Speakers List - Cloud & Infrastructure Live 2018

Keynote Speaker

Inma Martinez

Venture Partner

Deep Science Ventures

Inma Martinez is an industry recognised technologist for having pioneered A.I. personalisation and creating other disruptive digital technologies since the 1990s. Fortune and TIME have defined Inma as one of the best talents in human digital behaviour and FastCompany has labelled her a "firestarter" for her cutting edge work in innovation ranging from wearable technologies to connected cars and smart cities to video and music streaming.

After a career in banking (Goldman, Sachs) and the telecoms industry (Cable & Wireless, NOKIA), Inma spent a large number of years working in the innovation labs of tech giants (IBM, HP, LG, Apple) and created innovative technologies for media companies, automotive, and luxury brands.

She is a Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures the UK's first deep-tech accelerator for science-driven companies, and a technology advisor to both the European Union and the British Government, as well as to global corporations in matters of digitalisation and A.I. governance and development.

She is currently an advisor to the board at the All Parliamentary Party Group on A.I. at the House of Lords, and has provided evidence at the EU Commission on A.I. and the misuse of citizen data in light of new GDPR policies.

At Imperial College Business School in London, Inma is a guest lecturer at the MSc Management program, the MSc in Economics and the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy.

Described by Fortune and TIME as one of Europe's top talents in social engagement through technology, serial entrepreneur and angel investor in technology Inma Martinez, was ranked by Red Herring among the top 40 women in technology, and FastCompany labelled her a "firestarter".

A pioneer, Inma is the perfect speaker to educate corporate audiences on the emerging digital trends.


John Abel

Vice President, Cloud and Technology, UK, Ireland and Israel


John has been in IT for over 27 years spanning many different functions from developing to IT leadership. John's current role at Oracle is to lead the Sales Consulting and Business Development team for UK, Ireland and Israel. An area that John really enjoys is his strategy work and innovation domain. John has a passion for innovation with start-ups and customer start-up accelerators, crossing the boundary of technology and business. John is an Oracle author and experienced speaker who uses real-life examples to explain how customers navigate challenges in business growth. The key to any business is the balance of heritage and innovation to drive new revenue streams. Using industry data and customer engagement allows John the visibility to be an industry thought leader in Cloud and digital based technology across many industries and has written many articles on the subject for his successful blog and press interviews.

Iain Bartlett

Enterprise Account Director


Over the last 18 years, Iain has been working with Global Enterprise clients to implement successful Digital Transformation and Technology Change Management. He has worked across a number of different sectors to help clients align their business strategy with their technology requirements to create a workforce for the future.

Steve Capper

Group CIO

Royal BAM Group nv

Steve is an award winning, fortune 150 CIO with over 28 years' experience working across architecture, engineering and construction for some of the biggest names in the industry. He recently spent a number of years living and working in Dubai and LA. Steve's career has taken him on a journey from the printroom to the boardroom. He also counts the award "Computing CIO of the Year 2015-16" high on his list of achievements.

Steve is a highly engaging CIO who ran the largest integration project ever undertaken in the AEC space. He has run teams of over 300 staff, supporting companies of 100,000 staff, and budgets in excess of $300M.

Greg Charman

Senior Cyber Security Manager


Greg is a Senior Cyber Security Manager at Darktrace, working across EMEA. Since joining Darktrace he has worked with customers across finance, retail, and biotechnology helping them understand and implement artificial intelligence for cyber defence. Giving technical demonstrations and discussing The Enterprise Immune System, Greg attends numerous events across the continent. Prior to Darktrace, he began his career as a Geophysicist, primarily focused on imaging technology in the Energy sector. He holds a Masters in Geophysics from The University of Leicester.

Mark Clarke

Cloud Engineer

Royal Opera House

After an 18-year City career as Global Head of FX trading and a partner in a global macro hedge fund, Mark needed to scratch his entrepreneurial itch and struck out to build an AI software company. When the ROH recruited for a cloud infrastructure engineer, as a committed ballet nut the temptation to join was too great to resist. Mark now heads the Cloud Infrastructure team, with hybrid workloads in multiple cloud platforms - AWS, Azure, co-lo and on-prem. If it moves, Mark wants to automate it and is leading a cloud-first re-architecture project based around Terraform, Packer, Ansible and Jenkins.

Mark Cooper

Global Analytics Architect

British American Tobacco

Mark Cooper is a chief architect of the existing global reporting solution and the emerging enterprise Big Data platform. He is an accredited professional with over 15 years' experience of delivery, technical and solution architecture, embedding reporting and analytics solutions. In the last two years Mark was responsible for leading a multi-category FTSE2 company on a transformative journey towards being a data-driven organisation, establishing and supporting Big Data platform architecture built in Azure, blending a mixture of Microsoft and open source technologies.

