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HOST: Viv Groskop

Comedian and Author

How to Own the Room

Viv Groskop is a writer, critic, broadcaster and stand-up comedian. She has presented Front Row and Saturday Review on BBC Radio 4, is a regular on BBC1's This Week and has hosted book tours for Graham Norton, Jo Brand and Jennifer Saunders. Groskop's books include The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature, and How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking. She is currently writing a self-help memoir titled Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature due out in 2020.

HEADLINER: Anne-Marie Imafidon

Co-Founder

Stemettes

From child prodigy to MBE, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes, the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) roles via a series of impactful events and opportunities.

One of the youngest ever to be awarded a Masters' degree in Mathematics & Computer Science by the University of Oxford at age 20, Anne-Marie, unsurprisingly, continued to soar. In 2018 alone, she was listed among the top 50 women in tech in the world by Forbes, voted the 5th most influential woman in IT by Computer Weekly and was the recipient of the prestigious Barclays UK ‘Woman of the Year' award.

2017 saw her featured among the top 50 most inspiring women in tech by Inspiring Fifty (an accolade she received for a second time in 2018). In recognition of her significant influence and achievements, Anne-Marie was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors. In June of the same year she was also made an Honorary Fellow at Keble College, Oxford.

Not only a champion of getting women into STEM positions, Anne-Marie has previously worked with Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers, amassing a wealth of experience. She is also a recognised thought-leader in the tech space, regularly appearing in the media as a talking head, and giving talks at tech giants such as SXSW and Founders Forum.

HEADLINER: Angelique Vu

Software Engineer and Co-Chair

Financial Times Women UK

Angelique is a software engineer, specialising in publishing and content management systems for newsrooms. She's worked at the heart of leading news publishers for over 10 years. Previously Angelique was an art director for several years with the Australian Financial Review in Sydney, then 7 years ago, decided to move to London to take up a role as a software engineer with the Financial Times.

She was completely new to the tech industry and was surprised at the lack of women in the department. Angelique became passionate about diversity and encouraging more women into STEM areas. She founded FT Women UK at the Financial Times in June 2017 and am currently co-chair, and prior to this founded and co-chaired Women in Learning and Leadership UK at Pearson in November 2014. 

HEADLINER: Natasha Sayce-Zelem

Head of Technology

Sky (Digital Service)

Named as one of the Top 100 women working in Technology, Natasha Sayce-Zelem is the Head of Technology at Sky across their extensive Digital Service estate.

Sky is one of The Times Top 50 employers for women, with an award winning ‘Women in Leadership' programme and a number of external free initiatives to encourage more women to get into a tech career. Natasha speaks and writes nationally to inspire more people to consider side-stepping into a tech career using existing transferrable skills and reinforcing how important it is to focus on the creativity aspects of a tech career, especially in encouraging more diversity into the sector.

Outside of Sky, Natasha is the founder of the national initiative ‘Empowering Women with Tech' which aims to elevate, educate and empower women working in Digital, Science and Technology. Over 1000 people have attended an EWWT event and they run a successful industry mentoring programme.

Natasha also founded the Leeds ‘Ladies of Code' group and is on the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Leeds School of Computing.

@unharmonic @empowerwithtech

Sophie Adelman

Co-Founder and President

WhiteHat

Sophie Adelman is the Co-founder and President of WhiteHat, a tech startup that is transforming apprenticeships and creating a credible alternative to even the best universities by developing high quality education and training that supports the needs of both employers and young people. As President, Sophie is responsible for all internal operations in the business from product to sales to apprenticeship training delivery.

Prior to WhiteHat, Sophie was the Head of Sales EMEA and European GM for Hired.com, the developer recruitment platform, which she launched in the UK in 2014 as Hired's first international employee. Previously, Sophie worked for RIT Capital and Egon Zehnder. She started her career at Goldman Sachs in London. Sophie has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an MA (Cantab) from Cambridge University.

Sophie was chosen as a 2018 London Tech Week ChangeMaker and has been nominated for several female founder awards as well as an Ambitious Women in Tech Mentor.

Bonnie Andrews

Head of Product (B2B)

Stepstone UK

Bonnie Andrews is Head of Recruiter Product Management at CWJobs and has over 17 years experience working within the online recruitment market. Her focus is on developing technology that improves candidate and employer hiring experience.

Bonnie became Product Manager in 2010 and in 2014 moved to become the Head of Recruiter Product Management, leading a team of Product Managers.

Gemma Bloemen

Chief Operating Officer

Elder

Gemma Bloemen is the proud Chief Operating Officer at Elder. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University after leaving her hometown of Utrecht, Netherlands. Gemma was a Strategy Consultant for McKinsey & Company before getting her MBA at INSEAD.

In 2014, she joined Uber where she managed a variety of operational teams as Senior Operations Manager before joining Elder in early 2018. At Elder, she leads the supply and community operations departments, as well as being responsible for safety, clinical and people.

