Deputy Chair, Cloud Industry Forum
David is a well known strategist, keynote speaker and influencer on cloud computing, digital transformation, social collaboration and ERP software. He is a Director and Deputy Chair of the Cloud Industry Forum, judges the UK Cloud Awards, and is Founder & CXO of digital strategy consultancy Agile Elephant. He is a specialist in sales, marketing and operations in the technology sector, and guest lectures on digital and social media at Henley Business School and on INSEEC’s MBA programme. David is an advisor and non-exec director for several companies, and a regular host on the tech TV channel Disruptive.Live.
Cloud Security Architect and DevSecOps Specialist, Insight Investment
Paul is a cloud security architect and DevSecOps specialist at Insight Investment, with over 15 years experience leading a wide range of security-related engagements for customers across sectors including financial services, pharmaceutical, retail, education and media, logistics, UK Government and Police.
He uses an agile DevSecOps approach to lead the implementation and migration of critical systems to the public cloud, with demanding security and compliance requirements for protection of personal data, detection and prevention of cyber-attacks and financial fraud.
Paul is a regular speaker at security and cloud conferences including Security BSides, DevSecCon and IISP CrestCON. His security qualifications and certifications include MSc Information Security, CCSP, CISSP and AWS Certified Security Specialty.
Head of Procurement Services, Paddy Power Betfair
A Chartered Accountant, Colum formerly worked for 12 years as a manager in Baxter Healthcare’s Finance Shared Services Centre. Here, he managed areas including Finance Training, AP, Procurement Services and GL.
He joined Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) plc in late 2013 as Senior Manager for Disbursements, covering AP and Payroll.
Since 2017, Colum has led PPB’s Procurement Services team, responsible for driving Systems strategy.
Principal Solutions Architect, Debenhams
Eugene is the Principal Solution Architect at Debenhams and has over twenty years’ experience in the IT industry. An early adopter of cloud solutions, Eugene has worked with Customers onsite in over 30 countries, helping them implement cloud solutions.
Director of IT, Royal Mail
Alex is the IT Director for Platforms at Royal Mail with responsibility for Online Services, Postal Mobile Devices, Integration and DevOps. During his time at Royal Mail, he delivered Royal Mail’s digital hybrid cloud platform providing the UK’s premier online postal and logistics services. Alex created a Digital Lab launching innovative digital products like ‘Click & Drop’ and led the integration of the Storefeeder.com acquisition.
In 2016 he defined the GetAgile strategy and led the company-wide adoption of Agile working practices. Prior to Royal Mail, Alex worked at Thomson-Reuters, Ford, VirginCars, Vodafone and Logica among others.
Senior Director Marketing, EMEA/APAC, Couchbase
Jes Breslaw has held senior European roles in software for 20 years specialising in data, cloud, mobile and security technologies. He is currently EMEA Director of Strategy at database provider Couchbase and prior to this did the same role for Data Virtualization company Delphix. Before this Jes worked for Accellion and Workshare promoting their mobile and productivity applications. He began his career working with security solutions including CheckPoint Software and Cisco.
Application Security Engineer, Capital One
Tom leads Capital One UK’s DevSecOps initiative. Having spent several years developing automated functional tests across desktop, web, mobile and APIs, Tom now works in Application Security, actively developing and deploying AppSec tooling across corporate CICD pipelines for financial applications. Tom thinks functional and security testers have a lot to learn from each, and a better relationship between the two can lead to quick wins for both security and delivery across the organisation.
Field Chief Technology Officer, Rubrik
James Hughes is our Field Chief Technology Officer focusing Globally Financial Sector and more broadly across EMEA. James joins us from Schroders where he was Global Head of Infrastructure Technology. As technology executive, he was responsible for their complete infrastructure transformation, building the global team, changing the operating models, leading DevOps & Agile, cloud adoption, automation and building a code-driven infrastructure. He changed the user experience of technology creating new ways to provide mobile-first technology adoption coupled with new channels to get insight and support. Previously he was Head of Production Services at Premium Credit, VP of Infrastructure at PIMCO and Head of Central IT for Investec Bank Plc. He is a Chartered Information Technology Professional with the British Computer Society.
