Speakers List - Cloud & Infrastructure Live 2018


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.