UK & Ireland CIO Inner Circle

21 November 2018 | Haymarket Hotel

21 November 2018
Haymarket Hotel

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 Inner Circle.

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.


Diane Bitzel

Intertek Group plc
Group CIO

David Germain

RSA Group plc
Group CIO

Brendan O'Rourke


Craig Walker

Shell Downstream


21 November 2018

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Registration & Opening Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Leading the Transformed Enterprise

Gary Allwood headshot

Gary Allwood

Head IT

Anglo Beef Processors

Diane Bitzel headshot

Diane Bitzel

Group CIO

Intertek Group plc

David Germain headshot

David Germain

Group CIO

RSA Group plc

Matt Gordon-Smith headshot

Matt Gordon-Smith

Head of Global IM Security | CISO


Graeme Hackland headshot

Graeme Hackland

Chief Information Officer

Williams F1

Phil Le-Brun headshot

Phil Le-Brun

VP - Global Technology Development

McDonald's Corporation

Ian Penny headshot

Ian Penny

Group CIO


Judith van de Pas headshot

Judith van de Pas


Shell Global Marketing & Fleet Solutions

While the CIO and CISO roles will continue to evolve, all would agree that these jobs have fundamentally changed over the last five years. This dinner will be an opportunity to focus on what those changes mean to the way IT and security leaders must evaluate and implement the right technologies, foster a wide variety of partnerships across the business, build and develop strong teams, and bear an increased demand for high-level strategic thinking. Join your peers for this roundtable to assess your critical place in the post-transformation world.

Discussion Questions:

Discussion Topic 1: People

  • What are your strategies in communicating with the board of directors?
  • What impact does digital transformation have on your people and your processes? How do you manage that?
  • What skills and roles are needed in the transformed enterprise and how are you meeting those demands?
  • What steps have you taken to push for a more diverse workforce? What have been the barriers to change?

Discussion Topic 2: Strategy

  • How do you allocate resources appropriately when investing in digital technology initiatives and their ROI?
  • What technologies are creating the biggest disruptions to your business currently? Which ones are on the horizon?
  • How can you work better across the C-suite to create a culture of adaptation and innovation?
  • How do you more closely align IT strategy with business outcomes?

Discussion Topic 3: Personal Development

  • With the increased understanding of technology by all functions and a constantly changing technology landscape, how are you proving your relevance to the business?
  • How do you envision the role of the CIO and CISO in five years?
  • What’s next for IT and security executives in the context of leading an organisation?
  • What is your digital leadership mandate and what steps are you taking to execute on that mandate?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

7:00pm - 9:00pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

9:00pm - 10:00pm  Social Hour


Your Community Partners

Summary Discussion Partner
Collaborative Partners

UK & Ireland CIO Community Managers

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contacts.

Lucy Guille

Conference Attendance Manager

+44 (0)7701 308 981

Luis Arango Abello

Programme Manager

+44 (0)1784 267 880