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IoD Suffolk: Demystifying Digital - Is Your Digital Footprint Serving You?

15 Oct 2019
All Saints Hotel, Bury St Edmunds

Are you getting the most from your digital systems? Do your staff fear digital? In a fast paced world with ever-changing trends, it is vital for businesses to keep up with digital transformations while ensuring that their workforce is motivated and fully engaged.

Join us for an interactive half day workshop on Tuesday 15 October, where we will cover some of the alternative aspects of a digital implementation, as well as the benefits, pitfalls and challenges facing businesses today all themed around Diversity, Workforce Engagement and Digital Productivity.

We will challenge what your business actually needs from a digital perspective and what you need to do to stay ahead, such focusing on the right platforms, and maximising the associated productivity.

We will also cover the importance of diversity, not only aspects which are commonly discussed such as race, gender and sexual orientation, but also mindset and thought processes. This will lead naturally on to how you can harness that diversity for performance, while ensuring that your staff do not fear 'Digital' and are properly engaged.

Expert speakers will share their knowledge and facilitate breakout sessions including Ian Gardner of IBM, John Cockburn-Evans of Aspire2BLean, Ben Miller of Konica Minolta and Sehaam Cyrene of The Paper Tuner.

The workshop includes an interactive demonstration and guidance on how to prevent physical problems when using IT equipment.

We will also be joined by Matt Applegate, BAFTA winner and inspiring founder of Ipswich based Creative Computing Club and Tim Robinson, COO of TechEast, responsible for bringing technologists and business leaders together. 

Matt has worked for some of the biggest tech companies and takes his experience into the classroom to help the next generation of programmers.

Tim will share data and insight on where the region is today and the next steps towards becoming a global tech cluster.

The morning will come to a close with a buffet lunch with fellow delegates.

Key details

Date & time: 15 Oct 2019 09:00 - 13:00
Location: All Saints Hotel, Bury St Edmunds
CPD Hours:

Prices from

20.00 GBP + VAT - Student Rate
45.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
45.00 GBP + VAT - Member Guest Rate
60.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

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John Cockburn-Evans, M.Eng. C.Eng. F.I.Chem.E. PCC.  - John has held senior leadership roles for manufacturing and engineering disciplines in large global corporate companies such as BASF, Total & DuPont, lead the UK team for an international consultancy. John has consulted for major corporate clients in the areas of “Operational Excellence” & “Cultural Transformation”.  John guides businesses in removing “waste” from their operations using the foundations of “Lean” principles, reducing cost and improving agility. In addition, John is also a certified professional coach, part-time university lecturer and key note speaker in addition to his work at Aspire2BLean.

Sehaam Cyrene (ACC, SHRM-SCP)
is a strategy-minded People Consultant, certified Executive Coach and trained governance practitioner. She partners leaders and teams looking to increase productivity and performance sustainably and for the long term and revitalise culture, organisational behaviours and values. Sehaam is a regular speaker on Influence: Read People Right and on Building Unstoppable Teams.

Ian Gardner MBCS CITP has over 25 years’ customer-facing consulting experience on large-scale, complex projects covering ERP implementations, transformation, PoC’s and crit-sits. For the past 4 and a half years Ian has led a large, high-profile proof of concept to create the factory of the future using industry 4.0 principles. This project was referenced in the UK Government’s Made Smarter Report as an ideal candidate. He has a close relationship with the UK High Value Catapult Centres such as the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). He is Chairman of the Sheffield University Industrial Advisory Board and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, a select group of global thought leaders. In 2018 he was a finalist in the Management Consultancy Association (MCA) awards.

Ben Miller is an Insight and Innovation Consultant at Konica Minolta with an interest in the forces shaping the intersection between people, technology and industry.  Ben supports a ‘rethinking work’ program which encompasses both the internal transition to an IT service lead business and our customer-facing service proposition.  He is motivated by helping customers unlock human potential, promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives and deploying technology to solve societal challenges. Also responsible for building alliances, Ben is a member of the New Anglia LEP’s skills board, Healthwatch Suffolk Director, Enterprise Adviser and IoD Ambassador for the East of England.


Matthew C. Applegate (MA / PAES / FRSA / GCI) is an internationally renowned musician, educator, published academic author, video game designer, BAFTA YGD Mentor award winner, Google Certified Innovator and PhD research student. He has run workshops, given lectures and performances for Cambridge University, The British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and much more. He has delivered projects for and worked with Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Samsung, the BBC, the World Health Organisation, the Cabinet Office, UK Parliament and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and many more.

Tim Robinson, COO of TechEast is a C-level leader in UK tech and currently leading Tech East, to become a top 5 UK tech cluster by 2020. With an impartial voice, Tim helps to improve entrepreneur and scale-up support, collaborative networking and a clear, strong voice to UK government, investors and other ecosystem influencers. Tech East’s core themes are 1. Talent & Skills; 2. Smart money (capital + business support); 3. Physical Infrastructure & Workspace for digital business. Tim has grown tech and media product businesses successfully (at Thomson, Informa and RICS). Tim is also a NED at UEA Norwich Business School, sits as Digital Advisor to the Cultural Board of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and is a founding member of the UK Tech Cluster Group.



Prices from

20.00 GBP + VAT - Student Rate
45.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
45.00 GBP + VAT - Member Guest Rate
60.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate


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  • All Saints Hotel
  • Fornham St Genevieve
  • Bury St Edmunds
  • IP28 6JQ

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