A range of high profile representatives from the tech industry, vertical sectors and the public sector spoke at our 2016 event:
In alphabetical order:
Katie O'Donovan, Public Policy Manager, Google
Caroline Baldwin is the deputy editor of Essential Retail. Caroline brings with her a wealth of knowledge on both retail and technology, after working as senior reporter at Retail Week and business editor at Computer Weekly.
Using her analytical skills, Caroline specialises in writing long-form features investigating how to solve challenges affecting retailers, as well as securing big name interviews with both retailers implementing technologies and vendors at the cutting edge of innovation.
She is particularly interested in the impact of IoT on retail, as well as technologies which improve eCommerce fulfilment.
Sue leads techUK's work on big data and analytics and cloud and mobile and has been recognised in the UK Big Data 100 as a key influencer in driving forward the Big Data agenda. In addition to being a regular industry speaker, Sue is also a judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards. Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety. Before joining Symantec Sue was senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Sue has an BA degree on History and American Studies from Leeds University and a Masters Degree on International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Birmingham.
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.
Matthew is the CEO of Broadband Stakeholder Group and Executive Director of SmarterUK.
He started with the techUK in April 2014 as the Broadband Stakeholder Group’s Policy Manager.
Matthew now heads the BSG and SmarterUK as well as leading techUK’sInternet of Things Programme.
Matthew joined from Arqiva's public policy team where he worked for over two years across the broadcast and telecoms markets. Before that he was a researcher for an MP at Westminster.
He focuses on how TfL can use technology and open data to deliver better journeys on public transport and the road network and enable TfL's employees to provide better customer service. He also leads on supporting and partnering with the capital's thriving tech sector.
Vernon led the successful pan-Government and transport industry marketing and communications strategy for the London 2012 Games, the largest integrated campaign of its kind ever undertaken.
Prior to joining TfL in 2007, Vernon spent 10 years at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and 18 years at the Bank of England in a variety of banking, regulatory, corporate and communications roles. This included leading the FSA's national work to improve the financial capability of consumers.
Venron is on the Board of the London Transport Museum and is a member of an Advisory Group to Marston Group, the largest privately owned specialist UK company in the field of civil and High Court Enforcement. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Jeremy is a commercial and regulatory lawyer who specialises in regulated or part-regulated sectors including rail, bus, automotive, power and utilities.
He has broad experience supporting train operators on franchise and concessions bids, as well as advising train manufacturers and ROSCOs on fleet procurements, maintenance and leasing. Jeremy is an expert in the regulatory framework that applies to rail having joined the firm from the Office of Rail Regulation (now Office of Rail and Road). He also advises clients in the utilities sector, including the UK's largest DNO, Western Power Distribution as well as ’big six’ and smaller energy suppliers.
He has a particular interest in “Smart Cities” from a transport and energy perspective, and advises a range of clients involved in smart metering, as well as technology companies looking to innovate in the transport sector.
Jeremy worked in the infrastructure team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and spent three years at the Office of Rail Regulation before joining Osborne Clarke in January 2013. He has a post graduate diploma in EU competition law.
In his previous role as British ambassador to Israel, he set up the UK Israel tech hub, which laid the foundations for the UK and Israel’s powerful tech relationship. He also led the Cabinet Office’s cyber security unit as its Director of Cyber Security and Information Assurance, focussed on keeping Britain safe from cyber attack.
Matthew’s previous roles also include serving as principal private secretary in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as private secretary for foreign affairs in the Prime Minister’s office.
Matthew has worked in Tehran, Islamabad, Washington and Manila. This international expertise will help the Government deliver its ambitions to help UK digital businesses expand across the world.
Ian Jones is a Key Account Manager for Siemens Rail Automation in the UK, responsible for new business development in Mass Transit.
His background encompasses 30 years’ programme, systems and software management and the delivery of safety and security critical systems in the rail, aerospace and defence markets.
Ian has worked for Siemens since 2009 in roles such as UK Software Manager, Product Introduction Manager for the DTGR System for the London Underground Victoria Line and Global R&D Director. In his current role he is responsible for bringing together people and technology to create systems that fulfil customers’ needs today and in the future.
