Speakers List - Cloud & Infrastructure Live 2019

Keynote Speakers

John Straw

Senior Advisor

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.


Thomas Attree

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.

John Burrowes

Business Strategy Consultant


John is a highly experienced business strategy consultant who helps corporate and public sector organisations leverage cloud services to innovate and grow. In his role at iomart, one of the UK's leading providers of cloud computing, he specialises in enabling customers to drive agility and productivity through the adoption of hybrid cloud solutions and to harness their data to deliver maximum operational and commercial benefit.


Wayne Byrne

Sales Director Europe – Cloud Services

Sungard Availability Services

Wayne has over 20 years Sales and Technical experience since graduating from Trinity College Dublin. Having joined Sungard Availability Services in early 2017, he now heads up the European sales team for Cloud Services, a specialist team focussed on helping clients leverage resilient cloud services from Sungard Availability Services.
Wayne and his team understand the challenges facing organisations when looking to take advantage of cloud, be they private, public or hybrid with a proven track record to assist early adopters or even seasoned adopters.

Simon Colvin

Global head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Pinsent Masons

Simon is the Global head of Pinsent Masons' Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice and leads large scale transactions in the technology and telecoms sectors. He assists clients in developing their sourcing strategies, running complex procurements and developing contracts. Simon has extensive experience of working for both public and private sectors so applies his experience from each, assisting customers or suppliers who instruct him.



Tony Crewdson-Kennedy

Interim CIO

Royal College of Physicians

An experienced IT Director and strong, strategically focused, digital technology professional with a demonstrated history of providing leadership, consistently improving business performance and reducing cost. Providing a strategic vision of future using hybrid-cloud services to ensure flexible future facing information & technology solutions. Consistently focused on emerging and future Information systems and technologies

David Deighton

Chief Enterprise Architect and Chief Information Security Officer

University of Birmingham

With 30 years' experience across multiple industry sectors including Financial Services, Higher Education, Healthcare and Automotive Manufacturing, David is expert in IT strategy, governance, enterprise architecture, cyber security and emerging technology adoption. He currently has a dual role as Chief Enterprise Architect and Chief Information Security Officer at the University of Birmingham, having previously worked for Citigroup, Clearstream, Cazenove & Co., Toyota, BT, SWIFT, HSBC and the Financial Services Authority. A regular conference speaker and writer, he holds an MSc in Software Engineering from Oxford University; is a chartered member of the British Computer Society; has CISM, CGEIT, PCI ISA, GDPR and ISO27001 certifications; is a member of ISACA and the Institute of Directors.

Chris Denton

Cloud Engineering Manager


Back in the late 90s, Chris fell into an IT career and has stuck with it in a variety of different jobs across different sectors such as government, media, energy, insurance and investment banking. Over this time, he has worked as a Unix/Linux admin, Middleware engineer, Web Manager and now DevOps and SRE Manager at esure. His claim to fame is that he once administered davidbeckham.com.

John Dyer

Senior Account Director


John Dyer has over 25 years' experience in the technology industry, having worked in senior commercial roles at both private and publicly-traded companies, including Cambridge Neurodynamics.

As a Senior Account Director at Darktrace, John advises clients on the use of machine learning and AI to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. This includes insider threat, industrial espionage, IoT compromises, zero-day malware, data loss, supply chain risk and long-term infrastructure vulnerabilities. John specialises in financial services, the legal sector, the retail sector and government/defence.

Devon Edwards Joseph

Data Engineer

Lloyds Banking Group

Devon Edwards Joseph is a Data Engineer working in Lloyds Banking Group's Machine Intelligence Programme, pairing smart people with smart machines. A Co-Organiser of the 650-member Artificial Intelligence Club for Gender Minorities community, Devon is passionate about spreading the message that it is possible to successfully transition into technical careers even if you haven't been programming since age 5. In 2018, she was the winner of the Information Age ‘Future Star of Tech in AI' award, and is long-listed in Computing's Most Influential Women in UK Tech 2019 list as well as being a finalist for its Woman of the Year 2019 Award. Currently, Devon sits on the Young Professionals' Board of the UK Wise Campaign, and is passionate about its goal of getting 1 million women into STEM in the UK by 2020.

Jim Evans

Office for National Statistics

Cheif Technical Architect

Jim Evans started his IT career writing music for Computer Games in the 1980s. He progressed to mainstream IT and his first big project was being part of the taskforce to rescue Hoover from the Free Flights Disaster. Jim moved from Hoover to Hoskyns, later to become Cap Gemini, where he became a technical director working on Public Sector contracts. In particular, the Intellectual Property Office, where he was instrumental in setting strategy and performing large scale transformations of their infrastructure. Jim now works for the Office for National Statistics where he has held two roles. Head of Infrastructure and Architecture and Chief Technical Architect of Cloud services and Census. Jim is currently working on the system for Census 2021 that will support 27m households across multiple clouds with a dress rehearsal taking place in October 2019. Jim has also held various other positions alongside his main job including lecturing and tutoring and being a member of a symphony orchestra.

