UK & Ireland CIO Executive Summit

12 June 2024 | Royal Lancaster, London

12 June 2024
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:

Shaping the Efficient Enterprise with AI & Automation

Strengthening Partnerships for Wider Business Impact

Illustrating IT’s Value through Business-first Initiatives

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

Claire Dickson

DS Smith

David Germain

QBE Insurance
Group CIO

Kate Platonova

SVP & CIO for Downstream and Renewables

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.


11 June 2024

12 June 2024

18:00 - 21:00  Networking

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

08:00 - 09:00  Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote

Opening Comments & Keynote

 More details to follow!

09:45 - 10:00  Break

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Resilience Starts With IT — Keeping the Business Strong in Uncertain Times

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Michael Wheeler-Wyatt

Director of Chrome Enterprise EMEA


For CIOs, current external forces are making it tough to prepare for success. This, coupled with a fast-moving technology landscape means that the CIO must wear more hats than ever before. What are best practices to navigate the complexities of an evolving tech landscape in times of ongoing uncertainty? This session empowers CIOs by exploring strategies to build resilience, enable digital business outcomes and power the workforce to boost productivity.

Join this session and conversation with your peers to discuss:

· Practical solutions for enhancing productivity

· How to adopt fast moving emerging technology for a competitive edge

· Secure strategies to drive resilience through IT

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Assessing your Risk & Exposure — Lessons Learned from a Cybersecurity CIO

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George Eapen

Global CIO


The threat of suffering a breach or disruption looms large on the horizon. CIOs managing the ever-expanding attack risks must fortify the foundations of their infrastructure, applications, and teams so that when the next big vulnerability is uncovered…you’re ready to respond. How should CIOs adapt their IT strategies and make them more responsive to new cyber risks? As a former CISO, now CIO at Petrofac, George Eapen will share his practical insights into how CIOs should assess their current digital strategy and prepare for what’s next. 

 Specifically, George will share:

  • Collaboration with business units to create a cohesive IT partnership and manage risks, without using fear!
  • Focusing on the correct investments to prepare for the evolving cybersecurity landscape
  • How Petrofac has designed new digital strategy with security in mind

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

Connecting Your Enterprise and Transforming Productivity Through Data

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Steven Teasdale

Area Vice President UK&I and Middle East


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Linda Cooke

Group CIO

Chaucer Group

CIOs are defining and executing on IT strategies in an era of abundant data, innovative technologies, and an increasing need to deliver on ever complex business goals. As such, it’s never been more important to simplify the processes of delivering data to business users, ensuring greater productivity. What are the best techniques CIOs can use to drive efficiencies, remove data silos and drive more value to the business through data?

  • Gaining buy-in from internal stakeholders on your data strategy
  • Bringing enterprise data sources together into an easily managed data fabric to drive efficiencies
  • Reducing complexities in an age of fast evolving technologies, driving a culture of data-informed decision making

10:45 - 11:50  Networking Break

10:55 - 11:40  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a 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.

11:50 - 12:35  Breakout Session

Connecting Fans with Football Through Digital and Data

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Craig Donald


The Football Association

Driving tech-enabled and insight-driven business outcomes varies drastically among organisations and it can be difficult for CIOs to know whether they are focusing on the right aspects of their strategy to accelerate digital business. The challenges faced span across multiple different areas — from providing data-driven insights and capabilities to demonstrating the impact digital strategy has on business outcomes. So how can IT Leaders get past the complexities of these challenges and utilise them to drive forward digital business initiatives? Join Craig Donald, CIO, The FA at as he shares his insights into how The FA are digitising participation in football across England, and radically transforming professional sport through their technology and data strategy. Specifically, Craig will share:

  • How the FA are embracing the ever-changing digital landscape to enable the smooth running of football across England
  • Communicating confidence to the business that digital strategy is aligned with wider organisational goals
  • The learnings and recommendations for CIOs looking to make the most out of their technology and drive business collaboration and value

11:50 - 12:35  Executive Boardroom

Strategic Cyber Transformation — Empowering Business Resilience and Cyber Awareness

Digital business transformation combined with the increasing threat of cyberattacks creates unprecedented security risks. CIOs must balance cybersecurity with the need to run the business, but what are the best ways to enable risk-based decisions across the organisation whilst protecting against security threats and other cybersecurity events? Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Implementing a robust and defensible cybersecurity program that enhances overall business value
  • Ensuring your cybersecurity strategy supports business resilience and growth while reducing risk
  • Effective partnership across the business to drive cyber awareness

