IT Leaders Festival - New for 2020!

As a CIO in 2020 the idea of you and your team leaving the office for a full day is not one that is greeted with a smile. Constant demands and time sensitive environments mean that the plethora of industry events are at best attended by one team-member, or altogether ignored. You and your team don’t have time to be gallivanting around London hoping you’ve attended the ‘best’ event of the hour.

Well now, you don’t need to.

The inaugural IT Leaders' Festival is all about the experience of you and your team. Inspired by your peers, Computing has created a day that holds each individual at the core of the one-day event. You sit next to your team to settle in for one of our ‘big picture’ keynotes and browse the agenda to find where you might be heading next. You already know that you’re staying in the leadership stream, and your engineer has told you there’s a case study they want to see in the automation stream. What a relief to hear that your chief strategy officer wants to attend a panel discussion in the transformation stream! You all come back together (or not, if you’re enjoying the change of faces) for an interactive workshop which gives you a chance to trial tech you’ve been meaning to learn about.

But what if I get bored? Well, with 6+ fringe events including Ask a CIO, Mentoring, Tech Demo Zone, and a Zen Den there will always be something to pique your interest.

Join us at the first ever IT Leaders' Festival on Wednesday 21 October at The Brewery, London. Built by IT Leaders, for IT Leaders. Through a range of keynotes, case studies, panel discussions, workshops and much more it’s a fantastic opportunity to collaborate, network and resolve your IT challenges with your peers.

This event is working towards the International Standard ISO 20121 and follows guidance set out by the Sustainable Event Alliance (SEA)


Line-Up: CPD Accredited

Registration and Breakfast
Opening Remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing and Delta

Computing Delta Keynote

Delta is the world's first truly independent market analysis service for technology leaders. 

Our session will cover the cultural challenges of digital transformation. 

  • How should your teams be structured to best facilitate digital transformation?
  • Hear the results of research conducted among some of the world's largest and most successful organisations. 

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing and Delta

The Super-Resilient Leader
Digital is much more than the industrial era amped up on ‘tech steroids’. Looking through the lens of leadership we will explore how the digital typhoon is impacting business models and people. This session will also look at the changing role of the IT Leader, and how to be successful in managing consistent flux and change. How can you create a ‘safe environment’ that enables failure, innovation, and growth within the team? Finally, how to build super-resilience into your organisation and the importance of being a visible change leader.

Ade McCormack, Founder, Digital Readiness Institute

Using Data for your Customers
  • How can data provide insight on your customer's behaviour?
  • How do customer's use your website?
  • How can data be used to improve your customer's experience?
  • How to create a seamless digital journey for your company.
Networking break, refreshments and visit to Tech Zone
Have you tried turning it off and back on again?
  • Managing a technical team as a non-techie.
  • Encouraging your team to realise their value to the wider business, and how to 'talk' business. 
  • Creating an efficient and motivated team.
  • When is it best to have a techie as a leader?
Old vs New: The Internal Battle
  • What are the best ways of introducing new tools to the company?
  • How can you meet employee’s needs and guide their behaviour in adopting those tools?
  • The importance of ‘post migration’ to maximise adoption and continue employee evolution.
  • Ensuring that company culture moves with new technology.
Panel Discussion: Attracting New Talent
  • What are jobseekers looking for in a new employer?
  • How to attract and retain top talent?
  • What can you do to encourage diversity within your organisation?
  • How can technology impact diversity?

Tony Johnson, Prev SVP International IT, 20th Century Fox

Your order is out for delivery

In a period of rising customer demands, increased data, and a struggling high-street, Stuart Carrison of Ted Baker, implemented an IT transformation which improved user experience both internally and externally. Join this session to learn how a department wide tech transformation improved financial performance, customer service, and overall business strategy.

Stuart Carrison, Head of IT, Ted Baker

Orders from above
  • How is big data driving changes in governance and leadership?
  • What is the impact of Brexit on data storage?
  • What are the implications of data analytics within the cloud?
  • How to anticipate and adapt with regulations?
Declared Debate: Old vs New
  • Fail fast / agile vs legacy approach.
  • Benefits and drawbacks of both.
  • How can these methodologies help or hinder with the complexity and uncertainty of technology.
  • How to leverage agile ways of working in the broader business. How can IT Leader’s lead this part of digital transformation?
Intelligent Automation in the DWP

This presentation will focus on robotics Process Automation (RPA) and wider AI capabilities and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) approach and platform. It will explore the way in which RPA and AI can be delivered at scale and pace, maximising benefits and contributing to service transformation.

Hayley Addison, Lead Product Owner, Department for Work and Pensions

For Tech's Sake?!
  • How valuable is automation for your organisation?
  • What processes can be optimised through automation?
  • How would automation impact the workforce?
  • How to incorporate automation into the wider business strategy?
Panel Discussion: Is there value in AI and Machine Learning?
  • Where would AI / ML bring ROI to your organisation?
  • What are the biggest growth opportunities for these technologies within your organisation?
  • How to incorporate AI / ML into the wider business strategy.
  • Are your data architecture foundations ready?

