About this event:
The inaugural IT Leaders’ Festival is all about the experience of you and your team. Inspired by your peers , Computing has created a three-day festival that holds each individual at the core . Sit at your desk, on the sofa, or relax in the garden to settle in for one of our ‘big picture’ keynotes and browse the agenda to find the key sessions you don’t want to miss. Perhaps you’ll join an interactive workshop to trial the tech you’ve been meaning to learn about. After, you can chat with your colleagues and peers in our online networking area to discuss the challenges, concerns and transformations that COVID-19 has bought your IT department.
Join us at the first ever IT Leaders’ Festival on 20th – 22nd October from the comfort of your own home (we heard the coffee was better there!) Built by IT Leaders, for IT Leaders . Through a range of keynotes, case studies, panel discussions, workshops and much more it’s a fantastic opportunity to collaborate, network and resolve your IT challenges with your peers.
Editorial Director, Computing and DeltaView Bio
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.
Founder, Digital Readiness InstituteView Bio
Ade McCormack is a former technologist who today is focused on helping organisations and societies thrive in the digital age.
He has worked in around forty countries across many sectors. His focus is largely on leadership. He has lectured at MIT Sloan School of Management on digital leadership and currently works with Cambridge University on their executive education programmes.
Ade is a former FT and CIO columnist, as well as having been a former CIO100 judge. He has written six books on digital matters. He is also the founder of the Digital Readiness Institute (www.dri.guide).
His work focuses around creating super-resilient organisations. In respect of public speaking, his anthropological and cognitive management perspectives are considering educational, engaging and entertaining.
SVP and Head of Innovation, Vice Media GroupView Bio
Mark Adams is the SVP and Head Innovation at Vice Media Group and has helped grow the business from a humble print magazine to a 4.5 Multi-billion dollar corporation. He is a globally respected member of the business community who has founded over 6 companies over the past 20 years from the age of 17 onwards, and is a deeply strategic thought leader on a mission to democratise digital transformation by up-skilling people and brands by introducing the system of techniques used to digitally transform the world’s most powerful companies and celebrities.
Author, The DarknetView Bio
Jamie Bartlett is the author of three books: The People Vs Tech (2018) about data and democracies (Winner of the 2019 Transmission Prize), Radicals (2017) about political outsiders and the best-selling The Dark Net (2014) about internet subcultures.
Jamie's books have been translated into 15 languages. He founded the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialised in online social movements and using machine learning to study the impact of technology on society. He is a regular commentator on national and international media outlets, and a regular writer on technology for The Spectator.
Jamie’s TED talk ‘How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream’ has been watched over 5 million times. His main topics are cyber security and privacy online, new political movements, social media research and analysis, and internet cultures.
Major General Tom Copinger-Symes
Director Military Digitisation UK, Ministry of DefenceView Bio
Major General Tom Copinger-Symes CBE commissioned into The Royal Green Jackets in 1992. His operational experience includes Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. As Commanding Officer of 5 Rifles, he deployed to Afghanistan on Op HERRICK 15. Having held a wide variety of staff appointments working across everything from enduring campaigns, UK resilience, counter terrorism and defence engagement he was selected to command 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade in 2014 before becoming the Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations) in Army HQ. In 2017 he led the Information Manoeuvre Project Team before being selected as GOC Force Troops Command. He assumed his current appointment as Director Military Digitisation in UK Joint Forces Command in August 2019.
Lead Product Owner, Department for Work and PensionsView Bio
Hayley is the Lead Product Owner in the Intelligent Automation Garage (IAG), a Digital Group function in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). A founding member of IAG, Hayley is responsible for leading the roadmap and teams, driving transformation and delivering “Intelligent Automation” technologies (such as RPA, Machines Learning and Chatbots) across the Department, running these as business critical live services. IAG’s position as an industry leader in Intelligent Automation means that Hayley and her teams are recognised as best practice experts in this area.
Prior to this role in IAG, Hayley held roles in digital project/service delivery across DWP as well as senior commercial roles in the digital space, providing commercial strategy and support to major Government and digital initiatives.
