Alastair Lukies CBE

Founding Partner, Motive Partners

Alastair Lukies CBE is a UK businessman and entrepreneur best known as a pioneer and champion for the UK’s globally FinTech industry. He founded Monitise in 2003. Three years later, Monitise was recognized as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum and in June 2007 Alastair led the company’s demerger from Morse and listing on the LSE’s AIM market. During his time as CEO, Monitise grew to a market cap of $2 billion, employing 1500 staff on four continents.

In January 2014, Alastair was appointed as a Business Ambassador to the Prime Minister for the financial services industry by the UK Government, and today acts as the sole Business Ambassador for FinTech. He was named Non-Executive Chairman of FinTech industry body, Innovate Finance, at its launch in August 2014. Alastair was awarded a CBE for services to mobile banking and charity in June 2014, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Growing Business Awards.

Prior to conceiving, financing and successfully building Monitise, Alastair was a co-founder of epolitix.com, the portal for Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved institutions.

Sam Tidswell-Norrish

Principal, Business Development, Motive Partners

Sam Tidswell-Norrish is a Principal based in London, leading Business Development at Motive Partners, and joining with a broad range of financial services experience, from payments to investment banking, and government initiatives to industry trade organizations.

Early in his career, Sam was with Barclays in Payments Reengineering and subsequently moved to Barclays Capital’s Equity Finance Group. In 2013 Sam was selected as a young leader of the future by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation and joined Monitise Plc as an Associate, becoming a VP and subsequently the Group Chief of Staff.

Sam has been a personal investor in a number of early stage businesses, built his own event management company, exiting successfully and was heavily involved in the establishment and governance of Innovate Finance, acting as a Board Observer until early 2017. Sam has worked closely with Department of International Trade (DIT) and HM Treasury in supporting the UK Government’s FinTech agenda, and regularly attends and contributes towards key global events such as the Annual Meeting of the WEF in Davos and IFGS (Innovate Finance Global Summit).

Sam received a M.Sc. in International Business at Leeds University Business School and graduated with honors with a degree in Social Policy. In 2017 Sam participated in the VC & PE executive education course at Harvard Business School.