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


Tanya Gillingham

Automation Test Engineer Specialist


Tanya graduated from St. Petersburg University of Design and Technology in 1985 as an Engineer Technologist. In 1995 she had twin children and while on maternity leave taught herself programming. Later, in 1998, Tanya attended a software development course in St. Petersburg Computer Academy and continued learning programming, combining part time work with raising the children. In 1999 she moved to the UK with her family and started working as a Software developer full time, progressing to Senior Software Engineer positions, specialising in back-end, middleware and REST API development, working in the banking, bookmakers, gambling, e-commerce and media sectors. From 2013, Tanya has specialised in Test Automation, defining automated test strategy, design and build bespoke test automation frameworks, helping teams to establish testing process based on Agile Testing principals and moving towards continuous testing.

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), capture, intelligent-optical character recognition (I-OCR), machine learning, analytics and workflow orchestration.

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.

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.

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

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.