Speakers List - DevOps Summit


Andrew Sheppard

Product Owner, Digital Tax Platform


After leaving the throbbing metropolis of Canberra, Australia for the UK in the mid-1990's, Andrew performed a series of menial tasks amongst a succession of ever more interesting IT roles. More recently, and after a stint as an air traffic controller who wasn't quite as obsessed with safety as he perhaps should've been, Andrew joined HMRC (for the second time) in 2010 on the civil service Fast Stream programme, initially working in enterprise architecture and then as a Service Manager in an ITIL-focused, Waterfall-centric area.

Enlightenment came in February 2014 when Andrew moved into HMRC Digital as Product Owner Collaboration Tooling & Analytics. The journey continued when in December 2016 Andrew became Product Owner of HMRC's Digital Tax Platform, currently busying himself with migrating to AWS, redressing the imbalance in the permanent:contractor ratio and fomenting unrest across HMRC by promoting the ethos of service ownership - "You built it, you sort it out".

Emma Payne

Head of IT Delivery

John Lewis

Emma has been leading the delivery of IT solutions at multiple retailers in the UK and US for over twenty years. She has also led a number of organisational transformations, striving to optimise how people and teams work together.

Emma is now a Head of IT at John Lewis, accountable for delivery of the John Lewis IT portfolio, including areas such as Online, Customer and Retail. She also sponsors the Organisational Agility initiative across the John Lewis IT department and is leading The Work Agility work stream
across the whole of John Lewis.

The John Lewis Partnership recognise the importance of continual change and evolution, in order to continue their 150 year legacy, as a successful co owned business.


Clinton Elston

General Manager of DevOps & Cloud


With over 25 years of international IT experience, Clinton has worked in a diverse range of industries in the UK, including banking, retail, defense and healthcare. Clinton has advised numerous businesses on various disciplines such as DevOps, IT Compliance and IT Security, possessing a multitude of professional qualifications and wide-reaching global experience in IaaS and SaaS Solutions.



Nic Ferrier

Head of DevOp


Nic Ferrier is a hacker and agilist working in the investment bank of HSBC. Nic helps HSBC with its transition to DevOps, trying to make the bank faster, safer better. Nic has a varied background: government, dating, banking, publishing, manufacturing, consulting and he has worked in all shapes and sizes of organization: startups and enterprises and small companies.

"DevOps ought to be easier than it is, but many companies are now so broken, and continue to drive in the wrong way it seems to get harder to fix them than easier. Much of the curent consulting environment around DevOps seems badly broken and not serving customers well and for this reason we're trying very hard at HSBC to be different, to focus on business value and deep cultural change, not technology solutions."


Tom Clark

Head of Common Platform


Tom's spent 16 years working with technology across a number of sectors, from manufacturing with Jaguar Cars to media with the BBC, Global Radio and most recently ITV. During this time he's held senior and lead positions in several disciplines, including engineering, development and architecture.

As Head of Common Platform at ITV, he's responsible for developing the common hosting platform that underpins all of their key applications. He'll always be an engineer at heart, but now his day job is managing and developing the diverse team of "smart and kind" people that build, maintain and advance the platform.


Stuart Miller

Development Team Lead, Retirement Solutions


Having been in IT for the past 19 years, predominantly working under waterfall, 3 years ago Stuart was given the opportunity to move to a newly created agile team within the Retirement Solutions (RS) department at LV=. He has never looked back.

In the time since, as well as delivering new products and systems to the business, Stuart's team have shared the CI love to their legacy systems. This ongoing programme of work has reduced the delivery times and improved the quality of deployments.

Stuart is currently leading the RS Stewardship feature team whose remit is to develop tools and operating model for the benefit of RS and the wider LV= DevOps community.

Hardeep Bath

VP, Head of Core Engineering, Corporate Technology


Hardeep is a specialist in automation and development architectures, focused on the principles and practices of agile, lean, continuous integration, infrastructure as code, continuous delivery and deployment. Hardeep has led complex IT projects in various industries including Telecoms, Insurance and the financial sector over the past 20+ years.

Hardeep leads the Barclays Corporate Core Engineering team focused on DevOps and Cloud adoption, leading to increased business agility.

Hardeep and his team are responsible for building frameworks and accelerators to make DevOps adoption at scale easier and faster, increasing the organisation's ability to deliver Better Products Faster in the highly regulated financial sector.


Ryan Bryers


Worldline UK&I

Ryan in his 25-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 15years and has worked in Managed Services, Systems Integration, Business Transaction Services and now Worldline.


