SPEAKERS

Abi Mohamed
Cyber Programme Manager
Tech Nation

Biography

Abi Mohamed is the Cyber Programme Manager at Tech Nation, an organisation focused on accelerating the growth of digital businesses in London and across cities in the UK through growth programmes, digital entrepreneurship skills development and championing of the UK’s digital tech sector through data and media campaigns.  Additionally, she is the co-founder/tech lead of Community Growth Ventures, a London-based angel investment firm, investing time, capital and resources to help passionate founders from minority and underestimated backgrounds. CGV specifically works with startups at the Pre-Seed/Seed stage. 

 

Anna Brailsford
CEO
Code First Girls

Biography

Anna is the CEO of Code First Girls and a board member for the Institute of Coding. Before joining CFG Anna was the CEO and co-founder of Founders Factory incubated EdTech startup Frisbee. Prior to that, Anna was the Commercial Director of Lynda.com and LinkedIn. When LinkedIn acquired Lynda for $1.5 Billion in April 2015, she became part of the fourth-largest acquisition in social media history and subsequently contributed to the creation of LinkedIn Learning. Code First Girls is growing at light speed, and is on track to teach 20,000 women to code by the end of 2020. 

Avril Chester
Founder & CEO / CIO
Cancer Central UK / RIBA

Biography

Avril Chester is Women in IT awards Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 and Founder & CEO of Cancer Central; an award-winning artificial intelligence-based solution signposting to cancer services, products and support. Created through cominovation from over 30,000 donated hours by 200+ volunteers and 30+ organisations, Cancer Central is a community of true #Tech4Good. Avril is also Interim Executive Director for Data & Technology at the RIBA, one of the 3 Digital Amigos (podcast series) and author of ‘Taking that leap of faith’ and ‘Be with me, it’s c’.

Barbara Gottardi
MD Chief Information Officer
HSBC

Biography

Barbara is known as an accomplished Chief Information Officer and Operations Officer with 20 years’ experience in financial services and 15 years at one of the largest banking and financial services institutions in the world. As CIO for Retail Business Banking and Channels at HSBC, Barbara manages and drives a diverse global team that partners with multiple business areas to deliver transformational solutions to serve customers and colleagues. She is renowned for leading with personality and strong values and is passionate about mentoring, supporting junior talent and driving diversity in the workforce.

Breda McCague
Transformation and Motivational
Specialist

Biography

Speaker information coming soon. 

Caroline Gorski
Group Director  
R2 Data Labs – Rolls Royce plc.

Biography

Caroline Gorski is Group Director of R2 Data Labs, charged with developing the strategy and implementation of data innovation technologies and capabilities for Rolls-Royce that lead to new insights, new solutions and new business models, generating substantial value for the Group. 

Having graduated from Oxford University with an MA, Caroline has spent 25 years analysing, advising and managing strategic change at the leading edge of technology development, including as Head of IoT and Digital Manufacturing for Digital Catapult, part of the UK Government’s innovation support network. Currently, she holds NED and Board Advisory positions for CENSIS and Sensing Feeling as well as roles advising and supporting regional and national governments around the world in Digital Strategy development.

Dana Brown
Dean
Spott School of Business Canada

Biography

Dr. Dana Brown was appointed as Carleton University’s Dean of the Sprott School of Business for a five-year term commencing on July 1, 2019.
 

Dr. Brown joined Carleton University from De Montfort University in Leicester, England, where she was the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law and Pro Vice Chancellor for Enterprise. Prior to this, she was the Director of the MBA at Oxford University’s Said Business School (2013-2016), Professor of Strategic Management and Academic Director of the joint DBA with Sun Yat Sen University at EMLYON Business School in Lyon, France (2010-2013) and University Lecturer in International Business and Management Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University (2005-2010).
 

In addition to experience working in academic institutions, Dr. Brown has also worked in business and with a number of new start-ups, including Amazon.com in its early years. She has helped to establish a number of active learning initiatives for entrepreneurs, and has a particular interest in social entrepreneurship and its impact on local economic development. Dr. Brown is President of Warm Heart Worldwide, a non-profit community development organization based in Phrao, Thailand. She is also a member of the Governing Body of the Vedica Scholars Program for Women in New Delhi, India. From 2007-2019, Dana worked as an adviser and member of the Selection Committee for the Alfa Fellowship Program in Russia. She was a founding Board member of the Leicester Business Festival Community Interest Company.

 

Dr. Brown holds a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University, an M.Phil. in Russian and East European Studies from Oxford University and a PhD in Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She won a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford in 1994. Dana has trained as an Executive Coach with Meyler Campbell in London and has incorporated coaching into her role as a manager and into MBA and executive education curricula.

Fiona Daniel
CEO
FD21

Biography

Fiona is a qualified diversity and inclusion leader and D&I company award winner with over 15 years’ experience of leading and growing the global diversity & inclusion agenda for one of the largest banking and financial service organisations in the world, including leading the UK as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion.

