Sylvia Lu, 5G Tech Lead at u-blox, Board Director of CW (Cambridge Wireless), Member of UK5G Advisory Board
Sylvia is DevelopHer Tech Star 2017 Winner and Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2018 Finalist in the Science and Technology Category, an award to recognise and celebrate the phenomenal Asian women across the UK and across industries, who are making a valuable and important contribution to British life. Sylvia is a STEM/STEAM Ambassador, speaks regularly at universities and schools to help students understand skill requirements and future tech trends in the tech industry.
Andy Thomas, CEO, KYND
Andy has more than 20 years of experience leading start up and growth phase businesses within the global cyber security market.
Now as the founder and CEO of KYND his aim is to make complex cyber risks simple to understand so organisations of any size can take action where necessary and be alerted to future risks as they arise.
Melanie Hayes, CMO, KYND
Melanie is the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of KYND. Her aim is to make complex cyber risks simple; in a language you don’t need to be an IT guru to understand so organisations of any size can take action where necessary.
Renaud Million, co-founder and CEO of Spixii
Spixii is an award winning InsurTech company dedicated to helping more people get better protected through automated technology. After studying engineering at Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Renaud moved to England and finished his education with an MSc in Operational Research & Management Sciences at Lancaster University. He
proceeded to serve EY London for six years, consulting insurance companies and building risk models while training for the British actuarial profession. Passionate about transforming the insurance industry, the move to start Spixii was a natural fit.
Anjola Adeniyi, Technical Account Manager, Securonix
Anjola is a Non-Executive Director of Royal Over-Seas League, a non-profit organisation and a major supporter of the arts. He is also on the Advisory Board of Cyber Rescue Alliance, a leading consultancy helping CEOs lead commercial recovery when hackers have breached their defences, and the board a charity, Getting on Board, working to improve the governance of charities and public sector bodies. He also completed the Board Apprentice programme on the board of a JPMorgan FTSE250 investment trust.
Bob Driver - Head of UK5G
Bob leads the UK5G programme on behalf of CW. CW is the lead partner for a consortium chosen by the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport, to create and deliver the national 5G Innovation Network called UK5G. UK5G brings together and markets the UK’s 5G eco-system - including the national Testbed & Trials programme along with other business-led 5G initiatives.
James Herbert ??? Founder & CEO, Hastee Pay
James created Hastee to change the way people are paid forever, enabling people to receive a portion of their earned pay on-demand to reduce financial stress and increase the productivity of employees and their organisations. Hastee removes the friction between working and being able to benefit from the fruits of that labour.
Mark Stansfeld, Chairman, giffgaff, WLEP and Worcestershire 5G Consortium
Alongside Mark's Executive Director roles, he held Non Executive roles on a number of boards spanning technology, finance and health. These included The Link Retail, West Bromwich Building Society, NHS West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, Ovo energy, and at O2 UK.
Nick Chism, Director General, Enterprise at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Nick has promoted better collaboration between the public and private sectors around the world. His professional background is in corporate finance. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Matt Palmer, award winning cyber security leader, innovator and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Matt Palmer is an award winning security innovator, leader, and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Delivering strategic change and transformation in cyber risk and security by helping organisations to understand, quantify, and act on their risk.
Danny Simpson, CEO, MID Communications LTD
Danny Simpson is the CEO of MID Communications LTD, the largest independent franchise of Telefonica O2 UK, providing both B2B and B2C services across 17 retail stores throughout the Northwest and a business centre based n Rochdale.
The 15-year industry knowledge has seen Danny start his career back when GPRS was the only form of mobile internet and he also experienced the launch and impact of both 3G and 4G. He has also witnessed the release of the first ever iPhone in the telco marketplace along with many other tech gadgets like wearables, smart tech, innovative apps and especially tablets. Danny has seen how each of these have cannibalised the market in laptops to how the digital landscape has changed and works in our world as it is today.
Richard Maybury, Purpose, Results & Priority Management Trainer & Speaker, Attitude Solutions
Through his specialist training business, Attitude Solutions, Richard has been equipping and enabling his clients’ people to manage their competing priorities and deliver their business-critical results easier every day through leveraging their technology. He works with SMEs, FTSE250 and S&P500 companies. The common denominator among all his clients is that their ambition outstrips their resource and they want to give their people the best possible opportunity to deliver their best work regardless of the demands of the day.