Richard Croucher

Global Head of Engineering for Specialised Infrastructure


Richard is a Distinguished Engineer and VP at Barclays where he is Global Head of Engineering for Specialised Infrastructure. He is responsible for the platform used for High Frequency Trading and other high performance systems.

Richard has been involved with Cloud since the days of the $1 per CPU hour Grid launched by Sun Microsystems in 2004. He created a flavour of this suitable for Banks. He went onto Microsoft where he was a principle architect with the Live team working on what eventually became Azure.

He specialises in high performance platforms and has been working on Hybrid Cloud solutions for the last two years.

Richard is a Fellow of STAC Research, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered IT Practitioner.

Matt Haberle

Business Operations Manager EMEA


Matt has spent the last 5 years in the infrastructure monitoring space, helping companies like PayPal, Kayak.com, and Schroders navigate their journey to the cloud by providing visibility into their hybrid infrastructures at LogicMonitor.

Matt graduated in Business from Texas A&M University in 2009 and has been evangelizing innovative business technology since. As the cloud has rapidly and radically transformed the technology landscape over the last 10 years, he has been enabling businesses and organizations to reap the benefits.

Matt very recently made the move from sunny Santa Barbara, California to London to head EMEA business operations at LogicMonitor.

Ajwat Hasan

Infrastructure and Cloud Architect

Financial Conduct Authority

Ajwat has 18 years of experience in IT in different roles from DBA, Unix System Admin, Infrastructure Architect, IoT Architect and Cloud Architect. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Business IT along with AWS certified Solution Architect and Oracle Certified Expert and has had the opportunity to work for FTSE 100 companies in the Telecommunications, Financial and Media sector. He has been involved in many major Datacentre Migration projects and at the moment working on DC migration programme from on-premises DC to AWS Cloud.

Danielle Haugedal-Wilson

Head of Business Architecture & Analysis

Co-op Digital

Danielle has worked across the 150 year old Co-op Group for over 15 years, across a multitude of sectors ranging from Food to Funerals. Danielle has predominantly operated in strategy, architecture and new ventures. Danielle has played key roles on programmes as diverse as Co-op Online Grocery Shopping in 2001, first relaunch of Membership in 2006 and its current incarnation launched in 2016, to the first Food mobile app in 2012. Danielle is currently Head of Practice for Architecture & Analysis in Co-op Digital. Danielle the chapter lead for Ladies Of Code Manchester and is a champion of diversity in technology within and outside of the Co-op as Non-Exec Director of Innovate Her. Danielle is also Board Director of the Co-op Credit Union and a Member of National Members Council.

Garry Hodgkinson

Strategic Account Manager


Garry is a Strategic Account Director for Nutanix and brings with him a wealth of experience working at high growth IT organisations. Prior to joining Nutanix in May 2018 Garry ran Hewlett Packard Enterprises Public Sector Sales team as well as holding several senior managements positions including leading their Commercial & SMB Services Team during his 15 year tenure with the IT vendor.

Garry is a qualified Accountant (ACMA) and was previously the Financial Controller at EasyJet and Going Places Leisure Travel Limited before his move into Business and holds a Diploma in Entrepreneurial Business from Stanford University in the US. He has a real passion for IT in particular IOT and until his move to Nutanix sat on Tech UK's Public Services Local Government Committee helping Councils shape IT to meet their citizen's requirements.

Brad King

Chief Architect


As chief architect, Brad is responsible for the design of the largest systems Scality is deploying around the world. These include multi-petabyte, multi-site systems, with hundreds of servers. Brad is one of the co-founders of Scality. Brad began his multifaceted career as a naval architect with the French navy, performing numerical simulations of ship capsize and waves around large ships.

Dr Kuan Hon



Dr W Kuan Hon is a Director with the Privacy, Security & Information team at leading data protection law practice Fieldfisher, specialising in data protection/security law, cloud computing and other technology issues. A solicitor and (non-practising) New York attorney, with degrees in law and computing science including a joint law/computer science doctorate, Kuan has also benefited from technical security training (e.g. UK Cyber Security Challenge's 2015 pen testing camp).

Kuan is an Editor of the Encyclopedia of Data Protection and Privacy. A Fellow of the Open Data Institute, Kuan previously sat on the British Computer Society's Information Privacy Expert Panel. Kuan regularly speaks at events, having presented for ENISA, the Cloud Security Alliance and CERN. Her book Data Localization Laws and Policy argues for a focus on security over geographic data location. She was lead author of eight chapters of Cloud Computing Law. Kuan's articles, many with collaborators, have been published e.g. by the IEEE, Journal of International Data Privacy Law, Society for Computers and Law and Stanford Technology Law Review.

Kuan was a finance/insolvency lawyer before completing a Computing Science MSc and moving into technology law. She was also formerly senior researcher in cloud law with Queen Mary University of London and devised and ran its Cloud Computing Law distance learning module.

