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Councillor Niraj Dattani, Harrow Council
Emma Kelly, Senior Officer – Futures, National Crime Agency
Alistair Samuelson, Technology Advocate
Dr Mark Thompson, Strategy Director and co-owner, Methods
Michael Wignall, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft UK
Tony Yates, Self Care and Prevention, NHS Digital
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Julian David is the CEO of techUK. He was appointed as the director general of Intellect in March 2012 and led its transformation to techUK in November 2013.
Julian has spent over 30 years in the technology industry mostly working for IBM in various roles including Vice President for Small and Medium Business in UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Africa and then for five years as Vice President for Public Sector in UK, Ireland and South Africa.
After leaving IBM Julian worked as a consultant with companies large and small in the technology industry and then focused on helping SMEs establish successful operations in the UK primarily in the areas of local government and health.
Julian leads techUKs 60 strong team in representing more than 900 member companies, including multi-nationals and more than 500 SMEs to ensure that the digital tech industry is at the heart of a modern society and economy in Britain.
Julian is also the Vice President of the National Trade Associations at Digital Europe the association for digital technology companies in Europe and represents techUK at WITSA the World IT and Services Association. He is a trustee of the Tech Partnership which works to promote careers and skill development in the ICT Industry.
Outside work Julian is a governor at a girl's school in London and a member of the Arts Panel at WCIT.
Clare has been Permanent Secretary of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since August 2015. She is responsible for the overall management of the Department, supporting Ministers in creating a great place for living and charting the way forward for one of the Departments most affected by EU exit. Her vision is for the Department and its delivery bodies, who together make up the Defra group, to achieve the best outcomes for customers and the environment by working together.
Prior to her current role Clare was a Director General in the Department for Transport, initially for corporate services and from 2013 for rail. From 2005 to 2008 she was Constitution Director at the Ministry of Justice. Her early career was spent mainly in policy roles in the Department of Health and the NHS, including as Principal Private Secretary to both Conservative and Labour Secretaries of State for Health.
Clare has a long-standing interest in leadership and change. She champions diversity and inclusion in all its foms, and promotes open working in Government. Outside work she enjoys singing, mountain walking and spending time with family. She was awarded a CB in the 2016 New Year Honour List.
Jon Payne is the Manager for Sales Engineering at InterSystems, and has 37 years' experience building and delivering software in over 30 countries. Initially working for the NHS at the start of his career, Jon has held a number of positions in both the healthcare and financial arena - including running his own consultancy - before joining InterSystems. Jon's role is to explore the opportunities for and then drive the adoption of, InterSystems technologies.
Most people would like Kate Russell's job on BBC technology programme Click, which involves surfing the web and trying out all the latest apps on her impressive collection of smartphones. Journalist, reporter and author, Kate has been writing about technology and the Internet since 1995.
As well as appearing regularly on Click, Kate is a partnered switch streamer and speaks at conferences, schools and universities to inspire next generation of technologists.
She also gets involved in policy meetings that aim to shape the way the Internet is governed in the UK.
Kate received her first break on TV after being encouraged to apply for a job advertising for a 'young & funky' female presenter who knew about video games for a new show on Nickelodeon. Kate got the job and presented the show for three series, co-hosting with Mike McClean and an animated fish called Bert.
She was a regular expert on the sofa at ITV's Daybreak and various other TV and radio stations, and continues to write columns for National Geographic Traveller magazine.
Her debut novel was published in 2014 underofficial licence to space trading game, Elite: Dangerous, the childhood passion that inspired her love of technology. As part of the licensing deal she got to name a planet in the latest game release, Elite: Dangerous. She called it Slough.
Her website, KateRussell.co.uk, won the 2015 UK Blog Awards for best individual digital and technology blog, and, in June 2016, she was voted the Computer Weekly 13th most influential woman in UK IT.
When she isn't busy writing, presenting, and inspiring the next generation, Kate finds time to run 6.5k three times a week and spends far too much time on Twitter advising people about the best web resources for their day-to-day needs.
With more than 28 years' experience under his belt, 15 as a CIO, Dylan Roberts currently holds the position of Chief Digital Officer with an outward focus on delivering better outcomes for the people and City of Leeds.
