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Announcing a major expansion of the Financial Services Club

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Back in 2003, Andy Coppell and I conceived the idea for The Financial Services Club, with the objectives of:

  • Promoting discussion among senior people working in Financial Services, who were interested in better understanding the likely future direction of the Market;
  • Enabling networking on a face to face basis to encourage the development of personal relationships, leading to better communications and understanding across the various players in the Market; and
  • Providing access to Thought Leadership speakers from across the world in an informal atmosphere under Chatham House Rules.

The Financial Services Club has developed and grown successfully across Europe over the years, and become a considerably strong brand presence not just in Europe but across the world.

Now, with the Financial Services Club’s proven success, we have decided to expand the offerings into more events and develop further as a global brand. In this respect we are expanding the Financial Services Club’s management team, and are delighted to announce that Leslie Holstrom and Georgina Wellman will be joining the Financial Services Club with immediate effect (bios below). We have worked with Leslie and Georgina for over a decade, and know that they will add significant capabilities to grow the Financial Services Club internationally across all markets.

The Financial Services Club will continue its current basis of organisation pretty much as it does today, with all future plans pre-advised and discussed with sponsors and members first. I will also continue to be involved in the forward programme, including deciding the topics and the speakers at meetings, and will continue to Chair selected meetings, as has been the case lately.

At this time of change we would like to thank the sponsors and members for their support, without which we would not have achieved so much as we have to date.

We look forward to the Financial Services Club continuing to be successful and to fulfilling the original objectives, as well as contributing to the creation of a better understanding of the future of Financial Services.


Leslie Holstrom was an editor with EuroMoney plc for 10 years setting up financial publications in both China and Russia as well as running three business divisions within the company. She has worked at EuroFinance for 17 years, having been brought in to turn around the business and prepare it for a sale. She was responsible for all digital and published content including conference agendas, the annual magazine, white papers as well as heading up marketing, data, and delegate sales before the Economist acquisition and latterly providing consultancy services on business strategy, marketing and content solutions. She also has consulted for numerous financial institutions and Fintech companies on commercial strategy.

Georgina Wellman began her career in sales for Xerox prior to joining EuroFinance where she led on delegate places and sponsorship for Latin America. Georgina, a member of the global management team, led the strategy and delivery for the expansion of the Economist Group’s EuroFinance training division, taking it global and multilingual, quadrupling its profits to over one million pounds in two years. For 16 years she maintained the training programmes while at the same time being responsible for the management and execution of all conferences for EuroFinance.  Running sales for in-house and customized training, she was the main point of contact and responsible for the relationships with global and local industry associations.

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Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog,, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal's Financial News. To learn more click here...

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