UK & Ireland CIO Executive Summit

21 June 2018 | London Hilton On Park Lane

21 June 2018
London Hilton On Park Lane

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the UK & Ireland CIO Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CIOs today:

Investing in your people and the right technologies

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

UK & Ireland CIO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CIOs, for CIOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Diane Bitzel

Intertek Group plc
Group CIO

David Germain

RSA Group plc
Group CIO

Brendan O'Rourke

Telefónica UK

Craig Walker

Shell Downstream


20 June 2018

6:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

Governing Body Networking Dinner

UK Executive Summit Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with peer networking and an inspirational kickoff with author and speaker Chris Moon. 

8:00am - 8:45am  Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:45am  Keynote

Step Beyond Your Limits

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Chris Moon


"One Step Beyond"

Chris Moon has tested the limits of human endurance. He avoided certain death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge guerrillas in Cambodia, lost an arm and a leg in an explosion while clearing landmines, and today runs the world’s toughest ultramarathons. For Moon, living doesn’t mean focusing on anything that you’ve lost, but on everything that you’ve got — and the innate resiliency that will lead you through to the other side. Kick off the UK Executive Summit by challenging your boundaries with Moon as he shares his passion for the process of achievement and the psychology of human potential.

9:45am - 10:00am  Networking Break

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

A Ruthless Focus on Business Outcomes

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Craig Walker


Shell Downstream

The CIO juggles a variety of double-edged roles. Are you a technical expert or a business leader? Is your organization an order taker or a business enabler? Craig Walker, VP and CIO of Shell Downstream, will explore how he transformed his IT organization’s credibility by understanding business priorities and delivering results. Take a peek into an IT organization that enables innovation and cultural change, led by a CIO who plays a strategic role in guiding the business.

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Hybrid Cloud — Conquering Complexity

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Ian Penny

Group CIO


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Robert Reynolds

Chief Technologist

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

CIOs must constantly ask how they can further accelerate the business, and a simplified hybrid cloud environment can go a long way toward addressing that eternal question. Robert Reynolds, chief technologist for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, will outline how CIOs can overcome the challenges of architecting an infrastructure to meet the goal of moving to a simplified hybrid cloud. Join this session to gain extensive insight from HPE customer Hiscox, and learn strategies for building, deploying and managing multiple clouds while optimizing productivity.

10:00am - 10:45am  Executive Boardroom

Managing the Web of Data Protection and Global Regulation

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Matt Broomhall

Chief Information Security Officer

TUI Group

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Craig Ellis

Group Chief Technology Officer

The Go-Ahead Group plc

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Miller Newton

President and CEO


Organizations have scrambled to meet the data protection regulations set forth by the EU. Now that GDPR has taken effect, where does your organization stand — and what’s next for meeting requirements? This roundtable discussion explores meeting compliance as regions around the world set their own data protection standards and regulatory guidelines, leaving CISOs and CIOs to struggle to protect a complex global network. Join this interactive discussion with peers on how to create a unified strategy. 

10:00am - 10:45am  Executive Boardroom

Improving IT Clock Speed and Shortening Time-to-Value

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Adam Warne


N Brown Group plc

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Hans de Visser

VP, Strategic Alliances

Mendix Inc.

Today’s digitization wave puts IT under pressure. While the demand for apps is exploding, many organizations struggle to fulfill business needs and shorten time-to-value. Executing a digital transformation strategy is more than just buying new technology. This roundtable discussion, led by Hans de Visser of Mendix, will explore best practices within the four pillars of portfolio, people, process and platform. Join with your peers to address the challenge of business and IT alignment, talent scarcity and rapid application delivery.

10:45am - 11:30am  Networking Break

11:30am - 12:15pm  Breakout Session

Talent Exploration and the Power of Partnership

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Ian Penny

Group CIO


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Sara Shipley

Head of HR


As traditional career paths in IT were being undermined or eliminated by technologies like AI and cloud computing, Ian Penny and Sara Shipley knew Hiscox needed to pivot its talent strategy or risk getting left behind by the next disruption. Penny and Shipley focused on growing talent holistically within the business, introducing T-shaped career paths that allowed employees to blur the lines between business areas and continually acquire new skills. Learn strategies for building trust between HR and IT, the importance of keeping each other honest, and the benefits of the one-team mindset when equipping your employees for what comes next.

11:30am - 12:15pm  Breakout Session

Innovating for the Future with Disruptive Technologies

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David Curbishley

Cloud & Cognitive Technical Leader


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Ian Gardner

Industry 4.0 Solutions Architect


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Colin Mower

Client Technical Leader


The future of your business rides on the decisions you’re making today. In a world of constant change, savvy customers, evolving technologies and new business models, do you have everything you need to make the right decisions and keep your competitive edge? Business leaders in high-performing organisations are harnessing cloud technology and utilising data to take advantage of the latest innovations — like AI, machine learning, Industry 4.0, blockchain and IoT — in order to make better business decisions, improve customer experiences, and innovate for the future. This session will unpack the latest disruptive technology innovations, showcasing real client stories, with specific examples from insurance and manufacturing industries.

11:30am - 12:15pm  Executive Boardroom

Data as an Enabler of Cloud Strategy

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Mike Yorwerth

Group Technology and Architecture Director

Tesco Corporation

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Colin Mitchell

Director, Northern Europe and South Africa


The cloud promises transformative benefits in terms of speed, agility, and efficiency, and enterprise organisations are now under significant pressure to accelerate the migrations of core business applications. However many businesses are still figuring out their data architecture and data migration strategies, and whilst they try to speed up these projects they are having to ensure that data is safe and complies with data protection regulations like GDPR. This roundtable discussion will cover key challenges in migrating apps and data to the public cloud, overcoming the constraint that is data, and realising all the benefits that a cloud infrastructure promises.

