2019 Speakers

Speaker interviews


Thomas Davies, founder & chief executive, Temporall

Thomas Davies, founder & chief executive, Temporall

x-Googler, NED, Board member, Founder & CEO of enterprise software company Temporall, Thomas gets energy from trying to figure out hard things that solve real issues.

 

What do you see as the main trends we are progressing towards in organisations of the future and why is disruption so key to businesses remaining competitive?

 

The external and internal forces that affect the world of work make the 2020s a make or break decade for companies. With disruption being the new norm, our ability to plan for today, for tomorrow, for next year and at a pace that has to match that of the outside world, places our ability to make organisational decisions more critical than ever before. We have a fundamental challenge to overcome. Strategic planning, executive decision making is always undertaken with partial insight. So what’s the missing link?

 

What will you be speaking about and what are the three key takeaways visitors can expect to gain from your session?

 

At Temporall, we believe that continuous organisational data and analytics capabilities are critical enterprise assets that will shape corporate strategy. We call this ‘organisational intelligence’. This will be the competitive differentiator in the coming decade. At my session you'll gain insights into:

  • partial insights v organisational intelligence
  • what value can an aligned organisational bring to company
  • what are companies targeting to make 2020 a year to transform and deliver value

Ian Woosey, chief information officer, Clarion Group

Ian Woosey, chief information officer, Clarion Group

Ian is currently the chief information officer at Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest Housing Association. Ian is leading a major business transformation programme powered by the largest implementation of Microsoft D365 technology in EMEA. Ian was previously the chief information officer at Brakes and Carpetright and has held a number of other executive and advisory roles, primarily in the retail sector.

 

What do you see as the main trends we are progressing towards in organisations of the future and why is disruption so key to businesses remaining competitive?

 

Housing is one of the few sectors yet to be disrupted by digital but it is only a matter of time before it is. Customer expectations are ever increasing and we have to keep up to remain relevant. We should be on the front foot, driving innovation, improving efficiency and offering enhanced services and a better customer experience. Other sectors have shown very clearly what happens if you don’t.

 

Ian will be speaking on the expert panel session 'all things disruption and innovation' on the main agenda at 2.30 - 3.15pm.

 


Mark Brown, chief executive, Dolphin Index

Mark Brown, chief executive, Dolphin Index

Author, broadcaster, former PWC visiting professor of innovation at Henley Business School, Mark describes himself as 'a dinosaur trying to become a dolphin!' Pioneering highly engaging, creative, innovative, empowered, empowering, customer-caring, 21st century teams, organisations and cultures, Mark is the creator of the Dolphin Index and Dolphin Shift for measuring and creating such organisations.

 

What do you see as the main trends we are progressing towards in organisations of the future and why is disruption so key to businesses remaining competitive?

 

Creating highly enjoyable, creative, empowered, customer-delighting workplaces will become ever more important for staying ahead of the game Business as unusual (doing completely new things to delight your own people, your customers and, of course, your financial director) will become business as usual. To remain successful you have to master both evolutionary and revolutionary change and innovation and learn to ‘see round the corners of the future’.

 

The future is about creating brilliant lives, brilliant organisations and a brilliant world. My session will cover

 

  • The need to become a disciplined dolphin – both disciplined and creative
  • Mistakes to never make – ‘Never-Makes’ – otherwise you die today
  • Mistakes you must make ‘Must-Makes’ – otherwise you will die tomorrow

Mark will be speaking at 11.15 - 11.45am on Stream 1: People & Culture

 


Avril Chester, founder and chief executive, Cancer Central UK

Avril Chester, founder and chief executive, Cancer Central UK

Avril is Women in IT Entrepreneur of the Year and founder and chief executive of Cancer Central; Digital Leaders Health Tech Innovation of the Year. Avril is co-creator of the ‘Human Open Source Model’ called cominovation. She is author of ‘Taking that leap of faith’ and ‘Be with me, it’s c’, plus part of a new podcast series called 3 Digital Amigos.

 

What do you see as the main trends we are progressing towards in organisations of the future and why is disruption so key to businesses remaining competitive?

 

There are many global drivers of change; population growth, megacities, generational diversity & gender identity to name a few. Organisations need to re-connect with who they, their purpose and their customers. Disruption is simply a frame of mind. Organisations are always busy, but busy doing what?

 

What will you be speaking about at the Disruption & Innovation Summit?

 

Sharing my own personal experiences of my start-up, I will be challenging the audience to ask if they really are listening to their customers. Visitors will be re-reminded of what they have and hopefully leave energised to look at what they are doing in a different light.