Fiona is passionate about people and inclusion and works tirelessly for the implementation of a holistic strategic approach that underpins all aspects of people decisions in business. She is an awards judge, speaker, panelist, thought leader, mentor and career coach.

After great success at HSBC she has established her own consultancy business FD2I, focused on driving action which aspires to move from diversity to inclusion. She is also the co-founder of Inclusive CEOs a peer to peer network connecting and engaging CEOs and their C suite executives to Commit, Act and Lead on the diversity and inclusion agenda.

Fiona is a company member of the UN Women National Committee UK, chaired by Baroness Sandhip Verma.

Fred Becker
COO
Aire

Biography

With a career spanning both the UK and US, Fred initially trained as a lawyer before studying Finance at London Business School. As Chief Operating Officer at Aire, Fred oversees our Operations function with responsibility for the Finance, Legal, Compliance, Customer Success and Information Security areas of the business and serves on the board. Bringing his twenty years experience of scaling start-ups to Aire, Fred was most recently Senior Director at California-based fintech, Symphony and has also held roles at Skype, BT and eBay. An investor, adviser and board member to several early-stage companies, Fred keeps a keen eye on the technology space, both in the UK and across the Atlantic.

Georgina Owens
SVP IT Services
DAZN

Biography

Georgina Owens has held global leadership roles in large organisations across multiple sectors.  She has a reputation for tackling large scale challenges and being capable of making intelligent sense out of chaotic and poorly managed IT capabilities.   She is at home working in a fast-paced environment dealing with uncertainty, ambiguity and constant change and manages to navigate her teams through transformation to deliver simplicity, excellence and best in class at the end of the journey. 

Now SVP IT at DAZN, the sports media company who are leading the world in the battle to be the best broadcast and OTT company in sports services as well as media and content solutions unique in the digital sports market. She is an active networker and participates and contributes to many tech leadership and diversity events and she has become a sought after contributor and public speaker on transformation and technology leadership. 

Across her career, Georgina has taken leadership roles in transforming teams and tackling large-scale challenges across multiple industry sectors.  She is now taking on board level roles providing Digital Transformation advice and guidance. It is her personality, experience and independent approach that gains her the respect of company executives and allows her to facilitate in a challenging but collegiate atmosphere. She is able to influence and guide an executive team providing strategic insight with strong commercial instincts combined with an entrepreneurial mindset and all delivered with a dynamic and high energy approach.

Jacqueline de Rojas
President
TechUK

Biography

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE is the President of techUK, President of Digital Leaders, co-chair at the Institute of Coding, as well as sitting as a non-executive Director on the boards of Rightmove, Costain and FDM Group.  

As a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in all its forms, she is an adviser to the board of Accelerate-Her and to fast moving tech businesses and a business advisor mentor at Merryck. Prior to this, Jacqueline held senior executive roles at major tech companies including Sage Group, Citrix Systems, CA Technologies, Novell and McAfee International. She was previously a non-executive director at AO World and Home Retail Group. Jacqueline was awarded CBE for Services to International Trade in Technology in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2018.

Joanna Hodgson
Director – Presales
Red Hat

Biography

Joanna is a technologist at heart and is fascinated by how technology can be applied to business and social challenges. She has worked in the IT industry for 24 years, mainly in technical presales and professional services, including senior business and technical leadership roles. At Red Hat, Joanna leads a team of solution architects helping clients solve business problems with open source software.  

Joanna is passionate about the importance of good design in IT projects and promotes the use of design thinking to create user-centric solutions. She is a busy coach and mentor to many technical professionals and loves this part of her role.  

Joanna believes the IT industry must attract a more diverse workforce to deliver its full potential and actively encourages women to enter and remain in technical careers.  

Joanna is mother to a lively daughter who keeps her and her husband on their toes.  

Find Joanna on LinkedIn here.

Joanne Rewcastle
Head of International Digital and Cross-Government Engagement
DWP Digital

Biography

Joanne Rewcastle is an experienced digital engagement professional, telling the story of digital transformation in DWP Digital, part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Joanne heads strategic engagement across the digital community internally and across government, through events, social media, creative content and building collaborative partnerships across the digital sector. Building an inclusive environment is a priority.

Joanne also leads an award-winning Digital Voices programme which aims to build confidence and engagement skills for women in digital roles and support advocates who share DWP Digital’s work in their networks. 

Kim Nilsson
CEO
Pivigo

Biography

Kim has a background in science, with a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. She is the co-founder and CEO of Pivigo – the Data Science Hub. Pivigo is a data science marketplace, accelerating data innovation in organisations by connecting them to a global community of freelancing data scientists. Pivigo also runs Europe’s largest data science training programme S2DS. Kim with her team at Pivigo are excited to bring businesses and scientists together to harness the value and opportunities in data, by bridging the gap between the two fields. Since the launch of Pivigo, Kim has been named a Rising Star among the Top 100 Influencers of Big Data in the, awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the Women in IT awards and named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in IT in the UK in 2018 and 2019. Kim is passionate about data, people, and connecting the two. 

