Speakers List - Technology Marketing & Innovation Forum


Robert Bond

Partner & Notary Public

Bristows LLP

Robert Bond has over 40 years' experience in advising national and international clients on all of their technology, data protection and information security law requirements. He is a recognised legal expert and author in the fields of IT, e-commerce, computer games, media and publishing, data protection, information security and cyber risks. Robert is on the Board of the Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics; Chairman of the Data Protection Network; a founder member of the UN Data Privacy Advisory Group and a Trustee of the UK Safer Internet Centre.

David Wilde

Trustee and Board Director, Eastern Multi Academy Trust

MD, DWilde Consulting; NED, Mid Essex NHS Hospitals Trust;

A Fellow of the Institute of Directors with over 30 years in central and local government leadership spanning policy, large scale operations, strategy and whole service transformation, David has a wealth of experience in the public sector specialising in technology, digital and information leadership, communications and commercial development.

David now runs his own consultancy for integrating digital and strategic business plans, transforming services, advising multinational IT companies and reshaping technology services as well as being a Non-Executive Director in the NHS and a Trustee and Board Director for Eastern Multi Academy Trust. He is currently providing strategic IT advice for Worcestershire County Council and a couple of other councils in the UK.

In Essex David was a member of the Executive Board from June 2015 and Chief Information Officer (CIO) since 2011, leading on Place Operations and then Digital. Before that he was CIO for the City of Westminster, Waltham Forest Council and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.


James Watts

Head of Marketing


James Watts is the Head of Marketing at Databarracks, the UK's specialist business continuity and IT disaster recovery provider.

From the launch of the UK's first managed online backup services over 15 years ago, to its leading Disaster Recovery as a Service, Databarracks makes enterprise-class continuity, security and resilience accessible for organisations of all sizes.

James is responsible for Databarracks overall marketing strategy and execution including content creation and delivery, communications and demand generation.


Jes Breslaw

EMEA Director of Marketing


Jes Breslaw is currently EMEA Director of Marketing at Delphix and has held senior marketing roles for 20 years in B2B technology companies. Jes began his career product managing IBM hardware, and then spent eight years working with security solutions including CheckPoint Software and Cisco. More recently Jes has worked in companies that provide cloud and mobile solutions, first Workshare and then Accellion finally moving to Delphix where for the last four years he has marketed Data Platforms into the European market.



Tom Wright

Director of Content and Performance Marketing Services

Incisive Media

Tom Wright is Director of Content and Performance Marketing Services at Incisive Media. As the title suggests he has responsibility for online lead generation, content syndication and content creation services across the technology, retail and institutional finance groups.

A twenty-year industry veteran, Tom came into the world of media via the Radio Times, sidestepped into tech publishing and content marketing and has stayed there ever since. Tom has held a variety of roles in the sector, in sales management, moving onto publishing, and now working in branded and unbranded content.

Tom launched Computing's primary research unit with the express aim of offering tech decision makers analyst grade data on the key trends affecting them in their day to day jobs, cutting through vendor hype to deliver actionable data and useful insight.
Research is conducted along MRS guidelines using individual in-depth interviews with senior IT practitioners, focus groups, and major quantitative studies. Since launch in 2010, the Computing research unit has steadily added to its original brief and now covers topics as diverse as Internet of Things, DevOps, Security and Risk Governance, Data Centre and Infrastructure, Open Source Adoption and IT Leadership, and of course trends in how technology is bought sold and marketed.


Leanne Brown

Marketing Director, EMEA


Leanne heads up Barracuda's marketing function in EMEA. In this role, she is responsible for building the strategy around brand awareness and demand generation. Leanne comes with over 20 years of marketing experience where she has been successful in building brands, cross-channel marketing initiatives, partner marketing and demand generation.

Andrew Livesley

Global Chief Architect

JLT Group

An IT Professional with over 35 years' experience in the IT industry a balance of strategic understanding and operational experience, coupled with the capability to grasp business priorities and select and align appropriate technologies to deliver business benefit. Experienced in all aspects of IT management including Strategy & Architecture, Service Delivery, and Project & Programme Management as well as Budget, People, Risk & Quality Management.

Specialties: Architecture; Innovation; New Technology; Digitisation, Digitalisation and Digital Transformation; Service Delivery; Project & Programme Management; Product and Service Development; Solutions and Enterprise Architecture; Mobility Computing; Wireless.

At JLT Andrew has recruited a team to build an Architecture capability and a global Architecture; with a commitment to drive down cost to operate the existing estate and build a platform to enable the business to drive efficiency and innovate new business models in existing and new markets.


Greg Hawkins

Former CTO

Starling Bank

Greg Hawkins is former CTO of Starling Bank, covering technical strategy, engineering and infrastructure. Starling Bank is a mobile-only challenger bank offering current accounts to individuals and businesses complete with Apple Pay, Google Pay, fast domestic and international payments, rich transaction data, spending insights, fine-grained card control and much more. Starling built a bank from scratch to modern principles of development and grew to hundreds of thousands of customers in the first year in the app stores.

Sharon Williams

Former MD of IT at UBS

Postgraduate Student at Cambridge University

Sharon Williams has over 30 years' experience working in technology, but she claims that this began as an accident when she was interviewed for an IT role by mistake and got the job. Most of her career has been in Investment Banking, with 20 years at UBS where she was MD responsible for the global Research, Sales and Investment Banking technology. In addition to her functional role, Sharon led people-focused initiatives across the EMEA region, including the development of cross regional policies, training and global diversity strategies. She is currently studying for a Masters at Cambridge University, and lives near Saffron Walden with her two teenage sons and a dog. The dog is housetrained.

Paul Brocklehurst


Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Paul Brocklehurst is the Chief Information Officer for Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and has held the position since April 2016. Previously Paul was the Chief Information Officer for Surrey County Council, West Sussex County Council and GMAC RFC. Prior to that Paul spent 10 years at KPMG as an IT Consultant working with clients such as Apple, Goldman Sachs, IBEA and Fiat.

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.


Alan Loader

Publishing Director

Incisive Business Media

Alan Loader is Publishing Director at Incisive Media, responsible for all of the brands in the Business Technology division, Computing, V3, The Inquirer, CRN and Channelnomics.

Alan has held a variety of commercial and publishing roles at Incisive working in the Legal, Financial Technology as well as Enterprise Technology. Starting his career selling print advertising in VNU's Computeractive and Personal Computer World, Alan progressed to managing the CRN Sales team where he also ran the successful Channel Expo exhibition. Subsequent jobs then involved heading up the globally renowned Legal Week brand and helping launch Business Green into the clean technology sector.

After becoming Publisher in 2010 Alan helped CRN in its transition from a print driven business to a becoming a leader in the digital and events space.

In 2014 Alan led the expansion of the channel division of the business into Europe and US channel business with the launch of the Channelnomics brands in 2014. Incisive now run 5 conferences and Awards across North American and mainland Europe. An expert in developing new products Alan also set up the market leading CRN Intelligence service that delivers ground breaking market reports such as the CRN Vendor report, The Public Sector Report and CRN Top VARs.