She feels passionate about the inclusion of women in business and has led the Women in Business club at INSEAD and co-chaired the Women of Uber resource group. She has an interest in all things tech, politics, workplace diversity and is a dedicated foodie. 

Graeme Burton

Group News Editor, Enterprise IT

Incisive Media

Graeme Burton, Group News Editor at Incisive Media, works across a portfolio that includes Computing and The Inquirer. A business journalist with 20 years of experience in national press and magazines, he has written for and about industries as diverse as utilities, banking, information and knowledge management, as well as almost all aspects of IT. At Computing he has written about mobile, computing security, data centres, operating systems as well as enterprise hardware and software. He also presents online webinars, roundtables and interviews, and is a frequent contributor for CNN.

Jodie Carroll

HR Director

TechData

Starting her career in the field of fashion design and retailing, Jodie has moved from an industry dominated by women to the IT channel, the opposite to where she began her career. Jodie couldn't be clearer on the importance of attaining a diverse workforce on the environmental, psychological and financial elements of the workplace. "It is great to now have diversity firmly on the board room agenda. I see a great deal of positive intent and acceptance of the logic that sits behind the benefits of Diversity - we now need to translate this into intentional actions to drive a different result and events like the Women in Tech Festival all help towards this."

This starts from the discussions we have with our children all the way through life. "I don't know what route my children will choose for their future but whatever it is, they need to understand the importance in both their personal and work lives as to the role they play in ensuring equity, opportunity and mutual respect for all. Change requires us all to get behind it, regardless of age or sex. The discussion is just the start - as a sector we now need to be bold and intentional in order to drive a different result."

Gemma Carver

Director of Digital and Innovation

Pentland Brands

Gemma Carver is Director of Digital and Innovation at Pentland Brands. Gemma leads the digital, e-commerce and innovation output across a global portfolio of brands including Speedo, ellesse, Berghaus, Canterbury and Kickers.

With a background in data and CRM, she's built her expertise at businesses including eBay Enterprise, Bookatable, the Guardian and Auction Technology Group. A natural innovator and leader with over ten years' experience in the digital space, Gemma's mission at Pentland Brands is to mobilise digital and innovation tools, knowledge and expertise to transform how consumers connect with its brands worldwide.

Sabrina Castiglione

Chief Financial Officer

Tessian

Sabrina is Chief Financial Officer at Tessian, a London-based machine-learning cybersecurity company building Human Layer Security for email, where she serves as an all rounded problem solver. Since joining Tessian as its seventh team member in late 2016, and the first non-commercial, non-engineering hire, Sabrina has personally overseen the growth to 120 team members, and set up the Talent, People, Legal and Compliance, IT, Finance, and Logistics functions. Having spent 5 years working in actuarial and statistical fields, she brings financial modelling and risk projection expertise to Tessian. She currently focuses on overseeing Finance and Operations, ensuring Tessian is able to operate efficiently and strategically.

Sabrina is also the Chair of the WISE Campaign's Young Professionals' Board and attends the main board and strategy meetings of the WISE Campaign, a UK Members' Organisation focused on achieving gender equality in STEM fields. She is also a co-founding organiser of Women Empowering Diversity in Startups (WEDS), a network designed to help provide guidance for the specific diversity and inclusion challenges faced by startups.

Sabrina hails from Hertfordshire and graduated with a Masters in Chemistry from Imperial College London.

David Clues

Talent Acquisition

HP Inc UK Ltd

David works in Talent Acquisition covering the UK & Ireland for global technology firm HP Inc. Throughout his career, diversity and inclusion have been two very important recurring themes and he also now leads the UK and Ireland's Diversity and Inclusion team. The aim is to ensure we offer an inclusive environment and culture across all of our sites, from unbiased, equal opportunity recruitment all the way through to encouraging a healthy work-life balance, flexible working initiatives and a positive community spirit.

Zaynah Din

Digital Marketing Apprentice

Facebook

Zaynah studied a multimedia course at The Global Academy: this is where her passion for tech grew. During Year 12 she set up her cupcake business @Zaynah's Bakes on Instagram (as a small school project) and accidentally gained a reach of 16,000 within 2 weeks. She now runs this as her side business with regular customers. She is 10 months through completing her Digital Marketing Apprenticeship with Facebook.

At the start of this year she was voted Vice President by her apprentice community to represent them and action the changes they want to see at WhiteHat. In May this year she was the youngest to win a BIMA award for being a young trailblazer in tech and has recently been nominated for The Asian Apprenticeship Awards for her work in advocating for apprenticeships and supporting young people of colour in this industry. 

Andjela Djukanovic

Technology Risk Analyst

KPMG

Andjela has worked for KPMG within the Tech Risk sector for two years and three months following her university studies at the University of Bath. Her day to day job involves supporting external and internal audit clients, including the use of data analytics, as well as attestation over the use of technology at third parties. Andjela works on advising clients on how to control risks related to their information assets, either in IT management processes, business applications, infrastructure or projects. Technology Risk has given Andjela a platform from which to develop a broad-based understanding of the usage of technology to assist with the implementation and maintenance of a secure control environments across several clients and industries. This role has so far given Andjela a keen understanding of not only IT systems, but also the risks arising from the widespread usage of technology as a driver for business. Her degree background in Modern Languages and Politics has also allowed her to work internationally and expand her network more globally.

