Will Banks | Chief Executive Officer
Challenger Capital

Will Banks, Chief Executive Officer, Challenger Capital

Will has had a successful career in senior financial and board level executive positions, which have spanned across Australia, Europe, and the United Kingdom. With an expertise in leading businesses through financial regulatory authorisations, mobilisations, or crisis management, he has dedicated over two decades to building, advising, and managing global financial service institutions and start-ups. Successful ventures have ranged from traditional retail and investment banks to neo banks, electronic money institutions and brokerages. 
Whilst working for the ‘big 4’ clearing banks in the United Kingdom, managing Global Markets balance sheets of up to £234b, Will progressed quickly through the ranks, via multiple promotions, where he forged a reputation as an effective and equitable business leader, who is not only results-driven, but consistently improves business performance through an inclusive approach. 
During his career, Will has been sought-out for various roles. in 2009, and during the GFC, he was approached by the Bank of England to write the Credit Guarantee Scheme mechanism, for the United Kingdom’s Quantitative Easing Programme; and in 2011, he was appointed to the Senior Management Team of TSB, which was engaged in the prominent Lloyds Banking Group divestment programme. For his solutions, which addressed wholesale funding, liquidity, and capital challengers, Will received the prestigious ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’. Will has also accepted the positions of CEO and CFO for several fintech start-ups. In 2019, Will was granted permanent residency to Australia, in just 2 1/2 weeks, via the “Distinguishing Talent (invitation-only) Visa Program”, based on his international fintech reputation. He was the first migrant from Europe and the first from the global fintech sector, to be offered this rare visa. 
Whilst in Australia, Will founded DayTek Capital, an Australian Financial Services licensed business, which developed a range of innovative and digitally advanced financial service products and investment opportunities. In 2021, the business was acquired by two investment funds. Since then, Will has launched a Crypto Custody Bank and heads up a venture capitalist firm, backed by a large listed Chinese multinational. 
To support students in Australia and the United Kingdom, Will has accepted the positions of Executive Advisor and mentor at QUT, Expert in Residence and mentor at Griffith University and sits on the Advisory Board of Roehampton Business School, in addition to mentoring and lecturing, since 2008. From 2021, he has been providing business advice to the elders of the Queensland Wakka Wakka people.


Seamless Asia 2022 - Day 2 @ 15:30

PANEL: New innovations in Asia's emerging challenger banking players

By attending this session, you will learn:
  • How have customer expectations changed in the wake of COVID?
  • What are customers looking for, yet which is still not being delivered by banks?
  • How quickly is open banking and embedded finance catching on and making an impact in Asia, not just within banking but all sectors of the economy?
last published: 23/Jun/22 07:55 GMT

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