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2019 Confirmed speakers



David Biden profile photoDavid Biden, CEO, Human +

David Biden has been advising organisations on how to practically apply modern technologies to their business for many years. His passion now lies in helping complex organisations unlock the full potential of their own people through the use of Robotic Process Automation, while improving the lives of the citizens and customers they support

RobinBrattel4Robin Brattel, CEO, Iotic Labs

Robin is a serial business builder and teaching fellow at the University of Bristol. Passionate about the power of Twins, Event Analytics and Semantics, Robin has transformed Iotic into a global service provider to world-leading Enterprises.

Robin leads the application, development and exploitation of Iotic’s patented technology, the Operating Environment for Digital Business. Working closely with global Tier One customers to deliver value and transform their digital approach, redefining the possible, and enabling them to be digital.

john cridlandJohn Cridland, Chairman, Transport for the North

John Cridland is Chairman of Transport for the North and of the Home Group.

The first is the Strategic Transport Body working to improve connectivity across the North of England, the second is a national Housing Association building homes and providing supported housing.
He is Pro Chancellor of Brunel University and Senior Independent Director of OFSTED.
John is a Visiting Professor at University College London and Chairman of its Green Innovation Policy Commission, a Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and a Trustee of the Comino Foundation.
He was Independent Reviewer of the State Pension Age in 2016-17, setting the age at 68 from 2039, and part of the 2018 review of the Financial Reporting Council.
He was Director-General of the CBI from 2011 to 2015, leading its campaigns on infrastructure, school education, medium sized businesses and climate change, and was Deputy Director-General for the previous decade.
A founding Commissioner of the Low Pay Commission which established the National Minimum Wage, he was also on the ACAS Council, Vice Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council and a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills.
John was awarded the CBE in 2006 for services to business.

Sue DaleySue Daley, Associate Director techUK (Chair)

Sue leads techUK's work on cloud, data analytics and AI and has been recognised as one of the most influential women in UK tech by Computer Weekly. Sue has also been recognised in UK Big Data 100 as a key influencer in driving forward the Big Data agenda, shortlisted for the Milton Keynes Women Leaders Awards and was recently a judge for the Loebner Prize in AI. In addition to being a regular industry speaker on issues including AI ethics, data protection and cyber security, Sue is a regular judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards.

Julian-David-high-resolution-1Julian David, CEO, techUK

Julian David is the CEO of techUK, the Digital Technology Trade Association. Julian leads techUK's 60 strong team in representing 850 member companies, comprising Global and  National Champions and more than 500 SMEs. He is a member of the UK Government and Industry Cyber Growth Partnership and the Digital Economy Council. He is also the  Vice President for National Trade Associations on the Executive Board of DIGITALEUROPE and Vice President representing Europe on the board of WITSA the Worldwide IT  Association. He is also a Member of the Board of the Health innovation Network, the South London Academic Health Science Network. 

Alain DilworthAlain Dilworth, Programme Manager, Made Smarter-North West Pilot

Alain spent 25 years in private sector operational roles in large and small businesses in the oil exploration, defence engineering, packaging manufacture, home improvement and textiles sectors.  In 2010 Alain started work for the NWDA to pursue his interest in economic development, delivering grant-funding for the past 5 years. Alain works at the Growth Company and is the programme manager for Made Smarter North West pilot



Matt EvansMatthew Evans, Director, Markets, techUK

Matthew Evans leads techUK’s Market Engagement programme teams and is a member of the senior leadership team.Prior to his appointment in early 2019, Matt led techUK’s Smart Infrastructure and IoT work, as well as being CEO of the Broadband Stakeholder Group. During this time he led the telecoms industry’s approach to lowering the cost of network deployment, played a key role in coordinating it’s response to Brexit and was closely involved in the development of the Government’s Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review. He also assisted in the development of the UK’s first secure by design Code of Practice aimed at consumer IoT, oversaw the publication of a paper outlining the tech sector’s view of future mobility services and drove engagement around the use of digital twins.

Matt sits on the Steering Board of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce, Digital Framework Task Group, the advisory board for the Prospering from the Energy Revolution industrial challenge fund.

steve-evansSteve Evans, Vice President, Emerging Technology Practice, CGI

Steve Evans leads the Emerging Technology Practice for CGI UK’s Strategic Business Unit, the practice draws on both innovative technologies as well as related business capabilities. The principle focus is to maximise the return on Investment for CGI’s clients as they Digitally Transform their organisations.
Steve’s areas of expertise include; a range of emerging technologies as well as, digital strategy, operating model development and delivery transformation. Prior to joining CGI, Steve held a number of senior positions in the areas of business transformation and strategic IT for organisations such as Accenture, Rank Xerox, First Group and the Automobile Association.

