About us

International payments to match your ambitions

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Who we are

WorldFirst was born back in 2004 by two innovators in a South London basement armed with ten years of banking experience, an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to provide customers a real alternative to the big banks. Since then, we’ve grown exponentially and with a global team around 600 strong, have become a market-leading, multi-award winning, bank-beating, rapidly-growing, fun-loving international payments company.

We're one of the most experienced teams in foreign exchange. Even more importantly, we're a group of people who care and who'll pull out all the stops to make sure you get the most from your currency exchange.

Below you can put a face to the name of the WorldFirst management team. And learn a little more about what makes them tick.

Jonathan Quin

Jonathan Quin

Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder

Graduated with Law and Accountancy degree from the University of Edinburgh. Started at Citibank as a trader and later headed the European sales of online FX trading products. Moved to RBS as the Head of Business Development in the Financial Markets Division. Co-founded WorldFirst in January 2004.

Kelly Jackson

Kelly Jackson

Chief People Officer

Graduated from UCL with a degree in Psychology. Went travelling around South East Asia and Australasia before starting her HR career at QAS Limited, a subsidiary of Experian Plc. Most recently headed up the HR team at Stemcor Ltd, a privately-owned international steel trading company. Joined WorldFirst as Group HR Director in November 2014.

Reg Dhanjal

Reg Dhanjal

Group General Counsel and Compliance Officer

Reg joined WorldFirst in 2017 and has responsibility for our legal, compliance, risk, financial crime, internal audit and company secretariat teams. Prior to WorldFirst, Reg held a number of roles and was most recently a Partner at the law firm Pinsent Masons. Reg graduated with a Law degree from the University of Cambridge.

Jeff Parker

Jeff Parker

Managing Director, Asia Pacific

Jeff was previously on the executive board at OFX – formerly OzForex – most recently in the role of Chief Enterprise Officer with responsibility for growing the B2B business globally. He also gained considerable financial services experience as a director at Macquarie Bank where he worked for the Investments and Advisory division. Jeff is also an ACMA qualified management accountant.

Kerry Tremble

Kerry Tremble

Chief Financial Officer

Kerry is Group CFO of WorldFirst. Kerry was previously Deputy Finance Director for Lloyds Retail Bank and a partner in KPMG’s Corporate and Investment Banking Consulting practice. In the latter role, he worked with global investment banks in a range of areas including Business & Operational Strategy and Financial & Risk Management.

Craige Pendleton-Browne

Craige Pendleton-Browne

Chief Technology Officer

With over 25 years experience in technology roles, Craige has worked as CTO in both Australia and the UK. His most recent roles include CTO for News Digital Media, iCareHealth, and OFX, Australia’s leading fintech business. In his last three roles Craige has owned both product development and technology delivery. He is passionate about how digital technology and Agile product development can drive commercial success.

Tim Rudman

Tim Rudman

Chief Operating Officer

Graduated with a bachelor's degree in Finance, Marketing and International Business in South Africa. Following a brief stint working in marketing, moved to London in 2007. Joined WorldFirst in 2008 as the desk assistant in the online sellers team before taking on a variety of roles including Head of Operations and, ultimately, COO.

Danny Howe

Danny Howe

Country manager UK and EMEA

Danny joined WorldFirst in 2011 on the Corporate Sales desk. He was promoted a year later to Deputy Head of Corporate Sales and then became the Head of Sales soon after, looking after sales for corporate, private and etailer desks. Prior to joining WorldFirst, Danny was in media sales selling corporate sponsorships to financial services companies and family offices. Danny grew up in Maidstone in Kent and still lives there.

Adam Ryan

Adam Ryan

Head of Marketing EMEA

Adam joined WorldFirst in August 2016 from Wiggle Ltd where he was Head of Group Sales, driving growth across its European territories. With over 10 years’ experience managing global e-commerce businesses, he understands the impact of currency volatility on profitability and the value of a bespoke currency strategy. Adam is passionate about increasing the reach of WorldFirst, connecting with and supporting customers with their currency needs.

Dionne Sawyerr

Dionne Sawyerr

Head of People Partnering

With a BA honors degree in HR & Accounting, Dionne began her career in fashion buying working at Tesco and the Arcadia Group. Over the five years spent in this field, she gained invaluable business acumen skills which she has leveraged since transitioning into her HR career at WorldFirst in 2014. In 2015, Dionne became the UK HR Manager heading up a team of HR Business Partners. She is responsible for identifying and driving a range of HR initiatives across the business in addition to supporting the EMEA Management Team.

Alexa Lloyd-Owen

Alexa Lloyd-Owen

Regional Compliance Officer, EMEA

Joined WorldFirst in 2016 as Group Compliance Monitoring Manager before taking on the EMEA Regional Compliance Officer role in June 2017. Prior to joining WorldFirst, Alexa qualified as an internal auditor after joining BDO as a graduate and then moving to Citco which is where she made the transition from internal audit to compliance.

James Allington

James Allington

Head of Operations EMEA

Attained a BSc in Finance & Economics from the University of Manchester Business School, working at investment services provider AJ Bell Securities, before joining WorldFirst in 2013. James has risen through the ranks, firstly building out our Middle Office function, before moving to more broadly Operational roles, as a Business Manager for the COO and now Head of Operations, EMEA.

Stephen Webb

Stephen Webb

Finance Business Partner

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