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CIO WaterCooler Live – London – 11th June

CIO WaterCooler Live

CIO WaterCooler Live London

@ Merchant Taylors' Hall

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

CIO WaterCooler Live is the premium gathering for the tech leadership community. Built on the ethos that peer-centric collaboration is key to innovation - the Live event provides a dynamic and interactive environment for tech leaders to learn, share and make new connections.


  • Compelling Keynotes from thought-leading accomplished speakers
  • Interactive Roundtables based on realistic business challenges
  • Specialised Breakout sessions on new tech and innovations
  • Several networking sessions for increased cohesion

Your topics

  • Thinking digital - Deploying new tech to enhance business performance and profitability
  • Developing market-leading, innovation-focused teams
  • Ensuring the cybersecurity posture of the business matches the risk
  • Breaking away from traditional borders to embark on new frontiers
  • Educating the wider business around technology and culture
  • Developing a voice and decision-making credibility in the organisation

Keynote sessions

Event chair: Ruth Leak, former CIO, Royal Mail Letters & Networks

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.

Ian Penny, Group CIO, Hiscox

Prior to working with Hiscox, Ian worked for Barclays as Managing Director & CTO of Infrastructure. He led the firm's initiatives in cloud computing and technology transformation, working closely in partnership with technology vendors, venture capital, and startup entrepreneurs.

Ian has worked in the Financial, Pharmaceutical and Research industries for the past 25 years, leading teams in exploiting data analytics and technology to solve critical business issues. Prior to joining Barclays in 2014, he was Managing Director for Distributed Technology Engineering & Architecture at JP Morgan. Previously he was Managing Director Technology Core Services at Bear Stearns and Director of Enterprise Architecture at Pfizer. He began his career as a UK Government research scientist and has published papers on parallel computing and low latency networking.

Ian Turfrey, Former CIO, British Medical Association

Ian helps organisations use the right technology to achieve business goals. As technology can transform everything about a company – from processes to culture, Ian works closely with stakeholders from across the business to make sure IT systems support change and drive growth. Ian has led several D major data migration and decommissioning projects to ensure an IT estate is future proof. This generally saves the company millions of pounds while improving security and capability. Ian is passionate about using technology to improve customer experience, collaborating with different departments to find new ways to make customers happy. Whether it’s through better data and analytics, or new apps and products, Ian's has a track record of improving customer retention and conversion through digital transformation.

Ilyas Khan KSG, CEO and co-founder, Cambridge Quantum Computing

A Fellow of St Edmund’s College at the University of Cambridge, Ilyas is also the Leader in Residence at the Judge Business School where he was instrumental in the establishment of the highly regarded business accelerator programme that is focused on the technology sector.

Ilyas was also the founding Chairman of The Stephen Hawking Foundation, and is a regular and extensive writer and commentator on topics relating to quantum computing and free will in the context of quantum information. He has a long-standing interest in the foundations of mathematics and category theory. He is a Life Member of the American Mathematical Society.

Breakout sessions

Dr. Holly Cummins, Worldwide Development Leader, Cloud Garage, IBM

As part of the Cloud Garage, Holly delivers technology-enabled innovation to clients across a range of industries, from banking to catering to retail to NGOs. She's led projects to count fish, help a blind athlete run ultra-marathons in the desert solo, improve health care for the elderly, and change how city parking works.

David Terrar, Founder & CXO, Agile Elephant

David is a thought leader in digital transformation, social collaboration, ERP and cloud computing. A software guy, David started on mainframes and minicomputers, but has embraced the shift to cloud, social, and mobile in a world gone digital. He combines more than 30 years of business experience with 15 years of social media and digital marketing expertise. David is passionate about helping people understand the shift to digital, the implications of new business models, and how businesses can do more with less.

Teresa North, Owner, Water Cooler Talk

Teresa has helped organisations engage with their employees for more than 20 years. After 15 years working in-house for the likes of Microsoft, Prudential, Barclays and UBS, Teresa founded Water Cooler Talk, an employee engagement consultancy. Water Cooler Talk helps companies with all areas of employee engagement and a large part of our work is helping organisations communicate change. Their clients are based in the UK, US, Asia and Australia and include Microsoft, BBC, British Council, Dow Jones, QBE, Macquarie Bank, Australia Post, LendLease and

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Jim DuBois former Microsoft CIO

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