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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.

The conference programme for Spring 2017 is currently being researched. Please get in touch if you would like to contribute.

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If you would like to participate in the programme or recommend any speakers or topics please email Steve McCuaig or call on +1 647 409  9181
2018 / Keynotes
2018 / Keynotes
  • Opening Keynote:

    David Rowan Founding Editor-in-Chief, WIRED UK

    David Rowan is founding Editor-in-chief and now Editor-at-large of WIRED’s UK edition, and technology columnist for The [UK] Sunday Times.

    He has taken 125 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other disruptive startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen.

    His recent keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies, and recent stage interviews have ranged from to James Murdoch and David Cameron. David has been a columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Guardian.

    At WIRED he has extended the brand into conferences, apps, and a consulting business. He is co-founder of, taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world’s most extraordinary locations. And he is still searching for the future.

    As a speaker, David covers a vast array of topics, from the new rules of business in a mobile-internet age to the future of healthcare and luxury brands; from technology megatrends to creating cultures of innovation in organisations. He brings his extensive experience as a newspaper and magazine editor, and television broadcaster, to communicating complex trends in clear and accessible ways that allow wide audiences to reach that “aha” moment of understanding. A superb storyteller, his speeches have helped a wide variety businesses comprehend these changes in a way that allows them to turn them to their advantage.


2018 / Industry
2018 / Industry
  • IT is Dead, Long Live IT

    Mark Aikman, Group CIO, The North of England P&I Association Limited

    Leading CIO Mark Aikman debates the future of IT leadership. No longer the facilitator and regulator of IT, the CIO needs to be a true influencer in the business with the people skills to match. Join him in this thought-provoking presentation and debate.

    Mark is a senior technology lea...


    The State of Cyber Crime 2018

    Charlie McMurdie, Former head of Police National Cyber Crime Unit & Former Senior Cyber Crime Advisor PwC

    Participate in this session around privacy, data integrity, corporate and state sponsored espionage, as well as an overview of threats and real-life operational cases.

    The session will be led by Charlie McMurdie, former Detective Superintendent with 32 years of experience in the Metropo...


    Smart Thinking in a Digital World

    David Wilde, Former Executive Director for Place Operations and Chief Information Officer at Essex County Council

    There is no doubt that the pace and scale of technology development has reshaped the way we live, work and play and that pace will only increase. The challenge of public services is how to think beyond our institutional boundaries and embrace what digital has to offer and this session will exp...


  • The Role of Data Science in Digital Disruption

    Jim Noble, Former CIO at General Motors, AOL Time Warner, Altria Group (Philip Morris, Kraft Foods, Miller Brewing), Merrill Lynch, and General Electric (UK), Former Chief IT Strategy Officer at BP & General Motors

    Author Jim Collins famously said: “The crazy pace of change today is the slowest pace of change we will experience in our lifetimes.” Many industry sectors are being driven to transform their business models, not because they want to, but because competitors and new entrants are using data sci...


    From “GDPR project” to “GDPR in BAU”

    John Elliott, Group Data Protection Officer, EasyJet

    Most companies have run some sort of GDPR project for the last year or so. Now we’re just a few days away from GDPR applying, so as the project team dismantles what does the IT department have to do to make sure that GDPR is core to business as usual?


    Assuring the Delivery of Digital to Business

    Paul Gerrard, Author, Digital Assurance: Testing in the New Digital Age

    Digital is not an IT initiative. It is driven by business, but the response of IT is critical to Digital success. This session explores what Digital is and how the cultural shifts required in both business and IT changes how we deliver. New development technologies and methods leave traditiona...


2018 / Professional Development
2018 / Professional Development
  • Understanding the psychology of higher performing teams: what’s really going on?

    Dr Tim O’Brien, Psychologist, Performance Consultant and Author

    Every team that Tim has worked with - in business and in sport - identifies and develops its Inner Story as it is the most important lever for performance.

    In this practical session, Tim will help you to analyse the Inner Story of your team and offer advice on how to change it in order to create a culture of high performance.

    Join Tim to find out what is really going on in your team, explore the challenges that you face and identify real solutions that you can apply in your own workplace.

    Tim is a psychologist who has received awards for his pioneering work in the field of emotional and behavioral change. He has been a performance consultant to teams in a range of global businesses across a variety of sectors. He has been Club Psychologist for three English Premier League football teams including over ten years with Arsenal FC and has designed and delivered leadership programmes for companies such as Nike and Red Bull and has coached individuals from President and CEO to emerging leader level.

    Tim is Visiting Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at the world-leading UCL Institute of Education. His latest book, Inner Story, is endorsed by Sir Elton John and Arsène Wenger.


2018 / Discussion Groups
2018 / Discussion Groups
  • Discussion Group: Insourcing v Outsourcing

    Moderated by your peers

    Do you know what can be done in-house, and what is best having partners to develop? What are your strengths compared to what is best not having to think about? Do economies of scale make sense to farm out certain tasks, or are you wasting money that could be better focused elsewhere?



    Discussion Group: AI

    Moderated by your peers

    Everyone’s talking about AI being the next big shift, but will it become:

    A) the ubiquitous game-changer that permanently changes the landscape of numerous industries,

    B) another empty catch-all that the C-suite demands as ‘innovation’, or

    C) a tool that will blend into the ever...


  • Discussion Group: Cyber Threat Intelligence

    Moderated by your peers

    The best technological security measures mean nothing if you don’t know what you are protecting yourself against. This is the latest in our series of Cyber Discussion Groups, created for IT Directors, CISOs and CIOs to gain the most up-to-date information on what is going on in the world of ha...


    Discussion Group: The Impact of IT on Culture (and vice versa)

    Moderated by your peers

    The IT Department has evolved from back-office, to business partner, and now to driver of strategy and innovation. This greater influence will bleed into how people interact internally and how the company is perceived externally. But are we prepared for this? Does this change the DNA of the ...


2018 / Evening Entertainment
2018 / Evening Entertainment
  • Evening Entertainment

    Ned Boulting, Award Winning Sports Journalist, Television Presenter, Author & Generally Clever Bloke

    Ned has been an integral part of ITV’s Tour de France coverage since 2003, forging a position within the cycling world as a respected reporter, presenter and writer. Along the way Ned’s portfolio of work has expanded, annual credit includes coverage of the Tour of Britain and Vuelta a Espana. Ned is an eloquent speaker, confident host and facilitator.

    In 2017 Ned toured for the second year in a row his hugely popular Bikeology show, a one man live theatrical show about bike stuff. It was staged around the UK as a near sell-out and will return for more dates at the end of this year.


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