SPEAKERS

WeAreTheCity is proud to welcome the following speakers and panellists to WeAreTech:Women – “Bridging the Skills Gap” Technology Conference on 23 Nov. 

Additional speakers to be added over the coming weeks.

 

Nigel Walder, Head of Functions Technology and Business Performance, CIO, Barclays

Awaiting bio…

Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity

vanessa-high-res-watc_1715-tech-siteVanessa Vallely is Managing Director of WeAreTheCity.  Vanessa’s corporate career in Technology and Finance spans 28 years.  Vanessa has worked for nine different financial organisations holding technology roles such as Programme Director, Global Head of Business Management and COO.  At the height of her career in financial services Vanessa launched the award winning WeAreTheCity.com in 2008 as a vehicle to help corporate women grow professionally and personally and to help corporate organisations to attract and retain their female talent. Today, WeAreTheCity has over 60,000 members in the UK and 40,000 in India and receives over 8 million hits per month. WeAreTheCity is also home to WeAreTech, WeAreTheCityJobs, Careers Club and the Rising Star awards, which recognises the achievements of women under a senior management level in the UK and India.

Vanessa is the co-founder of City-wide diversity forum Gender Networks (formerly The Network of Networks (TNON)).  Gender Networks is a network for internal network leaders and provides its members with the opportunity to connect with other network leaders, share best practice and drive the equality agenda within their respective firms. Gender networks has 170 members and is represented by 80 cross sector organisations.

Vanessa has won multiple awards including,Women in Banking & Finance’s Champion for Women, Financial News Top 100 Rising Star, The International Alliance for Women Top 100 Women globally, Brummells Top 30 London Entrepreneurs, GQ UK’s Top 100 Connected Women, The Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential Londoners and mostly recently, one of the Top 100 women in Technology, Business Cloud.

Vanessa sits on the Women of Influence board for CR-UK and the Women’s council at techUK.  She also serves the government as an advisor on the Government Digital Services committee.

Kate Russell, BBC Click, Journalist, Tech Report and Author

Kate RussellKate Russell (BBC Click) is a Journalist, Reporter, and Author who has been writing about gaming, technology and the Internet since 1995. Best known for weekly appearances on the BBC’s technology programme she frequently appears on TV radio and in magazines as a technology expert, and also has regular columns in National Geographic Traveller and the BBC’s Focus magazines. She is the author of two books Working the Cloud, a guide to using the internet in business; and Elite: Mostly Harmless, Kate’s debut science fiction novel set in the gaming world of Elite, which achieved over 400% of its funding goal on Kickstarter. In addition, Kate speaks regularly at technology events and conferences, and in schools and universities, inspiring the next generation of technologists. She is also very involved in UK and global policy meetings to help shape the way the internet is governed.

Jacqueline de Rojas, Executive Vice President (Europe) at Sage and President of techUK

Jacqueline DRojas

Jacqueline is Executive Vice President – Northern Europe, at Sage plc, the UK’s largest technology company listed on the FTSE 100.

An inspirational leader, Jacqueline is passionate about the UK, the technology industry and championing business. For her, the role of Sage is to champion and support business. Sage does this by helping the nation’s business builders deliver their business – and continue to grow the economy – by using smart technology and the passion of our brilliant people to provide accounting, payroll and payment systems and solutions.

Jacqueline’s ultimate aim is to harness the support of Sage and the UK technology industry to unlock the potential of our businesses and potential entrepreneurs, and create a digital nation of significance – an ambition which is also represented through her role of President of techUK.

Jacqueline’s techUK presidency focuses on the UK leveraging its digital opportunity and skills, and embracing diversity to help the UK’s technology industry to reach its potential. She believes that to achieve this all geographies and demographics across the UK must be included and we must strive to equip our country with the very best infrastructure and supportive business legislation possible. Above all, none of the above can be achieved unless the UK tech industry demonstrates that it is open for business to global markets.

Prior to her presidency, Jacqueline held the role of deputy president techUK and board champion for women. She has used this role to leverage resources in the technology industry to support her manifesto to increase diversity of skills and talent in the tech industry. This has gathered increasing momentum through techUK’s Women in Tech Council, which continues to bring industry together to drive for inclusion, diversity & gender equality.

