Alison Ross - Customer Experience and Operations Director, Auto Trader

Alison is a member of the senior leadership team at Auto Trader Group plc, With 20 years’ experience in technology, Alison now shares responsibility for a cross functional team bringing together technology, operations, service and sales expertise and leads the progressive culture and environment at Auto Trader, ensuring the attraction, development and retention of a talented, engaged and diverse workforce. Alison serves as the chair of Manchester Digital, the independent trade association for digital business in the North West.

Brendan O'Rourke - Chief Information Officer, O2

Brendan is a proven Technology and Business Leader in the Digital, Communications and High Tech Industry with a highly successful track record in Digital Innovation over 28 years. Renowned for delivering business value through innovation in technology and products.

After an early career spent travelling globally implementing IT and network systems for startup mobile operators Brendan worked at Director level in PwC in the UK, Spain and Japan before being headhunted as CIO for BT Openworld to launch the first broadband and IPTV services in the UK . After 5 years at BT and 5 years working at senior levels in innovative startups he was headhunted by Telefonica as a digital leader working firstly in the UK on Online, then Globally as CIO of Telefonica Digital and for the last 4 years as CIO for O2 in the UK, a £6bn revenue telecommunications and digital brand.

Brendan is a member of a number of industry advisory boards, talks frequently on the topics of digital innovation and the role of the CIO, and serves on the CIO Board of TechPartnership focused on increasing the technology talent in the UK.

Christina Scott - CTO, News UK

Christina Scott joined News UK as Chief Technology Officer in February 2016, and is responsible for overseeing Technology and Product teams at News UK.

Christina was formerly at the Financial Times, where she held the titles of CIO, Chief Product and Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Technology for the Pearson Professional arm of parent company Pearson.

At the Financial Times, she was responsible for driving the paper’s digital transformation, using data insight to drive customer experience.

Christina has more than 20 years experience in the IT industry, having previously worked in technology teams at a number of companies including the BBC, FT and ITV Digital, where she specialised in digital transformation.

In 2016 Scott was awarded the CIO of the Year award in the Women in IT awards and previously has been highly recognised in a number of top technology and female executive rankings.

Claire Calmejane - Director of Innovation, Lloyds Banking Group

Claire is charged with harnessing digital innovations and disruptions to best suit LBG strategy. The computer engineer joined the bank in October 2012 as head of digital delivery and became head of the digital centre of excellence, innovation and partnerships in 2014, helping to devise a strategy to digitise a large corporate bank. As director of innovation, she has set up the LBG Innovation Labs a 50+ strong team focusing on de-risking the Group’s strategy, identifying fintech and tech partners and making innovation everyone’s job. Working with the HR team, she built the digital academy and the UK’s first digital graduate scheme attracting so far 40 graduates and 10 apprentices.

French-born Calmejane is one of the only female in the Fintech 40 Europe by the WSJ, a multi-awarded digital leader and a board member and mentor at Startupbootcamp FinTech, having helped to drive Lloyds’ backing of the accelerator programme. She is also the Technology champion for London as part of our Help Britain Prosper plan and a sponsor of Digital Breakthrough. Before joining the bank, she worked for Capgemini Consulting and has served as a visiting scientist at the American university MIT on how large organisation digitise.

Talk to Claire about: Fintech, New Digital Business Models, Future of work, Future trends

Daljit Bamford Director - Strategic Programs EMEA, Salesforce

Dal Bamford is the Director of Strategic Programs, EMEA at Salesforce. In her role she leads the high growth strategic initiatives across EMEA. Prior to this, she was UKI Platform Director, leading the region’s sales and strategy. Dal has worked in the technology sector for 16 years, helping companies think differently about how they apply technology to connect and engage with their customers. She is an experienced keynote speaker and holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford. She is an ally for equality in the industry and focuses on spending time mentoring talent from diverse backgrounds.

