Speakers List - DevOps Live


Tom Allen

Special Projects Editor

Computing, V3 and 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.

Dean Bevan

Lead DevOps Engineer

Lloyd's Banking Group

Dean Bevan has worked at Lloyds Banking Group for over twenty years, in a wide variety of roles, most of his time as an Engineer / Developer, but is also a self-confessed recovering Enterprise Architect.

Driven by the principle that there is always a better way, he has used, amongst others, XP, BDD, OO, TDD, RUP, Lean, Agile and DevOps techniques to deliver customer needs. Dean is currently working out of the DevOps Centre of Excellence in Lloyds Banking Group, to bring about real and deep change to the organisation with an Engineering bias, while wrangling his 3 and 6 year olds at home.

David Blooman

Senior Platform Engineer


As Senior Platform Engineer at Depop, David is leading the transition to Kubernetes. He has previous experience both within the BBC and start-up FundApps. David describes himself as a developer with an interest in infrastructure. He's spent most of his career working with Ruby and Golang.

Julian Burnett

VP Global Markets - Distribution


Julian is a digital, technology and business transformation leader ranked in the CIO Top 40 in 2018 and has executive and C-level experience across retail, consumer products and supply chain industries. As VP, Global Markets - Distribution, he leads IBM's business in the UK covering these sectors.

Julian has held CTO, CIO and Supply Chain leadership positions at Sainsbury's, John Lewis and House of Fraser, where in each he designed and led large scale digital and technology enabled business transformation initiatives. Julian sits on the GS1 Apparel Board and also advises and promotes Business Disability International upon the role of technology in enhancing the opportunities and experiences of disabled customers and colleagues in the work place.

Before holding senior roles in the industry, Julian held consultancy roles at both CapGemini and CSC where he focused on Technology Strategy and Enterprise Architecture. He is a trained coach and facilitator, with experience of coaching and mentoring senior business, technology and digital executives. He is a regular industry speaker, sits on the Retail Week Tech. advisory board and also guest lectures at Oxford Brookes University Executive MBA course.

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.

Sana Essid

Platform Operations Engineer


Sana Essid brings 15 years of IT infrastructure experience in various industries including banking, cinema, newspaper and transport. Holder of a Master in Business Administration from the university of Aix-en-Provence, France, she ended up working in IT thanks to her passion of the subject and by self-learning. This gave her a rich and broad experience which allowed her to take part in the tremendous journey from old technologies to virtualization and to the current cloud technologies.

Currently working as a Platform Operations Engineer at Trainline, a one-stop shop for train and coach travel, bringing every day together live times and journeys from more than 150 train and coach companies in 45 countries and website serving 80 million visits per month, she is primarily helping developers with monitoring, standardizing and building web micro services in AWS.

Outside the office she loves to travel and hone her language skills.

Andrew Isenman

Head of DevOps

Heathrow Airport

Andrew Isenman is Head of DevOps at Heathrow Airport. Previously he led Heathrow's Innovation Department, where he steered the delivery - amongst other innovations - of a number of award-winning enterprise mobile apps. Andrew has a deep understanding of aviation as well as the challenges faced by IT teams to deliver solutions in highly-regulated environments.

Tripta Kershaw

Head of Portfolio, Programmes and Project Delivery


With over 9 years' experience delivering large scale complex business and IT transformations and 16 years delivering IT projects across a spectrum of industry sectors including logistics, central government, travel, retail, gaming and law and technology platforms Tripta Kershaw joined Hermes the second largest carrier in the UK in 2016 as Head of Project Delivery. 

Reporting to the CIO Tripta is responsible for the delivery of the 3 year business transformations in people and technology with a combined budgetary value of £140m.

At Hermes Tripta established the portfolio governance implementing frameworks to deliver the business transformation programmes including customer experience, replacement of legacy, delivery transformation and intelligent data.

As well as overseeing the portfolio in 2018 Tripta was instrumental in the launch of the Digital Futures transformation, a website and mobile app built on a technology platform designed with tools for complex digital needs and an enterprise cloud communication platform.

