Jess Houlgrave

United Kingdom

I've worked at the intersection of finance, technology and payments for the last 12 years - my passion is art -


Jess is an experienced executive, entrepreneur and investor with a multidisciplinary background across payments, art, crypto, finance and private equity.

Most recently, Jess led crypto GTM and strategy at, a global fintech company with over 1,700 employees and 19 offices around the world. Working with some of the world’s most innovative companies and established global brands to simplify financial complexities, drive innovation and unlock growth by providing solutions to complex digital payment problems.

Jess spent 2 years as Checkout's Chief of Staff from 2020 - 2022 and was the founder and COO of Ethereum based Codex Protocol which used NFTs to the track the provenance of assets.

She is a member of the Bank of England CBDC Engagement Forum and is a founder and trustee of the Foundation for Art and Blockchain a 501(c)3 focused on funding artists working at the intersection of Art and Blockchain Technology. She is an active angel investor focused on investing in crypto, fintech and under-represented founders. Jess holds an MA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art.