Emma Dutton MBE

Managing Director

Applied Influence Group

Emma served as an Engineer Officer in the RAF before transitioning to the influence capability of Military Intelligence. Over five tours of Afghanistan, she was placed in leadership and governance roles, leading teams to collect life-saving information.

After a realisation that she was using the same influence skill set and methodology in her interactions with politicians and military commanders as she was with the Taliban, Emma co-founded the Applied Influence Group. She was honoured with an MBE in 2015 for her service in Afghanistan.

Julie Fedele

Founder

TwoFeetIn

Julie is a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks who specialises in Product Strategy and Advisory. For the past 15 year's she has helped healthcare, retail and telecommunication organisations create and deliver disruptive growth strategies grounded in customer needs. One of her passions is building highly collaborative purpose led teams to deliver new products and services to the market which make a meaningful difference to people, balanced with sustainable business returns.

Julie often speaks as a Thought Leader on corporate innovation, culture, and mindset with a focus on being purpose led and how this can make or break an organisations culture.

She is also the proud founder of a failed start up; 'Popping Up' whose purpose was to reinvigorate once vibrant community shopping districts with online retailers on a semi-permanent basis. This was a big learning curve for Julie and it enabled her to have a deeper understanding of the founders dilemma and the importance of cultivating an optimistic mindset. This has since led her to become an active mentor in the start-up community, especially those who focus on social/community innovation.

Helen Gidney

Infrastructure Design Manager

Softcat Plc

Helen head's up the Technical Design team at Softcat, a highly skilled group of professionals that provide presales advice and design services to our customers. She graduated from Leeds University in 2013, and joined Softcat as a Sales Executive, progressing quickly into a more technical presales role. From there Helen developed her technical and leadership skills, and was promoted first to a Team Lead, and then to a Team Manager in May 2019.

Helen is a keen outdoorswoman, spending time rambling with her partner and dog, and she is currently working on her running skills, hoping to do her first 5K before the end of the year.

Cassandra Glavin

Head of IT Business Management

Thames Water

Cassandra's career began as technical consultant with responsibility for the design and delivery of IT security solutions and the management of a client support helpdesk before progressing into the world of financial control and audit. Cassandra joined the Internal Audit team at Thames Water in 2011 and has continued to progress her career at pace, spending 3 years as the Finance Manager for Major Projects which included the £4.1bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project, and most recently being promoted to an Executive Leadership (ELG) position where she has responsibility for IT business management across the entire company.

Sukhi Jutla

Co-Founder and COO

MarketOrders

Sukhi Jutla is an award-winning entrepreneur and author of 3 books. She is the co-founder of MarketOrders, an online B2B platform for the gold and diamond jewellery industry. Leading international speaker, influencer and thought leader in tech as well as a qualified IBM Blockchain Foundation Developer, she was recently named as one of the UK's top 100 Women in Tech.

In March 2019, Sukhi was chosen by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to be part of a new group of leading figures to help London's employers access the skills they need today and in the future. In April 2018, she made global headlines when she became the World's First #1 Bestselling ‘Blockchain' Author. Very involved in empowering women, especially in the Fintech industry, Sukhi spends a lot of her spare time sharing her personal experience as an entrepreneur and mentoring and supporting other women to find their career path.

Madiha Khan

Channel Development & Partner Manager Cloud Economics

Microsoft

Madiha has been with Microsoft UK since July 2015. Her remit covers leading the direction and success of the Partner Community for the Cloud Economics team across SMC and Enterprise. She has led the transformation and cultural change for Cloud Economic Partners and is very passionate about extending this work to help customers drive digital transformation in their organisations.

With over 15 years in both the technology and financial industries, Madiha has extensive experience of building impactful relationships and is committed to helping ensure women's voices in these industries are heard.

Madiha lives in London and loves to travel at any opportunity, assuming she can find pet-sitters for her fur-babies! 

Santa Keirane

Junior Risk Analyst

Financial Times

Santa is currently working as a Junior Risk Analyst with Financial Times.

She started working in the IT industry during the 2nd year of her undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Computer Control, obtaining experience in customer support and IT project management. After working for nearly 3 years in the industry she decided to continue her studies and specialise in Cyber Security.

Santa then graduated from University of Southampton and obtained a Master's degree in Cyber Security. Now she is part of the Cyber Security team, where she's working on identifying and addressing Cyber Security threats.

Rapid development of technologies on both attacker and defender's sides is what makes her job challenging, but at the same time - incredibly exciting, which is why she's so passionate about it. 

Deborah Kelly

Membership Manager

WISE

Deborah joined WISE in January 2019 as a Membership Manager and is responsible for establishing and developing relationships with new and existing members.

WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Working in partnership we can boost the talent pool from classroom to boardroom and drive economic growth.

Deborah previously held the position of Head of UK Sales at London & Partners, the Mayor of London's official economic development and promotional company, bringing a range of best-in-class international tech events to London. She also worked at Marketing Manchester, where she spent seven years within the marketing and business tourism teams. A graduate in both international tourism management and event management, she has prior experience working in foreign direct investment at the Manchester Investment and Development Agency Service.

Tripta Kershaw

Head of Portfolio, Programmes and Project Delivery

Hermes

With over 9 years' experience delivering large scale complex business and IT transformations and 16 years delivering IT projects across a spectrum of industry sectors including logistics, central government, travel, retail, gaming and law and technology platforms Tripta Kershaw joined Hermes the second largest carrier in the UK in 2016 as Head of Project Delivery. 

Reporting to the CIO Tripta is responsible for the delivery of the 3 year business transformations in people and technology with a combined budgetary value of £140m.

At Hermes Tripta established the portfolio governance implementing frameworks to deliver the business transformation programmes including customer experience, replacement of legacy, delivery transformation and intelligent data.

As well as overseeing the portfolio in 2018 Tripta was instrumental in the launch of the Digital Futures transformation, a website and mobile app built on a technology platform designed with tools for complex digital needs and an enterprise cloud communication platform.

Transforming the customer experience the Digital Futures transformation has enabled Hermes to be a digital first company winning industry awards including 1st Place Category for Customer Experience Hermes Europe, Computing Digital Team of the Year Award 2018 and the Computing Women in IT Excellence Award 2018 for Outstanding Transformation.

Myrto Lalacos

Partnerships and Network Manager, and Director

L Marks and AccelerateME

Myrto has been supporting startup growth for about 4 years now, as well as building companies of her own. She is Director at Accelerate ME, a non-for-profit organisation which identifies the best student startups across universities in Manchester and helps them get to the next level of growth through funding and mentoring. She is also the Partnerships and Network Manager at L Marks, where she is responsible for leveraging the organisation's network to help 170 startups that have been through their programmes scale. Myrto has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Sussex and an MSc in Organisational Psychology from the University of Manchester.

Connie Li

Head of Business Solutions IT

Pentland Brands

Connie Li is Head of Business Solutions at Pentland Brands. Connie leads a team of IT business partners and solution architects to shape and define key business strategic initiatives for all brands (Speedo, Canterbury, Kickers and Ellesse), key functionals such as Supply Chain, Digital and Innovation, Finance and key markets such as APAC and US.

With a background in programme management and change management, Connie built her expertise in leading and managing large technology solution (ERP, Retail Solution and Teamwear) definition, selection and implementation globally in companies such as ColArt International Holdings and Xaar Technology. A big believer in success is a team game, Connie's mission at Pentland Brands is to partner with key stakeholders to turn their proposal from concept to reality and deliver the most commercially viable technology solutions. 

Liem Le

Little Lion

CEO and Founder

Liem has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and operations from start-up and corporate environments, including Fortune 500 companies. She is an advocate for social good and a champion of work-life purpose, and founded Little Lion to help organizations advance investments in people and community. She has spoken globally at industry conferences and company events as a thought leader, game changer, purposeful leader, and keynote speaker.

Liem received the 2018 Best of Best Leader Award from the Network of Executive Women. She serves on committees for several non-profits including The Field Museum Board of Trustees' Marketing Committee.

An avid world traveller with an interest in exploring different cultures, she has vacationed in 30 countries.

 

Vanessa Lovatt

Founder

Time 4 Equality

Vanessa Lovatt founded Time 4 Equality to encourage more male leaders to share their thoughts and opinions on why driving gender equality in the workplace is vital to the future of work. Combined with strong female leadership voices, these powerful stories are encouraging more men and women to think about the story they are writing in their own business and how they can succeed in driving gender equality in the modern workplace. She is always keen to hear powerful stories of equality: hello@time4equality.co.uk.

Vanessa also work in the B2B Media sector specialising in commercial conferencing, digital community building and content creation and syndication. During her career she has become competent in a significant range of subject matters including digital transformation, machine learning and robotics, outsourcing, customer experience and process excellence. Vanessa is a passionate advocate and promotor of flexible working, an Accredited Customer Experience ProfessionalTM and holds a BSc Physiology from the University of Bristol.

Hannah Loveday

Mindfulness Consultant and Yoga Teacher

Yogaloveday

In 2009 having spent 10 years in the performing arts industry Hannah took nine months out to explore India. When rediscovering yoga in its birthplace, Hannah discovered meditation. After a life-enriching journey, Hannah returned to the UK to complete yoga teacher training to share her new found passion: the pursuit of its goals and the search for inner harmony both mentally and physically.

During the last 10 years of teaching yoga, Hannah has also gained training in mindfulness which she was able to use to work with families with autism and within education. Hannah is passionate about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation and has been teaching courses for the past five years for adults with mental health issues that prevent them from working. Hannah has worked alongside the NHS running workshops for staff and service users in the mental health department.