Louise Brown
Digital Adoption Lead
Heathrow Airport

Biography

Louise Brown is the Digital Adoption Lead for Heathrow Airport.  Louise is passionate about sharing how digital tools can change and transform Heathrow, collaborating and engaging with teams across the airport and raising digital fluency and skills.  She thrives on fixing problems and connecting people to each other and to technology so they can follow their passion and do their best work. Louise champions gender diversity and inclusivity at Heathrow airport specifically within Technology.  She is also keen to ensure that Technology career opportunities are accessible to everyone.

Lucy Mullins
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
StepLadder UK

Biography

Lucy is Co-Founder and COO of StepLadder, a fast-growing and award-winning company pioneering collaborative finance and revolutionising the home buying process. Through their collaborative lending circles StepLadder are supporting people to buy their first home faster, reach their financial goals, and championing financial wellbeing.

Lucy won the Female Founder award at Unbound Innovation 2019 and Innovator of the Year at the Women in IT awards 2020. She is also a trained executive coach and the Co-Founder of #RideTheWave which delivers a professional coach training programme to leaders, founders and people that want to make a difference in the world. 

Manisha Mistry
Head of Digital Culture
R2 Data Labs – Rolls Royce plc.

Biography

Manisha is a passionate technology leader of more than 15 years’ experience, in the engineering and IT services sector. Having graduated from the University of Derby with an MBA and CMI Chartered Manager status, Manisha has spent much of her working life within the IT and digital domain, advising and implementing strategic people, culture and service transformation programmes.

In her present role as the Head of Digital Culture for R2 Data Labs, Manisha is accountable for the development and delivery of a global ‘digital-First’ enablement & learning ecosystem for Rolls-Royce, which supports the application and industrialisation of digital skills across its entire workforce, supply chain and customers.

Mark Freed
CEO
E2W Ltd

Biography

Mark co-founded E2W 20 years ago to address a critical issue in the financial services sector and society – equality. I still run this business that dedicates itself to supporting the financial services careers of women and helping Banks collect the gender dividend. 

This year E2W will make a real difference to the careers and lives of over 800 women. Through the support we give them via our membership programme and by partnering with Financial Institutions who want to recruit, retain and help them flourish. 

I am doing this because I’m passionate about the economic and social benefits of gender equality. More men need to get on board with the agenda.

Mark Hill
Group CIO
Tenth Revolution Group

Biography

Tenth Revolution Group is a global cloud talent solutions firm. Tenth tackles the cloud skills gap by connecting critical talent to businesses. The group both ‘Creates’ and ‘Delivers’ talent though its talent academy Revolent and its award-winning staffing business the Frank Recruitment Group.

Mark joined as Group CIO in 2017, bringing over 25 years’ experience. A Tech Leaders Awards’ CIO of the Year nominee in 2018, Mark has led Tenth through countless digital and strategic change initiatives. He also takes a leading role in driving the firm’s Alliance strategy. Before joining Mark specialized in delivering complex mission-critical technology within FS.

Nabila Salem
President
Revolent Group

Biography

Nabila joined the Board of Tenth Revolution Group in 2020, and as President of Revolent Group is responsible for leading on the creation of talent. Nabila has accrued over 15 years of leadership experience in professional services, tech recruitment, and marketing in the UK and USA. She is passionate about creating talent and plays an active role in encouraging, supporting, and promoting diversity in the workplace. Nabila was recognised in Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 List 2019.

R. Michael Anderson
Leadership Mentor
The Technology Leadership Insider

Biography

Speaker information coming soon.

Rachel Murphy
CEO
Difrent Group

Biography

Rachel Murphy is the Chief Executive at Difrent – business change and service delivery specialists that make a real difference. 

We help organisations achieve positive, measurable outcomes by enabling them to identify strategic opportunities and delivering user-centred services. 

From getting the UK’s key workers back to the frontline following negative COVID-19 test results in just 8 days to centralising recruitment across the NHS, we enjoy solving complex problems and delivering big outcomes. 

Our team of user researchers, service designers, delivery managers and more have worked in close partnership with Government and Health organisations including NHSBSA, NHSX, Public Health England, WHO, and DHSC. 

Our services include Wardley Mapping, Rich Pictures, and remote-first change programme and service delivery. 

Visit https://difrent.co.uk/ or follow us on Twitter.

Stephanie Dillon
CEO
Inclusivity Partners

Biography

Stephanie Dillon is the Founder and CEO of Inclusivity Partners. Frustrated by the myopic view of what constitutes talent, Stephanie established Inclusivity in 2015 to shine a light on the over-looked, yet highly talented pool of career returners. Her client base has included Virgin, Amazon, Shell, and Nomura amongst many other organisations that are recognising just how much talent gets over-looked. Stephanie is also a Co-Founder of the Reignite Academy, which specialises in placing reigniting talent back into city law firms.