2018 CIO Summit agenda and speakers at Shangri-La Hotel in The Shard

The 2018 CIO Summit on Thursday 20 September at the Shangri-La Hotel in London will feature three CIO 100 leaders, a number of CIO 100 high-flyers and those who have defined the CIO role – CTOs, CIOs, CDOs and IT directors are invited to register to attend the gathering of business technology leaders.

CIO 100 leaders David Henderson from Global Radio, Morrisons Chief Technology Director Anna Barsby and Richard Corbridge from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will be speaking, as well as Unilever CIO Jane Moran, Trainline CTO Mark Holt, News UK CTO Christina Scott, Royal Borough of Greenwich Director of Finance Kevin Gibbs, and FSA Director of Openness, Data and Digital Julie Pierce, who will all be sharing their strategies, challenges, innovations and initiatives at the luxury five-star hotel on the 34th floor at The Shard, a venue which offers some of the best views across the capital. Andy Barrow, CTO of headline sponsors ANS Group will also be joining the speaker line-up at the ninth annual summit, alongside Adam Evans, Michael Wyatt and Simon Pamplin from partner sponsors Rackspace, Google and SilverPeak respectively.

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Hosted by CIO UK Editor Edward Qualtrough, the 2018 CIO Summit is an exclusive event for CIOs by CIOs and will include a series of CIO presentations, masterclasses, interactive Q&As, and panel discussions focusing on innovation, change management, end-to-end transformation, engaging with startups, impacting on organisational culture outside of IT, emerging technologies and digital business leadership.

The event will also include an ‘open mic’ troubleshooting session, with CIOs invited to share their challenges, and solicit advice and expertise from their exclusive group of peers.

Including a welcome breakfast and lunch, the CIO gathering will close with a networking reception and debrief to give CIO delegates a more informal platform to engage with their peers and reflect on the day’s discussions.

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CIO UK will also present an overview of its Workplace of the Future study and discuss some of the key findings in a panel moderated by Computerworld UK Editor Scott Carey.

The 2018 CIO Summit will be supported by headline sponsors ANS Group, and partner sponsors Rackspace, Google and Silver Peak.


Jane Moran, Global CIO, Unilever

As CIO for Unilever, Jane leads the global IT organisation, driving strategy, implementation and support, for the internal and external business technology applications, platforms, networks, and data centers.

A multiple CIO 100 high-flyer, Moran has over 30 years of IT experience, and joined to Unilever from Thomson Reuters where she was Group CIO. Prior to Thomson Reuters, Jane consulted for a number of years on large-scale enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management system implementations and provided IT portfolio management expertise to financial institutions. She began her technology career as a developer, building financial portfolio management and trading software applications and platforms.

David Henderson, Director of Technology & Operations, Global Radio

David Henderson is the 2018 CIO 100 leader and is responsible for technology, operations and broadcasting at Global, the music and entertainment group who run radio brands from Capital, Classic FM, LBC and Heart as well as more than 20 music festivals.

Reaching a UK audience of 29 million, David has led a digital transformation that has delivered state of the art studios and award-winning apps together with a cloud based infrastructure and an extensible data analytics platform for audience data. David has written for CIO UK on the importance of talent management, the antics of technology vendors and the need to increase opportunities for women in IT.

Anna Barsby, Chief Technology Director, Morrisons

Morrisons Chief Technology Director Anna Barsby has been focusing on the technology opportunities which provide business growth, and has been encouraging key skills and people to the supermarket retailer as part of her ambitious improvement plans.

The 2015 CIO 100 leader and her team are initiating major moves into cloud, digital and data – acutely aware of the need for the supermarket’s back-end systems and infrastructure to support its front-end, customer facing touchpoints. A new technology innovation team has been set up, with Morrisons the first of the big four supermarkets to integrate online grocery shopping with Amazon’s Alexa voice recognition personal assistant.

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. In May 2017 Christina was appointed News Corp Deputy Chief Technology Officer, maintaining her UK CTO responsibilities. 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. In 2018 Christina was ranked third in the 2018 CIO 100 which recognises the most transformative and disruptive CIOs in and from the UK.

Richard Corbridge, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for business change and benefits management in health and very much insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to technology implementation.

Corbridge was the 2017 CIO 100 leader, a former CIO Summit speaker as well as a valued guest CIO UK contributor. You can see the daily ins and outs of his work and life by following him on twitter at: @R1chardatron.

Julie Pierce, Director Openness, Data & Digital, Food Standards Agency

Julie Pierce has been Director Openness, Data and Digital since 2015. The post was established to drive for the use of modern digital approaches and technologies, taking an open approach, within the agency but also across the food system. Exploitation of Data is driving change within the Agency, but also within the global food system, whether food safety, efficiency of supply or crime. Previously Julie was the Chief Information Officer at Defra. She spent much of her career in the private sector implementing change programmes as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in financial services, pharmaceuticals, defence and central government in the UK and Europe.

Mark Holt, CTO, Trainline

Mark joined Trainline in March 2014 with a career spanning over 20 years. Mark founded Europe’s first secure eCommerce site in 1995 and since then has led innovative teams at companies such as Capital Radio, FT.com, GE Capital, Trayport and CPA Global.

