Get to know the speakers

Our main speakers

James Woudhuysen

Having graduated in physics, James has been speaking and writing for a wide variety of global corporations and publications since the mid-80’s. His insight and vision has informed the likes of Amadeus, Axa, Barclays, Fujitsu, Goodyear Dunlop, International Red Cross, Liberty Hardware (US), Mahindra (India), O2, Oracle, Panasonic, Rolls Royce, RTL (Netherlands), Sabre, Sage, SAP, Tata (India) and Telefonica.

He is also a visiting professor at London South Bank University and an occasional broadcaster for Radio 4.

Nick Eatock

Nick founded Intelliflo in 2004, pioneering the use of web-based technology to support the end-to-end needs of financial advice businesses.

Having worked for 29 years in IT and 18 years in Financial Services, Nick brings an extremely comprehensive blend of experience and knowledge to Intelliflo which has ensured that the business has remained at the forefront of technological and business innovation in the sector.

Nick believes passionately in the power of digital advice and the future of the eAdviser.

Mark Hopcroft

Mark has been involved in Financial Services for over thirty years, working with restricted and independent advisory firms, platforms, fund groups and life companies, both in the UK and internationally.
Mark has been with Cofunds for six years and is Head of Business Partnerships and works with our largest retail and institutional firms. He has been closely involved in how the Cofunds business model has developed as regulation and the nature and delivery of the financial services model has evolved.
Mark is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and recently completed a Masters degree in Business Administration, focusing very much on Organisational dynamics and the challenges businesses face as they evolve, change and search for a meaningful strategy in fast changing times.

Justin Urquhart Stewart

Justin was involved in the development of Big Bang in 1986 with BZW. From this he, with others, went on to found Broker Services which eventually went to become Barclays Stockbrokers where he was Corporate Development Director.   He is a regular commentator and columnist on the media and is often called upon to demystify complicated financial jargon and stories. He and his business partner of many years founded Seven Investment Management (7IM) in 2001 to provide some radical common sense to change a lazy, lethargic and self-satisfied investment industry which they saw as being primarily run for the benefit of itself rather its clients. In March 2015 Justin won The Spectator Money Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Iwan Thomas

Iwan is without doubt one of the finest 400m runners that Britain has ever seen. Securing medals at all major championships, Iwan still holds the British 400m record – 44.36s.

Iwan is now an experienced TV presenter regularly presenting features for the popular BBC One programme The One Show and is going to be a big part of Channel 4’s coverage of the Paralympic Games both in the lead up to and during the event. He is also confirm as part of the presenting team for Channel 4’s Crufts which he will be doing for the second year in a row.

The afternoon speakers

Wenda Field

Sales Director

Simon Munday

Prosperity IFA

Ben Nightingale

Strategic Account Manager

Mike Clifford

Chief Product Officer

Mitch Hopkinson

Head of Advice and HNW
deVere United Kingdom

Robert Poulten


Robert Hardy



Jo Gilbey

Marketing Director

Anita Moorthy

Head of EMEA Marketing
Hearsay Social

Chris Andrew

Managing Director
Hearsay Social

Rob Walton

Chief Operating Officer

Paul Holden


Curtis Peterson


Ring Central

Andrew Smithers

Platform Development Manager (Strategic Accounts)

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What our delegates said...

The iO conference was really very informative, I struggled to sleep that night, as my mind was buzzing with ideas! Looking forward to next year’s conference.

Maria Herrington, Baggette and Company