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CIO WaterCooler Live – Manchester

CIO WaterCooler LiveCIO WaterCooler Live! - Manchester

@ Radisson Blu Edwardian

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Registration: 8.30am-9am   Close: 5pm

Following the huge success of recent CIO WaterCooler Live! event in Leeds we are delighted to continue our partnership with the Northern IT Leaders Group.

Manchester's booming tech scene will provide a dynamic environment for knowledge share, new connections and fresh perspectives. As part of our ongoing commitment to provide a platform for collaboration and connectivity in the technology community in the North of England.

Join us and meet leading CIOs from across the UK at this industry-leading event.

Keynote Sessions by:

Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

Joanne has been the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council since April 2017.  During the last 18 months she has dealt with a number of unprecedented events including the Manchester Arena Bomb. Joanne is driving the Council through the fundamental changes to Health and Social Care.  She is lead Chief Executive for skills across Greater Manchester.

Joanne was awarded the OBE for services to local government in 2009.

Chair: Ruth Leak, former CIO Letters & Network, Royal Mail

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.


Bob Brown, Chief Information Officer, Manchester City Council

Bob Brown is the Chief Information Officer at Manchester City Council. Reporting direct to the Chief Exec - Joanne Roney. Bob is responsible for setting and transforming ICT Strategy and delivering all ICT services at Manchester City Council. The role encompasses the Council’s strategic aims and objectives and those that support the wider Greater Manchester Digital context. Manchester City Council has more than 6,000 employees and is the single largest Local Authority in the North West.

Bob is responsible for overseeing and enabling all aspects of information technology, information security, data and analytics across the Council and for supporting the growth of digital technologies by working in true partnership across the Council on ICT requirements.

Bob became CIO in late 2015 having been Director of Service Strategy at Aviva. He chairs both the Industry Advisory Board at MMU Business School and the Informatics, Management & Technology (IM&T) part of the Manchester Health Locality which is setting the technology strategy for Manchester.

Bob holds an MBA in Business & Management Economics.

Ade McCormack, Founder, Digital Readiness Institute

Ade McCormack is a former technologist, who today is focused on helping organisations thrive in the digital age. His zoom-out perspectives on the drivers behind today’s market realities enables leaders and their people to deeply understand the actions they need to take to remain economically relevant. He is a former columnist for the Financial Times and CIO magazine, both columns focusing on digital leadership, and has lectured on this topic at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Ade advises organisations on their transition to the digital age. He has worked across multiple sectors with some of the world’s most well-known brands in over 30 countries. Ade has written a number of digital age related books, including Beyond Nine to Five: Your Career Guide for the Digital Age and Biz 4.0: An anthropological blueprint for business in the digital age.

Ade is also founder of the Digital Readiness Institute, an online education service for digital age leaders -

Tom O’Connor, Director Corporate IT EMEA, IDEX Corporation

Tom's IT career spans 30+ years in Finance, Local Government, and Manufacturing. The last four years have been dedicated to IoT, as Tom guides $800M of manufacturing business through cultural and technological change required to stay ahead of trends, while driving long term value. Tom's key practices include 80/20 methodology, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Knowledge Management, Lean Manufacturing, Pricing, Mergers Acquisitions & Divestitures, Portfolio Management and Strategic Planning.

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