Tracey Hall

Tracey Hall | BNY Mellon

Tracey Hall

I am an accomplished and result orientated professional with extensive experience in Operational Risk & UK Financial Services having worked for Santander for more than 25 years.

Following a change in my career path, I joined BNY Mellon in August 2020 and quickly showcased my passion for Technology. I have demonstrated a high level of competence in my role within the EMEA Technology Governance team and continue to shine in my role.


Sinead Byrne

Sinead Byrne | BNY Mellon

Sinead Byrne

Sinead Byrne is a Project Manager/ Scrum Master for the EMEA Technology Digitisation team at BNY Mellon.

Within this role Sinead leads two agile teams with geographically distributed developers in the development and delivery of new revenue generating widgets. Sinead drives a culture of innovation, risk management and continuous improvement by transforming our fund accounting offering to a more digital model.

Sinead has worked at BNY Mellon for 14 years and within this time has had a varied career. She initially joined BNY Mellon as a HR Consultant and was integral in establishing the companies EMEA Internship programme. Moving out of HR in order to assume a role within the companies first Global Innovation team she project managed events across EMEA to raise awareness of Innovation and evoke a culture change to a more innately innovative company before joining Technology and becoming involved in strategic planning, event delivery and reporting and governance. For the last 2 years Sinead has been working as a Scrum Master within the EMEA Digitisation team.

Sinead is the Chair of the London Women in Technology (WIT) group at BNY Mellon, leading events and initiatives to drive the conversation on the technology gender gap and raise awareness of the need for diversity within Technology.

Sinead has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Westminster and a Master’s in Business Administration, MBA, from The Open University.


Leah Rowland

Leah Rowland | BNY Mellon

Leah Rowland

My career started working in retail for a women's clothing store whilst studying, becoming Deputy Manager and then Manager for failing stores to inject some enthusiasm into the team and turn the stores profitable outlets again.

In 1998, I moved into recruitment for Manpower and in 2001, took my first step into Banking, working for RBS, one of my Manpower client as temporary executive secretary, converted to perm within 6 months and became Executive Assistant within a year. Throughout my 8 and half years at the bank, I secured a number of promotions including Equity Derivatives Business Manager (working relationship with Quants and Head of Desk and was asked to move over due to my work passion and performance). Following a redundancy at the end of 2009, I continued my Banking career, again as a temp and converted to perm following a headhunt from a rival firm.

At the end of 2011, I decided to take a break from the corporate world and opened a secondhand clothing boutique in St Albans, and 6 months after opening, I was awarded Retailer of the Year and was a founding member of the Retail Working Group within the city council.

In 2014, I was headhunted by Barclays to work on a Regulatory project and grew my role into a multifaceted one, managing 2 teams and creating a communications shared service across 21 projects.

In December 2015, I decided to pursue a lifelong dream and traveled to India to embark on yoga and meditation training. In 2017, on a beach in India, I received a request from a headhunter to apply for a role, for which I had a telephone interview and joining BNY Mellon in July 2017 - my first ever role in Technology, as PMO for Markets Technology, FX. I built on my role becoming Project Manager for a number of projects including Greenfield Transformation Program (the top priority for the bank), and in April 2018 was asked to step up into the role of Program Manager for the same program across all Markets Technology.


Noon Ali

Noon Ali | BNY Mellon

Noon Ali

In her current role Noon is leading the EMEA Innovation Centre to explore and deliver innovative technology solutions at BNY Mellon, driving client engagement and building relationships with the region’s burgeoning Fintech community.

Within her role Noon predominantly looks after the management of the client engagement process including tracking potential client needs and building out the external ecosystem across universities, accelerators and third party institutions. Noon consults with stakeholders to analyse, define, and prioritise business requirements and functional and operational specifications for a practical work stream, she then works to formulate and define the program of scope and objectives for clients and business lines by collaborating with business and technology to gain an understanding of business processes in a specific domain.

Noon has led specific projects where she has used her experience and skills to elicit, challenge, and prioritise business requirements in order to translate them into functional design and use case models. She works alongside the Innovation technology team and product management to develop project scope and identify objectives.


Julie Orton

Julie Orton | BNY Mellon

Julie Orton

Julie is Head of the EMEA Technology Services Management office at BNY Mellon.

The team provides regional management and oversight of technology risk, strategy, process and control. It works with colleagues locally and globally.

Prior to this, Julie also managed the technology procurement team, responsible for the internal technology request process, from request to fulfilment. Her team enhanced the services, improving the request interface, and automating workflows to improve the time taken to fulfil requests. In addition, she has led the cost planning on many large technology projects, including data centre migrations, as well as standardising internal chargeback methodologies globally.

Julie’s career before BNY Mellon was varied. She initially worked in hospitality before joining a Mac peripheral reseller, where she was given the opportunity to get involved in the rollout of accounting software (AccPac) and realised she had an affinity to both finance and technology. ACCA home study, part-time finance roles, and a family later, she joined Getty Images, and was part of the team that successfully transitioned the manual photographer royalty payments to a computerised system.

She then joined the BNY Mellon technology infrastructure team, working part time in the procurement and network billing team before returning to work full time.  For the last seven years she has been Head of the EMEA Technology Services Management office.

She has been co-chair of BNY Mellon’s internal network, EMEA Women In Technology (WIT), for three years. Julie champions gender diversity: driving the WIT agenda, raising awareness of the importance of diversity in technology and enabling open conversation and discussion. She was involved in the creation of WIT groups in Poland and Ireland.  As well as being involved in internal events and programmes, such as CV workshops, coding workshop and panel events, she has volunteered her time for external events, such as the Apps for Good Innovation awards and the Girls in Tech Catalyst, as well as mentoring local school children with the Girls Network. She is now beginning to explore ways to support those that have had a career break to return to technology careers.


Penny Hamer

Penny Hamer | BNY Mellon

Penny is the Head of EMEA Asset Servicing Technology Development & Corporate Services at BNY Mellon.

Her team manage and develop vendor applications and in house developed software that supports multiple business lines across BNYMellon globally. The team covers multiple disciplined delivery methodologies, including Agile Scrum, Waterfall and Iterative, developing on a wide variety of older and new technologies including Angular & Java using the BNYMellon NEXEN ecosystem.

Prior to this, Penny was the Head of EMEA AST Digitisation. Her team delivered new and enhanced services for internal and external clients. Including delivery of widgets and APIs that can build dashboard capabilities, leveraging BNYMellon’s NEXEN ecosystem including big data analytics.

Previous to this, Penny was responsible for the delivery of strategic initiatives and technical non-discretionary projects for EMEA Transfer Agency, utilising the BNYMellon’s internal cloud capability.

Penny joined the company in 2001 as a Technical Analyst supporting and developing changes on distributed applications including hands on experience of managing and changing Oracle and SQL Server databases. She has worked on large scale development projects, including image and workflow and wealth dealing platforms. Also responsible for large development teams delivering change across a number of core distributed applications and has held vendor management responsibilities.

Penny’s core background before this was in infrastructure & core technology services such as supporting email, telephone systems and networks along with desktop and server support in the pharmaceuticals and telecommunications industries.

Penny is co-chair EMEA Women in Technology group at BNY Mellon and drives events focussed on demonstrating the breadth of career opportunities within technology to school children in the community. She is a certified professional scrum master and is also certified in cloud and web technologies.