Kamila Piorowska

Kamila Piorowska | Barclays

Kamila Piorowska

How you could describe me…

Agile Coach with financial industry experience specialiasing with technology transofrmations. Very passionate about leaning software delivery model and transformational changes to deliver the highest value to the customer. Comfortable coaching distributed agile teams, C Level managers, multimillion programmes, IT and business. Experience with scaled agile, enterprise transformation and Community of Practice.

What others say about me....

“Kamila is one of the strongest Agile coaches I have been fortunate to work with. Possessing good knowledge of Agile theory, Kamila has consistently demonstrated a firm understanding of Agile principles and mind-set, by taking a pragmatic approach (based on unique team/programme/ organisational constraints) to Agile transformation.”
(Ade, Agile Coach)

What I say about myself….

I make teams happy. Dreadful faces, working long hours, high level of stress. This is what I have observed working in Investment Banks, Consultancies. Having Software Delivery background helped me to relate to their pain. But… is this what we want from life? Surely there must be more. Teams who I am coaching work less and deliver more. I use mindful coaching techniques and agile way of working to transform individuals as well as teams.

I have been recognised as a face of Agile cultural change at Barclays. Agile is a great example of stewardship in IT departments. It is an innovative approach towards software development emphasising self-empowered teams working together efficiently but in a sustainable way. I have run an Agile transformation in my own team and also trained over 1,000 Barclays IT employees.
Outside of Barclays I stand for Human values (IAHV)– I am an active volunteer of a large volunteer based organization – International Association for Human Values. I teach yoga, mindfulness and stress management .

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Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah | Barclays

Sonal Shah

Sonal changed careers into IT in 2001 by taking a year out to study for MSc in Computing & IT and has since worked in a range of IT, Change and digital security projects ranging from the public sector to BP in their companywide Digital Security programme up to present time at Barclays Investment Bank.

When starting out in Tech, her previous experience as an IT Trainer was used when teaching adults IT in evening classes from college beauty and sports students through to recent as a keen voluntary worker teaching OAPs in spare time in the local community centre to learn / coach on PC and iPads to become more ‘IT savvy’ right through to sharing tips through her blogs (see URLs published by a global author in her eZine and websites).  I enjoy sharing and encourage women into IT and to share my passion and knowledge.

Maggie Semple Fashion Magazine recently approached Sonal to blog for them on Tech. She is also an active committee member of WIN The Gender Network at Barclays where she volunteers and organises many tech/non tech based voluntary activities and give support outside the demanding day job such as last year developed the WIN internal website pages for the committee for wider internal network coverage, active member of Women in IT where she helps and mentors younger people school ages to encourage females into Tech, mentor females, a cyber champion at work and has held voluntary events to share security knowledge and staying safe, also having gone into schools to share and speak re tech, assist in IT and CV help and to encourage interest for females to join the tech sector.

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Gemma Trebble

Gemma Trebble | Barclays

Gemma Trebble

My first job, at aged 19, was as an office junior at a small tech start-up. Bored of making tea and being the dogsbody, I would sit with the designers and developers and ask endless questions, wanting to know exactly how they crafted dynamic, sophisticated software. Fast forward 4 years, I’d successfully graduated with a degree in Interactive Multimedia and was back managing digital projects with a junior trainee of my own.

As a Senior digital designer at the BBC, I led the radical redesign of the BBC.co.uk/Sport homepage and core sport indexes; creating a flexible UX framework that served rapid, live editorial and an enthusiastic, highly opinionated fan base of millions. I initiated A/B and multi-variant testing to make data-led design decisions that accurately responded to user behaviour. I led the responsive digital design strategy for the ‘Summer of Sport’; the BBC’s coverage of 2014’s big sporting events including FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon and the Commonwealth Games across mobile, tablet, desktop and IPTV. This brought together live digital broadcasts, online editorial and pundit commentary alongside real-time data for multiple sports simultaneously.

I joined Barclays in 2015 as Lead UX Designer for the Mobile Banking app. Being based at the Technology Centre offered me the opportunity to bring experience design, development and test closer together. During my first year, I brought solution architects in to shape propositions earlier, challenged briefs and helped to plan hack days that drove innovation. I delivered numerous live features which directly contributed to a steady increase in NPS of the banking app, which now has 6 million active users. Following my promotion to Design Principal, I now lead a team focusing on digital initiatives for Wealth and Premier as well as leading projects helping community and vulnerable customers understand how to manage their money better.

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Carol Morris

Carol Morris | Barclays

Carol Morris

Initially, I worked as a software developer in a small software house and moved into project and programme management eventually managing a portfolio of 60 projects with a technology value of £36M and infrastructure of £11M. I led on the implementation of a project "practice structure" to improve the practice of project and portfolio management in 2 organisations.

I then moved into a transformation role to work with the programmes delivering trans-formative organisation and technology change. I was then given the opportunity to join the public cloud programme working with the team implementing a public cloud strategy at Barclays.

I have completed the AWS Solutions Architect Associate training and am looking to gain certification in the next 6 months and I am now leading the business engagement function where I am accountable for raising awareness of Cloud and how to adopt it across the Bank and identifying business units need in order to increase adoption of Cloud and to ensure Cloud roadmap aligns to business needs. I lead a team of Solution Architects as well as the function that provides information on what is available and how to use it, which we deliver via a website and a wiki. We also deliver tailored training to colleagues and identify the most suitable publicly available training for colleagues to consume.