Jacqueline has been employed throughout her career by global blue-chip software companies to accelerate growth by pulling amazing teams together who can operate under pressure and extend their reach through smart partnerships.

Jacqueline is also: a Non-Executive Director of Rightmove plc, the UK’s number one property website, from 30 December 2016; was previously a Non-Executive Director at Home Retail Group plc; is a board advisor at Digital Leaders; and lends her support to everywoman and the technology group of the 30% Club.

Jacqueline is recognised as a leading figure in the UK’s tech industry. In 2016 she entered the @Computerweekly Hall of Fame as the most influential woman in UK IT; she was voted Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in IT 2015; and was listed on Debretts 2016 500 People of Influence – Digital.

Agata Cooper, Senior Manager, Digital/Mobile Strategy at Accenture

agata cooperAgata is a Digital Strategy Senior Manager at Accenture, having joined the firm in 2008 as a graduate. During her career she has developed extensive experience and expertise in Mobile technology and Innovation.

She specialises in the advisory of clients on Digital/ Mobile Strategy, the shape and delivery of Mobile Centres of Excellence, Platforms, Consumer and Enterprise Applications as well as Smart Devices and Agile frameworks.

Agata is currently on an engagement with the second largest UK Police force, where she has been working with since early 2015, leading a number of Mobile and IoT initiatives, from Strategy through to Business Cases and the implementation of transformational Digital solutions.

Prior to her work in Public Safety she has led a number of Mobile projects with global Energy Supermajors and shaped the Innovation agenda within Accenture UK’s Resources Technology practice and the London Innovation Hub and Programme.

In her spare time Agata is passionate about sports (from Triathlons through to climbing, obstacle course racing and yoga), travel and exploring new places in London with family and friends.

Anne-Marie Imafidon, Founder of STEMettes

Anne-Marie Imafidon-Founder of STEMettesAnne-Marie Imafidon has always been interested in business, Maths and technology. Her rather unique set of achievements include passing two GCSEs aged ten (Mathematics & ICT), holding the current world record for the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing (aged 11), a Guardian ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’ and being one of the youngest to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics and Computer Science by the University of Oxford, aged 20. She was also named the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013, Red Magazine’s ‘Woman to Watch’ 2014, won a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister in October 2014 and was named the 29th Most Influential woman in IT in 2015. Anne-Marie has also been listed as one of Management Today’s 35 Under 35 and was on the Timewise List of 50 Power Part Timers.

Anne-Marie is Head Stemette and Co-Founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles via a series of events and opportunities. In three years 7,000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe have had attended Stemette experiences. As part of the initiative she has also Co-Founded Outbox Incubator: the worlds first tech incubator for teenage girls. She sits on the boards of Redfield Asset Management, Urban Development Music Foundation and Inspirational YOU. She has previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers .

Michelle Moody, Engagement Director, Insights & Data, Capgemini

Michelle MoodyMichelle Moody is an Engagement Director, in Insights & Data at Capgemini and is currently responsible for Capgemini’s Data & Analytics Tower for HMRC. She has used her creativity and technical skills for the past 20 years to construct leading edge analytical platforms for customers globally and across several industries. She is motivated each day by the opportunity to create innovative solutions for her client and to work alongside some truly talented people. She learns something new every day in this fast-moving industry where she and her team are creating a “state of the art” dev/ops platform to deliver insights to the Business in near real-time compared to weeks and months in traditional platforms. She is a passionate believer in entrepreneurship and actively encourages her teams to develop new ways to automate delivery.

Abigail F. Wilson, Senior Associate, IT Risk Assurance and Cyber Security, PwC

abigail-wilson-photographAbigail Wilson is a Senior Associate in our UK Cyber Security practice. Since joining PwC, Abigail has worked on engagements within the Public Sector practice, helping Government deal with various security challenges. Also, this November, Abigail assessed contestants at the Cyber Security Challenge’s 2016 Masterclass which was sponsored by PwC.

Prior to joining PwC, Abigail worked in UK Government, helping organisations identify and address security vulnerabilities, enhancing practices across sectors where cyber security was previously a low priority. Abigail’s area of expertise is translating and communicating complex cyber security problems into clear solutions.