As part of this, Roberts is leading a range of collaborative change programs at a national, regional and city level. This includes the place based Leeds Digital City, Health and Wellbeing Informatics and National Pioneer/Vanguard Informatics Programs. Recent and notable achievements are the development of the Urban Sustainable Development Lab approach to Smart City solutions, the acclaimed Leeds Data Mill and City Open Manifesto, the Ripple open integrated digital care record and the passion and drive for platform based approaches to delivering better outcomes for places whilst delivering significantly more value and innovation from the digital and technology sector.
Dylan sits on the National Information Board and as chair of the Local CIO Council contributes and influences government policy and strategy in terms of its practical implementation across local places. His work in public sector ICT has resulted in him being voted by his peers, across all sectors, into the CIO50 most influential CIOs in the UK list, for which he achieved Number 6 for three years.
Robin is the found of Yoti, a digital identity system which is free to use for individuals and provides secure verification based on passports and other trusted identity documents. The Yoti mobile app enables age verification, data minimisation, secure authorisation of login linked to a person's biometrics, secure online subscription services and controlled unique login. A mobile SDK and API are available for companies. Robin is a serial entrepeneur (co-founder of Gamesys and founder of Zing), a trustee of Future First and an investor in a handful of early stage for profit and social UK businesses.
As the Director of Technology and Smart Cities at the Department for International Trade, Dylan leads a team of industry specialists and account managers responsible for attracting inward investment from international technology companies and promoting UK Tech exports in overseas markets. Dylan re-joined the public sector in Feb 2017 after almost ten years working in sales management and business development roles in the UK technology industry with a focus on ‘Safe and Smart cities’, for some of the world’s leading technology companies such as SAS, Microsoft and Hitachi.
During his career in the private sector Dylan led on negotiations and won business with a diverse range of customers in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East as well as throughout Europe. Dylan started his career in the public sector 19 years ago as a parliamentary researcher for Dr Liam Fox MP at the House of Commons. Following that he served in the British Army as an Officer (Captain) in the Intelligence Corps including operational service in Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland.
Dylan has an honours degree in History from the University of Edinburgh. He is married with three children and lives in south Oxfordshire.
Gary Barnett leads the Enterprise Advisory business for the Public Sector division of GlobalData, with responsibility for developing the firm’s research program and offering. Gary’s primary research focus is the practical application of technologies and methodologies to help to deliver sustainable transformation within the UK Public Sector. He also advises organisations in the public and private sectors on the topic of the Internet of Things.
Gary moderates a community of over 100 London-based Public Sector Technology Practitioners, working in the domains of Enterprise Architecture and Digital Transformation and is actively engaged with several Local Authorities, supporting them in their transformation programs.
Before becoming an analyst, Gary worked first as a software engineer then as an enterprise architect in the UK and France, developing and designing mainframe and large-scale client-server applications. Gary also served as CIO and Membership Manager for the Royal Yachting Association, the UK’s national body for sailing. In 2015, Gary was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts.
As a Director at Darktrace, Mariana works closely with the development, analyst, and marketing teams to devise high-impact commercial strategies for promoting Darktrace’s AI technology for cyber defense to technical and non-technical audiences. Her extensive career as an executive includes over a decade of commercial and marketing experience in companies spanning multiple industries, including enterprise software company Autonomy and FMCG global leader Heinz.
She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and speaks several languages.
Phil Aitchison is the Head of Cyber Security and Mission Critical Systems for Atos UK & Ireland. Phil is a business leader with fifteen years of experience in developing and delivering mission critical infrastructure, cyber resilience and surveillance solutions for critical national infrastructure clients. He leads the team that is responsible for the design, build and running of Atos UK’s cyber security portfolio. Currently, he is executing a strategy to apply cyber security controls into the digital transformation of public services and private sector organisations.
Educated in Scotland at Strathclyde Business School, Phil holds a first-class Masters degree in business & technology from University College Dublin.
