1 - 2 November Intercontinental London - The O2
6-7 September, 2018ICC Sydney, Australia
(We'll be announcing more every week!)
Dr Johanna Hutchinson
Director of Data & Data Science @ Department of Health & Social Care
CTO @ Bloom & Wild
Head of Product Design & Research @ Moonpig
Chief People & Culture Officer @ Pets at Home
Julieta Suarez Ruiz de Huidobro
VP of Engineering @ Thortful
Chanuki Illuska Seresinhe
Director of Data Science @ Culture Trip
Cloud Digital Transformation Director @ HMRC
Regional VP @ Salesforce
Senior Multi-Cloud and MEC Platforms Management @ Vodafone Business
Head of Software Engineering @ BBC
Senior Director, Global Data & AI Initiatives @ VISA
Global Head of Data and AI @ WPP
Director, Technology @ Paddy Power Betfair, Flutter Group
Karen McDonagh Reynolds
Cloud Programme Director @ Willis Towers Watson
Digital Annealer Consultant @ Fujitsu
Product Director @ Songkick
Lory Piccirilli Thorpe
Head of Enterprise Product Line @ Nokia
Head of Technology, Experience @ Marks & Spencer
Head of Growth @ Secret Escapes
Global Cybersecurity Communications Leader @ Cisco
Senior Manager: Data and Analytics @ PwC
Senior Engineer @ BCG Digital Ventures
Head of Customer Domain, Products @ H&M Group
Lead Security Engineer @ Photobox
Cities Data Quality and Product Lead @ Citymapper
Senior Director of Product @ Hudl
Senior Software Engineer @ Zoopla
Lead Design Engineer @ Dyson
Engineering Lead @ Apololitical
Founder @ Parent Cloud
Head of Marketing Analytics @ Farfetch
CEO & Managing Director @ Women on Boards UK
CEO @ We Love Work
Marta started her career back in 2006 as a J2ME engineer developing mobile games. She has spent 7 years in engineering roles focusing on building and operating distributed systems across gaming and e-commerce industries, working in Poland, France, and later on in the UK. She took on her first management gig in 2011 and for the last 9 years has been in various technology management and leadership roles. In 2018 she joined MOO's C-suite as CTO leading their Technology, Product, and Design teams and as of October 2020, she became the first CTO of Bloom & Wild, where she is responsible for developing an amazing team while building solid technical foundations for the ever-growing and evolving business. Marta is a gamer, comic book nerd, and an amateur illustrator and enjoys working in organisations that allowed her to play into her creative side.
Part of the executive management team, Louise is the chief people and culture officer at Pets at Home and has been with the business since joining in 2004, originally as group legal director and company secretary of the Plc Board before moving into the role of chief people and legal officer in 2017.
In 2019, Louise’s role evolved into the role of group chief people officer placing culture at the heart of all decision making and including responsibility for the group’s social purpose strategy.
Louise is also the chair and trustee of the charity Support Adoption for Pets. Prior to Pets at Home, Louise was a corporate lawyer at DLA Piper LLP and CMS Cameron McKenna.
Louise is passionate about ensuring that progression opportunities exist for all employees and is a huge advocate for ensuring policies are in place to support colleagues with families, having had three children of her own during her career so far at Pets at Home.
Julieta has over a decade of experience in Technology. After getting her computer science degree she had the opportunity to work with companies like Google, IBM, Just Eat, Trainline, Verizon, across the globe. Having run projects of all kinds, from R&D Hardware initiatives to cinemas software implementations, creating Security roadmaps and running SRE teams; she found her passion in building engineering teams that can work using the best practices, enabling business value and rapid growth. Julieta is the loving mother of two dogs and a cat and in her free time she can be found hiking, cycling or baking if it’s too cold outside.
Emely is a Regional Vice President at Salesforce where she is the Head of EMEA Customer Success Strategy and Architecture group, MuleSoft and also part of the Office of CTO.She has 19 plus years of industry experience of working with SAAS, CRM , ERP, Platform and Integration technologies. She holds a MBA in Business Systems and IT and is currently leading a team of highly experienced thought leaders and architects in the digital transformation and API Led space. She is a global sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion initiative at her organization and believes that technology is a strong leveller of equality.
