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Speakers Lined Up

The speakers at our 2016 conference have been carefully selected to deliver the best value in the range of IT sectors we have chosen

John Bennett

Managing Director at Talking Trade Communications
John Bennett
Bio:

John is a passionate and inspirational communication skills trainer, coach and public speaker. He is dedicated to helping business communicators perform in front of an audience in a confident, convincing and compelling way. Prior to setting up his communication consultancy in 1988, he ran a 700 strong direct sales force in the financial services industry.

Selling brand you. This session is about thinking of yourself as a brand and not as an employee. Implicit in a brand is a promise. The promise of what the brand will deliver and how it will make you feel as you use or consume it. In other words a brand appeals to your emotions. You, too, have to appeal to your listener's emotions both in the way you craft your message and deliver it. This session will look at the 5 elements of your brand story and how to deliver it physically and vocally.

Communication is a performance when you are presenting in front of the one, the few or the many and we will look at the 3 principles you need to embrace:
Words alone don't communicate. Facts alone are difficult to remember. Emotion is the key to impact.

Presentation Title: Selling The Brand "YOU"

Paul Sachs

Founder of CaseLines system and Owner of NetMaster Solutions Ltd
Paul Sachs
Bio:

Paul Sachs has had a long career in the IT industry, working in the petroleum, finance and public sectors. Most recently Paul was responsible for designing the cash flow forecasting systems for the UK Government. The system is in daily use by the UK Treasury to balance the country’s tax receipts with the treasury gilt programme objectives.

In 2008 Paul and his brother discussed the possibility of developing a computer system that would remove paper from the legal system and increase the efficiency of justice. With an eye to the future, Paul and his team are discussing the use of the system in different parts of the world including developing countries where the efficient application of justice can increase the rule of law and help to improve conditions.

Paul will be speaking about their journey through the seven years. He will highlight the important factors that have led to the success of the system and identify the issues that caused problems and how they were able to overcome them. It will be an honest appraisal of the challenge of turning a good idea into a commercial reality which he hopes will help and inspire anyone who is starting on the journey.

Presentation Title: The God Factor in Entrepreneurial Success

Bev Sachs

Founder of CaseLines system and Owner of NetMaster Solutions Ltd
Bev Sachs
Bio:

Bev Sachs will be speaking about their journey through the seven years. She will highlight the important factors that have led to the success of the system and identify the issues that caused problems and how they were able to overcome them. It will be an honest appraisal of the challenge of turning a good idea into a commercial reality which she hopes will help and inspire anyone who is about to embark on the journey.

Presentation Title: The God Factor in Entrepreneurial Success

Abigail Obah

Business Analyst
Abigail Obah
Bio:

Abigail is a Senior Business Analyst with over ten years of experience as an analyst, working in various industries including; Retail, Pharmaceutical, FMCG, Media, Music, Gaming and Banking. Participating in small to large scale projects encompassing; Multichannel platforms, Ecommerce, Mobile Apps Development, Data Migration, Supply Chain, Logistics, EDI, Billing, Accounting, HR, System Enhancements, etc.

She has been involved in the various stages of a projects life-cycle, working in different capacities with various stakeholders including senior management at a strategic level; working on business process improvements, Transformation programs, documenting Requirements, performing GAP analysis, managing 3rd party relations, drafting test scenarios, programming, etc.

She holds an MSc in Information Systems Design and a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical science. She currently works for Sony PlayStation as a Business Analyst.

She is also the inventor of the Board Game Medalhaul.

Presentation Title: Business Analyst – A day in the life

David Elevique

Presales & Consulting Manager
David Elevique
Bio:

David Elevique has worked within the IT industry for 20 years focusing on security consultancy for the last 12 years. David has held both pre-sales and post-sales professional services positions and has consulted on solutions for organisations such as Barclays, Santander, GSK and even HRH Queen Elizabeth under the Royal Warrant.

David has a wealth of experience and wide solution knowledge but also has a way of being able to convey complex information in a way that can easily be understood and is a great presenter and facilitator.

