking Leadership team as Global Head of Correspondent Banking for HSBC. Barbara had responsibility to manage the business day to day and implemented a new operating model for Correspondent Banking going forward. Barbara also played a key role in implementing a robust governance framework for the business by chairing several committees across Global Banking, and being extensively involved with various compliance and risk management initiatives at the bank. Before joining Global Banking, Barbara was part of the Financial Crime Compliance leadership team at HSBC in a number of key roles including the Global Head of FCC, Global Banking and Markets and the Global Head of AML. As a result of her critical FCC leadership roles during the bank’s remediation years, Barbara also brings to the table extensive experience engaging with various oversight and regulatory bodies across the globe.
Barbara is a Marketing graduate and holds Diplomas in Anti Money Laundering, Financial Crime Compliance and Regulatory Compliance.
User Group Chairman
Chris joined the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2005 with over 20 years’ experience within investment banking managing the development, deployment and support of payment and SWIFT systems/solutions.
He is currently responsible for industry engagement within the high value payments area of RBS, mainly focused on developments (infrastructure, regulatory, market practices) in relation to liquidity, collateral and settlements. Chris was previously responsible for strategic planning for the technology SWIFT platforms at RBS (UK and EMEA), with oversight globally.
Chris represents RBS at a number of payment industry working groups including CHAPS, EBA, TARGET2, Payments Council Standards Policy Group, ESA BPWG and various SWIFT UK working groups. Chris is also the SWIFT UK User Group Chairman.
Ed is responsible for the operation of Bank of England’s high value payments infrastructure. He joined the Bank in 1986 and was originally involved in the development and design of the Bank’s major book-entry transfer systems. Prior to his current role he was Settlements Manager in the custodial area of the Bank and, before that, Service Development Manager within banking services.