• From Surviving to Thriving:

  • Using technology to ensure a future for your organisation
  • Wednesday, 2nd December 2020
  • Registration: 12:25 - Close 14:00
  • Location: Virtual
  • Registration Closed

We are in the midst of a global pandemic that is likely to cause the biggest recession the world has ever seen. But the pandemic has also been a huge catalyst for change. Organisations have had to adapt to the new conditions, or else they face extinction. Re-defining the digital workplace has required technology leaders to refine their vision, to update their strategy, and to prioritise tactical initiatives that will support these new ways of working. This puts added pressure on leaders to drive innovation, to reduce costs, to do more with less.

During this sesssion we will hear from IT leaders on:
– how the pandemic has forced them to redefine their strategy
– how the customer experience has changed
– what the impact has been on their workforce.

We will also discuss:
– some of the trends that we are seeing within various industries.
– how some of the big technology vendors are adjusting their roadmaps
– some examples of how companies have adjusted to meet the change in demand.

Our Keynote Speakers

Dave Bloor, CTO/CIO, Foot Anstey LLP

Managing the Unknown – Foot Anstey & Advanced during Covid-19

To survive the disruption of 2020 and thrive in the new normal, technology needs to be embraced. In doing this, you can create a digital workplace that supports your end users and customers alike. Such a strategy needs these 3 things to be considered: - Your employees’ confidence with using technology - The expectations of your customers - Where your organisation is and where you want it to be As for many organisations, the pandemic has forced Foot Anstey LLP to redefine our strategy, the experience of our customers has completely changed and there has been a distinct impact upon our workforce. Our aim is to become our client’s most trusted advisor, which means our services need to be reliable, something we cannot ensure without the right technology. Dave, a commercially focused, results-driven and highly self-motivated individual with broad ranging experience leading digital change and transformation. Over my career I have driven change and transformation across a broad range of small and global businesses such as Ford Motor company, Clarks, Met Office and Screwfix. With my first step into the legal industry I am now CIO/CTO at Foot Anstey LLP and focused on transforming the way we can deliver legal services and deliver greater value to our clients.

Matthew Parkins, Technical Director, Advanced

Pragmatic innovation: Ensuring you adopt the technology and digital practices that will work for your workplace

Technology has become even more fundamental component to every organisation. Providing new means to reach customers where the old engagement models are no longer secure. More recently it has enabled workforces to remain productive while working from home when they cannot safely reach the office. It has given business leaders the tools to manage their organisations remotely, while providing solutions to reduce operating costs and to generate new revenue streams. As Director of Technology at Advanced, Matthew has seen how the pandemic has impacted different organisations and sectors in different ways, and the need for greater flexibility from their partners. He has seen how his organisations services have become even more critical for his customers, as their use of technology increasingly defines their ability to adapt and survive.

Victoria Higgin, CIO, Highways England

From Surviving to Thriving

Vicky is the CIO working at Highways England. ‘Connecting the Country’ is Highways England’s mission, the work we have done through COVID-19 has ensured this has remained true. Vicky has over 20 years’ experience in working in mission critical organisations, where Business Continuity Planning and Risk management is considered a priority.

Event Chair: Sue Walnut, Senior Tech Leader

I bring infectious passion to explaining technology elements simply, to any audience, and I thrive on building effective partnerships across boundaries. I drive exceptional results from my teams through transformational leadership. Leveraging compassionate engagement and clear communication of responsibilities and accountabilities, I create open cultures with staff who are empowered, productive, and happy. A successful career covering market analysis, project management, data, and all areas of Information Technology, has shaped me into a well-rounded, quick-thinking, and business-centric technology leader. I have a solid reputation as a trusted strategic partner who listens, thinks holistically, and delivers the right technology and organizational outcome.

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