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This Year's Keynote Speakers...

We are pleased to provide all delegates with a comprehensive array of industry speakers:


Joanne Davis Partner in the London office of Locke Lord LLP

Joanne Davis

Joanne Davis is a Partner in the London office of Locke Lord LLP and Head of the Firm's Asset, Motor, Leasing & Consumer Finance division in the UK. She is also a member of the Consumer Finance practice group in the banking and finance department, working closely with the litigation department.  Jo works with a number of well-known finance providers in the automotive, asset and consumer finance and leasing industries as well as banks.

Jo deals with a wide range of matters from consumer credit advisory, transactional matters, through to financial services regulation and compliance to include compliance with the FCA handbook and Consumer Credit Sourcebook implementation. She also assists clients and advises on contentious matters such as asset recoveries, finance litigation and dispute resolution.

Jo advises many of the motor finance captives and independents in the UK and is currently working on a variety of projects as a result of the motor finance review and the ongoing implementation of CONC within the motor finance sector to include best practice reviews and audits. Jo also advises businesses on new products launches and offers general regulatory advisory services to include setting up UK business that are new to regulation and financial services in the UK to include advise on corporate governance, approved persons and the senior managers regime.

Jo's experience is vast and is regularly mentioned in the key legal directories. Chambers & Partners (2017) have recently stated Jo is "praised for her expertise in asset finance and consumer credit regulations. Clients are impressed with her ability ‘to apply that detailed knowledge and look at it through a more commercial lens.'"

Locke Lord's UK Asset Finance & Leasing division, led by Jo, was named the 'Top Asset Finance Team of the Year' by Leasing World at its October 2017 Leasing World Awards.

Jo has led her previous team to win many awards including the 'Leasing Law Firm of the Year' Award (2012 and 2013) and Leasing Life 'Asset Finance Firm of the Year' (Highly Commended) (2013). She also won, personally, Leasing World’s 'Leasing Personality of the Year' Award (2014) and Leasing World's 'Leasing Contribution of the Year' Award (2016).

Pradeep Parappil Co-Founder & CTO, Megdap

Pradeep Parappil

Pradeep has over 20 years of experience leading engineering teams spread across India, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania building market relevant, localised products.

He spent more than 14 years in the Windows engineering team at Microsoft. He has an MBA from INSEAD, a BE in Computer Science from PICT, Pune and CoRE from HBS, Harvard University.



Robert McKechnie Head of Banking and FI, Vertical Proposition, Equifax Ltd.

Robert operates within Product and Marketing where he seeks to harnesses the breadth and depth of experience and personal connections he has established over the years. Critically this role involves direct engagement with clients to capture “voice of customer” such that in turn this feedback will play a key role in forming the strategy for direct product and service development within Equifax or the establishment of new partnerships to create and deliver the innovation and insight that our clients are seeking. Primarily Robert focuses on Banking and FI but has scope to look across sector e.g. Telecoms, Utilities, Retail etc.

Prior to joining Equifax Robert was a long standing Senior Manager in the Royal Bank of Scotland having clocked up a total of 34 years-service in Consumer (PBB) and Commercial (CPB). During that time he had accountability for Credit Risk in Loans and Mortgages, Joint Ventures (Tesco and Virgin) and all Risk systems etc. Robert has recently established connections with Scottish Financial Enterprise where Equifax is now a member and also FinTech Scotland where Equifax is operating as a partner – by developing and harnessing these capabilities and insights that these new businesses bring will be an integral part of the Equifax business outlook.

Meghashyam Karanam Co-Founder & CEO, Megdap

Meghashyam Karanam

Meghashyam has over 22 years of experience in various roles in technology, conceptualising, planning and executing strategic initiatives & marketing programs for large emerging markets.

Prior to Megdap he worked 11+ years at Microsoft as Product Marketing Manager – Localisation, Project & Visio, Office for Small Business & Consumer. He is also the founder and trustee of the Siddhi Foundation.


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meghashyamkaranam/


Martin Hill Managing Director of DealTrak Ltd.

Martin Hill

As Managing Director of DealTrak Ltd, Martin leads a talented Team focused on positively shaping the F&I sector.

A Law graduate with a strong legal and compliance background, Martin was heavily involved in the general insurance regulation regime in 2005. His career has included senior management roles within organisations including Nat West bank and GE Capital. His skills and experience include areas such as sales, marketing, systems, process improvement, knowledge management, business strategy and corporate governance.

Martin also is a committed semi-professional musician, playing three instruments. He holds an MBA from the OU Business School, and lives near Worcester with his wife and two daughters.






Location: Royal Armouries, Leeds

Date: Thursday 18th October 2018

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