Hands In, the innovative group payment service provider that recently secured a successful funding round to accelerate the commercialization of its platform, proudly announces the appointment of its Advisory Board, comprised of distinguished leaders from the payments industry.
The Advisory Board members include David Parker, David Birch, Paul van Alfen, and Mark Ufland, collectively representing crucial areas within the payments ecosystem that are vital to the continued growth and success of Hands In.
David Parker, CEO of Polymath Consulting, renowned as a leading ambassador in the payments sector, brings his extensive experience in advising successful fintechs such as Curve and Konsentus, along with other notable scale-ups.
As Chair of the Merchant Payment Ecosystem, David Birch has played a pivotal role in Europe's largest merchant acquiring conference and served as an advisor to prominent organizations including BankFi, Qiwi, Payment Works, Bitsafe, and the Digital Monetary Institute. With three decades of expertise in payments, David is also an esteemed industry author.
Mark Ufland brings technology expertise having worked as a Senior Developer at Canada Life Ltd for 15 years before becoming a solutions architect at WorldPay. He is now Chief Technology Officer at You Lend.
Paul van Alfen, considered a pioneer in travel payments, a strategic focus area for Hands In, shares his wealth of knowledge through his consultancy, Up In The Air Payment consultancy. His expertise is sought by numerous global airlines and online travel agencies (OTA) to shape their payment strategies.
Samuel Flynn, Co-Founder of Hands In, in reference to the Advisory Board composition, stated, "We have strategically assembled an Advisory Board that brings extensive and proven experience to Hands In, focusing on areas of significant opportunity for the rapid commercialization of our business. I am sincerely grateful for the confidence demonstrated by David, David, Mark, and Paul as they join our Advisory Board, further solidifying their commitment to the future success of Hands In."
David Parker commented, "The payments industry has long needed a Group Payments solution focused on delivering value to merchants. Hands In now provides one, and I am delighted to be supporting the team both as an Advisory Board member and a Full Board Director sharing with them my experience and network in the sector."
Paul Van Alfen added, "Payments for traditional group travel has always been the domain of (airline) call centres and tour operators, involving a lot of manual work. The online channel typically only caters for smaller groups in combination with a single payment, leaving the individual travellers to sort out the funding of the trip between themselves. This impacts the booking UX and the check-out conversion but also can cause unnecessary stress. Hands In’s solution makes this a frictionless process, looking forward to bringing this much-needed innovative approach to the market with Sam and the team!”
The Advisory Board members will provide their valuable insights and expertise to guide Hands In's strategic growth. Additionally, David Parker will assume the role of Non-Executive Director on the main Board, further enhancing the company's leadership.
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