Nick Ioannou

Head of IT

Ratcliffe Groves Partnership

Nick Ioannou is an IT professional, blogger, author and public speaker on cloud and security issues, with over 20+ years' corporate experience, including 16 years using cloud/hosted software as a service (SaaS) systems. As an early adopter of cloud systems, including BPOS, the first iteration of Office 365, he has been paying for the privilege of bug testing them ever since. He started blogging in 2012 on free IT resources (http://nick-ioannou.com) currently with over 450+ posts.

Author of 'Internet Security Fundamentals', 'A Practical Guide to Cyber Security for Small Businesses' and 'A Practical Guide to GDPR for Small Businesses' as well as contributing author to three 'Managing Cybersecurity Risk' books and 'Conquer The Web' by Legend Business Books.


Adam Nash

EMEA Technical Sales Manager


Adam Nash is Technical Sales Manager for LogicMonitor in EMEA and has been working in IT for 23 years with roles as diverse as Systems Engineer, Product Manager, IT Auditor and, more recently, on the dark side as a salesperson. In his time with LogicMonitor, his focus has been on the MSP market and best practices for infrastructure monitoring in the era of digital transformation. When he is not working Adam is a keen amateur brewer and can bore you about beer and brewing in detail.

Yemi Oluseun

Project Manager


Yemi is an award winning project manager with extensive experience delivering regulatory, business and technology transformation programmes. Most recently delivered the key parts of the Brexit programme and the Ring Fenced Bank at Barclays.
She is PMP and Prince2 certified; holds an MBA, First Class and Distinction Degrees in Computer Science.
She serves on the Outward Housing board and was recently appointed Board Apprentice on the Bournemouth University Board. Winner in the 2018 Barclays Social Fintech Innovation hackathon.

Mike Potter


Thames Water

Mike started out as a Chemical Engineer, building plants to make replacements for CFC's. He has worked in retail, energy and the public sector, leading large-scale transformation across the organisations he served. This ranged from improving the number of organ donors in the UK, to establishing the programme to transform the retail supply chain at Boots.
He recently led the profound changes at HMRC to create a true multi-channel business. This included launching the award-winning Personal Tax Account, which now has over 17 million users, and conceiving the strategy to use commercial software to improve tax compliance, known as ‘Making Tax Digital'.

Manuj Sarpal

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.

Karthik Selvaraj

Senior Cloud Architect

Purple Bytes Limited

Karthik is Senior Cloud Architect who has more than a decade experience in helping enterprises transform their business by successfully adopting cloud. He is a multi cloud practitioner and professionally certified architect in both AWS and GCP. His cloud journey started at Amazon retail in 2007 when first AWS service was launched. As principal consultant at Purple Bytes Limited, he has led various successful cloud digital transformation initiatives at Centrica, British Gas and Vodafone focused on securely enabling big data use-cases.

Adam Simmonds

Lead Architect

Coventry City Council

Adam is the Lead Architect at Coventry City Council responsible for Technology and Innovation for the Internal IT Service and the City Public Realm. This includes everything from implementing Office 365, modernising internal IT systems to getting Driverless Cars, 5G, IoT and Superfast Broadband into the city in the run up to City of Culture 2021 and beyond. I am a highly motivated technology evangelist who enjoys empowering others to use technology to enrich (not replace) lives.

Recently at Coventry we have just re-written our IT Strategy, migrated our workforce to Skype Online removing the need for on-premise telephony, launched a new branding around digital skills and empowerment and much more

Rob Stanton

Head of Engineering


Rob heads up esure's 100+ team of software and data engineers. He joined esure three years ago to help them transform the software engineering culture and move from legacy systems in the data centre to microservices in the cloud. Previous to esure, Rob was a freelance consultant for 18 years working across many sectors including a number of years at The Government Digital Service and leading a digital transformation for Cancer Research UK. Passionate about tech, agile and DevOps, he also shares a Twin Peaks obsession with his co-presenter Chris.

George Tunnicliffe

Head of IT Operations

National Theatre

George Tunnicliffe likes a challenge. With a people centred and personal approach, he has worked in IT across different sectors such as defence, charities, healthcare and in scenarios of rapid growth and transformation. Entering the IT industry with experience from a design and catering background has evolved into people centred approaches to tackling technology objectives for organisations and companies.

The creation of a blended team dynamic at its core, supported by a hybrid cloud and As-A-Service platform strategy is enabling George's teams to deliver modern technologies to support digital and technology change strategies at the organisations he has worked in.

An advocate for diverse teams and passionate about building the individual, he has focussed on teamwork, collaboration and empowering those individuals to learn and overcome the challenges a modern IT team faces. As well as making sure good humour and friendly personalities are always present to make IT a positive place, he works to ensure IT is a welcoming team for the organisation and to help build a true partnership.

Outside the office George keeps it interesting enjoying performance arts as well as by wakeboarding, indoor skydiving, flowboarding, kayaking and anything else that doesn't involve a computer!

Host Speakers

Tom Allen

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.

Graeme Burton

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.

John Leonard

Group Research Director

Incisive Media

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.

The Chair

Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director

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.