Speakers List - IT Leaders' Forum - Preparing for an automated future


Jason Cox

Senior IT Specialist


With almost 20 years IT experience in a range of disciplines, Jason now specialises in Robotic Process Automation and Business Process Automation for Experian. Jason works closely with Automation Anywhere, using RPA to not only enhance customer service and products, but also to complement Experian's workforce without compromise to service or security.

James Dening

VP Europe

Automation Anywhere

James has a wealth of experience within software and telecoms industries, having first trained and worked as a software engineer before moving into leadership roles for Amazon, Google EMEA, XLN Telecom and Red Gate Software.

John Johnston

Director of Global Applications Development


John Johnston is the Director of Global Applications Development at GlaxoSmithKline. Having worked at GSK for over a decade, John has extensive experience of aligning IT and tech to business priorities. Challenged with initiating and leading transformational change, John is accountable for RPA within the GSK central functions tech group.

Finbarr Joy

Group CTO


Finbarr is Group CTO for Superbet, a new entrant into the Global online gaming market.

With over 15 years' leadership experience of technology ‘at the leading edge', Finbarr is dedicated to helping organizations develop breakthrough business models, powered by tech. His prior roles have included stints driving technology transformation at global operators such as BT, William Hill, and Lebara, and he also co-founded and ran a UK-wide e-commerce software development company through the 2000's.

Finbarr's early experiences included two years with Netscape, as a member of the team that brought the Internet to the world, and established the enduring model for digital innovation that propels the best of today's Consumer Internet.


Sejal Modi

Automation Test Developer

Hermes Investment Management

Sejal has 10 years' experience as an Automation Test Developer. Her focus is on implementing continuous development pipelines to meet the growing demands for faster release cycles and increased software quality. Sejal is currently part of the DevOps team at Hermes Investment Management and is working on migrating their current infrastructure and release pipelines to the cloud.

Federico Olivieri

Network Automation Engineer


After spending five years as Network Engineer in telco companies in Italy, Federico moved to London to work as Access Network Engineer in BskyB where he started his first experience in coding, writing basic Bash scripts for monitoring and data gathering on access CPE. At the same time, Federico attended Cisco Academy course at London Met University. After he learnt the Cisco CCNP R&S certification, Federico decided to move out from telco industries and to be more focused on datacentre networking, where he had the chance to work with bleeding-edge technologies, open-source tools and dev-ops teams. That gave Federico the opportunity to learn about automation tools such as Ansible and Salt-Stack, use python to build custom code but also, learn Rest API and use a long array of dev-ops software such as Docker, Grafana and many more.

After a few years of experience spanned across start-up companies such as Yoti and Paddy Power Betfair, Federico decided to move to Ticketmaster as Network Automation Engineer, where he is now building custom solution with open-source tools to meet the network team's needs as well as moving the concept of the classic CLI network configuration approach to a source-control and automated fashion.


Graeme Burton

Group News Editor Computing ,V3 and The Inquirer

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.