Director of Events, Cloud Security Alliance UK; Head of Security Architecture & Strategy, HSBC Global Banking and Markets
CISO and Cybersecurity Cloud Expert. Francesco is Director of events of the Cloud security alliance UK, researcher and associate to ISC2. Francesco has been helping small to enterprise level organisations define security strategy ready for smooth cloud transformation.
Francesco Cipollone is the founder of NSC42 cybersecurity consultancy in London serving financial, utility and gambling sector.
Head of IT Operations, National Theatre
George likes a challenge. With a people centred and personal approach, he has worked in IT across different sectors such as defence, charities, healthcare and in scenarios of rapid growth and transformation. Entering the IT industry with experience from a design and catering background has evolved into people centred approaches to tackling technology objectives for organisations and companies.
The creation of a blended team dynamic at its core, supported by a hybrid cloud and As-A-Service platform strategy is enabling George’s teams to deliver modern technologies to support digital and technology change strategies at the organisations he has worked in.
An advocate for diverse teams and passionate about building the individual, he has focussed on teamwork, collaboration and empowering those individuals to learn and overcome the challenges a modern IT team faces. As well as making sure good humour and friendly personalities are always present to make IT a positive place, he works to ensure IT is a welcoming team for the organisation and to help build a true partnership.
Public Cloud Product Development, Vodafone
After working in Dubai, Egypt, and Europe over the last 13 years in specialist IT leadership roles across different industries, Nour moved to the UK three and half years ago to achieve the next milestone in her career path and also to continue her gender transition journey.
Nour is currently working in Product Development, leading radical simplification and technical implementation of the enablement of Vodafone’s local markets globally to consume public cloud services in a secure, automated, and maintainable fashion, using cutting edge technologies within a SecDevOps framework, while maintaining a simple user experience.
Nour also plays an important role as Trans Advisor for the Vodafone UK LGBT+ Friends Network and has played a key role in the network getting the 2018 #1 UK LGBT+ Employee Network award from Stonewall. She also spoke on D&I in different forums (including Stonewall Workplace Conferences, and The House of Commons).
Lu Lu Halstead
Principal Cloud Architect, Vodafone Group Services
Throughout her career Lu has held several senior and leadership IT architecture roles working on various high-profile projects for public and private sectors, driving cloud-native methodologies as well as enterprise transformation programs. She has also been a STEM Ambassador to encourage the next generation of technologists and inspire the uptake of STEM subjects in schools.
Lu currently works at Vodafone as a Principal Cloud Architect in the Technology, Strategy and Architecture function specialising in Public Cloud, leading cloud architectural frameworks and governance as well as guiding Vodafone globally on their cloud journey.
Lu has volunteered and participated at various tech community/hackathon events such as BarCamp London, Hacked London, Over the Air at Bletchley Park and Girl Geek Dinners.
Holistic Service Design Specialist, Nationwide Building Society
Karen is a Service Design Specialist at Nationwide Building Society and has authored & contributed to strategic frameworks for the service management & delivery community on Agile, DevOps & Cloud. Karen has worked for outsourcing Providers as well as Client organisations, and has expertise in bid management, client engagement, design & development of target operating models, transformation strategy and development of negotiation positions. She is actively involved in the development of good practice for the IT Service Management Forum UK and has co-authored a number of publications, including the recently published SIAM Professional Book of Knowledge.
Cloud Transformation Programme Manager, Insight Investment
Maria led complex technology programmes across industries over the last 12 years and has delivered digital and big-data transformation programmes of up to £6.5M. Equipped with MSc, MSP, Agile, PRINCE 2, PROSCI Change Management & ITIL qualifications; and SAFe experience she has manages teams of up to 40 specialists working across international borders. In addition to tangible deliverables, like technology upgrades to Cloud, TOM and regulatory compliance, Maria ensures the organisations achieve greater outcomes by managing the people side of change in a structured and repeatable way.