Martin Ewings PicMartin Ewings, Brand Leader and Operations Director, Experis, UK & Ireland

As the Brand Leader and Operations Director for Experis UK & Ireland, Martin is passionate about ensuring businesses have access to the skills they need to grow and thrive. Working with Experis for nearly 20 years, Martin has a deep understanding of how to support organisations in building their specialist tech talent. This covers everything from educating the next generation of talent, accessing previously untapped diverse talent pools, and developing new methods of engaging with the workforce.

Bryan GlickBryan Glick, Editor-in-chief, Computer Weekly

Bryan Glick is the editor-in-chief of Computer Weekly, one of Europe’s leading business technology publications. He is responsible for managing and developing all of Computer Weekly’s editorial content, covering the Computerweekly.com website, blogs, video, webinars, social media, events, the 200,000-circulation weekly digital magazine and its international versions, and the CW500 IT leadership group.
Bryan is also head of European editorial for Computer Weekly’s publisher, TechTarget, where he is part of the team leading the company’s European expansion plans.
Bryan is a regular contributor to TV and radio broadcasters on technology issues, including appearances on many of the leading news and current affairs programmes

Shivani Govil picShivani Govil, EVP Emerging Tech and Ecosystem, Sage

A senior executive, Shivani Govil is EVP of Emerging Tech and Ecosystem at Sage, a global technology company operating in 23 countries around the world and serving over 3 million customers. In her role at Sage, Shivani is responsible for driving value through key technology growth areas such as AI and Blockchain into the product line to enhance the customer experience. Additionally she is responsible for building an ecosystem of partners that can complementing Sage’s solutions.

She has an undergraduate from the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai and a Master of Science from Princetown. Prior to joining Sage, Shivani was Global VP AI and Cognitive Products at SAP Ariba and previously lead the mobile innovation program at SAP.

Shivani is passionate about giving back to the community in areas such as education and entrepreneurship. She is on the board of IITBHF and was previously on the Bay Area board of BUILD, a non-profit inspiring high-risk youth to graduate from school. At Sage, Shivani is a key member in the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Council.

GuyMatthews Guy Matthews, Director of Emerging Technology, CGI 

With over two decades in client-side roles focused on data as an organisational asset and its exploitation, Guy Matthews is helping lead developments in 5G and smart cities, helping our clients implement these and other emerging technologies in economically sustainable programmes. 

Paul OBrienPaul O'Brien, Director - AI, Service, Security and Operations Research, BT

Paul leads an award winning international team applying AI and data science technologies to transforming the way BT manages its networks and digital services. This includes exploiting AI to automate telecom operations, data science for cybersecurity and optimisation technologies for business agility and efficiency. He has worked in AI and telecommunications for over 20 years. Paul holds business and technical degrees from the London School of Economics, University College London, Essex University and University of Hertfordshire. Paul is a board member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals.

Eve RoodhouseEve Roodhouse, Chief Officer for Economic Development, Leeds City Council

Eve leads on Economic Development at Leeds City Council where she is responsible for bringing forward the delivery framework for the city’s Inclusive Growth Strategy. Also, Eve leads to economic policy, business growth support, inward investment and visitor economy. Eve is a member of the Leadership Group of the Chamber of Commerce and a Director of North Invest.

Raj SivalingamRaj Sivalingam, Head of Innovation, WHP Telecoms 

Raj joined WHP Telecoms Ltd in December 2017, as Head of Innovation. He is responsible for building partnerships with equipment suppliers, operators / users, Government and industry and identifying innovative approaches for the digital communications challenges at hand.
Prior to this he was Executive Director for Telecoms and Spectrum at techUK the trade association for companies involved in digital technologies and services in the UK. His role was to bring industry co-ordination and leadership on issues to promote the markets relating to digital communications. As such he led activities on a diverse range of topics from next generation broadband (4G, 5G, fibre etc) and digital connectivity for rail and utility sectors to child online safety. Before this, he was a Senior Civil Servant at the Department for Business, where his roles included that of Director for UK Space Policy and European Relations. Earlier, at the Radiocommunications Agency (now Ofcom) as Head of Business Unit, he was responsible for regulatory policy and licensing for a range of wireless sectors. Before joining the civil service, he held a number of posts in the defence and space industries, including Chief Technologist at M/A-Com and Senior Programme Manager with Matra Marconi Space, now part of Airbus.

 Dan-SodergrenDan Sodergren, Head of Business Services, The Landing

 Ex marketing agency owner, serial tech startup founder and now media spokesperson Dan Sodergren is digital marketing and technology expert for the BBC. He works on the BBCBreakfast reviewing the newspapers from a tech POV. And on the BBC new channels as well as on countless radio shows as commentator on tech stories and marketing issues.

