UK & Ireland CIO Executive Summit

17 May 2023 | Royal Lancaster London

17 May 2023
Royal Lancaster London


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with UK & Ireland's top CIOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Accelerating High Growth and Digitally-Driven Outcomes

Thriving through Volatility - Empowering People, Resiliency and Insights

Leading Digital Sustainability to Future Proof the Organisation

UK & Ireland CIO Governing Body

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


Debra Bailey

Royal Mail Group

Claire Dickson

DS Smith

David Germain

Group CIO

Javed Iqbal

Group CIO

Robbert van Rutten

SVP & Downstream CIO

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CIO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your UK & Ireland CIO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


Breakout Sessions

Cybersecurity Strategy – Getting Ready for the Next Event

Your digital transformation journey must be efficient, effective and secure. Where does cybersecurity fit into your post-pandemic IT and digital enablement? With the recent shift in IT priorities, your CISO should be a strategic thinker and an ally who promotes security readiness as you shape your company or organisation’s success.

In this session, you will explore:

  • The components of an effective cybersecurity strategy that drive your program and reduce risk
  • Strategies that ensure the major building blocks of your IT transformation are secured
  • Ways to evolve your cybersecurity strategy to align with line of business goals

How CIOs Should Enable Exceptional Experiences for Employees and Customers Alike

A subpar employee experience can have a ripple effect across an organisation, including employees’ enthusiasm for delivering superior customer experiences. As aa CIO, providing excellent employee experiences is a critical part of your overall digital strategy. But with the number of apps, tabs, and windows agents use to help employees, it can be difficult and slow to locate the right information at the right time, in a secure manner. Ultimately, this will hinder the level of experience you can give your customers. Join this session for insights into:

  • Demonstrating the tangible link between great employee and customer experience
  • Driving employee adoption across the organisation, ensuring consistent usage and addressing associated security concerns
  • Practical examples of how to better provide customer, employee and IT experiences

Redefining the Digital Foundation for the Future of Business

As digitisation becomes embedded in the business, CIOs are taking on greater responsibility for consumer experiences. Ensuring your organisation’s internal tools serve customers well will enable you to collect more accurate data, driving insights which create an even better consumer experience.

In this session, CIOs will gain insights into:

  • Utilising in-house tools to improve customer experiences and create a competitive advantage
  • Aligning customer-facing stakeholders on new digital strategies
  • Increasing speed-to-insight on the data and analytics journey

The CIO Vision in 2023 and Beyond – What’s Next for Data & Analytics?

The role of CIO is ever evolving, so revaluating data and analytics strategies is constant. The challenges faced span across multiple different areas — from communicating data updates internally & implementing more efficient scalability models, to looking at data security whilst also tackling legacy issues. So how can CIOs get past the complexities of these challenges and utilise them to improve on their strategies? Join this session and gain insights into:

  • Taking a closer look at driving a stronger culture when it comes to data
  • The challenges faced when tackling a hybrid infrastructure
  • The future of D&A and what that means for your organisation

Talent and Transformation – Crafting your Future IT Culture

As more organisations shift to digital, the pressure is on to find the right talent to drive digital business forward. As Vodafone strives to become a more software-oriented, cloud-native company, Ahmed El Sayed, UK CIO and Europe Digital Engineering Director,  Vodafone, will share how the organisation is evolving to become a ‘techco’ with a ‘build over buy’ approach to its enabling technology, and how attracting a large amount of new talent has become a critical component in their broader transformation. Specifically, Ahmed will share:

  1. Re-imagining Vodafone’s approach to talent in the face of changing technologies and digital priorities
  2. Partnering with other areas of the business to drive forward recruitment and craft the future IT culture within Vodafone
  3. The areas CIOs can focus on, from finance to culture, in order to attract key talent and drive change

Executive Boardroom Sessions

The CIOs Data Journey – Viewpoints, Navigation Tips and Cross Border Security

For the CIO and business stakeholders, a modern data architecture can churn out as many questions as salient solutions, especially in complex organisations that operate across borders. How do you effectively organise your data? Where do you invest for success? How can you address complex security challenges such as cross border compliance? This peer-driven discussion will serve as a checkpoint on your data journey, exploring:

  • The ‘how’ of harnessing and optimising your data for better business outcomes
  • Ensure data security and compliance across borders for privacy
  • Insights around data as a service, data security and data warehousing

The CIO’s Playbook: Execute Strategy Confidently

As a CIO, what are you choosing to prioritise when looking at your IT initiatives? While many may compete for your time - investing in security, innovation or even saving costs - they don’t need to be at odds. CIOs can practically take steps to remove the noise that’s creating decision drag.

Join this boardroom to discuss to learn how to:

  • Filter out the noise that stems from unreliable and volumes of data
  • Get the business and IT collaborating when objectives are (re)prioritsed
  • Tactics that enable CIOs to collaborate in real-time with IT and business stakeholders

How CIOs Should Drive Efficiencies and Optimise Workflows in Difficult Operating Environments

With demand for digital innovation continuing at a record pace and access to resources becoming more competitive, organisations must streamline their IT stack to focus on time to value, maximise return on investment, and stay competitive in an increasingly recessionary global economy. Modern enterprise platforms are the key to competing in the future digital economy. As CIOs, how can you ensure your IT investments demonstrate real business value and meet the needs of the business? Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Demonstrating real business value with your IT investments
  • Establish a unified platform and platform teams that meet your business application and automation needs
  • Better plan the future of work and the role of people as technologies mature


We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Venue & Accommodation

Royal Lancaster London

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Royal Lancaster London at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling +44(0)2075516000. Please mention UK CIO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of £360 GBP (plus tax) is 26 April 2023.

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