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Neil Ward


CEO at KNEIP, Neil Ward draws on 25 years of commercial experience in digital media, fund management, payments and telecommunications sector within strategic marketing, operations, product management and business transformation.

Neil established Neil Ward & Associates in 2016 after completing an assignment at Vocalink who became NWA’s first client and was subsequently sold to Mastercard in 2016 for c£1bn.  NWA’s other clients include EY and The Royal Mint.  The Assoicate team is an extension of his personal DR base and network in which provides companies scalable growth, ransformation strategy and delivery.

Delivery and success have been a constant theme to Neil’s diverse career.  In April 2015, as Chief Commercial Officer he guided Paysafe Group towards the trade sale to CVC Capital for £1.2bn. 

Neil joined Skype in 2009 as the VP and Global GM Business Operations and was instrumental in Silverlake acquiring the business and overseeing the delivery of core UX and Operational transformation in to the wolrd’s leading VOIP service and brand in 120+ countries.  Microsoft purchased Skype for $8.5bn in 2012 and Neil’s portfolio in transitioning Skype to the new owners included product development and readiness, carrier relations, end to end digital customer experience to a base of +1bn users, revenue assurance and payments. 

Prior to Skype, Neil was GM for BtoB Service at BT Group plc, where he transformed the Global Business service experience in technical support and account management.  After a successful 5 year period at Virgin Media here as Director of Integration, he led the integration of NTL and Telewest operations under the new Virgin Media brand.

Other roles in his career include S&M Director at Adidas UK; Operations Director at the Bank of Scotland Group; S&M MD at Havas Group.

Neil Ward is now leading KNEIP in their digital strategy and transformation bringing innovation and disruptive thinking to the investment fund industry.

Agenda Sessions

  • Reaping the benefits from disruption - finding the positives for the fund industry