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40 Minute Mentor – Episode 15 – Catherine Wines – WorldRemit

James Mitra

James Mitra

40 Minute Mentor - Catherine Wines

The word ‘inspiring’ gets thrown around a lot when discussing entrepreneurs and business owners. However, with today’s guest, I can’t think of a more accurate or deserving description.

Today’s 40 Minute Mentor is the incredible Catherine Wines, co-founder of WorldRemit – a mission-driven online money transfer service that allows people to send money to friends and family living abroad.


WorldRemit is one of the most successful and fastest growing Fintechs in the UK, with a worth of almost $1bn, employing over 700 people and serving 4 million customers across 150 countries.

Catherine is one of the most high profile female leaders in Fintech so it came as a real shock to the industry when she was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer in 2018. Despite the shock of this and the ensuing treatment she has had to go through, she has remained incredibly positive and active throughout.

She continues to support WorldRemit’s as a Non-Exec Director whilst also mentoring and advising a number of other start up founders (including fellow 40 Minute Mentor guest, Alex Stephany of Beam).


Since her diagnosis, she’s paved the way for firms to improve the way they support employees living and working with cancer. We go into detail on this in today’s show and Catherine shares some great advice for anyone out there either living with, or supporting a loved one or colleague with, cancer.


In today’s conversation you’ll hear about a number of interesting topics, including:

  • Why Catherine set up WorldRemit and how she has grown the business from a small start up to a team of over 700 employees across 6 continents.
  • Her philosophy on living with cancer and how she is happy to talk about it in order to raise awareness and change perceptions about it
  • Plus, her thoughts on the importance of mentorship, championing women in tech and why she got involved with Beam, the tech for good start up that helps homeless people get back in to work and off the street.


It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Catherine about her many achievements and hearing her unique and uplifting approach to life. She truly is an inspiration and is certainly a great reminder to live life to the fullest, and without regret.


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If you want to find out more about Catherine, check out her LinkedIn profile –

If you want to find out more about WorldRemit you can have a look at their website –


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