CEO, Cloud Industry Forum
With 25 years of business experience in the IT industry, Alex has developed diverse knowledge and skills in several commercial roles. After completing ICL’s graduate training he joined Microsoft, spending 12 years in roles varying from managing public and private sector enterprise customers, channel leadership roles and finally running the UK compliance business. In 2010 Alex joined Rise (part of 1&1) as Managing Director building their Cloud services IaaS proposition. He developed Rise in to a profitable Cloud business and in 2011 they were awarded the accolade of Microsoft’s world-wide Hosting Partner of the Year.
In February 2013 Alex joined the Cloud Industry Forum as CEO responsible for strategy and day to day operations. He had been serving as non-Executive Director since 2008.
Vice President, IBM Cloud Software Europe
Andrew Brown is Vice President IBM Cloud Software Europe and in this role, he has European responsibility for the sales, strategy, management and delivery of IBM’s Cloud Software including Hybrid Data Management solutions, Unified Governance & Integration solutions, Data Science & Business Analytics solutions, Management & Platform solutions, Integration & Development solutions & Digital Business Automation solutions used by over 35,000 clients throughout Europe to run their enterprises efficiently and securely and deliver engaging experiences for customers and employees, for Private, Public, Dedicated, Local clouds and on premise solutions. Mr. Brown also oversees all of the Software Client Leaders and Dealmakers for Europe.
Dr Christian Braun
Head of Department IT Provider Management EMEA, BMW Financial Services
Christian has a record of 20 years of experience in shaping business processes and IT organisations in the financial industry. Coming from finance software development, BMW Financial Services EMEA IT solution / operation governance and project management responsible for delivery and performance, BMW IT Strategy Responsible, CIO at BMW Bank Russia in Moscow. From 1st of October 2018 he will be CIO at the German Stadtsparkasse in Munich, guiding this medium sized financial institute into digitalization. He is also a certified business Coach and a Holacracy Practitioner with hands on skills in transforming waterfall projects into agile projects and resolving the separation between business, IT projects and maintenance into devop units. His main interest is the creation of high performance teams and the transformation of organisations towards effective collaboration across silos.
Director of Cloud, GTT
Mike Rivers kick-started his career in technology infrastructure with the IT non-event of the millennium and its fabled bug. He initially worked with data centre infrastructure, building platforms for the subsequent .com boom. Having escaped the physical infrastructure world with more than a few service delivery scars and a drive to change through innovation, he spent 8 years developing cloud services. In more recent years he has worked in management consultancy for the big 4 and now works at GTT, where he is leading the digital transformation agenda.
Senior Solutions Architect, HVR
Zulf is the Senior Solutions Architect at HVR. He has worked in the Data Integration space for over 20 years for companies such as Oracle and Pentaho.
Cloud Architect, Sainsbury’s
Richard has worked in IT for the last 25 years, starting out in technical support and travelling via datacentres into virtualisation and cloud. Ever the opportunist, he has climbed on many bandwagons over the years, including Novell NetWare, Windows, VMWare and, most recently, AWS and Azure.
Outside of work he is a dad to two young girls, and in what free time that leaves him, is a bell ringer and a bass guitarist.
As Sainsbury’s continue their digital transformation Richard is part of a team driving cloud adoption within an enterprise which is embracing Agile and discovering that the road to the cloud has a few speed bumps along the way..
Senior Sales Engineer, Confluent
Tim has a strong data management and distributed systems background honed at companies such as Informix, TimesTen (In-Memory database), Oracle and DataStax (Apache Cassandra). Now a Senior Sales Engineer at Confluent his focus is to enable customers to adopt the Apache Kafka technology and the Confluent Streaming Platform maximising data value through real-time event streaming. Be that on premise or in the cloud.
Solutions Architect, easyJet
Jorge has 16 years of experience in IT, a passion sparked by Spectrum coding exercises at 8 years old that later developed into a customer-focused Entrepreneur, Solutions Architect, Master in IT, MBA in Enterprise Management and international Project Manager.
Having previously worked for Oracle, Deloitte, Danone and OutSystems, as well for the governments of Portugal, Brazil and the European Union, for the last two years he’s been helping easyJet to roll out the largest IT transformation programme in easyJet’s history, aiming to improve business agility, reduce time-to-market and engage in a truly customer-centric experience.
