CIO WaterCooler Live – Leeds

CIO WaterCooler Live

CIO WaterCooler Live! - Leeds

@ Aspire Leeds

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Registration begins at 9am.

Sessions run until 5pm followed by Networking until 7pm

CIO WaterCooler Live: Our premium events, focusing on the key topics and challenges faced by technology leaders.

As part of our commitment to catalyse collaboration and connectivity in the technology community, we’re now for the first time partnering with the Northern IT Leaders Group to host our first event in the North of England


The event will deliver:

  • Practical and strategic keynotes from the most recognised, relevant tech leaders
  • Interactive formats to encourage debate, dialogue and valuable outcomes
  • Knowledge share from leading vendors aligned with your interests and challenges
  • An outstanding onsite experience at an award-winning venue offering beautiful spaces and five-star catering
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities with your peers in a knowledge-centric environment

Our keynote speakers include...

Tom Riordan, CEO, Leeds City Council

Since 2010 Tom has overseen £300m of efficiencies and savings across the organisation and £3.9bn of investment in Leeds. Flagship developments include Victoria Gate, First Direct Arena, and Trinity Leeds, with a further £7.35bn of projects in the pipeline. Tom’s top priority is for the city’s growth to be inclusive and felt across Leeds, including the strengthening of ‘Smart City’ infrastructure and increasing digital inclusion. A strong advocate of open data, a platform aiming to drive innovation and creative problem-solving through the collection and sharing of open data, Tom leads on the Council’s Smart Cities work as a key focus, working with key partners in establishing Leeds as a leader in the application of big data. For his commitment to the region, Tom was awarded Yorkshire Man of the Year 2017. He is also a trustee on the Centre for Cities Board, and the Council's mental health champion.

Nigel Watson, CIO, Northumbrian Water

Nigel has worked in business and IT roles across a range of competitive industries for more than 30 years. His work experience includes leadership of transformation programmes for leading organisations including GE Capital, Microsoft, Travelport, and Vodafone, often across the globe. He has been with Northumbrian Water Group since 2015, commencing as Programme Director for Transformation. The role included market opening for non-household customers, taking the household customer experience to the next level and world-class Asset Management. From 3 October 2016, Nigel has taken up the role of Group Information Services Director.

Jo Graham, Technology Director, Morrisons

"I have been at Morrisons for just over a year, I look after the Retail Technology team as well as the Assurance functions within Morrisons' Technology.  Loving Retail, the pace, the customer focus and the challenge.   I have a strong aptitude for technology and business improvement. For me organisation is all about the people and the team whether they are internal, external, onshore or offshore.  I have a proven ability to engage at all levels across an organisation. Strong industry and product experience across Banking, Insurance, Credit Cards, Loans, Fund Management, Share Dealing, Outsourcing, Channel Delivery, Contact Centres, Ecommerce, ATMs and now Retail!" 

Roxanne Heaton, Technology Innovation Director

"I've been at Morrisons for 2 years and head the technology teams responsible for supporting all our Online and Digital Businesses. I also lead on technology innovation, working across our business areas. I've been involved in digital for 10 years, previously working with the Military and Government. I'm a huge advocate of STEM and working with local communities to support encouraging all generations to embrace technology where it enriches and excites."

Caroline Carruthers, Group Data Director, Lowell Group

Caroline is a ridiculous optimist whose natural curiosity never stops. She is also the first Group Director for Data Management for the Lowell Group and previously was Network Rails first Chief Data Officer but has been a data cheerleader for more years than she can remember. Caroline is a strong advocate of ‚’getting the basics right‚’ and the KISS principle, despite being a complete geek when it comes to any form of technology. As a trustee for CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) she champions the growing professionalism of the data and information-related disciplines so that we can all head towards data nirvana a bit quicker. Caroline draws on experience from a varied background covering CIO/CTO roles through to running large-scale complex change programmes. It was the recognition that ‚’everything we do is fueled by data and information‚’ that drove her down the CDO route and she now describes herself as a Data Cheerleader.

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