Today's rapidly evolving global business environment and the empowered consumer are mounting pressure on organizations to think differently. CIOs need to keep large enterprises nimble and competitive by moving from merely “adopting” digital technologies to truly “thinking” digital in transforming their operations. 

Chaired by Spencer Kelly, TV and Radio Presenter, and with a stellar speaker line up, our 2017 forum promises to be highly informative, stimulating and simply one not to be missed. Covering topics such as the impact of artificial intelligence, the rapid pace of IoT, cloud adoption and cyber security through keynotes, panel discussion and industry focused tracks. Guests include clients, promising start-ups, venture capital firms, analysts and academics from leading universities.

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08:30 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 09:40 Welcome
Spencer Kelly, TV and Radio Presenter, and Technology Guru
09:40 – 09:50 Opening Remarks
Shankar Narayanan, VP and Country Head UK and Ireland, TCS
09:50 – 10:25 Research and Innovation strategies for the Enterprise in digital times
K. Ananth Krishnan, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, TCS
10:25 – 11:00 Keynote: Cyborgs, Robots with brains and Turing conversations with AI
Prof. Kevin Warwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Coventry University, England
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break and chance to visit the TCS Innovation Showcase
11:30 – 12:05 Keynote: How technology is turbocharging everything
Sophie Hackford, Former Director, Consulting and Education, WIRED
12:05 – 12:30 Avoiding Batch Jobs Hell with AI solutions from ignioTM
Prof. Harrick Vin and Daryl Brookes, Director IT Service Delivery, Operations & Delivery, Nationwide Building Society 
12:30 – 13:00 Panel Session: How Enterprises are moving from "adopting" digital to "thinking" digital 
Moderator: Spencer Kelly
Mike Fox,  Director  CIO Group Transformation,  BT
Prof. Dr. Paul Iske, Speaker, Author, Consultant
Tom Ridsdill - Smith, Chief Digital Officer, Woodside
James Robbins, CIO, DRAX Group
Prof. Avishai Wool, CTO, Algosec 
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and chance to visit the TCS Innovation Showcase
14:00 – 16:30 Industry Breakout Sessions (parallel streams - click to expand)
14:00 – 14:05 Welcome & Opening Remarks

Rodger Oates, Consulting Partner, Global Consultancy Practice, TCS

14:05 – 14:50 Open Banking - Panel Session

Moderator: Spencer Kelly
Michel P. van Drie, Managing Director IT Solutions, ABN AMRO
Juliette French, Head of GOFE Enterprise Systems, Lloyds Banking Group
Rakesh Lakhani, Head of Payments Transformation, TCS

14:50 – 15:20 Lecture Session: Cognitive Banking

V Ramanathan, VP and CTO Banking and Financial Services, TCS

15:20 – 15:35 Coffee Break
15:35 – 15:55 Client Case Study Presentation

Alf Otterstad, Executive Vice President, DNB

15:55 – 16:25 Lecture session: Big Data Analytics and how it is changing the enterprise security game

Dr K P S Sandhu, Senior Consultant, Enterprise Security and Risk Management, TCS

16:25 – 16:30 Summary and Closing remarks

Rodger Oates, Consulting Partner, Global Consultancy Practice, TCS

14:00 – 14:15 Welcome Address: Harnessing Digital for Innovation

Vineet Singh, Head Insurance Technology Practice Europe, TCS

14:15 – 15:00 The Insurtech Boom: Don’t Be a Bystander!

Jamie Macgregor, Senior Vice President, Celent

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30 Panel Discussion - Outside the Box: Innovation Lessons from Other Industries

Moderator: Frank Diana, Head Digital Enterprise Solutions, Global Consulting Practice, TCS
Andy Rowland, Head of Customer Innovation Energy & Resources & Automotive, BT
Gavin Perera-Betts, Chief Customer Officer, NEST
Jonathan Freeman, Managing Director, i2 media research & Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths University

14:00 – 14:10 Introduction & Welcome

Gopalan Rajagopalan, Director Major Markets, Manufacturing, Energy and Resources Sector, TCS

14:10 – 14:35 Making the Right Choices for IoT in Your Business

Nandan Kaluskar, Manufacturing Global Head - Internet of Things (IoT), TCS
Mitesh Patel, Manufacturing IoT Practice Head, TCS