David Ivell - Chief Information Office, Prince's Trust

As the Trust’s Chief Information Officer, David is tasked at exploiting technology and innovation to transform the engagement, relationship and journey of the young people it supports. Utilising technology led transformation to achieve something extraordinary for disadvantaged young people.

With 30 years’ experience in the IT industry as CIO, CTO, Business Transformation and IT Director within organisations that include IBM, Credit Suisse, the British Film Institute, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and The Prince’s Trust

Gavin Jackson - Managing Director UK&I, Amazon Web Services

Gavin Jackson, Managing Director UK&I, Amazon Web Services

Gavin is Managing Director of Amazon Web Services in the UK & Ireland and is responsible for driving the teams and strategies that are helping customers and partners to power Britain’s digital economy, through Cloud Computing. Gavin has more than 16 years’ experience working in some of the most prominent technology companies of their time. He spent 10 years in various leadership positions at EMC, before most recently serving as EMEA Vice President and General Manager of Cloud Services at VMware. Gavin is a mentor to a number of start-up companies and an avid supporter of diversity in technology. Gavin is an alumni of Cranfield Business School and IMD School of Management, and also attended Harvard Business School, majoring on business finance.  

John Gibbs - Group CIO, Rolls-Royce

John was appointed the Group CIO for Rolls-Royce plc in February 2016 and has over 25 years’ experience of delivering IT. As the Group CIO he is responsible for ensuring that Rolls-Royce plc has the digital capability (processes, applications, data and technology) it needs to succeed. This includes the full IT lifecycle; strategy & enterprise architecture, projects, services, security, risk & compliance, and ensuring value for money. He  is also champions people development and diversity across the business.  He is a strong advocate of women in IT: 50% of his senior leadership team is female and he has encouraged the development of the Women in IT and Parenting networks.

In Rolls-Royce,  John has held a variety of roles. He was previously the Divisional CIO for Aerospace, Engineering & CHQ; the IT Chief Technology Officer –  winning the Best IT Strategy award at the national IT Awards – and IT Transformation & Programmes Director,  where he led the Energy divesture and a £300m infrastructure modernisation programmes; he was also Director of IT Operations & Infrastructure.

John has previously worked for companies including Computer Sciences Corporation, Royal Mail, and Computer Resources International in various leadership and technical roles.

Kelly Olsen - Former Chief Information Officer and Head of Corporate Programmes, NHS Property Services

Kelly Olsen is an experienced business and information technology specialist who has previously held roles as Chief Information Officer with NHS Property Services Ltd and Cushman & Wakefield Ltd amongst others. Ms Olsen has also held senior roles with Capgemini Plc, Towry Law Ltd and BAA Plc. She has extensive experience in leading complex and challenging operations and delivery transformation across all industries including financial services, public sector, airports, commercial real estate, professional services and large scale manufacturing.  Kelly has recently taken up a non-executive director role where she will also chair a newly created Information Technology Committee of the Board with a remit to review and provide strategic guidance on development of the Company’Technology programmes.

Paul Cant - Vice President of EMEA, BMC

Paul Cant, Vice President of EMEA for BMC Software is responsible for the overall success of BMC for the Enterprise Solutions organisation. Focused on driving value for BMC customers through the execution of effective customer success initiatives and implementing an effective growth business strategy, building and maintaining a world-class sales organization, driving strategic partnerships and achieving top-line revenue growth and profitability in line with corporate financial goals.

Paul brings to the role more than 23 years of experience in IT, holding senior sales and management roles at BladeLogic (prior to its acquisition by BMC), Ascential Software, PTC and Energis.

Paul joined BMC through the 2008 acquisition of BladeLogic. Since then, he has had success at every level, progressing to Area Vice President for South EMEA, and Vice President for South EMEA with responsibility for France, Italy, Iberia, the Middle East and Africa, prior to his current role.

He also brings deep experience with sales process and customer engagement, having worked on the redesign of BMC’s GTM strategy post acquisition and more recently, he led the design build and launch of BMC global account program called STAR which advances BMC’s engagement with their largest accounts through close alignment with their Digital Enterprise Management transformation projects.

