UK & Ireland CIO Inner Circle

15 March 2022 | Butchers Hall, London

15 March 2022
Butchers Hall, London

Collaborate with your peers

Join UK & Ireland's top CIOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Tackling the scarcity of digital talent in your organisation

Adjusting your employment value proposition to attract and recruit top talent

Partnering with other areas of the business to ensure IT is aligned

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

Debra Bailey

O2 (Telefónica UK)

Marina Bellini

Chief Information and Digital Officer, Director, Digital and Information

Claire Dickson

DS Smith

David Germain

Canada Life

Robbert van Rutten

SVP & Downstream CIO


15 March 2022

16:30 - 17:30  Executive Networking Reception

17:30 - 18:45  Discussion Topics

How CIOs Should Attract, Develop and Retain Talent for Digital Acceleration

Craig Charlton headshot

Craig Charlton

Group CIO

Compass Group

Nick Gilbert headshot

Nick Gilbert

Chief Information and Digital Officer

University of Surrey

Sharon Penfold headshot

Sharon Penfold

Technology Director

Action for Children

Nadine Thomson headshot

Nadine Thomson

Global CTO


Nigel Watson headshot

Nigel Watson


Northumbrian Water Group plc

Andy Williams headshot

Andy Williams


Havi Global Logistics GmbH

Judith van de Pas headshot

Judith van de Pas

COO, Chief Data & Analytics Office

Royal Dutch Shell

The digital acceleration caused by the pandemic and its consequent global crisis demand that CIOs quickly address the challenges of finding and retaining new talent.. Talent is the lifeblood of any successful organisation but finding (and keeping) the right people in critical roles is no easy task. Remote work helps broaden the talent pool in some ways, but it also increases competition globally. How can CIOs tackle the severe scarcity of digital talent, the extended time it takes to upskill/reskill employees in their organisations and build a diverse IT organisation?

In this interactive conversation among peers, CIOs will discuss their role in proactively contributing to organisational success.

Topic 1: Digital talent strategy for the next normal

  • How are you tackling the scarcity of digital talent in your organization?
  • How are you adjusting your employment value proposition to attract and recruit top talent?
  • How are you partnering with other areas of the business to ensure IT is aligned with overall organisational hiring goals and targets?

Topic 2: Adjusting your leadership direction for digital acceleration

  • Have you had to adjust your own leadership competencies when managing a distributed workforce?
  • How are you keeping a hybrid workforce engaged and motivated to drive digital initiatives?
  • How are you ensuring an excellent employee experience to ensure retention is maintained?

18:45 - 19:15  Networking Break

19:15 - 20:30  Summary Discussion & Dinner

20:30 - 21:30  Social Hour

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



To ensure the well-being of participants, partners, and associates, we will continue to monitor and adhere to government, venue, and health agency guidelines.


As a part of our commitment to create the safest possible environment, we are requiring all participants, partners, and associates to be fully vaccinated to participate in in-person programs, in addition to completing a health status attestation prior to arrival. Please refer to our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for up-to-date local guidelines.

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