Speakers List - IT Leaders Summit 2019


Daniel Bobroff

Former Co-Founder and Founder

ASOS Ventures and Coded Futures

Daniel Bobroff is the founder of Coded Futures, a creative technology advisory firm focused on the future of retail, and formerly the co-founder and Investment Director of ASOS Ventures, the online fashion company's venture capital division. In over two decades as an innovator, entrepreneur, mentor and investor, Daniel has pioneered in-game advertising - "selling Mario to the admen" - starting an advertising medium that is today an eight-billion-dollar market, has developed chart topping video games that sold in their millions, and is, today, a leading thought leader and keynote speaker in the world of retail and fashion technology.

Daniel believes in the power of everyone to be a game changer. He is acknowledged as one of the World's leading retail technology speakers. Passionate about the digitalization of retail and the changing customer experience, his unusual journey has led to a unique perspective that informs many of the World's best-known retailers, agencies and brands. He is motivational and visionary, but always provides a roadmap.

Hayley Addison

Lead Product Owner

Department for Work and Pensions

Hayley is the Lead Product Owner in the Intelligent Automation Garage (IAG), a Digital Group function in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). A founding member of IAG, Hayley is responsible for leading the roadmap and teams, driving transformation and delivering "Intelligent Automation" technologies (such as RPA, Machines Learning and Chatbots) across the Department, running these as business critical live services. IAG's position as an industry leader in Intelligent Automation means that Hayley and her teams are recognised as best practice experts in this area.

Prior to this role in IAG, Hayley held roles in digital project/service delivery across DWP as well as senior commercial roles in the digital space, providing commercial strategy and support to major Government and digital initiatives.

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.

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.

Laura Elliott

Cyber Security Manager


Laura Elliott is a Cyber Security Manager at Darktrace, the world's leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Laura advises companies from a variety of industries on the use of artificial intelligence for cyber defence, including financial services, retail and technology. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Durham.

Tom Geraghty

Head of Technology

MoreNiche Ltd

Tom has been a serial leader in technology for over 15 years, and his focus is primarily on building and scaling high-performance technology teams. Tom utilises Agile, Scrum, Lean Principles, Safety Culture, and Systems Thinking to improve team performance, and believes that not only does culture trump strategy, but happiness precedes success.

Over the past few years Tom has spoken about Leadership and DevOps at conferences, appeared on podcasts, and contributed a chapter to a book. In fact, Tom is now writing a book about the evolution of DevOps and is learning that writing a book is much, much harder than he expected.

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.

Louise McCormack

Automation Manager

AA Ireland

Louise McCormack is the Automation Manager for the AA Ireland. She joined the company in late 2017 and manages a team that are responsible for Bots, CRM and automation projects. Some of her achievements included setting up a webchat team, and the introduction of AI and Bots to the company. In 2018, she successfully designed and introduced Servisbot chatbots and as a result this increased quote to sale conversion by 11%. Louise has over ten years' experience in e-commerce and digital marketing. She also completed a Masters in Marketing Consumption and Society at the University of Limerick.

Rob Price

Worldline UK

COO and Deputy CEO

Rob (@the_Digital_COO), COO and Deputy CEO at Worldline in the UK. Worldline is a European leading Payments business, created in July 2014 as part of Atos, and fully separate as of May 2019. Worldline supports in excess of 300 banks and 10,000's merchants worldwide through the provision of a range of Payment products and platforms.

Previously Rob was Managing Partner at Atos Consulting, and then Chief Digital Officer at Atos UK&I. His background in Digital Transformation (Onalytica #46 Influencer in World) has enabled him to apply that thinking to drive an operating model and culture change across Worldline, both locally and globally. Rob and his teams have won Computing DevOps and Computing Digital Transformation awards in 2019, and won Best Open Banking Solution Provider at the recent Paytech awards.


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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