CIO WaterCooler LIVE Manchester is BACK for the third instalment!

Manchester’s booming tech scene will provide a dynamic platform for this leader-level meeting, featuring compelling keynotes, interactive roundtables and specialised breakout sessions.


  • 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


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

Our Keynote Speakers

Nicholas Woods, CIO, Manchester Airports Group

Nicholas is Chief Information Officer for MAG, a leading UK airport group which owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands Airports. A passionate technologist, he joined MAG in 2016 to lead Technology for the £1Bn Manchester Transformation Programme. Promoted to Chief Technology Officer in 2017, he was instrumental in developing MAG’s IT Strategy and was subsequently appointed CIO in September 2018.

Joanna Drake, CIO, The Hut Group

Session: Modern Leadership: The link between employee success and business growth

Engagement between employee and company has never been more critical for commercial business outcomes. Modern workers want to have purpose and to be creatively inspired. It’s the role of leadership to set employees up for success. What does a good people strategy look like? How do we define good culture? In this session, Joanna will share her best practice and impart practical suggestions for leadership-driven cultural change.

Greg van der Gaast, Head of Information Security, The University of Salford

Session: Agile Security: Baked in controls for cost and people efficiency

Today’s reactive approach to security is causing an endless spiral of costs, technology hype, and resource requirements all without addressing the root causes that cause the ever-increasing number of issues and breaches. Find out why, and discover how your organisation can achieve much better assurance for far less.

Our Chair: Patricia Keating, Executive Director, Tech Manchester

Patricia has over 20 years of high-level experience, working with a range of diverse significant stakeholders and industries. It's the first time Patricia is taking the role of Chair for CIO WaterCooler, we're sure the community will help her feel right at home!