 

Avril will be speaking at 11.15 - 11.45am in the session 'Snakes & ladders: are you really listening to your customers?' taking place in stream 3: innovation in action - life stories.

 

 


Andrew Burgess, chief executive, GreenhouseAI

Andrew Burgess, chief executive, GreenhouseAI

Andrew is a strategic adviser on artificial intelligence helping organisations understand what AI is and how it can add value to their business and working with them to develop and deploy those AI capabilities. He is also the author of The Executive Guide to Artificial Intelligence.

 

What do you see as the main trends we are progressing towards in organisations of the future and why is disruption so key to businesses remaining competitive?

 

Obviously AI will have a huge role in the organisation of the future. It has the power to be truly transformational, enabling businesses to change the way they work and to offer completely new services. But, with great power comes great responsibility, and AI comes with some potentially large risks. Which means businesses need to fully understand what AI is capable of and how these risks can be mitigated. But if managed properly AI can also change the culture of the organisation, enabling it to augment and empower its employees to make better, more informed, decisions, with data and knowledge and the centre of the business.

 

What will you be speaking about at the Disruption & Innovation Summit and what can delegates expect to learn from your session?

 

I will be explaining the capabilities of AI in non-technical language so that everyone gets a decent grasp of what it can do. I’ll describe how AI is already being used in organisations today, and some specific use cases in the housing sector. I’ll cover some of the risks that AI can present and how these can be mitigated. I’ll close with a brief guide as to how organisations should start their AI journey.

 

The key takeaways should be:

 

  • AI is a truly disruptive and transformational technology that shouldn’t be feared
  • But with great power comes great responsibility, so manage the risks and challenges carefully
  • Some straightforward steps can get you on your way to exploiting AI in your organisation

 

Andrew will be speaking at 11.15 - 11.45am in the session 'AI for leaders: making sense of artificial intelligence' taking place in stream 2: disruptive/innovative tech.

 

 


Jez Clark, co founder and chief executive, Eden Smith

Jez Clark, co founder and chief executive, Eden Smith

With over twenty years experience in the staffing industry, Jez is a co-founder and chief executive of Eden Smith, a specialist European data and analytics staffing company. The team at Eden Smith and their data and analytics consulting partners act in an advisory capacity, ensuring successful engagement between businesses and job seekers with the primary objective of supporting businesses and helping job seekers make sense of the #BigDataRevolution.

 

What do you see as the main trends we are progressing towards in organisations of the future and why is disruption so key to businesses remaining competitive?

 

  • Businesses have to be more innovative regarding how they recruit talent
  • Building teams will no longer be supported by “Talent Acquisition strategies alone”
  • Internal mobility, capability, employer brand, succession planning, internship programmes, alumni networks will play a bigger role in the future

 

What will you be speaking about at the Disruption & Innovation Summit?

 

I plan to speak about;

 

  • Understanding the existing market - the most common job families and skills required in the world of data today.
  • What are the emerging technologies and skill sets coming through (with Nick Deveney, director of emerging markets and consulting)
  • How internship programmes can be so powerful when building teams
  • How to build a team in the future when skills are scarce

 

Jez will be speaking at 1.50 - 2.20pm in the session 'How to recruit talent in a disruptive market through intelligent workforce re-engineering' taking place in stream 1: people & culture

 

 


Jonny Combe, chief executive, Pay by Phone

Jonny Combe, chief executive, Pay by Phone

Born and raised in rural Scotland, Johnny is a keen car guy and tech enthusiast that now has the pleasure of being chief executive officer of PayByPhone UK, a Volkswagen owned parking technology company that is the fastest growing of its kind. Johnny is passionate about driving innovation (pun intended) and is the father of two small disruptors, aged five and three.

 

What do you see as the main trends we are progressing towards in organisations of the future and why is disruption so key to businesses remaining competitive?

 

Despite being a much overused phrase, disruption and disruptive thinking is key to an organisations long term success. We live in times of great political and economic uncertainty and the things that make us very successful today may well not ensure our success in the future. In among all this change we have a new generation of employee who sees their employment as a consumer experience and employers now have to “sell” job opportunities. You can’t work a day without seeing your industry be disrupted in some way, shape or fashion.

 

What will delegates learn from attending your session?

 

I will be sharing my experience of leading the BMW Innovation lab, an award winning corporate accelerator programme which was a first for both BMW and the automotive finance industry. I don’t want to give too much away about what gems I may share, but its safe to say the road to success is rarely smooth and this experience was no exception.

 

Johnny will be speaking at 10.15 - 10.55am in the session 'Shoot the hippo' taking place on the main agenda.

 

 

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