The Ideas Event: Inspire, Innovate, Influence

2013 saw the 4th annual Computer Weekly UKtech50 name Liam Maxwell, CTO, HM Government as the most influential person in UK IT in the last year. Computer Weekly has now started its search for the winner of the UKtech50 2014, to be announced at this special event.

If you want to be part of this event, defining the list of the real movers and shakers in UK IT – the CIOs, industry executives, public servants and business leaders driving the creation of a high-tech economy, you can register now.

The next winner of the accolade of the most influential leader in UK IT will be announced at this event, to help inspire others to succeed in the year ahead.

Reserve your seat for this unique opportunity to learn from the UK’s most inspiring, innovative and influential leaders and find out the tips and ideas that have helped them to achieve and succeed. While we countdown the days till we reveal this year's definitive top 50, you'll find the full list of IT professionals who made it on to last year’s UKtech50.


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Date and Location

etc.venues - St Pauls
St Paul's, London, EC1A 4HD
(Nearest underground stations Barbican/City Thameslink/Moorgate/St. Pauls)

Wed. 3rd December, 2014

Register today by calling Tom Walker at 0207 186 1430 or completing our quick online registration form.

Agenda 2014


Registration with tea and coffee




Innovation stream:

- Paul Coby, IT director, John Lewis
Driving innovation in a traditional business
After 150 years in existence, John Lewis is one of the oldest UK retailers. The company had never seen itself as an IT business – but this changed four years ago, with retail revolutionised by the growth of online and mobile shopping. IT investment in John Lewis has grown six-fold and there is a renewed focus on IT innovation as key to delivering the firm's omni channel vision. Paul Coby will outline the successful actions that put John Lewis on the innovation track.

- Rorie Devine, CTO, Hailo
Designing and running A/B experiments to drive revenue
Rorie Devine will talk about his team's journey of designing and running A/B experiments on Hailo's taxi-hailing app service in London. He will cover the design methodology for these experiments and also what tools and approaches were employed for this initiative, which resulted in a significant revenue increase for the company.

- John Seglias, Group CIO, Abellio
Building innovation momentum
Abellio Group takes over Scotrail on 1 April 2015, with dozens of IT contracts and suppliers to be moved over, services to be designed, tested and in place, to support a business of over 4500 staff. At the same time, daily operational IT needs continue, as well as the need for innovation. John Seglias will talk about how it is possible to keep everyday IT needs going while building momentum on innovation.

- Darrell Stein, SVP Information Services, Reckitt Benckiser
Digital and corporate IT – working together
There has been much debate about the roles of the CIO and the CDO – chief digital officer. Will CDOs replace CIOs? Should CIOs become digital experts? And are the two all that different anyway? In this talk, Darrell Stein will discuss how the digital and corporate sides of IT can work successfully together.

- Robert Teagle, EMEA CIO, Starbucks Coffee Company
What can The Lego Movie teach us about managing technology innovation
Robert Teagle will draw parallels between the life of an ordinary Lego construction worker, Emmet, in his quest to stop Lord Business, and the challenges many organisations face in managing and delivering technology innovation. He will provide lessons learnt from his professional experience in what works well and pitfalls to avoid.

- Dave Ubachs, EMEA CIO, Staples
Driving your business through analytics
A lot has been said about the opportunities around big data and analytics, but how can the CIO drive value? Dave Ubachs, will discuss why data visualisation and analytics are great opportunities for IT to move up the value chain, and how smart IT people can become data scientists and why are they are uniquely equipped to do so.


Networking break with tea & coffee


Leadership stream:

- Ian Cohen, Group CIO, Jardine Lloyd Thompson
Demystifying digital leadership
Ian Cohen will demystify the concept of digital leadership and what it means for CIOs and other executives in the C-suite. He will discuss the challenges faced by leaders and offer views on how some companies are getting organised to solve these dilemmas - whether they are real or hyped.

- Susan Cooklin, CIO, Network Rail
The CIO as corporate leader - influencing the corporate brand to attract exceptional talent
At a time when competition for talented resources is greater than ever, how does the CIO make their company stand out from the crowd? Susan Cooklin, executive sponsor of Network Rail’s "Could IT be you" campaign, will discuss three examples of how the CIO can positively influence the corporate brand.

- Catherine Doran, CIO, Royal Mail
Complex transformation and challenging the status quo
The transformation of Royal Mail’s technology has been central to the company’s business strategy. It has been undertaken in parallel with the company’s wider industrial modernisation – one of the biggest programmes of its kind in the UK. Catherine Doran will set out her approach to navigating the complexities of Royal Mail, and highlight the importance of challenging the status quo with bold thinking in IT leadership.

- John Finch, CIO, Bank of England
Developing and energising your IT team
For John Finch, leading and energising his 450-strong workforce is the most important part of his role. As the remit of the bank changes, his goal is to provide a great environment for the team to develop their careers and support the business - and create a stable banking system. In this session, Finch will discuss the importance of developing a broad and diverse mix of talent.

- Liam Maxwell, CTO, HM Government
Why it all comes down to user needs
Liam Maxwell's team helps government departments and agencies get the technology they need to deliver great public services. He will discuss examples where focusing on user need has helped deliver services that are simpler, clearer and faster for users - and also saving significant amounts of public money.

- Andy Williams, Global CIO, Save the Children
Networked leadership: the role of the Collaborative Influencing Officer (CIO) in international development
The networked leadership style required to drive digitally-enabled change in a large NGOs can be applied in many other complex organisations to influence decision making in IT as well as effective governance of digital investments. Andy Williams will map out the web of influencing networks he has established since joining the charity and give examples of leadership challenges handled through these networks.


Panel debate with Q&A


Announcement of UKtech50 winner


Drinks and canapés networking reception

Speakers 2014

Paul Coby Bio
IT Director, John Lewis
Ian Cohen Bio
Group CIO, Jardine Lloyd Thompson
Susan Cooklin Bio
CIO, Network Rail
Rorie Devine Bio
CTO, Hailo
Catherine Doran Bio
CIO, Royal Mail
John Finch Bio
CIO, Bank of England
Liam Maxwell Bio
CTO, HM Government
John Seglias Bio
Group CIO, Abellio
Darrell Stein Bio
SVP Information Services, Reckitt Benckiser
Robert Teagle Bio
EMEA CIO, Starbucks Coffee Company
Dave Ubachs Bio
EMEA CIO, Staples
Andy Williams Bio
Global CIO, Save the Children

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