Elizabeth Rumsey is the Senior Multi-Cloud and Multi-Access Edge Computing Platform Portfolio Team Lead at Vodafone Business. Elizabeth leads the multi-cloud and MEC portfolio as part of Vodafone’s Cirrus venture with IBM, connecting market-leading capabilities in communications and technology to help our customers succeed in a digital economy and building on Vodafone’s partnerships with other leading technology providers, including AWS and Microsoft.
Elizabeth joined Vodafone in 2012 as a Principal deal Architect, consequently taking roles including as the Commercial Intelligence Team Lead, before moving into 5G and Cloud, previously as the Digital Services Offer Manager. During her time at Vodafone, Elizabeth has simultaneously connected and empowered people, including supporting the CEO of Total Mama, supporting a partnership between Vodafone Group Commercial and Oxford University Innovation to achieve his mission to provide women a trusted digital source of personalised information for fertility and pregnancy, building on her experience as Chair of Vodafone Group’s Women’s Network.
Prior to joining Vodafone, Elizabeth held roles at Virgin after five years in UK Mergers and Acquisitions for both Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan Cazenove.
Elizabeth is an American citizen residing in the UK. She holds a CIMA from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a BA from Vanderbilt University
David is a technology leader experienced working in fast-paced environments. Passionate about creating high performance teams and developing individuals to deliver business results. With a very technical background, he moved toward leadership roles, having worked in different industries like advertising, betting & gaming and media. David is currently Head of Software Engineering at the BBC, leading the engineering teams developing two of the UK’s most loved technology products: BBC iPlayer & BBC Sounds.
Jessica is a Senior Director in Visa’s Global Strategic Initiatives team leading on Data and Artificial Intelligence. Her work focuses on AI (policy, regulation, and ethics), privacy, data sharing, and consumer empowerment. She has extensive corporate affairs and strategy experience across highly regulated, technology-driven sectors including data and AI, digital and cyber, telecoms, cleantech and fintech. During this time, Jessica has advised political parties, businesses (start-ups to global PLCs), consultancies, trade bodies, think tanks, and NGOs.
Jessica sits on the Board of TechUK and is an ambassador for Microsoft’s National Council for AI. She is also a member of the Financial Conduct Authority/Bank of England Public-Private AI Forum and the Data Protection and Ethics Committee of UK Finance. She was previously at City law firm Linklaters, having completed an undergraduate degree in Law from Oxford University and a Masters degree in Political Theory from the LSE.
WPP”s resident data geek has over 20 years of technology and data experience across media, FMCG, finance and retail consulting for companies such as Hearst UK, dunnhumby & Walgreens Boots Alliance. She joined WPP in 2014 as MD of Acceleration (part of Wunderman Thompson) and left in 2017 to become a freelance Data Strategy Consultant. She didn’t go very far away and having consulted for Wavemaker, VML, Geometry, Wunderman Thompson and MediaCom, Di joined the WPP CTO team and became Global Head of Data and AI in January 2020. Di is a creative thinker with proven success in finding new solutions and revenue streams for traditional companies. She is particularly passionate about getting non-analysts excited about the possibilities of data. Di has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and is a qualified Project Manager and a Neurolinguistic Programme Practitioner. This year she joined Gartner’s Chief Data Officer Group as a Governing Body member and was delighted to be included in the Data IQ Top 100 data leaders list
With over 15 years’ experience in technology transformation, in various technical leadership roles. She has worked in several sectors including Retail, Hospitality and now in Gambling. As well as being a technologist, she is passionate about creating high performing, inclusive teams that fuel innovation and growth. As a leader, she is always looking for opportunities to catalyse change for equity in business. She is one of the founding members of Tesco’s Women in Technology, and in her current role has sponsored the Lean In Circles initiative, across PPB to support female talent.
