Head of Continuous Improvement, Automation & Predictive Analytics
Zurich UK

With over 20 years’ experience in Financial Services, Alastair (Ally) is currently the Head of Continuous Improvement, Automation & Predictive Analytics for Zurich UK supporting c.4500 staff through his shared operational teams. An accredited Lean Black Belt, Alastair has worked in a number of change and operational roles across five continents in Zurich, and most recently promoting Zurich's Future of Work agenda, working closely with government and shadow-government on the what we're doing to address the UK skills shortage.

Chief Digital Technology Architect
United Utilities PLC

Mark Yell has a successful career of delivering large business focused IT transformations, defining corporate IT strategy, directing international commercial software development programs, and delivering consultancy services. These achievements have demanded clear, customer focused, innovative technical leadership, reinforced with technical capabilities in business transformation, risk management, corporate governance, enterprise architecture, solution development and delivery. Mark Yell has broad industrial experience gained in the Water Industry (UU), Aerospace & Defense (BAE Systems), Chemical Process and Commercial Software industries (Aspen Technology). He is the Chief Architect for United Utilities PLC, a FTSE 100 company, responsible for defining and delivery of strategy to enable it to deliver its digital transformation ambitions. Mark has a PhD and BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leeds and is a Fellow of the British Computing Society.

Group CIO
Anthesis Group

Ian Golding has been Chief Information Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Data Privacy Officer leading global commercial technology programmes for over 20 years and has a passion for fostering collaboration and innovation to exploit the benefits of technology and data in permanent, interim, fractional and private consulting roles. Formerly Ian was Interim CIO at the Natural History Museum, developing the Technology Strategy and Vision to support the its dual role as a centre of excellence in leading scientific research and as a world leading museum. In 2017 As the RNLI’s first CIO (Interim) he created the Institution’s first digital, information and technology strategy including new capability for fundraising, predictive analytics and data-based insights that will help the RNLl to break the chain of events that can tragically lead to drowning. Ian has also been Interim IT Director at Southern Housing Group and prior to Interim roles was Group CIO, Data Privacy Officer and Senior Partner for The ERM Group through its largest growth phase over 4 private equity cycles, to 5,200 staff across 140 offices worldwide. Ian is a Fellow of The Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the IET and a Chartered Professional Fellow of The BCS. He is also an investor and mentors digital startups. By devoting time to assisting emerging businesses and small investments to advance, Ian’s aim is to help grow the digital ecosystem.

Group Research Director
Delta & 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.

Chief Information Officer
London School of Economics and Political Science

Laura Dawson is Chief Information Officer at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has been a leader in the Charity and Not for Profit sector for nearly 30 years including RSPB, Save the Children UK and British Council. Since 2006, Laura has been a trustee for Charity IT Leaders and in more recent years has become a Trustee of the London Universities Procurement Group and a Board member for LSE Cities, a research think tank looking into the positive and negative impacts of the built environment. She is an advocate for ensuring that we get the value out of data and ensuring that technology is making a difference to our beneficiaries and students and does so by creating a team environment that is inclusive, supportive and driving for results. She has a passion for nature which she developed at her time with RSPB which can result in a few distractions if an unusual species is nearby. A Watford FC fan and season ticket holder, Laura has learned to manage her expectations expertly.

Chief Information Officer
Harper Collins

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.

Lead of Digital Security Providers & Innovators Scheme
Police Crime Prevention Initiatives

Neil Sinclair leads the Digital Security Providers & Innovators Scheme for Police Crime Prevention Initiatives. Neil was recognised in the most recent ‘The Progress 1000: London's most influential people’ for his work in Technology & Cyber Security. Neil conceived and developed the Digital Service Providers and Digital Service Innovators schemes, now run by Police CPI in collaboration with BSI. They are unique certification schemes that verify vendors for the benefit of the end user, removing much of the uncertainty that so often paralyses action. A Conference Chair, public speaker and panellist for Cyber Security and business resilience events, Neil is an experienced trainer of newcomers to financial intelligence, cyber awareness and "Train The Trainer" courses. He is a regular presenter to outside and overseas agencies and for internal operational security briefings. Neil has worked in UK counter-terrorism policing for over thirty years and has been involved in most of the Metropolitan Police’s biggest Terrorist Operations. He was a key member of the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit for 10 years and is an accredited Financial Investigator, recognised as a highly skilled expert, with global experience, in the Counter Terrorism and Financial Crime (AML/CTF/Fraud/Corruption) environment. Neil was the Lead for Financial Intelligence at GCHQ prior to joining Police CPI.

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.

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
MarketOrders

Sukhi Jutla is the co-founder of MarketOrders, an online platform for the gold and diamond jewellery industry. She has won numerous awards including Asian Women of Achievement, Female Entrepreneur of The Year and named Top 100 European Digital Pioneer by The Financial Times and Google. She is a leading international speaker and influencer in tech, a qualified IBM Blockchain Foundation Developer and holds board positions with the Mayor of London’s Digital Skills Partnership, the Department of International Trade in the UK and is an Industry Associate of the University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT).

Director of Technology
Church of England

Working in various parts of technology for most of his career Terry has seen the world transform from analogue to Digital several times now. Mostly he gives it a gentle helping hand but sometimes it needs more of a firm shove in the right direction. After years working in the creative industries Terry has, more recently, spent time in the Third Sector and currently leads technology for the Church of England where he has an unhealthy interest in the areas of Cloud Services, Security and Digital Anthropology in order to design agile, secure and modern workplaces and platforms. He has a keen eye for emerging trends in tech, and considers it an honour to be asked to judge these awards.

Chief Technology Officer, UKI Decision Analytics
Experian

I have worked successfully in the IT industry for 25 years in a variety of leadership and transformation roles. In my current role, as the CTO of UK Data, I am accountable for positioning Solutions as market relevant and ensuring repeatable and predictable delivery, through industrialising operational processes, developing skills within the workforce and leading teams to deliver excellence to clients. My key skills are: Effecting organisational change at scale, harnessing resources, overcoming complex challenges and comprehensive stakeholder management.

Site Editor
Delta & 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.