Think London 2018

Where Technology Meets Humanity

14th November 2018
The Old Truman Brewery


Dr Parashkev Nachev

Senior Clinical Research Associate at the Institute of Neurology at University College London Hospital

Parashkev Nachev is a Wellcome-funded senior clinical research fellow at the UCL Institute of Neurology and an honorary consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. His High-Dimensional Neurology Group is devoted to developing models of neurological disease complex enough to be sharply individuating, enabling closely tailored care and deeper insights into the polymorphisms of disease causation. Focused on acute neurological conditions of large-scale population impact, the group seeks to create hospital-embedded high-dimensional systems with clinical, operational and scientific applications.

Nigel Sylvester

Director of Deloitte’s Global Maximo CoE

Nigel is a highly experienced and successful IT professional with over 30 years experience, including senior roles with IBM South Africa, ICL, Fujitsu Services and Deloitte.

Nigel joined Deloitte with the acquisition of Irish consultancy System Dynamics in August 2015.During his eight years as a member of the System Dynamics leadership team, Nigel led the expansion of that business into the UK, and into the IBM Maximo market.

Since joining Deloitte, Nigel has been responsible for building the Deloitte Maximo practice internationally, which culminated in the formal recognition of the Deloitte Maximo CoE, based in Dublin, in May 2016.

Nigel has led Maximo projects across the globe, in a wide range of industries including Oil and Gas, Energy generation and transmission, rail transportation, Roads and Tunnel infrastructure, Facilities management, Nuclear energy, and in Life Science and hospitals.

Nigel is a regular speaker at international Deloitte and IBM events, where he is renowned for his visionary perspectives on asset management and Maximo.

Mark Hall

Group IT Director, Legal & General

Mark is the Group IT Director for Legal and General, building a new IT strategy for the Group focused on accelerating the benefits of technology. Mark joined in June 2018 from Aviva where he was the Global IT Operations Director, delivering IT services across 16 countries and leading some of their largest IT transformation projects. Prior to this, Mark was Chief Information Officer for HM Revenue and Customs, leading the IT and Digital services that underpin the annual collection of £500 billion of revenue and protect the U.K. border. His earlier career was spent in IT leadership roles for international and regional utility companies, including EON AG and Severn Trent.

Mark is both a Chartered IT and HR professional and with a significant contribution to IT best practice over a number of years has been recognised by several leading IT industry awards.

Tosca Colangeli

General Manager, Global Technology Services, IBM UK & Ireland

Tosca Colangeli is a motivational and passionate leader with over 20 years of experience across a number of executive and leadership roles in Europe and Globally. During her long career at IBM she has led large teams delivering complex infrastructure transformation programmes for multiple clients across various industries operating at CEO level.

She has primarily worked in market facing roles which have included VP Systems and Technology Group, VP Services Industry, Industry Executive Consumer Products & Travel & Transport, VP Business Continuity & Resilience, Sales Director Server & Storage Technology Services.

Tosca is currently the General Manager of Global Technology Services for the UK & Ireland, she has overall responsibility for the Strategic Direction and day-to-day operations. The Global Technology Services business works to design, build and run the foundational systems and services that our Clients rely on to deliver business value, the backbone of the world’s economies.

Familiar with complex infrastructure transformation programmes for multiple clients across varying industries and regions, Tosca never loses sight of the people that drive change. A passionate supporter of Diversity and Inclusion, Tosca is the Executive Sponsor for IBM’s LGBT+ Ally Program in the UK, and supports the Women in Technology group and IBM Graduates, Apprentices & Future Leaders. Ask any of the many employees Tosca mentors, and they’ll speak highly of the encouragement she gives them to exceed their expectations, and her infectious enthusiasm for both leadership development and technology, just some of the topics Tosca is often heard talking about at various industry events.

Tosca has two children and enjoys walking through the vineyards of Tuscany in her native country of Italy.

Peter Andrews

Offerings Manager, IBM Europe, Hybrid Cloud Managed Services

Peter is the European Offerings leader for a range of services within IBM Global Technology Services. He is responsible for successful deployment of new service offerings in each market across Europe and has an end-to-end interest in each of his services from Pre-sales through to Delivery. Across a 33 year career in IBM Peter has had a variety of roles including Programmer, Systems Engineer, Complex deal pricing and Product Management.

Paul Smith

Meteorologist, The Weather Company

Paul is a weather engineer working for The Weather Company. He is a seasoned data scientist who has a keen interest in applying weather data to sports scenarios and business operations with the power of Watson, AI, and machine learning techniques.

Gary Ridley

Deputy Chief Officer, Durham Police

Gary Ridley was born in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear. He spent the majority of his career in Local Government from 1985 to 2009. He has worked in three Local Authorities in the North East. During that time he undertook two accountancy qualifications and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public and Accountancy.

In 2008 he was appointed Acting Chief Executive of a Local Authority where he played a key role in leading the Council to achieve an “excellent” rating as part of the then Comprehensive Performance Assessment external inspection process.

He joined Durham Constabulary in January 2009 as Assistant Chief Officer with responsibility for finance, ICT, HR, estates/fleet and business support. He achieved a Masters degree in Business Administration in 2010. He also contributes to a number of regional and national workstreams.

Gary received an OBE this year for services to Local and National Policing in the 2018 New Years Honours List.

Robbie Williams

Senior Customer Planning Manager, News UK

Robbie Williams is an experienced CRM marketing professional, currently leading the Sun's Campaign Management team. The team plans and delivers of all customer communications across the entire marketing programme and customer propositions.

He has spent much of the last 20 years working in CRM and marketing communications helping brands including News UK, BskyB, Carnival Cruises, Chelsea FC, Manchester United, Last Minute.Com, LV= and Rank Entertainment develop data driven CRM strategies and programmes.

