UK & Ireland CIO Inner Circle

6 March 2024 | Saddlers Hall, London

6 March 2024
Saddlers 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:

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 discussion topics and agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CIOs, for CIOs.


6 March 2024

15:00 - 16:30  Discussion Topics

Pre-Event Workshop: Leadership & Influence – How CIOs can Build a Better Personal Brand

If you’re a CIO, your personal brand may be your strongest asset, or greatest liability. CIOs who don’t proactively manage their personal brand will be defined by others and may not like the result! CIOs should update their brand in anticipation of transitions, such as a promotion, new business strategy or new CEO, to reflect their professional passion and maximize their relevance.

Join this session and start developing a compelling and realistic desired brand with a practical action plan for personal development.

Specifically, you will understand how to:

  • Actively manage your personal brand to influence how receptive peers are to your ideas and build credibility across the organisation.
  • Drive trust in your organisations stakeholders through expectation management and shaping perceptions.
  • Be consistent in your communications and behaviours across different situations and times.

16:30 - 17:30  Executive Networking Reception

17:30 - 18:45  Discussion Topics

Managing Business Expectations — How a CIO Controls the Narrative

Linda Cooke headshot

Linda Cooke

Group CIO

Chaucer Group

Subhash Jose headshot

Subhash Jose


European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Laura Kendrick headshot

Laura Kendrick


IPG Mediabrands

Simon Niven headshot

Simon Niven

Global CIO

ED&F Man Holdings Ltd

Alan Patefield-Smith headshot

Alan Patefield-Smith


Admiral Group plc

Yanna Winter headshot

Yanna Winter

CIO, Head of Generali UK IT and GC&C IT

Generali UK

Georgina Owens headshot

Georgina Owens


William Hill

Claire Whitmore headshot

Claire Whitmore

Head of Digital Technology


Glyn Blaize headshot

Glyn Blaize



Business leaders have high expectations about AI and other emerging technologies that CIOs must manage. As such, CIOs must have robust strategies in place to not only manage these technologies, but also communicate their benefits and risks. Executives across the organisation all have their own thoughts and priorities around what the technology should be used for, but as a CIO, how do you keep control of this narrative and ensure effective deployment to drive digital business success?

As C-level and board expectations continue to rise around emerging technologies, coupled with minimal IT increased budgets and resources, what are the key levers CIOs are using to grow partnerships, better align with the business on these powerful technologies, and mitigate risks?

Join your peers to discuss how CIOs and their messaging are truly resonating with stakeholders on these emerging technologies.

Managing Ongoing AI Expectations with Business Stakeholders

  • What’s the current direction your organisation is taking on Generative AI? Are other departments in line with IT’s direction or are they taking another route?

  • How are you communicating the benefits and risks to the board as the technology continues to iterate? What are the most effective use cases to share?

  • As a CIO, how are you ensuring responsible AI adoption and journey planning outside of IT? Do you have a governance plan in place or are you governing as you go?

Setting Your AI Goals Effectively 

  • How are you cutting through AI complexities to define your long-term AI goals for the organisation? Who is involved in setting this north star?

  • What measures are you putting in place to secure data sets and mitigate the risk of sophisticated attacks that exploit these technologies?

  • What will the overall implication on the workforce be with your strategy? Do you see AI as an enhancement or a replacement for the 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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Parking & Public Transport

Public Transport: Tube - St Paul’s 

Parking: Limited metered parking around the Hall and car parking on the northside of London Wall - Cost £4.50 per hour.

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