14:35 – 15:00 Data and Analytics as a Service: Delivering Value to Production Operations

Sami Habib, Exploration and Production Service Owner, BG Group
Ajay Nandgaonkar, Head of Research and Innovation, Energy and Resources, TCS

15:00 – 15:20 Realizing Digital Twin in Real Life – Sharing the learning from AI from Commissioning of Boilers

Dr. Venkat Runkana, Principal Scientist, CTO office, TCS

15:20 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 15:50 Achieving Operational Excellence through Digital Re-imagination

Venkatesh Patil, Engineering Head, Energy, Utilities, Resources Govt, TCS

15:50 – 16:15 Securing the IT-OT Convergence

Dana Tamir, VP Marketing, Indegy

16:15 – 16:30 Q&A and Summary

Gopalan Rajagopalan, Director Major Markets, Manufacturing, Energy and Resources Sector, TCS

14:00 – 14:05 Introduction & Welcome

Shekar Krishnan, Head of Retail UK & Ireland, TCS

14:05 – 14:35 Developing Future Ready Supply Chains: The Digital Revolution

Rich Sherman, Senior Fellow, Supply Chain Centre of Excellence, TCS

14:35 – 15:20 The Role of AI and Machine Learning as Customer Behaviours, Markets, and Competitors Evolve

Joe Skorupa, Editorial Director, RIS News

15:20 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:00 Retail Process Automation (RPA): Why and how retail businesses provide the ideal opportunity for rapid, transformational automation and how to implement successfully

Barry Matthews, Partner, Information Services Group

16:00 – 16:20 Build, Measure, Learn: Transformation to Innovation, our digital learnings

Tim Price, Chief Technology Officer, N Brown Group

16:20 – 16:30 Summary and Closing remarks

14:00 – 14:20 Welcome and Plenary keynote

Soaring into a Smarter, Faster, Lighter Future – Customer & Business
Dr. Anders Adrem, Partner, PA Consulting & Travel, Transportation and Logistics Expert

14:20 – 14:50 ‘Digital First’ transformation on the ground

Fergus Boyd, VP - Digital & IT, YOTEL

14:50 – 15:20 Creative Leadership: the innovation magic of design

Rama Gheerawo, Director, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Reader in Inclusive Design, Royal College of Arts

15:20 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:00 Digital Deep Dive: Challenges and Opportunities

Satish Byravan, CTO, Travel, Transportation and Hospitality Business Unit, TCS

16:00 – 16:25 How an enterprise underwent a digital transformation to become Smarter, Faster and Lighter – Lessons learnt

Gary Donnelly, Vice President, EMEA IT, Avis Budget Group

16:25 – 16:30 Closing remarks
14:00 – 14:05
Welcome Address

Gobinda Pal, Director Network Industries, TCS

14:05 – 14:30 A new climate for energy: the role of policy, technology and culture

Dr Gabrielle Walker, Chief Scientist, Xynteo

14:30 – 14:50 Making The Connected Home A Reality - From Home Devices To Services

Xavier Mamo, Director, Research and Development UK, EDF Energy

14:50 – 15:05 Digital Energy

Daljit Rehal, Group Head of Digital and Data Systems, Centrica

15:05 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 15:35 Emergence of Energy Value Ecosystem-TCS Research

Sumit Kumar Ray, CTO, TCS Utilities

15:35 – 16:25 Panel Topic: Convergence of Industries - Is it a Threat or Opportunity for Utilities?

Moderated by Dr Gabrielle Walker, Chief Scientist, Xynteo
Matt Webb, Head of Asset Information, UKPN
Russell Morris, Head of IT, Northern Powergrid
Richard Hepworth, Director, PwC
Bernice Demarco, Head of Revenue Assurance, BT
Phil Clayson, Technology Director, TalkTalk

16:25 – 16:30 Open House and Closing Session

Gobinda Pal, Director, Network Industries, TCS

16:30 – 16:45 Coffee Break
16:45 – 17:20 Being Digital - Industry Challenges, solutions and next steps 
17:20 – 17:30 Closing Remarks
17:30 - 19:00 Networking and Cocktail Reception


Keynote Speakers

Sophie Hackford

Former Director, Consulting and Education, Wired

Keynote: How technology is turbocharging everything

Sophie taps into her network from Wired and beyond to present the latest ideas and developments and examines where technology and society meet. A first-hand witness to many of the latest innovations and the creative thinkers behind them, Sophie applies her knowledge to the real world. She asks what these developments mean for consumers, employees and for a business’ place in the world, and helps any business start to prepare for an uncertain future.

