Speakers List - DevOps Summit


Daniel Cuthbert

Global Head of Cyber Security Research

Grupo Banco Santander

Daniel Cuthbert is Global Head of Cyber Security Research at Grupo Banco Santander. With a career spanning 20+ years in penetration testing, red teaming and secure software design. He is the original co-author of the OWASP Testing Guide, released in 2003 and now the co-author of the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS).

Chris Johnson

Development Team 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.


Aubrey Stearn

Interim Head of DevOps

Arcadia Group

Aubrey Stearn is currently Interim Head of DevOps for the ArcadiaGroup, with a mixed background in software development and operational engineering she firmly considers SRE to be the future for DevOps, platforms not projects.

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.

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.

Igor Murru

Head of Build Management and Release Coordination


Igor Murru is Head of Build Management and Release Coordination at Centrica. He has over 17 years of experience in IT, with experience from Siebel to SAP and Oracle. Igor has embraced DevOps to his core, and in doing so, has produced results not possible without seamless blending of development and operations. Igor was the recipient of 2017 Computing DevOps Excellence Award for DevOps Engineer of the Year.

Sylvia Lobo

DevOps Engineer

Shipping & Logistics

Sylvia started off as a System and Network Administrator moving to Software Development 5 years ago. Having worked with retail giants like Sharaf DG and Majid Al Futtaim Carrefour in Dubai, she is currently working as DevOps Engineer with Gulf Agency Company.

With over 10 years of experience in both networking and software development, Sylvia is passionate about microservices.


Duong Tran

Development Manager

British Heart Foundation

Duong is battle-tested, hands-on IT professional. He has had several successful and innovative product rollouts, demonstrating his deep knowledge and experience of agile of DevOps.

Duong has worked across a variety of industry sectors from media, to information, to flexible office workplace. His expertise lies in building strong mature in-house development teams, managing off-shore teams and utilising leading edge technology to deliver products that delight customers while delivering on business benefits on time, schedule, and budget. Duong is a proven leader with the ability to manage and coach team members across all disciplines and levels.

Matthew Cornford

IT Team Lead


Matthew is an IT Team Lead at Ocado Technology responsible for leading one of the teams delivering Ocado's highly sophisticated warehouse control systems. These systems not only power Ocado's own retail operation in the UK, but also form part of the platform enabling grocers around the world to deliver a world class online grocery business. To make sure everything runs as efficiently as possible, Matthew focuses his time on improving his teams' agility and their ever increasing use of automation and asynchronous programming. With a first class Mathematics degree from the University of Oxford and professional experience at companies such as Cisco Systems and Goldman Sachs, Matthew knows what it takes to deliver high profile projects.

Henrik Lynggaard

Product Owner


Henrik Lynggaard Hansen has recently become the product owner 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.

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.

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



Pieter Hagen

Solutions Architect


Pieter Hagen is a Solutions Architect at Chef, covering the Northern Europe region.

Pieter has been an architect supporting DevOps in various organisations across Europe. His background is in service oriented architecture and business process management. These experiences are what now allow him to help customers integrate the Chef framework into new and existing environments. His work with many customers across Europe provides him with a good perspective on both the technical and cultural aspects of implementing DevOps solutions .

Luis Periquito

Infrastructure Platform Engineering Team Lead

Ocado Technology

Luis Periquito is the Infrastructure Platform Engineering Team Lead at Ocado Technology, the 1,200 strong technology division powering Ocado - the world's largest, online only grocery retailer. His team is responsible for implementation and design of Ocado's internal cloud, storage and computer platforms. Before joining Ocado, Luis worked for a number of technology companies in Portugal in roles related to operations management, supporting the successful roll-out of several infrastructure production environments.

Scott Bybee

Cloud Architect

Tech Data

Scott is the original creator of the IBM Rational Automation Framework and has spent the last 18 years consulting helping organisations optimise their build and release strategies around middleware software. Scott is the Tech Data Cloud Architect and helps drive the technical direction of the Talos product and is engaged with a variety of large enterprise customers across Europe. Currently Scott is working with a large European bank to help automate their Java platform deployments which includes 6000+ deployments per month and a transition to the cloud.

Mandi Walls

Technical Community Manager


Mandi Walls is Technical Community Manager for EMEA at Chef. Mandi travels the world helping organizations increase their effectiveness using configuration management and modernizing IT practices. Prior to joining Chef, she ran large web properties for AOL, including AOL.com, Games.com, and Moviefone. She is a regular speaker at technical conferences and is the author of Building a DevOps Culture, published by O'Reilly. Mandi holds a master's degree in computer science from GWU and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler.

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.

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.

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.