CIO Advisory Board

The purpose of the Advisory Board is to help us gauge what lies ahead and ensures the quality and sustainability of the CIO Event. By collaborating with some of the best organisations in the world, and key individuals in their field, we hope that the collective wisdom of this crowd will help us to unearth the things to come in technology and security. Our advisors are carefully selected to guarantee that it’s made up of some of the industry’s most respected, knowledgeable and innovative members.


They provide strategic direction on our CIO Event agenda's worldwide, selecting the best speakers, refining the format to deliver an exceptional experience, and advising on critical solution providers to harness the best from their people. You deserve to have the best quality event. Not just for learning and inspiration, but also for networking and serious fun. This is our mission. The advisory board is key in realising that dream.



Adam has more than 20 years of IT leadership experience, managing global IT teams across the retail, manufacturing, and financial services sectors. Working as regional CIO and CTO for Eurasia and Africa atCoca Cola and IT Director – Service Excellence at GE Capital, Adam has built a reputation as a robust, direct and keen strategist, seeing possibilities in every situation and acting quickly on those possibilities. His key accomplishments include; reducing cycle time on product claims processing by over 50%, ensuring compliance with new EU legislation across 7000 product variants and delivering a new operational capability and system solution in less than 18 months, and delivering a 10% reduction in FTE and a successful internal audit in just seven months.

 adrian tucker, CIO - Student Loans Company

Adrian has led large transformation activity in multi-sector environments. His background comes from retail which experience in Arcadia and Boots, Telco with experience at T -Mobile and Vodafone. More recently, Adrian has worked in central government at the Department of Education, where Adrian lea and completes a total technology change in 18 months. Now at the Students Loan Company, Adrian continues a transform Technology in organisations.


Anwar is a recognised authority on the subject of Data Governance, Master Data Management and Information Management. Anwar has developed his own unique Data Governance methodology and deep?dives into the critical areas that companies often struggle with and prescribes ‘Data’ as the new business imperative. His approach has been adopted by many multi-national companies, software companies and consulting firms in the USA, Australia, Asia and Europe With 29 years of experience at TNT, Anwar has a proven track record in Functional management, global project delivery, controlling core business processes, managing large teams, implementing applications and technology presented in the form of tangible top and bottom line benefits from the outset.


A CIO100 IT leader and MBA graduate with 20 years IT industry experience. Dave participates on several IT Advisory Boards, providing recommendations to groups within Education, Industry and Government. He was appointed as a Fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in 2015. Dave is focused on delivering transformational IT services and driving forward programmes of change within B2B and B2C markets.


David’s key strengths include responsibility for everything that underpins the smooth running of the business. This includes all aspects of Technology, Change and Operations. Generally bringing together all the teams necessary to deliver a best in class service to customers. Prior to joining RSA David worked for Royal Bank of Scotland, as Head of Technology and Operations within Commercial &Private Banking. Looking after Back Office operations for a number of Brands including Coutts, Ulster Bank, NatWest, Lombard, Invoice Finance to name a few.

5c1ab98cc116f-michael-chachula.jpg michael chachula, Executive Director, IHOP IT - Dine Brands Global

Michael Chachula is the IT Director of Strategy, Innovation & PMO for DineEquity the parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP. Michael is an astute and highly accomplished executive, motivational speaker and innovator; he has over 25 years of hands-on experience within large and multinational companies. Having experience in four major industries, Finance, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods and Consumer Electronics, Michael has a wide breadth of experience in creating business and IT solutions that work. His perspective will provide options and thoughts through the lens of breakthrough innovation and out of the box thinking. He will leave you inspired and motivated to take on your most challenging business and technical situations.



Paul is the Group CISO for Unipart Group of Companies. With nine years experience in the cyber security world, including consulting to some of the world's biggest brands, he engages with the business at board level to enable trusted secure commerce. With an ‘ethical hacker; background, he is able to address complex security challenges but is equally passionate about driving effective change through unambiguous leadership and communication. When he isn't keeping Unipart safe, you can find him tinkering with code and figuring out how to inspire the next generation of cyber security professionals.



Peter is Chief Data Officer at Southern Water and is tasked with developing and delivering a data strategy for the organisation. Previously Peter was Head of Data at The Pensions Regulator (TPR), which regulates the pensions and automatic enrolment in the UK. Before joining TPR. Peter spent 17 years providing data strategy consultancy across the not for profit sector, financial services and FMCG, working with large multi-national organisations and bluechip brands. Peter is a specialist in Data Strategy, Data Technologies, Master Data Management Strategies, Data Governance Frameworks, GDPR and Data Science Strategies.