Daryl Brookes

Daryl Brookes, Director IT Service Delivery, Operations & Delivery, Nationwide Building Society

Daryl Brookes, Director IT Service Delivery, Operations & Delivery, Nationwide Building Society Daryl has extensive experience covering various CIO, IT and Change Director roles for a number of financial institutions including Barclays, Lloyds and HBOS. Career highlights include leading the credit card integration between Halifax and Bank of Scotland, moving a £6Bn business from Glasgow to Cardiff for Barclays and introducing digital loan applications – a first in the market. Immediately prior to joining Nationwide in summer 2014, Daryl was the IT and Change Director for Barclays Partner Finance and UK Secured Lending, where he successfully delivered the strategic plan for Change and IT Service over a three year period.

Mike Fox

Director CIO Group Transformation, BT

Mike has worked in the office of the CIO for over 15 years. Instrumental in in the success of many transformation events in the support functions for Telecommunications, Construction and Logistics organisations. Mike has recently been responsible for the journey to the cloud for a global business function and brings industry experience across technology transformation IT security and digital collaboration in the workplace.

Prof. Dr. Paul Iske

Speaker, Author, Consultant

Paul Iske is professor at the School of Business and Economics, University Maastricht, Netherlands, focusing on Open Innovation and Business Venturing. Paul founded the ‘Institute of Brilliant Failures’ with the mission to highlight the importance of experimentation to achieve paradigm shifts and breakthrough innovation. Paul acts as a board-room consultant and international speaker on issues related to innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Until 2015, Paul Iske was Chief Dialogues Officer and Director of the InnovationCentre at ABN AMRO Bank

Spencer Kelly

TV and Radio Presenter, and Technology Guru

Spencer has broadcast to the nation upside down, mid-air and hanging off a cliff-face. He is currently a frequent presenter on a major British national television network. Prior to this, he worked on Five’s The Gadget Show.

He presented the breakfast radio show for Ocean FM, part of the Capital Radio Group, for six years and he has interviewed celebrities from Sir David Attenborough to Phil Collins. Spencer was awarded Tech Personality of the Year at the 2015 T3 Awards.

K Ananth Krishnan

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, TCS

Keynote: Research and Innovation strategies for the Enterprise in digital times

Ananth has architected a 4E model to make invention, innovation and co-innovation deliver value to TCS’ business and it’s customers. Under his leadership the TCS research community has created a significant portfolio of patents, papers and IP. He was elected a Fellow at the Indian Academy of Engineering (INAE) in recognition of his contributions towards engineering in 2013. Ananth has been listed in Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders (2007) and in Infoworld’s Top 25 CTOs (2007).

Shankar Narayanan

Country Head, UK & Ireland, TCS

Shankar Narayanan heads up TCS’ second largest country operation. He is responsible for driving business strategy and operations for the company’s UK & Ireland business, delivering IT and consultancy services to over 150 UK clients, including Aviva, Boots, British Airways, BT, Diageo, National Grid, NEST, Marks & Spencer, Thames Water and Virgin Atlantic. Shankar also oversees the Retail & Consumer Practice across Europe, managing a client portfolio that includes several of the top retailers in the region

Tom Ridsdill-Smith

Chief Digital Officer, Woodside

Tom manages Woodside’s Data Science and IT as Chief Digital Officer. Prior to this he has worked in a variety of roles for Woodside including as VP Science, Chief Scientist, Chief Geophysicist. Before joining Woodside in early 2000, Tom worked for 5 year in airborne geophysics at World Geoscience Corporation. Tom is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia.

James Robbins

CIO Drax Group

As CIO of Drax Group plc James is passionate about Innovation, Information and Improving the way energy is generated, supplied and used for a better future. He is comfortable with digital complexity having also previously led, as CIO, the development and implementation of Innovative Information Transformation strategies across several multi sector organisations including; Northumbrian Water Group, Abellio Transport Holdings and Your Housing. James is a frequent face on the CIO100 and Computing Magazines Top10 UK CIO’s.