Adam Evans, Director, Professional Services, Rackspace

Adam is the leader of Rackspace’s Professional Services capability in EMEA, with more than 15 years’ experience delivering complex projects and programmes in the US, UK and Europe. His core expertise is consultancy-based programme and benefits realisation management. Adam has worked as both client consultant and within vendor organisations, across cloud computing, telecommunications, the sciences and higher education. He has led Rackspace UK’s Professional Services function since 2013, dramatically growing the business through a focus on services that directly address Rackspace’s enterprise customer pain points, helping them accelerate adoption of a managed cloud model.

Simon Pamplin, Director, Technical Sales – EMEA, Silver Peak

Simon Pamplin is the EMEA Technical Sales Director for Silver Peak and a regular speaker at events on topics ranging from the latest storage technologies and server virtualization to the current shift in Data Networking towards SD-WAN. With over 20 years’ experience in enterprise IT Simon has worked for IP, SAN and hyper-convergent companies and is driven by new technology and the business benefits it can bring.

Michael Wyatt, Head of Chrome and Android Enterprise EMEA, Google

Michael Wyatt has been leading the go to market drive for Android and Chrome in the enterprise for over four years at Google. After more than 25 years of experience in IT Sales and Marketing, he has successfully brought new, and grown existing technologies from start-ups and major IT vendors such as Ingram Micro, Avaya, Microsoft and Nokia. His experience spans Cloud Solutions, PCs, Networking, Software, Apps, Mobile Devices and MiddleWare, He has successfully founded and sold two IT start-up companies and regularly delivers keynote presentations and participates in panel discussions across EMEA. He now runs the go to market for Chrome across EMEA. He is also a Google Artist in Residence.

Andy Barrow, CTO, ANS Group

As the industry witnesses the mainstream adoption of big data, cloud native application development and IoT solutions, Andy is responsible for driving the overall strategy and technical vision that enables our customers to navigate all of these new services with ease. Regarded as an industry-thought leader across the Cloud market, Andy spends most of his time working closely with customers to develop and deliver transformational solutions to help drive innovation. Andy is a regular speaker at a range of industry and sector specific events.

2018 CIO Summit agenda

All timings subject to change

8.30am – 9am
Registration and networking breakfast

9am – 9.10am
Introduction, Edward Qualtrough, CIO UK Editor

9.10am – 9.30am
Christina Scott, News UK CTO and News Corp Deputy CTO
Chief Technology Officer Christina Scott will discuss News UK’s startup lab, and the lessons learned from running the incubator and accelerator programme

9.30am – 9.50am
Jane Moran, Unilever CIO
Unilever CIO Jane Moran, who spoke to CIO UK earlier in 2018, will discuss the organisation’s move from a “project-based to a platform based” culture of working.

9.50am – 10.15am
Andy Barrow, ANS Group CTO – Dos and Don’ts of Cloud Adoption
Andy will share his practical experiences of cloud transformation projects, bust some of the common myths and reveal the steps to success.

10.15am – 10.45am
Workplace of the Future research overview and panel discussion
Computerworld UK Editor Scott Carey presents a brief overview of the key findings from CIO UK and Computerworld UK‘s Workplace of the Future research, and moderates a panel discussion covering:

  • What does the Workplace of the Future mean for your organisation?
  • What technologies will underpin the Workplace of the Future – what is the balance between technology and culture?
  • How important is initiating Workplace of the Future initiatives?
  • What is the role of the CIO, or what different roles can they play in developing and delivering Workplace of the Future programmes?

11.10am – 11.40am
Q&A with the CIO 100 leaders Richard Corbridge, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Chief Digital and Information Officer, and Global Radio’s Director of Technology & Operations David Henderson.

11.40am – 12pm
Anna Barsby, Morrisons Chief Technology Director
Chief Technology Director at Morrisons and another former CIO 100 leader, Anna Barsby, shares her personal story, and discusses authentic leadership and finding a purpose as a business technology executive.

12pm – 12.15pm
Michael Wyatt, Head of Chrome and Android Enterprise EMEA, Google – Welcome to the Age of the Cloud Worker
Spurred on by the need for insights, speed, and collaboration, Michael will discuss how a new type of worker has emerged; the Cloud Worker. Michael will suggest rethinking workforce technology in the age of insight.

12.15pm – 12.35pm
Trainline CTO Mark Holt’s CIO Principles
CIO 100 high-flyer Mark Holt, CTO at Trainline, will discuss context, politics, people, culture and more when he shares his CIO Principles.

12.35pm – 12.50pm
‘Open mic’ CIO troubleshooting consulting session
Share your challenges with an elite group of your CIO peers. Whether it’s asking for advice around a project, soliciting information on vendors in a certain space, or seeking an external opinion on a cultural, IT or change management matter – the 2018 CIO Summit is yours to source some expertise from the wisdom of the crowd. Email Edward Qualtrough to secure a spot.

2pm – 2.10pm
Introduction to afternoon sessions, Edward Qualtrough, CIO UK Editor

2.10pm – 2.25pm
Adam Evans, Rackspace Director of Professional Services

2.25pm – 3pm
Putting data at the heart of the organisation – panel discussion
Julie Pierce, FSA Director of Openness, Digital and Data
Kevin Gibbs, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Director of Finance

To be confirmed

3pm – 3.15pm
Simon Pamplin, Silver Peak EMEA Director of Technical Sales

3.15pm – 3.45pm
To be confirmed

3.45pm – 3.50pm
Round-up and close

3.50pm – 5pm
Networking drinks reception


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