Kuan's personal website is at http://www.kuan0.com

Hattie Lister

IBM Watson & Cloud Platform


Hattie has been with IBM Cloud since its formation in the UK. She works across industry sectors, helping clients address a range of challenges, from data center migrations to how AI can count fish.

John Lyons

Head of Cloud & Hosting


John Lyons is Head of Cloud & Hosting at Zen, an award-winning technology services provider based in the North West. Since graduating from Dublin City University John has spent 17 years in technology, management and leadership roles with a range of service providers across the UK & Ireland.

In 2013, John led Zen's move to become a cloud MSP, ensuring they were one of the earliest AWS consulting partners in the UK. Since then he has continued to be a passionate advocate and evangelist for the benefits and capabilities that cloud can bring to businesses.

John is an active leader in technology industry associations, serving in the 2000's as a board member for the Irish Neutral Internet Exchange (INEX), acting for 6 years as a programme committee member for the UK Network Operators Forum (UKNOF) and is now a co-organiser for the 1,000+ member strong AWS User Group North.

Mike Rivers

Director Cloud Computing


Mike Rivers kick-started his career in technology infrastructure with the IT non-event of the millennium and its fabled bug. He initially worked with data centre infrastructure, building platforms for the subsequent .com boom. Having escaped the physical infrastructure world with more than a few service delivery scars and a drive to change through innovation, he spent 8 years developing cloud services. In more recent years he has worked in management consultancy for the big 4 and now works at GTT, where he is leading the digital transformation agenda.

Kris Saxton

Partner and Co-Founder

Automation Logic

Kris is Partner and Co-founder at Automation Logic and has been a Systems Engineer for more than 20 years, with more than half of that time spent building ISPs and MSPs before moving into consultancy. An acknowledged expert on all things cloud and automation, he consults for enterprise clients across both the public and private sectors. Kris is a regular public speaker and writer providing a unique, experience-based perspective on the realities of implementing Cloud, DevOps and Automation within large enterprises.

Pete Wood

Head Technology Evangelist

RS Components

Pete has worked in technical sales and marketing in the electronics industry since 1998 in both franchised distribution and Semiconductor OEMs. He joined RS Components in 2011 to manage DesignSpark, an online engineering community for professional design engineers, tech start-ups, students and makers. DesignSpark now has over 700,000 registered members from all over the world. Today, Pete is a Technology Evangelist and is involved in various projects and activities to inspire the engineering community, drive the RS value proposition and build technical credibility among the generations of engineers.

Carrie Wray

Senior Service Delivery Manager

Leeds Building Society

Carrie Wray leads the IT Service Management function within Leeds Building Society. With over 22 years' experience in the Financial and EFT industry she has worked in a range of Operational and Test roles, and is now looking at how Service Management can be applied and matured in the agile workforce and disruptive times of digital transformation. She is a qualified workplace coach and is passionate about diversity and inclusion.

Host Speakers

Tom Allen

Special Projects Editor

Computing, V3 & The Inquirer

Tom Allen is the Special Projects Editor for Computing, V3 and The Inquirer. He joined Incisive Media in 2017 from the display industry; trading LCDs and quantum dots for big data and the IoT.

As well as writing, Tom regularly interviews C-level IT leaders, organises events across the three titles and complains about improper use of the Oxford comma.

Graeme Burton

Group News Editor, Enterprise IT

Computing, V3 and The Inquirer

Graeme Burton, Group News Editor at Incisive Media, works across a portfolio that includes Computing, V3 and The Inquirer. A business journalist with 20 years of experience in national press and magazines, he has written for and about industries as diverse as utilities, banking, information and knowledge management, as well as almost all aspects of IT. At Computing he has written about mobile, computing security, data centres, operating systems as well as enterprise hardware and software. He also presents online webinars, roundtables and interviews, and is a frequent contributor for CNN.

Peter Gothard

Technology Analyst

Incisive Media

Peter is Technology Analyst at Incisive Media, focusing on CIO-level IT topics by running end-user and wider industry focus groups, writing white papers and reports, as well as delivering seminars and keynotes on these findings.

Previously, Peter was a journalist and Editor at Computing, V3 and The Inquirer for five years, specialising in Big Data analytics, cloud technology, HCI and endpoint as well as government digital policy.

The Chair

Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director

Computing, V3 and The Inquirer

Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing, V3 and The Inquirer. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Summits. During Stuart's tenure Computing has transformed from a print-reliant business to a bleeding edge multi-channel brand with an industry-leading events portfolio.

Previously he spent 10 years as a programme manager in the IT industry, working for companies such as the BBC, COLT, Nortel Networks and Equant. As a journalist he has also worked for Time Out and IPC Media. He is a regular technology pundit and contributor to the BBC News Channel, as well as a published author.