Xinja team

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The Xinja team includes experts in banking & financial services, human centred design, customer experience & marketing, and technology and operations. Combining experience from across these industries, ensures solutions are solid – reliable, compliant and well engineered – but also delightful 🙂

Xinja board / board advisors

Lindley Edwards, Chair

Lindley Edwards, Chair

Lindley has had a long career in financial services. She has been the Group CEO of AFG Venture Group since 2009. She is also a Board member for Grameen Foundation Australia and National Bank of Vanuatu as well as other boards. She spent a decade of her career split between Macquarie Bank and Citibank, was inducted in the Telstra Australian Business Woman Hall of Fame in 2000, and is a passionate advocate for the power of good banking and financial inclusion to bring positive social change.

Craig Swanger

Craig Swanger

Craig, also a senior figure in the financial services industry, is currently the Chief Investment Officer of Revolver Capital, a specialist in investing and advising private companies in technology and financial services. Previously he spent 15 years at Macquarie Bank most recently as their Chief Investment Officer and Head of Innovation, where he was responsible for more than US$10bn under management across 14 countries and in a wide range of asset classes, from venture capital to debt market products.

Brett King, Board Advisor

Brett King, Board Advisor

Brett King is an Amazon bestselling author, award-winning speaker and renowned futurist. He is the CEO of the US neobank Moven – which is currently valued at over $200m and launched the world’s first smart bank account on mobile in 2012 –  and was advisor to the Obama administration, the Federal Reserve and OCC on the future of banking. He is a regular media commentator on major news channels globally and has given keynotes for Wired, Singularity University’s Exponential Finance, The Economist, SIBOS and many others. His radio show/podcast ‘Breaking Banks’ now has listeners in 177 countries.

Jason Bates, Board Advisor

Jason Bates, Board Advisor

Jason was co-founder of 2 neobanks in the UK – Monzo and Starling. As Chief Customer Officer for both, he created the propositions, built product teams, led the design and development of the awardwinning Monzo app, and defended the regulatory application with the FCA / PRA. Jason is now a consultant and industry figure in the neobank industry across the UK, US and Europe, currently working for 11FS on major enterprise projects.

Stephen Garner

Stephen Garner

Stephen has an extensive background in financial management, holding positions of Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director in a range of Sydney based companies across Transport Logistics,Investment and Property Development. He is currently serving as a director for 21 companies and was appointed to the Board as the representative of a substantial portion of Xinja’s shareholders. He has served as President of his local Junior Rugby Club and is a keen glider pilot.

Thomas Vikstrom

Thomas Vikstrom

Thomas Vikstrom, a native of Sweden, has been an Engineering Leader at Tesla since 2009, where he is currently Engineering the Tesla Semi Truck focusing on developing and innovating new body structures.  He has previously developed the Exterior Systems, Seating and Restraints Teams and led the Model S/X engineering from concept to post production. From 2004-2009 he was Director of Engineering and then Director of Analytical Services at Noble International.

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Eric Wilson, Founder & CEO

Eric has extensive experience across financial services, management consulting, and is a serial entrepreneur. Before Xinja, he was CEO of NAB’s National Australia Trustees, managing over $1bn for disadvantaged & disabled Australians, was Enterprise Program Director of the Future of Financial Advice Reforms at NAB, and began his career with 8 years at Accenture. He has a masters in Law, has served as a board member of Lifeline Northern Beaches, and passionately believes in better banking for Australians.

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Van Le, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer

Van is an expert in customer experience design and has worked in financial services and other industries in CXD, but also public policy, regulatory strategy, organisational transformation, business & product development, operational excellence, and leadership & resilience programs. She has an MBA, lectures at UNSW, and is a former lawyer and public servant. Van also sits on SDN Children’s Services research & ethics committee. Growing up in Perth, she arrived in Australia as an 11 month old refugee.

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Andy Rigg, Chief Operating Officer

Andy has over 25 years global experience in financial services and he prides himself on delivering transformational change in interesting and stimulating environments. This is endorsed by time in both large (Barclays Bank UK and Africa, HSBC) and small private organisations. Driven by customer experience outcomes he has led sales growth strategies in multi-brand and channel organisations. He is a fiercely competitive team player who has a passion for creating better banking in Australia.

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Michele Davenport, Chief Risk Officer

Michele is a highly experienced risk and compliance professional. She has almost 30 years’ experience in both Australia and the UK, with half of her career working for major financial institutions in Australia and 15 years as a financial regulator. Before joining Xinja, Michele was Head of Global Regulatory Relations for CBA. Michele held a number of other risk and compliance roles at CBA and also ran prudential compliance and regulatory relations teams at Westpac and St George for 7 years and worked in Treasury Credit at Rothschild Australia.

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Camilla Cooke, Chief Marketing Officer

Camilla has over 25 years experience in marketing, specialising in digital & data driven areas. She has worked in London & Sydney as a digital strategist for start-ups, not for profits and blue chip clients including Microsoft, Unilever, CBA, Vodafone and Qantas Frequent Flyer. She ran the digital campaign for the ALP in 2007 (KEVIN07) and from 2013-15 was Marketing Director at Cure Brain Cancer. She continues pro bono work in the not-for-profit area where she is a passionate advocate for change.

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Jonathan Mogg, Director, Risk & Capital Strategy

Jonathan is a senior risk professional with over 20 years’ experience across financial services both in consulting and senior management roles. Prior to joining Xinja, Jonathan was Group Head of Risk Management at QBE, where he was responsible for the group’s overall risk management strategy, framework and general risk related matters. Before joining QBE, Jonathan was a partner in Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Advisory Practice and was Global Solutions Leader for operational risk.