Greg Cross

Chief Business Officer, Soul Machines

Greg is one of the original tech nomads, who has spent his career travelling to and living in every major tech market in the world. He now lives in New Zealand but creates businesses that compete on the international stage. Most recently PowerbyProxi a company he co-founded was sold to Apple in 2017.

In 2016 Greg teamed up with Dr Mark Sagar to create Soul Machines to focus on humanizing Artificial Intelligence and exploring the future of human machine cooperation. With global corporations like AutoDesk, Mercedes Benz and Royal Bank of Scotland as early customers Soul Machines is re-imagining what is possible in the delivery and underlying economics of highly personalized customer experiences and specialized knowledge.Greg is also the Sir John Logan Campbell Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School.

Bernard Marr

Author, Speaker, Futurist, Business Advisor

Bernard Marr is an internationally best-selling author, popular keynote speaker, futurist, and a strategic business & technology advisor to governments and companies. He helps organisations improve their business performance, use data more intelligently, and understand the implications of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, blockchains, and the Internet of Things.

LinkedIn has ranked Bernard as one of the world’s top 5 business influencers. He is a frequent contributor to the World Economic Forum and writes a regular column for Forbes. Every day Bernard actively engages his 1.5 million social media followers and shares content that reaches millions of readers.

Stephen Wray

Director Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte

Stephen Leads Cyber Innovation for Deloitte UK. He also leads Deloitte’s Security Architecture capability and teams. A certified cyber security professional he has 20 years’ experience of founding and scaling cyber start-ups, including 6 years as Commercial Director of The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), at Queen’s University Belfast. Current additional roles include Non-exec Director Catalyst Inc and Executive Board member of LORCA – The London Office of Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement.

Wendy Devolder

Founder of Skills Matter

Wendy Devolder is the founder of Skills Matter, the continuous learning platform, where technology innovators and adopters come together to learn and share skills and ideas that power tech driven businesses. Tech adopters join to learn and share experience, discover the latest technologies, explore engineering challenges and evolve ideas with peers and with the world’s top experts. Tech creators join to share their innovation and experience with a uniquely influential, experienced and diverse community of early adopters and practitioners.

Terry Cordiero

Head of Product Management, Applied Science and Intelligent Products, Group Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group

Terry is currently Head of Product Management, Applied Science and Intelligent Products for Group Transformation at Lloyds Bank and leads the development of the Group’s Cognitive Platform. He is passionate about Digital, Product Management, Innovation and Design with over 20 years Product Management experience in designing and building products and mobilising product teams in telecoms, government and banking sectors.

Terry is a regular conference speaker on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Product Management and Customer Experience. He is fuelled by the belief that the right combination of insight, technology and customer experience can really change the way we go about our daily lives and is excited by developing ground breaking solutions that will influence the way we behave and interact now and in the future.

Richard Stockley

Blockchain Leader for IBM UK & Ireland

Richard Stockley is the Head of Blockchain for IBM UKI. He has sales responsibility for all blockchain services and software in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Richard has extensive experience in Management, Marketing and Business Process. Prior to IBM he owned and operated a digital publisher in Vietnam. He has an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Phil McDermott

Head of Business Continuity, London Metal Exchange

Phil has been in the Business Continuity industry since the early noughties, initially with technical roles supporting disaster recovery testing and data centre switchovers, through the early days of BS25999 and the evolution into ISO22301 as a BC consultant, and is now the Head of Business Continuity for the London Metal Exchange Group. He is a strong supporter of the International Standard ISO22301 and believes in the benefits of applying the structure of the standard to business continuity management systems.

Phil was the BC Manager on the winning team of the CIR Magazine Business Continuity Award 2017 for “Most effective recovery of the year”. Phil has a fondness for motorcycles and is rarely happier than when he is on two wheels.

Caroline Bellamy

Chief Data Officer, Ordnance Survey

Caroline has worked in the data and information industry profession for nearly 30 years. Caroline has enjoyed a wonderful and varied career working for multiple blue-chip companies across several Industry sectors (e.g. Consultancy, Retail, Utilities, Telecommunications and Public Sector) both here in the UK and Internationally.

Caroline is a passionate advocate of the “data profession” and has worked relentlessly to spotlight the importance and value of data capabilities. Caroline is also focused on promoting diversity at all levels, especially at senior leadership and boardroom.

Most recently, Caroline was (for 4 years) living and working in Germany, as Director of Business Intelligence, Central Analytics and Big Data for Vodafone Germany, the largest Vodafone operating company (in revenue). In this role she was responsible for defining their Analytics, BI and Big Data strategy and led the successful execution of major transformation programs to deliver commercial advantage. Caroline was also responsible for driving all the “data” aspects of the Acquisition & Integration of Kabel Deutschland ~£3bn M&A deal.

Caroline joined OS in June 2017 from Vodafone Germany. One of Caroline's key responsibilities at OS is to be the champion of data at Board level, making sure OS data is treated as the incredible strategic asset that it is. Caroline is passionate about collaboration and driving national economic and citizen value and benefits from the increased opportunities made possible through unlocking the power of Great Britain’s spatial data - “everything happens somewhere”.

Andrew McLean

Compare The Cloud

Andrew is Managing Director for Disruptive LIVE (a Compare the Cloud brand) - an online platform covering cloud computing, fintech, artificial intelligence, IoT and a wide range of technology topics. Disruptive Live have produced shows and content for a wide range of companies including IBM, Fujitsu, Dell EMC, Tech Data and have featured the likes of Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Deliveroo. Andrew is also producer of Pride in London Live which includes coverage of LGBT in the UK technology sector.

