Judging Panel

Sarah Wells

Technical Director, Operations & Reliability

Financial Times

Sarah Wells is Technical Director for Operations & Reliability at the Financial Times. A developer with 15 years of experience, Sarah has led delivery teams across consultancy, financial services, and media. Over the last few years, she has developed a deep interest in operability, observability, and DevOps, leading her to take on her current role at the beginning of 2018. Previously, she led work on FT's semantic publishing platform, which makes it easy to discover and access all the FT's published content via APIs in a common and flexible format. That project focused on Go, microservices, containerization, Kubernetes, and how to influence teams to do the right things.

Daniel Cuthbert

Global Head of Cyber Security Research

Grupo Banco Santander

Daniel Cuthbert is Global Head of Cyber Security Research at Grupo Banco Santander. With a career spanning 20+ years in penetration testing, red teaming and secure software design. He is the original co-author of the OWASP Testing Guide, released in 2003 and now the co-author of the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS).

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.

Ryan Bryers



Ryan has recently taken up the CTO/CIO role in the SME Fintech space with Carfinance247 based in Manchester after a long association with large corporates such as Barclays, Atos and Worldline. His move into SME land aims to help Carfinance247 continue their incredible growth journey and apply his expertise in managing and shaping Digital Evolution into the "tech brand" of 247-Tech that underpins the consumer brands of the 247-Group.

Ryan continues to have a DevOps, Cloud and Automation focus supported by driving the 5-pillars of Digital Strategy. He is currently looking at a 2-year Digital Evolution programme in Carfiannce247 that will see Google Cloud as the preferred public platform and investment of time in enabling .Net Core with DevOps principles throughout the API product base.

In the past few years Ryan has been recognised as a Leader in Digital Transformation as well as being in the top 100 CIO's in the UK, Ryan now hopes to build a World Class IT brand with under the 247-Group

Andy Slater

Cloud Specialist


Andy Slater, Cloud Specialist, Networkers Andy is the Lead Consultant in the Cloud Infrastructure and amp; Operations team at global recruitment consultancy Networkers. Andy has 6 years of recruitment experience with a focus on Datacentre and Cloud infrastructure, design and consultancy. A genuine tech enthusiast and regular attendee at industry events, he has a keen interest in technology trends and works with a range of enterprise and SEM focused consultancies and MSPs.

Natasha Wright

DevOps Manager


Natasha is a DevOps Manager within Accenture's Technology Architecture practice. She has over 7 years experience working on DevOps implementations across industries with a variety of clients ranging from government programmes to clothing retailers. Natasha has worked on a variety of challenging DevOps projects, particularly in the enterprise space tackling everything from complex CRM systems to full digital transformations. Within Accenture's DevOps practice she works in ‘shared-service' style team providing DevOps capabilities and guidance to projects - embracing the ideas of reuse and community to deliver DevOps solutions efficiently for a variety of different industries and technologies. Natasha is also an advocate for LGBT issues operating in a side role as Accenture Pride Lead, helping to foster and build an inclusive working environment.

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.

Terry Marsh

Chief Engineer

Lloyds Banking Group

Terry has had a long career (over 20 years) with Lloyds Banking Group with a proven delivery record in technical delivery roles. Terry entered into IT during a gap year at university and then continued working for the bank after completing his studies in engineering management. He has worked on Workflow systems since 2001, specialising in business process management since 2012 and more recently SOA, CRM.

Terry is currently a Chief Engineer working in the Core Platforms area for Lloyds Banking Group. The capability improvement covers the certifications and soft skills required by engineers to deliver the business needs, while developing the colleagues along their career paths and prepare them for progression.

Terry is experienced in managing large teams of engineers and delivering projects with offshore partners. Terry has been working on DevOps concepts into the Group since 2016 and is a leader for the tools and methods that enable engineering transformation across the group.

Duong Tran

Development Manager

British Heart Foundation

Duong is battle-tested, hands-on IT professional. He has had several successful and innovative product rollouts, demonstrating his deep knowledge and experience of agile of DevOps.

Duong has worked across a variety of industry sectors from media, to information, to flexible office workplace. His expertise lies in building strong mature in-house development teams, managing off-shore teams and utilising leading edge technology to deliver products that delight customers while delivering on business benefits on time, schedule, and budget. Duong is a proven leader with the ability to manage and coach team members across all disciplines and levels.

Igor Murru

Head of Build Management and Release Coordination


Igor Murru is Head of Delivery Assurance Build & Release Management at Centrica. With over 17 years of experience in IT, with experience from Siebel to SAP and Oracle. Igor has embraced DevOps to his core, and in doing so, has produced results not possible without the seamless blending of development and operations. Igor was one of the panelists for the Computing DevOps Summit 2018 and recipient of the 2017 Computing DevOps Excellence Award for DevOps Engineer of the Year

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.

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.

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.

Rick Bisset

IT Director

The Cotswold Company

Rick is the IT Director of the fast-growing furniture retailer, The Cotswold Company. He is a dedicated IT leader and technology strategist with multi-sector experience including retail, financial services and telecoms. He is MBA-qualified and a Top 100 CIO.

Ross Nelson

IT Manager


19 years IT experience within software delivery across the IT and Automotive industry. Through Business Analysis, Project Management and Team Leadership, I have embraced the concepts, ways of working and mindsets of Agile from XP through to adaptive methods that support how teams collaborate and delivery value together, iteratively. In the last 2 years, facilitated a focus on people, process and tools on how value can be delivered to the business.

Ecaterina Harling

Associate Director Insight & Innovation


Ecaterina is the Head of IT Innovation at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Her superpower is languages. Fluent in engineering, in addition to four European languages, Ecaterina's role is to translate business needs into innovative tech solutions and back into business.

Ecaterina is driven by a strong sense of purpose, focusing on how tech is helping achieve better business results. She leads a team of analysts who deliver tech innovation for the Bank, from machine learning to robotics to new SaaS offerings.

Prior to the EBRD, Ecaterina worked as Client Director for UK-based software house MooD International and global management consulting firm Accenture.

Laura Meyer


Harper Collins

As HCUK's CIO, Laura oversees the company's technology division, incorporating a wide variety of tools, applications, projects and services, supporting customers across the company. Laura also has executive oversight for Distribution and Production.

Formerly Senior Vice President, Technology and Operations, for Turner Broadcasting System Europe (part of WarnerMedia), Laura has held a variety of senior positions in her field.