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PANELLISTS

Lubaina Manji, Director, Head of Rise and Group Innovation Office, Barclays

lubaina manjiLubaina joined Barclays in November 2006 into the International CIO.   Her first role was to create the operating model for new offshore capability – Barclays Technology Centre in India. She ensured BTCI achieved CMMi Level 3 certification for the group within 18 months

Lubaina the led the Bank for Entrepreneur programme which was the precursor for the Rise Open Innovation programme which she now leads. Recognising the need to innovate with the fintech ecosystem, she oversaw the implementation of Rise in July 2015 which aims to create innovation and growth in Barclays by partnering with startups globally. The programme includes the award winning Barclays Accelerator as well as Rise Innovation hubs in 7 sites. The aim of Rise is also to change the way the Barclays’ colleagues work by encouraging intrapreneurship.

In 2015, Lubaina was also selected to be also one of five Barclays fellows in the Forward Institute responsible leadership programme.

Before joining Barclays, Lubaina spent 13 years at Citibank in Milan and London. She started as on the trading floor, eventually moving to the Retail Bank and Cards.

Fleur Bamber, Sales Director for Agile Management, CA Technologies

fleur-bamber-3195Fleur Bamber joined CA Technologies four years ago with 20 years of software sales experience. A member of the UKI Leadership team, Fleur is a Sales Director for Agile Management. She is a passionate advocate of gender diversity within the technology industry and a supporter of CA’s Create Tomorrow programme, which is designed to encourage more young people and women into STEM careers.

Stephanie Daman, CEO of Cyber Security Challenge UK

Stephanie DamanStephanie is CEO of Cyber Security Challenge UK which runs national online competitions and raises awareness of cyber learning opportunities and careers. It is designed to excite, inspire and help talented people, of any age, to follow a career in cyber security. From 2003 – 2011 she was Head of Group Information Risk at HSBC where she designed and implemented a new pre-employment and supplier screening policy; incorporated information risk assessments into existing risk assessment process and was a founder member and creator of Get Safe Online. Prior to that Stephanie was Director, European Security at Level 3 Communications where she gained senior management support for newly created department strategy and objectives showing that security provided a value added service to a company and its customers.

Other previous roles included working for the think tank RAND, and from 1983 – 2000, MOD, where she tackled a variety of roles culminating in department head with particular focus on appropriate information protection.

Deborah O'Neill, Partner, OW Labs

deb_oneil-croppedIn her time at global management consultancy Oliver Wyman, Deborah has supported some of the world’s biggest financial institutions and developed a passion around user centricity for business reporting. She recently co-authored an article for the Harvard Business Review entitled “Using Data to Strengthen Your Connections to Customers” and is an alum of Imperial College, London.
 
Deborah is also engaged in mentoring the next generation of tech experts and is using her role a senior team member in Oliver Wyman Labs to help support the female talent pipeline. The Labs division is focused on making sense of tetrabytes of business data, unearthing the hidden knowledge it contains, and reinventing corporate decision making.

Dr Sue Black OBE, Author of Saving Bletchley Park and Government Digital Services Advisor

Dr Sue Black OBE

Dr Sue Black left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had three children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. She set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park.

Sue is now a Social Entrepreneur, Writer and Public Speaker who has won numerous awards including being one of the “50 most inspiring women in European tech’. Her current startup #techmums teaches mums tech skills enabling them to become tech savvy. Sue now has four children and has recently become a grandmother. Her first book Saving Bletchley Park is published by Unbound.

Michael Keegan, Chairman, UK & Ireland Region, Fujitsu

michael keeganMichael leads Fujitsu’s £1.8 billion ICT business in the UK & Ireland. Prior to this, Michael successfully led Fujitsu’s Technology Products Group in the UK & Ireland, significantly growing the profitability and market share of the company’s infrastructure, products and solutions business. Michael joined Fujitsu in 2006 as Business Unit Director for the UK Government Division, having previously held senior leadership roles at the Royal Mail Group/Post Office Ltd, Magex, MasterCard and NatWest.

