Speakers List - IT Leaders' Forum - Automation: Streamlining your essential business processes


Steven Armstrong

Principal Automation Engineer

Just Eat

Steven Armstrong is the principal automation engineer at Just Eat. He is a DevOps solution architect, process automation specialist, author and honours graduate in Computer and Electronic Systems.

Steven has a proven track record of streamlining companies' development architecture and processes so they can deliver software at pace. He specialises in agile, continuous integration, infrastructure and network coding, continuous delivery and deployment. Steven has spent 10 years working for leading consulting, financial services, benefits and gambling companies in the IT sector.


Peter Gothard

Technology Analyst

Incisive Media

Peter is Technology Analyst at Incisive Media, focusing on CIO-level IT topics by running end-user and wider industry focus groups, writing white papers and reports, as well as delivering seminars and keynotes on these findings.
Previously, Peter was a journalist and Editor at Computing, V3 and The Inquirer for five years, specialising in Big Data analytics, cloud technology, HCI and endpoint as well as government digital policy.

Chris Huff

Chief Strategy Officer


In his role as Chief Strategy Officer, Chris develops and drives the company's global strategic initiatives, intelligent automation (IA) thought leadership and cross-functional horizontal integration. Chris is intently focused on helping clients realize maximum return on investment by seamlessly integrating and delivering a single unified IA platform that leverages the vast array of intellectual property in the Kofax portfolio to include robotic process automation (RPA), advanced capture, intelligent-optical character recognition (I-OCR), machine learning, advanced analytics and workflow orchestration. Integrating these capabilities into a single unified IA platform provides clients a true digital workforce that adds capacity without headcount. This enterprise approach drives future IA platform features and strategic alliances centered on ensuring the security of the platform and client data, supporting scalability and sustainment and maintaining an open platform that promotes easy integration with cognitive and machine learning solutions to accelerate client adoption of artificial intelligence.

Prior to Kofax, Chris spent five years at Deloitte Consulting where he led the U.S. Public Sector Robotics and Cognitive Automation practice during the emergence of RPA. While at Deloitte, Chris delivered RPA to over 30 billion-dollar enterprises and implemented five different RPA vendor solutions. He previously spent two decades in senior financial management roles across multiple federal government agencies. He is often called on by publications and conferences as a thought leader in the next wave of RPA.

Tony McKenna

Director of IT

Gowling WLG

I left school in Scotland at 16 and joined the South of Scotland Electricity Boards pre privatisation, pre PC's, pre email, pre mobile phones, pre www, pre google, and pre everything my kids and colleagues think are very important that we all take for granted today.

I've spent 20+ years working across the UK in several technology, change and people management leadership positions, joining the legal sector in 2008 to lead the centralisation of IT systems & services across Europe for A&O LLP. Having spent 7 years in A&O, leading change across the globe, I joined Freshfields to support the London office manage the centralised IT service as it transitioned to their new shared service centre.

I joined Gowling WLG in 2016 to lead the IT function through the exciting times of legal innovation and constant change whilst maintaining stability, reliability and security across an expanding global platform.


Barry Meaden

Head of Scanning Solutions

Pitney Bowes

Barry Meaden is UK lead for Inbound Digital Technologies for Pitney Bowes, leading and advising sales teams on inbound digitisation and scanning solutions. As one of our specialists in the field of Inbound Digital Technologies, Barry works in partnership with a vast spread of organisations to help them understand where they can streamline processes, reduce costs and improve their user's experience. Barry's experience of working with public sector organisations across local government, education and healthcare allows him to fully understand the problems and roadblocks that often stand in the way of them achieving their objectives.

Barry joined Pitney Bowes in 2013 as public sector business development manager, advising and consulting on technologies across the UK public sector. Prior to this, he held senior roles at Océ UK Ltd (subsequently Canon UK) between 1990 and 2013 including those within hardware engineering, service team leadership, new business sales, sales training and product marketing.

Jana Novohradska

Digital Transformation Architect

Mizuho Bank

Jana focuses on advising financial institutions on digitalisation and automation of manual repetitive workflows. Jana currently works on a RPA project at Mizuho International, where she is leading the analysis and system solution design efforts. Jana has actively worked on POCs within tier one financial institutions of a suite of RPA software solutions. Jana earned her MSc Law from Comenius University in Bratislava in 2003. She relocated to London in 2004, and earned her MSc Financial Computing at UCL in 2009, with a scholarship from her then employer.

Jana started her technology career after her second child in 2009 working on equities trading floor supporting order and risk management systems. Her passion for technology and her commitment in investing in young talent led her to volunteer to teach coding, organising and running coding weekends for young children and women.

Rob Shooter

Head of the Technology Law Group


Rob Shooter heads the technology, outsourcing and privacy law group and the technology sector team at Fieldfisher.

He is a leading expert in outsourcing and procurement law and specialises in large scale, often mission critical technology and telecoms projects, both in the private sector and for central Government. 

Last financial year, Fieldfisher posted a 24 per cent increase in revenue following a 34 per cent increase the year before. The technology, outsourcing and privacy law group grew by 58 per cent last year.



Graeme Burton

Group News Editor

Computing, V3 and The Inquirer

Graeme 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.