Alan Marquard

Chief Strategy and Development Officer, CLS

After playing a leading role in formulating CLS’s corporate strategy and having executive responsibility for the Compression business, Alan was appointed Chief Strategy and Development Officer in November 2015, with responsibility for corporate strategy and planning, product strategy and management, relationship management and Asia. Alan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CLS Aggregation Services in December 2015. Before joining CLS, Alan spent three years at Barclays as Managing Director, General Counsel of Absa Capital, the Barclays subsidiary responsible for Barclays’ Corporate and Investment Banking in Africa, and Absa Wealth. Prior to Absa Capital, Alan held several senior roles at Dresdner Kleinwort, including ultimately Global Head of the Transaction Legal Team. In addition, Alan previously worked in legal roles at Lehman Brothers International Europe, Clifford Chance, London, and in private practice in South Africa.

James Monaghan

Vice President Product, Evernym

James has spent his whole career in product and technology leadership roles at successful startups. He is currently VP Product at Evernym, the company which created the Sovrin identity network, where his team is building the tools to create delightful and privacy-enhancing connections between individuals and institutions using self-sovereign identity. Previously James ran the carrier products division at mobile identity pioneer TeleSign and created one of the first mobile commerce platforms at messaging and payments provider MX Telecom. He has been on both sides of successful acquisitions and lived on both sides of the Atlantic. James holds a MEng from Cambridge University, certifications in agile product management and privacy technology, and a half-decent marathon time.

Malcolm Norman

CISO, Wood

Malcolm Norman has been the Wood CISO since 2017 and is an accomplished Executive leader with substantial logical and physical security experience within the public and private sectors.

Malcolm has a military background, having served in the British Army for 20 years and has built and led converged, global corporate security organisations in several FTSE 150 Companies.

Magdalena Krön

Head of Rise London / FinTech platform lead

Magdalena Krön, Head of Rise London / FinTech platform lead. At Rise, Magdalena is building a community of the most transformative technologies in financial services today. Rise house over 50 FinTech companies and in her role Magdalena helps entrepreneurs connect their business with opportunities at Barclays and with Barclays corporate clients. At the Women in FinTech Awards 2018 Magdalena was recognised as ‘FinTech Champion of the Year’ and ‘Finance Rising Star of the Year’. As a great advocate for improving gender diversity in tech she is also the co-founder of the Geek Girl Meetup community in the UK and has repeatedly been featured on Computer Weekly’s shortlist of ‘UK’s most influential women in IT’. After finishing a MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL, Magdalena co-founded a company building a flexible workforce application for retail chains. She then joined Capital Enterprise where she built and grew the service Capital List, helping early stage businesses raise capital to grow. With Capital Enterprise she then subsequently launched the London Co-Investment Fund which, supported by the Mayor of London, was set up to work with selected co-investment partners to increase the seed round capital available in London. Follow @MyKron on Twitter.

Marie Wallace

IBM Research

Marie Wallace is Technical Strategist for IBM having spent nearly two decades building analytics technologies which today underpin such solutions as IBM Watson. In recent years Marie's primary focus has been on the analysis of human networks to deliver smarter, personalised and contextualised solutions for individuals and organisations. Marie is currently exploring ways that Blockchain can be leveraged to address the global challenges of privacy-protecting data exchange. Marie is a globally recognised thought leader, with an active social media presence and the popular blog -

Matthew Postgate

Chief Technology & Product Officer (archives), BBC

As Chief Technology & Product Officer, Matthew Postgate is responsible for the corporation's Technology & Systems.

Prior to his current role within the organisation Matthew was Controller, Research & Development. He was part of the management team that launched BBC iPlayer and was in charge of BBC mobile where he was responsible for building the corporation's world leading mobile services.

Before joining the BBC, Matthew worked as a telecommunication consultant, was the director of an internet infrastructure start-up and worked at a digital strategy agency for clients including the Royal Mail, BT, Lloyds TSB, Visa, and Qinetiq.

Owen Morris

Managing Director, Aviva Quantum

Owen is Managing Director of Aviva Quantum, Aviva’s global data science practice. He has global accountability for Data Science & Analytics across all areas and product lines and leads a team of over 600 data scientists globally. One key area of focus is driving a strategy that delivers frictionless customer experiences, products, and services. Owen was previously Managing Director of Aviva’s Quotemehappy business.

Roberto Maranca

Data Excellence Vice President, Schneider Electric

With almost 25 years of experience in the world of IT and Data, Roberto has spent most his working life with General Electric in their Capital Division, where since 2014 as Chief Data Officer for their International Unit he has been overlooking the implementation of the Data Governance and Quality frameworks, spanning from supporting risk model validation to enabling divestitures and leading their more recent Basel III data initiatives.

For the last year, he has held the role of Chief Data Officer at Lloyds Banking Group shaping and implementing a new Data Strategy and dividing his time between BCBS 239 and GDPR programmes. Finally, last July Roberto joined Schneider Electric as Data Excellence VP, in such role he will primary deal with the cultural and methodological aspects of becoming a data driven digital player.

Roberto has got a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from “Federico II” Naples University

Rory Choudhuri

Solutions Marketing Director, EMEA VMWare

Rory Choudhuri is the solutions marketing director for VMware in EMEA, responsible for defining and amplifying the benefits of the company’s infrastructure portfolio, which creates the foundation for customers to Modernise Data Centers and provides the platform for Private, Public and Hybrid Clouds.

Digital transformation is driving fundamental changes in businesses. It is the data centre that enables and empowers IT infrastructure to support these changes. Rory defines how to create the data center of the future, including how to deliver IT infrastructure and application services, mission critical applications and navigate the most successful and best path to and from the cloud.

Prior to joining VMware, Rory was the Global Services Marketing Manager for Tellabs, where he managed internal and external marketing and the promotion and training of all Tellabs’ services, with a primary focus on professional and consulting services. He also implemented a comprehensive communications programme using social networking tools to broaden the company’s service message, alongside traditional collateral.

During 10 years at 3Com, in addition to various product management and marketing roles, Rory owned, guided and managed a successful $multi-million annual reseller/user conference and established a network of Authorised Training Centres to provide classroom-based training in EMEA and LATAM.