Director of Engineering, TrustpilotView Bio
Dana started her career in Software Development 9 years ago and during this time she tried different roles and assignments, as Quality Assurance Engineer, Software Analyst, Scrum Master, Head of Product Quality, Engineering Manager in areas like banking, eprocurement, trust economy. Dana loves working with teams, driving teams and individuals towards results and solving problems. A few keywords that describe her: sports, croissants, cheese, good coffee, competitive, positive.
Delta Site Editor, DeltaView Bio
Tom Allen is the Site Editor for Delta, Computing's market intelligence service, and writes for both Computing and The Inquirer. He joined Incisive Media in 2017 from the display industry, trading LCDs and quantum dots for big data and the IoT. 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.
Dr Muhannad Alomari
Head of London Al Hub, Rolls -RoyceView Bio
Dr. Muhannad Alomari is the head of the London AI Hub in Rolls-Royce. In his current role, he is leading a team of AI specialists and developers, working on introducing state of the art AI and Machine Learning algorithms into Rolls-Royce. The challenges tackled by Muhannad’s team are some of the most exciting and challenging engineering problems in the world. Utilising the state-of-the-art in artificial intelligence research to advance the engineering designs of aircraft engines and nuclear power plants; whilst, advancing the digital capabilities for Rolls-Royce.
Dr. Muhannad completed his PhD in AI & Robotics from the School of Computing, University of Leeds. His research on advancing the boundaries of Natural Language Processing capabilities for robotic agents was awarded the highly prestigious EurAI Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2017, by the European Association for Artificial Intelligence; and awarded the Research Excellence Award from the University of Leeds. Muhannad’s research interests are in Natural Language Processing and Understanding, Deep Learning, Robotics and Computer Vision. Moreover, Muhannad authored thirteen papers in the field of Machine Learning; for which he received a number of Best Paper Awards from top AI and ML conference around the world.
Global CISO, DarktraceView Bio
Mike has 10 years’ experience as operational advisor and delivery lead for a range of national security programmes in the UK government. With vast experience of consulting on tactical cyber defense, he oversees the support and training of Darktrace clients post-implementation. Prior to joining Darktrace in 2014, Mike also served as a GovCERT UK practitioner, defending against a wide range of cyber threats. Mike was also deployed as a civilian advisor to a number of active operational commands within the UK military. He holds a first-class degree in Computer Science from the University of Plymouth, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a GIAC Incident Handler.
Global Business Analysis IT Manager, British American TobaccoView Bio
Marina is a Global Business Analysis IT Manager in BAT. Her international career spans across Russia, Germany, Singapore and UK and she fluently speaks languages of those countries. Love for optimisation and structure topped up with the International Management Master’s degree and passion for art giving Marina a powerful mix for creative problem solving. Within her team she instils the idea that nothing is impossible.
In her current role Marina has championed the potentially risk-reduced products as a step-changing addition to the traditional tobacco business in BAT. Overseeing IT side of this start-up within the corporation, she was instrumental in defining the operating model and data structures, lately integrating new generation products into the overall company business, and finally launching B2C e-commerce platform as a service.
Marina is delighted to be judging the 2020 nominees for the Cloud Excellence Awards. The sky's the limit!
Chief Digital Officer, The ScoutsView Bio
Lara is CDO The Scouts, where she leads the digital transformation strategy across an organization of 165,000 volunteers in a network of 8,500 local groups, who deliver weekly Scouting to nearly half a million young people to help develop their Skills for Life. She has spent 25 years delivering digital innovation across diverse sectors. In the last ten years Lara has driven digital transformation and strategic change in the charity sector, where she is passionate about using technologies to increase the effectiveness of the charities.
Technical Specialist, LogicMonitorView Bio
Stuart has over 20 years IT industry experience, initially in hands-on engineering roles and latterly as a strategic leader of IT teams in some of the world’s best known retailers and retail business intelligence providers. His experience includes the tech transformation of catalogue-and-phone DIY retailer Screwfix Direct into the e-commerce powerhouse it is today, Ted Baker’s cloud migration and ERP modernisation programme, as well as extensive technology due diligence and acquisition led projects, in the Assurance & Compliance and Publishing markets of Australia and North America. Stuart now represents LogicMonitor, who provide the platform that has aided Stuart’s work for nearly a decade.