Ambrose is editor in Chief of Computer Business Review. Ambrose has covered the IT industry for over 20 years as a journalist and editor for the UK’s most influential websites and publications. He is a leading commentator on the IT industry and a key influencer in this sector. He has written extensively on cloud, fintech and investment strategies and in his current role leads a team covering the full spectrum of news from mobiles to mainframes, devices to data centres and capital investments to cloud.
Andy is editor at IMRG, the UK’s association for online retail, a position he has held for 6 years. In his role Andy is responsible for analysing and reporting on the latest trends identified in the data that IMRG tracks. He also works closely with industry to understand the issues affecting online retailers and how they can be overcome.
Andy previously worked in the publishing and telecoms sectors, where he was Cisco-qualified.
Jamie liaises with retailers actively engaged in cross-business digital transformation. Prior to Google, Jamie founded and grew Glasses Direct, which became Europe’s largest online glasses retailer. Jamie also co-founded entrepreneurship campaigning organisation StartUp Britain at No.10 Downing Street, which was announced in the Chancellor’s 2011 budget speech, personally launched by the Prime Minister, and is still active today. He served as an advisor for 3 years on the Shadow Chancellor's New Enterprise Council from 2007-2010. In 2009 Jamie received the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. Last year, he was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015, and received an honorary MBA from Bristol, University of the West of England.
Philippe is the Head of Analytics for Citi Logik, a company specialising in gaining insights on peoples’ movements by processing anonymised mobile phone data. Philippe has been working in the transport planning and modelling industry for over 15 years developing models to undertake design and appraisals for major transport schemes in the UK and overseas. In this role Philippe was one of the first transport modellers to recognize the strong potential for use of mobile phone data to better understand trip patterns. Philippe now leads a team of analysts and data scientists who develop complex algorithms to query large volumes of data to fulfil the needs of wide range of clients including local authorities, train operating companies, airport operators or retailers.
After serving a full technical apprenticeship James gained a BSc (Hons) from Buckingham University. He has since accumulated over 25 years of manufacturing experience, including 13 years as Managing Director of a specialist high precision, internationally trading, supplier of turnkey instrument sub-systems. Prior to joining the MTA James was Production and HR Director at a major manufacturer of mechanical seals and support systems.
James is very knowledgeable about global manufacturing and has a strong interest in supply chains together with logistics. He also has expertise in corporate finance and improving business performance.
As Executive Director for Telecommunications and Spectrum, Raj leads techUK activities relating to Communications Infrastructure, UK Spectrum Policy Forum and Satellite Applications and Services.
Raj's previous career background gives him a rare senior-level working experience spanning Government, regulation and the technology industry. In his current role, he is responsible for promoting the interests of our member companies on a number of fronts: negotiating and influencing government and regulatory policy, knowledge sharing (across industry) and thought leadership, and enabling market development (eg. in tackling business barriers). In response to a request from Government, he established The UK Spectrum Policy Forum, to act as a sounding board on the future approaches on spectrum.
Geoff has worked for the ManpowerGroup for over 16 years and currently has responsibility for the Experis brand across Europe. Experis is the Professional resourcing and solutions business of the ManpowerGroup, specialising in the IT, Finance and Engineering sectors.
In addition to his European responsibilities Geoff manages the UK&I Experis business, comprising of over 400 staff, 6000 professional interims and 5 partner companies. Geoff has held the UK&I MD responsibilities since 2012 and managed through the Experis brand rollout, integration process of 4 separate brands, in addition to a number of acquisitions, major account wins and significant revenue and profit growth.
Prior to the current role Geoff was the UK MD of Elan IT, before this he held a number of Operations Director and Program Director positions during his 13 years at Elan IT. Before joining the ManpowerGroup he worked in the pharmaceutical industry for Merck and is a biochemist by background holding a BSc honours from the University of Liverpool.
Geoff's expertise resides in Business & Project management, brand management, M&A, Talent Management, Professional and Executive recruitment, IT solutions and world of work trends. Geoff holds a number of project management accreditations, is an active member of the Institute of Directors and holds a Non-Executive Directorship at the Black Eagle Brewery.
