Director of Innovation and Transformation
London South Bank University
HarperCollins

As Head of Operations at HarperCollins Publishers, I oversee service delivery and enjoy the daily work of change, incident and problem management. My primary responsibility is the operational delivery of all business line applications and platforms, including all elements of infrastructure support. I am an experienced Senior Technology Manager with demonstrated skills in Incident Management, ITIL, Citrix, Agile Project Management, and PRINCE2. I started my career in Publishing and have had various roles in driving a customer focused approach to technology provision in both the private and public sector.

Technology Recruitment Lead Business Partner
Specsavers
Technology Group Leader
ME Engineers

Chris Grundy, leads ME Engineers’ UK technology consulting and design team, working internationally on new and redeveloped Stadia and Arena projects. Chris guides technology investment by acting as technology owner representative, providing strategic, design, procurement, and venue commissioning services. ME Engineers is a world leader in the design of sports and entertainment venues, and work alongside the world’s best architects, venue developers and operators.

Group Research Director
Computing

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.

CIO
HarperCollins

As HCUK’s CIO, Laura oversees the company’s technology division, incorporating a wide variety of tools, applications, projects and services, supporting customers across the company. Laura also has executive oversight for Distribution and Production. Formerly Senior Vice President, Technology and Operations, for Turner Broadcasting System Europe (part of the Time Warner Group), Laura has held a variety of senior positions in her field.

CEO
Athena Ventures

Louise Mccarthy. Currently Managing Director Female Entrepreneurs @ Evrensel Capital Partners, CEO Athena Ventures also INED for Recognise Bank and Leumi UK and Board Advisor for a number of companies including Bain. Louise also supports as a CXO advisor for a number of innovative tech companies. Louise has lead a number complex organisation creating their strategy for Global Digital IT transformation. Louise is an outstanding, award winning and dynamic inspirational CIO transformational and business change leader with over 35 years’ experience in some large private and public sector organisations including HMRC, Aviva, HSBC, and EBRD. She is highly respected in the technology, digital industry as a passionate, energized and transformational leader who achieves amazing results. She is valued at board level for design of complex technology and digital transformational visions, and strategy. The ability to take complex organisations with the need for transformation and align to business objectives . A background in finance and commercial giving the ability to see the wider picture and achieved commercial creativity. Louise is also a role model for females in technology.

Head of Information Technology
Saunderson House Ltd

Nick is Head of Information Technology for Saunderson House, an award-winning independent firm of wealth managers focused on private clients. Nick plays a leading role in defining and supporting the business lead technology strategies across the organisation. He has over 25 years’ of experience working within financial services in roles within technology, operations and client advice at firms including Jupiter Asset Management and BDO LLP.

Principal
Consonance Capital Partners
Editorial Director
Computing

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.

Site Editor
Computing

Tom is the Site Editor for Delta, Computing’s market intelligence service, and regularly writes news and analysis pieces for Computing. He joined Incisive Media in 2017 from the display industry, trading LCDs and quantum dots for cyber-security and machine learning. As well as tech market analysis, Tom’s role consists of interviewing C-level IT leaders, organising events and complaining about improper use of the Oxford comma.

Director of Engagement and Distinguished Analyst
Free Form Dynamics

Tony is an IT operations guru. As an ex-IT manager with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, his extensive vendor briefing agenda makes him one of the most well informed analysts in the industry, particularly on the diversity of solutions and approaches available to tackle key operational requirements. If you are a vendor talking about a new offering, be very careful about describing it to Tony as ‘unique’, because if it isn’t, he’ll probably know.

To keep everything balanced and grounded, Tony is intimately involved in Freeform Dynamics’ Community Research Programme, through which he stays in close touch with how needs are evolving within the IT and business community around IT service delivery. This includes all aspects of systems infrastructure and management, from desktop, through servers, storage and network, to mainframe, with particular attention paid to alternative delivery models – cloud computing, managed services, IT financing, etc. From an advisory perspective,