Head of Adobe Sign for Enterprise, AdobeView Bio
Rob Cook is responsible for one of Adobe’s fastest growing businesses, Adobe Sign, leading teams across UK & Ireland, Middle East & Africa regions. At Adobe, Rob is working with CIOs and other business leaders from some of the world’s largest organisations to realise their digital transformation needs. With strong experience in business modernisation, he’s helping enterprises react to market opportunities and constraints to deliver end-to-end digital journeys, while improving operational efficiencies. Prior to joining Adobe, Rob spent more than 10 years working with brands in the public and private sector to help them design and deliver great experiences across all customer touchpoints.
Prev. CIO, Hargreaves LansdownView Bio
David has over 25 years of Technology, Cyber and Digital experience across a variety of sectors. From RAC Motoring Services, Dimension Data to Airbus and BBC, David has steered many a technical transformation and consistently delivered.
Most recently, David spearheaded a digital transformation at the UK's FTSE100, Hargreaves Lansdown. David and his team delivered the technology which formed the backbone of the businesses and enabled huge growth. A key achievement was the launch of a technology hub in Warsaw, Poland to focus on legacy modernisation.
Recognition for his work at Hargreaves Lansdown led to many awards in the UK and Europe. The most noteworthy of these was being awarded 'UK CIO of the Year' in 2014 by Computing.
David has always had a tenacity to deliver technology change irrespective of headwinds. It was the desire to continue to drive change which led him to create Navos in early 2020.
Head of Data, Royal MailView Bio
Paul is currently Head of Data at Royal Mail and has recently been recognised by DataIQ as one of the Top 100 most influential people in data and by HotTopics.ht and Truata as one of the Global Top 100 Data Visionaries. He is passionate about helping businesses get the most from their own data and the data solutions available in the market. Paul is an advocate of the use of data for good and has worked with organisations of all sizes enabling them to understand the value data can bring to their business. Prior to this role with Royal Mail, Paul held roles in data and marketing as well as senior commercial roles and has over 20 years’ experience in these areas.
Director, Data Technology Services, London School of EconomicsView Bio
Laura Dawson is Director, Data and Technology Services at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has been a leader in the Charity and Not for Profit sector for nearly 30 years including RSPB, Save the Children UK and British Council. She is an advocate for ensuring that we get the value out of data and ensuring that technology is making a difference to our beneficiaries which is why she has been a Trustee of Charity IT Leaders. A long standing Watford FC season ticket holder, she has learnt to manage her expectations, expertly.
IT Director, The Law SocietyView Bio
After a varied career in Barclays Bank, with roles ranging from marketing to business transformation, Jane became Head of IT at RNIB where she restructured the IT function and architecture, established business partnerships and, through her new team, established corporate project management disciplines. Following her success at RNIB, Jane moved to Citizens Advice as CIO; a role that brought significant challenges, including transformation of the IT function and successful delivery of a complex Microsoft Dynamics CRM implementation. Jane then moved into a consultancy role to exercise her broad skills in change, operating models, stakeholder management and IT in the charity and public sectors. She joined the Law Society in December 2016 as IT Director, supporting a major business transformation programme, and transitioning from a shared service to establish the Law Society’s own dedicated IT team.
Director of Innovation and Transformation, London South Bank UniversityView Bio
Alex Denley is Director of Innovation and Transformation at London South Bank University. A multi award winning senior IT leader and visionary, noted for his disruptive stance and approach to transforming the way his students interact with technology. Alex has overall accountability on technology modernisation spend for one of London’s top Universities, aligning strategy with benefits realisation to achieve his goals. A member of the UK Governance Board for BETT, being a Judge for the UK Business Awards and also ranking within the accredited CIO 100.
With over 16 years of experience, he has led the technology teams for some of the most exciting visitor attractions in the UK, including the prestigious London Eye. Combined with experience in running technology programs for Barclays Investment Bank and delivering 5 star experiences within London’s thriving hospitality market. He has leveraged technology to modernise, transform and innovate; striving for world-class customer service with operational efficiencies at the forefront.