Senior Systems Architect, Solace
Tom is an experienced Systems Architect specializing in middleware, helping customers design, architect and deploy messaging across a wide range of industries and use cases, from retail, governmental, financial and gaming. Tom has a wide experience of the technology industry, first as an ASIC designer, then as a design consultant for processor vendors such as ARM (the chances are if you’ve used a smart phone you’ve used some of Tom’s work) and as an architect and developer for hedge funds. Tom currently works at Solace Systems in their London office.
Chairman, BCS DevSecOps Expert Group
Andrew has a 30 year record of managing, implementing, designing & delivering innovative & successful ICT solutions for public sector, commercial & NGO clients. Andrew helped design & introduce the first laptop word processor (Liberator) in the UK, designed systems for the first UK Government email project (IDEM), computerised Hansard & Parliamentary Questions, set up the first Web site in the UK Parliament in 1993, implemented the IT systems for Tony Blair’s 1997 election campaign & created a Web workflow system for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg
After a 15 year career in the industrial & military electronics & ICT industries, culminating as managing director of a software & consulting company, Andrew has been consulting for 25 years, working for 7 parliaments, 8 UK Government departments, 2 Local Authorities, Tony Blair’s office, the Royal Household & the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, as Head of IT, Program/Project Manager, Change Manager, Business Analyst, Auditor, Systems Integrator & Information Architect + traditional strategic & technical consulting.
IT Portfolio Director, Royal Mail
Alex is the IT director for Platforms at Royal Mail with responsibility for Online Services, Postal Mobile Devices, Integration and DevOps. During his time at Royal Mail, he delivered Royal Mail’s digital hybrid cloud platform providing the UK’s premier online postal and logistics services. Alex created a Digital Lab launching innovative digital products like ‘Click & Drop’ and led the integration of the Storefeeder.com acquisition. In 2016 he defined the GetAgile strategy and led the company wide adoption of Agile working practices. Prior to Royal Mail, Alex worked at Thomson-Reuters, Ford, VirginCars, Vodafone and Logica amongst others.
Principal Solutions Engineer, MapR
Leon Clayton serves as Solutions Architect for MapR Technologies in which role he engages with users to discuss how breakthrough technologies can tackle the unstructured /structures data analytics market. Mr Clayton has been a technologist within clustered systems from numerous vendors including the Royal Navy.
DBA and DevOps Manager, comparethemarket.com
Stewart is the DevOps & DBA Manager at comparethemarket.com and is responsible for its cloud platform enrichment. With over 20 years’ experience in the FinTech space he’s worked in a variety of countries around the globe overseeing digital transformations of IT systems and processes. Stewart now heads up a multinational DevOps team, is a passionate technologist and an advocate of automating the mundane! A trusted advisor and consultant to the technical community he’s currently leading the migration to container orchestration as CTM moves to a microservices based architecture.
Service Design Consultant, Nationwide Building Society
Karen Brusch is a Service Design Consultant at Nationwide Building Society and has authored & contributed to strategic frameworks for the service management & delivery community on Agile, DevOps & Cloud. Karen has worked for outsourcing Providers as well as Client organisations, and has expertise in bid management, client engagement, design & development of target operating models, transformation strategy and development of negotiation positions. She is actively involved in the development of good practice for the IT Service Management Forum UK and has co-authored a number of publications, including the recently published SIAM Professional Book of Knowledge.
Chief Executive Officer, Cloud Industry Forum
Alex has over 25 years’ of experience in the IT industry. He spent 12 years at Microsoft, gaining diverse experience with Enterprise customers through to leadership of channel partner teams and programmes. In 2010 Alex joined Rise (part of 1&1) as Managing Director running their Cloud IaaS hosting proposition. He developed Rise into a successful Cloud business and in 2011 they were awarded Microsoft’s prestigious world-wide Hosting Partner of the Year. In February 2013 Alex joined Cloud Industry Forum in a full time capacity as Chief Executive Officer. He had been serving as non-Executive Director since 2008.