Richard Entrup is the Global Chief Information Officer at Christie’s with responsibility for the strategic vision and leadership of Christie’s Information Technology, Digital Transformation, Cybersecurity, and Emerging Technology initiatives. Prior to Christie’s, Richard held various technology leadership roles at prominent global brands including Disney/ABC TV Group, Time Warner Inc., The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Viacom, and Tiffany & Company. Richard has also served as CIO at a major global law firm and several healthcare companies with documented success aligning technology investment to strategic business objectives.


Prof Sharm Manwani directs Strategy, Business Design & Enterprise Architecture programmes for corporates and consultancies at Henley Business School. He supervises and conducts research into Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence Governance, and IT Leadership topics. Sharm has advised the European Commission on Digital Leadership education and leads Henley’s EA Survey collaboration with McKinsey. Sharm is a Fellow of the BCS, a regular judge at the UK IT Industry awards and presents at many business and academic conferences. He was awarded the Henley Doctoral Research Paper Prize for his analysis of how IT aligns to and delivers business needs at corporate, group and operating unit levels.

 Benjamin Hope, EVO IT & Systems - Fox Networks Group

Chief Information Officer for Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports, Fox Cable Networks, and FNG International, which includes Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Experienced executive with extensive leadership experience across multiple business disciplines, including information technology, finance, sales and operations. Demonstrated history of delivering results by developing effective business strategies, building forward thinking teams, and making sound investment decisions.

 Donald Kuk, CTO - MEDNAX

Innovative multiple industry award winning Global Business Transformation, Operational Excellence and Quality Executive with 15+ years of delivering record setting top line growth (+45% and +$1.2 Billion annually) and margin improvement (+18% to 47%) in every assignment across multiple industries with speciality leading rapid global enterprise end-to-end business, manufacturing and transactional process and technology transformation, finance and regulatory compliance redesign, optimization and restructuring through advanced business, operations, finance, sales, marketing, services and call centre analysis, reengineering, program and change management and globalization.

 Jonathan Wong, CIO - Playboy Enterprises Inc

Global Technology leader and entrepreneur with nearly two decades of experience and a breadth of expertise in developing and leading world-class technology solutions for both multi-billion-dollar corporates and agile growth companies alike. Currently managing a portfolio of private equity backed companies, including Playboy Enterprises Inc, PBTV LLC, and RealD Inc. Responsible for all global operational and strategic directives related to technology. Active pursuits include blockchain, distributed computing, home automation, and machine learning.

 Scott Strickland, Global CIO - Wyndham Hotel Group

Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) with significant experience in transforming IT departments to align with business needs. Deep expertise in digital marketing, supply chain systems, business intelligence, organization design, and cost optimization. Scott Strickland will spearhead the ongoing effort to enhance and implement Wyndham’s overall technology strategy and the continued migration of the company’s 18 brands to the Sabre SynXis property management and central reservation system. Wyndham Hotel Group was the first global hospitality company of its scale to roll out the system helping economy and midscale hoteliers grow their business by more efficiently managing pricing and inventory.

 Simon Iddon, Group CIO - The Restaurant Group

Simon Iddon, Group Chief Information Officer at The Restaurant Group (whose brands include Chiquito, Frankie & Benny's, and Garfunkel's, puts his vision and creativity to good use in getting the most out of technology for the benefit of businesses and customers. Over last 24 months he has delivered a major digital transformation programme of all front and back of house systems and processes across all trading formats. The campaign has removed legacy systems and delivered immediate benefits to customers, operational efficiencies, cost savings and increased sales. It has also provided a platform for future enablement. The programme was delivered on time, under budget and exceeded it’s benefits case. 

5a3a75b5d65b3-steve-watt.jpg steve watt, CIO - University of St Andrews

Currently Chief Information Officer at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Steve is a European Engineer, Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of the British Computer Society, with over 25 years’ experience working within the IT industry.  As CIO he is responsible for the strategic development of all IT provision, information assurance and governance and business transformation activities for the University.  Steve has been listed in Holyrood Connect’s The Tech 100 for numerous consecutive years and was awarded the title of ICT Leader of the Year in 2013.   He is a member of the Board of Management of Dundee & Angus College and has completed his 3-year tenure as Chair of the Higher Education IT Directors in Scotland in 2016.

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