Rachel Reddy - Global Head of Change – Technology, YOOX-Net-a-Porter Group

Rachel Reddy is Global Head of Change for the Technology Team at YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP (YNAP).  She is in charge of the strategy for change initiatives, focusing on continuous improvement and ways of working.

Rachel began her career as a Test Manager at Lloyds’ Technology department before moving to Betfair.com, first as a Test Manager, and quickly thereafter as an Engineering Manager. During her time at Betfair.com, Rachel built cross-functional teams of more than 100 people from the ground up across different locations, while focusing on building the reputation of the company in new markets.

Rachel joined YNAP in 2012 as Head of Testing and took on her current role of Global Head of Change for YNAP Tech in 2015. In addition to her responsibilities as Head of Change, Rachel is an active leader in YNAP’s Women in Tech community.

Rachel graduated University of Southampton with a Bachelors in History.

Tim mann - CIO, NFU Mutual

Tim MannTim Mann is the Chief Information Officer at NFU Mutual. Originally trained as a Mechanical Engineer, Tim’s first role was in a refrigeration manufacturing company in Berkshire, implementing a Manufacturing Resource Planning solution. He then moved to a software house specialising in commercial systems before joining Coopers & Lybrand, the management consultancy. Tim spent 5 years consulting on all aspects of IT to clients in the defence, retail and pharmaceutical sectors. He then joined Skandia and led the IT and Customer Services departments, with his final role running the development of the Skandia Investment Solutions Wrap platform. After a short interim role as CTO for 1St Software The Exchange, he joined NFU Mutual as their first CIO in May 2010.

Tim has two key objectives in this role:

(1) Modernise all aspects of IT and make it great (2) Put technology at the centre of the business.

Since joining he has delivered the Brilliant Basics initiative to ensure that all of NFUM systems work superbly, by replacing and upgrading the Data Centres, workplaces, server and mainframe platforms, networks and telephony as well as the core outsourcing partners within NFUM.  Tim has also developed the Changing the Game initiative in which technology will be used to change the way that NFUM does business, with automation already delivered to the Claims handling process and BillingCenter deployed for premium control.  He is now also leading NFUM’s Cyber Security programme

Ursula Morgenstern - Global Head of Business & Platform Solutions, Atos

Ursula-MorgensternUrsula Morgenstern is Global Head of Business & Platform Solutions for Atos – an international IT services company and Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games. The Business & Platform Solutions business employs 30,000 employees. Ursula is responsible for driving the strategic direction of the business and managing the operations to ensure high quality service delivery and continued business growth. Ursula is also a member of the Atos Executive Committee, which reports to the Atos main board.

Zoe Morris - Chief Operating Officer, Frank Recruitment Group

Zoe Morris serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Frank Recruitment Group and oversees Frank Recruitment Group’s ongoing business and sales operations, employee training and hiring initiatives. In this role, Zoe has played a vital role in building Frank Recruitment Group into the global, award-winning niche IT recruitment firm that it is today. Under Zoe’s leadership, the Frank Recruitment Group has consistently achieved substantial year on year growth as well as winning many industry based awards.

Zoe studied Psychology at the University of London and has nearly 20 years of experience in the recruitment industry.  Prior to joining the Frank Recruitment Group, Zoe served as a Director in the London office of Hays plc. Her experience gained since starting in recruitment in 2000 has been wide ranging.  She started as a recruitment consultant and by 2005 had been promoted to Director.  Her experience involves setting up and building new teams, exposure to all industry sectors, operating in a variety of technical areas, working in international markets, learning and development, pitching, public speaking as well as managing global sales teams.

Zoe is passionate about the recruitment industry and also dedicates her time to causes and events which support women in business.  Zoe will be a judge at the 2018 Women in IT awards, as well as a past judge at the UK Employee Engagement awards.  Her goal at Frank Recruitment Group is to create an organisation that is the go to recruitment firm for candidates and clients and that offers employees the very best careers in the market.

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