Fire appoints Chris Davies as non-executive director to its UK board.


London, Dublin – 24th January 2023

Chris Davies, who recently retired as President, Europe of Global Payments, has joined the Board of Fire.

As a payments industry veteran, Chris joins Mike Smith and Lucy McClements on the Fire UK Board of Directors, while working alongside Joe Caulfield and Enda Murphy on the Fire EU Board creating a highly experienced team of payments industry professionals.

Chris’s appointment comes at an exciting time as Fire scales its business and operations across the UK and Ireland. Over the last two years Fire has seen its customer base grow significantly. Its digital account, debit card and payment services are now used by thousands of businesses. In addition, Fire has become a major player in open banking payments, providing services to both merchants and financial institutions (card acquirers).

Commenting on his appointment Chris said “I am really delighted to be joining the Fire UK Board of Directors at this incredibly exciting time for the business. The Fire digital account platform brings integrated and embedded payments to reality in a way that delivers real business benefit. In particular, the way Fire has helped card acquirers go to market with new open banking and funding solutions is very impressive.”

Colm Lyon, the CEO of Fire added “We at Fire are very pleased to have Chris join our Board. Chris’s expertise and experience in the payments industry is legendary and we are looking forward to working with Chris and the other Directors as we execute our plans to scale Fire.”

About Fire – Your Payments. Without the Friction.

Fire helps businesses of all sizes with their accounts, debit cards and payments. With a great range of payment services, smart technology and regulatory licences, we deliver solutions that make managing accounts, debit cards and payments better. Regulated in the EU and UK and licenced to provide payments services for more than ten years, Fire is a member of numerous payment schemes and networks. The team has decades of payment expertise and experience and some of the largest financial institutions in the world work with Fire. Fire is a principal issuer of Mastercard® debit cards and an approved provider of Faster Payments, Bacs, Direct Debits, SEPA and Open Banking.


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Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind has today announced that it has teamed up with Fire to encourage donations for the annual Mizen to Malin Charity Cycle via the use of QR codes.

Fire, a digital account provider, will be helping Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind’s fundraising effort by enabling people to scan QR codes and donate directly from their mobiles in the upcoming cycle which takes place from Saturday May 28th to Friday June 3rd.

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To help with the fundraising effort, and enabled by Fire’s payment solution, Liam’s jersey will have a QR code on the back allowing supporters to easily donate directly from their bank accounts, along the 657km route.

“I’m very proud of my father for all the work he’s done for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, over the last 20 years raising more than €1.2m and I’m also proud to be part of Fire whose QR code payment technology which can make a real difference to the amount of money raised.”

Tim O’Mahony, Chief Executive Officer with Irish Guide Dogs for Blind said “We’re extremely grateful to Eamon, Liam and the entire Linnane family for the support over the last 20 years. What they have achieved is phenomenal with the event growing every year. The use of the QR codes is an exciting fundraising avenue for us and hopefully it means donating can be made easier and ultimately, we can change more lives as a result.”

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Photo from L to R: Mizen to Malin Cycle 2022 in aid of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. From L to R: Ambassador Dog Belle – Pat Harney, Chair of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Malahide/Portmarnock Branch – Assistance Dog Owner Charlotte Gregg with Assistance Dog Ambrose – Liam Linnane, M2M cyclist and Operations Team Lead & Product Analyst at Fire – Eamonn Linnane M2M Founder – Jennifer Nora Hurley, Regional Development Officer, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind – Constanze O’Toole, Puppy Raiser with Puppy in Training Olan.

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Introducing Fire-UK

As part of our growth plans, we at are pleased to announce the launch of our new entity, “Fire-UK”.

For several reasons we decided some time ago to create a UK-based legal entity. Firstly, as an authorised e-money institution we are set up to ensure the services we offer our UK-based customers will not be impacted by Brexit. Secondly, as an active payments initiation and account provider in open banking we wanted to be close to the UK payments ecosystem. Finally, we wanted to make sure that we could continue to grow our team based in Shoreditch while staying close to our customers.

We are also delighted to welcome two new board members to the team – Mike Smith and Lucy McClements.

Mike joins us with a Director level background in Financial Services, having been a UK Bank Commercial Director and on the Board of an SME Lender. Mike was also: a member of the PSR-sponsored Payment Strategy Forum; on the Link Network Members Committee; a Non Executive Director of Faster Payment Scheme Ltd; a Member of the Emerging Payments Association Advisory Board; a Payments Awards Judge.

Lucy McClements joins us with over 20 years’ leadership experience following an executive career with the FCA, FSA and Bank of England. She has held a variety of Board Advisory and Committee roles and provided governance insight and executive advice to many regulated firms. As a newly licensed entity, Lucy will support Fire-UK by providing further Governance, Compliance and Risk Management expertise.

As a provider of multiple sterling and euro payment services, helps businesses manage and automate payments with all the tech, accounts and cards needed.

On the 16 October 2019, we took the final step in our preparations and our UK customers have now been migrated from Fire-EU, our Irish company, to Fire-UK. There is no change to the way customers use their accounts as a result of this move.

With thanks to all our customers.