2018 CIO Summit - Join the 9th annual gathering of CIOs and senior IT leaders in London

2018 CIO Summit - Join the 9th annual gathering of CIOs and senior IT leaders in London
20 September 2018
Edward Qualtrough, Editor, CIO UK
Free to attend


The ninth annual CIO Summit will be held at the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard on Thursday, 20th September 2018. Located on the 34th floor of The Shard, Shangri-La London treats you to a breathtaking view of the capital where you will be joined by your CIO peers, acclaimed tech leaders and seasoned industry experts for a day of networking, learning and troubleshooting. Exclusively for CIOs by CIOs, the CIO Summit is a platform and conference for CIOs, CTOs and IT Directors to share knowledge and ideas with their peers as well as to discuss new challenges and opportunities.

Confirmed speakers:

  • David Henderson, Director of Technology & Operations, Global Radio (2018 CIO 100 leader)
  • Jane Moran, Global CIO, Unilever
  • Richard Corbridge, CDIO, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (2017 CIO 100 leader)
  • Anna Barsby, Chief Technology Director, Morrisons (2015 CIO 100 leader)
  • Julie Pierce, Director Openness, Data & Digital, Food Standards Agency (FSA)
  • Christina Scott, Chief Technology Officer, News UK
  • Mark Holt, Chief Technology Officer, Trainline
  • Norma Dove-Edwin, CDIO, Places for People
  • Amber Burke, CIO, Oxfam
  • Andy Barrow, CTO, ANS Group
  • Michael Wyatt, Head of Chrome and Android Enterprise EMEA, Google
  • Simon Pamplin, Director, Technical Sales – EMEA, Silver Peak
  • Kevin Gibbs, Director of Finance, Royal Borough of Greenwich
  • Lee James, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace EMEA
  • Scott Carey, Editor, Computerworld UK
    Learn more about the speakers

Hosted by CIO UK Editor Edward Qualtrough, this year's summit will focus on innovation, change management, end-to-end transformation, engaging with startups, impacting on organisational culture outside of IT, emerging technologies and digital business leadership. View the 2018 CIO Summit agenda.

The 2017 CIO Summit welcomed speakers from the Lloyd's of London, British Council, Williams F1, Arsenal FC, IBM and Salesforce who discussed a variety of topics from digital transformation and culture to CIO challenges and legal implications of disruptive technologies. View the 2017 CIO Summit highlights here.

Follow CIO UK on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay on top of all the CIO Summit news. The official event hashtag is #CIOSummit.

Please note, by registering for a CIO UK event, we cannot guarantee your attendance. Once registered, we will try to confirm your attendance at the earliest opportunity.

Our Sponsors

Headline Sponsor - ANS Group

ANS is the UK’s #1 Cloud Services Provider, offering a suite of transformational services to help the UK’s leading businesses innovate and operate better, faster. Trusted by over 300 Enterprise and Public Sector organisation, we have over 20 years’ experience in designing and deploying leading end to end integrated platforms and next generation connectivity solutions which all benefit from our 24x7x365 managed service. Founded in 1996, we have grown to 300 strong with offices in Manchester and London. Our customers include, Trustford, ODEON, Euro Car Parts, Staffordshire University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and The Royal Brompton NHS Foundation Trust. Find out more, visit

Partner Sponsor - Rackspace

Rackspace is modernising IT in today’s multi-cloud world. By delivering IT as a service, they help customers of all industries, sizes and locations realise the power of digital transformation without the complexity and expense of managing it on their own. Their comprehensive portfolio of professional and managed services across applications, data, security and infrastructure on the world’s leading public and private cloud platforms enables them to provide unbiased expertise. Rackspace has been honoured within the top 100 Great Places to Work for the past 12 years. Learn more at

Partner Sponsor - Silver Peak

Silver Peak is the global leader in Broadband and Hybrid WAN solutions. Geographically distributed enterprises view the cloud and wide area network as critical to connecting users to applications. Strategic IT leaders are under pressure to balance the complexities of managing legacy infrastructure while accelerating the migration to the cloud which can compromise their effectiveness. Silver Peak offers a high-performance SD-WAN solution that provides secure and reliable virtual overlays to connect users to applications with the flexibility to use any combination of underlying transport without compromising application performance. This results in greater business agility and lower costs. Learn more at

Partner Sponsor - Google (Chrome Enterprise)