Mike is responsible for HMRC’s digital and data strategies, and all of the technology powering one of the largest digitally-enabled transformations anywhere in Europe. He’s also responsible for the running of one of the UK’s largest and most complex IT estates. Additionally, Mike is implementing HMRC’s move from a single IT outsourcing deal to a dynamic multi-supplier environment. This shift will ensure HMRC can deliver truly innovative solutions that make a real difference for customers, and get the best deal for the taxpayer.
Mike came to HMRC in 2014 with an impressive record of delivering transformational change. Before taking up his current post in October 2016, Mike was HMRC’s Digital Transformation Director. He led the design and delivery of digital tax accounts for customers, which are at the heart of how the Department is modernising tax. Prior to this Mike was Transformation Director at NHS Blood and Transplant, responsible for overseeing all change. He has also led major transformation in the Rural Payments Agency.
Mike is a Chartered Chemical Engineer.
Nic Harrison joined the civil service in January 2014, initially as an interim, as the Director for Enabling Digital Delivery at the Department for Work and Pensions. He joined GDS in October 2016 and now holds the role of Director, Service Design and Assurance reporting to the Director General, Kevin Cunnington.
Nic joined the civil service following a thirty year career in the private sector where he held numerous senior management and technical roles primarily in the Telecoms sector. He has worked for software development houses, systems integrators and Telecoms operators. Nic has worked in over thirty countries across the globe and has lived in both the US and Germany.
Nic is married and splits his time between London and Norfolk.
Peter is a Digital Transformation Director with over 20 years’ experience of delivering large scale digital programmes across local government, central government and financial services.
He is skilled at taking organisations on their digital journey strategically and pragmatically. In his various roles, he successfully engages Chief Executives and the Board, senior managers, and the wider workforce in collaborative work to drive sustainable organisational change. He is passionate about customer-led design and rapidly delivering customer journeys using analytics and agile techniques that increase customer experience, reduce cost and/or generate additional revenue.
He recently led the Southampton Digital Transformation Programme delivering over £18m budget savings in the first year across adult and children’s social care, planning, business support and corporate services. The joint team with Southampton City Council was awarded the Best Digital and Technology Project across public and private sector in the UK by the Management Consultancies Association for 2017, and Best Use of Agile in the public sector 2016.
Prior to Capita, Peter set up and led the Innovation and Lab functions for the UK’s technology innovation centre on Smart Cities.
He holds a PhD in Strategy and Entrepreneurship and spent 5 years as a researcher in one of the leading digital centres in the world at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston where he also advised Ministers, Boards, Chief Executives and CIOs of multiple leading global organisations on how to drive business and public value from digitisation.
Ian Blackhurst is Executive Director for Safety and Health at Northgate Public Services. He is responsible for developing client solutions and for managing a large portfolio of software platforms and solutions.
Ian previously worked at GEC-Marconi, Siemens, BAe Systems and blue 8 technologies in a variety of product development, sales and senior management roles.
Helen joined Boeing in January 2015, with 15 years experience in the information services sector, gained with BT Global Services and Capgemini. During her time in Boeing, her remit has been, and remains, to grow Boeing’s Information services business in the UK in adjacent markets. The first year she has acted as business development lead culminating in the breaking in to a new sector outside of Defence, winning the £110M 10 year Strategic Partnership programme with Staffordshire Police.
Helen sits on techUK’s Central Government Committee.
Vicki is a Director at Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation. She leads their work on government innovation, including overseeing grant making from the endowment to back new ideas and innovations which will reform public services.
Her portfolio includes digital experiments to get more people to give their time and data online to good causes, to test out the effectiveness of 'nudges' in promoting new behaviours and to encourage people to share their assets.
Before joining Nesta Vicki worked in local government and led the Young Foundation's advisory practice workign with 50 central and local governments around the world to devise innovative new service solutions.
Lara is Product Director for DWP and Product Owner for Universal Credit. Her role in is to ensure that DWP’s digital services are designed by multi-disciplinary teams using user-centred test and learn methods to meet policy outcomes. She has worked on the design of Universal Credit since the 2010 election, and most recently she set up the agile development team that delivered digital Universal Credit in Sutton at the end of last year. She continues to lead its design and delivery to support the roll out of UC.