After qualifying in banking, Terry spent 10 years with an international computer company where his last role gave him UK responsibility for the development and marketing of industry specific application software. This was mainly targeted at the SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) sector, and at firms of practicing accountants. He went on to run the UK and Irish operations of an international software company developing software for accountancy firms. The company became market leader in the sector in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, South Africa and had a present in the US.
In 1982, he moved into Consultancy mainly providing services to companies in the technology sectors. His involvement with R&D Tax Credits began in 2001 through membership of the technology industry trade body. The trade body grew and changed, until today it is techUK, the largest UK trade body. Terry sat on the R&D Tax Credits Committee of the trade body while it existed until 2005. He Has specialized with helping companied identify and claim R&D Tax Credits since that time. In August 2012, he founded Terry Toms and Partners Ltd trading as RandDTax. RandD Tax has helped with over 3000 R&DTax Credit claims for more than 700 companies (mostly SMEs) - since September 2012 with a 100% success rate, gaining well in excess of £47million for those clients.
Terry has spoken at trade body, HMRC, accountancy profession, University and other business events on R&D Tax Credits, and other innovation issues, and assisted in running workshops on software industry R&D claims for HMRC on behalf of Intellect (now techUK). He is a Fellow of the Institute for Independent Business (IIB) and sits on the national Ethics Committee of the Institute. IIB is a development network focused on helping independent business consultants to service SME communities in the UK and internationally.
In his current role as Technical Director, Andrew is accountable for business change and product development across UK and Far East. He also stands over Safety & Compliance and Product Licensing.
Before joining Maplin Andrew worked in senior roles in supermarket giants ASDA and Tesco, accountable for technical teams based in Asia and UK.
Simultaneously to these roles Andrew sat on the Executive Board of The UK Council for Child Internet Safety, a group of more than 200 organisations drawn from across government, industry, law, academia and charity sectors that work in partnership to help keep children safe online where he influenced the adoption of improved parental controls on devices.
From 2013-2015 he also sat on the DTG Board & Council, a centre for collaboration at the heart of the digital TV industry.
His civilian career was established after having served 23 years as an aircraft engineer in the Royal Air Force.
Antony Walker is deputy CEO of techUK, the UK's leading digital technology trade association, which he played a lead role in launching in November 2013. Antony is a member of the senior leadership team and has overall responsibility for techUK's policy work.
Prior to his appointment in July 2012 Antony was chief executive of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), the UK's independent advisory group on broadband policy. Antony was closely involved in the development of broadband policy development in the UK since the BSG was established in 2001 and authored several major reports to government. He also led the development of the UK's world leading Open Internet Code of Practice that addresses the issue of net neutrality in the UK.
Prior to setting up the BSG, Antony spent six years working in Brussels for the American Chamber of Commerce following and writing about telecoms issues and as a consultant working on EU social affairs and environmental issues. Antony has a history degree from Aberdeen University and an MA from the Institute of European Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
Mike Wilson has over 30 years of experience in the application of automation to manufacturing across a broad range of industry sectors throughout Europe, Asia and America. Previously he has worked for both users and suppliers of automation and also as an independent consultant providing automation expertise to industry and training via Warwick Manufacturing Group. He is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the application of industrial robot systems in the UK.
Mike is General Industry Sales Manager for ABB Robotics leading the drive to increase the use of robots across UK manufacturing. In addition, he is Chairman of the British Automation and Robot Association, Director of the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, Board member of the Engineering and Machinery Alliance, serves on the Technical Advisory Board for the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation and has been invited to join the Advisory Board of the Midlands Robotics Network. He has previously been Chairman of the International Federation of Robotics from 2000 to 2003.
Cormac is currently the CEO for the UK & Ireland at Nokia, having taken up this role in January 2016. In this role he leads all operations for the UK & Ireland markets including sales, business management, delivery and operations.
As a senior executive over more than two decades in a number of global blue-chip organisations, Cormac has extensive experience is sales, marketing and business development.
In addition he has proven expertise in strategic planning and driving transformation and change management in large scale businesses.
Prior to his current position Cormac led the Alcatel-Lucent business in the UK & Ireland. Earlier positions included senior roles at BT, the largest telecommunications operator in the UK, and international roles at UUNET and Motorola
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