Back in the late 90s, Chris fell into an IT career and has stuck with it in a variety of different jobs across different sectors such as government, media, energy, insurance and investment banking. Over this time, he has worked as a Unix/Linux admin, Middleware engineer, Web Manager and now DevOps and SRE Tech Lead at esure. His claim to fame is that he once administered davidbeckham.com.
Developer Advocate lead at Cisco, managing a team of software specialist driving the adoption of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, APIs, Cloud Native and NetDevOps.
Cisco veteran, Peloton fanboy and keen cartoonist.
Gary has been with Delphix for over 4 years and is currently responsible for Enabling Channel Partners in EMEA, helping them to sell, implement and support the Delphix solution across the region. He has over 30 years experience in technology delivery, project management and sales and is passionate about delivering real business value through innovative technology. Before joining Delphix Gary worked for Oracle focused on Database and Information Security solutions and he has been responsible for delivering major projects around the world.
Nigel Kersten, Field CTO at Puppet, leads a team of engineers to build greater knowledge around how customers around the world are using Puppet to ensure the company is building pragmatic products for current and future customers. In addition, his team focuses on building out service strategies and finding new opportunities and geographies to expand Puppet’s commercial footprint. Nigel brings a worldwide perspective to the challenges some of the biggest companies on the plant have with infrastructure automation, continuous deployment, compliance and DevOps.
Nigel has served in a range of executive roles at Puppet across product and engineering over the last 9 years, and came to Puppet from the Google SRE organization, where he was responsible for one of the largest Puppet deployments in the world.
John Leonard is Group Research Director for the Enterprise Technology Group at Incisive Media. He has designed and conducted research studies and analyses covering many of the aspects of business technology that are driving the way we live and work today.
Sonya is a lifelong traveler who lived in the Middle-East, North Africa and Asia and is always looking for new challenges. She has made a career switch from International Business
Consultant in Saudi Arabia and Singapore to Full Stack Software Engineer in South Korea to Lead Security Engineer at Photobox Group. Before coming to the UK, she was based in South Korea for 6 years where she learnt Korean and worked for several Korean companies.
Sonya is a Tech Advocate and a public speaker in the UK tech scene. She is also a mentor for women in tech, a cybersecurity writer for FreeCodeCamp publications and an active member of the tech community in London.
Her motto is #GetSecure, #BeSecure & #StaySecure
Having spent 20 years in various software development and team leadership roles, Matt initially transitioned into technology leadership as a result of a request for "a little bit of assistance".
He has not looked back, and as Clearvision’s Chief Technology Officer, Matt now oversees IT, Cloud Hosting and Atlassian Support functions at Clearvision.
Gregory Ouillon is the CTO, EMEA at New Relic. In this role, he supports customers across EMEA as they adopt modern technologies and transform digitally. Greg brings extensive experience as a technology leader, turning new technology into global services, developing high-tech innovations and scaling them up into profitable businesses.
Prior to New Relic, Greg held leadership roles at SITAONAIR, SITA, Orange Business Services, and Equant. He managed product P&Ls, strategy, innovation and transformation, engineering and software development, technology and product lifecycle, service creation, and management. He has also led a major platform and portfolio transformation, re-factoring critical applications, moving to mobile, web and cloud, introducing DevOps, re-architecting operational and business support systems, upping security and compliance. A French national, Greg is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Nataliya started her career as a developer back in 2005. She experimented with different roles in tech and spent most of her career working in distributed cross-functional teams building products that customers love. Nataliya have broad experience managing teams and operations in small startups as well as coaching teams in a mature corporate environments. Currently Nataliya works as Tech Manager of Infrastructure teams at iZettle. Nataliya was one of the early adopters of Continuous Delivery and DevOps culture and believes that the best way to succeed is to build a team of passionate people who care about each other and work on shared outcomes in self-organised way.
Mark Ridley is an entrepreneur and technologist working with start-ups and corporates to ensure that technology is used creatively and effectively to support their strategy. Recognised as one of the top ten CIOs in the UK, he writes and speaks regularly about the use of technology, agile methodologies and digital working.Mark was the technical co-founder of reed.co.uk, the largest job site in the UK, where he served as technology director during its growth from four people to over 350. At Reed, he created the internal incubator, Monday Labs, to seed new business ideas, before leaving to join Accenture to help establish their new innovation hub in Dublin.From 2017, Mark served as Group CTO of venture builder Blenheim Chalcot, working with CEOs and CTOs across the portfolio on product and technology strategy. Now at Ridley Industries he advises executive teams, investors and company boards in industries as diverse as healthcare, education, financial services and publishing.
