The Mentors

 
"

A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself"

Oprah Winfrey

 
 
 

Pégeman Khorsan

 

Pégeman is an international technology lawyer having worked in a number of organisations within the financial services and travel industry. Beginning his career in a private practice law firm, he progressed to become General Counsel of a listed travel company advising on a number of high profile private equity purchases and multi-jurisdictional mergers.

As an entrepreneur, he established the legal firm walkthegrey.com, specialising in the technology, finance and travel industries. Since the company’s inception, it has advised a plethora of clients including travel industry disruptors, fintechs, cryptocurrency traders and social media entrepreneurs..

Pégeman also founded 5MinuteCareers, a social media initiative supporting children from non-professional backgrounds with information about careers in professions such as the law, tech and HR.

He has mentored young adults through job applications and interviews, providing advice and networking opportunities. He continues to focus on supporting young adults who have limited access to professional working environments..

 
 

Nancy Johnson

 

Nancy is a CEDR Accredited Mediator, senior UK/EU business lawyer and director. Nancy has Board level experience, with more than 14 years’ experience at chief counsel/head of legal level, including one year as acting general counsel. She has worked in a variety of roles for regulators (the European Commission, the Financial Conduct Authority and Payment Systems Regulator), for regulated businesses (British Telecommunications, Openreach, Pay.UK), in international law firms (Switzerland, Belgium, the UK, France and Germany) and in the public sector.

Nancy’s areas of expertise are regulatory and competition law, public and regulatory affairs, compliance, corporate governance, litigation and dispute resolution. She also has particular expertise providing strategic leadership and risk management advice to start-up organisations and those implementing structural, legal and cultural change, such as for the creation of Openreach, the Payment Systems Regulator and Pay.UK.

Nancy is also on the faculty at Brunel University London for its annual Comparative Competition Law Summer School, supporting the delivery of practical EU, UK and international competition law tuition. Nancy has three Masters’ degrees in international business law, EU law, and in Board governance and behaviour.

Nancy has provided pro bono coaching, mentoring, support and dispute resolution in a range of situations, from employment and family disputes, to mentoring younger colleagues.

 
 

Dom Lucas

 

Dom is an Information and Cyber Security Professional with over 24 years’ experience working across the public and private sectors. Dom started his career as a Police Officer, with the Metropolitan Police, rising to the rank of Detective Sergeant where he ran an operational team tasked to investigate payment card and cybercrime across internationally.

Whilst in the Met, Dom received the Graduate Diploma in Law.

Dom subsequently moved into Information and Cyber Security, providing advice and support to the senior leadership within the banking, payments and legal sectors.

Dom currently works as an information security professional within an International law firm, based in London.

Dom is an accomplished presenter, instrumental in delivering a wider range of security and corporate education and awareness programmes. Dom is a member of the Chartered Institute for Information Security and a Certified Information Security Manager.

Outside of the professional arena, Dom is a keen amateur dramatist, both as a performer and a creative. He has sung at both the Royal Albert Hall and the Southbank Centre, whilst treading the boards at the Bob Hope Theatre.

 
 

Dominic Waterhouse-Kern

 

Dominic Waterhouse-Kern graduated with a degree in German from the University of Birmingham. His early career embraced his love for travel and languages - spending time in Austria as an English teacher and later, in Continental Europe (Spain and Greece) as a tourism representative. He soon turned his hand to the corporate world, securing a place on the fiercely competitive KFC graduate scheme.

Following success in this domain, he moved into agency recruitment. His first foray was with the FTSE listed "Michael Page International" where he specialised in recruiting across business change. He subsequently secured a promotion by joining market-leading financial services recruiter "Oliver James" focusing his craft on finance, risk and compliance specifically within the FinTech arena. In 2021 Dominic was appointed Talent Acquisition Manager for a credit card company, Jaja Finance.

Outside of work, Dominic enjoys sport, playing rugby union. He was a volunteer at the London 2012 Olympics.

 
 

Satish Samtani

 

Satish is a finance and compliance professional. Currently Head of Operations at Recary Ltd, Satish has a passion for accounting, business development and fostering strong business relationships.

Satish started his career as an accountant after leaving the School of Accounting and Management in the Caribbean. He has worked internationally, gaining professional advisory and financial services experience in many different industries spanning advertising, oil and gas and telecommunications.

Over the last 5 years Satish has been heavily involved in the FCA regulatory and risk environment and continues to be a trusted advisor to this industry.

Satish is a proponent of lifelong learning, with an associate degree from the Association of Business Executives (ABE), a bachelors degree from The Commonwealth Open University and a masters degree from Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh Business School).

 
 
 

Françoise Labode

 

Françoise is in the penultimate year of a law degree at Durham University. In 2018 she was appointed legal assistant for Pay.UK supporting on a number of strategic projects, most notably the UK's fraud prevention tool, Confirmation of Payee. Françoise also supported on the development of the New Payments Architecture.

Françoise has been an NCS leader and is currently brand ambassador for an international corporate law firm.

She is an advocate for Girlguiding UK receiving the Jack Petchey achievement award in 2019, is a team leader for Enactus Durham and successfully completed all stages of the Duke of Edinburgh programme receiving a gold award.

 
 

Gordon Youngson

 

Gordon is a executive level financial services lawyer having worked for global payments companies for over 15 years. Originally from New Zealand he converted to the English Roll of Solicitors in 2007.

Gordon has worked for numerous financial services organisations spanning a diverse range of roles including Head of Legal to Compliance, currently working for the Paysafe Group.

Gordon has advised start-up organisations on legal and strategic matters having recently developed his own enterprise “Advocate Commercial”.

Gordon’s commercial acumen and entrepreneurial flair stem from his qualification in Accountancy and Economics at the Otago School of Business, New Zealand and his Post Graduate Diploma in EU Competition Law at Kings College London.

 
 

Sallie Rickerby

 

Sallie has worked in financial services for over 20 years, prior to which she worked for the NHS as a medical scientific officer in Haematology & Serology laboratories. She subsequently transitioned to into a research and development role, adjusting to the demands of London’s research needs within the academic sector.

Having achieved notoriety in the medical scientific sector, Sallie relocated to New Zealand, opening a fine-dining establishment supervising the ‘front of house’ team, accounting, business development and corporate communications.

Sallie returned to the U.K. where she transferred her commercial acumen, entrepreneurial flair and project management background to various successful mandates in the professional advisory arena.

Amassing a number of volunteering roles (namely playgroup chairperson, teaching aide, committee secretary and parent teacher association) Sallie brings breadth of character and diversity of experiences unrivalled on the GenC mentor register.

 
 

Karen Milton

 

Karen is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and was a member of its Business & Management Committee, until 2021 having enjoyed a six year tenure.

Whilst the majority of her career has been spent working for and with organisations within the payments industry, she also has broad specialisms in traditional accounting and corporate governance. Karen has also worked in the retail, insurance, personal development and gaming industries.

Karen’s wealth of experience stretched from being a Board Director to advising on businesses transformation and the development of new operating models. as part of an international Group.

Karen has participated in the ICAEW’s Women in Leadership programme, and also completed the Institute of Directors Certificate in Company Direction. She is keen to share the insights she has learnt during her working life and help others to identify the opportunities open to them in the intricate world of accounting and finance.