Rory speaks two additional languages (Hindi and Bengali) and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St Xavier’s College, Calcutta University. He is also a registered PRINCE2 Practitioner and a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management.

Alexandra Willis

Head of Communications, Content & Digital, AELTC

Alexandra has achieved industry-wide recognition in her use of content and technology to transform the perceptions of a traditional brand in her role at Wimbledon, building an award-winning digital and communications strategy that is at the heart of the long-term future of the brand. Through the combination of a content-first, platform second approach, a data-led audience strategy, and placing value on consistent innovation as well as continuous evolution, Alexandra has led Wimbledon to become one of the most well-respected digital brands in sport. A WEF Young Global Shaper, in 2018 she has been named one of the Drum Digerati and one of the BIMA 100 2018.

Chris Lacey

Global Digital Director, Superdry

Chris joined Superdry in November 2010 to lead the technology implementation of the ecommerce systems. Since he joined the business, Chris has been responsible for driving ecommerce business – overseeing significant YOY growth throughout this period. As well as leading our international customer service department and being the business lead on developing the technology needed within a global digital brand. In October 2017 Chris was appointed Digital Director, responsible for Marketing, Technology, Ecommerce and the Customer, leading a digital first approach across all aspects of Superdry globally. Prior to joining Superdry, Chris worked for the Kamani Group for 10 years where he was an integral part of the launch of fashion brand start-up

Dan Jeffrey

Head of Innovation & Delivery, NHS Digital

Dan Jeffery is the Head of Innovation & Delivery at NHS Digital’s Data Security Centre where he is responsible for leading the design, sourcing, and delivery of the DSC’s programme portfolio.

The Data Security Centre delivers user-defined Data Security services to health and care, building public trust and supporting safe patient care by enabling the secure and safe use of information and assuring critical systems within the health and care sector.

The Data Security Centre is:

  • A leader in data security; the place the wider health and care system comes for advice, guidance and support
  • The trusted centre and technical authority for threat intelligence for the system and sector-wide incident management
  • The gateway to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC); distilling best practice and working with the NCSC on improving health and care’s response to cyber threat

Dan heads up the Innovation & Delivery function within the Data Security Centre. Delivering using iterative development his team work with users, industry and other key stakeholders to define, design, and commission new capabilities and enhancements to cyber security services and capabilities. These are designed to drive better cyber preparedness, security, and resiliency, while enabling enhanced patient outcomes across health & care in an ever increasingly digitised operational environment.

Dan has over eight years in the Cyber and security industry working on a variety of national and international programmes across the public and private sector. Prior to joining NHS Digital, Dan worked at a leading Technology consulting organisation where he was the lead for Security Strategy and Risk for Government Clients in the UK. This role included the development of national level Cyber Strategies, Operating Models, as well as the delivery of complex programmes and projects to a number of large diverse organisations.

Helen Dickinson

CEO of The British Retail Consortium

Helen leads the team and sets the strategic direction of the BRC. She joined in January 2013 and has been working with retailers for over 25 years. She is also a judge of the Everywoman Retail Ambassadors Programme and was previously Chair of Working Chance, a charity helping women offenders find employment between 2012 and 2016. Helen was previously UK Head of Retail at KPMG, driving and developing the retail practice and leading relationships and audits for many clients. Helen was awarded the OBE in 2016 for Services to Retail.

Iain Bethune

Technical Programme Manager, STFC Hartree Centre

Iain is a programme manager and leader of the Research Software Engineering group at the Hartree Centre. He has over 10 years experience in High Performance Computing, developing scientific software for academic research in the UK, Europe and US, and leading multi-partner collaborative software development and research projects. Since joining STFC in 2017, Iain leads the Innovation Return on Research programme – a 5 year collaboration with IBM Research, developing HPC, Data Analytics and Cognitive software tools through challenge-led projects with UK industry. Working with corporate and SME clients in the Chemistry & Materials, Life Sciences and Engineering & Manufacturing industries, STFC and IBM have developed over 150 ‘digital assets’ as part of over 20 active projects with applications such as digitising the design of household and personal care products via Computer-Aided Formulation, and optimising the energy usage of waste water treatment plants using Reinforcement Learning.

Jamie Douglas

Commercial lead for IBM Resilient in the UK and Ireland

Jamie Douglas is the commercial lead for IBM Resilient in the UK and Ireland. Prior to the IBM acquisition, Jamie was part of the founding team for Resilient Systems in Europe. Jamie has worked in the information security industry for over 12 years and has previously held commercial and business development positions at Symantec, PGP and Sophos.

Jane Pritchard

Enterprise Director, Business in the Community

Jane is Enterprise & Culture Director at Business in the Community and leads the organisation’s work on high street regeneration. Previously, Jane worked in marketing for some of the UK's leading consultancies on a number of programmes and initiatives to aid local economic regeneration.

Julian Burnett

VP & Executive Partner Retail Markets Strategy, IBM UK

Julian is a retail digital and business transformation expert ranked in the CIO Top 40 by Computing earlier this year. He is VP & Executive Partner, Retail Markets Strategy at IBM UK, a recent move from his role on the Board at House of Fraser where he was CIO and Executive Director of Supply Chain & Transformation. He designed and led the first major phase of their transformation journey to create House of Fraser's award winning multi-channel customer experience, ranked in the Leader's group in Europe by the independent IREUTop500 annual index in 2017. Julian was the first CTO of John Lewis and of Sainsbury's where in both he founded and led digital and technology transformation programmes to deliver step changes in customer experience, operational efficiency and profitability performance. He is an advisor to the UK fashion retail industry on digital supply chain strategies through his role on the GS1 Apparel Board and advises Business Disability International upon the role of technology in enhancing the opportunities and experiences of disabled customers and colleagues in the work place.

