Alex Denley is Director of Innovation and Transformation at London South Bank University. A multi-award winning senior IT leader and visionary, noted for his disruptive stance and approach to transforming the way his students interact with technology, Alex has overall accountability on technology modernisation spend for one of London’s top Universities, aligning strategy with benefits realisation to achieve his goals. A member of the UK Governance Board for BETT, being a Judge for the UK Business Awards and also ranking within the accredited CIO 100.
With over 16 years of experience, he has led the technology teams for some of the most exciting visitor attractions in the UK, including the prestigious London Eye. Combined with experience in running technology programs for Barclays Investment Bank and delivering 5 star experiences within London’s thriving hospitality market. He has leveraged technology to modernise, transform and innovate; striving for world-class customer service with operational efficiencies at the forefront.
Baij started his career in IT at the tender age of 18 installing computerised ticketing systems in cinemas around Europe after deferring his BSc in Computer Science at City University in London. After rapid progression to Europe Support Manager, Baij moved on from the exhibitor (cinema) side of the film business, to the distributor side, and joined Twentieth Century Fox Film Company as an IT Helpdesk Analyst. 25 years on, and after TCF was purchased by Disney, Baij is now IT Director for Europe at The Walt Disney Company in London.
Baij is an experienced infrastructure and IT helpdesk service delivery director with 25+ years of IT experience in the media sector. His passion for technology is only second to his love of all things film-related!
Dan Hall is currently Director of Information Technology Services and Executive Board member at the Girls’ Day School Trust where he leads the central IT team delivering IT services to 3,500 staff and 19,000 students.
Prior to this, he was Director of Global IT Strategy for the British Council where he worked closely with the CIO to set the organisation’s IT strategy and direction.
In October 2017 he was elected chair of Charity IT Leaders; a charity which exists to support and advise the IT leaders of UK charities.
Whilst most of his career has been in the voluntary sector Dan has also worked in the commercial sector where he was Head of Service Delivery for iHotdesk - an IT outsourcing company - delivering outsourced IT services across the globe.
Dan is the father of two young children, a school governor, and bakes most of his own bread.
David is RSA’s Group, UK & I CIO and leads the long-term technology / transformation vision. He is responsible for transforming both the way that IT is operated and how it interfaces with the overall business. Including reshaping new ways of improving the customer experience and optimising business performance.
Prior to joining RSA, David worked for a number of world leading Banking institutions in C-suite roles.
2020 FDM everywoman in Technology Woman in Technology panel judge.
David was voted Top 10 BAME (UK Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals who are driving change) leader influencing the technology sector in 2019 by the Financial Times.
2019 Finalist at the British Black Business Awards in the STEM (Science, Technology, English and Maths) category.
2019 Finalist at the ITA Awards for services to Technology.
One of the youngest Fortune 500 technology executives and FTSE 100 technology executives.
David is also a Non-Executive Director and Advisor on a number of UK boards and committees.
David is married with three children.
Diana Moldovan is currently the UK Cyber Operations Lead for Aviva, where she leads the Incident Response and Threat Hunting team.
Previously Diana worked for Deloitte where she was a manager in the Cyber Incident Response team and collaborated with several blue chip clients working on multiple areas of security including incident response, memory forensic analysis, threat intelligence, vulnerability management and attack detection.
Before that, Diana worked for Betfair. During the 5 years, Diana was part of the Threat and Vulnerability Management team, being responsible for monitoring, detection, analysis and response to threats.
Diana is a board member of She CISO Exec, a sustainable global training and mentoring platform in information security and leadership.
Diana is a CISSP, GCIH, GCIA, GSEC and PRINCE2 certified professional with 9 years of experience in the Cyber Security field.
Edson Ferreira is a technology leader and cloud enthusiast, passionate about creating high-performance Engineering Teams, and working alongside business Stakeholders to define digital transformation strategies and deliver on business objectives.
With over 16 years of experience in Software Engineering, across multiple industries, he has a proven track record of delivering high-volume, mission-critical Software systems.
Software engineering is one of his pleasures in life, so he still codes and teaches his 3 young daughters coding on the weekend
As VP of Data and Analytics for Barclays Wealth Technology Division, Henry leads a global team and oversees multiple platforms and services that provide client and reference data to applications within the Wealth ecosystem. He has partnered with the Business and Operations to deliver key integration, regulatory change, and transformation programmes with a focus on data and technology strategy and the overall governance and control. His balanced technical knowledge and business acumen, coupled with the tenacity to solve problems has served him well on both sides from the Atlantic when he relocated from NY to London, allowing him to broaden his global experience. Henry also has a keen interest in diversity and inclusion. He has co-chaired and sat on various committees (internal and industry-wide) to discuss challenges and share best practices to ensure firms are committed to employee development and supporting all D&I agendas.