Global Field CTO & Technologist, HPE StorageView Bio
Nick Dyer is a Global Field CTO & Technologist for HPE Storage, and has spent the past 15 years architecting and deploying mission critical virtualised solutions working for companies such as IBM, Dell, EqualLogic, Xsigo Systems, and for the last 8 years with Nimble Storage. Today Nick focuses on driving awareness and adoption of HPE Nimble dHCI as well as innovative technologies like Infosight, Ezmeral Containers & HPE Cloud Volumes.
Regional Presales Manager, Veeam SoftwareView Bio
Seasoned technologist & Business leader with over 15+ years of enterprise technology, technology strategy, technology sales and leadership expertise across various sectors and industry vertices.
Chan is currently heading up the technical presales teams that includes Systems Engineers and Solutions Architects at Veeam software who are the technical brains behind every $ of Veeam sales revenue within the UK & Ireland region. He is responsible for the regional sales quota as well as all aspects of Veeam technical marketing & Sales activities as well as enabling and educating customers and channel partner community on the growing Veeam technology platform.
Director of Technology, Met OfficeView Bio
Charles Ewen is the Technology Director, CIO and SIRO at the Met Office and accountable for the technology theme. The Met Office operates an extensive observations network, one of the largest operational supercomputer platforms in the world as well as a large technology estate to enable the organisation to meet its aim to “help you make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.” Charles is an Executive Director and as such also plays a role in the longer-term vision and mission of the organisation and ensuring that relevant emerging technologies are recognised and exploited if appropriate. As a public body, the Met Office supports UK Government as well as industry and the citizen. Charles is also an active STEM ambassador as well as having a number of secondary roles advising in industry and government.
Chief Technology Officer, OntruckView Bio
Samuel ‘Samu’ Fuentes is Chief People Officer and co-founder of Ontruck. Having held the position of CTO for four years, he continues to consult on tech projects while helping deliver the best employee experience possible to Ontruck.
Samuel has over 10 years of experience leading Engineering at technology-driven companies such as Delivery Hero (IPO in 2017) and ValkFleet, a last-mile delivery company. Samuel holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and wrote his Master Thesis at RWTH Aachen University in Germany.
Group Chief Information Officer, RSA GroupView Bio
David is RSA’s Group, UK & I CIO and leads the long-term technology / transformation vision. He is responsible for transforming both the way that IT is operated and how it interfaces with the overall business. Including reshaping new ways of improving the customer experience and optimising business performance. Prior to joining RSA, David worked for a number of world leading Banking institutions in C-suite roles.
2020 FDM everywoman in Technology Woman in Technology panel judge.
David was voted Top 10 BAME (UK Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals who are driving change) leader influencing the technology sector in 2019 by the Financial Times.
2019 Finalist at the ITA Awards and British Black Business Awards in the STEM (Science, Technology, English and Maths) category.
One of the youngest Fortune 500 technology executives and FTSE 100 technology executives.
David is also a Non-Executive Director on a number of UK boards.
David is married with three children.
Director of Data, News UKView Bio
At News UK (The Times, The Sun, Wireless Group etc) Dan looks after the teams who use machine learning and data to inform and power the digital product, marketing and advertising experience of customers, build innovative tools for the newsrooms and govern the effective and ethical use of data.
Before that Dan was a data scientist / consultant working for News Corp, and got into data science and visualisation whilst working in a social media startup and the UK government as the field was becoming established. Prior to that – unaware of what to do with a degree in economics and public policy – he worked in the risk and strategy teams at Visa, helping banks in Africa and Europe manage credit card fraud and prepare for the move to cashless payments.
Global Director of Omni - Channel Retail, SodexoView Bio
Trevor Gordon is currently Global Director of Omni-Channel Retail at Sodexo (Sodexo is a Global Services company that operates in 72 countries and serves over 100 million customers a day). A strategic commercial and digital leader who consistently delivers results through innovative use of customer insight, data, and technology to drive growth and improvement in highly challenging conditions. He has extensive global experience across a wide range of sectors and high-profile brands on both client and agency side. Proven success in accelerating and facilitating change and transformation, his experience covers all aspects of digital transformation: digital marketing, digital operations, digital technology innovation. Recent focus has been on delivering top and bottom-line growth by developing new customer strategies, experiences, propositions, products, solutions, services and business models for the digital age.