Dr. Harrick Vin

Vice President and Global Head of Digitate, TCS

Over the past 20 years, Harrick has been involved in developing novel solutions in variety of areas in computing. Prior to this role, Harrick was the Chief Scientist of the Tata Research Development and Design Centre (TRDDC) at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He was also the Global Head for Innovation and Transformation for IT Infrastructure Services at TCS. Harrick has authored more than 150 papers in leading international journals and conferences and is a recipient of several awards.

Professor Kevin Warwick

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Coventry University

Keynote: Cyborgs, Robots with brains and Turing conversations with AI

Formerly Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, Kevin carries out research in artificial intelligence, control and robotics, and has been described as Britain’s leading prophet of the robot age. As well as publishing over 500 research papers, Kevin’s experiments into implant technology led to him being featured as the cover story on the US magazine ‘Wired’. In 1998 he shocked the international scientific community by having a silicon chip transponder surgically implanted in his left arm.

Prof Avishai Wool

Chief Technology Officer, Algosec

Prof. Avishai Wool, Chief Technology Officer, Algosec Prof. Avishai Wool is an associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. He is also deputy-director of the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center at TAU. His research interests include computer, network, and wireless security, SCADA systems, smart-card and RFID systems, sidechannel cryptanalysis, and firewall technology. Prior to joining Tel Aviv University, Prof. Wool spent four years as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA. In 2000 he co-founded Lumeta Corp. In 2003 he co-founded AlgoSec Systems, a network security company, for which he continues to serve as Chief Technical Officer.

Stream Speakers
Banking and Financial Services

Michel P. van Drie

Managing Director IT Solutions, ABN AMRO

Michel is responsible for the development and implementations of IT Solutions within ABN AMRO. In the journey to bring ABN AMRO in the next digital era of banking, he is also executing a program called TOPS2020, investing in simplification of the IT landscape and further digitization of the ABN AMRO product offering. Prior to this, he took several positions as Operations head for Payments, Securities and later on Fullfilment & Services and led the 2.300 fte Operations NL department during the separation of RBS and the integration between ABN AMRO and Fortis bank.

Juliette French

Head of GOFE Enterprise Systems, Lloyds Banking Group

Juliette has worked in financial services for over 25 years and is an experienced business and technology change manager & programme leader with deep expertise in project development and a strong track record of delivery of global, multi million, multi stream projects. She has worked with top tier institutions, Investment Banks, the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England. Juliette is recognised for her expertise of the dynamics of client relationship management (CRM) operating models, where she delivered capability to over 50 countries for a major investment bank, and management information (MI) design topics and in general a self-confessed numbers geek.

Rakesh Lakhani

Head of Payments Transformation, TCS

Rakesh’s team works across TCS accounts to provide thought leadership, payments re-imagination, programme & architectural governance and subject matter expertise for payments transformation programmes; these include legacy system re-engineering and payments innovation. Rakesh has an extensive architecture background with over a decade of experience implementing the ACH transformation programme in the UK and rolling out the UK faster payments central implementation. He has also had extensive experience transforming a cross border B2B money transfer platform.

Rodger Oates

Consulting Partner Global Consultancy Practice Tata Consultancy Services London

Rodger has 20+ years industry experience across Financial Services in the America’s, Asia, Middle East, Europe and the UK Rodger has a primary focus on helping clients understand transformation and in particular how technology can enable business transformation. He is a regular speaker at industry events and has recently been elected to lead Techuk’s DTL working group.

Alf Otterstad

Executive Vice President, Customer Solutions in IT & Operations, DNB

Alf is responsible for development and management of DNB's most important customer solutions like online banking, mobile banking and Vipps. Alf has IT university degree from Manchester University and has been working with technology both on an operational and strategic level throughout his career. As a technology enthusiast, Alf has been instrumental in assessing the technological foundation for several strategic initiatives at DNB.

V Ramanathan

VP and CTO for Banking and Financial Services, TCS

In his current role, Ram is responsible for incubating and identifying innovative solutions and led several large mission-critical transformation implementations for TCS' BFSI clients across the globe. Two of the complex multi-million dollar programmes he led has won "Banker Technology Awards" from the prestigious UK based Financial Times Group - Banker Magazine highlighting the complexity and business value delivered to the clients. Besides new technology & large scale transformation, he is also keenly interested in Platform based outsourcing.