Fiona Macaulay

Head of Global Delivery

Mars

Fiona is an experienced CIO and Business Transformation Leader, delivering sustainable Business value and improved Customer experience through Digital & IT solutions. She has worked internationally, living in the US and Asia where she learnt the power of diverse teams. She has had a wide and varied career initially joining BP as a Graduate in Geology. She has successfully delivered across many sectors from Trading to Retail at BP, Publishing at Elsevier, Telecommunications at Vodafone, in Utilities as CIO for Thames Water and presently leading Global IT Delivery at Mars enabling Mars's Digital Transformation.

A leader with a passion for people, she actively develops capability and talent across her teams in technology and leadership. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and is a member of BCS Women Committee where she actively supports and encourages more women to have a successful and lasting career in Technology.

Freya MacLachlan

Product Owner

Aviva

Leaving school I began a business admin apprenticeship at an agency in Norwich and quickly fell in love with the digital industry. Since then I have worked as a visual designer, moved to Aviva as a front-end developer, and helped run Aviva's global Women in Technology programme. Most recently I started my new role as Product Owner making me one of the youngest people at Aviva in this role at the age of 23.

Sarah Meares

Senior Manager, Azure Customer Success

Microsoft

Sarah has worked in the technology sector for over 20 years; and has led technical teams at companies such as IBM, Business Objects/SAP, Adobe and Symantec - including technical support, consultancy and training teams. She has held regional and global roles, managing teams that span EMEA, US and Asia Pacific.

She now works at Microsoft within the Customer Success organisation, leading teams of solution architects who are helping Enterprise customers move to the cloud. She is passionate about bringing more female talent into technical roles; and is working to encourage more girls at education to consider careers in technology; as well as ensuring that hiring processes are encouraging a diverse pool of candidates.

Anne McMunn

Professor of Social Epidemiology

University College London

Anne McMunn is Professor of Social Epidemiology and is currently the Head of the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL. Her research focuses on the ways in which aspects of the social environment influence health. In particular, Anne investigates work characteristics, unpaid domestic work, and social relationships and their impact on health and wellbeing from a gender perspective using the UK's wealth of population data sets that follow large numbers of people over time. She is Deputy Director of the International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society & Health as well as a PhD programme in biosocial research. Anne grew up in Los Angeles but has lived in London for 23 years. She has three children and worked part-time for nine years while they were young.

Diane Mullenex

Global Head of Telecom, Gaming and Gambling Practices

Pinsent Masons

Diane is a dual-qualified French lawyer and UK Solicitor, heading Pinsent Masons' Global Telecommunications practice.

She specialises in and has extensive experience advising a wide range of clients in telecommunications, technology and other highly regulated industries on complex multi‚Äźdiscipline, cross border matters.

Diane relies on her experience in several jurisdictions around the world and has also invested her time and efforts in contributing to industry development and in sharing her knowledge in various conferences and publications. In particular,

  • she is the ex-chair of the International Bar Association communications law committee;
  • she was awarded for her work in Information Technology Law and Technology Law by 'The Best Lawyers in France' 2020 edition.;
  • she is regularly called upon to speak at conferences and events organised by the IBA and industry conferences in Europe and the Middle East;
  • she is the editor of PLC's Communications: Regulation and Outsourcing Global Guide (2016). This is the "go-to" publication for those in the telecoms industry.

 

Anusha Nirmalananthan

Head of Growth, Data Products Division

Just Eat

Anusha has worked in the tech industry for over 10 years. Her most recent roles include advisor at music technology start-up Sofar Sounds, Head of Growth, Data & AI at Just Eat and Head of Product, European Product Development at eBay. She has led and contributed to a variety of diversity and inclusion programmes in the corporate and voluntary sector and speaks publicly about invisible illness. She has a Computer Science degree from Queens' College, Cambridge University, a CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and a Diploma in Counselling.

Twitter - @anusha_n 

 

Kike Oniwinde

Founder and CEO

BYP Network

Kike Oniwinde is the founder and CEO of BYP Network, a platform that connects black young professionals with each other and corporations. She has an economics degree from the University of Nottingham and a Msc in Management from the University of Florida, where she gained a full Track and Field Scholarship. The idea of BYP Network came after Kike studied abroad and met talented black students who she didn't know existed. Once back in London, the lack of diversity in the workplace coupled with low opportunities to meet others in the city; prompted the idea.

In 2018, Kike was named as a Sky Woman in Technology Scholar, F-Factor Winner, New Entrepreneurs Foundation Winner and named in the Maserati top 100! She was invited to Paris on a business trade mission with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan; won a STEM Trailblazer Batons Award at Houses of Parliament and was invited to meet ex-CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt. Kike is one of the top 100 UK BAME leaders in tech, Forbes 30 under 30 and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.

Anisah Osman Britton

Founder

23 Code Street

Anisah Osman Britton is the founder of the trailblazing London based coding school, 23 Code Street. It is a school for all women and non-binary people. For every paying student on their courses, they fund digital skills training for a woman in the slums of Mumbai.