Jack Hayward is Head of Information Security for the medical research charity The Wellcome Trust. Jack is tasked with ensuring information security across a diverse organisation that simultaneously operates a museum and library, research funding, and a major investments team. Focusing on human-centric security and developing security services that support innovation, Jack is helping Wellcome to protect itself without losing sight of what it needs to do to improve health and help great ideas to thrive.
With almost 20 years’ working in IT, Jeremy has a wealth of experience covering operations, architecture, projects and leadership. During various roles Jeremy has had exposure to supporting companies through hyper growth, mergers and acquisitions, building out high performing teams and transforming how IT Operations is delivered to take IT from being reactive to a proactive partner to the business.
Outside of business Jeremy has overcome issues with weight and anxiety. This led him to a period of personal growth focused on developing improved mindset, wellbeing and productivity for work and life.
Jeremy’s true passion is to develop others, for this reason he is launching IT Hive Mind with the purpose to provide IT professional with the tools, mindset and community to enable them to build the career path they want, feel better physically and mentally and deliver and succeed in both business and life, while injecting a little fun.
John is an experienced IT leader who focuses on where technology can improve business performance from concepts to delivery. He is passionate about digital innovation and has driven a number of new global first.
With the advances in customer facing systems and mobile technology, he believes that IT can now be a true enabler. He is also a believer that there are many options and an incredible number of ways IT can bring value, but selecting the right one which delivers most value is key.
He had overall responsibility for ‘change’ as well as technology within Virgin Trains and believes that one of the key aspects for successful project delivery is getting the right innovation process. If you can capture the imagination of your stakeholders using your vision, you are half way to success.
In his nearly thirty-year IT career, Mark has practiced nearly all the roles that the profession offers and in the last five years has particularly focussed on transforming corporate IT delivery functions using modern software development practices. Having almost always worked with globally dispersed teams, Mark is particularly experienced in embracing cultural diversity within organisational development and as well as being an active mentor in his own organisation he is also a university mentor, continuing to help bridge the gap between academia and industry. Having started as the equivalent of a modern-day intern, Mark is passionate about using his leadership opportunities to identify and nurture early career talent, as well as to guide individuals on their learning journeys throughout their careers.
Mike has led innovation and technological change at WPA, a leading UK Health Insurer, for over 20 years. Mike strives to keep WPA at the leading edge of technology disruption and transformation, implementing agile solutions that drive the business forward and deliver competitive advantage. Mike’s team has won more than ten industry awards in the last five years for their innovative solutions.
His academic background includes a BSc in Business Computer Science, an MSc in International Financial Management and an MBA. Mike has a special interest in developing systems to improve automation by utilising Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, having gained relevant qualifications at MIT and Swansea University.
Prior to WPA, Mike’s varied work experience across Europe has included financial institutions, technology companies, the European Space Agency and the United Nations.
Mike is a frequent attendee at insurance market and technology events where he often speaks or debates as part of a panel.
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 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.
Phil Scully is the Group CIO for Costa responsible for corporate and customer systems globally. He joined Costa Coffee in 2017 from parent company Whitbread and has been building and leading the Costa IT function through a significant period of Digital Transformation and from 2019 the successful separation of all systems and data from Whitbread following the acquisition of Costa by The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to Costa he was Group CTO for 3 years at Whitbread with responsibility for Architecture, Data and Information Security functions. He has 30 years’ experience in the IT industry working in technology and delivery leadership roles on large, complex transformation agendas for BAA, Centrica, M&S and Whitbread.
Steve is currently responsible for leading Data Science, Machine Learning and AI initiatives in the EMEAI, APAC & ANZ regions and recently was named as one of Computing IT Leaders 250. A Business facing leader who quickly recognizes business value / opportunities for data science and has strong stakeholder engagement / management skills.
A strategic leader in many data-orientated areas such as Data Quality, MDM, Data Visualisation, Advanced Analytics, Predictive Analytics, Augmented Analytics, Machine Learning and AI; and strong knowledge in Prescriptive Analytics and Data Storytelling. Strong understanding of demand forecasting solutions.
Steve also uses tools and libraries such as Python, TensorFlow, Keras, Scikit-Learn and numerous supervised and unsupervised classification and regression algorithms, neural networks and other data science tools and techniques to deliver more tactical outcomes.