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Global CIO Institute: Manchester (June 2023)

June 14

Global CIO Institute: Manchester

Wednesday 14th June 2023

08:30 - 17:30 GMT

Chamber Space, Manchester

Event Summary

A day of world-class, end-user driven academia helping executives make the right decisions. Covering the latest trends and challenges, our flagship events provide a dynamic and agile mix of thought leadership, best practice, and networking sessions.

Featured Attendees

Introducing our Event Chair

Michael Knight - CTO - NHS
Michael Knight - CTO - NHS


This session will bring together prescient CIOs and other pre-qualified tech leaders to uncover how they can truly understand how to manage risk across their entire enterprise. Improving their risk management practices, elevating their role to high-value leader and harnessing the power of technology to attain a higher level of risk management.

  • Examining the critical role IT has to play in corporate governance, risk management and compliance efforts
  • Bridging the gap between silos to nurture risk expertise cross-functionally and opening lines of communication to gain a broader view on the totality of risk
  • Conducting a business impact analysis to highlight the ways your organisation is vulnerable to risk


Dave Roberts, Group IT Director at StanTech 

Rachel Jones, CIO at HMRC for the Valuation Office Agency

Wayne Morris, Delivery director at Nationwide Building Society

Organisations across industry, of all sizes, have experienced a rise in the number of ransomware attacks, amounting to billions of dollars in lost revenue and cost. Senior leaders are desperately seeking solutions to help them become more resilient against the threats posed by these attacks.

  • Educating senior leadership on the importance of a robust cybersecurity strategy, before it’s too late
  • Defining what cyber hygiene looks like for your enterprise - Setting your cybersecurity budget in line with the potential cost of your downtime
  • Identifying key risks and vulnerabilities to ensure you are prepared for all eventualities

Content is your business. Valuable assets like sales contracts, product specs, marketing assets, and videos are at the heart of every process, no matter your industry. But your content faces constant threats from malicious hackers and even well-meaning employees.

Access to corporate networks tended to be more controlled pre-covid as employees were either in the office and secured via local and network credentials or used VPN to access systems. In both cases, employees are accessing content through corporate-controlled mechanisms. Now, this is not their sole access point with transition to a hybrid work environment.

In this boardroom discussion let’s evaluate how you can create a unified approach to protecting the content that supports your customers and enables your teams — anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

Join this interactive boardroom session in partnership with BOX.

Join this discussion alongside Hryhorii TATSYI CTO at raiffeisen bank

The strategies and processes that we need to consider implementing now to improve overall performance as a business to ensure the organisation's adaptability and growth as the business environment continues to evolve.
Creating a resilient workforce that will endure unforeseen changes and continue to drive business growth in these times of economic uncertainty. What is the best approach?
As the world continues to move through a constant state of change and digital skills gaps continue to increase, it is crucial now more than ever for organisations to take a creative and agile approach to talent acquisition in order to attract and retain the right skills. Finding the best people with the right skills is key, what approach can we take to successfully obtain the talent needed to close these gaps?

Join this interactive boardroom session facilitated by Rick farrow, Executive Director Strategy & Transformation at DHU Healthcare

With more people continuing to work from home, the need to fortify network security while giving employees the flexibility they need to work remotely has become vitally important.

  • How can you secure devices and networks to ensure data integrity?
  • Threats from the inside - combatting human error and keeping good cyber-hygiene
  • Establishing and testing incident response plans


For some time businesses have struggled to find the ready-skilled talent they need to close their digital and technology skills gaps. Even when they do, others are standing by, ready to poach.

With such a finite talent pool, it has never been more important for businesses to properly understand exactly where their skills gaps are, how they can diversify talent strategies to ensure sustainable digital capability and how leveraging the untapped potential of existing employees can improve productivity and growth.

‘The human element has been identified as a contributing factor in 95% of all cyber security incidents’

  • What issues arise if security is treated as solely a technology problem and not a whole business/human one with a holistic enterprise security detail?
  • What kind of threats are caused by human error?
  • Why is it important to focus on minimizing the opportunity for human error? In what ways can this be done?
  • How can building a sense of community in your organization create a more resilient business and how can this create real safety and longevity for your business?
  • What are some tips for communicating cyber security best practise?

Join this interactive boardroom session facilitated by Michael Knight, CTO at NHS

This senior-level discussion will explore the advancement of Generative AI, the opportunities it might offer for enhanced decision-making, content creation and value generation.