Mark Gildersleeve

Deputy Chief Officer, Durham Police

Mark Gildersleeve serves as the head of business solutions for the Watson Media and Weather group within IBM, which includes The Weather Company. Industries served include Media & Entertainment, Travel and Transportation, Energy & Utilities, Retail, FinServe, Agriculture, and Government.

For more than 25 years, Mark has overseen the B2B division of The Weather Company, playing a crucial role in helping the organization expand its breadth of services to enable more than 3,500 enterprises around the world make better decisions in the face of weather.

Mark holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colby College.

Mike Spradbery

Senior Technical Leader, IBM Security UK

Mike is IBM’s cyber security technical leader for the UKI Security business, managing diverse teams of Systems Engineers and Professional Services specialists who work with clients across all industries. During the past 20 years, Mike has worked with security, mobile, social and web/UI technologies in a variety of hands-on technical, management and business leadership roles.

Scott Mcavoy

Cloud Security Competency Lead, IBM Security UKI

Scott leads the Cloud Security team within IBM Security UKI and has worked across all cloud service providers to enable clients to run cloud workloads securely. As part of this Scott and his team have delivered ISO27001 (and other security standards) certified secure environments and UK Government accreditation in the cloud. Based on this experience Scott has been asked to deliver presentations at various industry events such as CloudSec and IBM Security Summits.

Trevor Pons

Senior Managing Consultant, IBM

He is a practical Occupational Psychologist focusing on delivering bespoke and client focused solutions for his customers. He has over 30 years experience of identifying opportunities for the design and development of new and innovative assessment systems to identify talent and leadership in a wide range of organisational contexts.

Trevor has ledlarge teams of design consultants to develop and validate new assessment simulations, exercises, psychometric tests and tools. He utilises the development of ‘task focused’ competence models in his assessment solutions and was instrumental in the early development of IBM’s Defence Cyber Aptitude Test (DCAT) for UK Ministry of Defence. This solution informed the design and recent release of the CCAT – Commercial Cyber Aptitude Test by IBM.

Phillip Webb

Associate Director of Planning and Performance, Velindre NHS Trust

Irreverent and highly cynical healthcare guy with absolutely no respect for authority developed at school over his formative years. Lots of meaningless qualifications that look really good on paper. Being consistently told by his wife and son that he is a total buffoon, keeps him grounded in some reality. Likes people…..likes animals more. Seen and, more importantly perhaps done some interesting stuff over what looks like some semblance of a career. Available for weddings, birthdays and bar mitzvahs.

Kevin Murphy

Digital Supply Chain Services Leader, Royal Bank of Scotland

Kevin Murphy looks after the Supply Chain Services Digital and PBB Innovations team at RBS. The team lead all the Procurement activities across RBS Digital Customer Propositions, including the award-winning Mobile app, Artificial Intelligence, Open Banking and several new innovative projects. Kevin has consistently driven innovation and change into the workplace in multiple industries, generating raving fans across his stakeholder base.

Matt Cadieux

Chief Information Officer, Red Bull Racing

Matt has over 25 years IT industry experience in engineering and manufacturing environments, working for both large global and medium sized companies. Matt is currently the Chief Information Officer at Red Bull Racing (RBR) where he has led the IT team since 2005. His team is responsible for developing and supporting applications and infrastructure used to design, make and race Formula 1 cars. RBR is agile and at the forefront of technical innovation. This is reflected in the highly capable IT environment that enables collaboration, efficient enterprise workflows and big data analysis.

Matt graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S in Chemical Engineering before undertaking a System Design and Management graduate programme at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He started his IT career at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) where he learned how to develop software in a structured manner. Prior to Red Bull Racing, Matt spent over 14 years at the Ford Motor Company (US) and Jaguar Land Rover (UK) where he held a number of technical and managerial roles of increasing responsibility in IT.

Angel Diaz

VP Developer Tech & Advocacy

Always on the move, Dr. Angel Diaz is IBM’s Vice President of Developer Technology, Open Source & Advocacy. His passion is to leverage technology to drive positive change. Specifically to empower developers to solve the world’s problems – smarter, faster, together – all in the open source world. Prior to this role, as IBM’s VP of Cloud Technology and Architecture, Angel and his team were responsible for the technology, architecture and strategy behind IBM’s Hybrid, open and secure cloud – empowering our clients with a new way to work.

When he’s not working to bring greater value to clients through a flexible & interoperable cloud, he’s IBM’s leader for open technology where he is spearheading an industry IT renaissance driven by open source code, community and culture. A master of the art-of- the-possible, Dr. Diaz has been the driving force behind many of the most important Cloud, Data and Mobile open technology industry movements – all focused on enabling innovation that is built on simple, practical solutions.

With a career rooted in IBM Research, building the standards upon which the web runs, and having successfully lead both business & development teams at IBM, Dr. Diaz has a unique perspective on technology’s effect on today’s opportunities.

In those rare moments of stillness, you might find Dr. Diaz vanquishing his foes across Azeroth, or forging amazing new worlds in Minecraft with his daughter.

Chris Loake

Chief Digital & Information Officer, C. Hoare & Co

Chris Loake is the Chief Digital & Information Officer at C. Hoare & Co. the oldest bank in the UK, one of the oldest in the world. He is responsible for CHC’s digital strategy, and technology delivery, and is leading them through the fourth industrial revolution that the organisation has seen in its lifetime. As a top tier private bank, flawless execution and impeccable customer service are the critical success factors for their digital transformation.

Chris has more than fifteen years of technology leadership and industry experience having held a number of senior roles across the Experian in the United Kingdom and Europe, before leading Close Brothers through the largest investment they have ever made in technology, as the CIO for their Premium and Retail finance divisions, and more recently joining C. Hoare & Co. in 2017.

