Speakers List - Cloud & Infrastructure Summit North


Jon Beasley

Head of Enterprise Architecture


Jon Beasley is the Head of Enterprise Architecture for Wilko. Currently heading up a diverse team of enterprise, solution and technical architects, leading what is believed to be the broadest digital transformation in retail today for the £1.6bn company. Wilko is undergoing significant transformation, replacing everything from WAN / LAN, desktop, ERP, CRM, Finance systems, eCommerce platform, ePOS, payment services, hosting environments, warehouse management, data lake and reporting.

Jon has a strong background in the infrastructure domain but is a firm believer in balancing business with technology, as such he spends a large portion of his time working with the business on strategy and operating models. Prior to Wilko, Jon worked for Capita across multiple key accounts and has spent time in the railway industry and the public sector.

Julian Burnett

Former Chief Information Officer

House of Fraser

Julian was Executive Director and CIO at House of Fraser, responsible for Digital & Technology, Supply Chain and Business Transformation. He is a highly experienced C-level executive with a track record of delivering tech-enabled, transformational change in multi-billion £ consumer facing businesses. He is formerly CTO of both John Lewis and Sainsbury's.

He is a regular guest speaker and lecturer on digital, eCommerce and supply chain optimisation; is a member of the GS1 UK Apparel Board, supporting market wide initiatives to drive supply chain efficiency in retail; and mentors various tech start-ups operating in the retail and supply chain markets.

Julian campaigns for disability awareness in the workplace, acting as advisor to Business Disability International, and is on the fund raising board of Byte Night, an annual Action for Children event, targeting youth homelessness.

Tom Clark

Chief Information Officer

Leeds Building Society

Tom Clark is Chief Information Officer for Leeds Building Society and a Non-Executive Director for Ongo Homes. He has combined changing roles regularly (at one stage changing every 18 months) and travelling extensively in a number of global position, as well as living in the UK, Switzerland and America.

Tom has a Bachelor's degree in Business and Finance, and a Master's degree in IT Management, is an avid supporter of the British Computer Society and is proud to be recognised as a BCS Fellow and as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

Tom was a finalist in the UK IT Industry Awards as CIO of the Year, regularly placed in various top 100 CIOs lists, winning a number of industry awards for technology innovation and agile delivery.

Ariane Gadd

Senior DevOps Engineer


Ariane is Senior DevOps Engineer at KPMG working mainly with AWS for three and a half years. She has deployed infrastructure-as-code using Terraform and CI/CD pipeline tooling to orchestrate the end to end automated deployment of applications, specialising in building the infrastructure for and deploying .NET applications into secure, HA environments.

Ariane has worked on a large number of high profile projects including deploying customer data of a large global banking client into the cloud, and also has experience consulting on migrating to the cloud within FS organisations. She is a believer in all things PaaS where possible, immutable infrastructure and automating everything.

Matt Haberle

Business Operations Manager EMEA


Matt has spent the last 5 years in the infrastructure monitoring space, helping companies like PayPal, Kayak.com, and Schroders navigate their journey to the cloud by providing visibility into their hybrid infrastructures at LogicMonitor.

Matt graduated in Business from Texas A&M University in 2009 and has been evangelizing innovative business technology since. As the cloud has rapidly and radically transformed the technology landscape over the last 10 years, he has been enabling businesses and organizations to reap the benefits.

Matt very recently made the move from sunny Santa Barbara, California to London to head EMEA sales at LogicMonitor.

John Keegan

Head of Infrastructure Services


John Keegan is Head of Infrastructure Services for the Department for Work and Pensions where he is helping transform how the department consume ICT services through hybrid cloud.

John has established a reputation for being a resourceful, innovative and highly skilled technical leader with over 30 years' experience in ICT. He has built his portfolio from a solid hands-on technical delivery basis through to established business leaders. John holds a range of industry technical certifications including CEng MIET, Cisco CCIE and CISSP.

Prior to the Department for Work and Pensions, John held various leadership roles within Fujitsu, including Business Development Manager, Director of Communications Solutions Business, and Network & Telecommunications CTO. Prior to Fujitsu John worked for British Telecom where he was CTO for the Department for Work and Pensions.