Anisah is also the Director of Backstage Capital's London arm, Backstage London. Alongside her team, she set up the first accelerator for Backstage outside of the US which funds underrepresented founders, namely women and non-binary people, people of colour, and those who identify as LGBTQ+. 

Matthew Postgate

Chief Technology and Product Officer

BBC Design and Engineering

As Chief Technology and Product Officer, Matthew Postgate is responsible for the corporation's Technology & Systems.

Prior to his current role within the organisation Matthew was Controller, Research & Development. He was part of the management team that launched BBC iPlayer and was in charge of BBC mobile where he was responsible for building the corporation's world leading mobile services.

Before joining the BBC, Matthew worked as a telecommunication consultant, was the director of an internet infrastructure start-up and worked at a digital strategy agency for clients including the Royal Mail, BT, Lloyds TSB, Visa and Qinetiq.

Sofy Richards

Senior Digital Manager

Previously EE/BT

Sofy is a creative problem solver and leader who firmly believes successful businesses are all about the people. Sofy focuses on building and leading teams of collaborative, empowered people who are accountable, able to take risks, and learn from their mistakes. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, most recently as "Problem Solver in Chief" for the Managing Director of EE/BT Consumer Digital where she led the creation of their multi-brand Digital strategy.

Sofy is passionate about using technology to deliver amazing customer experiences and recently won Computing's "Future CIO of the Year" award at the 2018 Women in IT Excellence awards.

She loves to explore new places, experience different cultures, and push her boundaries - be it swimming (without a wetsuit) in a frozen lake in -33 degrees centigrade, zip lining down a mountain to try and conquer her vertigo, or learning Arabic.

Nima Sherpa Green

Reporter

Channelnomics & CRN

Nima Sherpa Green is a British/Sherpa journalist. She currently reports for Channelnomics and CRN, leading B2B publishers on the IT Channel. As a member of the editorial team, she provides insightful market analysis and daily reporting on the events and trends that are impacting businesses.

Nima has a multimedia background in newsrooms across the world, as a commissioning editor at The African Business Magazine; producing at the Russian World Radio Service London Bureau; and reporting at Vice Magazine and the Herald Sun in Australia. She has an MA in Journalism from Monash University, Melbourne, and a BA in Southern African political history from the University of Sheffield. Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Nima has lived and worked in the UK, Uganda, South Africa and Australia.

 

Aubrey Stearn

Chief Technology Officer

Nationwide Digital Accelerator Platform

Aubrey Stearn, currently CTO of the Nationwide Digital Accelerator Platform, she 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.

Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director

Computing and Delta

Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing, and Delta. 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.

Didem Un Ates

Senior Director, AI Customer & Partner Engagement

Microsoft

Following her Electrical Engineering and Management studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Didem started her career with management consulting at CapGemini and Motorola. After graduating from Columbia Business School (CBS) in 2005, Didem continued her career at Greenwich Consulting (now part of EY) and British Telecom in London, UK.

Her passion for technology led her to join Microsoft's Information and Content Experiences Group where she and her team signed c. 1,500 partnerships across 60 markets. She held other business development and partner management roles as part of Microsoft Accelerators and the Business AI teams. In her current role, Didem is focusing on scaling Microsoft's SaaS AI solutions such as Dynamics Customer Service Insights and Virtual Agent.

Didem has 20+ years of multinational leadership experience in business development, management consulting, and product management in executing international roll outs, implementing new market entries, and building new revenue streams from disruptive technologies in EMEA, APAC, and LatAm.

Sara Yirrell

Consulting Editor

CRN and Channel Partner Insight

Sara Yirrell left Incisive Media in December 2016 to become a freelance journalist and content consultant specialising in all things IT channel.

Before that she had worked at Incisive-owned CRN since August 2000, holding the title of Editorial Director since October 2014. She was the editorial driving force behind the brand since becoming Editor in 2007, and oversaw the expansion to incorporate channelnomics.eu and channelnomics.com, which created the first true global channel network. She now also writes for Incisive Medias new channel brand Channel Partner Insight.

Before joining CRN, Sara worked on local daily newspaper The Northampton Chronicle & Echo for three years covering areas such as crime, local politics, education, business and transport.

Nicola Whiting

Chief Strategy Officer

Titania

Chief Strategy Officer Nicola Whiting is named in SC Magazine's Top 20 Most Influential Women working in cyber security - her specialist areas include autonomous mitigation and A.I. driven self-defending / self-healing systems. A bestselling author, she regularly contributes to magazines such as Huffington Post, Defence Contracts Bulletin, Defence News Online and SIGNAL. In 2017, she was crowned an "Unsung Cyber Hero", by her peers, for her Leadership & Mentoring work. In 2019 she was honoured to receive the UK's inaugural "National Cyber Citizen Award" for her "outstanding contribution to the world of cyber security and protection". Neuro diverse, she advocates for Diversity in all forms. Find out more about her work at www.nicolawhiting.com

FRINGE EVENT HOST: Lucia Adams

Co-Founder

10 Digital Ladies

Lucia is a consultant and coach who has been helping businesses transform for pretty much all of her career: from those first tentative steps ‘online' 20 years ago, to big, bold strategy pivots - making lasting change happen is at the core of what she does. As a co-founder of 10 Digital Ladies she supports women in digital pursue their version of success. 10 Digital Ladies is a networking group of over 2,000 highly engaged members. They run monthly events and an annual awards; this year they plan to publish a second book exploring how organisations can 'hack' their culture to be more inclusive and they are also looking for a partner to launch a mentoring platform.

