Chief Information Officer
Will Smart is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the NHS in England.
A joint appointment between NHS England and NHS Improvement, he is tasked with providing strategic leadership across the whole of the NHS to ensure that the opportunities that digital technologies offer are fully exploited to improve the experience of patients and carers in their interactions with health and social care; the outcomes for patients; and improved efficiencies in how care is delivered.
Prior to taking up this role, Will was Chief Information Officer at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for six years where he was the board level director responsible for all aspects of the Information Management and Technology agenda and the Trust's Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO). During the Royal Free's acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, Will was an executive director of both organisations tasked with leading the creation of a single informatics function prior to the acquisition. Most recently, as part of the design of the Royal Free Group model (under the NHS England Vanguard programme), he has led the creation of the Trust's digital strategy to define the capabilities, architecture and service models required to support this new operating model.
Will first worked in the NHS in Wales and Northern Ireland during his placement year from university, before taking up an analytics role at St. Mary's NHS Trust in London on graduation. In addition to senior roles in the NHS, Will has worked as a management consultant with major assignments focussing on IT strategy, service transformation, major IT service and contract reviews and outsourcing.
McKinsey & Company and IBM
John Straw is an Internet entrepreneur and an inspirational speaker. He specialises in digital marketing and has spent over three decades working with or starting up digital marketing companies. Able to share insights on AI, the Internet of Things, 3D printing and augmented reality, John Straw makes the complex simple, educating businesses on change and disruption.
John is a senior advisor to Mckinsey and Co, IBM Watson IoT and his own portfolio of investments. In 2017, he became a NED for FTSE100, Provident Financial plc. He is a blogger on disruptive technology and a contributor to The Economist on AI. John's impact on the Interse Corporation in San Francisco, as VP of European Operations, was immense. Interse specialised in software products that measured a user's path through a web site and was significantly ahead of its time. Interse was purchased by Microsoft in 1997 for $160m.
John subsequently moved on to Revnet Systems in Alabama, as co-founder, VP Marketing. Revnet produces email management software for marketeers. The company was purchased by MessageMedia in 2000 for $66m and was subsequently bought by Doubleclick and then Google.
In 2006 John created two consumer facing websites - itsmymarket - a classified ad site and a price comparison engine savebuckets. He founded and became CEO of Netrank, one of Europe's first SEO agencies specialising in corporate clients, which was sold to LBi in 2008.
The following year John raised $1.5m from London and Silicon Valley to found SEO platform Linkdex. The company was a game changer in SEO bringing integrated workflow, tasks and link building CRM into one platform with hugely competitive information.
John pioneered a cultural change programme at Thomas Cook, which focused on moving the business from analogue to digital. His unique initiatives included iClinics - a unique structure that helped the move towards a more agile IT development environment.
John Straw is an Internet entrepreneur and an inspirational speaker, his knowledge on AI, strategy, the Internet of Things and disruption makes him an ideal speaker for all digital based events.
Cloud Engineering Lead
Thomas is currently leading the engineering function of Sainsbury's Cloud Centre of Excellence. After starting out on traditional infrastructure, Thomas moved into the world of private cloud, building and administering a large Openstack deployment before transitioning to public cloud. He is now building teams which are providing a scalable, reliable, secure and cost-efficient platform for the rest of the business.
Senior DevOps Engineer
Miroslav Danov is Senior DevOps Engineer at HSBC
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Diane is a dual-qualified French lawyer and UK Solicitor, heading the Global Telecommunications practice and leading the firm's activities on telecommunications matters worldwide.
She specialises in and has extensive experience advising a wide range of clients in telecommunications, technology and other highly regulated industries on complex multi‐discipline, cross border matters.
Through her practice, Diane has developed a specific international approach to regulatory and commercial issues, offering clients bespoke and integrated advice at a global level. Diane relies on her experience in several jurisdictions around the world.
Diane not only receives market recognition from her valued and successful assistance to clients, but has also invested her time and efforts in contributing to industry development and in sharing her knowledge in various conferences and publications. All of the above contributed to Diane's recognition as a leading name in telecoms and an expert in this field. In particular,
- she is the ex chair of the International Bar Association communications law committee;
- she was awarded for her work in Information Technology Law and Technology Law by 'The Best Lawyers in France' 2019 edition;
- she is regularly called upon to speak at conferences and events organised by the IBA and industry conferences in Europe and the Middle East;
- she is the editor of PLC's Communications: Regulation and Outsourcing Global Guide (2016). This is the "go-to" publication for those in the telecoms industry; and
- her expertise is acknowledged by Chambers as well as other directories such as Legal 500.
Chief Technology Officer
Manuj Sarpal is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for GraniteShares, where he is responsible for leading IT strategy for the Exchange Traded Fund Issuer. He has played a key role in achieving operational efficiencies and mitigating Technology risk in ETF Issuer business. He has vast experience in ETPs (Exchange Traded Products) across the globe. He has worked on numerous technology implementations for Asset management and Financial services from inception, development, listings, distribution and operations of Exchange Traded Products globally. Manuj has acquired an MBA from the Cass Business School, London. He has 19 years of professional experience, which spans from consulting, software development and technology leadership. In past he has worked for ETF Securities and Barclays to implement large scale successful IT projects. He has keen interest in the role of technology especially in Cloud, DevOps and AI.
Director of Technology
Church of England
Working in various parts of technology for the majority of his working life Terry has seen the world transform from analogue to Digital several times now. Mostly he gives it a gentle helping hand but sometimes more of a firm shove in the right direction.
Terry currently leads technology for the Church of England. He has an unhealthy interest in the areas of Cloud Services, Security and Digital Anthropology in order to design agile, secure and modern workplaces and platforms.
Special Projects Editor
Computing & The Inquirer
Tom Allen is the Special Projects Editor for Computing 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.
Group News Editor
Computing & The Inquirer
Graeme Burton, Group News Editor at Incisive Media, works across a portfolio that includes Computing 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.
Andrew is an enterprise technology writer, editor, publisher, strategist and consultant; illuminating digital transformation in the connected world and educating businesses on the opportunities and challenges presented by cloud and edge computing, the Internet of Things, automation, AI, and Big Data. He is a former Editor and Publisher of Internet of Business and now oversees Incisive Works' enterprise technology thought-leadership content creation, including multimedia digital experiences, whitepapers, webinars, videos, and podcasts.
Group Research Director
John Leonard is Group Research Director for the Enterprise Technology Group at Incisive Media. He has designed and conducted research studies and analyses covering many of the aspects of business technology that are driving the way we live and work today.
Computing & The Inquirer
Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing and The Inquirer. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Live series. 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.