Patrons & Trustees
Mr Karl-Johan Persson
Karl-Johan Persson is the CEO and president of the fashion company H&M, which with over 90,000 employees, is one of the largest fashion companies in the world. He is a long standing patron of MyBnk. Before joining H&M, Karl-Johan Persson developed together with a friend his own successful company in London, European Networks, which he sold in 2007. He has a true entrepreneurial spirit and has been associated with MyBnk’s
financial education and enterprise mission since its inception in 2006.
Sir Roger Gifford
Roger is SEB UK Country Head and the former Lord Mayor of London.
Previously he headed the bank’s operations in Tokyo 1994 – 2000 and was Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks 2007 – 2011.
He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians (Master 2010-11) and trustee of the Bank Workers Charity.
Roger is interested in promoting the creative industries as the UK’s most important sector after financial services. Trustee of St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation, St Paul’s Cathedral Choir School Foundation and King Edward’s School Witley; chairman of the English Chamber Orchestra & Music Society and The Tenebrae Choir, among other arts involvements.
She has also been a Managing Partner at Kreab London, Beatrice is the dedicated Chairwoman of MyBnk, as well as being a board member of the Learning School Trust, the UK subsidiary of Kunskapsskolan and Novare Human Capital and Chair of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Norton is the Honorary Director, Trustee of CIVA and a long standing patron of MyBnk. After starting a career in merchant banking, he changed course in order to pursue a career in the voluntary sector.
He has founded and been involved with numerous organisations including the Directory of Social Change, Changemakers, YouthBank UK and UnLtd. He is also the author of many world-changing books including 365 Ways to Change the World.
Noel Gordon is as a Non-Executive Director, NHS-England. He formerly ran the global banking practice of Accenture and spent most of his career in the banking industry. He has worked in Europe, Asia and North America for retail banks on improving their customer experience and implementing new technologies.
Noel is passionate about innovation in banking including the enormous potential that mobile offers the unbanked population, especially in rural economies. Noel is also a member of the Ashoka Support Network and works with several social enterprises as both a coach to the leaders and as an adviser.
He has been involved in financial education in various ways for the last 20 years and is proud to support MyBnk in making a lasting impact on the financial literacy of school children and young adults.
Lily Lapenna – Chair
She was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011, selected as an Ashoka fellow in 2010, and named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the New Statesman in 2008. Lily founded MyBnk in 2007 and helped develop our range of award winning programmes and our national and international expansion. In 2016 she left her Co-CEO role to become Co-Chair of Trustees. Full bio, here.
Since October 2010, Maggie has helped out at MyBnk on a regular basis. Her MyBnk activities include ethical screening, funding research, skills training, mentoring, making the tea – anything but accounting! In 2011, Maggie became a trustee of MyBnk.
Why I think MyBnk’s work is important? Our educational system is failing our young people. They are leaving school with little understanding of how to manage their money. MyBnk addresses this gap, and helps them build the confidence and skills to make the right financial choices.
Why I like working with MyBnk. I love the fact that the young, vibrant, energetic MyBnk team care enough to dedicate themselves to helping other young people and to addressing a huge problem in our society.
Mike Mompi is currently Director of Early Stage Investment at ClearlySo.
ClearlySo works with businesses that have a positive impact on society and the environment and helps them to secure investment capital; Mike is responsible for their network of individual investors and in 2013 led the UKBAA Social Impact Investment Deal of the Year. He also co-founded MakeSense, a community of professionals and students who provide consulting service in the social enterprise sector.
Her philanthropic work over the years has focused on supporting the education of women and children through projects worldwide. The Foundation has also been involved withspecific projects in the fields of medicine, arts and culture.
Viral is a commercial solicitor at Bates, Wells & Braithwaite (BWB) advising corporates, charities and social enterprises.
He has a particular focus on social finance.
Why I think MyBnk’s work is important? A working understanding of finance is crucial to all aspects of life. For a variety of reasons, many young people fail to understand how to manage money and thus become entrapped in debt or financial difficulties. Making a difference to each young person has an impact on their development for the whole of society, thus making the work of MyBnk vitally important.
Why I like working with MyBnk? MyBnk is unique not only in its work but its ability to reach out to young people and educate them at their level. Each individual in the MyBnk team is wholly dedicated and enthusiastic to achieving MyBnk’s goals. For such a young organisation it has a wide reach.
Karim is currently a financial consultant at UBS Complex Equity Control Group. He has held a number of roles within Finance and Middle Office over his eight years banking experience.
He is currently working on the Regulatory Reform programme of the bank. Karim is also a Chartered Management accountant qualifying in 2009. Karim previously worked with MyBnk on Enterprise in a Box and became a trustee in 2012.
Why I think MyBnk’s work is important? It’s confusing out there! Having a basic financial education empowers young people. They will understand the choices available to them at each stage of their life, whether this is budgeting as a student, picking the right credit card or even starting their own business.
Why I like working with MyBnk. The innovative delivery of financial education really engages with young people whether it’s workshops or even setting up your own bank!
MyBnk has found a way to make these essential life skills simple to understand and fun. The team at MyBnk are creative and believe in what they are doing, which has lead to its ongoing success.
Neil Waller is a multi award winning founder and entrepreneur.
Neil has co-founded more than 10 businesses since him and his business partner left university in 2007, including the watch firm Shore Products and social media content specialists, Whalar.
With a focus on digital and technology he’s passionate about helping others to take advantage of the fact that there’s never been an easier time for someone to start an business with enterprise level tools available for pocket change. Find out more at his LinkedIn page, here.
Simona is currently Managing Director at BlackRock in London. Prior to joining BlackRock, Simona covered a number of senior investment management roles at HSBC in London, HK and NY as well as Julius Baer in Zurich. Paravani-Mellinghoff was named for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010 as a rising star of finance under 40 by Financial News, a sister company of the Wall Street Journal. She earned both a bachelors’ and masters’ in Economics from Cambridge University.
She is a passionate believer in the power of education as an engine for growth and democracy. She is a regular conference speaker and a published author. Her book “The Kids’ Pocket Guide to the World”, which aims to explain to kids why an open interconnected world is an ocean of opportunities not a storm to shelter from, has been translated in multiple languages.
Gary works for the UK Government at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in Whitehall, London. He leads on Engagement for the Digital Skills Partnership within the Digital Skills and Inclusion policy area.
Previously he has held corporate partnerships roles for Digital Leaders and digital skills charity, Go ON UK where he first met Lily and the work of MyBnk. Gary has been involved in various startups and has advised many companies on growth strategies and developing partnerships.
Gary has a keen interest in the digital and financial inclusion sector and convincing corporates and other funders to support innovative initiatives that help tackle the digital and financial divide in the UK.