Simon was Head of Ecosystem Engagement at the UKs Open Banking Implementation entity from Jan 20 until Oct 22. His role was to engage industry to extol the benefits of Open Banking to a wider audience. The outcome required was to engage more bank to join the ecosystem. During this time Simon was fortunate to work with many Government departments in the UK to further their Open Banking awareness and allow them to consider the initiative in context to their needs. That resulted in the HMRC embedding Open Banking as a primary payment method. Pay.UK the UK payment utility took Simon from OBIE to Pay.UK. There he worked on a premise to transform salaries for the both the SME and the tax authority. That work has matured with the two largest payroll and accountancy platforms progressing with embedding the capability. Simon joined obconnect.io in Oct 2022. After a unique view of the Open Banking ecosystem ad a privileged seat he is delighted to be involved with what in his own words he considers “the best-in-class Open Banking architecture”. Simon still works with government bodies as an advisor and is probably the most vocal supporter of Open Banking in our Ecosystem and beyond.