Transforming the customer experience the Digital Futures transformation has enabled Hermes to be a digital first company winning industry awards including 1st Place Category for Customer Experience Hermes Europe, Computing Digital Team of the Year Award 2018 and the Computing Women in IT Excellence Award 2018 for Outstanding Transformation.

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.

Zulqarnain Rashid

Lead Research Software Engineer

King's College London

Zulqarnain is a Lead Research Software Engineer in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London.

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. He was a post-doctoral researcher and developer at the University of Dundee working on Assistive Technologies in collaboration with the University of Cambridge. He worked as a Researcher in Biomedical Engineering department Kyung Hee University Seoul, South Korea within the area of Healthcare and Ubiquitous Computing.

Mario El Antoury

Lead Software Engineer

Ford Motor Company

Mario started his career as an IT Graduate at Ford Motor Company, having come from a Mechanical Engineering background. He spent his first year as a Test Analyst which was a great way for him to get a breadth of experience across multiple teams in a relatively short time. Mario's interest in modern software engineering practices peaked during this time, and support from Industrial Logic (who were engaged by Ford) helped shape his early career positively. Working along-side industry experts from both RiverGlide and 8th Light really solidified Mario's development as he learnt to program on the job and gained Software Engineering experience. Now Mario is Lead Software Engineer within the Global Order to Delivery space, developing modern solutions to managing the building, ordering, scheduling and selling of Ford vehicles globally. Since then, he has always taken great interest and joy in finding ways to enhance and improve development teams by applying DevOps and other aspects of extreme programming where possible.

Morten Reinholdt Boelskifte

Site Reliability Engineer Manager


Morten is leading the SRE team at Trustpilot, the SRE team is responsible for availability, latency, monitoring, emergency response, infrastructure and capacity planning.

Morten has a developer background and has previously worked in the advertising and gaming industry, for the last 8 years he has led different teams with a variety of focus areas, from product design to feature teams, liveops and SRE.

Kris Saxton

Partner and Co-Founder

Automation Logic

Kris is Partner and Co-founder at Automation Logic and has been a Systems Engineer for more than 20 years, with more than half of that time spent building ISPs and MSPs before moving into consultancy. An acknowledged expert on all things cloud and automation, he consults for enterprise clients across both the public and private sectors. Kris is a regular public speaker and writer providing a unique, experience-based perspective on the realities of implementing Cloud, DevOps and Automation within large enterprises.

Dan Seamans

Head of Digital Product Delivery

Domino's Pizza

Dan Seamans is Head of Digital Product Delivery at Domino's Pizza and has twenty years experience in customer-facing technology across the education, entertainment and retail sectors. Career highlights include the redevelopment of Grocery Home Shopping apps at Tesco, the launch of voice-ordering through Alexa at Domino's, and bringing games and technology platforms to market at VC-funded games start-up Emote Games. Dan is a passionate advocate for the role culture and people play in delivering great technology solutions, adamant that technology and processes are only ever part of the solution.

Sanjeev Sharma

VP and Global Practice Director for Data Transformation


Sanjeev Sharma is an internationally renowned DevOps and Cloud Transformation thought leader, technology executive, and published author. Sanjeev's industry experience includes tenures as CTO and Worldwide Technical Sales Leader, Cloud Architect Leader and Acquisition Integration Technical Leader.

Today, Sanjeev is the VP and Global Practice Director for Data Transformation at Delphix. He joined the company after 15 years at IBM where he held a number of field-facing technology leadership roles, including Worldwide Leader of DevOps Technical Sales, Worldwide CTO of DevOps adoption, and most recently Director of IBM's Cloud Architecture Guild. He is a regular speaker and thought leader in the DevOps community, and his recent book, The DevOps Adoption Playbook, won Best DevOps Book of 2017 from DevOps.com. He regularly publishes articles, blog posts and videos for leading tech publications such as WIRED Insights, devops.com, DZone, IBM DeveloperWorks, and his own blog at http://bit.ly/sdarchitect. Sanjeev tweets as @sd_architect.

