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Wednesday 24 March

10am - 3.15pm

5 hrs 15 mins

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Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director, Computing and Delta

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Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing and Delta. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Summits. During Stuart's tenure Computing has transformed from a print-reliant business to a bleeding edge multi-channel brand with an industry-leading events portfolio. Previously he spent 10 years as a programme manager in the IT industry, working for companies such as the BBC, COLT, Nortel Networks and Equant. As a journalist he has also worked for Time Out and IPC Media. He is a regular technology pundit and contributor to the BBC News Channel, as well as a published author.

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John Leonard

Research Director, Incisive Media

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John Leonard is Group Research Director for the Enterprise Technology Group at Incisive Media. He has designed and conducted research studies and analyses covering many of the aspects of business technology that are driving the way we live and work today.

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Tom Allen

Site Editor, Delta

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Tom is the Site Editor for Delta, Computing’s market intelligence service, and regularly writes news and analysis pieces for Computing. He joined Incisive Media in 2017 from the display industry, trading LCDs and quantum dots for cyber-security and machine learning. As well as tech market analysis, Tom’s role consists of interviewing C-level IT leaders, organising events and complaining about improper use of the Oxford comma.

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Wayne Parkes

National Enabling Programmes Director, National Police Chief's Council

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Wayne has worked in ICT for over 35 years and in police ICT for 25 years. He’s a fervent supporter of the police service and gets great satisfaction in delivering technology and services that make a real difference in policing and protecting the public from harm. His 25 years with Warwickshire Police and latterly with West Mercia Police have been diverse, leading him through business support services such as estates, transport, people services, finance and corporate communications in addition to ICT. He led the extensive ICT transformation programme to enable the alliance between Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, and transformed the ICT service to a new digital service. He’s been actively involved with the development of NPTC over many years prior to taking on the role of the National Enabling Programme Director. Wayne has also been elected as the Chair of NPTC where he is a strong advocate of the Police ICT community.

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Mariana Periera

Director of Email Security Products, Darktrace

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Mariana is the Director of Email Security Products at Darktrace, with a primary focus on the capabilities of AI cyber defenses against email-borne attacks. Mariana works closely with the development, analyst, and marketing teams to advise technical and non-technical audiences on how best to augment cyber resilience within the email domain, and how to implement AI technology as a means of defense. She speaks regularly at international events, and specialises in presenting on sophisticated, AI-powered email attacks. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and speaks several languages including French, Italian, and Portuguese.

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Jan Karremans

Director of Sales Engineering EMEA, Enterprise DB

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Marc Linster

Chief Technology Office, Enterprise DB

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Before joining EDB, Marc spent almost 4 years at Polycom, the leading maker of video communications equipment, focusing on the Services Supply Chain, Business Intelligence, Customer Data Management and Cloud Solutions. Prior to Polycom, Marc led a supply chain consulting and systems integration company working with customers in the US, Canada, France, Germany, and Switzerland. This tapped the expertise he developed at Avicon Group, where he spent six years, first as chief technology officer then as vice president of operations, developing an extensive background in management, business consulting, systems integration, data management, and business intelligence. Marc holds a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat) in Computer Sciences from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany.

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Jos Creese

Former CIO and CDO, Hampshire County Council

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Jos is an independent consultant and analyst, providing advice to public and private sectors on digital and IT strategies, business risk, marketing and customer service. He also undertakes research for a range of universities and professional bodies in the UK and internationally, on a wide range of technology and digital topics.



He is a past president of the British Computer Society and also of the Society of Innovation, Technology and Management (Socitm), and for over a decade he was CIO and CDO for Hampshire County Council. He has previously been named by the Sliicon50 survey as the UKs most innovative and influential CIO.



Jos chairs the Open University School of Computing Industrial Board and is a non-Exec for the Department of International Trade on the Risk and Audit Committee covering cyber, digital and information risk. He is also a non-Exec Director for Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust.

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Diana Kennedy

Chief Technology Officer, BUPA

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Diana joined Bupa in January 2021 as Chief Technology Officer. This was following ten years at BP, where after her initial appointment as Chief Infrastructure Architect she held several IT leadership roles, until February 2017 when she was appointed Vice President, Strategy, Architecture and Planning for BP.



Prior to BP, Diana was Head of Architecture and Technology for British Gas, part of the Centrica group, where she led the solutions team for the retail transformation of British Gas. Diana started her career in consulting, firstly with Boston Consulting Group and subsequently PwC, where she held senior design and architecture roles, predominantly in the financial services and insurance sector.



Diana holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, a post-graduate degree in Computer Science from the University of London and an MBA from Henley Business School. She has three children and competes for Great Britain in Masters Athletics in her spare time.

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Sudip Travedi

Head of Data and Analytics, London Borough of Camden

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Sudip is Head of Data and Analytics at London Borough of Camden. He is leading on implementation of data strategy and portfolio of projects to support organisational outcomes, he has also led on organisational digital strategy and is passionate about data enabled public services.

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Matt George

Director: Field Development EMEA, Equinix

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Matt joined Equinix in 2012 and is one of the company’s Global SME’s (Subject Matter Experts)

He covers several industry sectors including Content & Digital Media, Manufacturing and Retail/wholesale supply chain transformation.



Sitting as an overlay between the sales and technical teams he advises companies on ways to improve connectivity, global reach, end user experience and cloud enablement through deployment on Equinix’s global interconnection platform.



Prior to joining Equinix, Matt worked as a Digital Transformation Consultant for companies including Sky Germany and Ladbrokes.



He started his career in the UK cable TV industry in the mid 90’s he has held a number of senior marketing and business development positions at Flextech, TiVo, Sky and BT.

Matt is a Certified EU GDPR Practitioner

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Umesh Parekh

Global Head of Technology, Education Development Trust

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For the last 10 years Umesh has been a senior technology leader within the Not-for-Profit (NFP) sector. He was an early adopter of cloud, moving his first NFP organisation into MS Office 365 and a private cloud environment.

He has been a strong advocate of remote working, his dissertation for his MBA was on ‘Cross Cultural and Virtual working’, which he completed during his time with Unilever.

Now working in the Education sector, for a global organisation he has had first-hand experience of how the pandemic has affected working practices around the world. In addition to this he has seen how schools and educators have had to respond to providing remote learning.

Umesh has not met any of his colleagues in person for over a year and often wonders if he is plugged into the Matrix.

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Tom Wright

Executive Director, Incisive Works

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Tom has had a 20 year career in IT media, for most of that time working in senior management as a publisher with responsibility for large editorial teams. Tom launched Computing’s conference series and set up Computing’s research arm in 2011, with the aim of providing analyst-grade insight into IT trends to help professionals separate market fact from marketing fiction and so make better strategy decisions.

More recently Tom has headed up the Incisive Works business unit at Incisive, and as a Consulting Editor on Computing he’s written and published numerous research studies from cybersecurity to digital transformation.

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Sam Marshall

Enterprise Account Executive, EMEA, EnterpriseDB

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Gregory Pollard

Senior Account Director, EnterpriseDB

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Damian Coyle

Enterprise Account Executive, EMEA, EnterpriseDB

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James Maudslay

Senior Manager, Segment Marketing, Equinix

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