Ant Morse, Head of Digital Solutions, O2 Mid-Market
Manchester event only
Ant has a keen interest in a wide range of digital services with specialism in IoT (internet of things) an Interest in a the Virtual Reality experience industry and is seen as a thought leader in understanding the role we will play in the Digital Transformation and 4th Industrial Revolution.
Jennifer Major, Head of IoT, SAS UK & Ireland
Mold event only
Jennifer has spent her career at SAS working as an analytics consultant across a range of industry sectors. Her job is to help organisations create and act on insight from data in a governed, secure, transparent and ethical manner.
Dr. Maya Dillon, UK Lead for AI and Azure, Microsoft
A former Astrophysicist, Data Scientist and Corporate Executive Coach, Maya has a passion for exploring the ways in which technology can augment human ingenuity. Maya believes AI can help unleash the creative power within us all, enabling the manifestation of a more empathetic and harmonious world. Her mission is to “empower the world through AI”.
Kamile Stankute, External Affairs Manager, Institute of Directors (IoD)
Kamile Stankute joined the Institute of Directors in November 2016 as Parliamentary Affairs Officer. She now holds the position of External Affairs Manager.
Kamile joined the IoD after graduating from King’s College London with MA in Politics and Contemporary History. Her role is managing day to day relations with MPs, government departments and assisting with policy developments and research. She is also involved in the IoD’s Mental Health in the Workplace campaign and has written a policy report on Managing Mental Health in Changing Business Environments.
Kamile has previous experience in public affairs, interning at agencies and in-house.
Tom Hadley, Director of Policy & Campaigns, Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC
REC is the professional body for the UK recruitment industry, representing 3,500 corporate members and over 11,500 individual members of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP). Areas of responsibility include government relations, compliance policy and driving proactive campaigns in areas such as inclusion and social mobility, skills, good recruitment, immigration and the future of jobs. Tom is a regular media commentator and was a board member of the World Employment Confederation (Europe).He also represents the REC on a number of government advisory forums and committees and works with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in the ‘capacity building’ of business organisations around the world. Previous jobs have included working for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the European Commission and for the French multi-national Vivendi.
John Preston - Director Superstarbots
Originally from a multi million pound branded sales and marketing background to a gym owner and successful online coach, John is now the Go To expert for Social Media Marketing, Messenger Marketing and Automation.
John is based in Manchester and runs the SuperstarBots agency, Manychat UK Networking Group and was one of the first worldwide to be recognised with the Manychat Marketing Expert award & more recently as an Educator Partner.
Martyn Gill, Digital Solutions at Telefónica
Martyn is a pre-sales lead for O2, supporting delivery of Microsoft services into SMB and Enterprise customers. Martyn’s role is to help customers identify how technology can be the enabler to achieving key business outcomes, without compromising productivity or security. Martyn has enjoyed 18 years with O2, and has previously been nominated for salesperson of the year by ISM (Institute of Sales and Marketing).
Susan Hallam, Founder and CEO - Digital Marketing Consultant, Strategist & Public Speaker
With more than 30 years’ experience working in the digital industry, Susan Hallam is a leading influencer in the Internet world. She has always believed in the power of data and knowledge, and that successful digital engagement and transformation drives business success. Susan is a practicing digital marketing consultant, a public speaker, and the Founder and a Director of Hallam Internet, one of the UK’s leading digital agencies.
Vicky Hunter, South West EEM at Tech Nation, Global Community Manager at Silicon Drinkabout and Co-Founder of DoveLetters
Tech Nation are creating a national network connecting ambitious entrepreneurs across the UK. Each region is supported by an Entrepreneur Engagement Manager (or EEM) who connect, signpost and celebrate scaling companies, making sure that they know about relevant Tech Nation programmes and other local and national resources and opportunities.
Vicky Hunter, EEM for the South West has helped foster tech start-up communities on a global scale by designing, co-ordinating and executing meaningful and engaging events.
Paul Wilson, Chief Marketing Officer, TM Forum
Paul has more than 20 years’ experience in the Technology Media Telecom (TMT) sector. Paul joined TM Forum after establishing the internationally acclaimed smart city project Bristol Is Open. Before that he was Chief Marketing Officer at Fortune 500 fintech software company SunGard, which grew from a $2.8bn primarily American company, to a $5bn global business. Prior to SunGard, Paul worked in a fintech start-up and as a freelance broadcast journalist. He has an MBA from Cass Business School, a Political Science degree from the University of Birmingham, and is a fellow of Bristol University’s Digital Futures Institute. Paul has lived and worked in the UK, America, Switzerland and Hong Kong and is married with two children.
