Speakers List - IT Leaders Summit 2018


Liz Halifax-Smith

Senior Dragon Sales Manager

Nuance Communications

Liz Halifax-Smith has managed the Dragon business within Nuance for 12 years in which time she has been an advocate for the huge benefits Dragon can bring to enterprises through enhancing productivity, efficiency and time saved in the process. Liz will be supported by her colleagues Alastair Sykes, who supports Liz with the UK business and Gary Quigley who has been Nuance's Dragon technical specialist for over 13 years.

Richard Simmons

Head of European AI and IoT Practice


Richard is Logicalis' knowledgeable and passionate Head of the European AI & IoT practice. He has been engaging with the power of data for the last 20 years, working closely with clients to help them leverage data assets to improve profitability.

His experience spans across a variety of outcome-based solutions for smart building, cities, factories and key retail players, using technologies such as IoT, AI, Data Analytics and Mobility technologies. Richard is a trusted adviser to the company as he bridges the gap between the technical and business teams. 


Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director

Computing, V3 & 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

Maxine de Brunner

Executive Security Expert, Transformational Change Director,

and International Speaker

Serving as one of the Metropolitan Police Service‘s most senior officers, Maxine de Brunner rose through the ranks of one of the most highly pressured work environments, and was awarded the QPM for her services to policing.

An experienced advisor on transformational change, Maxine has led one of the most historically significant change programmes to the structure and delivery of policing across London; driving forward enhanced working practices through augmented technologies, reduction of management and bureaucracy and improved budget management.

Following the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, she spearheaded the UK‘s largest counter-terrorism exercise a multi-site scenario with key partners, which saw her advising and liaising with the government, to ensure the Prime Minister and Cabinet were fully prepared and equipped to hol COBRA meetings during the 2-day event.

As part of the Specialist Crime Directorate, Maxine worked on the Kidnap Unit, as well as the Arts and Antiquities and the Cheque and Credit Card squads. She has also led numerous high-profile and sensitive cases involving the Royal Family, politicians, corporate blackmail and money laundering.

Maxine has served as Chair on the National Police Prison Intelligence Board and the Interception and Communications Data Board; a member of both the National Intelligence Board and the Specialist Capability Board as national prisons lead, as well as the Organised Crime/Counter Terrorism Collaboration Board. Maxine was the London ˜prepare‘ lead for counter terrorism.

Maxine speaks with the authority of a wealth of experience and has delivered keynote speeches at numerous high profile events e.g. for the NHS, recruitment markets, the government and national policing.

Maxine also serves as Chair of the Board of Governors for an Educational Charity Trust in Surrey, moving the Trust from significant loss to surplus.

She is a keen horsewoman and has served as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Chief Officer Mounted) at the Queen‘s Trooping the Colour.

Steve Capper

Group CIO

Royal BAM Group nv

More information coming soon

Jos Creese



Jos has 30 years' public-sector experience in various CIO and digital leadership roles. He is a past president of both the Society of IT Management (Socitm) and of the BCS - UK Chartered Institute for IT and has held a variety of non-executive director positions (including chair) for public, private and charity organisations. As CIO and CDO for Hampshire County Council for 13 years, he led a range of awarding winning shared services and IT transformation programmes, including building and selling an IT business. In 2010, he was listed as the ‘most influential and innovative UK CIO' in the Silicon 50 survey. He is now an independent digital consultant, providing expert advice to public and private sectors, working with over 150 clients since founding CCL in 2015. 


James McDowell


BlackBerry Cybersecurity Consulting

James is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in cybersecurity and information security. Day to day, he manages global sales and project teams to deliver a wide range of specialist security consultancy and physical assessment services, with a particular interest in IoT security. James is responsible for working with clients to develop robust approaches to cyber security defences. He is currently engaged in large projects in the automotive and marine spaces and often delivers talks on areas such as security planning, IoT security and GDPR legislation

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