Skip to main content
Become a member
  • Register
  • Login

Register Login

Flagship Event

Open House on the Road Connected Business

14 May 2019
Newmarket Racecourse, Newmarket

We’re wired to connect… the best business happens when the right people are working together to go further and achieve more; that person that challenges you to think differently, learning something new from a mentor, offering a piece of advice to someone starting out. Technology, infrastructure, networks, and industry should enable us to do what we do best…

Key Topics

  • Cyber Security
  • Digital transformations
  • Leading from the top
  • Organisational performance and structure
  • Technology/Robots/Automation

Why Attend?
Connection is more vital to business than ever. Leaders must be connected to ideas, technology, cultures and people to embrace an ever-changing world and stay ahead. We’ll understand how opportunities have been created to make the workplace more productive. We’ll discover how connectedness will shape the future and help business grow.

Key details

Date & time: 14 May 2019 09:00 - 14:00
Location: Newmarket Racecourse, Newmarket
CPD Hours:

Prices from

0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Event manager:
Laura Jumnoodoo
Contact phone:
0207 766 8817


(for the London, Birmingham and Manchester dates, the programmes start from 1pm)

 Welcome from the IoD 

 Introduction from Event Chair

 Ageing Platforms and Legacy Systems: Problems for Boards not Geeks
Legacy IT is almost always deeply ingrained in the critical business operations that keep a company running, and removing it can be risky and expensive. But the growing importance of digital business models and the advancing threat of cybercrime makes the updating of legacy systems more urgent than ever before.

How can AI help SMEs?
Nobody knows quite where AI will lead us, but we do know that if businesses don’t embrace new technologies they won’t survive.  But many companies don’t know where to start or which technologies to embrace.  This session will help to breakdown the scary bits and let you into the world of AI benefits.
  Live hacking demonstration

 The Future Cyber Security Risks
The roll-out of 5G is expected to bring a thousand fold increase in wireless capacity. But, with such an increase in connectivity – and because the technology hasn’t yet been fully tested – there will be more cyber risks, including attacks of the kind we have never seen before.  Find out how to protect your business.
 The impact and benefits of 5G to business
This session aims to provide delegates an introduction to 5G, progress in the UK, the potential it has to transform your business, and how you can find out more.  
  Panel session: Boosting productivity through technology
This discussion will focus on the pros and cons of utilizing technology to boost efficiency and productivity and give advice and support on how to do this through upskilling, and enhancing people’s leadership and management skills.

Working lunch roundtables
- Remote and Flexible Working
- Talent Acquisition & Retention
- Technology for marketing 
- Talent acquisition and retention  
 14:00/18:00Event Close
(for the London, Birmingham and Manchester dates, the programmes start from 6pm)


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.


Chris Roberts, Head of Origination, Code Investing
Chris spent 13 years of his career with a high street bank institution, covering a variety of roles from Retail, Private Banking, Business Banking, Real Estate Finance, Credit, Distressed/Stressed Debt Management and latterly Leverage/Structured Finance, until his present Origination role when he joined CODE in 2018. 




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.

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.



Prices from

0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Please tick here to indicate that you have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions for this booking.

  • Newmarket Racecourse
  • Newmarket Racecourse
  • The Rowley Mile Racecourse
  • Newmarket
  • CB8 0TF

IoD Events

Find out what events are taking place in your area.

View all events