Speakers List - AI & Machine Learning Live 2019


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.

Pardeep Bassi

Head of Data Science


Pardeep is Head of data science at LV=, leading a team of data scientists and data engineers to implement machine learning across all of the business. This includes: pricing, claims, marketing, operations and all other functions.

Dr Patricia Charlton

Senior Lecturer

Open University

Dr. Patricia Charlton, senior lecturer at the Open University, is a researcher on artificial intelligence, cognitive science and technology-enhanced learning. She is the author of several papers on artificial intelligence, education, ubiquitous computing and intelligent context-aware designs. She has received a number of standards and invention awards for her contribution to the field of computer science research. She teaches computer science, AI and Data Science. Part of her role at the OU, is academic lead for the Computing and Communication department of Institute of Coding project. Previously, Patricia worked at Motorola leading the Semantic Personal Services Technology Group providing innovative user centered solutions. She has led many international computer science and technology research projects.

Patricia also works in the creative industries (co-founder and director of http://creativedigitalsolutions.org), delivers artists in residence experiences, education hackevents, Smart Cities (http://creativedigitalsolutions.org/2015/03/11/hacked-2015/), and IoT (see BBC Micro:bit project http://creativedigitalsolutions.org/2015/07/10/the-micro-bit-project/) for all ages. Patricia actively participates in the local women in engineering community outreach STEM work with schools and collaborative developments with Industry and Humanitarian Sector.

Dr Kuan Hon

Director - Privacy, Security and Information Law


Dr W Kuan Hon is a Director with the Privacy, Security & Information team at leading data protection law practice Fieldfisher, specialising in advising UK and international clients on data protection/security law, particularly technology-related issues. An English solicitor and New York attorney, Kuan has degrees in both law and computing science, including a joint law/computer science doctorate.

Kuan is an Editor of the Encyclopedia of Data Protection and Privacy and an i100 volunteer at the National Cyber Security Centre. Kuan previously sat on the British Computer Society's Information Privacy Expert Panel. She regularly speaks at events, having presented e.g. for the UK Cabinet Office, ENISA and CERN. Kuan's articles, many with collaborators, have been published e.g. by the IEEE, Journal of International Data Privacy Law, Society for Computers and Law and Stanford Technology Law Review.

John Leonard

Group Research Director

Incisive Media

John Leonard is Incisive Media Business Technology Group's Research Director. 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.

Natalia Konstantinova

Lead Software Engineer

Shell Energy

Natalia Konstantinova is a great enthusiast, with over 10 years' experience in the application of Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, IT and machine learning technologies to real world problems. She got her PhD from the University of Wolverhampton and worked in various fields such as machine translation, ontologies, information extraction and currently dialogue systems and chat bots. She is currently a lead software engineer at Shell Energy.

Natalia is leading a team working on chatbot solutions for Shell Energy. She is a strong believer that modern technology can transform businesses and our everyday life. 

Craig Parfitt

VP of Global Insights


Craig Parfitt joined Calligo in June 2019 and is the VP of Global Insight Services leading Calligo's AI strategy and developing a range of advanced AI and Machine Learning services. Formerly the Head of Strategy and Engineering at GFT Financial Services and their Global Lead for AI, Craig has over 20 years of experience in data insights and artificial intelligence and frequently speaks and publishes on digital transformation and the use of data and advanced analytics in businesses.

Zoë Webster

Director of AI and Data Economy

Innovate UK

Zoë is Director of AI and Data Economy at Innovate UK. Zoë leads a team of experts working to identify, support and accelerate high growth-potential innovation in the UK, based on cutting-edge AI and data research and technology.

Zoë joined Technology Strategy Board in 2007 as a Technologist with the role of developing and implementing the UK's innovation strategy for Information and Communication Technology. Since then, she has held the roles of Head of Enabling Technologies, Head of High Value Manufacturing, Head of Resource Portfolio and Deputy Director - Strategy.

Zoë has a computer science background and a PhD in artificial intelligence where she developed and evaluated stereotype-based user models for personalised information filtering. Prior to joining Innovate UK, she worked QinetiQ and SEA researching, developing and demonstrating machine learning and information filtering algorithms for a range of applications including health and retail.

Zoë is a Chartered Engineer.

Eoin Kenneally

Head of CX - Digital Transformation and Insight


Eoin is an experienced digital leader with a demonstrated history of working in ecommerce for over ten years and is now leading the Customer Experience Team at Hermes. He owns the voice of the customer within Hermes and is developing new customer journeys across all touch points to drive Hermes' commitment to become the carrier of choice. Eoin has an eye for great ideas as well as a natural ability to understand problems and develop creative solutions that are defining not only the future of our business but also our industry.


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 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.