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Open House on the Road
Connected Business


Connections are everything in business. The best work happens when the right people and organisations are brought together to achieve more than they could do alone. Leveraging diverse perspectives that challenge you to think differently can prove the difference between success and failure. At the heart of these connections is the technological infrastructure that enables us to collaborate. These IoD Open House events will help you discover how connectedness will shape the future and help business grow.

Discussion Topics

  • Cyber in the boardroom
  • How AI can help SMEs
  • The impact and benefits of the new 5G network
  • Boosting productivity through technology
  • The importance of 'connectedness' for remote & flexible working
  • Talent acquisition and recruitment


Please select your preferred location and download the agenda

 Bristol 26th September 2019 
 Nottingham     27th September 2019
 York 2nd October 2019 
 London 4th October 2019 
 Mold  9th October 2019 

Dates & Prices

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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.





Chris Roberts, Head of Transactions, 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.

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
(Manchester only)
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
(Nottingham only)
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
(Bristol only)
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.


Naeem Alvi, Brand Strategist & Founder, Notepad
(London only)
Naeem Alvi is a seasoned brand strategist and the founder of Notepad. After a decade of working with fast-growth SMEs and big companies like RBS, Nike, Natwest and Argos to help them better define and grow their brands, Naeem founded Notepad to connect big brand experience with ambitious startups and new ventures that want to define, launch, and grow their brands quickly, effectively and affordably. Previously, Naeem has worked as a copywriter, strategist, and creative director, at several leading branding and advertising agencies across London and Birmingham, and also helped to found and launch The Quarterly magazine internationally. At Notepad, Naeem collaborates on all strategy and creative work to ensure we always deliver the best work possible, and help our clients achieve their wildest dreams.


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