Speakers List - IT Leaders Summit 2019

April Speakers

Vipul Asher

Privacy Consulting Manager


Vipul Asher serves as Privacy Consulting Manager of the United Kingdom at OneTrust - the largest and most widely used dedicated privacy management technology platform for compliance with global privacy laws. In his role, Asher leads OneTrust's team of consultants across the UK, working with emerging and enterprise companies on data protection regulation solution implementations, focused on building and scaling global privacy programs.

Asher has publicly spoken on a variety of privacy and security topics, providing deep insight into regulatory issues and practical approaches to compliance. Additionally, he helps facilitate OneTrust's PrivacyConnect workshops across the EMEA region. Prior to OneTrust, Asher spent several years at a leading SaaS security company where he gained valuable experience implementing end-point security and advanced multi-factor authentication products into organisations to protect them from data breaches, credential theft and account takeover.

Asher is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E) and holds a M.Sc in Computer Science from Fergusson College.

Tom Castle

Head of Artificial Intelligence Practice & Development


Tom Castle is Head of Commercial Banking AI Practice and Development at NatWest. He has over 16 years of experience designing and delivering complex products and services, covering everything from trading systems through to digital platforms supporting small businesses.

In his current role Tom is focused on helping the bank create best practice in the delivery of AI based solutions across the corporate and commercial bank supporting both customers and staff in achieving their goals.

James Cannings


MMT Digital

James is co-founder of MMT Digital, a specialist design and build agency that empowers companies to adopt an agile culture to transform their digital performance. He works closely with clients, including Vodafone, Bacardi and comparethemarket.com, to help them navigate the digital landscape and drive commercial value from new technology to transform digital performance. With a degree in computer science and cybernetics, James is a recognised thought leader in agile transformation and is regularly invited to speak, judge and write about emerging technologies, customer experience, digital transformation and agile delivery.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamescannings/


Greg Charman

Senior Cyber Security Manager


Greg is a Senior Cyber Security Manager at Darktrace, working across EMEA. Since joining Darktrace he has worked with customers across finance, retail, and biotechnology helping them understand and implement artificial intelligence for cyber defence. Giving technical demonstrations and discussing The Enterprise Immune System, Greg attends numerous events across the continent. Prior to Darktrace, he began his career as a Geophysicist, primarily focused on imaging technology in the energy sector. He holds a Masters in Geophysics from The University of Leicester.

Matt Groshong

Chief Technology Officer, EMEA

McCann Worldgroup

Matt is currently the EMEA Chief Technology Officer at McCann Worldgroup. In this position Matt is responsible for aligning technology vision with business strategy through the effective implementation of technology-driven business solutions across the region. Most recently, Matt led a global digital transformation programme built on the foundation of an Office365 migration for McCann Worldgroup's 20,000 global staff.

Previously, Matt worked at the BBC where he was responsible for driving the Enterprise IT technology innovation and the development of a clear IT systems and technology strategy. Matt led the creation of an Enterprise IT Product Team who were responsible for transforming all Enterprise IT services consumed by BBC staff.

Matt has held senior IT leadership roles in a variety of other companies throughout his career, including ServiceNow, the Newspaper Licencing Agency and Microsoft. 

Liz Halifax-Smith

Dragon Professional and Enterprise Sales Manager


Liz has managed the Dragon business within Nuance for 13 years in which time she has been an advocate for the huge benefits Dragon can bring to enterprises through enhancing productivity, efficiency and time saved in the process. Liz will be joined by her colleagues Alastair Sykes, who supports Liz with the UK business and Robin Kilner, Nuance's Dragon speech recognition and Winscribe digital dictation technical specialist.

Mark Holt

Chief Technology Officer


Mark is at the helm of Trainline's innovative technology development, driving forward the company's vision and the 300+ strong team of travel tech specialists delivering this.

Before joining Trainline in March 2014, Mark founded Europe's first secure eCommerce site in 1995 and has led innovative teams at companies such as Capital Radio, FT.com, GE Capital, Trayport and CPA Global. He quite simply loves technology and passionately believes that empowered teams of smart people will shape the future of smarter train and coach travel for customers.

Apart from being a technology-whizz, Mark enjoys CrossFit workouts, watching magnificent Welsh rugby victories, reading classic literature and playing Virtual Reality games with his three children.


Shivvy Jervis

Award-Winning Futurist and

Industry Advisory

Voted one of Europe's most trailblazing women in digital, Shivvy Jervis is an award-winning Innovation Futurist, Advisor and Broadcaster.

TED Global commend Jervis as having "a remarkable ability to analyse the socio-economic impact of new technologies", the World Economic Forum cite her as "a thought leader beyond compare" and Britain's former Digital Minister finds Jervis to be "a true expert".

Jervis' research, keynote speeches and broadcasts have garnered an astonishing 22 pieces of industry recognition. This includes a national Outstanding Achiever award, being nominated a 'Woman of the Year' by public vote and named one of Britain's 10 most influential South Asian women. Shivvy has also been the youngest recipient worldwide of a prestigious academic fellowship.

A seasoned broadcaster, Shivvy Jervis currently discusses hot-button industry themes on the NextTech Insider series, hosts live debate broadcasts Ringside Sessions and is fronting a bold new documentary. She is well-known as the former creator of video series' Digital Futures and The Trailblazers which drew a 12 million+ viewership. Both were backed by the world's third largest telco, for whom Shivvy was also Head of Digital for many years.

Jervis contributes as an independent expert to IBM's Global C-Suite Study Advisory Board and is called on extensively by organisations to make sense of the dizzying pace of innovation and identify which advances are best suited to their needs.


Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director

Computing, V3 & 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.

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