Everyone is looking for new tools to bring in transparency, but often companies lack the power to drive change in people to improve productivity, even though the answer lays (thanks to technology) right in front of them. BlueOptima's analytics platform empowers software developers and their companies to create better software in the most time- and cost-efficient way.
James Gribben, Corporate Affairs Manager, Be the Business
(Bristol, London, Mold)
Be the Business is an organisation established to spearhead a business-led drive to help companies across the UK improve their performance. Launched in November 2017 with funding and support from the UK government and some of Britain’s leading companies, Be the Business works with the entire business community to share what works for today’s best businesses with every company that wants to learn and improve. James has worked for a series of leading business groups in the UK and Europe, including the Federation of Small Businesses, World Employment Confederation and European Chambers of Commerce.
Joyann Boyce, Social Media Consultant & Founder, The Social Detail
Joyann works with SMEs, with a focus on technology companies to maximise their impact through social media. The Social Detail has worked with a range of organisations such as Bristol City Council, Black Girl Convention, SETsquared and Future Space; and is an avid advocate for diversity and inclusion partnering on projects with TechSPARK such as SHIFT to create diverse stock photography.
Stuart Lynn, Founder, TechNorthEast
Stuart Lynn is a renowned technology business leader and former Executive of the Sage Group.
Alongside running his own consulting business, Stuart is a Non Executive Director, Visiting Professor at the University of Sunderland, and founder of TechNorthEast, where he is a strong advocate of the North-East’s thriving digital technology sector.
Gareth I.Jones, Founder, Innovation Centre for Enterprise (Welsh ICE)
(Mold and North Wales only)
In 2012, Gareth founded the Innovation Centre for Enterprise (Welsh ICE) - now one of the largest coworking spaces in the country. In 2017 he founded Town Square Spaces, an accredited B Corp set up to replicate the model in other locations. Through these, and his operation of Accelerator Wales, he has helped to support over 500 businesses and create over 800 jobs, generating £millions GVA uplift for the local economies. In 2019, Gareth was invited to join the Prime Minister’s Small Business, Scale ups and Entrepreneurs Business Council, where he currently advises No. 10 on how to support SMEs through Brexit. He was also included in this year’s Maserati 100, identifying him as one of the top innovators and a ‘people’s champion’ for the UK.
Robin Lester, Cloud Solutions Architect (CSA), Microsoft
(Nottingham, York and Mold only)
Robin Lester is a Cloud Solutions Architect (CSA) at Microsoft focused on developing AI capabilities and cloud data practices among our partner ecosystem. Helping partners understand Machine Learning technologies and separating the possible from improbable, the fact from the fiction. A firm believer in democratization of AI and adopting ethical AI principles.
Dr Lida Gharemanlou, Cloud Solutions Architect (CSA), Microsoft
Dr Lida Ghahremanlou will give a talk on “How can AI help SMEs?” as a part of IoD series events on 26th September in Bristol. Since completing her PhD degree in Computer Science from RMIT University in 2014, Lida has pursued postdoctoral work at RMIT and IBM-Research in Australia, and Coventry and Birmingham City universities in the UK, on different Data Science and Machine Learning projects. Her collaborative research and work have resulted in several patents and journal publications.
Lida has joined Microsoft UK as an Advanced Analytics & AI Cloud Solution Architect in 2018, and her current focus is on applying Machine Learning and Deep Learning techniques in Azure Cloud environment. She is also an AI ambassador and evangelist for the UK region who proactively drives AI engagements and delivers tech workshops to her customers.
Darren Wells, COO, Talent
In 2012, Darren’s experience in technology recruitment spans over two decades. He has held senior leadership roles for the past 10 years, leading international teams of technology consultants helping global brands as well as technology startups win the war for technology talent.
Recently, Darren’s time at Talent has seen the business expand its presence across the UK & Europe, receiving multiple industry accolades along the way. In the past 12 months Talent were named ‘Best IT/Technology Staffing Agency’ by Recruiter Magazine, named LinkedIn’s ‘Most Socially Engaged Staffing Agency’ and Talent are the only recruitment company in the world to feature on Gallup’s ‘40 Great Workplace Awards’.