06 March 2012
The Future of Cash – is there one?
Speakers in Debate: Adam Lawrence, Chief Executive of the Royal Mint and John Howells, CEO of the LINK Network in favour, versus David Birch, Director, Consult Hyperion and Francesco Burelli, Partner with Value Partners against
For years, we’ve tried to replace cash with cards. Now we’re tryihng to replace cash with phones. Can cash ever actually be replaced? After all, cash in circulation is increasing year on year and cash is still the only truly trusted, real-time value exchange that exists in any economy. So what is the future of cash … or rather, for some, is there a future for cash? In this stimulating debate, the anti-cash movement meets the cash fundamentalists in an evening where some sparks are sure to fly.
Adam Lawrence was appointed Chief Executive on 1 January 2011.
Adam is an experienced Executive. He began his professional career as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. Since 1995, he held a number of senior positions with Catalent Pharmaceuticals for businesses located across Asia Pacific, Europe and the US. He was Vice President Finance for the Sterile Technologies division before leaving in 2008 to join the Royal Mint as Director of Finance.
Adam was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in May 2010 and holds an MBA from Monash Mt Eliza Business School.
John Howells became CEO of the LINK network in June 2011. He was previously a Director of Ernst & Young’s Financial Services business and Head of Benefits and Pensions Consulting at Capgemini where he specialised in the design and implementation of strategic change for major public and private sector organisations.
David Birch is a Director of Consult Hyperion, the IT management consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions, where he provides specialist consultancy support to clients around the world. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics.
Francesco has over 15 years experience in consulting and banking with a focus on cards, payments and transaction banking with a specialisation in strategy, M&A, innovation, new product development and performance improvement. His experience spans from small regional banks in continental Europe to major international institutions including payment schemes and processors on global basis.