Presentation Title: Cyber Attack Remediation and Mitigation

Brian Glynn

Solution Architect
Brian Glynn
Bio:

Brian Glynn has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years, holding a variety of positions from Vendor presales, post-sales, engineering and support roles. He is currently working as a Solution Architect at a Global BI & Analytics software company and has previous held SME technology roles at Sun Microsystems & Oracle.

Brian has previously spoken at multiple Sun Microsystems engineering conferences. He has presented at product launches, technical updates, educational events and knowledge transfers.

Presentation Title: Cloud Computing – What is it?

Louise Brown

Senior Research Fellow
Louise Brown
Bio:

Dr Louise Brown MBCS studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham, followed by a PhD in robotic filament winding of composites. She pursued a career in the software industry, covering a range of topics from textile CAD systems to automatic processing of ID documents. She spent about thirteen years of this working part-time from home while her two children were growing up.

She now works as a Senior Research Fellow in the Polymer Composite research group at the University of Nottingham where she maintains and develops the TexGen open source software package for the 3D geometrical modelling of textiles and textile composites. She currently holds an EPSRC Research Software Engineering Fellowship. She is also Secretary of the BCS specialist group BCSWomen.

Presentation Title: Open Source Taster Workshop (with MIT AppInventor)

Abiola Obileye

Oracle Consultant/Trainer
Abiola Obileye
Bio:

Abi is an experienced IT consultant and trainer who has provided excellent Oracle consulting services and delivered training within both private and public sectors. She holds an MSc degree in Information Systems Development from London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an Oracle Certified Professional who has consulted for Accenture, Hewlett Packard, Henderson Global Investors, Lockheed Martin, Monitise Inc, Ofcom, Home Office, amongst others.

Abi has a dynamic career that has spanned more than 18 years as a database specialist with a thorough understanding of relational database management and troubleshooting techniques. She is proficient in the implementation of High Availability and Disaster Recovery Infrastructure that delivers a complete range of continuous business availability and data protection. She has a passion for excellence and constant improvement in any project she is involved with.

Abi currently consults for both SG Gaming and Brighton & Hove City Council whilst delivering Oracle training through her company, Datasoft Consulting.

www.datasoft-consulting.co.uk

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Presentation Title: What does a database administrator (DBA) do all day?

Cornelia Boldyreff

Cornelia Boldyreff
Bio:

Professor Cornelia Boldyreff PhD, FBCS, FHEA, lives in Greenwich and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. Cornelia gained her PhD in Software Engineering from the University of Durham where she worked from 1992; she was a Reader in the Computer Science Department when she left. In 2004 she moved to the University of Lincoln to become the first Professor of Software Engineering at the university, where she co-founded and directed the Centre for Research in Open Source Software.

She has over 25 years' experience in software engineering research and has published extensively on her research in the field. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a founding committee member of the BCSWomen Specialist Group, and has chaired the BCS Open Source Specialist Group since 2012. She has been actively campaigning for more women in SET throughout her career.

Presentation Title: Open Source Taster Workshop (with MIT AppInventor)

Yinka Dosumu

Project Delivery Manager Deutsche Bank
Yinka Dosumu
Bio:

Yinka is a Project Delivery Manager/ Senior Business Analyst for Deutsche Bank delivering business transformation and business process re-engineering projects within an agile environment. She has 20 years industry experience within Banking, Insurance, Retail, Consultancy, Oil & Gas and the public sector.

Yinka has been involved in IT Strategy, IT Operational Planning & Execution, Regulatory & Compliance and Process Automation. Yinka has a BEng (Hons) in Electronics with Computer systems Engineering from King’s College London and an MBA from Henley Business School with specialization in IT strategy. She has attended various executive programs including Leading Successful Projects & Programme: Taking the Complexity-Based View at Cranfield School of Management.

