Speakers List - DevOps North Live 2018


Rick Allan

Head of Capability Improvement

Zurich Insurance

Rick has been running IT projects for nearly 25 years, mainly in financial services & utilities. The last 12 of these is for Zurich Insurance.

Having started out in mainframes he moved through PC applications & support into project and portfolio management. Having spent a couple of years in a Global Delivery Assurance role ensuring large, complex projects are in a good place, he moved across to head up Delivery Capability. This role helps in-country teams implement IT project management best practices.

This focused initially on projects increasing the use of agile methodologies, and the respective tools and techniques. It now encompasses DevOps - evaluating how and where this technological shift could be incorporated. The challenge being as per many large historic companies, there are many large historic applications running too...

Tom Allen

Special Projects Editor

Computing, V3 and 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.

Ryan Bryers


Worldline UK & Ireland

Ryan in his 27-year IT career has spanned the entire spectrum from application developer to operations/infrastructure, IT Service Management to TOGAF Enterprise Architecture, Solution Architect to Solution Director and more recently Portfolio & Strategy to UK&I CTO at Worldline. Ryan's focus has been directed in recent years to his goals and passion for Digital Transformation, Cloud Adoption, Agile Enablement and more recently a drive towards DevOps and delivery of high quality at pace. Ryan has been part of the Atos Group for over 17 years and has worked in Managed Services, Systems Integration, Business Transaction Services and now Worldline.

Part of Ryan's role is the ownership and of the UK&I strategy for near and offshore development as well as being tasked with building a high quality leading edge development capability in India from the Worldline global perspective.

Graeme Burton

Group News Editor, Enterprise IT

Incisive Media

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.

Jim Davies

Head of DevOps


After 20 years in various technical operations roles, Jim Davies is currently Head Of DevOps for MoneySuperMarket Group and leads high-performing operations teams that are building and managing high-performing internet-scale systems.

He developed the Group's cloud management methods and led the migration of production SoE and SoR services from physical datacenters to public IaaS.

Jim has seen first-hand the rewards that 'democratization' of operations gives to cross-functional teams through close collaboration and cross-skilling and via the use of shared metrics, high automation and infrastructure-as-code.

He currently focuses on talent management and process improvement as well as owning the Group DevOps roadmap.

Tom Finch

Solutions Architect

Chef Software

Tom Finch is a Solutions Architect at Chef Software, currently focussed on helping organisations to become fast, efficient and software driven. Tom has worked in the software industry for the last 7 years covering areas from bespoke healthcare solutions to automated testing and configuration management. At Chef, he works to help customers learn about DevOps processes, technologies and cultural transformations, and how to integrate Chef into new and existing environments.

Tina Howell

Platform Lead

AND Digital

Tina has worked in many roles within IT for the past twenty years, but she is very passionate about building platforms in a consistent manner with automation whether it's on a cloud platform or on-premise.

Tina has been working in consultancy for the past three years currently at AND Digital and enabled a couple of companies with their digital transformation through the use of DevOps tools and Cloud Platforms. Previously to this she built her own global managed service offering using Rackspace which provided the ability to price quickly to the fuel pump.

Her other job at AND is to build a Cloud Capability with DevOps skills within the North of England, which isn't going too badly considering she only started a couple of months ago! 

Chris Johnson

DevOps Manager

Welfare Call

Chris has been writing code since the age of 13, first as a hobby then later to automate the management of the systems he was supporting to increase efficiency. His first formal role as a developer started when he joined Welfare Call 3 years ago. In his time at Welfare Call he has played a fundamental role in transforming the development team which has more than tripled in size.

With an increasing focus on certification and compliance and with the arrival of GDPR he's spending an increasing amount of time managing procedures, policies and process design and the operations side of service delivery.

Previously he spent 15 years managing IT service delivery teams or as a consultant in education organisations in Sheffield.

Ulf Kvistborg

Head of Development Enablement


Previous to being Head of Development Enablement, Ulf Kvistborg was a developer and technical lead for a multibillion dollar website, my.maerskline.com. During this role he created different versions of Maersk Lines websites, dating back to 2001. Ulf's technology expertise is with Java, he would be known as a ‘fullstack' developer.

Having experienced first-hand the issues of the ‘throwing over the wall approach', he has a deep understanding of the time development organization dedicate to helping operations getting things fixed and running again.

As Head of Development Enablement, Ulf's job is to drive automation of software deliveries from developer tooling to production, making developers life's easy.

John Leonard

Group Research Director

Incisive Media

John Leonard is Group Research Director for the Enterprise Technology Group at Incisive Media. He has designed and conducted research studies and analyses covering many of the aspects of business technology that are driving the way we live and work today.

Henrik Lynggaard

Product Manager


Henrik Lynggaard Hansen has recently become the product manager for the continuous delivery system within Maersk. Within this role he focuses on driving further automation to enable development, implementing a DevOps mind-set. Previously Henrik worked as a developer, with more than 15 years of experience in both applications and automation in the CI/CD industry. Having worked on many of Maersk's systems he has first-hand experience of developing in an enterprise setting and the challenges of moving towards agile and DevOps.