Dr K P S Sandhu

Enterprise Security Architect, Enterprise Security and Risk Management, TCS

Dr K P S Sandhu has over 16+ years of experience in information technology of which the previous 10 have been in enterprise security spanning Cyber Security Architecture, transitioning and managing security operations, and cloud security. His experience spans the Public Sector, Banking, Retail and Energy sectors wherein he has worked on projects spanning enterprise security architecture, information security strategy, risk management, governance, enterprise resilience, managed security service operation, compliance, audits and vulnerability assessment.

Insurance and Healthcare

Frank Diana

Head – Digital Enterprise Solutions, Global Consulting Practice, TCS

Frank Diana has 29 years of organizational leadership experience in technology and general management. He is currently leading the business solutions organization for TCS Global Consulting, initially focused on digital and analytic solutions. Prior to joining TCS, Frank Diana led an advanced analytics growth business for enherent Corp., and served as Chief Product Officer for Aelera Corporation where he managed the development of a market facing social computing and advanced analytics platform.

Professor Jonathan Freeman

Managing Director, i2 media research ltd & Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Jonathan is a leading expert in consumer and media psychology, behavioural insights and human factors of digital media. Taking his starting point fundamental psychology research and methods, Jonathan has developed and applied a body of knowledge to the optimization of digital media products and services, focused on optimizing user experience. He has 20 years+ record of applied consumer and behavioural insights research for the public, third and commercial sectors, and for brands across sectors.

Jamie MacGregor

Senior Vice President, Celent

Jamie Macgregor is the Senior Vice President of Celent’s Insurance practice and is based in the firm's London office. Jamie has led the development of Celent’s innovation framework and has been a major contributor to shaping Celent’s global insurance agenda. His research focuses on IT strategy and the technology challenges facing the European market, contributing to the debate around innovation, digital transformation, the impact of regulation, and, the emerging insurtech arena.

Gavin Perera-Betts

Chief Customer Officer, NEST

Gavin has been involved with the development of auto enrolment since 2007, initially advising DWP on the operational impacts of the proposed legislation and moving on to the development of the requirements for what would become the solution for NEST.

Prior to his work at NEST, Gavin spent almost his entire career in the corporate pensions sector – with roles at Friends Provident, Clerical Medical, Aon Hewitt, myCSP and Hargreaves Lansdown

Andy Rowland

Head of Customer Innovation Energy & Resources & Automotive, BT

With over 30 years of experience in IT, Andy is an award-winning business technologist holding a special interest in the evolution of new technologies in the interconnected world.

Andy is responsible for using innovation to help address his customer’s business challenges, providing thought leadership on everything from big data, to the internet of things and cyber security.

Traditionally Andy has focused on high value propositions across a range of industries including health, oil and gas, utilities and most recently automotive.

Vineet Singh

Head Insurance Technology Practice - Europe, TCS

Vineet drives technology thought leadership, transformation and innovation within Tata Consultancy Services. He leads a team of Solution and Enterprise Architects, aligned to various technology focus areas and leads in change and transformation programs.

Manufacturing and Healthcare Services

Nandan Kaluskar

Global Head - Internet of Things (IoT) Practice, Manufacturing, TCS

As a business owner, Nandan is responsible for all aspects of Manufacturing IoT business. He is an accomplished business leader with 23+ years of industry experience across management, strategy, operations and delivery of IT solutions and services. He brings a rich experience across diverse domains (Telecom, Financial Services, Healthcare, Medical Devices, Manufacturing and Industrial Process Automation). Nitesh has delivered a talk on "Fast Track to Building Smart Connected City" at LiveWorx 2015, Boston. He is also an IP co-owner.

Sami Habib

Exploration and Production Service Owner, BG Group

Sami Maurice has 20+ years industry experience across the Oil & Gas supply chain. In the past he was responsible for Regional IT Operations across Asia, Middle East and Europe, Downstream Transmission and Distribution, Exploration and Development, and Upstream Conventional and Unconventional operations. In his current role, Sami is Exploration and Production Service Owner at BG Group.

Dana Tamir

VP Marketing, Indegy

Dana Tamir has over 15 years of real-world expertise in the cyber security industry. Dana joined Indegy as VP Marekting after leading IBM-Trusteer product marketing for advanced malware protection solutions . Prior to IBM-Trusteer, Dana led product management and product marketing activities at Imperva (IMPV). Dana also held various security roles at leading companies including Symantec, Bindview and Amdocs. Dana holds an engineering degree from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, in addition to a number of industry and vendor certifications.