Hannah Bauer

Global Leadership Development Manager, Vodafone

Following her graduation from Trinity College Dublin, Hannah moved to London in 2010. Having joined management consulting firm Hay Group, she began her career as a psychometric analyst, designing & delivering leadership & personality assessments. In 2013 she became a leadership & talent consultant, working with a range of clients in the public and private sectors. Her projects included the design & delivery of one of the largest Civil Service graduate programmes, coaching high potential leaders in a global telecoms company, designing a reward framework for a large insurance company & assessing Church of England vicars on their suitability to become bishops.

In 2017 she joined Vodafone HQ’s centre of expertise, leading learning and development for the HR function globally. In August she became the Global Leadership Development lead, responsible for Vodafone’s Leadership Development, Team Effectiveness & Coaching strategies. Hannah is passionate about creating high-performing environments that enable people can do their best work. She takes a data-led approach to all initiatives, analysing workplace behaviour to predict future patterns of work & using this to set conditions that capitalise on individual motivation to drive collective success.

Ben Park

Director of Intelligent Automation, Sopra Steria

Ben is a thought leader, evangelist and proponent of the use of digital technologies to deliver genuine business value but with the most beneficial human impact. A specialist in the use of artificial intelligence to drive next generation experiences, he helps Sopra Steria customers understand how to navigate the complex field of Intelligent Automation and select the best strategies for their business and customers.

Keith Bear

Vice President, Financial Markets, IBM

Keith is responsible globally for the strategy and development of IBM’s business in Financial Markets, a multi-billion dollar business. He works extensively with global clients on their major transformation programmes, typically on the cutting edge of shaping IBM’s solutions including Quantum technology and AI. He has also worked extensively with financial markets infrastructure firms such as CLS, LSEG and DTCC, trade finance organisations such as the We.Trade bank consortium, and leading global banks on deployment of Blockchain technologies. Keith acts as a Board Advisor to 2 blockchain Fintechs, as well as a lead mentor for 3 of the 2018 cohort in the Barclay’s Techstars Fintech accelerator.

Keith holds a First Class Degree in Physics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, an MSc in Particle Physics from University of London, and completed an IBM Master in Business Management programme at London School of Economics. He is a member of IBM’s Industry Academy and a Board Director for the Enterprise Data Management Council.

Andrew Graham

IBM Distinguished Engineer and Executive Architect

Andrew is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Executive Architect specialising in Financial Markets and Banking. Andrew typically focuses on business aligned technology, architecture and innovation and has gained in-depth experience over the last 20 years in complex systems integration, operational resilience, technology strategy, industry utilities, grid computing and more recently distributed ledger technology. He currently leading the lead architect for the we-trade trade finance service for nine banks.

Sir Chris Hoy MBE

Olympic Gold Medal Track Cyclist

Sir Chris Hoy MBE is Great Britain’s equal most successful Olympic athlete of all time, with six gold medals and one silver. Sir Chris won his last two gold medals at London 2012 and then retired from competitive cycling in 2013. Subsequently Chris has successfully made the transition into the business world with the launch of his bike range HOY Bikes.

Chris won his first Olympic gold medal in Athens 2004 in the Kilo – an event that was dropped from the programme for Beijing 2008. Chris took this in his stride and switched his focus to three other track sprint events – the Keirin, Sprint and Team Sprint. He went on to win a gold medal in all three at the Beijing Olympics, cementing his name in the history books. Following his historic hat-trick of gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, Chris was voted 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He was also awarded a Knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours list, capping an extraordinary year for the track cyclist from Edinburgh.

Chris's experiences and achievements make him an incredibly interesting speaker, and the challenges presented to him and subsequently overcome during his stellar career have fascinating parallels in many other walks of life.

Mary Nightingale

Broadcast Journalist

After studying English at London University, Mary worked for a few years as a Eurobond dealer, joining the City just as it was revolutionised by the so-called ‘Big Bang’ in 1986. She left the Square Mile to join Sir Keith Mills’ team at Airmiles, helping to launch what was then a revolutionary sales promotion concept to the British Public.

In 1990 Mary had her first taste of television, when she was invited to screen test for a popular daily programme on TV Tokyo: World Business Satellite. She got the job, and spent the next 5 years reporting the main financial news from Europe – combining her writing skills with valuable city experience. She covered many high profile stories during that time, including the toppling of Margaret Thatcher, and the release of Nelson Mandela.

In 1991 Mary expanded her TV experience on the newly launched BBC World Service Television – presenting World Business Report – a twice daily live half hour programme.

She first broadcast to a UK audience in January 1993, when for Carlton succeeded Thames Television in the London region; Initially presenting the late night bulletin on London Tonight, and then joining Alastair Stewart as main co-presenter in 1996.

During that time Mary also worked as a newsreader on BBC Radio Five Live, presented for Reuters Financial TV, reported for BBC Ski-Sunday, and fronted the ITV Rugby World Cup from South Africa – one of the first women to present such a high profile sports event.

Mary took a break from News in 1999, when she landed what was often called “the best job in television” – hosting the hugely popular ITV travel show “Wish you were Here…” . During her travels Mary crossed the Atlantic on the QE2 and Concorde, learnt to scuba dive, and herded cattle by horseback on a ranch in Arizona. She also saw more golden beaches and cruise ships than she can possibly remember!

But after 2 years globe-trotting she missed the buzz of the newsroom, and in 2000 was tempted back, joining ITN for the re-launch of the Evening News, initially with Dermot Murnaghan, then Mark Austin, and, for the past five years, with her original co-presenter and friend Alastair Stewart. The programme won three RTS Awards during that time.

Mary recently took on the mantel of sole Anchor for the programme which continues to grow audience numbers and win awards.

Mary lives in West London with her husband and two children.

Jeremy Waite

Chief Strategy Officer, IBM Watson Customer Engagement, Europe

Jeremy is Chief Strategy Officer for IBM Watson Customer Engagement (Europe). He travels around the world talking to executives about marketing and consumer trends and how IBM Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities will revolutionise the future. He has been voted the most influential person on twitter for #BigData and one of the top 10 most influential marketing professionals globally. In previous roles he was the Head of Strategy for Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Head of Social Strategy for Adobe Marketing Cloud. Jeremy is the host of The Ten Words podcast and author of three books, the most recent of which is also called TenWords, a book about 140 “characters” who changed their industry with a ten word statement. All profits from the book are raising money for the NHS to buy two incubators for their intensive care neonatal unit.

