Colm Lyon honoured at the National Fintech Awards

September 15, 2023

Colm Lyon, Fire founder & CEO, has been honoured with Outstanding Achievement Award at the National Fintech Awards.

Colm Lyon, Fire founder & CEO honoured at the National Fintech Awards


London, Dublin  15th September 2023

Colm Lyon, CEO & founder of, is one of Europe’s leading payments and fintech entrepreneurs. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Colm has built payment businesses, led change across the industry and supported the wider business community. Previously Colm was the founder and CEO of Realex Payments, one of Europe’s largest and most successful online payments businesses, which was acquired by Global Payments in March 2015.

Colm is a member of the UK Finance Payments Products and Services Board, Chair of the Digital PSP Group, a member of the Strategic Participant Group for the New Payments Architecture and a member of the JROC Open Banking Future Entity Working Group in the UK.

Via his family office, Colm has invested in numerous Irish and UK startups and venture funds. He has received many awards and held several industry leadership positions, including chairman of the Irish Internet Association, founder of Payments Ireland and co-founder & chairman of the Fintech and Payments Association of Ireland. Colm was an adjunct professor for University College Cork and remains a member of the International Advisory Board of the Innovation Academy in University College Dublin.

Over 300 members of the Fintech Industry gathered for the National Fintech Awards in The Mansion House to honour the best and brightest of the Irish Fintech ecosystem.

Colm Lyon Honoured with Outstanding Achievement Award at the National Fintech Awards

Colm Lyon, a seasoned expert with over three decades of experience in the financial services and technology sectors, has been a driving force in shaping the landscape of fintech in Ireland and the UK. His visionary approach and commitment to innovation have not only propelled his own businesses but have also played a crucial role in the broader fintech ecosystem in Ireland and abroad. The National Fintech Awards, recognises and celebrates his exceptional contributions and innovations to building a better financial system in Ireland.

Colm noted “I am so thrilled and genuinely honoured to receive this award. It’s a very special award and one that I feel incredibly proud of. It’s a huge credit to the organisers to create these awards as it brings the industry together to celebrate our collective achievements. I want to thank everyone associated with these awards for this accolade. I also wish to thank the team at Fire for inspiring me with their commitment, passion and determination to build the best digital payments business.”

About Fire – Digital Payments & Open Banking.

Fire helps businesses get paid, pay out and go digital with their payment processes.  

With a range of payment services, smart technology and regulatory licences, Fire provides access to open banking payments, sterling & euro accounts, bank transfers, debit cards, FX, and international payments. Regulated in the EU (2010) and UK (2018), Fire is a member of numerous payment schemes and networks. Fire is a principal issuer of Mastercard® debit cards and a provider of Faster Payments, Bacs, Direct Debits, SEPA and Open Banking Payments.


Read more about the event, and Colm’s recognition in the Business Post and at Silicon Republic.

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