Stephen joined Token’s sales team in July 2017 and was appointed Head of Risk and Compliance in February 2018. He spent the first part of his career in law enforcement with the Metropolitan Police, followed by over twenty years heading up functions within a number of tier one Merchants including risk management, business continuity, payments and fraud prevention (the list is too long and distinguished to cover here!). Needless to say, he has the best war stories during team drinks. Stephen is originally from Scotland and now lives in Oxfordshire with his family.
What was your last role before you joined Token?
Director of my own Risk Management business
What is your role at Token?
Head of Risk and Compliance
Why did you join Token?
Token offered me a new challenge in a fast-paced and groundbreaking startup. Like so many of the team, I wanted to be part of building something from the ground up after spending so many years at large companies. We are in a unique to position to build out all of our functional areas and not repeat the mistakes that we’ve all seen at other companies.
What do you like most about working for Token?
The pace and the opportunities to develop myself, and a flexible working environment. The Team are also an amazingly talented group of individuals.
If you could switch jobs with anyone else at Token, whose job would you want? Why?
I'd want to be Alexey for a day (no more than that!), just to experience what it takes to manage such ground breaking technology at the pace it is currently moving.
What has surprised you the most about working in our industry?
The pace and speed of innovation has always taken my breath away...it still does! Also, the look on clients faces when you talk to them about the technology that we are building and how it can transform their business.
What's your one prediction for the future of technology?
It's been said before, but banking as we know it will change to an easier, more rewarding experience for consumers and we will all be less reliant on it in the future.
What would you be doing if you pursued another career?
I would possibly go back to the Metropolitan Police, my first job.
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