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Cloud and DevOps practice-oriented Engineer with over 7+ years of tech experience. Currently working in Cambridge, UK. Active conference/meetup speaker, Linux evangelist, open-source contributor with a strong passion for quality. Awards and hackathons judge and mentor.
Antony has worked in Government for over 25 years, across a range of professions including Technology, Compliance, Operational Delivery and Programme Management. He built and led the HMRC Digital Delivery capability in it’s first four years, delivering award winning external and internal customer focussed digital platforms, and applications for both HMRC and wider UK government, including the Personal Tax Account and Mobile App. He has also been involved in the many COVID-19 services HMRC launched to help UK Citizens. Antony is now Director of Chief Technology and Design Office. CT&DO is newly formed to set the architectural direction across the HMRC IT estate by co-ordinating and leading the enterprise services and capabilities to set Strategy, and work with HMRC Strategy teams and Policy leads to drive technology. The team will assume end-to-end accountability for architecture across the CDIO Group, as well as embed a user centric culture by bringing a User Centred Design approach and tools to Policy design and Transformation.
David started his career at an award-winning architectural practice where he honed his skills as an IT Manager, focusing on infrastructure transformation and software integration.
The natural progression from this was to join an established Engineering Consultancy as the Head of IT, resulting in David working within the AEC sector for over 15 years.
A strategic thinker with a broad range of knowledge around software development and IT operations. Embracing the day to day challenges Covid-19 provided whilst responding through innovation, increased efficiency, and a keen eye on the security architecture.
A hands-on & battle tested IT Professional. Possesses deep knowledge and experience of agile and DevOps with many successful & innovative product rollouts, across a variety of industry sectors from media, information, flexible office workplace and non-profit under his belt.
Jane Deal is Operational Director, IT at the Law Society of England & Wales. Jane joined the Law Society in 2017 to transform its IT estate and architecture, transition from a shared service to a new, independent IT capability and introduce collaborative working practices as part of a full-scale business and property transformation programme.
Prior to her current role, Jane joined Barclays Bank with a Law degree, gaining 20+ years’ experience in roles ranging from marketing and commercial lending to business transformation. As Head of Information & Knowledge Systems at RNIB, she restructured the IT function and estate, developing stakeholder and project management disciplines, before being appointed their first CIO by Citizens Advice. There, Jane delivered a major, complex CRM to a network of 340 independent bureaux, simultaneously transforming the IT function, before moving into a consultancy role to support major charities and exercise her broad expertise in business transformation, operational architecture, and IT.
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.
Mark Ridley is an entrepreneur and technologist working with startups 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, and is the co-founder of Seeto, a business technology specialist.
Natasha is a DevOps Practitioner within Accenture’s Technology Architecture practice. She has over 10 years experience working on DevOps implementations across industries with a variety of clients ranging from government programmes to clothing retailers. Natasha has worked on a variety of challenging DevOps projects, particularly in the enterprise space tackling everything from complex CRM systems to full digital transformations. Within Accenture’s DevOps practice she works in ‘shared-service’ style team providing DevOps capabilities and guidance to projects - embracing the ideas of reuse and community to deliver DevOps solutions efficiently for a variety of different industries and technologies. Natasha is also an advocate for LGBT issues operating in a side role as Accenture Pride Lead, helping to foster and build an inclusive working environment.
Terry has had a long career (over 20 years) with Lloyds Banking Group with a proven delivery record in technical delivery roles. Terry entered into IT during a gap year at university and then continued working for the bank after completing his studies in engineering management. He has worked on Workflow systems since 2001, specializing in business process management since 2012 and more recently SOA, CRM. Terry is currently Engineering Lead working in the Core Platforms area for Lloyds Banking Group. The capability improvement covers the certifications and soft skills required by engineers to deliver the business needs, while developing the colleagues along their career paths and prepare them for progression. Terry is experienced in managing large teams of engineers and delivering projects with offshore partners. Terry has been working on DevOps concepts into the Group since 2016 and is a leader for the tools and methods that enable engineering transformation across the group. Under Terry’s leadership the team has won the Computing Best Automation project in 2018 and nominations in several other DevOps categories: https://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/interview/3032587/automation-can-reshape-the-devops-process-says-lloyds. In 2019 Terry has won the DevOps Manager of the Year Award: https://www.devopsonline.co.uk/the-devops-industry-awards/winners/.
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.