11-12 September 2024

SEC Glasgow


Nicola Anderson

Chief Executive Officer. FinTech Scotland

Speaker profile

Nicola Anderson is the CEO of FinTech Scotland, the independent cluster enterprise focused on delivering positive economic outcomes through financial innovation.


Nicola has led FinTech Scotland since 2021, advancing the fintech ecosystem and fintech innovation in Scotland to be recognised as one of Europe’s top fintech centres of excellence and now formally accredited as a cluster of excellence.


This economic and innovation progress has been achieved by bringing together diverse participants such as entrepreneurs, large businesses, government, the third sector, and universities to drive positive economic outcomes whilst contributing to the global fintech movement.


Recently, Nicola has been instrumental in setting up the Financial Regulation Innovation Lab (FRIL)– an industry-led collaborative research and innovation programme – with the remit of shaping the future of Financial Regulation in Scotland.


Through her career in financial services Nicola has been an influential advocate of making finance work well for customers, society, business and markets. She has been directly engaged in digital and data transformation, regulation, and policy development, with an emphasis on innovation, collaboration, and customer focused outcomes.


Nicola’s experience spans large and small enterprises, and regulatory bodies. This includes the FCA where her experience includes collaboration with HM Treasury, the Bank of England, and other bodies, on banking reform, digital transformational changes and complex regulatory issues following the financial crisis. Her entrepreneurial experience comes from a variety of industries including retail, hospitality, and financial services, and involves a practical understanding across different stages of the business lifecycle.


In addition to leading FinTech Scotland, Nicola is also a non-executive director at Advice Direct Scotland, a member of the Scottish Taskforce for Green and Sustainable Financial Services, and a member of the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Growth and Development Board.



FinTech Scotland

FinTech Scotland


Thursday 12 September


11:45 - 12:35   |   Keynote Theatre

Leveraging Space Data for Multisector Innovation

Prof Malcolm Macdonald

Chair of Applied Space Technology,
University of Strathclyde Glasgow

Dave Ross

International and Investment Director,
UK Agri-Tech Centre

Nicola Anderson

Chief Executive Officer,
FinTech Scotland

Claire Neil

Senior Specialist Scientist,
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)