Terry Marsh

Chief Engineer

Lloyds Banking Group

Terry has had a long career (over 20 years) with Lloyds Banking Group with a proven delivery record in technical delivery roles. Terry entered into IT during a gap year at university and then continued working for the bank after completing his studies in engineering management. He has worked on Workflow systems since 2001, specialising in business process management since 2012 and more recently SOA, CRM.

Terry is currently a Chief Engineer working in the Core Platforms area for Lloyds Banking Group. The capability improvement covers the certifications and soft skills required by engineers to deliver the business needs, while developing the colleagues along their career paths and prepare them for progression.

Terry is experienced in managing large teams of engineers and delivering projects with offshore partners. Terry has been working on DevOps concepts into the Group since 2016 and is a leader for the tools and methods that enable engineering transformation across the group.

Jan Punter

Nottinghamshire County Council

Technical Design and Build Manager

Jan has been working with Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) in various roles from a software developer, development manager and now as a Technical Design and Build manager.

The focus of the teams Jan manages are varied and involve strategic infrastructure improvements, system enhancements but also system integration and software development.

Agile and Scrum have been adopted by the teams in various ways and the benefits of this are being taken further forward across the organisation. To streamline processes, the implementation of DevOps at NCC is something which is heavily anticipated but needs a complete change of mindset for many.

Jan and his teams managed to make the first steps on this journey by crossing several hurdles but are aware that many more need to be crossed. All of this in an environment where technology changes as well as austerity measures are ever present challenges.

Jon Richards

DevOps Transformation Manager

Lloyds Banking Group

Jon is currently working in a dedicated central DevOps team and is leading the mainframe modernisation at Lloyds Banking Groups through DevOps, resulting in 3 industry awards last year alone. This is part of a wider multi-million pound transformation the bank is undergoing and is touching every area of the company.

Prior to this he was a Scrum Master for a DevOps team and has a wide range of IT experience across many sectors, with a career spanning over 30 years. He has worked for IBM and Dell Computers in technical and management roles. He has over 10 years of experience in the banking sector and has built an excellent reputation for managing teams, delivering success and bringing benefit in high profile services to transformation projects, as well as service continuity and IT strategy. His CV lists project, service continuity and delivery roles covering utilities, public sector, retail and IT industries, with experience including process implementation, improvement, bid, design and delivery. 

David Stanley

Director of Reliability


David has been in technology since 2003, specialising in the operation of high volume and high growth transactional systems, from on-premise datacentre environments to all-in cloud platforms that span global customer bases. Throughout this time David has held roles of increasing responsibility, building and managing operations, infrastructure and engineering teams at enterprise scale.

This experience has covered the transformation from traditional ITIL based organisations to more modern practices around technology delivery. Helping operations and infrastructure teams to adapt to Agile, Continuous Delivery, DevOps and Reliability Engineering practices with a firm belief that these methods need to be embraced to unlock greater security and reliability but also to meet ever increasing customer demands.

David is currently Director of Reliability at Trainline where, as well as leading the teams responsible for operations, cloud and physical infrastructure he has overall responsibility for ensuring the Trainline Platform is available, reliable and performant now and for the future.

Aubrey Stearn

Interim Head of DevOps

Solicitor's Authority Regulation

Professional unpickler of pickled situations; Aubrey has a deep belief that DevOps is a fusion, synergy and redefinition of baseline engineering expectations. Development is almost always best suited to owning security, testing, dev, deployment and support, she builds awesome teams that do just that and throws Adam Smith economics to the wind.

Marnie Threapleton

Account Director


Marnie works closely with multi-industry sector Enterprise organisations to help them stay competitive, agile and productive to meet business goals and quantify impact and growth, by enabling technology professionals perform better with 24/7 access to the world's largest technology platform. Previously she has worked in an advisory capacity utilising benchmarking data to implement learning technology strategies which have informed better business decisions and increased impact to direct and manage business change and deliver tangible results. Marnie is passionate about the democratisation of technology to influence a change to better people's lives.

Rob Vanstone

Technology Director UK


Rob is Technology Director for XebiaLabs. With an engineering background in consulting and automation Rob helps many organisations to optimise their delivery of business ideas to the customer. Rob has spent over 10 years integrating test, development and operational tooling to increase efficiency, quality and productivity for application development. Rob is a thought leader at XebiaLabs specialising in the DevOps, Cloud and Continuous Delivery space.

Natasha Wright

DevOps Manager


Natasha is a DevOps Manager within Accenture's Technology Architecture practice. She has over 7 years experience working on DevOps implementations across industries with a variety of clients ranging from government programmes to clothing retailers. Natasha has worked on a variety of challenging DevOps projects, particularly in the enterprise space tackling everything from complex CRM systems to full digital transformations. Within Accenture's DevOps practice she works in ‘shared-service' style team providing DevOps capabilities and guidance to projects - embracing the ideas of reuse and community to deliver DevOps solutions efficiently for a variety of different industries and technologies. Natasha is also an advocate for LGBT issues operating in a side role as Accenture Pride Lead, helping to foster and build an inclusive working environment.


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.