Ajay Nandgaonkar

Head of Research and Innovation, Energy and Resources, TCS 

Dr. Ajay Nandgaonkar is a computational physicist by training. His areas of interests include analytics, modeling and simulation of physical systems, computational materials science, high performance computing, medical device design and design thinking. His other interests include cycling, inland wind surfing, enterprise sailing, biking, trekking, typography, cinema, Indian classical music and making a lot of noise with a range of percussion instruments.

Mitesh Patel

Head of Internet of Things (IoT) Practice, Manufacturing, TCS

Along with providing services to clients in the IoT space, Mitesh runs innovation and solution development programs to develop business solution leveraging new age technology.  He works closely with research groups and academia to shape research programs to meet industry needs. He has a fine blend of experience in IT, manufacturing and machine tool making which enables him to leverage IoT to be the best possible. 

Barak Perelman

CEO and Co-Founder, Indegy

Barak Perelman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Indegy, an industrial cybersecurity startup building a comprehensive security and governance platform to protect industrial networks and critical infrastructures. Before founding Indegy, Perelman led several multimillion dollar cybersecurity projects at the Israeli Defense Force and received commendation for his service and achievements. He is a graduate of the elite Talpiot military academy and has over 15 years of hands-on experience in cybersecurity and protection of critical infrastructures. Perelman holds a B.Sc. in computer science, physics and math, and an MBA from the Tel Aviv University.

Gopalan Rajagopalan

Head of TCS Scotland

Gopalan is responsible for continuing to develop TCS’ footprint within the Scottish market. He successfully grew the region for TCS over a 4 year period developing and managing several long standing client relationships. Additionally, Gopalan is responsible for UK Sales for Hi-tech, Energy, Life Sciences and Manufacturing sectors for TCS UK operations. In February 2016, Gopalan was invited by Scottish Government to join their exclusive GlobalScot Network of business leaders and influencers in Scotland.

Dr. Venkataramana Runkana

Dr. Venkataramana Runkana leads the Unit Innovation Programme for Manufacturing & Engineering and Industrial Services Business Units.Venkat has more than 25 years of experience in process modeling, simulation and optimization, advanced data analytics, and process development, scale-up and design. Venkat received the TCS Distinguished Scientist Award in 2014 and is an AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor at IIT Kanpur since May 2013.


Shekar Krishnan

UK Head & Retail & CPG, Tata Consultancy Services

During his 23 years of career with TCS, Shekar has managed several relationships and large programs including the largest IT project of its type in the retail domain in UK. Currently Shekar is responsible for the Retail & CPG business for TCS in UK. Shekar has a Masters degree in Industrial Management from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is affiliated with Project Management Institute and IEEE.

Barry Matthews

Managing Director, Alsbridge

Barry is recognized as one of the leading sourcing practitioners in the UK, having led a wide range of transformational sourcing transactions over the past 18 years. In 2010, Barry recognized that leading businesses were demanding a more agile, expert and relationship based approach to sourcing advice and he co-founded Source to address that need. Alsbridge acquired Source in 2015 and Barry leads Alsbridge’s business in Europe, overseeing operational and delivery services with the objective of ensuring that all Alsbridge advised deals deliver positive outcomes.

Tim Price

CTO,  N Brown Group

Tim applies start-up learning and ethos to enterprises. This results in true innovation, quicker time to market, better customer experience and challenging traditional convention. He has worked in a range of start-ups and enterprises across Utility, Telco, Retail and Financial services since he graduated in 1997. Tim is currently CTO for N Brown Group which is undergoing a full transformation and has brands such as JD Williams, Simple Be and Jacamo.

Joe Skorupa

Editorial Director, RIS News

Joe is the Editorial Director and featured blogger for RIS News, an EnsembleIQ media portfolio. Joe is consistently named as one of the top 50 Influencers in Retail, a top 10 retail technology blogger and asked to be a presenter at SXSW Interactive. Joe is a frequently quoted source who has appeared in USA Today, American Public Media (NPR), Washington Post and others. He is also a frequent speaker at retail industry conferences such as the NRF Big Show and Shop.Org.

