2019 CIO Summit - Join the 10th annual gathering of CIOs and senior IT Leaders in London

2019 CIO Summit - Join the 10th annual gathering of CIOs and senior IT Leaders in London
26 September 2019
Edward Qualtrough, Editor, CIO UK
Free to attend


The tenth annual CIO Summit will be held at 5-star Hotel, The Langham, on Thursday, 26th September 2019.

Located in the ballroom of the iconic Langham Hotel, 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.

The 2019 CIO Summit will include a series of CIO presentations, discussions, panels, Q&As and masterclasses related to the role, and will provide an opportunity for delegates to showcase their successes, challenges, opportunities and best practice. 


8.30am - 9am 

Registration and networking breakfast


9am - 9.10am

Introduction, Edward Qualtrough, CIO UK Editor

9.10am - 9.35am

Innovation in risk-averse organisations

Andrew Quail, SGN Director of IT & Innovation

9.35am - 10am

How to build your teams of the future

Lee James, Rackspace CTO

10am - 10.25am

HMRC’s technology and operating model transformation

Q&A with Jacky Wright, HMRC Chief Digital and Information Officer

10.25am - 10.50am

Panel - The cultural side of technology transformation and facilitating innovation agendas

Jacky Wright, HMRC Chief Digital and Information Officer

Andrew Quail, SGN Director of IT & Innovation

Simon Crawley-Trice, Rackspace VP Global Solutions and Services, EMEA


10.50am - 11.10am


11.10am - 11.35am

A winning integrating team

Clare Patterson, Shell Energy CIO

11.35am - 11.50am

Welcome to the age of the cloud worker

Michael Wyatt, Google Chrome Enterprise

11.50pm  - 12.20pm

Innovation in the public and private sectors

Sarah Moorhead, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chief Digital Officer

Richard Corbrige, Boots Walgreens Alliance Director of Innovation

12.20pm - 12.50pm

A sustainability call to arms

Adam Turner, Government and Defra Sustainable Technology Lead

Mattie Yeta, UK Government Sustainability ICT Lead

12.50pm - 1.05pm

Technology Leadership in the Age of Climate Crisis

Joe McFadden, HealthUnlocked CTO


1.05pm - 2pm

2pm - 2.10pm

Introduction to afternoon sessions

Edward Qualtrough, CIO UK Editor

2.10pm - 2.35pm

War Gaming cyber security in the higher education sector

Brigadier Alan Hill, University of Exeter Chief Information and Digital Officer

2.35pm - 2.50pm

ITIL 4 and Spotify: Using IT best practice in the digital age

Margo Leach, AXELOS Chief Product Officer

2.50pm - 3pm

Introduction of CSO UK

Edward Qualtrough, CIO UK Editor

3pm - 3.30pm

The CIO the CISO panel - Cybersecurity from the edge to the boardroom

Sabah Khan Carter, News Corp Global Operations Centre CIO

Brigadier Alan Hill, University of Exeter Chief Information and Digital Officer

Margo Leach, AXELOS Chief Product Officer

3.30pm - 3.45pm

Choose a better way to work

Laura Friend, Slack Technology Strategist

3.45pm - 3.50pm

Round-up and close

3.50pm - 5pm

Networking drinks reception



Laura Friend, Technology Strategist, Slack

Laura Friend is a Technology Strategist, and leading subject matter expert for media industry at Slack UK. Slack is the leading global collaboration hub that makes people’s working lives simpler, more pleasant and more productive. From global Fortune 100 companies to corner markets, businesses and teams of every kind use Slack to bring the right people together with all the right information.
She has 10 years’ experience in the enterprise technology industry and has held roles at Zendesk, MongoDB and Meltwater.

Margo Leach, Chief Product Officer, AXELOS

Margo joined AXELOS in 2016, bringing a diverse experience in leading new product delivery, product management and digital and business transformation. Having previously worked at global organizations such as CEB Global, CABI and Reed Elsevier, Margo brings a global knowledge and diverse range of industry knowledge to AXELOS.

Margo has been instrumental in the development and management of AXELOS’ PPM and ITSM products since joining the company. Leading the entire Product function, recent successes include the release of PRINCE2 ® 2017, the ongoing evolution of the ITIL ® 4 program, and the further development of our global markets in Australia with key partners and the opening up of our ‘Friends of PRINCE2’ opportunity in Canada.

Richard Corbridge, Director of Innovation, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and digital technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for innovation, business change and benefits management. As a leader he insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to all technology implementation. In 2019 he was appointed as the first Director of Innovation at Boots UK with a remit to deliver a transformed high street pharmacy and health and beauty experience for customers across the UK. The role also has accountability back to the wider Walgreens Boots Alliance for innovation across the group.  

