UK & Ireland CIO Inner Circle

2 March 2023 | The Carlton Tower Jumeriah, London

2 March 2023
The Carlton Tower Jumeriah, 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:

Defining Ideal Data Ecosystems to weather economic storms and uncertain environments

Accelerating Decision Making For Timely Value Realisation

Digital Talent & Product Centricity for Speedy Outcomes

UK & Ireland CIO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Debra Bailey

Royal Mail Group

Claire Dickson

DS Smith

David Germain

Group CIO

Javed Iqbal

Group CIO

Robbert van Rutten

SVP & Downstream CIO


2 March 2023

16:30 - 17:30  Executive Networking Reception

17:30 - 18:45  Discussion Topics

Digitally-Driven Outcomes, Quicker Business Decisions

John Abel headshot

John Abel

Technical Director, Office of the CTO

Google Cloud

Gary Allwood headshot

Gary Allwood

IT Director


Femi Bamisaiye headshot

Femi Bamisaiye



Doug Grantham headshot

Doug Grantham

CIO, Investec Private Bank (UK)


Hasani Jess headshot

Hasani Jess


Simply Business

Dave Martin headshot

Dave Martin


Anglian Water Services

Jenny Wood headshot

Jenny Wood

Chief Operating Officer, Services

NatWest Group

Mike Yorwerth headshot

Mike Yorwerth


M & S

As global economic and political volatility continue, the enterprise is looking at IT to accelerate digital ecosystems in order to create an avenue for high growth and quicker benefits. To respond to this increased demand, CIOs are scaling productivity by solving business challenges with product-centric teams and architecting sophisticated ecosystems to ensure insights are delivered to key decision-makers. 

Organisations are moving beyond the stage of ‘transformation’ and now demanding digital execution, as they position the enterprise to weather economic storms and unpredictable setbacks in the future. 

Join your peers to discuss how CIOs are capturing the outcomes of digital execution.

Topic 1: Accelerating Decision-Making For Timely Value Realisation

  • How would you describe your current and ideal data ecosystem? 

  • Has the demand for self-service data and analytics risen for your organisation? What are you doing to enable business leaders with dashboards and insights in real-time? Has that affected your data governance strategy?

  • Have you seen the level of adoption that you’d like from leaders to impact quicker decision-making? What steps have you taken to identify value realisation and measure outcomes obtained by data and analytics?

Topic 2: Digital Talent & Product Centricity for Speedy Outcomes

  • What sort of roles are you hiring for in the coming year? Are they more business focused or technology-focused?

  • Many CIOs have turned toward the organisation of fusion teams to operate in a more product-centric way. How have you done this? What benefits are you seeing? How are you changing mindsets, while supporting agile journeys?

  • How do you start building your tech environment and work environment for the future workforce?

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

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