Leveraging the popular Chrome browser as its principle user interface, Chrome OS is the easy-to-use and easy-to-manage computing platform for high-level functionality in virtualized work environments. Built specifically for the cloud, Chrome OS powers a new generation of business-ready devices, enabling organizations of all sizes to transform the way they work and maximize the benefits of cloud technology. With always-on, multilayered security and automatic updates, Chrome browser and Chrome OS allow businesses to securely mobilize employees while reducing IT support burden and the associated costs. Chrome Enterprise license adds to the strengths of Chrome OS – providing the functionality that enterprises need to control their Chrome device fleet at scale, and create an optimal user experience for enhanced productivity and security. Learn more at


All timings are subject to change.

8:30am - 9:00am - Registration and networking breakfast

9:00am - 9:10am - Welcome remarks
Edward Qualtrough, CIO UK Editor

9:10am - 9:30am - Lessons from News UK's Startup Lab
Christina Scott, News UK CTO and News Corp Deputy CTO
Chief Technology Officer Christina Scott will discuss News UK's startup lab, and the lessons learned from the incubator and accelerator programme

9:30am - 9:50am - Developing an Agile platform for innovation
Jane Moran, Unilever Global CIO
Unilever CIO Jane Moran, who spoke to CIO UK earlier in 2018, will discuss the organisation's move from a "project-based to a platform based" culture of working.

9:50am - 10:15am - Do's and don'ts of cloud adoption
Andy Barrow, ANS Group CTO
ANS Group CTO Andy Barrow will share his practical experiences of cloud transformation projects, bust some of the common myths and reveal the steps to success.

10:15am - 10:45am - Designing and delivering the Workplace of the Future
Scott Carey, Computerworld UK Editor
Computerworld UK Editor Scott Carey presents a brief overview of the key findings from CIO UK and Computerworld UK's Workplace of the Future research, and moderates a panel discussion covering:

  • What does the Workplace of the Future mean for your organisation?
  • What technologies will underpin the Workplace of the Future - what is the balance between technology and culture?
  • How important is initiating Workplace of the Future initiatives?
  • What is the role of the CIO, or what different roles can they play in developing and delivering Workplace of the Future programmes?

10:45am - 11:10am - Networking coffee break

11:10am - 11:40am - Q&A with the CIO 100 leaders
Richard Corbridge, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Chief Digital and Information Officer, and Global Radio's Director of Technology & Operations David Henderson

11:40am - 12:00pm - Authentic leadership - Finding a purpose as a business technology executive
Anna Barsby, Morrisons Chief Technology Director
Chief Technology Director at Morrisons and another former CIO 100 leader, Anna Barsby, will discuss authentic leadership and finding a purpose as a business technology executive

12:00pm  - 12:15pm - Welcome to the age of the cloud worker
Michael Wyatt, Google's Head of Chrome and Android Enterprise EMEA
Spurred on by the need for insights, speed, and collaboration, Michael will discuss how a new type of worker has emerged; the Cloud Worker. Michael will suggest rethinking workforce technology in the age of insight.

12:15pm - 12:35pm - Mark Holt's CIO principles
Mark Holt, Trainline CTO
CIO 100 high-flyer Mark Holt, CTO at Trainline, will discuss context, politics, people, culture and more when he shares his CIO Principles.

12:35pm - 12:50pm - 'Open mic' CIO troubleshooting consulting session
Share your challenges with an elite group of your CIO peers. Whether it's asking for advice around a project, soliciting information on vendors in a certain space, or seeking an external opinion on a cultural, IT or change management matter - the 2018 CIO Summit is yours to source some expertise from the wisdom of the crowd.

12:50pm - 2:00pm - Networking lunch

2:00pm - 2:10pm - Introduction to afternoon sessions
Edward Qualtrough, CIO UK Editor

2:10pm - 2:25pm - The business of continuous change: Creating organisational readiness for technology advancement
Lee James, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace EMEA

2:25pm - 3:00pm - Panel: Putting data at the heart of the organisation
Julie Pierce, Food Standards Agency (FSA) Director Openness, Digital and Data
Kevin Gibbs, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Director of Finance
Amber Burke, Oxfam UK CIO
Norma Dove-Edwin, Places for People Chief Data and Information Officer

3:00pm - 3:15pm - Enabling a business-first network – Moving from software-defined to a self-driving wide area network
Simon Pamplin, Silver Peak EMEA Director of Technical Sales