11:50 - 12:35  Breakout Session

Beyond the Hypotheticals of AI — Approaches to Rationalise Adoption & Boost ROI

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Mihai Cernei



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Tony McClelland



CIOs are currently managing expectations of business stakeholders who are excited – but also bewildered - at the promise of disruptive technologies like AI. From bringing artificial general intelligence closer, to a reality of delivering monumental change for humanity, was does AI mean for your business today? How are you communicating the opportunities and concerns across the enterprise when new techniques hit the headlines? What are the use cases to deploy in your organisation for maximum impact?

Join this session to discuss:

  • The concerns and opportunities technologies like Generative AI hold for the organisation
  • Adoption versus mitigation to key stakeholders
  • The use cases that will ultimately drive value and ROI and value for the business

11:50 - 12:35  Executive Boardroom

Next Generation CIO Programme — How to Increase Your Adaptability And be a Strong Change Leader

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Judith van de Pas

Founder, Bloom Coaching & Consulting

Guest Speaker

Connecting with your purpose, articulating your goals and creating your path forward as a leader can be hard. Future IT leaders must ensure they are acting as true business enablers, driving change across their teams and organisations. But how  can leaders drive this change in an effective and authentic way? What are the leadership attributes and team capabilities that are most critical to success? Join Judith van de Pas, Founder at Bloom Coaching & Consulting (and ex-CIO Community member), as she facilitates a space for you to reflect on how this relates to you in your development as adaptable change leaders and shares her insights research into:

  • What the future IT Leader, and team, should look like
  • How IT Leaders can drive effective culture change
  • The leadership qualities and capabilities critical to success

12:35 - 13:30  Lunch Service

14:15 - 14:30  Break

14:30 - 15:15  Breakout Session

Unlocking Full Cloud Potential — IT Enhancements for Today’s Enterprise

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Uy Huynh

VP Solution Engineering


While the vast majority of infrastructure has been upgraded and modernised to support the shift to the cloud, enterprise IT teams are still missing an equally seamless access method to deliver cloud-native apps and data to their end users. While traditional browsers have become the de-facto access point for the majority of business critical applications, they lack the deep visibility and hyper-granular policy controls enterprises need. This results in IT leaders surrounding their browsers with layers of tech to meet those needs.

Join this breakout session to discover:

  • Why traditional cloud security methods undermine your modernisation efforts and end-user experience
  • Embracing technological momentum to adapt to a "more-with-less" IT landscape
  • How enterprise CIOs are using this solution to bolster cloud security

15:15 - 15:45  Networking Break

15:45 - 16:30  Breakout Session

Strategic Leadership and the CIO — Unlocking Potential

Today’s leaders face lofty expectations and a changing set of skills necessary to be successful. They are expected to build healthy team cultures remotely, understand the nuances of inclusive leadership, manage high levels of ambiguity, and the list goes on. To meet this moment, how can CIOs support their business and their people by developing successful teams at all levels? Join this session to hear:

  • How fostering an inclusive mindset can contribute to successful digital business acceleration
  • How to gain key advantages with a one-team mindset when equipping employees for what comes next
  • How CIOs can deliver impactful leadership on individuals, teams, and the organisation

16:30 - 16:45  Break

16:45 - 17:30  Keynote

The Power of Vulnerable Leadership

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Daniele Fiandaca

Founder - Token Man

Guest Speaker

As CIOs, providing strong, inclusive leadership means giving people on your team the safety and space they need to thrive. Vulnerable leadership can contribute to delivering the psychological safety required for high performing teams but can be difficult to put into practice. Join Daniele Fiandaca, Inclusion & Diversity Specialist at Token Man Consulting as he challenges our myths around vulnerability and explores what could be different if we (our culture, our workplaces and ourselves) saw vulnerability as courage rather than weakness. Specifically, Daniele will discuss:

  • Why vulnerability sits at the heart of inclusive leadership
  • How vulnerability can contribute to delivering the psychological safety required for high performing teams
  • Practical ways to show vulnerability in the workplace and help provide the space needed to deliver an inclusive and diverse workplace

17:30 - 18:00  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

11 June 2024

12 June 2024

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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 020 7551 6000. Please mention UK CIO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of £432 GBP (plus tax) is 17 May 2024.

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