I run a 2-weekly forum with over 700 invitees to share information about public cloud and am often seen as the "go to" person for cloud information at Barclays!


Magdalena Krön

Magdalena Krön | Barclays

Magdalena Krön

Magdalena Krön is Head of Rise London and VP for Open Innovation at Barclays. At Rise, Magdalena is building a community of the most transformative technologies in financial services today. Working closely with over 50 FinTech companies she helps entrepreneurs connect their technologies and businesses with opportunities at Barclays and with Barclays corporate clients.

Magdalena started her professional career in retail management and went on to study a BSc in Information Management for Business followed by a MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship, both at UCL. Focusing on how technologies will disrupt traditional industries she has repeatedly helped organisations build networks that can accelerate innovation.

Magdalena is an entrepreneur at heart and co-founded a company building a flexible workforce application for retail chains in 2012. She was then was presented with the opportunity to work with Capital Enterprise in 2013. Here she co-funded Capital List, a service bridging the gap between investors and entrepreneurs and launched the London Co-Investment Fund. In her current role Magdalena keeps one foot in the startup world and another in the corporate world as she’s facilitating connections between the two.

As a great advocate for improving (gender) diversity in technology she is also the co-founder of the Geek Girl Meetup community in the UK and Singapore. Over the last 5 years Magdalena has helped inspire thousands of women in tech. She has been leading a team with the aim to create more female role models and showcasing their stories, talent and passion on stage through GeekGirl Meetup's monthly events and yearly conference (check out geekgirlmeetup.co.uk).


Jodie Gilbert

Jodie Gilbert | Barclays UK

Jodie Gilbert

I have 12 Years experience in Finance. Starting my career at Barclays straight from college as a Cashier. I performed many front line roles and was fortunate enough to work in some of Barclays busiest and most challenging branches, which gave me valuable Retail Banking experience. I started my management career by rebuilding the performance of underperforming teams and lead several branches to 'best in class' for performance and service regionally. I am a strong believer in potential and enjoy seeing teams and individuals reaching their goals by focusing on personal development and coaching.

I have a personal passion for Digital, and with society and businesses recent shift to a 'connected' digital world, I believed I could make a difference and a positive impact on Barclays own Digital Transformation. In a digital world, it is all about people! and In 2014 I left the front line of Retail Banking to join Strategic Transformation and worked on an award winning project 'Digital Eagles' to build a 'Digital Culture' across our UK Bank, European Bank and African Bank. I reported directly to the Managing Director of Iberia, and was based in Spain for several months working with local teams to deliver an award wining Colleague App, Collaboration Services and Digital Products.

My present focus, as Head of Cyber Strategy for Strategic Transformation, came from a personal worry; as more people were empowered to go online and with fraudsters becoming smarter, more sophisticated and more creative everyday, it would be imperative that people felt safe online, not just because we were working harder than the fraudsters but also because they knew how to stay safe online. And so I petitioned my Director to create my current position and focus Barclays on taking proactive steps forward with fraud, collaborating with industry leading specialists to spread awareness, build tools and resources, drive education and ultimately protect the public and our business.


Charlotte Haines | Barclays

I started my career at Barclays Bank working in both Online Banking and Fraud Risk before leaving to work as a Management Consultant with Accenture where I focused on Remediation projects.

I returned to Barclays in 2015 where I now programme manage the Digital Security team in Corporate Banking technology delivering innovations to aid in the prevention, identification and monitoring of fraudulent activity on our Corporate Online Channels.

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Snehal Malhotra

Snehal Malhotra | Barclays

Snehal Malhotra

Championing the University results as the Numero Uno for bachelors’ degree opened numerous avenues into the world of engineering and information technology for me. But the thought of writing codes and developing software to automate the monotonous-mundane admin tasks and the ability to do it daily felt a sense of contribution to preserve the ever so precious personal time.

I joined as an intern for a startup providing support and developing CRM (Customer Relationship Management) solutions for a live system at "Omniscient Softwares Private Ltd" used by “YESBank”. The appetite to provide real world working solutions to the tech world grew on me, consuming my days and dreams. During my first year, the startup won bigger projects which meant developing solutions for Collateral Management and Liquidity Management increased.

Integration of existing web and IT services to Mobile compatibility was teething back in 2010. I was assigned to explore this avenue for the business. Whilst this, in hindsight, proved very profitable for the company to expand its services, at the time was risky for a growing business. I was managing 4 team with 15 people in total (including testers).

Gaining experience from a startup, I decided to join Barclays to understand the work culture of multi-national companies and widen my experience. I am currently working as an AVP with Barclays, implementing Cyber Security Controls for providing application security to various applications and monitoring unauthorised access to networks. My core focus is Identity & Access Management (IAM) and Recertification solutions. IAM involves automating the initiation, capturing, recording and management of user identities and their related access permissions thereby ensuring that access privileges are granted according to one interpretation of policy and all individuals and services are properly authenticated, authorized and audited.

My interests currently lay into Mobile Development, User Interfaces, Web Accessibility, network security, provisioning and recertification.