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Marie Wieck

General Manager, IBM Blockchain

In her more than 25 years with IBM, Marie has held a variety of technical and executive roles in IBM's hardware, software, and services units. She is passionate about innovation from diverse teams and driving business impact from new technologies.

In January 2017, Marie was named into her current position as general manager of Blockchain, which is poised to transform business processes and transactions. Marie is responsible for IBM’s participation in the Hyperledger project and in building an open blockchain ecosystem for developers and service providers, and to create and run enterprise blockchain networks and solutions.

Marie holds an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and a B.S. in Engineering from The Cooper Union. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Marie is on the board of the Anita Borg Institute and Charity Navigator, and co-chair of National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) Roundtable. She is the executive sponsor of IBM's Global Work/Life Initiative. In June 2015, Marie was named to the WITI Hall of Fame for her passionate support of women in technology. In 2016 Marie was recognised as a Women of Vision STEM Champion by NAFE.

Martin Borrett

IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO IBM Security Europe

Martin Borrett is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO IBM Security Europe. He advises at the most senior level in clients on policy, business, technical and architectural issues associated with security. He is Chairman of the European IBM Security Board of Advisors, member of the Royal Society's Cybersecurity Research Steering Group, represents IBM at GFCE and ECSO, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and member of the IET. Martin has a passion for sailing and has represented Great Britain; he is also a keen tennis player.

Jacqueline Davey

VP Enterprise Industry Units
IBM UK & Ireland

Jacqueline Davey was born in 1966 in London. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in English and History 1988 and a BA (Hons) Law Degree 1998

Jacqueline has worked for IBM for 29 years in a variety of roles. Her experiences are in driving sales and technical teams to achieve challenging growth objectives and in the management and development of long-term client relationships to increase revenue, profitability and customer satisfaction. Jacqueline joined IBM in 1988 initially as a secretary, and then moved to a technical role as a systems programmer, leading to subsequent roles in Marketing, Sales, Sales Management, European Operations and Business Leadership.

Jacqueline represents IBM as a member of the Board for techUK .

Her current role is VP Enterprise Industry Units, UK & Ireland, responsible for all UK & Ireland clients except 8 significant Global Integrated Account Clients. She came to this role from the position of VP of Cross Sector Sales for GBS (IBM’s consulting business) with responsibility for building and executing a cross- Industry sales model to maximize IBM Consulting services sales, accelerating progression into High Growth consulting market opportunities and ensuring leverage of the breadth of the IBM portfolio and Routes to Market.

Prior to this Jacqueline was appointed as the first VP for Cloud in UKI, ensuring that IBM in UKI captured the significant growth available across all parts of the portfolio for Cloud related activity with our customers. She took this role on return from assignment in Madrid where she held the position of VP of Sales & Transformation, Systems and Technology Group for IBM in Europe where she was responsible for driving sales execution and strategic transformation projects for IBM’s hardware business in Europe, based in Madrid. Her focus was on ensuring that coverage and route to market transformation was executed to ensure access to the emerging influencer and business partner models whilst maintaining strong market presence and high levels of customer satisfaction. In this role she delivered the creation and execution of strategic change to drive acquisition of new clients, share gain and competitive displacement.

Her earlier roles include European Competitive Strategy & Sales Leader , responsible for sales across all IBM Brands to drive share gain and new client acquisition, prior to this Jacqueline held the position of VP for the Business Partner Organisation, UK responsible for driving all IBM’s activities through Channel Partners, ISVs and Systems Integrators – serving both the Corporate and SME Marketplace delivering $980M p.a. revenues. Previous roles include : Server Technology Group Director for x86 sales across NE Europe approx $950M p.a, Industrial Sector Director (approx $380M pa) for 5 years accountable for IBM revenues, profits and customer satisfaction in major global industrial enterprises in the Region, leading a multinational team of Client Managers and Solution Specialists focused on these industries and UK and Ireland Services Sales Manager, responsible for all IT Related services sales in UK.

Jacqueline, her husband Simon and son Edward currently reside in Weybridge in Surrey having returned from a year 2 assignment in Madrid, Spain.

David Curbishley

RBS Cloud Lead & Executive IT Specialist, IBM

With over thirty-eight years of experience in the IT industry, David Curbishley has diverse experience gained from a wide range of roles. He has always focused on new and emerging technologies and generally works on delivering change through new technology in support of large-scale transformations. As an Executive IT Specialist and a Cloud Leader for IBM in the UK, he provides IBM clients with thought leadership in innovation, technology selection, architecture, and process design, with a particular focus on Cloud and Cognitive solutions and the client’s business value proposition. He is globally recognized for his leadership, insight, and ability to ensure the success of complex IT projects from a technology and business perspective. He has a track record, characterized by professionalism, breakthrough thinking and informed judgement, of diligently guiding client teams to turn critical situations into successful business outcomes.

Bill Kelleher

Chief Executive, IBM UK & Ireland

Bill Kelleher is the IBM Chief Executive in the UK and Ireland (UKI). He is responsible for IBM’s operations across the UKI and for leading the transformation to a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. As one of IBM’s largest international operations, the UKI has significant core capabilities in data and analytics, cloud, mobile, social and security – empowering clients to unlock new insights and usher in a new era of cognitive business.

Bill has more than twenty years of global leadership and industry experience having held a number of executive and leadership roles across the United Kingdom, Europe and Globally. He has primarily operated in market facing roles which have previously included strategic client leadership, Vice President – European Communications Sector, Vice President – Small & Medium Business Sector and multiple Vice President and General Manager roles across IBM's Global Services businesses.