FRINGE EVENT HOST: Sarah Berry

Director of Nutrition Science

ZOE

Sarah is an Associate Professor in Nutritional Sciences at King's College London as well as the lead nutritional scientist at ZOE. Sarah's research interests relate to the influence of dietary components on cardiometabolic disease risk with particular focus on postprandial metabolism and vascular dysfunction. She has been the academic leader for more than 30 human nutrition studies in cardio-metabolic health. At ZOE she is overseeing the world's largest scientific nutrition project.

FRINGE EVENT HOST: Mikaela Jackson

Founder

She Almighty

Mikaela Jackson is a personal performance coach and the founder of She Almighty which provides career, business, life coaching services and events for women.

FRINGE EVENT HOST: Karen Walker

Yoga Instructor

Yoga Session

Karen will be running our yoga session during the event. 

Lead Mentors

Lizzy Arnold

Transformation Consultant and Business Disruptor

Caneka

Lizzy Arnold works with ambitious and visionary leaders who are tackling the challenges of the digital age head-on. She has that special talent of teaching leaders at all levels to disrupt without alienating the rest of the workforce.

Lizzy challenges her clients' industrial age processes and helps them transform disengaged employees into dynamic, engaged and high performing teams by applying methods such as agile, deep work and futurist thinking.

Over the last 15 years, she has worked in 50+ workplaces and delivered major change initiatives to a range of clients including EE, Tesco.com, Virgin Media, Department for Transport, Marks and Spencer, Transport for London and BT.

In the press: Forbes, Psychologies Life Labs, London Tech Week, The Agile Roundabout

Areas of expertise:

  • Consulting (IT, Digital, Agile, business and culture transformations)
  • Work of the future (roles, key skills, ways of working, leading knowledge workers, the changing role of technology in business)
  • Creating high performing agile teams and organisations
  • Personal productivity, balance, high performance and creating a career you love

Nic Bellingham

Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations

Met Office

Nic joined the Met Office as a graduate in 1992 with a degree in Maths and Computer Science. After spending her first three months working in the personnel department and the next nine months on maternity leave, she then returned to work part time. From that point in her career Nic has worked in a range of IT-focused roles, from developing mainframe and PC applications to supporting the Met Office's public website. About seven years ago, by which point Nic was working full time, she moved into an IT Service Management role. This proved to be a fantastic opportunity, enabling her to gain valuable experience of working with external suppliers, of producing and managing budgets, and of decision making in fast-moving situations. It gave her the experience she needed to take the next step, into the role of Deputy Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations with day-to-day responsibility for all of the Met Office's IT services.

Two years ago Nic took the next step up into the role of Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations. Here she lead the delivery of the Met Office IT estate and associated services. In April 2019 she began a two year secondment, working as the Supercomputing Technology Lead in the Programme that will implement the Met Office's next supercomputing capability. 

Daniel Cuthbert

Global Head of Security Research

Banco Santander

Daniel Cuthbert is the Global Head of Security Research for Banco Santander. With a career spanning over 20 years on both the offensive and defensive side, he's seen the evolution of hacking from a small groups of curious minds to organized criminal networks and nation state we see today. He is the original co-author of the OWASP Testing Guide, released in 2003 and now the co-author of the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS).

Cassandra Glavin

Head of IT Business Management

Thames Water

Cassandra's career began as technical consultant with responsibility for the design and delivery of IT security solutions and the management of a client support helpdesk before progressing into the world of financial control and audit. Cassandra joined the Internal Audit team at Thames Water in 2011 and has continued to progress her career at pace, spending 3 years as the Finance Manager for Major Projects which included the £4.1bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project, and most recently being promoted to an Executive Leadership (ELG) position where she has responsibility for IT business management across the entire company.

Gillian Holloway

Director of Operations EMEA

Insight UK

Gill Holloway has been in the IT industry for 30 years and at Insight for 23 of those. Currently Insight's Director of Operations for EMEA, Gill is responsible for over 200 team-mates in 8 countries covering purchasing, product data management, facilities, warehouse, logistics, integration, software contract management, sales and marketing operations.

With critical focus areas for the coming years of Automation Everywhere, Sales Enablement and Client Experience, Gill is motivated by driving a Next Generation working environment for team-mates that gives them, our clients and our partners confidence in who we are, what we do and how we do it.

