Paul Bartholomew–Keen

Head of Strategic Relationships
Elavon Europe

Paul is a financial services innovator and payments leader. Presently heading European strategic relationships with Visa and Mastercard, plus Elavon’s commercial partnerships with Nuapay (open banking), Laybuy and ChargeAfter (BNPL).

From 2010 to 2018, Paul previously provided interim leadership and product expertise for banks, payment networks and emerging challengers. Highlights include: Proposition and merchant acceptance lead for a digital wallet in the Caribbean, delivering consumer and third party requirements as the subject matter expert for cards, e-wallets and prepaid at Open Banking, leading a Lloyds product workstream for a digital payment initiative with Mastercard and managing the card scheme relationships for commercial card issuance at Barclaycard.

During his five year business leadership role at Mastercard, Paul was at the forefront of European prepaid product development, market expansion and innovation. Paul has also been responsible for managing key elements of the current account portfolio at Lloyds TSB, headed customer management at Barclays for medium-sized businesses and led various strategic and development-based roles at The Woolwich, Bank of Scotland and Barclaycard.