Rich Sherman

Senior Fellow, Supply Chain Centre of Excellence, TCS

A recognized author and thought leader on trends across supply chain management, Rich’s book Supply Chain Transformation: Practical Roadmap for Best Practice Results (Wiley, 2012) is praised as a great read on business transformation. Rich successfully launched the supply chain advisory services for AMR Research (now Gartner) and led the development of the SCOR® model, founding and serving on the APICS Supply Chain Council. Additionally, Rich serves as EVP, APICS Austin and held senior management positions with market leading technology and consulting corporations.

Travel Transport and Hospitality

Dr. Anders Adrem

Partner, PA Consulting & Travel, Transportation and Logistics Expert

Anders has more than 15 years of experience as management consultant and advisor to executives and board members of public companies as well as state owned enterprises and organisations.

He has international experience, but over the last few years, mainly been working in the Nordics Anders is specialised within the transportation sector including post and logistics, aviation, hotels, rail and infrastructure. Primary clients include senior executives, CEO’s, CCO’s and COO’s and Business Area Managers, or similar, of larger clients.

Fergus Boyd

VP - Digital & IT, YOTEL

Fergus is responsible for all digital strategy and services, IT innovation and back end and guest-facing technology including support of current hotels and strategic direction for IT in the cabins and shared spaces in new YOTEL hotels. He is a serial digital entrepreneur and technology transformation agent and led award-winning IT, eCommerce and innovation initiatives in Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. Fergus was nominated as one of the top 100 UK CIOs for 2016.

Satish Byravan

CTO, Travel, Transportation and Hospitality Business Unit, TCS

Satish is an established technology leader and thinker with many industry-first solutions and products to his credit. In his current role, Satish is responsible for Research and Innovation for the TCS' Travel, Transport and Hospitality unit. As the unit's CTO, he is responsible for technology strategy and roadmap. He has been closely involved in numerous transformational programs across the breadth of the Travel, Transport and Hospitality industries.

Gary Donnelly

Vice President EMEA IT, Avis Budget Group

Gary has been with Avis for approximately 5 years, joining in 2012 from Gazprom Marketing and Energy Trading division. His career has seen him hold a number of senior IT positions mainly in Energy/Utility companies. AsVice President EMEA IT Gary manages all IT for the 12 Corporate ABG countries and 60+ Licensees. Gary is responsible for the development and maintenance of all technology that their customers use to interact with

Rama Gheerawo

Director, the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Arts

Rama Gheerawo is an international figure within design, business and innovation with nearly two decades of experience as. He is a serial innovator in the fields of technology, products, services and transport with over 100 projects to his name. He works with government, industry and the public sector with a client list that includes Samsung, Toyota, P&G, Panasonic, Sony, Arthritis Research UK and the UK and Hong Kong governments – training around 400 civil servants for the latter on creativity and leadership.


Philip Clayson

Technology Director, Business Systems
TalkTalk Group PLC

Philip is an transformational technology leader having delivered many world firsts including the digital video standard MPEG, co-developing the now ubiquitous ‘EPG’ for StarTV and being part of the team that architected Freeview. Philip’s technology career also includes developing the concept of browser technology into consumer devices, the modern day fore-runner of the iPhone and delivering major technology for the 2012 Olympics. Philip has worked with some of the biggest media and telco brands including News, Oracle, Arqiva, BT and TalkTalk.

Bernice Demarco

Director, Group Revenue Assurance, BT Group

As Director of Group Revenue Assurance in BT, Bernice leads one of the most comprehensive and diverse RA functions in the industry, overseeing BT’s wholesale and retail revenue streams across 6 different businesses. Before BT, Bernice worked at a variety of telcos, including TalkTalk, AOL Broadband, Carphone Warehouse and Vodafone. She has great hands-on experience, with over 16 years in RA, fraud management and billing. She is also in the steering committee of the Industry Risk and Assurance Group (RAG), helping to ensure the RAG always remains relevant to CPs and current issues they are facing.

Richard Hepworth

Digital Transformation Director, Energy Retailers & Water companies, PwC

Richard is an experienced leader of Digital Transformation programs, delivering new capabilities and operating models.  With over 20 years’ experience of implementing customer strategies through multiple channels, including the utilisation of advanced analytics for customer segmentation and propensity modelling.

Xavier Mamo

EDF Energy R&D UK Centre

Xavier is leading the development of EDF Group research and development activities in the UK. Prior to his current role, Xavier was directing a department at EDF R&D in France dealing with electricity system economics and technologies, working on renewable and storage integration and impact on the electricity system. He also successfully steered the creation of an institute for photovoltaic technology development and innovation in France (IPVF) bringing together industrial (EDF, Total, Air Liquide), academic and government partners.