Dale Macdonald

Technical Team Lead

Thomson Reuters

Dale has worked on both sides of the fence since working at Thomson Reuters, having joined AFX News back in 2006, as Senior Java Programmer. He made the transition to an operational specialist role more recently, and was an early discoverer and DevOps enthusiast.

He has been involved in the organization of two Internal DevOps days in the last two and a half years in Thomson Reuters. It has been pleasing to see the organisation progress down the DevOps road, although the transit ion in such a large organization is naturally a slow on.

Dale currently heads up a team of DevOps-focused engineers, championing the wider cultural shift within the organization.


Aubrey Stern

DevOps Lead


Aubrey has worn many hats throughout her career, from Network Engineer, Full-Stack Developer through to Head of DevOps peeking at failed Startup Founder. Aubrey focuses on building true autonomous self organising teams focused on containerised microservice architecture on a cloud platform.



Barrington Clarke

DevOps Lead

Zurich Insurance

Barrington Clarke joined Zurich Insurance in November 2015, programme managing a major data centre migration from Switzerland to the UK. He initially studied Computer Science full-time, and then returned some years later to complete a Master's in Electronic Commerce part-time, both at the University of Westminster. Barrington started his IT career as a programmer, progressing to IT Manager at a regional newspaper, and then onto various technical project management roles for commercial and charity organisations. In September last year Barrington was promoted to DevOps Lead with the responsibility of establishing a DevOps team within the UK Insurance business. This established capability supports and promotes DevOps practices throughout the business, supports innovation, and delivers applications using an in-house team. In his free time Barrington is a member of the Army Reserve, a helper at a local Cub youth group, has a much loved collection of 8 bit microcomputers, and enjoys study and learning.

Joe Gardiner

Senior Solutions Architect


Joe Gardiner is a Senior Solutions Architect at Chef. He has worked on a number of transformation projects bringing automation into organisations to drive innovation and a greater focus on product and customers. Joe has a background working at managed service providers and software companies. He specialises in cloud, compliance and Microsoft technologies. You can find him on his blog at http://grdnr.io

Tom Padgham

Head of Operations


Tom is currently leading the Infrastructure community on the largest agile project in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), instilling DevOps best practices across the different technical communities, and setting an example for projects in the wider department to follow. DWP are undergoing an extensive digital transformation in an organisation of 98,000 people which brings with it huge challenges embedding DevOps across a large and diverse organisation that has outsourced IT for the past 20 years.

Tom has a broad range of experience in his IT career, making him well placed to understand the value of DevOps. Having started out as a Java developer, developing deployment tooling within only a few weeks, and moving through various roles in disciplines such as configuration, release management, and service support, he now leads Infrastructure specialists, giving him an appreciation of all facets of DevOps to ensure success."



Rick Allan

Global Project Delivery Assurance

Zurich Insurance

Rick has been running IT projects for over twenty years, mainly in financial services and utilities, most recently for Zurich Insurance. Having started out in mainframes he moved through PC applications and support into project and portfolio management. After years of running IT projects, he moved into Global Project Delivery Assurance role ensuring large, complex projects are in a good place. With certain issues reoccurring on these large projects, the role changed into one that assisted teams across the world implement IT project management best practices. This focussed initially on increasing the use of agile methodologies, mainly scrum, and the respective tools and techniques. It now encompasses DevOps, both from a technical perspective but also from an organisational perspective, 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 too...

Stephen Walters

Lead Solutions Consultant

Micro Focus

Stephen Walters has been working in IT for over 25 years, specialising in IT business transformations for most of that time. Working to a multitude of frameworks, including CMMI, ITIL, SAFe, TOGAF and Prince2, Stephen has brought his learning in those areas together into the field of DevOps, Agile and Integrated Application Lifecycle Management over the last decade. Practical experience on global scale transformations has provided him with a perspective that helps guide clients through difficult changes for people, process and technologies within their respective businesses, to enable a value driven way of working.

Ben Riley

DevOps Specialist

CA Technologies

Ben is a Principal Consultant specialising in Continuous Testing at CA Technologies. His role is focused on helping organisations drive innovation, high quality applications and customer satisfaction by working with clients to determine key business drivers and priorities to build business cases for the adoption of solutions. Ben has over 10 years' experience in Technology and joined CA from the recent acquisition of GridTools.

Richard Jordan

Practice Manager

Nationwide Building Society

Richard is an ISEB Practitioner qualified Senior Test Professional, with a proven record of delivering Testing Transformation. An enthusiastic and passionate speaker, his presentations come from real-world experiences in more than fifteen years in the industry, ranging from introducing tools, through to setting up full automation teams, frameworks, processes, consultancy and delivering offshore capabilities.

