2019 Speakers

Hansoor Hanif, CTO, Ofcom

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Dr Anushka Patchava, Global Proposition and Strategy Lead – vHealth, Aetna

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John Pillar, CTO – Digital Ventures and Innovation, RBS

John Pillar is a technology executive with a track record of driving digital innovation and transformation.

He has spent the past 22 years immersed in digital, building, scaling and transforming technology teams to be digital leaders by combining context, discovery, aspiration and content with high-end customer centric e-commerce experiences.

Whilst leading those teams they obtained various awards, including the Retail Week technology award and Retail Week’s IT Team of the Year.

Currently John is disrupting the banking world at RBS where he is the CTO of their commercial and private banking ventures arm where he is helping scale out 7 new business. His previous career highlights include transforming M&S’s technology echo-system into a multi-channel innovator. He also helped build the technology team and systems at the U.K.’s leading online fashion retailer ASOS.com, which propelled the business to be at the forefront of online retailing.

Before the world of fashion John helped shape the transformation of the retail mortgage industry through revolutionary technology at GMAC–RFC with the first online mortgage application capturing and automated decision processing echo-system.

He is passionate about Agile, Cloud and IoT technologies. 

John can be regularly heard sharing his insight and experiences as a keynote speaker at various conferences such as Velocity, National Retail Federation’s The BigShow, Cloud World Forum, Apps World Europe & Cloud Expo Europe and ITDF to name a few.

Whenever he gets spare time John also acts as an advisor to a few technology based start-up’s in London.

Georgina Owens, SVP IT Services, DAZN

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Dr Vince Ming, Regional Director, FST Network

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Jenny Knott, CEO, FinTech Strategic Advisors

Jenny Knott is both a board level investment banker with over 30 years’ experience as well as a leading innovator in financial technologies. 

Jenny has extensive board experience having served on Boards of Global Investment Banks, Corporates and Charitable organisations for over 25 years. 

Jenny is the Finance Trustee for OCA, a scientific research charity for female cancers. As the Chairwoman of Equiida, a global, senior executive leadership advisory firm, she promotes the science that greater inclusivity improves business performance. Jenny is the founder of FinTech Strategic Advisors, assisting Clients with their FinTech investment and adoption strategies and supporting start-ups to achieve scale and commercial success. 

As an investment banker, Jenny was CEO of a UK bank, CFO and COO; she is widely respected for leading the modernisation and transformation of her organizations and for her knowledge of technical finance, emerging technology and regulatory environments.

Jenny believes that inclusivity and cognitive, demographic and experiential diversity are a ‘must’ for a successful business and acts as mentor and advisor to a number of CEO’s. 

Jenny is a public speaker on emerging FinTech as well as the commercial benefits of truly inclusive Board and Corporate cultures.

Finbarr Joy, Technology Leader, Superbet

Finbarr is Group CTO for Superbet, a new entrant into the global online gaming industry. With over 20 years’ experience in Technology, from ‘engineer’ to ‘leader’, via startup co-founding, global consulting, and FTSE 100 executive experience, Finbarr is dedicated to developing breakthrough business models, powered by tech. His prior roles have included stints driving technology transformation at global operators such as BT, William Hill and Lebara, having previously co-founded Answer Digital, an award-winning UK-wide Digital Transformation consultancy. 

Finbarr’s early experiences included two years with Netscape as a member of the team that brought the Web to the world, and established the enduring model for digital innovation that propels the best of today’s Consumer Internet. 

Sarah Burnett, EVP and Distinguished Analyst, Everest Group

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Andrew Burges, Strategic Adviser on AI and RPA, AJBurgess Ltd.

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Ewa Magiera, Head of Communities, Code First: Girls

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Matt Ballantine, CIO and CTO Advisor, Stamp London

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Jacqui Mann, Founder, J Mann Associates

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Michael Anderson, The Technology Leadership Insider

Michael Anderson, MBA, MA started out his career behind a keyboard pounding out code. Technically adept yet socially awkward, he kept sabotaging his own career growth with his lack of soft skills. 

Despite himself, he did manage to climb the corporate ladder and worked as an international director and VP for enterprise software companies in the USA, England, Denmark, and Singapore. 

In 2005 he moved back to California and started three software companies over the next 5 years. After almost losing everything in a lawsuit with a business partner, he figured he better quickly learn how to be a leader. He put all his effort into growing personally and professionally, including earning a unique Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology. 

It was worth the investment as things started to fall into place. His one company, Radiant Technologies, made the Inc. 5000 list and was voted the #1 Best Place to Work, and he won Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Now he teaches his uplifting and empowering Elevated Leadership to other companies and leaders who want to elevate themselves as well as their teams, and do it all from a place of service. 

As a best-selling business leadership author, former radio show host, and contributor of entrepreneur.com, he’s spreading his message of positive leadership all over the world. 

Andrea Petrone, Strategic Advisor and Leadership Expert, AP Executive Coaching

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Dr Nancy Doyle, CEO, Genius Within UK

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Timo Peach, Creative Director, Momo:zo

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Leila Willingham, Development Executive, Liz Lean PR

Having left education at 18, Leila is Development Executive at Liz Lean PR and has been the driver behind the agency’s youth brand Digipigz, a youth insight service that aims to help bridge the gap between businesses and the next generation. Currently writing a white paper on ‘Attracting, retaining and benefitting from young talent’, she is passionate about encouraging businesses to see beyond the bad reputation the headlines have given Millennials and Gen Z. Leila helps businesses develop strong ways of working with this cohort, maximising the potential for both sides.

Leila has become an ambassador and voice for the next generation of professionals. Giving youth opinion on a BBC News features, as well as speaking at several conferences, on podcasts and spreading her message in school and community groups. She’s known for expressing her opinion and kick-starting change.

Mohan Yogendran, Director, Rockpools

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Michael Baxter, Editor, Information Age

Editor Information Age; writer with a specific interest in technology, economics, investment writing, and disruptive technology. Also an author. Have just completed a book entitled The Great British Disruptors, featuring interviews with nine of the UK’s top entrepreneurs and to be published later in the year. In 2014 co-wrote iDisrupted a book looking at disruptive technology and how it is changing the world. Also an accomplished public speaker, have spoken on disruptive technology, the economy and Brexit at various locations in the UK and US and facilitated conferences on GDPR and digital marketing.

Xander van Baarsen, Marketing Manager Europe, Ekoapp

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Lee James, CTO – EMEA, Rackspace

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Senior representative from OneTrust

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