CIO Event March 2017 7th March, 2017
Celtic Manor Resort

Top Speakers

Joanna Drake
Joanna Drake Sr Director - Skyscanner
Neil Jarvis
Neil Jarvis CIO & CISO - Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
Amitabh Apte
Amitabh Apte Global CTO - Reckitt Benckiser
Paul Heffernan
Paul Heffernan Group CISO at Unipart

Event Description

Be apart of our flagship meeting of senior IT professionals focusing on Digital Transformation and the future of cyber security

We constantly hear industry commentators talk about the engine of IT change – this year it’s cloud computing, social business, mobile computing and, big data or analytics. We also hear talk about how customers’ expectations are changing and how businesses need to deliver better joined-up, high-quality customer experiences.

Because of this we have leveraged our global IT community to create a world-class, executive driven academic platform to help you make the right decisions for your organisation. This years’ events will discuss “the digital enterprise” and how CIO’s will utilise technology to gain a competitive advantage and debate the digital transformation going into 2016.

The Event is held globally and features over 100 CIO's in each region championing think tanks, panel discussions and workshops creating a dynamic mix of thought leadership, and best practice strategies.


Aston Martin

Aston Martin



Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport



Hovis Limited

Hovis Limited

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07:30 - 08:45
09:00 - 09:50

Opening Panel: How to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The GDPR will come into force on 25 May 2018. It will have a huge impact on any company dealing with EU personal data. Since the last act was introduced, technology has enhanced significantly with the creation of internet devices, online retail and the growth of new industries based on the use of personal data. The GDPR intends to bring data protection into the 21st century. Hear how our panellists are dealing with this change.

Professor Conor Ward
Professor Conor Ward Professer - The Centre for Commercial Law Studies
Dr. Richard Sykes
Dr. Richard Sykes Chairman - Cloud Industry Forum
Joanna Drake
Joanna Drake Sr Director - Skyscanner
Paul Heffernan
Paul Heffernan Group CISO at Unipart
10:00 - 10:35

Modern Day Cyber Crime - How easy is it to be a hacker?

Cyber crime is big business. What motivates a cyber criminal and how can we use that knowledge to defend our businesses better?

From the perspective of an 'ethical' hacker, the speaker will illustrate the modern world of cyber crime, motivations and ill-gotten gains that motivate hackers today. From this, the presentation will outline the practical steps an organisation can take to prevent itself becoming another breach statistic.

Paul Heffernan
Guest Speaker: Paul Heffernan, Group CISO at Unipart
Words from our attendees

  • I thought the quality and mix of contributions and the engagement from the audience was excellent. 

    It felt more like an interactive team exercise in some respects, than a sit back and listen conference, and for me was more enjoyable and genuinely helpful for that. Similar folks, passionate about their brands and their work, but with different best practice to share – very collaborative, which I personally like.

    So all good and thanks for the chance to take part. It’s always a drain on time, which none of us have, but it was worth it.

    - Tim Sinclair - Marketing & Retail, Alrayan Bank
  • Congratulations on a superb event! A well worked agenda with relevant content and an invaluable opportunity to meet with a senior audience in an environment as stunning and inspiring as the Celtic Manor.Throughout my esteemed career I have attended more events than I care to recall, but this one really stands for me as being amongst the best! I would like to thank the team at GBE for their diligence and commitment to creating a outstanding event from start to finish. Thanks

    - Shane Stowells - Sales Director, Tangoe
  • Having been a salesperson for over 20 years I have been to many networking events over the years and I have to say, this has got to be one of the best! It was well managed from the outset but the calibre of attendees was far superior and the timings of all meetings were kept. I would definitely recommend this event to anyone who is serious about networking and lead generation. Looking forward to the next one!

    - Greta Read - Business Development, Pickfords
  • "Another concise, factual and easy to follow course. Presentation was very good.” - Margaret Wearing (ATT)

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Blog articles associated with this event:

New horizon visible as clouds clear CIO 09
New horizon visible as clouds clear by Crispin O'Connell - CTO, Welsh Goverment
The Rise of the A.I. Workforce CIO 31
The Rise of the A.I. Workforce Gordon Jeffrey - Chief Scientist & Principal, Collaborative Research Foundation
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