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.
Katie is the 2019 winner of Women in IT’s CTO of the Year award recognising the work her team have done transforming Adstream internally into a leading player in the Adtech space optimising Cloud, Devops Practices, CI:CD and the latest Tech. She is passionate about getting the best from People and Technology to produce products which deliver real value to Businesses across Industries. Taking pride in a deep business and technical knowledge she believes leading a successful team is down to being a great role model, advocating flexibility and actively encouraging growth and development across the team. When not managing all things Tech at Adstream, Katie manages all things Family with her young children and enjoys long distance running to escape it all!
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 a 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 CTO of the Nationwide Digital Accelerator Platform, 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.