Global Technology Director for Willis Towers Watson. Focused on large change programs and cloud transformation since 2012 predominately in the Insurance Sector. Passionate about creating high performing inclusive teams that deliver outstanding results.
Ellen Devereux is currently working at Fujitsu in the role of Digital Annealer Consultant and product managing their inspiring Drug Discovery Platform bringing her passion and expertise in analytical thinking and complex problem solving.
Ellen is inspired to realise the potential that technology and people have to digitally transform the world. Since joining Fujitsu, she has been involved in a number of special high-profile projects including as the technical lead for the space debris program collaborating between consortium members and the UK Space Agency. Through the successful implementation of this project an invitation to present at the European Space Conference was extended.
Prior to Ellen’s work at Fujitsu she worked as a research analyst at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. Ellen has a background outside of her technology achievements as a sailing and gymnastics coach and has been approached to coach at a National level in a class of boat in which she was twice been Youth World Champion. Ellen holds an MPhys from the University of Bath.
Seri is currently Product Director at Songkick, a small tech company that helps music fans have great live music experiences. Her prevailing love of maths means she is great at using quant data to make decisions quickly (and should probably spend more time talking to customers). Previously she worked in Product roles at ITV and Sky. Seri is passionate about careers in general and loves working with others to help them identify and progress towards their best career path. She doesn’t know anyone that loves to talk about a CV quite as much.
Jacqueline has over 17 year’ experience working in Technology across roles in the Retail Industry (Tesco International & UK Stores, M&S, Comet Group) and in Technology Consulting (Accenture). She has a proven track record of designing and planning for successful delivery of customer outcomes, building, leading and coaching successful teams to create exciting and great customer experiences.
Throughout her career she has been active in driving Gender Equality initiatives in technology with a strong desire to create a workplace in which every woman has the opportunity to reach their potential. She has experience of coaching and mentoring colleagues to help increase their confidence to have those self-marketable moments with authenticity in the workplace.She is also in the 2nd year of a part time MSc in Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London where her research will be on the lived experiences of professional women through a global pandemic.
Scientist by education, operator by experience, Lina is passionate about solving hard problems to unlock growth. As the Head of Growth at Secret Escapes, she drives new business bets and initiatives across Product, Marketing and Analytics. Bold yet strategic in her approach, Lina is a strong believer that growth is more science than art. She holds a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh and is an alumna of New Entrepreneurs Foundation. Plus a black belt in karate in her spare time (don’t let the ponytail fool you)
Nish is responsible for influencing 70,000+ Cisco employees, customers & partners and helping them understand Cisco’s Cybersecurity strategy and offerings. Previous to this role, she held other roles at Cisco in Sales and Account Management, as well as leading Business Development for Media & Entertainment in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia. She has also held Sales Executive and Enablement roles at Vodafone and at Data Science company, IQVIA.
Nish is passionate about building inclusive cultures and leads Cisco Secure’s efforts for driving an inclusive future for all. She is a seasoned events host and presenter and most notably a friendly face of Cisco Live, Cisco’s flagship annual event attracting millions of customers and partners every year. Nish is also a regular speaker at technology events and is often at the heart of discussions on culture, diversity and leadership as well as the positive application of technology. In 2019, Nish spoke about all of the aforementioned topics she is passionate about in a TedX talk entitled “Technology for Good”.
Nish is most energised when working with high-impact teams to drive change for the better. She is passionate about giving back, particularly when given opportunities to advance Women in Technology. Her other interests include travel and learning about other cultures, boxing, and giving in to every demand of her nine-month sassy cockapoo puppy, Simba.
Carmelle joined PwC in early 2019 and has focused her career within cloud technologies, data & analytics for the last 8 years. She is always looking for new ways to test her understanding of modern technology innovation, and believes strongly in challenging the status quo whilst bringing her true-self to problem solving scenarios.
Known to bring strong technical, interpersonal and change management skills to help transform, shape and solve technical and often very complex problems, Carmelle believes that the best solutions integrate customer and organisational behaviours and cultures. Carmelles specific capability areas include cloud transformation, customer experience, data architecture and insights development, overlayed by solid stakeholder and programme management expertise.