Prev. IT Director Europe & Israel, BoeingView Bio
Diane Hames is an IT Director that helps organisations reduce IT costs and risks by establishing game-changing capabilities, delivering current IT services more efficiently, and building capable and future proof digital functions, whilst keeping the end-user experience at the core of delivery.
Diane was the IT Director for the IT Shared Service Centre( SSC) at Associated British Foods for ten years where she led the SSC journey from its inception and initial buildout phase, through substantial growth and challenges to create a successful, high quality, reliant and secure technical services capability.
Diane has enjoyed a career of over 32 years in IT and says she has learnt over this time that the toughest and most rewarding part of the role is people. Empowering them, letting them grow, and taking responsibility if it goes wrong.
Director of Digital Transformation, Imperial War MuseumView Bio
Nick is former Googler with more than eighteen years’ experience in the technology sector with focus on agile product development, usability, service design and digital. Nick has created products for brands such as Panasonic, Frommers, KLM, Hilton, BA, Microsoft and Google, before moving into the charity sector five years ago. Nick is currently the Director of Transformation at Imperial War Museums
Executive Product Manager, BBC Design and EngineeringView Bio
Jon Howard is a digital executive in his 14th year of developing innovative and educational digital products at the BBC - working closely with brands from Doctor Who to Radio One and CBeebies to Bitesize to bring the potential of new technologies to large audiences. Over the last three years, Jon has dedicated his attentions to the challenge of using emerging deep learning and AI tech to support children as they take their first personal steps with smartphones - delivering the ground-breaking and multi-award-winning Own It App.
Head of Delivery, Government Digital Service
(Prev) SVP International IT, 20th Century FoxView Bio
Tony is a passionate advocate of the power for technology to achieve truly transformative results when implemented with a business and user centric focus.
He has successfully built and led large, international technology teams in both the retail and media sectors. Most recently he was responsible for the International (everything outside of North America) Technology group at 20th Century Fox.
During his time at Fox, Tony oversaw digital, data and cloud transformation initiatives that equipped the International business teams to successfully evolve in a constantly changing and disrupted industry landscape.
Head of Data, UNiDAYSView Bio
Matt Large is Head of Data for UNiDAYS, the world's leading Student Affinity Network. Joining in 2018 Matt oversaw a top to bottom reprovisioning of analytic data platforms. Previously he spent 18 years building various data systems and teams for organisations such as Channel 4, Black Swan Data, BT, and several public sector organisations.
Vice President, Strategy, Architecture and Planning, BPView Bio
Diana has been with BP since 2010, firstly leading the Strategy and Architecture function for the Enterprise Systems group, and latterly for the Upstream Business. In addition, Diana led the Information and Big Data Agenda for the group 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.
Research Director, Computing and DeltaView Bio
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.
President of UK Operations, CGIView Bio
Tara McGeehan is President of CGI’s UK and Australian Operations and a member of the Group’s Executive. Previously, she was responsible for CGI’s UK Energy and Utilities business and for delivering the UK’s national Smart Metering programme. Prior to that Tara was a senior manager at National Grid, the UK’s electricity distribution network. She is passionate about diversity and encouraging young people and women to enter the technology industry.
Tara holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering with a focus on understanding the financial and practical considerations of commerce. She is a loyal and often disappointed follower of both the Yorkshire and England cricket teams.
Chief Information Officer, Business Optimisation Solutions, HSBCView Bio
Kath Moore is the Chief Information Officer, Business Optimisation Solutions, within the Wealth and Personal Banking Team in HSBC. She leads a team of around 800 designers and engineers, in 12 countries, delivering Intelligent Automation and Communication solutions to customers across the globe. She has 30 years experience in the Financial Services Industry across Technology and Operations and describes her experience as quill pen to robot. She is a passionate advocate for Diversity in Technology and an active mentor of new female talent. She feeds her “inner geek” with an active interest in the application of Artificial Intelligence to improve customer experience and is still seeking a bot that can manage wardrobe effectively.