Lara joined DWP in 2003. All of her roles have been about taking a user-centred approach to business and service design. She established the department’s first customer insight division, introduced concepts such as understanding avoidable contact and nudge design and was instrumental in establishing DWPs first single departmental business strategy.
Before joining DWP, Lara worked in the Cabinet Office and the private sector. Here she built online services and developed integrated channel strategies.
In her early career, Lara project managed large public art commissions in Scotland. She lives in London with her husband and her three children.
Julian is Exec Chairman and founder of digi.me which enables the Internet of Me, where the individual is at the centre of their digital life, owning and controlling their own data – see http//digi.me.
Initially an aeronautical engineer, Julian founded STASYS Ltd in 1987, specialising in interoperability and the military internet, and grew it to a staff of 230, with subsidiaries in the USA, Germany, Malaysia and Australia prior to sale to Lockheed Martin in 2005. Julian is an angel investor in more than 20 start-up businesses, including firms such as Hailo, DataSift and Astrobotic.
Julian is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMechE and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, and is also a Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut.
Gordon Morrison is Director Government Relations for McAfee UK.
He has long term (25 year+) experience in UK public sector and government security. He spent the early part of his career as an engineer and scientist in the Ministry of Defence but subsequently worked in technical and senior management roles for EDS, Detica and Steria mainly on National Security, Cyber and Defence programs.
Before joining McAfee two years ago, he was a Director at the UK Trade Association for technology – techUK.
Robert is responsible for putting in place the required organisational capabilities of the Company, and leading various programmes of activity to deliver the objectives of the Company, to meet our customers’ needs.
Robert has over 30 years’ experience in ICT services-related sales management, business development, and operational and general management across four companies – Nixdorf, NCR, BT and Capita, responsible in both BT and Capita for leading and growing their Police & Justice sector business. Robert joined the Police ICT Company in October 2015. He brings to the ICT Company his knowledge and contacts across policing and justice stakeholders, including the supplier community. He sits on techUK’s Justice & Emergency Services Management Committee.
Sophie is a Fellow in Health Policy at the Nuffield Trust. Since joining the Trust in 2015, Sophie has focused on how digital technology can improve healthcare. Published work includes an exploration of patient-facing technologies, a review of how technology can support new service models in primary care and a large project on the wide-ranging benefits of digital technologies in healthcare.
Prior to joining the Trust, Sophie worked as an Analyst at RAND Europe. Her work there spanned a diverse range of research areas, including health innovation and drug discovery, attitudes towards vaccines and strategic health policy. She conducted research for the Department of Health, Public Health England, Vaccines Europe and the Structural Genomics Consortium.
Sophie gained her MPhil in 2011 from the University of Cambridge.
Sarah is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Emerald Group, a £1m turnover technology consultancy based in Warwickshire. The Group works with businesses and organisations wanting to harness technology to achieve their desired goals. She is a Board Director of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of the West Midlands Digital Group. Both roles involve working with all stakeholders to address the barriers to Digital Transformation across the region.
Passionate about our future digital talent, Sarah is on the Industry Advisory Board at Warwickshire College and working with Ukie, the national trade body for interactive entertainment, on their Digital Schoolhouse Primary School programme. She is a member of the Skills Board at Tech UK, the national industry body for the technology sector, and a champion for their Women in Tech programme. Beyond this, Sarah is also a Governor at Myton School and an Enterprise Advisor at Campion School supporting young people to ensure positive outcomes for all.
Based in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, Sarah is an active member of the community organising the Camouflage Festival in 2016 and working with local charities such as the Warwickshire Bears Wheelchair Basketball Team and British Blind Sport.
James is a seasoned Digital Marketer with 19 year’s experience in using large and often disparate data sets to bring about business change.
Currently helping global agencies build scalable solutions on top of Adobe technology, James previously owned the European strategy for Adobe Audience Manager - one of the best Data Management Platforms in the world that helps brands digest billions of pieces of disparate data in order to realise true marketing efficiencies and significant customer experience improvements.
Known as the person that can make tech become more understandable James loves nothing more than helping business leaders understand the significant opportunities digital can offer.
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