Her Senior Manager role supporting Data & Analytics programmes across the UK has provided the opportunity to lead and support large scale finance transformation projects, cloud based call centre technologies and advanced analytics proof of concepts. Carmelle also enjoys seeking new ways to support and provide opportunities for her female managers and associates.
Carmelle hails from Glasgow, and when she’s not working she can be found spending time with her wonderful husband, friends and family...and slightly less well-behaved Jack Russell, Toby.
I’m Charlotte, a Senior Engineer at BCG Digital Ventures. I’m a career changer having worked in sales and marketing in a previous life, as well as the manager of a startup web community where I got hooked on code. At Digital Ventures I specialise in Front End Development inventing, launching and scaling game-changing businesses with the World’s most influential companies. For me, tech should be an enabler. You can find me on Medium where I often blog about this, from ensuring learning to code is accessible for everyone, to improving the tech that we build for everyone that wishes to use it.
Alexandra (Lexi) Sack is currently Head of Product for the Customer Domain at H&M Group where she oversees customer-facing digital capabilities for the group’s multiple fashion brands. She has helped lead the company through their recent digital transformation. Previous to joining H&M Group, Lexi was a Director at Stitch Fix, a data-driven personal styling service, and led the Collectibles & Toys categories at eBay. Lexi holds a BA in Economics & Philosophy-Mathematics from Colby College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Sonya is a lifelong traveler who lived in the Middle-East, North Africa and Asia and is always looking for new challenges. She has made a career switch from International Business Consultant in Saudi Arabia and Singapore to Full Stack Software Engineer in South Korea to Lead Security Engineer at Photobox Group. Before coming to the UK, she was based in South Korea for 6 years where she learnt Korean and worked for several Korean companies.
Sonya is a Tech Advocate and a public speaker in the UK tech scene. She is also a mentor for women in tech, a cybersecurity writer for FreeCodeCamp publications and an active member of the tech community in London.
Her motto is #GetSecure, #BeSecure & #StaySecure
Pooja has over 15 years of Product Management experience across a portfolio of global brands from Tesco, Marks and Spencer, The Financial Times, Virgin and now Hudl. Her passion for product management focuses on understanding and solving genuine customer problems to achieve positive business outcomes. She has successfully developed company visions and led cross departmental collaboration such as successfully managing GDPR compliance across the whole of the FT, pioneering cross functional business/product teams at the FT, bringing the B2C and B2B business teams working better together, winning awards for digital innovation within Marks and Spencers stores. She brought the retail store and digital experience together with some instrumental customer needs; ordering kiosks, virtual makeover apps for the beauty department, Style online lounge, style your perfect outfit on large format screens and purchase, to name a few. Currently at Hudl, she is responsible for subscription growth and services for professional sports, national governing bodies and universities across the US.
Pooja is passionate about Leadership and transforming teams to succeed in an environment of Servant leadership, empowerment and positive corporate culture. Pooja was a finalist for the 2018 ‘Women in IT Excellence Awards’ for outstanding transformation and her contribution to transforming teams and culture at the FT. Pooja is also an advisor for Middlesex University providing genuine industry/business knowledge to supplement their business school teaching.
Outside of work Pooja is a mum of two lovely boys, lives in London and is also a freelance Wedding planner. Passionate about travel, food, great wine and experiencing different cultures. Her mantra is: Live life with Integrity, Thrive on the front lines, Excel in everything & Lead in ways that ensures your impact is everlasting.
Rebecca is a software engineer, international speaker and ex-engineering manager, currently on the pendulum swing back to focusing on the code at Zoopla. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, she spent the last 4 years at WeTransfer and Usabilla in Amsterdam and is now based in London, excited to continue teaching and learning with all the amazing people in this community.
I joined Dyson six years ago, just as Dyson were preparing to step into the world of Health and Beauty with the launch of the first haircare machine. Since then, I was involved in the Research and Development of all Dyson haircare machines, working part of the NPD Engineering team.