3:15pm - 3:30pm - The CIO and the Workplace of the Future – What next?
Scott Carey, Computerworld UK Editor

3:30pm - 3:40pm - Round-up and close
Edward Qualtrough, CIO UK Editor

3:40pm - 5:00pm - Networking drinks reception


Amber Burke, CIO, Oxfam

Working in collaboration with other IT leaders across the Oxfam confederation, Amber is making an IS success of the biggest internal change that Oxfam has ever been through. This means  effective integration of the IS systems of 17 international affiliates into a single confederation, with a global shared service approach. Amber has set up a global service desk that allows any of 10,000 confederation staff to phone up IT support and walk into any Oxfam office around the world, accessing IT services as if working from home. She has delivered key enablers for better supporter engagement through new CRM technology and re-engineered customer experience journeys. Oxfam helps 25 million people around the world and holds information on millions of supporters in CRM systems. Secure data access, storage and data led decision making are central to accomplishing Oxfam's aims around privacy and compliance.

Lee James, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace EMEA

Lee James is the Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace EMEA, responsible for business growth, as well as initiating and driving relationships with our key customers. He comes with over 20 years of experience across largescale multinationals and agile-based environments, delivering industry leading cloud, analytics, digital strategy and transformation. His extensive background includes senior roles across FTSE 10 and 250 organisations like BP, Betfair and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Charged with moving the Rackspace proposition forward, Lee owns the go-to-market propositions for our products and services, making sure they’re directly aligned with customer requirements and future market trends. His previous role was Cloud and Analytics Service Enablement Director at Computacenter, where he was responsible for transforming the brand, building professional and managed service offerings, and growing the £1bn+ services business.

Kevin Gibbs, Director of Finance, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Kevin’s portfolio has expanded over the years from having operational and strategic responsibilities for the customer interface, through ICT, HR and Financial Operations; to now being the Director of Finance and CIO for the council. Kevin has worked in Local Government since 1990, and has developed award winning customer centric services for a number of authorities, having won the National Customer Service Award, for “Best Contact Centre under 100 Seats” and the Channel Network Award for best telephony implementation. In 2008, under his leadership, Contact Islington won the global Consona CRM award, for best CRM. In 2013, Greenwich was named, Council of the year in the LGC awards.

Julie Pierce, Director Openness, Data & Digital, Food Standards Agency (FSA)

Julie Pierce has been Director Openness, Data and Digital since 2015. The post was established to drive for the use of modern digital approaches and technologies, taking an open approach, within the agency but also across the food system. Exploitation of Data is driving change within the Agency, but also within the global food system, whether food safety, efficiency of supply or crime. Previously Julie was the Chief Information Officer at Defra. She spent much of her career in the private sector implementing change programmes as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in financial services, pharmaceuticals, defence and central government in the UK and Europe.

Simon Pamplin, Director, Technical Sales – EMEA, Silver Peak

Simon Pamplin is the EMEA Technical Sales Director for Silver Peak and a regular speaker at events on topics ranging from the latest storage technologies and server virtualization to the current shift in Data Networking towards SD-WAN. With over 20 years’ experience in enterprise IT Simon has worked for IP, SAN and hyper-convergent companies and is driven by new technology and the business benefits it can bring.

Michael Wyatt, Head of Chrome and Android Enterprise EMEA, Google

Michael Wyatt has been leading the go to market drive for Android and Chrome in the enterprise for over 4 years at Google. After 25+ experience in IT Sales and Marketing, he has successfully brought new, and grown existing technologies from start-ups and major IT vendors such as Ingram Micro, Avaya, Microsoft and Nokia. His experience spans Cloud Solutions, PC’s, Networking, Software, Apps, Mobile Devices and MiddleWare, He has successfully founded and sold 2 IT start-up companies and regularly delivers keynote presentations and participates in panel discussions across EMEA. He now runs the go to market for Chrome across EMEA. He is also a Google Artist in Residence.

Andy Barrow, CTO, ANS Group

As the industry witnesses the mainstream adoption of big data, cloud native application development and IoT solutions, Andy is responsible for driving the overall strategy and technical vision that enables our customers to navigate all of these new services with ease. Regarded as an industry-thought leader across the Cloud market, Andy spends most of his time working closely with customers to develop and deliver transformational solutions to help drive innovation. Andy is a regular speaker at a range of industry and sector specific events.