One critical unique with Gill in her current role is that of her years within Insight 22 of them were as a sales-person, manager or director. Having led 4 sales divisions in this time, her breadth of understanding of our clients, how to engage and how to deliver are second to none.

Andrew Isenman

Head of DevOps

Heathrow Airport

Andrew Isenman is Head of DevOps at Heathrow Airport. Previously he led Heathrow's Innovation Department, where he steered the delivery - amongst other innovations - of a number of award-winning enterprise mobile apps. Andrew has a deep understanding of aviation as well as the challenges faced by IT teams to deliver solutions in highly-regulated environments.

Grace Mee

Vice President UK & Intl Operations

CDW UK

Grace Mee is Vice President, UK & Intl Operations at CDW UK and uses her 20+ years experience in IT and operations to manage Compliance, Supply, Professional & Managed Services Operations, Sales Operations and CWS departments. Grace is committed to aligning all teams to CDW UK's strategic objectives, leading an organisation of more than 630 operational employees, more than 60 per cent of the CDW UK staff. Through her expertise in restructuring, business integration and change management, Grace has played a leading role in three of CDW UK's most significant business acquisitions. Grace maintains a strong focus on business efficiency and productivity, nurturing a strong work ethic amongst those she works with, specialising in exec leadership strategy, business transformation and mentoring to name but a few.

Deborah Kelly

Membership Manager

WISE

Deborah joined WISE in January 2019 as a Membership Manager and is responsible for establishing and developing relationships with new and existing members.

WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Working in partnership we can boost the talent pool from classroom to boardroom and drive economic growth.

Deborah previously held the position of Head of UK Sales at London & Partners, the Mayor of London's official economic development and promotional company, bringing a range of best-in-class international tech events to London. She also worked at Marketing Manchester, where she spent seven years within the marketing and business tourism teams. A graduate in both international tourism management and event management, she has prior experience working in foreign direct investment at the Manchester Investment and Development Agency Service.

Neil Sinclair

Chief Operating Officer

Police Digital Security Centre

Neil Sinclair is Chief Operating Officer for the Police Digital Security Centre, a joint venture between the Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police. Its role is to help businesses to grow and innovate through operating in a secure digital environment. The Centre offers tailored staff training and education programmes, security assessment and digital footprint assessments.

Neil comes from a Counter Terrorism background, having been a senior accredited financial investigator with the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit and the Financial Intelligence Lead for Government Agencies.

Aubrey Stearn

Chief Technology Officer

Nationwide Digital Accelerator Platform

Aubrey Stearn, currently CTO of the Nationwide Digital Accelerator Platform, she 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.

Advisory Board

Daniel Cuthbert

Global Head of Security Research

Banco Santander

Daniel Cuthbert is the Global Head of Security Research for Banco Santander. With a career spanning over 20 years on both the offensive and defensive side, he's seen the evolution of hacking from a small groups of curious minds to organized criminal networks and nation state we see today. He is the original co-author of the OWASP Testing Guide, released in 2003 and now the co-author of the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS).

Neil Sinclair

National Cyber Lead

Police Digital Security Centre

Neil Sinclair is Chief Operating Officer for the Police Digital Security Centre, a joint venture between the Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police. Its role is to help businesses to grow and innovate through operating in a secure digital environment. The Centre offers tailored staff training and education programmes, security assessment and digital footprint assessments.

Neil comes from a Counter Terrorism background, having been a senior accredited financial investigator with the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit and the Financial Intelligence Lead for Government Agencies.

Gaynor Collins-Punter

IT Director

NHS Health Research Authority

Gaynor has worked with the NHS Health Research Authority since January 2015. Her role is pivotal in the complex landscape of health research regulation, hence partnerships with other organisations such as the NIHR and MHRA are of prime importance. Gaynor is amidst the digital transformation of one of the Authority's key regulatory systems, the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) and new Agile ways of working are fundamental to the success of this programme, which also seeks to address Brexit requirements. Gaynor has previously worked in social care within a Local Government setting, having been instrumental in setting up the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) with Nottinghamshire County Council.

Nic Bellingham

Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations

Met Office

Nic joined the Met Office as a graduate in 1992 with a degree in Maths and Computer Science. After spending her first three months working in the personnel department and the next nine months on maternity leave, she then returned to work part time. From that point in her career Nic has worked in a range of IT-focused roles, from developing mainframe and PC applications to supporting the Met Office's public website. About seven years ago, by which point Nic was working full time, she moved into an IT Service Management role. This proved to be a fantastic opportunity, enabling her to gain valuable experience of working with external suppliers, of producing and managing budgets, and of decision making in fast-moving situations. It gave her the experience she needed to take the next step, into the role of Deputy Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations with day-to-day responsibility for all of the Met Office's IT services.

Two years ago Nic took the next step up into the role of Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations. Here she lead the delivery of the Met Office IT estate and associated services. In April 2019 she began a two year secondment, working as the Supercomputing Technology Lead in the Programme that will implement the Met Office's next supercomputing capability.