I currently work at Dyson as a Lead Design Engineer, leading the Voice of the Customer team in Haircare. My role involves researching and understanding consumer needs globally and translating these in engineering requirements and product specs. I am in frequent contact with consumers, to ensure we are embedding user insights in the fundamentals of our product development. This enables us to continuously innovate and offer the best user experience through our products.
Laura is currently the Engineering Lead in Apolitical, a company geared towards helping public servants and policymakers across the globe get access to tools, policies, information and peers to help them do their jobs. In her current role, she has responsibilities in both the leadership and the technical side of things.
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, she has a BA in Journalism, MSc in Multimedia and BSc in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence and has spent the last 10 years in London. Throughout her career in tech, she has specialised in frontend development, working on a variety of things from projects for the NHS to well known consumer brands. She is particularly passionate about good design, accessibility and helping others to grow.
Karen Taylor is the Founder of Parent Cloud an organisation that is reinventing how businesses support parents in their workforce; reducing home and work related stress and having a positive impact on employee engagement and gender diversity at work. Parent Cloud offers support to working parents via their Resource Hub and also by giving employees access to on-demand, remote coaching and support to help families to thrive; covering a variety of parental issues including: birth, breastfeeding, sleep training, postnatal depression, career coaching, fertility and child behaviour. Their mission is to improve mental health and professional prospects for all parents, everywhere by equipping parents with the knowledge and skills they need to give excellent levels of care to their children, taking some of the anxiety out of parenting and giving them breathing space to be able to enjoy it.
Michelle has worked for over 13 years in data and analytics. She started her career in measuring advertising effectiveness of offline media with Gain Theory, which lead her to build this capability in Moneysupermarket. Soon after, she got an opportunity with Expedia to grow and manage a team globally optimising the performance of search marketing. Now, Michelle is responsible for BI and analytics across marketing and customer globally at Farfetch.
Michelle’s passion lies firstly in driving commercial value out of data, and secondly in transforming and building data and analytics teams and developing talent. She was selected as one of Twenty in Data & Technology in 2018 awarded by Women in Data and The Female Lead, and has since been an ambassador driving for diversity in this field.
Fiona is the CEO of Women on Boards UK and advisor to Peel Hunt, an award-winning UK mid-cap stockbroker. She is an expert in the areas of Governance, Regulation and Talent Management who has sat on marketing, nominations and audit & finance committees. Currently, Fiona is Chair of Hanx's nominations committee a sexual wellness fast moving consumer goods company.
She is a passionate angel investor who helped to found one of the first female angel investment clubs and one of the judges for The Sunday Times annual NED Awards.
Formerly Fiona was a director for Old Mutual Asset Management and Hill Samuel Asset Management, running the Global Equities and Emerging Markets Desks respectively. She has advised the board of the Thai Euro Fund and been the Director responsible for Pension Fund asset allocation for OMAM's Employee Pension Fund.
In 2012, Fiona launched Women on Boards to support women, and men, make the right connections and career choices to get to board level within their own company or to take on a non-executive board role. Since launch, WOB has supported over 1800 individuals get onto boards. Fiona and the WOB team work tirelessly to lobby influential directors to push for increased board vacancy transparency.
As featured on ITV, Forbes, FT and Bloomberg, Paris Petgrave is the Founder of Rare Seed, a Financial wellness app which helps underserved millennials become better at money management and achieve their financial goals.
Prior to this Paris founded We Love Work, an app which helps large companies support their people through organisational change and build happier, more resilient teams. Paris has worked as a consultant and built products and services for a number large, multi-national organisations including Barclays, Harrods, Virgin, Mastercard and the NHS.
She features as an advisor on ITV business news, and has been recognised by Bloomberg, The FT and Forbes for her work. In 2017 she was listed as the top 100 EMpower leaders in the Financial Times and a Rising Star in the Power list 2018 and 2019. She has also partnered with the Harvard Kennedy School to support research in reducing gender bias in the workplace.Twitter:@ParisPetgrave @weloveworkhq
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