Jane Moran, Global CIO, Unilever

Recognized as the first woman to top Computer Weekly’s ranking of the 100 most influential people in technology, Jane Moran is the CIO for Unilever. Jane leads the global IT organization, driving strategy, implementation and support for the internal and external business technology applications, platforms, networks, and data centers. She has developed an integrated, long-term IT strategy that leverages the scale of the organization and technology partnerships, as well as focusing on talent development and diversity. Jane’s passion for technology comes from her roots as a developer. At the beginning of her career, Jane built financial portfolio management and trading software applications. She was an IT consultant to Fortune 500 companies for a number of years which included implementing large scale ERP and CRM platforms. She has held CIO posts for the past 17 years, and has been Unilever’s Global CIO since June 2014, and prior to this she was Group CIO at Thomson Reuters.

Norma Dove-Edwin, Chief Data and Information Officer, Places for People

Norma Dove-Edwin is a strategy-focused executive with considerable experience in driving global business transformation and change programmes, which she has gained from working in top FTSE multinational organisations such as BAT, Shell, Unilever, HBOS, QBE Insurance, Labatt, and BP. Norma has been working in the field of enterprise data and information management and governance for over 16 years and is currently Chief Data and Information Officer at Places for People. Prior to this role, she was Head of Global Data Services at British American Tobacco. Building on her technical background and embracing the core values of integrity, honesty and collaboration, Norma has a deep understanding of the partnership required between information technology and the business functions to unlock the strategic value of data to deliver a competitive advantage and power digital platforms.

Mark Holt, CTO, Trainline

Mark joined Trainline in March 2014 with a career spanning over 20 years. Mark founded Europe’s first secure eCommerce site in 1995 and since then has led innovative teams at companies such as Capital Radio,, GE Capital, Trayport and CPA Global.

David Henderson, Director of Technology & Operations, Global Radio

David is responsible for technology, operations and broadcasting at Global, the music and entertainment group who run radio brands from Capital, Classic FM, LBC and Heart as well as more than 20 music festivals. Reaching a UK audience of 29 million, David has led a digital transformation that has delivered state of the art studios and award-winning apps together with a cloud based infrastructure and an extensible data analytics platform for audience data. David has written for CIO on the importance of talent management, the antics of technology vendors and the need to increase opportunities for women in IT.

Anna Barsby, Chief Technology Director, Morrisons

Morrisons Chief Technology Director Anna Barsby has been focusing on the technology opportunities which provide business growth, and has been encouraging key skills and people to the supermarket retailer as part of her ambitious improvement plans. The 2015 CIO 100 leader and her team are initiating major moves into cloud, digital and data - acutely aware of the need for the supermarket's back-end systems and infrastructure to support its front-end, customer facing touchpoints. A new technology innovation team has been set up, with Morrisons the first of the big four supermarkets to integrate online grocery shopping with Amazon's Alexa voice recognition personal assistant.

Richard Corbridge, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for business change and benefits management in health and very much insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to technology implementation. In 2017 Richard was named the number one CIO form the UK in the EDG CIO Magazine CIO100, listed in Hot Topics global CIO100 and Ireland’s first CIO100. He was named the eGovernment Visionary of the year in Ireland and was named as the most disruptive talent in digital by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak. Richard was named by the Huffington Post as one of the most ‘Social CIOs’ in the world. You can see the daily ins and outs of his work and life by following him on twitter at: @R1chardatron

Christina Scott, CTO, News UK

Christina Scott joined News UK as Chief Technology Officer in February, 2016 and is responsible for overseeing Technology and Product teams. In May 2017 Christina was appointed News Corp Deputy Chief Technology Officer, maintaining her UK CTO responsibilities. Christina has more than 20 years' experience in the IT industry, having previously worked in technology teams at a number of companies including the BBC, FT and ITV Digital, where she specialised in digital transformation. In 2016 Scott was awarded the CIO of the Year award in the Women in IT awards and previously has been highly recognised in a number of top technology and female executive rankings. In 2018 Christina was ranked third in the 2018 CIO 100 which recognises the most transformative and disruptive CIOs in and from the UK.

Who should attend

This is a free-to-attend event for all UK CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, Heads of IT, IT Directors, VP of Technology, Head of Digital Transformation etc.

Please note, by registering for a CIO UK event, we cannot guarantee your attendance. Once registered, we will try to confirm your attendance at the earliest opportunity.


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