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This conference programme aims to give senior IT professionals access to new ideas, solutions and innovations to help take their departments and companies forward. The agenda is pitched at a high level and we endeavour to present new case studies and new thinkers on the programme each year.

Keynote and seminar sessions give a high-level view of the IT industry, offering predictions and insights to help delegates form their future IT strategies. The interactive workshops and discussion groups complement the larger sessions by drilling down into specific issues, allowing delegates to share their collective experiences and to learn how their peers are dealing with similar situations.

The conference programme for Spring 2017 is currently being researched. Please get in touch if you would like to contribute.

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If you would like to participate in the programme or recommend any speakers or topics please email Steve McCuaig or call on +1 647 409  9181
2017 / Keynotes
2017 / Keynotes
  • Wednesday Keynote:


    It has been said that the five most terrifying words in the political lexicon are: "Michael Crick is in reception” . Ex-Special Advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister, Theo Bertram, had this to say about Michael: "If I was a Minister, I'd sooner face a million angry Tweeters & their online petitions, than one Michael Crick."

    Nobody understands politics and politicians better than Michael Crick: almost a year after the vote for Brexit and a few weeks after the triggering of Article 50, join him for a view from the inside track.

    Michael Crick is political correspondent for Channel 4 News, presents Dispatches for Channel 4 including Boris v Dave: The Battle for Europe, and recently hosted The David Mellor and Michael Crick Show on LBC Radio on Saturday mornings. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years, working for three of the great flagship TV programmes including Panorama and Newsnight, and he was a founding member of Channel 4 News in 1982, later serving as C4N Washington Correspondent.

    Crick has won Royal Television Society awards in 1989 and 2002 and recently was named the 2013 RTS Specialist Journalist of the Year. He is also the author of several books, including biographies of Arthur Scargill, Jeffrey Archer and Alex Ferguson - which were all bestsellers - and of Michael Howard and Michael Heseltine.


  • Taming Tigers: Accomplishing “Mission Impossible”


    Accomplishing “Mission Impossible” is now critical to the survival of a business or a career and depends upon our ability to adapt to and create disruptive changes, to seize opportunities at pace, to play to win rather than play “not to lose”, to engage and empower others and inspire action. When the leaders and people across an organisation begin to understand, own and enjoy the mind-set that creates purposeful change, “Mission Impossible” becomes a live possibility. That’s the reason Jim Lawless created the “Taming Tigers” framework.

    His Keynote address and breakout sessions will equip you with:

    1. The Desire to Act to make change happen, personally

    2. The Courage and Confidence to take personal risks in changing objectives, behaviours and communication and

    3. Practical Tools: what to do and how to recognise and overcome the personal barriers – the Tiger


  • The World Economy


    Deciphering uncertainty is what global economist and much published David McWilliams does best. Professor, practitioner and keenly sought after speaker the world over, David’s unique insights provide companies with essential guidance in an increasingly unsteady and unpredictable world.

    David McWilliams has devoted his entire professional life to understanding economics and developing his own world-view of how the global economy operates. His objective is to make this knowledge and these insights as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms and to as many people as possible. His economics festival “Kilkenomics” is described by the FT as “simply, the best economics conference in the world”.

    David has worked extensively in the public and private sectors. He was an economist in the International Relations Department of the Irish Central Bank; Chief European Economist at UBS, Europe’s largest bank; and Head of Emerging Markets Research at Banque Nationale de Paris. He hopes that by joining Trinity Business School he can bring his years of international experience to a new group of enthusiastic students and a different way of thinking for future Irish Economists.


2017 / Industry
2017 / Industry
  • Mastering Digital Leadership & Innovation in a Disruptive World

    James Longstaff, IT Director, Vestra Wealth

    When you’re under constant pressure to keep systems up and the business operating, it can be hard to know where to begin responding to the threats posed by digitalisation and disruption.

    In this session, we’ll take a look at what’s really meant by disruptive innovation, exploring real wo...


    Have you fallen asleep at the switch?

    Ardi Kolah,Executive Fellow & Co-Programme Director, GDPR Transition Programme, Henley Business School

    The clock is ticking for the IT Director to implement changes to the way in which they process personal data as a result of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that represents the biggest shake up for the IT industry for over two decades. Now law across the EU, organisations must ...


    Brexit means Brexit means what?

    Chris Weston, IT Strategist & Leader, 2016 CIO 100

    On Thursday 23rd June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. Since then the specific shape of this exit has yet to be fully decided, IT leaders find themselves facing many questions regarding data, finance, personnel and systems. As the timetable for Brexit takes shape, what steps d...


  • The Three Ways

    Tom Geraghty, Head of IT, Exco InTouch

    In this talk, I’ll discuss how the three ways of “systems thinking”, feedback loops, and continuous improvement can have a dramatic impact on your teams’ performance, reduce risk, increase profit, and provide a competitive advantage through technological and operational agility.

    Most of ...


    One to One Consultation: Organisational Politics and Business Technology Management

    Nigel White, Former IT Director & Jacky Day, Former Resource Director

    "If it wasn't for the politics we could get so much more done".