Yinka is a Fellow member of British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT professional (CITP) and International Professional Engineer IntPE (UK) and an European Engineer (Eur. Ing). She mentors and coaches fresh graduates, junior BAs and new entrance into IT industry. Yinka was previously a STEM ambassador for BCS and currently a committee member of BCS West London branch.

Presentation Title: Running a successful Project using Agile Methodology

Teslim Bukoye

Teslim Bukoye
Bio:

Teslim Oyegoke Bukoye, PhD, lectures and manages courses in Project and Operations Management at the University of Bedfordshire Business School. He is member of Employability Action Group (EAG) for the department and active member of the Business and Management Research Institute (BMRI). He holds a PhD degree in Management and Pg. Cert. in Academic Practice (PgCAP). He is a Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy. Dr Bukoye has been involved in managing courses and programmes for several UK HE institutions.

His research and consultancy interests are centred on improving pedagogy and public sector services from diverse perspectives such as: project management, eGovernment, GSCM, performance management and strategy implementation. He is an active researcher and reviewer in these areas; published and still publishing in international journals, conferences and currently working on a book in this field.

Presentation Title: Agile Delivery and Project Management - is there a future for the Project Manager?

Swaminathan Mahalingam

Enterprise Architect
Swaminathan Mahalingam
Bio:

Swaminathan a.k.a Mac is an Enterprise Architect at FIS EMEA and is part of the EMEA Engineering & Architecture practice. In this capacity, he is the Design Authority for FIS Banking Utility, an innovative Digital and Banking transformation offering. He has advised various heritage banks, investment banks, challenger banks and non-banking financial entities to adopt digital strategies and drive innovation & transformation. Prior to FIS, he worked for companies like Infosys Europe, Lloyds Bank, Standard Bank and Sun Microsystems UK, to name a few.

He holds a PGDBA in Finance from Manchester Business School, UK and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from NIT, India. With special interests in Enterprise Architecture, Cloud Computing, Enterprise API, Big Data and Payments, he is also the co-founder of a London-based Enterprise Architecture group called “Architect Exchange”.

He writes and speaks on Cloud strategies and Enterprise Architecture.

Presentation Title: Disruption of Financial Services – Emergence of Digital Banks

Donald Southey

Donald Southey
Bio:

Don has about 20 years’ experience in running IT projects of all shapes and sizes, in Xerox, BNFL, Computacenter and Fujitsu, before retiring in 2015. He has a lively and sometimes humorous style, and also happens to be a published novelist, a STEM ambassador and the current IET Hereford & Worcester Network chairman.'

Based on his entry for an international technical papers competition, in which he achieved UK Runner-up - Project Management category, Don will show us how difficult it is (but how rewarding) to cheat at project management. Suitable for anyone who has ever tried to run a project or is at any risk of having to do so.

Presentation Title: Project Management: How to throw away the book

Ijeoma Omire

Management Consultant
Ijeoma Omire
Bio:

Ijeoma is a successful management consultant specialising in Change Management. Ijeoma has progressive experience within a number of industries and sectors and has worked in a lead capacity in large transformation programmes/projects for organisations such as PWC, Unilever and the Metropolitan Police Service.

Presentation Title: Introduction to Change Management

Gillian Arnold

Gillian Arnold
Bio:

A Director of an IT Services and Recruitment company (Tectre Ltd) which is focussed on the Software and Hardware vendors and their Distributors and Business Partners. With a successful track record as a senior professional and manager within the IT industry.

An energetic individual with a dedication to the interest in the role of women in IT, Science and Engineering. Currently a Non-Executive Director for the WISE encouraging women to take up and stay in careers in STEM industries. Currently Chair of the BCS specialist group for women in IT; BCSWomen and recently chaired the Women in IT Forum for Intellect; the IT trade body. Ten years’ experience on the IBM women’s leadership team and was instrumental in creating and implementing the current policies for women inside IBM.

Winner of the 2012 Everywoman Inspiration of the year award in 2012 for her work with Women in IT through the BCS, the UKRC, Intellect and IBM UK.

Presentation Title: Unconscious Bias

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