Sanjeev has an Electrical Engineering degree from The National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India and a Masters in Computer Science from Villanova University, United States. He is passionate about his family, travel, reading, movies and airline miles.

Andrew Sheppard

Interim Head of Digital Operations

HM Revenue & Customs

Andrew has worked in a DevOps environment within HMRC Digital for the past five years, initially heading up one of the tax platform teams, then in 2016 becoming the Platform Product Owner. Last November Andrew became the Interim Head of Digital Operations, of which the tax platform is one domain, and more recently has started another role heading up the IT side of HMRC's ‘new ways of working' capability. For the past nine months Andrew has been working to set up a brand new Level 4 DevOps Engineer apprenticeship standard as chair of an Institute for Apprenticeships Trailblazer Group. For several years prior to the move into agile and DevOps, Andrew worked as an enterprise architect and service manager in the waterfall world, which has given him a thorough appreciation of the challenges in getting a large organisation to completely rethink its approach to delivering world class IT infrastructure and services in a constantly evolving cloudscape.

Aubrey Stearn

Principal Lead Engineer

Nationwide Building Society

Aubrey Stearn, currently CTO of the Nationwide Digital Accelerator Platform, she deeply believes that the DevOps movement redefines what we need to nurture and grow in our current and future engineers, actively seeking to build super awesome teams of excellent people.

Lee Sunter

Senior Technical Director

Worldline UK&I

An AWS, Oracle Certified Master (Java EE 5 Enterprise Architect), TOGAF 9, ISEB, CITP and ITIL certified professional. With current experience as a Technical Director and Digital Transformation Consultant with a background in Solution, Application and (Java) Software Architecture, design and development. With diverse market sector experience, leading teams within both on and off shore environments, covering all lifecycle disciplines throughout a 20 year career.

Currently working in the Worldline UK&I CTO group as a Senior Technical Director, primarily setting strategy, assuring solutions, bids and delivery alignment. In addition, I am responsible for leading the UK&I Software Development Community Office traversal business unit to improve software deliveries through people, processes and technology. Within the past 3 years I have focused on digital transformations, helping legacy development and support teams transform their delivery models through their adoption of agile and DevOps practices, utilising CI/CD pipelines on cloud hosted solutions whilst ensuring consistent, repeatable and successful deliveries.

Rob Vanstone

Sales Engineer


Rob Vanstone is an engineer and technical sales expert at XebiaLabs and has been practicing and preaching in the software delivery space for over 10 years. These days his main focus is to help enable delivery teams to get the most out of their considerable resources at an industrial scale.

Nic Whittaker

Head of Platform Engineering & DevOps

Virgin Atlantic Airline

Nic has gained a variety of rich technical experience across a range of verticals, including education, manufacturing, insurance, film, broadcast and media, and airline.

He has worked in a number of roles as a coder, trainer, project manager, professional services lead, architect and, most recently using those experiences as a strategist and leader as Head of Platform Engineering & DevOps at Virgin Atlantic Airlines.

He is an evangelist within his organisation for all things agile, lean and devops, and believes that, whilst technology and tools are crucial, the most important thing to foster is a collaborative culture of high trust, low blame and grass roots ownership. He is firmly for people and firmly against "Weaponised Agile".

Evadne Wu

Head of Exam Systems

Faria Education Group

Evadne is a technologist with a wide scope of expertise in software architecture, high-fidelity prototyping, service architecture, and operations management. Currently she works as a technology lead at an education SaaS ISV. In her spare time, she contributes to open-source software projects. Within the scope of Technical Operations, Evadne is responsible for smooth running of several in-house and managed services which the International School community depend upon. Her interests include human-computer interaction, data visualisation, and soft real-time systems.

Graham Zabel

Head of DevOps


Graham Zabel is Head of DevOps at Devoteam UK and until September 2018 held that position for five years at a major investment bank. Graham is an acknowledged expert on DevOps and an accomplished speaker on the topic of DevOps at Scale.


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.