Junior UX/UI Designer, NewsUKView Bio
Originally pursuing a career as a developer, Tom quickly pivoted to design in 2017 where he found his passion in interactive and human centric design. Before even collecting his degree form the University of Lincoln in 2019, Tom had already started work at News UK. A day in the life sees Tom working in a junior UX/UI hybrid role designing for products such as The Times & Sunday Times, The Sun and Wireless. He and the rest of the UX&D team at News UK are recently fresh from celebrating the successful launch of Times Radio, a project that saw Tom stepping up to take on his first major project as a UX designer.
Head of Engineering, Just EatView Bio
Chris is a passionate technology leader who spent his early career designing and building beautiful websites and apps. Chris’ true passion however is people, and he is focused on enabling individuals and teams to reach their full potential. Chris has been working at Just Eat since 2015, and currently leads a number of distributed technology teams as Head of Engineering.
Dr Rebecca Pope
Director of Data Science and Engineering, KPMG UKView Bio
Dr Rebecca Pope is a Clinical Neuroscientist and a Director of Data Science & Engineering at KPMG UK, who specialises in the use of artificial intelligence within healthcare. Rebecca is passionate about the successful development and deployment of predictive analytics to improve health and social care, and was invited to present her ideas at a TEDx talk ‘Pushing the Boundaries: How can Artificial Intelligence help our NHS & should we be concerned?’ . She has co-authored KPMG Thought Leadership centered on privacy, security and the reliability of genomics data ‘Driving value from genomics: Rising to the data challenge’ and on NHS data, AI and public opinion ‘The Industrial Strategy: How the UK can win the Global AI race’. Rebecca has published a number of academic research papers, written several scientific commentaries in The Times and The Guardian, and is the recipient of National awards for her research; holding an honorary post-doctorate position at University College London. Recently, she was voted as one of ‘The Most Influential Women in UK Tech’ and is currently on voluntary secondment (1d/wk) as Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Data Science Strategy Lead.
Prev. COO and Deputy CEO, Worldline UK & IView Bio
Rob has led the integration of a Digital mindset in the operational running of the UK payments business, bringing a love of emerging technologies together with transforming the ways in which we work. In previous roles as CDO for Atos in the UK, and Consulting Partner, he led Digital Transformation in international organisations whilst also publishing a series of blogs and papers on lessons from that work. In 2014-15, he helped the MCA with their Year of Digital, defining “What is Digital?”. In 2016, he was listed in the top 50 Digital Transformation influencers in the world by Onalytica. In 2018 he published a paper on Digital Society, and launched Corporate Digital Responsibility, helping organisations understand there was a wider responsibility they had in engaging all parts of society.
Over the past five years, Rob has recruited 70 apprentices into the UK business, putting in place ongoing development programmes to accelerate their progress in the business. Last year, he launched the first apprenticeship also focused on legacy technologies such as COBOL, recognising that there are still many legacy systems not yet phased out or replaced, and a wave of retirements due to happen imminently. He has also launched the first leadership apprenticeship, focused on existing employees at a turning point in their career, which he has delivered with Raise the Bar.
VP of Strategy, Logic MonitorView Bio
John Rakowski, VP of Strategy, joined LogicMonitor in December 2019. He is responsible for the alignment of LogicMonitor's go to market functions, including sales, marketing, product and customer success. John has nearly 20 years of monitoring solution experience and started off as an engineer working with monitoring products back in 2001. Prior to LogicMonitor he was at AppDynamics and before that was lead analyst for monitoring and analytics at Forrester Research.
Owner and Founder, Ridley IndustriesView Bio
Mark Ridley is an entrepreneur and technologist working with startups and corporates to ensure that technology is used creatively and effectively to support their strategy. Recognised as one of the top ten CIOs in the UK, he writes and speaks regularly about the use of technology, agile methodologies and digital working.
Mark was the technical co-founder of reed.co.uk, the largest job site in the UK, where he served as technology director during its growth from four people to over 350. At Reed, he created the internal incubator, Monday Labs, to seed new business ideas, before leaving to join Accenture to help establish their new innovation hub in Dublin.
From 2017, Mark served as Group CTO of venture builder Blenheim Chalcot, working with CEOs and CTOs across the portfolio on product and technology strategy. Now at Ridley Industries he advises executive teams, investors and company boards in industries as diverse as healthcare, education, financial services and publishing.
