Dan Cobley

Entrepreneur, NED at Admiral Insurance & former Managing Director, Google UK and Ireland

Dan Cobley

Dan Cobley

Drawing from a career at the cutting edge of technology businesses, Dan is an expert in innovation in financial services. He helps audiences grasp the imperative for change and navigate future opportunities. With rich and entertaining examples from Google, his startup portfolio, and elsewhere, Dan brings a fresh perspective to any audience, helping energise them towards action with a blend of inspiration and practical, usable advice.


Building Agility
Innovation and Disruption

Travels from

London, UK


The winners of the past 25 years have been driven by technology and digital. The shift to remote and hybrid working has driven a massive and immediate change in digital adoption, digital ways of working and customer expectations. This presents huge opportunities to organisations that can respond to the change more quickly and an existential threat to those that cannot. But adapting to change is hard.

Until late 2014, Dan spent over 8 years at Google, as Managing Director UK & Ireland and as VP Marketing EMEA. Prior to Google Dan held senior marketing roles with Capital One, Ask Jeeves and Pepsi/Walkers. 

More recently, Dan is a highly successful entrepreneur and investor in innovative tech startup businesses, focusing on financial services. As leader of the fintech portfolio for Blenheim Chalcot, a long-established London venture builder, he co-founded a number of fast-growth companies including Salary Finance, Koodoo Mortgages and ClearScore. He now invests in and advises a number of high growth startups, mostly in fintech, and is a non-exec at Admiral.  

Dan speaks on innovation and digital disruption, and on the culture of organisations that succeed in these fast-changing times. Full of humour and personal anecdotes, Dan’s high-energy talks are guaranteed to light a fire under the audience and give them practical suggestions for making change. 

Dan is a regular keynote speaker at conferences; speaking on the disruptive power of FinTech, technology, innovation, and Google’s unique approach to business. He was  named in the UK Tech Top 100 2019 (number 46) for co-founding Salary Finance and listed in the Sunday Times / Maserati Innovators of the Year 2018 for co-founding ClearScore. He is also an accomplished moderator, interviewer and after-dinner speaker. Dan has shared his thoughts on Physics and Marketing at the TED conference and with over 1.4 million people online. He was named as number 3 in Wired UK top 100 list 2012 and he appeared on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World as a technology commentator and helped Alan Sugar choose his 2014 Apprentice.

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