Derek Weeks

VP and DevOps Advocate


After flying to 40 countries and racing through a half-Ironman competition, Derek woke up one morning on the top of Kilimanjaro and saw the world in a new light. Soon after, Derek become a huge advocate of applying proven supply chain management principles into DevSecOps practices to improve efficiencies and sustain long-lasting competitive advantages. He currently serves as vice president and DevOps advocate at Sonatype. Derek is also the co-founder of All Day DevOps and the lead researcher behind the annual State of the Software Supply Chain report. He is a distinguished international speaker having delivered keynotes on modern software development and application security practices at AppSec USA, LASCON, NASA Goddard Cyber Expo, several DevOps Days.

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.

Peter Gothard

Technology Analyst

Incisive Media

Peter is Technology Analyst at Incisive Media, working across a portfolio that includes Computing, V3 and The Inquirer, and specialises in technology trends, endpoint, Big Data and analytics, apps in enterprise and skills. Previously, he has written in the technology and videogames sectors, including Techradar.com and 360 Magazine, with a stint as News Editor on games TM magazine. He has freelanced across a range of other consumer and enterprise technology, entertainment and design publications.

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.



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.

Past Speakers

Steve McDonald

Head of Software Development


Steve has 17 years' experience building software, leading teams and transforming organisations. He was first introduced to agile methods with XP in the late 90s and hasn't looked back. Since then he's gained experience in Scrum, Kanban and Evo amongst others. Working primarily in the finance and e-commerce domains, Steve's focus has been on building large-scale, highly available systems that can support the continuous delivery approach needed to enable better products, faster time to market and happier teams. Steve currently heads up the identity platform at Tesco.

David Stanley

Head of Platform Delivery


David has been working in technology operations since graduating from Loughborough University in 2003 where he achieved a First Class degree in Computing and Management. His work has included building global operations teams, in-sourcing IT functions and a variety of infrastructure projects including physical datacentre to Cloud migrations. Latterly David completed a 12-month stint as Development Manager for a team focused on Performance Marketing and growth initiatives.

David is currently Head of Platform Delivery within Trainline where he leads the teams responsible for operations, cloud and physical infrastructure, ensuring the benefits of Development lead philosophies such as Agile, DevOps, Continuous Delivery, Automation and Infrastructure-as-code are both balanced with, and adopted for Production operations.

Michele Orsi

Software Architect


Michele is a software architect at lastminute.com group, where he's part of the team who develops and builds the new cluster, based on containers and Kubernetes. He had been the founder and CTO of a startup called map2app for 4 years, until the acquisition in 2015. Prior to this he worked at European Space Agency, helping to launch and operate satellites.

He loves to develop "beautiful" solutions that solve real-world problems in different languages. In his free time he loves to play volleyball and read books.



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.


Pritesh Devani

Director of Application Engineering

Thomson Reuters

Pritesh Devani is a Director of Application Engineering at Thomson Reuters, a multinational news, media and information organization with over 50,000 employees in over 200 countries.

Pritesh manages a global team of site reliability engineers who support the applications and technologies used by over 2,600 journalists within the Reuters News Agency to deliver award-winning international and national news coverage with speed, impartiality and insight.

Pritesh is very passionate on improving processes, technologies and culture and has spent close to twenty years in the systems administration/DevOps/SRE field in large multiplatform environments including Dun & Bradstreet, RBS/NatWest, and Thomson Reuters.

Alberta Bosco

Senior Product Marketing Manager


Alberta joined Puppet as Senior Product Marketing Manager in October 2016. Alberta brings with her more than 10 years of experience in digital marketing, client management and product development in the technology sector.

Prior to joining Puppet, Alberta was Product Marketing Manager EMEA at Experian where she led identity initiatives with customers who were processing a digital transformation or organisational change.

At Puppet, Alberta is developing Puppet's message around DevOps, cloud and containers, and security and compliance. Alberta is also using her communications background to help customers be more constructive by learning to work efficiently together.

Steven Armstrong

Principal DevOps Automation Engineer

Paddy Power Betfair

A DevOps solution architect, process automation specialist and honours graduate in Computer and Electronic Systems, with a proven track record of streamlining companies development architecture and processes so they can deliver software at pace. Specialising in agile, continuous integration, infrastructure as code, networking as code, continuous delivery and deployment, who to date has worked for 10 years for leading consulting, financial services, benefits and gambling companies in the IT sector.

Steven is currently working as the technical lead for Paddy Power Betfairs i2 project, which has created a new greenfield private cloud platform for Paddy Power Betfair using OpenStack and Software Defined Networking in order to support continuous delivery of all Paddy Power Betfair micro-service applications.