Director of Technology, ExpediaView Bio
Jonathan is an experienced Director of a number of teams at Expedia. A former developer who moved into a Tech Lead role over 10 years ago, he has a wide range of experience of managing a variety of teams both onshore and offshore, across a number of industries. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Management Institute and a strong advocate of employee engagement initiatives. He recently pioneered and runs the Hotels.com Engineering Leadership Program (HELP).
In his spare time he is a keen Open Water Swimmer and competes in an occasional triathlon.
Professor Huseyin Seker
Associate Dean (Research & Enterprise) School of Computing and Digital Technologies, Staffordshire UniversityView Bio
Huseyin is a research-oriented and enterprise-focused academic and manager with both academic and industry experiences in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and emerging & disruptive technologies/systems. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has been involved with a portfolio of collaborative research, enterprise and teaching/learning projects of over £20M as PI, Co-I and international researcher in collaboration with universities and companies in the UK and abroad. He was one of the founding members of the Institute of Coding and lead its activities at Northumbria University until September 2019.
He previously worked as a Reader/Assoc Professor and Director of Enterprise and Engagement for the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Northumbria University and Faculty Head of Research Operations for the Faculty of Technology at De Montfort University.
Junior Software Engineer, Covea InsuranceView Bio
Rachel is a creative junior software engineer at Covéa Insurance, from studying Computing at both college and university to getting involved with the ever-evolving Leeds tech community. Rachel supports the tech community buzz by voluntary teaching Code First Girls classes, co-hosting Leeds Frontend meetup and organising other free community events for everyone in tech and those who want to get into tech. Following this, Rachel set up her personal blog, started her public speaking journey, and stepped into her first management and mentoring role, whilst beginning to study the ILM Level 3 course in Leadership and Management at Covéa Insurance.
Interim CIO, Various
Technology Director, TravelopiaView Bio
Chris is an experienced digital and technology leader, with 15 years of experience across different industries including Telco, Retail and Travel. Despite not being able to write a line of code, Chris started his career at consultancy SapientNitro, before spending 5 years at Sainsbury's leading technology enabled change programmes across HR, Trading, Logistics and Supply Chain.
For the last 5 years, Chris has worked for Travelopia, the KKR private equity backed collection of specialist travel brands, which until 2018 was part of travel giant TUI. Chris is currently the Head of Technology for the Yachts and Le Boat businesses, with responsibility for driving an ambitious technology agenda for the largest Yacht & Boat charter companies in the world (Sunsail, The Moorings, Leopard Catamarans, Le Boat.)
Chief Technologist, HPEView Bio
Tony is a Chief Technologist at HPE with over 30 years of experience in helping clients with their information and data strategies. Tony empowers clients to develop and implement methodologies to increase efficiency and extract additional value from Information technology.
Data Science Director, CentricaView Bio
Peter Sueref is the Data Science Director for Centrica in the UK. He formed Centrica’s first Data Science function which has since become embedded across the business everywhere from HR to Customer Journeys and Field Workforce Management. Prior to heading up the Data Science team, Peter has worked in a variety of technical roles covering data architecture, big data, business intelligence and software development.
He has a BSc in Computer Science and did research in Organisational Social Networks at Cardiff University. He was a member of the Expert Panel for Digital Innovation in Wales commissioned by the Welsh Government and is a current member of the Advisory Boards for Cardiff University’s Digital Innovation Accelerator and the Welsh Contact Centre Forum’s Data Science Program.
Chief Architect, Covea Insurance DigitalView Bio
Neil has worked in IT and digital roles for 25 years, from early 90’s SGML first online internet solutions to current Head of Architecture role with Covea. He has defined and shaped strategy for Enterprise Architecture, SOA and Cloud. This included transformation approaches and innovations to establish next generation platform solutions. Neil’s specialised in a number of IT areas, with SOA being one of his key specialities.
Neil spent 15 years working on strategy and architecture for distributed computing and has worked across a variety of sectors including Banking, Insurance, HealthCare, Manufacturing, Logistics, Mobile and Government. He has also spent some time working as a consultant in America, India and Europe, and have now been at Covea for 3 years as Chief Architect.
