UK & Ireland CISO Inner Circle

6 July 2021, Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard

6 July 2021
Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard


Collaborate with your peers

Join UK & Ireland's top CISOs for an intimate networking dinner. Enjoy a relaxed evening of drinks, fine dining in a stunning location and a facilitated discussion topic with your true peers. This shared experience is designed to help you make new connections and build professional relationships.

Get together your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Strategies for a risk-aligned, resilient organization

Developing and investing in the security workforce of tomorrow

Creating business value and supporting agile business operations

UK & Ireland CISO Governing Body

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


Elaine Bucknor

Sky Plc
Group CISO & Group Director Technology

Jared Carstensen


Matt Gordon-Smith

Gatwick Airport

Paula Kershaw

Chief Controls Officer, Cyber & Resilience

Ewa Pilat

Willis Towers Watson
Global Chief Information Security Officer

Yolande Young



6 July 2021

16:30 - 17:30  Executive Networking Reception

17:30 - 19:00  Discussion Topics

Managing Risk — Building Resiliency

Neil Thacker headshot

Neil Thacker



In today's shifting and complex risk landscape, and the need for faster strategic decision making, CISOs are supporting evolving information risk decisions more than ever while facing increased visibility from regulators and executive teams. To enable risk decisions and deliver value while protecting the business from security threats and data breaches, security leaders must develop processes, build relationships, and strengthen risk culture to continue to embed risk management into the organisation.

In this interactive conversation among peers, CISOs will discuss their role in proactively balancing organisational risk.

Topic 1: Enabling risk decisions to prompt business agility:

  • How are you setting the risk management strategy and enabling risk decisions in your organisation?
  • What areas of risk do you own in your role, and what would you change or enhance in the future?
  • What metrics do you use that effectively quantify and describe risk within, and outside of, security?

Topic 2: Fostering a risk-ownership mindset:

  • What communication strategies around risk have been most persuasive as you discuss information security with other business units?
  • How do you feel the conversation around information risk is evolving, and what does that mean for the sorts of skills you will need in your teams going forward?
  • How would you describe the perspective of your executive management team when it comes to risk appetite? Is this constructive for your goals?

19:00 - 19:30  Networking Break

19:30 - 21:00  Summary Discussion & Dinner

21:00 - 22:00  Social Hour


Returning to in-person conferences

We are excited to welcome you back, in person, to Evanta gatherings.

Evanta, a Gartner company, will only hold in-person programmes in those locations that meet our stringent health and safety criteria to help ensure the well-being of participants, partners and our associates. These criteria include adhering to local government and health agency guidelines, in addition to taking all practical actions on-site.

Please refer to the Location section below (under More Information) for up-to-date local guidelines.

Your Community Partners

Program Partners

UK & Ireland CISO Community Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Luis Arango Abello

Senior Community Manager

+44 (0)1784 267 880