Most recently, Bill was IBM's Global Managing Director for the Telecom, Media & Entertainment Industry. Through his position he held end-to-end responsibility for the company’s business and relationships with IBM's telecommunications, media and entertainment clients around the world.

In addition to his responsibilities, Bill is a serving member of the IBM Chairman’s global Acceleration Team and Performance Team which is responsible for shaping and developing IBM’s corporate strategy and performance. He additionally served as a foundational member of the IBM Client Experience Team from 2012 through to 2014.

Darrell Stein

Former CIO (Reckitt Benckiser and Marks and Spencer)

CIO with a stellar execution track record globally and across multiple industries. Currently advising and delivering digital transformations for Private Equity backed investments. Darrell was Global CIO at RB from 2014 to 2018, delivering a Global Consolidation in under 2 years. Before RB, Darrell was Global CIO at Marks & Spencer from 2006 – 2014 responsible for the development of Marks & Spencer’s global online platform, delivering global ERP and supply chain systems.

Prior to this, Darrell spent five years with Vodafone in a number of increasingly senior roles culminating as global director information technology, strategy and planning. He also spent five years with Ernst & Young as a programme manager and two years with Mars Inc. as business systems manager.

Mary Wallace

Senior Managing Consultant, IBM iX

Mary is a retail & consumer behaviour specialist who helps businesses to grow by asking the questions:

  • What is your brand for?
  • Who does your business serve?
  • How do you do that?
  • Why are you distinct from your competition?
  • How do you get a customer to say ‘yes’, and then do it again?

She is currently a Global Retail Subject Matter Expert at IBM. In the past 3 years her clients have included: BP; Nike; Mondelez; Marks & Spencer; Beiersdorf; RBS; Dyson; C&A; TUI; B&Q; Barclays; John Lewis; Waitrose; Desigual; Chanel; Unilever. Mary is also an industry leader at Hyper Island – the ‘Digital Harvard’ – in Manchester. Based in the UK across London, Scotland and Lancashire.

Felicity March

IBM Cyber Resilience Specialist

Felicity has spent her life immersed in technology and is passionate about ensuring companies build Resilience right into the core of their strategy and architecture. She understands the importance of Transformation into the Digital World as well as the risks of not having services available.

Felicity started her career as a hacker, and has worked for technology giants for over 25 years, in that time she has worked and advised Companies, Governments and Standards bodies on the emerging IT trends and ensuring integrity and sustainability is baked into the heart of IT.

Felicity has a wealth of expertise and experience throughout her career and her insights and perspective are refreshing. She also is an advocate of driving STEM skills in to the younger generation and is an active mentor and coach to the next generation of technologists.

Felicity lives in Winchester with her family, three dogs and not enough motorbikes.

John Sullivan

CIO, Virgin Trains

John is an experienced IT leader who focuses on where IT can improve business performance and delivering to the ideas. He is also very focused on innovation and has driven a number of new solutions in hospitality and Rail. The highlights are:

  • PizzaExpress App (global first for a solution allowing customers to pay their bill via a mobile App)
  • Delivering growth of Digital tickets from 1% to 20% in one year
  • Outlining a vision for on-board customer entertainment systems
  • Designing and delivering Automatic Delay Repay which was another rail first

He has worked at a few major retailers including HMV, Disney Store, Gondola Group and now Virgin Trains. His career started in IT many years ago as a computer operator and he has performed a number of roles within IT which have given him a broad understanding of the industry. Over the years he has seen IT change dramatically; not only with hardware / software performance but also how IT now engages with the Business. With the advances in customer facing systems and mobile technology, he believes that IT can now be a true enabler. He is also a believer that there are many options and an incredible number of ways IT can bring value, but selecting the right one which delivers most value is key.

His is a great believer in ‘looking after the staff (as we do at Virgin Trains) and they will look after the customers’. This ethic has a significant influence in the solutions that are implemented for our colleagues, ensuring that the solutions are intuitive and show the relevant information at the right time.

He now has overall responsibility for ‘change’ within Virgin Trains and believes that one of the key aspects for successful project delivery is getting the right innovation process. If you can capture the imagination of your stakeholders using your vision, you are half way to success.

Jo Pettifer

VP EMEA Marketing, Box

Jo Pettifer is Vice President of Marketing, EMEA at Box. With over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry, Jo has helped build organizations for scale across EMEA and Asia. Previously, Jo has held leadership roles in sales, operations and marketing at RSA – the Security Division of EMC, Riverbed and 3Com.

Jo holds a BA in Business Administration from DeMontfort University.

Beverley Dyke

Talent & Engagement Senior Consultant, IBM

A Senior Strategy Consultant within IBM’s Talent & Engagement practice, Bev has collaborated with a number of private and public sector clients on their enterprise wide transformation journeys.

Bev is passionate about user centric approaches to product design and delivery, including regular use of IBM’s Design Thinking and Digital Change methodologies.

She is known for her experience in organisational behaviour, using data insights to sense and respond to user activity and sentiment.

As an IBM Millennial Corps Ambassador, Bev also champions a millennial-minded perspective with senior leaders and seeks opportunities to drive change within IBM.

Andy Stanford-Clark

CTO, IBM UK and Ireland

Andy Stanford-Clark is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM in UK and Ireland. He is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor with more than 40 patents. Andy is based at IBM's Hursley Park laboratories in the UK, and has a long background in Internet of Things technologies. He has a BSc in Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in Computer Science. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Greg Davis

Partner, IBM Security

Greg is responsible for the security consulting and systems integration business for IBM UK and Ireland. Over the last few years Greg has engaged and worked with a wide set of cyber security industry players with the focused intent of delivering value to clients who are faced with modern day security challenges. Before rejoining IBM in December 2013 he spent 5 years with BAE Systems Implied Intelligence developing their Cyber Security capability.