Russell Morris

Head of IT, Northern Powergrid

Russell Morris, is a Global Information Technology Leader with 16 years’ experience developing and executing IT strategies in alignment with corporate objectives. With diverse experience in aggressive M&A and Private Equity environments, Russell has consistently delivered innovative and complex information security solutions and within highly distributed and multi-divisional teams, including the leadership of a Pan European team across 40+ locations and 18 independent countries.

Gobinda Pal

Director – Networked Industries , TCS

Gobinda is part of TCS UK & Ireland’s leadership team responsible TCS’ growth within the Energy and Utility, Telecoms and Media Industry. He has over 23+ years of experience in the industry. He has spent a significant part of his career focusing on Utility industry globally and has spent the last 12 years with UK and Ireland clients. Gobinda has lead TCS’ engagements across the big six electricity retailers in UK bringing in solutions across the customer service, asset management and back office areas. He has a masters degree from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

Venkatesh Patil

Engineering Services Head for Energy, Utility, Resources & Govt Sectors, TCS

Venkatesh Patil is Global Head of Engineering business for Energy, Utility, Resources & Government sectors in TCS. He is responsible for Engineering service delivery & customer relationship across these sectors. Engineering services portfolio includes Design Engineering, Production Operations, Asset Management, Capital Projects, Geospatial Technology, Plant Automation & Controls Engineering, IT – OT integration, IoT, Real Time Systems Engineering. Venkatesh has over 21 years of industry experience across Energy, Utilities and Manufacturing domains.

Sumit Kumar Ray

CTO, Utilities Industry Solution Unit, TCS

Sumit has over 18 years of experience in projects involving IT, instrumentation, and automation. He is the architect of the TCS’ framework for smart metering and is presently driving all of TCS’ smart metering initiatives. He leads the program support for TCS’ smart metering projects in the UK, the US, and Australia, and has hands-on experience with leading metering systems, meter data management, and home automation products. In the past, Sumit has worked with ABB and Emerson Electric on power plant automation projects and power SCADA projects.

Dr. Gabrielle Walker

Chief Scientist, Xynteo

Gabrielle advises C-Level executives from a variety of industries about low-carbon and resource-efficient growth, using sustainability as a better way to do business and providing leadership toolkits for the twenty-first century. She has written and commissioned in all areas of science and technology, from quantum computers to novel energy sources and the future of biotechnology. She has presented for BBC Radio, writes for many newspapers and magazines and is the co-author of The Hot Topic.

Matt Webb

Matt is accountable for the end-to-end asset data and information lifecycle, including collection and capture, asset registers and geospatial systems management, data quality management and analytics.

Prior to joining UK Power Networks in 2008, Matt operated in various management and leadership roles within the construction and building services sector. He is a highly experienced business and data management professional with a deep knowledge of business strategy and planning.


Institute of Engineering Technology : Savoy Place
2 Savoy Place,
London WC2R 0BL

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Accommodation Options

This year’s TCS Innovation Forum is to be held at the IET, Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL

Should you wish to arrange accommodation in advance, please see our list of recommended hotels below. All of the hotels listed are in walking distance from the venue.

Please note we do not have any rooms on allocation for this event. To make an enquiry or to find out the best available rates, please follow the links below to visit the website for the hotel directly.

The Savoy – 5* 
Tel: 020 7836 4343

Strand, London WC2R 0EU
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The Waldorf Hilton – 5* 
Tel: 020 7836 2400

Aldwych, London WC2B 4DD
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ME London – 5* 
Tel: 0808 234 1953

336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA
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Strand Palace Hotel – 4* 
Tel: 020 7379 4737

372 Strand, London WC2R 0JJ
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Amba Hotel – 4* 
Tel: 0871 376 9012

Strand, London WC2N 5HX
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Premier Inn – 3* 
Tel: 0871 527 9334

Leicester Square, Queens House, 1 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7BP
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Citadines – 3* 
Tel: 020 7766 3700

Trafalgar Square, 18-21 Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5EA
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Registration for TCS Innovation Forum 2017 is now closed. If you would like to register interest in attending 2018 Forum or have any enquiries, please contact