Donna Herdsman, Client Director (ex-HP)

donna-herdsmanDonna has over 28 years experience as a management consultant and as a Technology Executive having worked for and with both UK and overseas Public and Private Sector organisations. She specializes in helping clients realise the business benefits from transforming their business and their technologies.

She started her career with the BBC, and then worked for the London Borough of Lambeth, Coopers and Lybrand, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, IBM and then Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Donna has acquired strategic, sales, operational and change management expertise. Donna is also a qualified accountant (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy).

Whilst at IBM she was the Chair of IBM’s Ethnicity Leadership team and was a member of IBM’s UK and Ireland Diversity Board.

Donna is an award winner having been recognised as one of the Upstanding 100 BAME Executives in US, UK and Ireland earlier this year.

Donna has presented in Brussels on the business case for diversity in STEM and is one of the role models in the UK TechPartnerships campaign targeted at schools. Donna has been featured in the November edition of Public Finance, highlighting the business advantage of a diverse and inclusive work force and highlighting both technology and finance as career opportunities.

Donna is a mentor for Slaughter & May/Upstanding inaugural mentoring programme and for YOU MAKE IT, which is based in Hackney.

She is a judge for the Black British Business Awards for the last three years and has supported and presented at social engagement events led by Precious Awards, Inspirational You, Accenture ACN and Upstanding 100.

Maggie van'T Hoff, CIO, Shell

Maggie van't hoffMaggie van’T Hoff is currently the Chief Information Officer at Shell. She joined Shell in 1987 and has spent 27 years in various IT positions including support, development, project management, business development, infrastructure service delivery, business interface, strategy & planning and IT management. She has worked in US, UK and the Netherlands across Downstream, Chemicals, Global Functions, Group CIO Office and Infrastructure. In 2012 she was appointed to GM of Retail IT, where she is focused on driving value out of IT to enable Retail to achieve the ambitious business growth plans.

She is married to Graham, who also works for Shell, and has three young children. She enjoys travelling, snow skiing, sailing and spending time with her family. Maggie works four days per week and is a strong advocate for work life balance, in 2014 was named top 50 most powerful part time workers in the UK. She is President of the Shell Women’s Network in the UK, a former president of Shell Women’s Network in NL and an active mentor inside and outside of Shell.

Christina Scott, CTO, News UK

Christina ScottChristina Scott joined News UK as Chief Technology Officer in February, 2016. Scott is responsible for overseeing Technology and Product teams at News UK.

Christina was formerly at the Financial Times, where she held the titles of CIO, Chief Product and Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Technology for the Pearson Professional arm of parent company Pearson. At the Financial Times, she was responsible for driving the paper’s digital transformation, using data insight to drive customer experience.

Christina has more than 20 years experience in the IT industry, having previously worked in technology teams at a number of companies including the BBC, FT and ITV Digital, where she specialised in digital transformation.

In 2016 Scott was awarded the CIO of the Year award in the Women in IT awards and previously has been highly recognised in a number of top technology and female executive rankings.

Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer, FDM Group

sheila flavellSheila is the Chief Operating Officer and Main Board Director of FDM Group with over 25 years’ experience in both the public and private IT sectors. Sheila played an integral role in the Group’s flotation on AIM in 2005 and was a key instigator of the management buy-out of the Group in 2010 and the subsequent listing onto the main FTSE Market in June 2014.
 
Sheila’s experience and knowledge of the sector has been crucial in driving the Group’s global expansion programme. She is fully committed to promoting women in IT and spearheads FDM’s global Women in IT campaign. This commitment is further underpinned by the recent launch of FDM’s ‘Getting Back to Business‘ programme, aimed at providing opportunities for women looking to return to work.
 
Sheila sits on the Tech UK ‘Women in Technology Council’ and is frequently called to advise government committees on various issues. Most recently Sheila gave evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee on bridging the digital skills gap. Sheila also acts as a mentor to several young women around the business to help them progress in their careers.
 
Sheila has won many awards for her services to the tech industry. Most recently, Sheila was recognised in the Top 15 Most Influential Woman in the UK by Computer Weekly in 2016 and was awarded both the Editors’ Choice Award at the 2015 Women in IT Awards and The South East Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She was also chosen as one of Brummell Magazine’s Top 30 Most Inspirational Female Entrepreneurs in the City.
 
