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

15 Oct 2019
All Saints Hotel, Bury St Edmunds



Have you ever thought about reconsidering your relationship with work technology and the world? Is this level of distraction that we each experience everyday really good for our mental health wellbeing and is it actually sustainable? For many of us the diverse array of social media can be overwhelming and a great distractor in the working day with the biggest frustration being is that it should simply just be a useful tool.

Join us at this showcase 'free to attend' event for business leaders on Tuesday 15th October, where we will discuss many related topics including how to cut through the noise and focus on what’s important and unique about your business. This interactive half-day workshop will feature thought leadership presentations focussed on Diversity, Workforce Engagement and Digital Productivity with the morning closing with a buffet lunch with fellow delegates and speakers.

We will discuss the use of digital communication for effective teamwork and leadership and how to maximise productivity with existing technology. How can we streamline these systems to strengthen our communication levels across all age groups within our customer base and our own businesses.

We will debate the future of work, how we do it, what it will look like and the technology that will underpin Industry 4.0, equipping tomorrow’s workforce with problem solving skills and curiosity.

One of our guest speakers will give their perspective on how the region is coming together to integrate start-ups, corporates, the education sector, digital industry and traditional organisations to solve local challenges.

Through talks and breakout sessions delegates will be encouraged to analyse how different digital processes and channels may be received by members of staff and how to ensure that digital transformations are stress-free, inclusive, and everyone is on board from the word “go”.  

Key Objectives

Ben Miller, Insight and Innovation Consultant at Konica Minolta, who is among the keynote speakers comments:

“Business leaders are faced with digital technologies which are accelerating change and amplifying complexities, but on a broader level they are making us all rethink how we live, learn, work and consume.  Against such a daunting backdrop, an approach coined by local legend Colin Chapman rings true – “Simplify.  Then add Lightness”.
Combining diversity and digital productivity, business leaders will learn how to achieve high performance from the whole team and stay ahead. The following keynote speakers will share their knowledge and facilitate breakout sessions:

Matt Applegate, BAFTA winner and Founder, Creative Computing Club
Tim Robinson, COO, TechEast
Ian Gardner, IBM
John Cockburn-Evans, Aspire2BLean
Ben Miller, Konica Minolta
Sehaam Cyrene, Paper Tuner

Learning Objectives

•    If technology is a reflection of our minds, do we need to do more to understand the way we think

•    Exploring why so many digital technologies fail to deliver productivity benefits

•    Digital technology enables us to work in new ways, and how harnessing modern communication methods can amplify good or bad teamwork

•    Uncovering why embracing diversity is a key objective in the digital age

•    Rather than adopting more disruptive technology, what more can we do with our existing solutions

•    A glimpse into the future of work and industry 4.0, and what it might mean for your business

•    Uncovering the regional ecosystem helping business to be both local and global

Key details

Date & time: 15 Oct 2019 08:30 - 13:00
Location: All Saints Hotel, Bury St Edmunds
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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 PCC, SHRM-SCP, FRSA
is an Executive Coach to Leaders, Founders and Scale-ups and their teams. She supports businesses across many sectors, from sports and healthcare to retail and fintech, going through rapid growth to increase productivity and reduce performance risk by focusing on culture, behaviours and values. She is host of Better Conversations Podcast, delivers Team Talks to open up tricky subjects safely, and regularly speaks to leaders about influence, conflict, and negotiation in conversations. Sehaam is also a trained governance practitioner.

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.



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  • Fornham St Genevieve
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