    Take the opportunity to discuss, in a confidential and impartial manner, a particular situation that is causing concern. Each one hour session will focus solely on the individual's current issue at hand, with the aim of unco...


    Creating an effective culture in teams, projects and collaborations

    Neil Tape, Chief Data Officer, National Institute for Health Research

    People make things happen. We need to create the right environment for people to thrive.

    In this ‘hands on’ workshop, Neil will explore how he has successfully used the Thinking Environment ™ methodology in a variety of settings to expedite and enhance team development, project deliver...


  • The impact of AI on the workforce and the world of work

    Dr Steve Davies, Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs, London

    There is a great deal of talk about automation and its possible impact on our workforce. We have been here before but this time it does look as though we are looking at something genuinely new – the reason is the AI element rather than simple mechanisation.

    There are quite a few studies ...


2017 / Discussion Groups
2017 / Discussion Groups
  • Discussion Group: Maintenance Over Innovation

    Moderated by your peers

    Inspired by a recent Freakonomics podcast, this discussion group will take on the “innovation obsession” and wonder if all this focus on re-invention is costing us. More and more, innovation and driving the business is demanded of us, but we cannot forget that system maintenance will cost us i...


    Discussion Group: Digitisation & Setting the IT Table

    Moderated by your peers

    Once the decision for digital transformation is made, the next step can define the role (and future) of the IT Department for years to come: who will lead? The person/people defining the parameters and goals will set the position of IT – and the CIO -- within the organisation.

    But it’s...


  • Discussion Group: The State of the IT Department 2017

    Moderated by your peers

    Getting beyond the fads and “nice-to-haves”, this discussion group is a dive into the tangible day-to-day issues we are currently facing as CIOs. Topics to be covered will be released closer to the event.


    Discussion Group: Security 2017

    Moderated by your peers

    Reconnect with peers to catch up on the latest pressures, threats, and tools to protect your assets. Come and share your experiences on the most recent successes (and failures) in IT today, and extract some tangible actions you can take back to your team to make everything a little bit more se...


2017 / Development
2017 / Development
  • Taming Tigers: Accomplishing “Mission Impossible”

    Jim Lawless, Author and Elite Coach

    In this interactive workshop Jim Lawless will expand upon his opening address on developing ability to adapt to and create disruptive changes, to seize opportunities at pace, to empower others and inspire action. Understanding, owning and enjoying the mind-set that creates powerful change.


    The Inspirational Presentation Masterclass

    Jim Lawless, Author of ‘Taming Tigers’ and Elite Coach

    Jim Lawless delivers around one hundred professional presentations each year around the world at major corporate and industry events.

    In the past 12 months, his largest audience has been 3000 high-calibre international sales people in Vegas and his smallest, a board over a private dinne...


    Dodging Bombs in Baghdad: Leadership lessons for the front line of business

    Mark Munnich, Director, MJM Coaching and Consulting

    Mark will draw from his own unique experiences working in Baghdad to highlight how really getting to know your people can directly, significantly and positively impact the reputation of your organisation.

    This stems from loyalty and excellence from staff, which in turn delivers increa...


  • Why leaders need to master storytelling

    William Montgomery, CEO, TEN

    This talk will show how narrative can spark the imagination and galvanise people into action better than dry data alone. That makes storytelling a tool leaders can use to transform numbers, research and analysis into compelling, motivating images.

    William Montgomery is the founder and CE...


    James Bond in the management process

    Stefan Zürcher, Stuntman & Film Producer, Alpine Films

    Who doesn’t recognize the opening scene of the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, where the British agent is chased by a handful of skiers through the Swiss mountains and manages to escape the villains of Blofeld.

    One of those skiers in 1968 was Stefan Zürcher!



2017 / Entertainment
2017 / Entertainment
  • An Evening with Justin Moorhouse

    Justin Moorhouse, Comedian, Actor, Writer & Radio Presenter

    Justin Moorhouse has been a comedian for the past decade and a half. He’s an established favourite on the UK comedy circuit and a go-to guy on the corporate front.

    His comedy has taken him on tour to Australia, China, Japan and the Middle East. He has performed stand-up comedy on television a number of times including, several series of The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), One Night Stand (Dave) and was Michael McIntyre’s guest on his Blackpool leg of Comedy Roadshow (BBC1).

    It was a hectic 2014 for Justin, and we are delighted to say he has recently filmed the new series of Live At The Apollo (BBC1) as well as appearing in Coronation Street this summer, as rival Pub Landlord Dean Upton.

    Other TV credits include; Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, Looking for Eric, Max and Paddy’s Road To No-Where, Shameless, and he was a winner of Celebrity Mastermind in 2012.

    Although he has hung up the headphones on his commercial radio career (over a decade on Key 103 in Manchester) Justin is still very active on radio. He’s written and starred in two series of his own Radio 4 sitcom Everyone Quite Likes Justin and is also the current Champion of Champions on Radio 5 Lives’ Fighting Talk and often pops up on The News Quiz on Radio 4.


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