Director of Engineering Strategy, Ticketmaster
Simon Tarry started programming 8 bit machines at the age of 8, released a couple of games at school and graduated in Computer Science and Management Studies from Nottingham University. The next 10 years were spent at IBM labs going backwards – from high level languages (Java), through C++, C, PL/X and onto COBOL and Assembler, focused on SOA, security and UI/UX. Simon has spent the last 7 years leading agile teams of .Net, Java and PHP developers across banking and insurance domains, and is currently helping transform TicketMaster into an always open global one-stop shop for tickets. He’s recently led a migration to host a full e-commerce stack in the cloud, and is leading Ticketmaster International’s engineering strategy implementation.
Michel de Goede
Enterprise Architect, Alliander
Michel de Goede has been in general and IT consulting for over 30 years and has built a serious track record of advising, transforming, reorganizing or automating organizations. Michel has been a Strategy Consultant / Enterprise Architect with Alliander for about 7 years covering topics from IT to Risk and Security and from Startups to Valuation or Post Merger Integration. Alliander, the number one Dutch Grid Operator, is a leader in new developments such as smart grids, electric vehicles, smart metering, internet of things, mobile, consumerization, renewables and hence has launched various new business initiatives whereas operations should still be as cost effective and efficient as possible. The crossroads between traditional grid operations and new business ventures make Alliander a very exciting place to work. Michel holds an international MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Head of Hybrid IT, Fujitsu UK and Ireland
Mark is responsible for leading Fujitsu’s Hybrid IT business which is focused on the optimisation and orchestration of cloud and traditional IT environments to provide sustainable competitive advantage for Private sector customers and joined up Government for those in the Public sector. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry starting in product management for what is now ARM and Apple and moving into P&L management and sales at BT and now Fujitsu. Mark has personally led and managed teams who lead complex and high value (£30m to over £1Bn) outsourcing and managed service pursuits. Mark has a Business, Finance and Marketing degree and has worked extensively across Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Board Member, Cloud Security Alliance (UK Chapter)
Alex is a Business Executive with a specialism in information security. For over two decades he has been championing the cause of information security for businesses and organisations in the public and private sectors. As a business person Alex understands business drivers and associated information security risks which he helps organisations to control and manage.
Alex is passionate about ensuring security enables and supports business, he often writes articles and delivers presentations on information governance and digital and cloud security
Chief Technology Officer, Interoute
Never afraid to challenge the status quo of existing technology and traditional industry thinking, Matthew Finnie is one of the most provocative technology thinkers in Europe. Interoute owns and operates the largest networked cloud computing asset in Europe and is redefining how businesses deploy advanced communications platforms in the Cloud.
Partner, Head of IT, Rider Levett Bucknall
Over the last seven years, Mark Evans has taken RLB from hosting its own data centre, through IaaS Private Cloud and recently into a Hybrid Cloud environment.
RLB is a 4,000-strong business consultancy in the Construction industry with 120 offices across the globe, the largest private, independent quantity surveying practice on the planet.
With an interest which now lies more in business than IT, Mark has worked variously as Global Infrastructure Director for a major container shipping company, Midlands Regional Support Manager for Orange Personal Communications and IT Director for Bucknall Austin, a UK-based construction consultancy. Mark’s interest is in how IT supports business strategy, overcoming any constraints which the IT service may try to place on the business.
Head of IT, Ratcliffe Groves Partnership
Nick Ioannou is an IT professional with over 20 years of experience, blogger, author and speaker. As Head of IT at the architectural practice Ratcliffe Groves he has been using cloud systems for over 12 years on retail sites and as part of the overall IT strategy. His first book Internet Security Fundamentals is aimed at educating general users.
Professor, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Patricia Lago is full professor at the VU University Amsterdam, leading the group on social and sustainable software and services.
Her research interests are in software- and service oriented architecture, architectural knowledge management, and green IT. Lago has a PhD in Control and Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. She is chair of the IEEE/IFIP WICSA Steering Committee, member of the IFIP 2.10 Working group on Software Architecture, the IFIP 2.14 Working group on Services-based Systems, and the Dutch Knowledge Network on Green Software. She is Area Editor Service Orientation of the Elsevier Journal of Systems and Software.