Sheila travels extensively around the world leading FDM’s expansion and in her spare time enjoys skiing, golf and hiking and recently walked the Inca trail on a visit to Peru in 2016.

Jane Bell, Managing Director, Head of IB Strategic and Regulatory Change, Barclays

Jane BellJane has been at Barclays for 18 years. For 10 years she ran a number of Technology teams front to back, then moved into a cross functional programme management role and ran the Falcon programme from 2010.  Falcon was Barclays IB response to financial reform focused on Dodd-Frank and EMIR and related regulation from other jurisdictions and is now being replaced by BAU regulatory and change governance.  In 2013 she took on a role in the Technology team running the regulatory, cost and strategic agendas for Sameer Jain, the CIO of the IB.  As of June 2015, Jane also has responsibility for the previous IB change team and has created a new integrated change team IB Strategic and Regulatory Change and, with her new management team, is working on defining an operating model for all change in the IB.
 
She lives in London and has two grown up children

Naheed Afzal, Co-Founder, Contracts IT Recruitment Consulting

Naheed AfzalNaheed Afzal LLB is bringing women and minorities to the forefront of technology.

Fairness, equality and social innovation have been fundamental to her personal values and she has found a way to extend these values into her business. High-performing organizations recognize that the aim of diversity is not just meeting compliance targets, but tapping into the diverse perspectives and approaches each individual brings to the workplace. She qualified as a solicitor in the early 90’s & practiced human & civil rights.  In 1999 she co-founded Contracts IT which provides tech staffing solutions to a global community. She oversees the recruitment functions of the organisation to include recruiting strategies, providing insights on strategic growth, global trends & HR. She has been fortunate to have forged a successful career doing something which she enjoys and where she feels that she can make a real difference. Having a mission driven purpose in business allows her to satisfy her wider goals of fairness, social innovation, and long term change.

 

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SPEED MENTORS

Fiona Capstick, Business Technology Enablement Leader, EY

fiona-capstickFiona is the Business Technology Enablement Leader for EY in UK and Ireland. She brings to this role extensive experience of supporting business through technology and a passion for Digital Disruption.

Fiona works with many businesses and CIO organisations. A large part of her career to date has been with IBM, where Fiona held a number of responsibilities from Sales and Marketing to European CIO.

Margarete McGrath, Disruption Director, EY

margarete-mcgrathMargarete is a Disruption Director in the Disruption Hub in EY. Margarete is a keen advocate of business change and helps clients transform their operating models by embracing innovative opportunities. Margarete works with a diverse group of businesses ranging from traditional established companies to disruptors. She helps these companies scale their offering across multiple markets.

Margarete previously worked for PwC in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and more recently in Ireland. She leads the digital transformation for the Irish Government post the IMF bail out.

Margarete leads a series of EY Disruption events including client innovation workshops to provoke new business model thinking for EY clients. Margarete previously ran two successful start up’s and currently act as an executive coach to many Senior Executives helping them deliver transformation programmes. Margarete is a supporter of diversity in digital and a strong advocate of valuing differences in the workplace.

Twitter: margaretemcgrath

LinkedIn: Margaretemcgrat

Twitter hashtag: #EYDisrupt

Kanika Seth, Partner, EY

kanika-seth-0024Kanika is a Partner within our Financial Services IT Risk and Assurance practice in the UK. She has more than 12 years’ experience in cyber security, IT risk, IT audit, IT regulatory and data projects. Kanika also leads our IT risk and cyber security Managed Services propositions for Financial Services clients in the UK.  Kanika has a Masters in Analysis Design and Management of Information Systems from the London School of Economics.  She has also completed the IT Service Management (ITIL) Foundation, is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Prince 2 Practitioner and ISEB Data Protection Certified.

Seema Puri-Mehta, Global Technology Engineering, Head of Portfolio Management, Deutsche Bank

puri-mehta_seema_0443Born and brought up in London and I am a post-graduate engineer educated at Imperial College and University College London and since completing my technology degrees have worked at Logica, Barclays Capital, Dresdner Kleinwort and Deutsche Bank.
 