Sarah Moorhead, Associate Director of Digital Demand, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust

Associate Director of Digital Demand at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust With 16 years’ experience working across a wide spectrum of stakeholders Sarah’s experience has been pivotal in ensuring that the Digital Healthcare vision permeates professional and organisational boundaries to deliver transformational digital healthcare to any locality and sets an example for how to be successful with digital healthcare nationally and internationally.

Simon Crawley-Trice, VP Global Solutions & Services EMEA, Rackspace

As VP Global Solutions & Services for EMEA, Simon owns the vision and go-to-market strategies for Rackspace EMEA, including Professional Services and all levels of solution architecture and security. He is responsible for the strategic direction of entering new markets through driving innovation of new services and capabilities.

Jacky Wright, Chief Digital and Information Officer, HMRC

Jacky Wright is Chief Digital and Information Officer for HMRC, where she is driving one of the largest digital transformations in Europe. A transformational global leader and innovative technologist, Jacky is a passionate advocate for diversity, equal opportunities and access to education for all. A senior BAME Civil Service leader and HMRC's Disability Champion, Jacky champions diverse representation across all levels of government.  She was named top UK tech influencer 2018. 

Andrew Quail, Director of IT and Innovation, SGN

Andrew has recently been voted number one in the UK CIO top 100 list due to his team’s work in delivering a major IT Transformation Programme which is fundamentally changing what IT is and does. He has been Director of IT and Innovation for SGN for 8 years and part of the executive leadership team of one of the leading Utility companies in the UK. SGN distributes natural and green gas to 5.9 million homes and businesses and 15 million customers across Scotland and the South of England and is part of the UK’s critical national infrastructure.

Georgina Owens, SVP IT Services, DAZN

Georgina Owens has held global leadership roles in large organisations across multiple sectors. She has a reputation for tackling large scale challenges and being capable of making intelligent sense out of chaotic and poorly managed IT capabilities. She is at home working in a fast paced environment dealing with uncertainty, ambiguity and constant change and manages to navigate her teams through transformation to deliver simplicity, excellence and best in class at the end of the journey. 

Clare Patterson, CIO, Shell International Trading

Clare Patterson is CIO of Shell Energy, accountable for the IT used in the company's gas, power, renewables and carbon emissions trading business. Recognised in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the CIO 100, Patterson is passionate about creating an inclusive and productive workplace of the future, where people can use technology to help them do their work quicker and better.

Lee James, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace EMEA

Lee is responsible for helping Rackspace’s customers maximise their cloud investments across people, process and technology, as well developing new products and services.As the Chief Technical Officer EMEA Lee’s experienced in developing and delivering industry-leading cloud, analytics and SAP services for global organisations. He’s also previously been awarded for innovation after building BP’s first multi-cloud platform.

Michael Wyatt, Head of Chrome Enterprise EMEA, Google

Michael Wyatt has been at Google for 5 years and started driving Android into the Enterprise  - after success in this Go To Market role he then moved on to the head up the drive into the workplace for ChromeOS. 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 participate in panel discussions across EMEA. He now runs the go to market for Chrome across EMEA - digital Transformation, Growth and Productivity across EMEA He is also a Google Artist in Residence.  


Scott Carey, Group Editor, IDG UK B2B

Scott is an experienced enterprise technology journalist, as comfortable writing analysis as he is hosting industry events and appearing on broadcast media. He has a keen interest in big IT and cloud vendors, deep knowledge of the SaaS market and digital transformation at some of the UK's biggest companies, and a contacts book that covers the industry from top to bottom.

Edward Qualtrough, Editor of CIO UK, CIO UK

Edward is the Editor of CIO UK and has a particular interest covering digital strategy, leadership, enterprise culture, and diversity. Previously the CIO UK Online Editor, Edward meets regularly with Chief Information Officers and other business technology executives to discuss C-level issues and keep on top of industry trends and disruptive threats.

Alan Hill, Chief Information and Digital Officer, University of Exeter

Alan is the Chief Information and Digital Officer at the University of Exeter. His current focus is a major digital transformation alongside an IT modernisation programme. Part of this is improving cyber security to protect these new services, whilst ensuring that protection for commercial research, intellectual property rights and patents is continually improved to meet emerging threats.

Who should attend

This is a free-to-attend event for all UK CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, Heads of IT, IT Directors, VP of Technology and senior IT executives. 

Please note, by registering for a CIO UK event, we cannot guarantee your attendance. Once registered, final decision is at organisers discretion.


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