Gregory Mazurek

Senior Director of Engineering

Capital One

Gregory Mazurek is Senior Director of Engineering at Capital One and is responsible for marketing, messaging, call centre servicing, and account management servicing teams. All of his teams deploy to the cloud and all of them own their own DevOps pipelines!

Dominik Richter

Product Manager


Dominik has been leading the charge for DevOps in compliance and security. He helped bring Chef and OpenStack to Deutsche Telekom and create multiple highly scalable cloud environments. While he was heading security engineering, he combined the benefits of DevOps with the strict world of security requirements. This enabled projects to move fast and profit from cloud technology in the face of rigorous compliance demands. Due to the success in automating security, he co-founded InSpec, Chef Compliance, and the DevSec open source hardening framework. At Chef he leads the product for a new level of compliance insights and automation.

Taj Chowdhury

Information Management and Technology Officer


Taj is a Big Data and Analytics enthusiast, focusing on both emerging and disruptive technologies. Taj is interested in DevOps tools, practices and culture in particular the emerging trends in DevOps transformation and adoption. Taj is a frequent keynote speaker at Big Data, IoT and FinTech related events and conferences around the country. Taj currently works at the Information Management and Technology Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science. In parallel Taj sits on a number of Big Data and FinTech advisory boards.

Gordon Gracie

Development Team Lead


Gordon joined LV= in April 2013 as Team Leader within the Technology Delivery team based in Hitchin. The team is accountable for delivering the strategic project portfolio for the LV= Retirement Solutions business.

The Delivery team operate within an Agile Feature Team model. This is similar to Scrum, with teams made up of the various IT delivery roles alongside a business product owner.

The team have full-stack automated deployments into production-like environments for their legacy and their newer applications as well as associated databases. They have adopted a Test Driven Development (TDD) approach and have setup a test automation ‘guild' to create and layer our end to end smoke tests.

Alex Hooper

Head of Operations


As Head of Operations at BMJ, Alex has been a driving force behind the company's ongoing transformation and modernisation that has thus far seen the entire estate come under configuration management and move to a public/private hybrid-cloud platform.

The focus is now on automating provision and adopting an infrastructure-as-code model and moving towards an immutable architecture, while consolidating and strengthening a DevOps culture that has already seen an improvement in outcomes born of better communication, collaboration, process, and the sharing of skills and responsibility.

Since 1997, Alex has moved from website design through simple CGI and JavaScript programming to multi-tier, web-based application design and build, all the while managing the hosting infrastructures on which they sat. Developing and running a site for the 1998 World Cup was an early exercise in scale that ignited his passion for web-operations.

As such, Alex has developed a holistic approach to the development and delivery of Internet-based systems that harmonises nicely with the current reign of DevOps.

Tom Austin

Pre-Sales Engineer

Red Gate

Tom is an experienced Pre-Sales Engineer who has worked with Red Gate SQL Server tools since 2008. During that time he has worked with hundreds of clients across the globe, from start-ups to FTSE/Fortune 100 companies and everything in between. He specialises in helping clients to improve their approach to Database Lifecycle Management (DLM) and has recently been writing and delivering DLM training courses in Europe and Asia.

Mark Ridley

Group Technology Officer

Blenheim Chalcot Accelerate

Mark is Group Technology Officer at Blenheim Chalcot Accelerate, part of the UK's most successful venture builder. Working with the CEOs and CTOs of Blenheim Chalcot ventures, he helps businesses succeed faster, through the application of technology, innovation and focused strategy.

Mark was previously responsible at board level for the product development and technology strategy at reed.co.uk, the best known recruitment brand in the UK. He helped build one of the UK's largest websites and an exceptional culture with strong links to the largest and best known technology firms in the world - including Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce.

Mark is outspoken in his support for improvements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and equal opportunity in the technology industry. He is a regular industry speaker and writer with strong links into the UK technology press, contributing on topics ranging from strategy, innovation and Agile to the Cloud, security and risk. He is active within London's Agile and technology community, running and attending meetups regularly.

Andrew Fullen

Solution Director

Sogeti UK

Andrew has been with Sogeti since 2009. Currently he is a Solutions Director responsible for technical testing. He has a keen interest in working with many public sector organisations as an enterprise architect in test, helping them to transform their processes and tooling to demonstrate value.

ndrew has extensive experience in security, digital, and tooling and he is also a member of SogetiLabs - a select network of over 110 technology leaders from Sogeti worldwide who look at new technologies and how they can be used to deliver benefits to Sogeti and our customers.

Andrew has worked in testing since 2000, and has consulted at organisations including Bupa, McAfee and British Telecom. With his longstanding knowledge in the industry, he admits to knowing his Cobol from his DB2.