Head of Chrome Enterprise, EMEA, GoogleView Bio
Michael Wyatt has been at Google for almost 6 years. After successfully driving Android into the Enterprise, he moved on to the head up the drive into the workplace for ChromeOS. With 30+ years of experience in IT Sales and Marketing, he has successfully brought new, and grown existing technologies from start-ups and major IT vendors such as Ingram Micro, Intellisync, Radialpoint,Spinvox, Avaya, Microsoft and Nokia. His experience spans Cloud Solutions, PC’s, Networking, Software, Apps, Mobile Devices and MiddleWare. He has successfully founded and sold 2 IT start-up companies and regularly delivers keynote presentations and participates in panel discussions across EMEA. He now runs the go to market for Chrome Enterprise across EMEA. He is also a Google Artist in Residence.
Head of Engineering Workforce Transformation, NatWestView Bio
Wincie Wong uses her background at the leading edge of creative and disruptive innovation in the banking industry to break down barriers and transform the shape and diversity of the engineering workforce. An international speaker and a digital evangelist, she is passionate about spearheading the growth of a diverse technology workforce as co-founder of the NatWest Girls Can Code network and founding member of Tech She Can, an organisation of 165+ corporates working together to increase the number of women in technology roles in the UK through education. She is also co-host of the NatWest Technically Speaking podcast series discussing current topics in the evolving world of tech. She has a background working with the UK government to tap into the huge unrealised economic potential of female entrepreneurs by making the UK one of the best countries in the world for women to start and grow a new business as recommended in the Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship. A serial entrepreneur herself, she has been featured in Season 2 of BBC’s My Million Pound Menu with host Fred Siriex for her business running Burmese supper clubs – now available on Netflix globally. In 2019, she was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential BAME Leaders in UK Tech by Inclusive Boards & the Financial Times. Having grown up in New York City, she’s spent the last 10+ years across the pond in London where she is passionate about making innovation useful for customers.
Head of Business Office, Worldwide UK&IView Bio
Amie joined Worldline as a PMO apprentice in 2014 and in 6 years she has progressed through different roles in the organisation including as PM in successfully delivering a number of high profile and strategic projects. Amie is currently working towards a Chartered Manager CMgr (MCMI) status and recently, Amie has been promoted to Head of Business Office where she’ll be leading a team of 7 providing support for the delivery organisation and driving the change to improve co-ordination between different teams within the business to achieve better on-time delivery for projects and services.
Apprenticeships are a great alternative to going straight to University and Amie has been a keen advocate for apprenticeship schemes. She led the Atos and Worldline team in the 2016 Apprentice Brathay Challenge winning two awards, ‘Highly Commended Team Leader’ and ‘Outstanding Community Project’, worked with other apprentices to promote apprenticeships to businesses and presented at schools to encourage more young people to consider this route.
Founder, LoveDay WellbeingView Bio
In 2009 having spent 10 years in the performing arts industry Hannah took nine months out to explore India. When rediscovering yoga in its birthplace, Hannah discovered meditation. After a life-enriching journey, Hannah returned to the UK to complete yoga and mindfulness teacher training and to share her newfound passion: the pursuit of its goals and the search for inner harmony both mentally and physically.
During the last 10 years of teaching yoga, Hannah has also gained training in mental health, autism and life coaching. Hannah is a Wellbeing Consultant delivering training within companies, with a focus on mindfulness and performing coaching.
Hannah has worked with the NHS, with trainee psychotherapists at Redbridge College and delivers her wellbeing courses in a variety of industries, eg, recruitment, architecture, insurance, and construction.
Founder, Keep RealView Bio
Kimberley Robinson is an award nominated mental health activist, creator and founder of Keep Real. Recently named in the UK Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise, Kimberley’s focus lies on inclusive health and wellbeing campaigns and projects in the UK; from utilising her degree in Counselling by running mental health workshops and facilitating live music events with her business Keep Real, to consulting on wellbeing projects to support further access to mental health support. With clients who have included Mind, Twitter, Sky UK, NHS Leeds, The Women’s Org and more under her belt, Kimberley lends her activism and empathic approach to a milieu of wellbeing ventures.