Professor Huseyin Seker, Associate Dean (Research & Enterprise), School of Computing and Digital Technologies, Staffordshire University

In Conversation with Delta Steering Committee: Speaking 'Their' Language
  • How to engage senior stakeholders with business transformation driven by technology?
  • Understanding different personality types and frames of reference.
  • How to calculate the cost and demonstrate the value of IT.
  • How can you emphasise the urgency of investing in IT.
Lunch break, networking and visit to Tech Zone
Head in the Cloud
  • What will the impact of Brexit be on cloud-hosted services?
  • Data protection issues within the cloud.
  • How to overcome the biggest obstacles in further adoption of the cloud?
  • The biggest growth opportunities for cloud and emerging technologies.
Roundtables: Skills Drought
  • What skills should you be investing in? How will this change over time?
  • What skills are young people being taught?
  • How can you train staff to overcome the skills shortage?
Mentoring: How to get the most out of your mentor

Delegates are invited to join an interactive mentoring session. In small groups you can discuss the following questions, whilst offering mentoring to one another. Please feel free to join any session, no matter whether you are a mentor or mentee.

  •  Tools and tips on how to get the most of out your mentoring relationship.
  • How to find the right mentor.
  • What should you expect from your mentor?
Roundtables: Tech Team Diversity
  • How can we collaborate to improve diversity in the industry?
  • What successful programmes have companies been implementing?
  • Where are the key failings of diversity in the industry, and how can they be overcome?
Mentoring: How to be a great mentor

Delegates are invited to join an interactive mentoring session. In small groups you can discuss the following questions, whilst offering mentoring to one another. Please feel free to join any session, no matter whether you are a mentor or mentee.

  • How to become a mentor.
  • How to be an even better mentor.
  • What are the responsibilities of a mentor?
Roundtables: Adjusting for an 'ever-green model'
  • Suppliers are constantly releasing updates with new functionality, new technology and automatic updates. How can you keep up with this?
  • How can you harness this to maximise the benefits of already existing investments?
  • How can you stay secure with such rapid developments?
Mentoring: Launching a successful programme
Delegates are invited to join an interactive mentoring session. In small groups you can discuss the following questions, whilst offering mentoring to one another. Please feel free to join any session, no matter whether you are a mentor or mentee.
  • How to implement a mentoring programme.
  • Examples of successful mentorship schemes. 
  • Business and personal benefits of mentoring / reverse mentoring. 
Afternoon break, networking and visit to Tech Zone
Panel Discussion: The Future Generations: what, where, why, how?
  • What enticed these young people into the technology industry?
  • What are the biggest challenges they faced?
  • Their most and least favourite elements of their current roles.
  • How to stand out as an employer to the upcoming generation.
  • What can we do to attract more young people into the technology industry?
Taking data back-to-basics
  • What are the basics for storing, securing, and managing data? How does this differ for one-off vs regular, large-scale?
  • What questions should you be asking to use data effectively?
  • How to gain valuable insight from the data you have and will have. 
  • What are the next steps once you've got your data ready?
  • What themes will emerge over the next two to three years around data management?
Closing Remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing and Delta

Drinks and networking

2020 Acts

Digital Readiness Institute
Lead Product Owner
Department for Work and Pensions
Head of IT
Ted Baker
(Prev) SVP International IT
20th Century Fox
Associate Dean (Research & Enterprise)
School of Computing and Digital Technologies, Staffordshire University
VP of Strategy

More to be announced!


Global Director- Digital Foundations Integration
Hermes Europe
Associate Director of Operational Technology
Met Office
Kettering General NHS Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Head of Technology
Natural History Museum
The Law Society
Met Office
McCann Worldgroup (Former)
Head of ICT Operations
Imperial College London
Chief Architect
King's College London
SVP, International IT
Twentieth Century Fox
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
IT Director- Europe
Technology Director
Former Reed Global (Former)
IT Chief Architect
Cambridgeshire County Council
Oakam Ltd
Director of development and operations



The IT Leaders Festival is a conference welcoming all end-user IT professionals.

  • Business Analysts
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Professionals
  • Business Intelligence Professionals
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief information security officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Security Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Finance Directors
  • Futurists
  • Head of Data Centre
  • Head of Information Security
  • Head of IT Information Analysts
  • Information Managers
  • Infrastructure Architects
  • Infrastructure Managers
  • IT Directors
  • IT Managers
  • IT Operations Professionals
  • Network Managers
  • Technical Architects

Delegate Ticket
£ 595.00
Early Bird Ticket £ 399.00 +VAT (20%)
Discount available until



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