Happy New Year!
The fresh, sparkling year starting is a good time for a change and I have an announcement to make about a change in my life.
After nearly six years, as of today, the 6th of January, I am no longer providing services as the Executive Director of ATMIA Europe. Mike Lee, the ATMIA CEO, will take on the role on an interim basis immediately.
At a personal level, whilst I will continue to provide some services to the ATMIA in the UK on a consultancy basis, the time has come to spread my wings again!
I am planning to devote a portion of my time in 2020 to my role as Chairman of CaLP, the Cash Learning Partnership. It is an honour to have been elected to the position. I am excited to be helping to guide the future of an organisation founded by some of the world's foremost charities.
I will also be devoting some of my time to a range of new projects. These projects span Europe - no Brexit for me! - a continent that, in my view, deserves much more prominence as a world-leading community. I hope to play my part, in my own small way, to help Europe to achieve that prominence.
None of this will, of course, deflect me from continuing to campaign for Payment Choice for everyone - and, naturally, for cash to be one of the available choices forever!
In the meantime, I would like to sincerely wish all of my European members well, including our three newest members, Banking Automation, OVIA and Payten. I knew most of you long before my time at the ATMIA and it has been a great pleasure to work with the vast majority of members. I will no doubt remain in touch with many of you as my work in financial services continues.
I would also like to wish colleagues within the ATMIA well. Some have become very good friends. Those friendships have helped to make it all worthwhile.
Finally, as far as thanks go, I would like to recognise the efforts of my co-editor of this newsletter, Jo Ryan. She has done a great job and it has been a pleasure to work with her every month.
For those wishing to get in touch at any time, I will be delighted to hear from you via email at email@example.com. My phone number is below and has never changed.
For now ...
Best wishes & au revoir, fellow Europeans!