He is a consumer champion on shows like BBC Watch Dog, the One Show and RipOffBritain and marketing tech specialist for SuperShoppers and RealFakeAndUnknown.

His main interest is in the future. Be that the future of marketing, or the future or work or how technology will change the world, especially around healthtech and ecotech. 


Jason Souloglou

Jason Souloglou, Senior Director Insight, Arm

Jason is a senior leader at Arm having founded Arm’s presence in Manchester in 2014. He is part of Arm’s corporate strategy and incubation team, most recently creating and leading Arm Insight, a new software business for real-time distributed insight streaming from the edge.

Arm is a leader in the 5th wave of computing, combining emerging technologies such as 5G, AI and secure IoT to make the world smarter, more efficient and more sustainable.

Jason is a graduate from Manchester University, previously founding Transitive in 1999 whos technology most notably formed the core of Apple’s Rosetta, and was instrumental in allowing them to jump seamlessly to the x86 architecture and accelerate their growth. Transitive was acquired by IBM in 2009 and Jason helped grow a new IBM software development centre in Manchester


Elizabeth StutchburyElizabeth Stutchbury, Lead Consultant, Informed Solutions

Elizabeth is a Senior Technical Analyst and GIS Specialist who has been involved in several high-profile national and global GI projects involving both open source and commercial GIS suites.
A leader within Informed Solutions’ Project Delivery and Support Teams, Elizabeth has significant expertise in spatial data analysis and modelling as well as developing and supporting Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based applications, with a particular focus on workflows and user interfaces. Elizabeth was an elected Council Member of the UK Association of Geographical Information - the youngest person to have held this position.
Formed in 1992, Informed Solutions is a leading international provider of digital transformation, technology, data analytics and systems integration services. Informed’s purpose is to create economic and social value by helping to build a more inclusive, fair and safe society through ethical use of technology and data, and investing in digital skills.

Phil SwanPhil Swan, Chief Information Officer & GM Digital Lead, Greater Manachester Combined Authority

Phil leads the GMCA’s digital programme which includes collaboration with public and private sector partners across the city region to drive economic growth and social impact. Working closely with the ten GM localities and the Health & Social Care Partnership, he is focussed on delivering the GM Digital Strategy which was crowdsourced in 2017 through two #GMdigital Mayoral Summits and events led by Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester Mayor. The current scope of work includes digital skills and inclusion, growth of GM’s digital economy, full fibre and 5G connectivity, cyber security, helping residents make smarter use of their data in GM, and running the GMCA’s own ICT.

Phil believes wholeheartedly in the philosophy underpinning the GMCA’s Digital Team: “Big enough to matter, small enough to know each other, and hungry enough to make things happen” and works with some amazing people, across all sectors, who are combining their talents with digital opportunities to create a better Greater Manchester for the people of the city region.

He is the current chair of iStandUK, the local government information standards body, and is a member of the Digital Futures Strategic Advisory Board at the University of Manchester.

Neil WaltonNeil Walton, Turing Fellow, University of Manchester

Neil Walton received his undergraduate ('05), Masters ('06) and PhD ('10) in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. His research is in applied probability and principally concerns the decentralized minimization of congestion in networks. He was a lecturer at University of Amsterdam where he held an NWO Veni Fellowship. He then moved to the University of Manchester where he is a Reader in Mathematics.
Neil has conducted research visits at Microsoft Research Cambridge, the Basque Centre for Mathematics and the Automatic Control Laboratory ETH Zurich. Neil is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. Here he is co-investigator on the project “Artificial Intelligence for Transport Planners”. He is an associate editor at the journals Operations Research and Operations Research Letters.
He has won best papers awards at the ACM Sigmetrics conference and he was awarded the 2018 Erlang Prize by the Informs Applied Probability Society. From 2017 to 2019 I was the head of probability and statistics group at the University of Manchester.

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 Cllr Elise Wilson,  Leader of Stockport Council

Councillor Elise Wilson is the Leader of Stockport Council – which is one of the 10 local authorities which make up the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

She was elected as a Labour Councillor in the Davenport and Cale Green Ward in 2014. Prior to becoming Leader of Stockport Council in May 2019, she served as Cabinet Member with responsibility for Reform and Governance. Cllr Wilson is also currently Greater Manchester’s Lead Member for Digital City Region.

Stockport is an ambitious local authority, with exciting developments taking shape that will deliver real benefits for its 260,000 residents and 16,000 businesses.

Born and raised in Stockport, Councillor Wilson, who runs a local business in the Borough, is married with three children.




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