George VaughanHead of Technology at Ascot Racecourse
George Vaughan has been one of the leading innovators of technology in venues over the last 10 years. During this time, he initiated many high-profile projects, including the introduction of Contactless technology at Twickenham Stadium ahead of the 2015 World Cup, helping to make it the biggest card payment acceptance venue anywhere in the world.
He has also led on the implementation of several industry-first mobile initiatives and was decisive in the deployment of the first revenue protection system at the same venue back in 2012, which contributed to the saving of six figure sums over the last five years as well as delivering fundamental operational improvements.
His projects have helped Twickenham win seven major industry awards between 2015 and 2018 and he continues to encourage innovation within the venue sector, speaking at events globally and regularly contributing to tech magazines and forums.
He also sits on the Worldpay Customer Council, the advisory board for ALSD International and is part of the SEAT organisation (Sport & Entertainment Alliance in Technology).
George has recently taken up the post of Head of Technology at Ascot Racecourse where he has already helped pioneer a global-first initiative with Samsung and Worldpay, introducing contactless and mobile-to-mobile payments for hawking at this year’s Royal Ascot.