Join CIOs and other pre-qualified leaders to understand the potential of this powerful technology, and how it might work within your organisation.

  • Augmenting creativity by embracing generative AI and breaking down traditional barriers
  • Examining simulation opportunities can help enhance your decision-making
  • Realising the true value of AI by identifying new opportunities across your network

Join this interactive boardroom facilitated by Mihran Hovnanian, CIO at Baker Hughes

Recent trends show that the majority of digital initiatives are taking too long to implement and to realize value. Join this discussion of CIOs and other pre-qualified senior Digital leaders to explore growing concerns around digital transformation efforts during periods of economic slowdown and uncertainty.

  • Transform your approach from big picture to smaller victories to see immediate value
  • Embracing agile development methodologies to speed up enterprise initiatives and accelerate time to market
  • Educating your IT team on key business objectives and drivers to align tech with your senior leadership’s priorities
  • Increasing digital literacy across the enterprise and democratising access to technology

Join this interactive Keynote session facilitated by Alessandro Bovone, CTO North & West Europe at Nokia

Join this boardroom session to address and discuss the below questions around digital transformation with Richard Bradley, European IT Director at Kellogg's

  • Why does Digital Transformation fail?
  • Why does no one get it?
  • Who's responsibility is it?
  • Everyone is talking about it but who has done it?

Engineers are the true innovators of many businesses. It's often in their nature to seek ways of leveraging new tools and technology and introduce concepts like automation and AI to make them and their teams more efficient.

In this boardroom conversation, Jamie Dobson, CEO at Container Solutions will discuss how becoming an engineering led organisation can speed up the path to successful Digital Transformations and ensure your business keeps innovating.

Hackers are leveraging AI to make their attacks appear more authentic than ever. For senior leadership, it’s not enough to educate your employees anymore, as even the savviest can fall victim. CISO’s need to ensure they are equipped with the right technology to capture these attempts before they reach a human’s hands.

  • Examining the threat that AI poses to your cyber security strategy
  • Finding the right engineer that can blend data science and cyber security to combat next-generation attacks
  • Assessing how AIOps platforms can protect users from future threats

In today's convenience-driven economy, consumers have higher expectations for seamless and enjoyable experiences. As a result, creating an exceptional digital customer experience has become imperative to gain a competitive edge. To achieve the standards set by leading companies like Amazon, Netflix, and Zoom, businesses face several obstacles such as increasing security risks, constantly evolving compliance regulations, economic pressures, a shortage of developer and cybersecurity talent, and overall economic uncertainties.

Join Philip Hoyer, Field CTO, Okta for this session to hear:

  • How organisations are adapting to new consumer expectations in the digital era
  • How Customer Identity can help businesses reduce customer acquisition costs, increase customer retention and engagement, and drive new revenue streams.
  • Justifying security investment by making ROI speak for itself, offer a reduction in risk that exceeds cost of adoption
  • Learning to speak the language of non-IT stakeholders to achieve organisational buy-in
  • Partnering with key players across the enterprise and understanding their key objectives and performance indicators
  • Key steps to making security an essential component of your operating model
  • Data quality management becomes more challenging as the volumes and types of data largely increase, where do we start to address the issues within our data sources and improve the workflow automation to enhance overall efficiency
  • Bad and poor quality data can have a significant negative impact on organisations. As data processing becomes increasingly linked to business operations and data analytics is more frequently used to drive business decisions it becomes imperative that the data held in the IT systems is accurate and of high quality
  • Measuring the levels of quality data is key to quickly identify inaccuracies that need to be resolved, this will enable you to assess whether your data is fit for purpose. How can we do this effectively?

CEOs need to stop thinking of transformation as a one-time event - it is an ongoing process that requires continuous innovation and adaptation to keep pace with technological advancements and evolving customer needs.

This keynote session will provide insights and strategies for embracing innovation at the heart of your business, and achieving continuous digital transformation.
The importance of a digital-first mindset: Prioritizing digital transformation to foster a culture of innovation across all levels of the organization
The role of emerging technologies: From AI and machine learning to IoT and blockchain, leveraging emerging technologies to create new business models and enhance customer experiences.

The power of data-driven insights: harnessing the power of data analytics to gain valuable insights into customer behavior, optimize operations, and drive innovation.
The need for agility and flexibility: strategies for building an agile and flexible organization that can quickly adapt to new opportunities and challenges

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