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 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 National Bank of Vanuatu, Senior Fellow of FINSA and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 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, 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 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 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 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 glider pilot.
Thomas Vikstrom, a native of Sweden, was a founding engineer at Tesla where most recently before leaving he was working on the Tesla Semi Truck focusing on developing and innovating new body structures. He 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.
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.
Van Le, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Van is an expert in customer experience strategy and design, having worked across financial services, telco, energy and education sectors. Her experience spans public policy, regulatory strategy, business and product development, operational excellence, leadership and resilience programs and organisational change and transformation. Van has an MBA, is a former lawyer, regulator and lecturer at UNSW. Since 2013 she hasalsoserved on SDN Children’s Services’ research and ethics committee.
Andy Rigg, Deputy Chief Executive 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.
Tony Taylor, Chief Financial Officer
Tony has more than 20 years experience in Retail banking, primarily in executive Finance roles Australia and Pacific. He helped privatise the state-owned bank in PNG, stayed on as CFO Bank South Pacific and supported its initial growth strategy in the Pacific. Last 15 years Tony was previously CFO Retail Bank at Bankwest, CFO at CUA and CEO of Police Bank. Tony has a deep understanding of retail banking and the challenges that all ADIs have today in a very competitive and increasingly complex regulatory environment. He balances these responsibilities with supporting his tolerant and patient wife of 35 years as she collects expensive bicycles and tennis racquets.
Camilla Cooke, Co-Founder & Customer Experience Director
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.
Anna Burton, Chief Performance Officer
Anna specialises in driving performance and growth within financial services businesses. She has a global background coming to Xinja from Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Company amongst others. At Xinja Anna currently focuses on ensuring our teams operate at the highest possible levels of efficiency, and in the future will bring experience in M&A work and entering new overseas markets to bear.
Greg Steel, Chief Information Officer
Greg is an experienced architect with a passion for using modern techniques, platforms and tools to outstrip the capabilities of traditional, entrenched organisations. He has worked at many Australian banks, wealth organisations and insurance companies as a software developer, technology leader, solution architect and now as CIO. Greg co-founded Xinja with Eric, and led the architecture from the outset to establish the vision of a whole new bank, with none of the baggage of older, legacy banking systems and processes.
John Pountain, Chief Technology Officer
John Pountain is Xinja’s Chief Technology Officer and has over 25 years of IT experience as a CTO, Architect, Delivery Manager, Team Lead, Developer and Project Manager using a huge range of technologies. Prior to joining Xinja, John worked in various large IT consultancies, international banks – including Moven, the first neobank in the USA – Fintech start-ups, commercial and public sector organisations around the world. He has a focus on cloud, scalable and serverless architectures, microservices, web & mobile, big data, dev-ops & automation.