11:30am - 12:15pm  Executive Boardroom

The Business Possibility of Blockchain

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Mark Deansmith


Ab Agri

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Jaroslav Kacina


SophiaTX / Equidato Technologies AG

The CIO role is quickly evolving from one of being the executive level “IT” person to a true business leader and strategist. Blockchain is a technology that, if implemented, could involve a complete shift in how organizations fundamentally operate. It has the potential to disrupt business models, drive performance, and affect every interaction with business partners in and outside the enterprise. Join this interactive discussion around the strategy a CIO needs to get ahead of the competition by leaning in to blockchain technology, sorting through the noise, and embracing the impact that blockchain is quickly going to have on the entire organization. 

12:15pm - 2:00pm  Lunch & Comments

2:00pm - 2:45pm  Breakout Session

Journey to the Innovation Mindset

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Dan Fiehn

Group CIO

Markerstudy Group

When Dan Fiehn started at Markerstudy seven years ago, IT was held back by traditional processes and was viewed by the business strictly as a service organization. Then, the critical failure of a data center nearly caused them to lose everything – and provided the perfect opportunity to rebrand the IT department and build a foundation for innovation. Fiehn will share the pivotal moments and pitfalls that have shaped Markerstudy into the high-performing technology organization it is today. In this session, you will gain insights into instilling pride and confidence in IT, cultivating a strong support network, and inspiring the business to embrace new technologies and innovative ways of working.

2:00pm - 2:45pm  Breakout Session

The Future Belongs to the Intelligent Enterprise

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Phong Le

Senior Executive Vice President and CFO

MicroStrategy, Inc.

The intelligent enterprise is the ultimate data-driven organization. It harnesses traditionally counteractive forces – agility and governance, convenience and security, ease of use and enterprise functionality – to go beyond business intelligence and deliver transformative insights to every user, constituent and partner. Today, every forward leaning company is racing to become an intelligent enterprise. Why? Because organizations that build this intelligent edge over competitors will be the dominant force of tomorrow. Hear from MicroStrategy senior executive vice president and CFO Phong Le and map out how to transform your organization into an intelligent enterprise.

2:00pm - 2:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Making the Most of Your Board Pitch

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Michael Wallis

Group CIO

SSE plc

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Dave Jones



Choosing the right words when you go before your board — plus the right metrics, financials, data and visuals — can make or break whether you get the resources you need or walk away empty handed. When you just have a few minutes, you’ve got to sell your successes and highlight your challenges in a way that provides value without drowning the board in facts and figures. In this interactive show-and-tell, you’ll be encouraged to workshop best practices with your peers by bringing examples of real-life wins, stumbling blocks and questions you’ve asked when preparing for your pitch.

2:45pm - 3:15pm  Networking Break

3:15pm - 4:00pm  Breakout Session

CMO and CIO — Why Can’t We Be Friends?

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Andrew Booth

Former CMO

Late Rooms, The Hut Group & Time Out

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Stuart Hughes



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Judith van de Pas


Shell Global Marketing & Fleet Solutions

The most productive executive partnerships are built on trust and flourish when the relationship is well-established and embraced throughout the organization. Both CMOs and CIOs generally have this intention, but somehow it never quite becomes reality. How can IT leaders build more effective communication channels with the marketing department and better collaborate as business leaders? In this interactive discussion, a CMO and CIO who have worked together at multiple organisations share how they drive toward an optimal partnership with IT.

3:15pm - 4:00pm  Breakout Session

The Zero Trust Revolution

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Charlie Gero


Akamai Technologies, Inc.

Join Charlie Gero in a discussion of zero trust security principles and approaches. Gero will outline the severe security vulnerabilities inherent in a perimeter-based security architecture and highlight some of the major attacks that have occurred as a result. He will chart the progression from zero trust’s early concepts to today’s state-of-the-art, cloud-based, enterprise-wide zero-trust systems. This session will also provide clear insights on techniques for achieving a stronger security posture.

3:15pm - 4:00pm  Executive Boardroom

Cultivating a Diverse Workforce for Today and Tomorrow

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David Germain

Group CIO

RSA Group plc

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Philip Greenwood

IT Director


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Tina Sands


Cadent Gas

Addressing the widening skills gap in IT and security is one of the most pressing, yet nebulous, challenges facing organizations today. Executives tasked with accelerating innovation must seek out new perspectives from high-performing talent while at the same time ensuring that the existing workforce attains digital literacy and business acumen. To close this gap, IT and security leaders need to focus on talent-management techniques that attract diverse points of view. This peer discussion will explore strategies for leveraging the strengths of an inclusive workforce by investing in STEM education, confronting biases, and reforming cultural, diversity and organizational structures to meet the future needs of the business.

4:00pm - 4:15pm  Networking Break

4:15pm - 5:15pm  Keynote

Embracing Change and Choosing the Future

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Jared Carstensen


CRH plc

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Louise McCarthy

Former COO - CIO Global Digital Transformation


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Brendan O'Rourke


Telefónica UK

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Nadine Thomson

Director of Technology

Condé Nast International

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Graeme Hackland

Chief Information Officer

Williams F1

As organisations embrace digital transformation, the world inhabited by the CIO and CISO has become increasingly complex and challenging. IT and security leaders must drive real change, while at the same time reinvent their roles on their own terms. Led by a group of future-focused practitioners who have built increasingly varied careers, this session serves to reignite your commitment to shaping the future of the CIO and CISO roles and the industry as a whole. Join this dynamic presentation to discuss redesigning the IT and security agenda, demonstrating how your organization is enabling the business, and developing the skills necessary to ascend to the board — or beyond.

5:00pm - 6:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

20 June 2018


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London Hilton On Park Lane

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