UK Distributed Ledger Technology Showcase

Following on from the Lord Holmes of Richmond Report ‘Distributed Ledger Technologies for Public Good: leadership, collaboration and innovation’, launched at the House of Lords on 28 November 2017, there will be a showcase event, with demonstrations of DLT & blockchain solutions, on 3-4 December 2018 in London, UK.

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Enabling Safe Digital Collaboration

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Enabling Safe Digital Business Since 2009
Our objective is to enable the use of secure international, interoperable, and collaborative digital trust mechanisms. We bring together organisations with shared interests and risks to create communities of digital trust able to collaborate effectively, reducing their costs and risks. At heart, we are not a trade association, but a collaborative governance body. To achieve this we focus on:

Company Identification & Validation

Register of Legal Organisations (ROLO) to uniquely identifying & validate legal entities

Federated Identity & Access Management

Enabling cross-border and organisation identification, authentication, and access

Accountability & Traceability

Reliable records of the who, what, when, and other variables associated with supply chain transactions

Cyber Security

Protecting services and data from internal and external threats


Promoting a Privacy by Design approach the use of personal data

Legislation & Regulation

International, national, and industy requirements impacting digital trust

Policies & Standards

International, national, and industy requirements enabling digital trust


Distributed ledger technologies underpinning trusted services


Identifying new and novel uses of current and emerging technologies

Why Be Involved?

Digital globalisation means organisations need to share more information, more widely, and more securely; this can’t be done alone. Collaboration delivers full benefit at only a share of the cost. Get involved in BBFA if you are an organisation that seeks to “collaborate to compete” and has shared challenges around:

  • Regulatory compliance;
  • Supply chain efficiency, traceability, and accountability;
  • Identity management and federated trust;
  • Information quality and data fragmentation;
  • Collaborative risk management;
  • Cybersecurity and cybercrime;
  • Innovation – start-up, scale up, and embedding;
  • Change, threats and disruption;
  • Executive awareness and communication.

Addressing Demands

Nations see the rapid development of their digital economies and societies as key to their future. Major Internet technology companies are accelerating change.  However, cybersecurity risks and cybercrime are increasing.  Governments are responding with more national and international legislation that will impact across all sectors and consumers.

Of at least 20 regulations, the most significant are the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Anti-Money Laundering Directive 4 (AML4), Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), and the e-Identity Authentication Signature Regulation (eIDAS).

These all demand:

  • Federated authentication, to underpin trusted and compliant processes;
  • Access to legally authoritative data sources, particularly for company validation;
  • Tools to get information quality under control; and
  • To interoperate across boundaries and borders.

Most companies want to consume reliable trust services, not build them. BBFA enables this.

Current Activities

Our current activities include:

  • Contributing to Lord Holmes Report ‘Distributed Ledger Technologies for Public Good: leadership, collaboration and innovation’, which builds on UK Government Office for Science (Sir Mark Walport) ‘Distributed Ledger Technologies: beyond blockchain’ (BBFA co-authored);
  • Co-organising and supporting a number of community-specific collaborative working groups to support the Lord Holmes’ call to action;
  • Co-organising the major UK Showcase on Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) in Spring 2019;
  • Co-organising the Working Group to take forward the Register of Legal Organisations (ROLO) and Corporate Authoritative Digital Identity (CADI) for the validation of live company data, nationally and internationally;
  • Building ROLO / CADI for the UK and the UK Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Bridge. PKI federation with South Korea. New Zero Knowledge Proof (ZKP) capabilities;
  • Some active areas: digital identity, border controls, food fraud, aviation passenger screening, Know Your Customer (KYC) & counter-fraud, regulatory compliance, supply chain assurance, national cybersecurity baselines, law enforcement collaboration, collaborative cyber situational awareness (CCSA);
  • Partnering in Horizon 2020 and other international programmes around Privacy and Surveillance (UN and EU led), Internet governance and intellectual property protection (copyrights and trademarks), EU MAPPING;
  • Advice and engagement with organisations in the European Commission, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Luxembourg, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Singapore, Sweden, UK, and USA.
  • Co-editing international ISO standards for identity, privacy, and blockchains.
  • Many speaking events around the world.


BBFA was formed in 2009 after a study by members of four not-for-profit organisations (BCS, IET, RUSI, & EURIM) in response to the collapse of the UK National Identity Scheme (NIS), which left a large gap with regard to identity management in and across regulated UK industry sectors.

Three directors were appointed with strong backgrounds in military and national cybersecurity, high assurance federated identity management, national citizen e-ID schemes, trust assurance, aerospace & defence supply chain secure collaboration, and counter-fraud.

The original members were EADS/Airbus, CSC, HP, Maztek, Axelos, NHS, and Metropolitan Police. The membership ran until 2012.

Airbus CSC HP Mastek Axelos

We have links with EURIM (drafting MP briefs on identity management and age verification), Kantara, EC FP2, tScheme, US SSCA and NSTIC, and a partnership with TM Forum.

Since 2012, BBFA has expanded its secure collaboration activities into EU regulations and research programmes, national and international cybersecurity collaboration, international standards, and digital innovation with startups, major companies, and governments.

Future Vision

Recent UK developments have led to a relaunch of the membership arm of BBFA and the appointment of a new director to incorporate innovation and startups as a core aspect of our work from 2018.

Our activities will:

  • Be neutral, innovative, and collaborative;
  • Act as a catalyst for collaboration and federated trust across industries, government and countries, to enable the free-flow of trusted goods and services across borders;
  • Convene members for collaborative working groups to address agreed shared requirements;
  • Establish large-scale communal capabilities to facilitate collaboration and federated trust;
  • Support innovation, executive awareness and international standardisation;
  • Support the UK government and industry in a national digital and industrial agenda;
  • Gather and publish thought leadership in this area as a think tank;
  • Offer technical and policy leadership and collaborative neutral solutions that grow knowledge, capability, information networks, safety and security;
  • Assist in the defeat of cybercrime and counter-fraud;
  • Enable greater financial and social inclusion of 1.2bn citizens, particularly UN Sustainability Development Goal 16.9 “By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration”.

Engaging With BBFA

From 2018, new members can join Working Groups and the BBFA Steering Group to be part of BBFA, as it adapts to serve their increasing requirements and those of industry and government.

Members can:

  • Drive the development of new collaborative capabilities for digital trust and compliance, through the working groups;
  • Influence wider developments, particularly internationally, and help create the conditions for better and faster innovation and capability re-use;
  • Gain access to the knowledge and insights;
  • Help to gain first mover advantage through ‘collaborate to compete’.

Members may also be able to demonstrate in the UK Showcase on Distributed Ledger Technologies in Spring 2019 and particpate in other near-term game-changer initiatives.

Startups will have limited access to the resources, and receive support from the members, via BBFA, to develop the best solutions for the problems identified by BBFA and its members.

If your organisation seeks collaborative action, please contact us for further information.

Core Team

Patrick Curry OBE

Patrick Curry OBE


Gareth Niblett

Gareth Niblett

Director, Security

Tobias Stone

Tobias Stone

Director, Innovation & Communication


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