London, 2 August 2023 – The Payments Innovation Forum, (PIF), the not-for-profit payments industry body, has announced the appointment of Matt Sloan, Head of Business Development, EMEA at Discover Global Network, as PIF Chair and Nirav Patel, Group CEO at Andaria as PIF Vice Chair in accordance with the association’s rotating governance model.

Matt takes over from outgoing PIF Chair Jason Field, whose three-month term has come to an end. Jason remains in his role as a Non-Executive Director of PIF.

Matt is the Head of Business Development at Discover in EMEA where he manages their major acquirer and merchant relationships and focuses on building their issuing business and fintech partnerships.

Nirav is the Group CEO at Andaria and brings with him 15+ years’ experience that includes developing strategies and leading organisations to maintain both growth and profitability.

Under the new model, the PIF Chair and Vice Chair rotate among PIF’s non-executive Directors every three months with the Vice Chair moving to the Chair role on rotation. Adopted in September 2022, the shared leadership approach allows PIF to tap into the knowledge, experience and expertise of the PIF Board in a way that better serves PIF’s diverse and growing community of members. It also enables PIF to fast-track key elements of its member-driven strategic plan.

Speaking about his tenure as PIF Chair, Jason Field said: “The last three months have been a real pleasure; my tenure as PIF Chair enabled me to get closer to members, and build on PIF’s strategic priorities. Matt will do a fantastic job, and brings with him a wealth of industry experience.”
Commenting on the handover, PIF Executive Director Diane Brocklebank said: “The value of PIF’s innovative approach to governance is clear to see. It allows us to fast-track key aspects of our work and benefit from a wealth of experience that we can pass on to our members. Under Jason and Matt’s guidance we have delivered on our promise to provide valuable insight and look forward to building on that work with Matt and Nirav at the helm.
It’s the commitment of Jason, Matt and Nirav, and all other members of the PIF Board who lend their passion for payments that ensures PIF offers the industry a vital ally.”

The PIF Board currently comprises 9 Non-Executive Directors and 1 Executive Director: 

  • Joseph Askham, Head of Legal, Thredd
  • Diane Brocklebank, Executive Director, Payments Innovation Forum Chris Ellis,
  • Director, Bowsprit International
  • Jason Field, VP, Account Management, Mastercard
  • Dr. Hartwig Gerhartinger, SVP, Legal and Regulatory, Deputy General Counsel, Paysafe
  • Siobhan Moore, Partner, Keystone Law
  • Nirav Patel, Group CEO, Andaria Peter Sidenius, Director, Edgar, Dunn & Company
  • Matt Sloan, VP, Head of Business Development, EMEA, Discover Global Network
  • David Walsh, VP, Original Content EMEA, Blackhawk Network


Notes to Editors 

About PIF 

The Payments Innovation Forum (PIF) is a not-for-profit trade body for the payments industry. 

We support and champion innovation in payments by promoting the highest possible standards of practice and compliance, educating regulators, policymakers, consumer bodies and the media to inspire legitimate confidence in the sector, and advocating for industry-positive policy that fosters innovation and competition in payments, whilst protecting the interests of consumers. 

Over the past 15 years, PIF has supported the entry and phenomenal growth of new payment services and fintech, whilst helping our members to navigate a highly regulated and increasingly complex payments ecosystem. 

For more information, please visit

Payments Innovation Forum Ltd is registered in England and Wales under company number 05955151 at 86-90 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NE.
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