The IT Directors' Forum
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This conference programme aims to give senior IT professionals access to new ideas, solutions and innovations to help take their departments and companies forward. The agenda is pitched at a high level and we endeavour to present new case studies and new thinkers on the programme each year.

Keynote and seminar sessions give a high-level view of the IT industry, offering predictions and insights to help delegates form their future IT strategies. The interactive workshops and discussion groups complement the larger sessions by drilling down into specific issues, allowing delegates to share their collective experiences and to learn how their peers are dealing with similar situations.

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2016 / Keynotes
2016 / Keynotes
  • The ‘Brexit’ Referendum – do we really need Europe to do business?

    Dan Hannan, Conservative MEP for South East England

    Current best estimates for the forthcoming EU referendum point to the summer of 2016 and, consequently, there will be much to debate by the time our business forum takes place. Can we hang onto the benefits of union with Europe and at the same time exempt ourselves from its integrationist ambitions? Can we leave and have the best of both worlds?

    In or out – What will the future hold? What are the economic, business and regulatory implications for business at home, within Europe and the rest of the globe. Join Daniel Hannan, British politician, journalist and long time MEP to discuss the consequences …. either way!


  • The world economy in 2017

    David McWilliams, Economist, Broadcaster and Best Selling Author

    What lies ahead in international economics? Will the Chinese economy continue to contract or regain its upward trajectory? Will US interest rates rise? Will the EU’s sluggish economy, riddled with inconsistencies and excessive regulation, break into even a trot? And what of the Brexit question? Will the price of oil stabilise and what are the likely repercussions of the latest turmoil in the Middle East?

    Deciphering the uncertainty is what global economist and much published David McWilliams does best. Professor, practitioner and keenly sought after speaker the world over, David’s unique insights provide companies with essential guidance in an increasingly unsteady and unpredictable world.

    David is an economist, journalist, best-selling author and award-winning documentary maker who has recently been voted the “most influential economist in Britain and Ireland and the most influential Twitter user in Ireland”.


  • You too can save the space station!

    Dr Michael Foale CBE : Astronaut, Scientist, Inventor

    NASA’s former record breaking astronaut will describe his journey from being born in rural Lincolnshire to becoming the man who saved the Mir space station following the only collision in space. He will give practical insights into being selected for and shaping high performance teams, maintaining leadership and team work under pressure and innovation under extreme and unique danger and high profile pressure. In short he will describe how to be a leader when things have gone completely wrong.

    Mike will also draw on his experiences as Chief of the Astronaut Expedition Corps, Assistant Director of the Johnson Space Centre, and Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters. He will give perceptions form his extensive international and cross-cultural high level work, especially with the Russians. He will cite specific programmes he developed at NASA to help both sides over-come bias and integrate US astronauts and Russian cosmonauts into teams capable of meeting some of the world’s most complex challenges. In summary he will share developing best behaviours as a leader, a team member and as an individual together with working and planning at the edge of human experience to manage risk and ensure high quality outcomes and innovations.

    Michael Foale, CBE, PhD is a British-American astrophysicist and former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of six Space Shuttle missions and extended missions on both Mir and the International Space Station. He was the first Briton to perform a space walk, and until 17 April 2008, he held the record for most time spent in space by a US citizen: 374 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes. He still holds the cumulative-time-in-space record for a UK citizen.

    Mike has been into space on 6 missions and was Commander of the International Space Station (ISS), bringing the Hubble Space Telescope back to life and having a major role in saving the Russian ‘Mir’ Space Station, following the only collision in outer space when, during Mir 23, the station was struck by a Progress resupply vessel. Mike has experience of multi-million dollar contracts and working with International partners including governments, businesses and former adversaries.


2016 / Industry
2016 / Industry
  • Sandwich Toasters And Electric Knives: How do we deal with risk and redundancy in the internet of things?

    Neil King, European Business & Information Security, Canon

    It seems like every time we look at the media there is a new article about how seemingly innocuous items are now being enabled to connect to the Internet of Things. Seemingly as frequent are the scare stories that tell of security flaws that allow the IoT to intrude into our lives in ways that...


    The IT nightmare no one is talking about: BIM Legislation and those “rogue” IT systems outside your control impacting your network

    Kim van Rooyen, Director Technology - Head of Service, Turner & Townsend project management

    The construction market is currently going through Digital transformation. Recent UK legislation ( 4th April 2016 ) has further fuelled this transformation by mandating the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) on all government construction jobs which has started to spill into the priva...


  • Creating the Digital Organisation

    John Morton, Business and Technology Advisor

    For most who read about digital business, or digitising the organisation, it appears customer experience and better websites are the answer. Less so seeking to understand the new digital market, your customers, partners and relationships. Business today is besieged by the challenges to be d...


2016 / Discussion Groups
2016 / Discussion Groups
  • Realistic Disruption

    To be moderated by your peers

    The hype suggests change and transformation, glory through shaking things up and redefining what IT can mean within an organisation. The modern IT Director is brave enough to throw everything out for a singular vision…

    But it leaves out the uneasiness and resistance from the Board, and...


    Engagement Follow-Through

    To be moderated by your peers

    You’ve championed the cause – get people on board and all levels of the organisation to contribute in driving the culture and interests. The board has bought in, and research has been done telling you what people want. What now?

    This discussion group is aimed at how to keep engagement ...


    Understanding Blockchain Tech

    To be moderated by your peers

    Widespread shared databases, or distributed ledgers, can hold immense value to an organisation. They can update and execute in real time while remaining exponentially more secure, as there it is stored on numerous databases simultaneously. It has been the underlying system of Bitcoin, and ...


  • Discussion Group: Security Update 2016

    Moderated by your peers

    As the threats evolve, so must our tactics. This straightforward discussion group will give an opportunity to participants to share concerns, highlight trends and offer potential responses to an ever-changing concern.


2016 / Professional Development
2016 / Professional Development
  • Selecting the select – approaches and strategies to recruit and manage talent

    Michael Foale CBE, astronaut, scientist, inventor

    Mike will draw on his experience of unsuccessfully applying to be an astronaut, being selected by NASA to be an astronaut and of interviewing applicants to what is possibly the most prestigious group of operatives in the world. He will discuss managing experienced astronauts, including General...


    The what and the why of leadership

    James Kerr, bestselling author, speaker and adviser

    Writer, speaker and advisor James Kerr is the first outsider to gain access inside the legendary All Blacks rugby team. His international best seller, Legacy, reveals the secrets of their extraordinary success - Champions Do Extra, they Go for the Gap, Sweep the Sheds, Play with Purpose and Le...


    The winning mindset

    Jeremy Snape, Founder, Sporting Edge

    With compelling research from psychology and neuroscience brought to life by fascinating insights from sporting champions and coaches, delegates will learn how to develop the winning mind-set by learning more about:

    • Dealing with pressure and stress.

    • Retaining emotional contro...


  • Tomorrow’s World Today: The disruptive forces shaping the world right now, and how we should respond

    Dean Van Leeuwen, Futurist, TomorrowToday Global

    We’re not just living in a time of fast-paced change, we’re actually experiencing an era shift in history. Driven by technology, globalisation, shifting social values and even demographic shifts, amongst other mega-trends, every industry and sector of society is experiencing deep structural ...


    Managing the next generation: How to get the most out of your millennial talent in a digital world

    Dean Van Leeuwen, Futurist, TomorrowToday Global

    Today’s young people have grown up in a world very different to that of older generations. Globalisation has shrunk the planet. Technology is endemic and everything is expected to be enabled by it. The Internet has revolutionised not only the way Millennials access information, but the way t...


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