Camila Luz

Marketing and Team Operations Specialist, EMEA


Camila spearheads the Marketing and Team Operations activities for LogicMonitor, EMEA. She has a keen interest in how traditional marketing approaches intersect with the latest technology trends, with a focus on how the explosion of digital transformation has influenced the marketing and operations landscape.

Camila brings with her an acute understanding of the marketing start-up space for companies trying to make a foothold in the European market. She kick-started her career in Procurement, Internal Communications and Consulting for companies such as Eaton and The Walt Disney Company, and has been part of the LogicMonitor team for the past 3 years.

She graduated from her Masters in International Business from Hult International Business School in London, after completing her BA in International Affairs in Brazil. The United Kingdom is now her home after having previously lived in 8 other countries.

John Lyons

Head of Cloud & Hosting


John Lyons is Head of Cloud & Hosting at Zen, an award-winning technology services provider based in the North West. Since graduating from Dublin City University John has spent 17 years in technology, management and leadership roles with a range of service providers across the UK & Ireland.

In 2013, John led Zen's move to become a cloud MSP, ensuring they were one of the earliest AWS consulting partners in the UK. Since then he has continued to be a passionate advocate and evangelist for the benefits and capabilities that cloud can bring to businesses.

John is an active leader in technology industry associations, serving in the 2000's as a board member for the Irish Neutral Internet Exchange (INEX), acting for 6 years as a programme committee member for the UK Network Operators Forum (UKNOF) and is now a co-organiser for the 1,000+ member strong AWS User Group North.

Michael Maibaum

Chief Architect

Sky Betting & Gaming

Michael Maibaum is chief architect at Sky Betting & Gaming. Michael started out as a geneticist and molecular biologist, moving from wet-lab experiments to bioinformatics, then manufacturing systems, and telecoms in various engineering and architecture roles. He is interested in solving problems, big data, scalable systems, company culture and ways of working, open source, Agile, science, genetics, and photography.

Matthew Oates

Group IT Director

Portman Travel Group

As IT Director for Portman Travel Group, Matthew Oates leads the Group's IT function including the infrastructure, security and application development areas.

In this role Matthew ensures IT supports the growth and acquisition strategy of Portman Travel Group by focusing on secure infrastructure solutions that are scalable and flexible. With a particular interest in risk Matthew has guided Portman Travel Group through ISO27001 certification and Pan Government Accreditation and is now leading the implementation of both the ISO22301 Business Continuity standard and BS10012 Personal Information Management standard.

Prior to this Matthew worked in rail leading the IT function within TransPennine Express where he worked closely with the Fleet department to produce an innovative fuel saving system with annual high six figure savings resulting.

Portman Travel Group owns Clarity, the UK's 7th largest TMC, and Elegant Resorts, the premier luxury tour operator in the UK.

Mike Rivers

Director Cloud Computing


Mike Rivers kick-started his career in technology infrastructure with the IT non-event of the millennium and its fabled bug. He initially worked with data centre infrastructure, building platforms for the subsequent .com boom. Having escaped the physical infrastructure world with more than a few service delivery scars and a drive to change through innovation, he spent 8 years developing cloud services. In more recent years he has worked in management consultancy for the big 4 and now works at Interoute, where he is leading the digital transformation agenda.

Dave Roberts

Chief Information Officer

Radius Payment Solutions

A CIO 100 IT leader and MBA graduate with 20 years of IT industry experience, dedicated to driving forward programmes of change and providing transformational IT Services. Dave is a CIO focused on delivering advanced industry-leading technology that differentiates Radius Payment Solutions with Fleet Management Solutions across the Fuel Card, Charge Card, Telematics and Insurance markets. Dave participates on several IT Advisory Boards, providing recommendations to groups within Education, Industry and Government. He is also a Fellow and Fellowship Assessor with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Tom Allen

Special Projects Editor

Computing, V3 & The Inquirer

Tom Allen is the Special Projects Editor for Computing, V3 and The Inquirer. He joined Incisive Media in 2017 from the display industry; trading LCDs and quantum dots for big data and the IoT.

As well as writing, Tom regularly interviews C-level IT leaders, organises events across the three titles and complains about improper use of the Oxford comma.

Graeme Burton

Group News Editor, Enterprise IT

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.

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.


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.