CIO WaterCooler LIVE Leeds

CIO WaterCooler LIVE Leeds
24 September 2019
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Hilton Leeds City

CIO WaterCooler LIVE returns to Leeds with a stellar speaking faculty, dynamic and interactive sessions. Working once again with the Northern IT Leaders Group, we look forward to hosting tech leaders from across the region.

Speakers include:

Event chair: Ruth Leak, Non-Executive Director, CIO, Technology Advisor

With a career that has taken her all the way to CIO, spanning operational and consultancy roles along the way, Ruth has delivered change for nearly 30 years. She is very clear that technology must be adopted before it adds value (no shelf-ware please) and that great solutions are delivered by great teams supported by leadership that coaches as well as challenges. Ruth has successfully given confidence at Board level, including in programme turnaround situations, bringing understanding, rigour and transparency to the management of risk and achievement of business outcomes.


Rich Corbridge, Director Innovation, Boots

Talk: Innovation for CIOs, the horizontal or vertical lessons to be gained

Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and digital technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for innovation, business change and benefits management. As a leader he insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to all technology implementation.
In 2019 he was appointed as the first Director of Innovation at Boots UK with a remit to deliver a transformed high street pharmacy and health and beauty experience for customers across the UK. The role also has accountability back to the wider Walgreens Boots Alliance for innovation across the group.

Christopher Bradbury, Digital technology & product leader

Talk: How I failed at Digital Transformation

Chris is the founder of DigiTakumi, a small group of highly expert associates who help businesses build and mature digital capabilities. Recently, Chris worked with as their Interim Chief Technology Officer helping to grow digital capability and build sustainable digital products that help their users 'Love Mondays'. Chris firmly believes that great software and development practices are directly married to the commercial success of digital businesses and he's worked with the likes of The Sun, The Times, Royal Mail, Tesco, PistonHeads, Auto Trader and others to build award-winning products and teams. Chris is a Scrum coach, 'disciple' of Agile and works with a number of charitable organisations to introduce people from diverse backgrounds into technology.

Sarah Moorhead, Associate Director of Digital Demand, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Talk: Innovation for CIOs, the horizontal or vertical lessons to be gained

Associate Director of Digital Demand at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust With 16 years’ experience working across a wide spectrum of stakeholders Sarah’s experience has been pivotal in ensuring that the Digital Healthcare vision permeates professional and organisational boundaries to deliver transformational digital healthcare to any locality and sets an example for how to be successful with digital healthcare nationally and internationally.


Victoria Higgin, CIO & Executive Director, Highways England

Talk: Transforming Culture

Victoria has extensive experience in IT, Energy and as a utilities executive, with senior leadership positions in IT, Customer Service, Network Strategy, Control Centre Operations and Relationship Management.

Victoria has a positive outlook with a strong focus on relationships and performance. Ability to see the bigger picture, proven facilitation skills which enable teams to find innovative ways of identifying opportunities and solving problems.


Adam Hildreth, CEO, Crisp Thinking Group

Talk: A recipe for leading IT like a start-up

Adam set up his first company, Dubit, when he was 14. Dubit went on to become one of the biggest teenage websites in the UK. Hildreth’s latest venture is Crisp Thinking, which protects brands from social media risks such as activist attacks and develops online child protection technology. Having raised £25-million in capital, Crisp’s clients include Coca-Cola, Channel and Disney. Hildreth was named the CBI's Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the end of 2006, which was awarded to him by Duncan Bannatyne and Peter Jones from BBC's Dragons' Den programme.

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