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Richard Johnson

Associate Director of the Centre for Digital Banking & Finance

Richard held a number of positions at NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland including Head of Strategy for the Retail Bank and Head of Internet and Telephony. He then led Strategy, Propositions and Investor Relations at Monitise, an international mobile banking software business.

With his combination of large and small company experience, Richard is now an independent advisor to a range of businesses on their fintech strategies, as well as writing industry research and delivering executive education.


MSc, Management Science, Imperial College, London: 1984

BA, Mathematics, St. John’s College, Oxford: 1983
Professional Qualifications

Associate, Chartered Institute of Bankers: 1982

Industry Experience

RJ Digital: 2015 – present

Monitise PLC. Roles included Strategy Director, Head of Propositions, Head of Investor Relations: 2006 – 2015


  • Head of Internet & Telephony RBS & NatWest Retail: 2002 – 2006
  • Head of Strategy & Channel Development, NatWest Retail Marketing: 2000 – 2002
  • Chief Operating Officer, NatWest Investments: 1996 – 2000
  • Senior Branch Manager: 1993 – 1996
  • Internal Consultancy: 1984 – 1992


Fintech; Open Banking; Digital Banking, Payments & Commerce; Financial Services Markets & Ecosystem; Go-To-Market Planning; Start-up & growth cycles; Digital technology trends; Digital Transformation; Strategic planning.


Recent consulting assignments have included:

  • Payments strategy for a US bank
  • Open Banking strategy for an International Card Scheme
  • Fintech opportunities for a payments software business

Open Banking opportunities for a mobile security business


English - native

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