I have lived, breathed and run technology for my entire career, primarily in the Infrastructure world, and have had a range of roles including:

  • Managing global change programs – Datacentre transformation and consolidation ; Compute landscape optimisation and standardisation
  • Running large, global and regional teams, operational and engineering functions
  • Leading application development teams
  • Now leading the Technology Operations function within the Corporate Technology CIO function in COO       

Current role

I’m head of Technology Operations, a function I formed in 2015 to establish a set of services for COO Corporate Technology to help address technology risk and security related requirements mandated by the Bank and external regulators, and leverage the opportunities presented by S2020 infrastructure initiatives – Nucleus being the primary strategic initiative. The services were successfully extended in January to cover the Chief Data Office (CDO) and Chief Information Security Office.

In order for the Technology Operations function to be successful I’ve had to build an extensive engagement model with my ExCo peers in Corporate Technology, the CDO ExCo, and with the senior leaders in the central groups mandating the initiatives – CISO (Chief Information Security Office), DCRO (Divisional Control and Risk Office), CTO (Chief Technology Office).
 
Outside of work interests

I love to travel. I take every opportunity to visit far-flung places with my husband and two daughters. Other cultures fascinate me, especially the more diverse ones, and experiencing them often leads me to new ways of thinking and engaging. I cherish the time I spend with my family and I find it energises and motivates me for other parts of my life. I see my family as my life source and I always want to ensure that they retain the unequivocal position of priority one in my life.

Sport is another major interest – mainly tennis but also football to a slightly lesser extent. I love to watch most sport but now only really play tennis. My children also play a great of sport – both individual sport and team sport. I believe the skills one can develop playing sport are critical to life and the convoluted journey it invariably takes – discipline, desire, dealing with failure, dealing with success and doing it alone or with a group of people. These are the bedrock of leadership I believe.

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ELECTIVE SESSION SPEAKERS

Julia Streets, Founder and CEO of Streets Consulting

Julia StreetsJulia is CEO of Streets Consulting, the UK and US business development, marketing and communications FinTech consultancy.  Prior to founding Streets Consulting in 2008, Julia was Global Head of Communications at NYSE Technologies and European Head of Marketing and Sales development at Instinet.  In 2013, Brummell Magazine named Julia one of their 30 Inspirational Women on Boards and in 2014 one of their 30 Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs.  Last year Innovate Finance listed Julia one of their 100 Women in FinTech and SWIFT named her one of their Power Women in FinTech.  Julia is proud to serve as a trustee of the charity ‘Children in Crisis’ and is a Fellow of the British American

Dr Sue Black OBE, Author of Saving Bletchley Park and Government Digital Services Advisor

Dr Sue Black OBE

Dr Sue Black left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had three children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. She set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park.

Sue is now a Social Entrepreneur, Writer and Public Speaker who has won numerous awards including being one of the “50 most inspiring women in European tech’. Her current startup #techmums teaches mums tech skills enabling them to become tech savvy. Sue now has four children and has recently become a grandmother. Her first book Saving Bletchley Park is published by Unbound.

Eileen Brown, CEO, Amastra

Eileen BrownEileen Brown is CEO of Amastra and specialises in social media consultancy collaboration and online branding. After spending 10 years in the Merchant Navy as Shell Tankers first female Deck Officer, Eileen managed a fleet of ships in a container shipping company.  Eileen then moved in to IT support, then training and subsequently management at a training provider in London where she provided technical consultancy.  She later worked at HP and Microsoft where she managed the IT Pro Evangelist team.

Eileen has been working with collaborative technologies for over 20 years. Eileen set up up Amastra to create a social business that energises communities and ignites social commerce and social CRM. Eileen spends most of her time developing social business strategies, customer reach and online branding. Her book, Working The Crowd: Social Media Marketing for Business, is available on Amazon. Eileen is also a regular speaker at conferences around the world.

Eileen is a member and previous chair of the women’s council at tech UK and is also an active member of Worshipful Information Technologists.

Ritu Mahandru, Vice President, Solution Sales, Agile Management, EMEA, CA Technologies

Ritu featuredRitu leads one of the Company’s cutting edge technology business groups in EMEA – Agile Management, which includes helping customers make the most of the application economy through consulting and cutting-edge tools for Agile Development, Project & Portfolio Management and Service Management.