Dave Rogers is a technology and digital specialist, with leadership experience in digital delivery and transformation, user-centered service and policy design, cyber security, and technology transformation. Dave was previously Chief Technology Officer at the UK’s Ministry of Justice.
Dave currently works with private and public sector clients in the UK, US, Madagascar, Canada and Australia. Dave acts as an advisor to both executive boards and technology practitioners. He has worked in partnership with Public Digital, Automation Logic, IDEO and Boston Consulting Group.
As a member of the Government Digital Service transformation team, Dave helped found and grow the UK Ministry of Justice Digital team in 2013. Over six years, he helped transform justice in England and Wales through the delivery of technology and the application of user-centered design.
Prior to working in government, Dave worked at the BBC and The Guardian. During his time in government, he was a programme board member at both the Department for Education, and for a combined programme by House of Commons, House of Lords, National Archives and devolved Parliaments and Assemblies.
Dave is a regular writer and speaker on themes such as legacy technology, hype technology, transformation and sustainability of technology.
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Kris Saxton is Partner and Founder at Automation Logic, the UK's leading independent DevOps consultancy with a mission to build enterprises the new kind of teams and infrastructure they need to thrive in the digital economy. An acknowledged expert on all things cloud and automation, he consults with organisations looking to accelerate digital transformation.
Kris is a regular public speaker, committee member on TechUK’s Central Government Council and writer providing an experience-based perspective on the realities of implementing Cloud, DevOps and Automation.
As co-founder and director at Automation Logic for the past 10 years, Kris has led the organisations growth to 100 people and more than 60 UK client engagements.
Automation Logic are proud to have a wealth of experience in the public sector, delivering major IT transformation programmes to departments including Ministry of Justice, Home Office, HMRC and DEFRA. These projects are delivered by Consulting Engineers, many of whom have graduated Automation Logic’s unique DevOps Academy programme which was designed in-house to give STEM graduates a route to a career in technology and help to bridge the digital skills gap.
Core to the success of the business has been embedding a strong, inclusive company culture and this commitment to workplace wellbeing has been publicly recognised, with Automation Logic placing in the Great Place to Work awards in both 2018 and 2019.
Jujhar is currently Global head of DevSecOps for The Economist, spending his first year bringing them from chaos to stability and now focusing on evolving to maturity and innovation. His previous role was bringing cloud to John Lewis where they went from 100% on Prem to multiple projects on Google Cloud Kubernetes within two years.
Jujhar has been working in IT since he was 16 years old and went from desktop support, server support, DBA and software support to IT manager. Then in 2010 he changed careers and became a full time software engineer and has been cutting code ever since. He’s a passionate believer in people over technology and spends a lot of time teaching and mentoring, especially women in DevOps. He has two young children and in his spare time teaches classical Sikh music and Yoga.
With over 30 years experience in IT, Simon has worked in both Retail and Insurance enterprise IT environments, with a wide range of roles, from an on-call Programmer, through to Strategy & Architecture Manager, Service Desk Manager, Service Improvement Manager, and IT Operations Manager. In the latter, he led a 250+ team in John Lewis supporting over £5bn in annual gross sales, with over £2bn being taken through the award winning johnlewis.com website. After leading the implementation of ITIL across the John Lewis Partnership in 2010, Simon is now leading the next cultural evolution: applying a DevOps philosophy as they migrate from a monolithic ecommerce package, to a microservices architecture built upon Google Cloud Platform.
Andrew is previous DevOps Lead on the Open Banking programme at HSBC where he delivers highly available APIs for financial markets across the globe. With over 10 years of consulting for global organisations such as RB and Deutsche Bank, he is a polyglot, full stack developer with experience leading teams within cloud, on-premise and hybrid environments. He has created Security AI tools, various microservices and pipelines, numerous APIs, a personal AI assistant and more.
Aubrey Stearn, currently interim CTO of Oakham LTD, deeply believes that the DevOps movement redefines what we need to nurture and grow in our current and future engineers, actively seeks to build super awesome teams of excellent people.
Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing and The Inquirer. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Summits. During Stuart's tenure Computing has transformed from a print-reliant business to a bleeding edge multi-channel brand with an industry-leading events portfolio. Previously he spent 10 years as a programme manager in the IT industry, working for companies such as the BBC, COLT, Nortel Networks and Equant. As a journalist he has also worked for Time Out and IPC Media. He is a regular technology pundit and contributor to the BBC News Channel, as well as a published author.