She joined the Company in 2011 through the acquisition of ITKO. Before taking over responsibility for Agile Management in April 2016, she lead the EMEA Application Delivery business, one of CA’s fastest growing business units, addressing the area of DevOps (this is a methodology that unites the often separate functions of software development (Dev) and production and operations (Ops) into a single, integrated, and continuous process that can improve app quality and release times.)

Ritu’s responsibilities include designing and implementing the EMEA go-to-market strategy for agile management and creating the demand for the Company’s solutions. The role also requires working closely working with the partner community across the whole of EMEA.

Before joining CA Technologies, Ritu was the Alliance & Channels Director at TeaLeaf Technology for three years, a leading provider of customer Experience Management software for online business, which is now part of IBM, where she was responsible for all business development activities in Europe.

Prior to TeaLeaf Ritu was Head of Alliances for EMEA at BEA Systems; She has also held several senior sales leadership positions at organisations including AmberPoint, and Perficient amongst others.

Ritu graduated in Business Computing Systems from City University London in 1987, and achieved an MBA in Business Administration in 1992 from City University London; she was also a Women in Sales Awards 2014 Finalist, Ritu was recognised for her leadership style of helping her team leverage their strengths and focus on their own self-development. She is a regular commentator in the media on both technology and diversity topics.

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com.

Wendy Redshaw, CIO, Knowledge Visualisation at Deutsche Bank

wendy-redshawAs CIO of Knowledge Visualisation, within the Chief Technology Office, Wendy is responsible for managing the development of strategic digital knowledge visualisation and optimisation solutions. Wendy is a key contributor within Deutsche Bank to the wider digital agenda, encompassing the Unified Client Experience (UCE), Ideation, UX/VI Design and Academy initiatives. She is an executive sponsor of the Digital Workplace initiative, which serves to transform the bank into the digital organization of the future.  She also sits on the UKI Regional Committee and the Diversity Council, and is the UKI Diversity Champion for UKI.
 
Wendy joined Deutsche Bank in August 2014 having previously been involved in several successful FinTech startups and led numerous strategic programmes at a number of Tier 1 investment banks. With over 20 years in the financial services industry, Wendy has a proven track record of delivering complex change programmes involving large global teams covering both business and technology disciplines. Her approach to ideation, user-centred design, team motivation, Working Out Loud, and Agile methods enable her to drive innovation and deliver tangible results. Wendy has a Mathematics degree from Imperial College London and has a particular interest in neuro-linguistic programming and sensory acuity. She lives with her partner and 5 children just outside London.

Liz Goulding, Head of Digital Products at Sky Sports and Reinu Kanda, Scrum Master from Sky

Liz Goulding

liz-gouldingLiz Goulding is the Head of Products for Sky Sports – determining and delivering the product roadmap for Sky Sports’ suite of digital services for Sky customers and 10s of millions of users. She is responsible for ensuring the highly popular website and apps remain user focused, commercial viable, and innovative. It really is all about bringing sport to life – through all forms of media – to a digital audience.

Prior to joining Sky in 2012 Liz worked for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, producing London2012.com for a global sporting audience. She was also a management consultant at Deloitte.

Liz grew up outside of Washington, D.C. and moved to London to do a Masters degree in Information Systems Management at The London School of Economics. Not long after she met her now-husband and decided to stay and live in the city she loves. She currently lives in southwest London with her husband and young son.

Reinu Kanda

reinuReinu started her career off with Sky as a sales agent selling Sky products in the contact centers. In 2011, she took on her first waterfall project to roll out iPad’s with a web portal to door to door sales agents. This project gave her insight to technology for the first time.

In 2013, she joined a scrum team as a technical analyst working in a Agile environment. Since then, Reinu is extremely passionate to deliver products to market, quickly efficiently and delivering value.

She has managed a number of scrum teams where the majority of projects have involved the build of digital, consumer facing websites and services, where the focus on user experience and rapid, iterative deployment have been critical in delivering business and customer value.

She now also runs Agile training sessions throughout the organization to help other areas of the business deliver value in increments.

 

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