Speakers

Lead, Drive, and Sustain Your Lasting Digital Transformation
Tuesday 18 October 2022 ︱London

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DAN GARRETT

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CEO and Founder, Farewill

After obtaining a masters in Structural Engineering at Oxford, Dan Garrett - Farewill’s CEO and Co-Founder - studied Global Innovation Design at the Royal College of Art in Tokyo. It was while working in a Japanese residential home that he was confronted with the ineffectiveness of death care, and saw an opportunity to re-design how we deal with death.

On his return to the UK, he set about becoming an expert in will-writing and funerals. He organised 15 funerals and obtained will-writing qualifications, and in doing so grew even more concerned about the state of the death industry.

He went on to create Farewill in 2015, which aims to make death simpler for everyone and make every death a simpler, affordable, brighter goodbye. It does this through offering innovative products such as online will-writing and direct cremation, as well as a customer experience that’s vastly different from the type offered by solicitors and funeral directors.

Farewill is now the UK’s favourite will-writer, winning National Will Writing Firm of the Year for the third year in a row and Probate Provider of the Year for the second consecutive year at the 2021 British Wills and Probate Awards. Farewill also won Best Funeral Information Provider and Low-cost funeral provider of the Year at the Good Funeral Awards 2021. The organisation has been voted the UK’s best-rated death experts on Trustpilot, scoring an average customer approval rating of 4.9/5 from over 10,000 reviews.

By drastically reducing costs, transforming communication, securing staggering customer approval ratings, and raising over £615 million for charity through legacy pledges, Farewill has initiated a paradigm shift in the sector. Dan was named Outstanding Legal Innovator of the Year in 2019 and Disruptor of the Year in 2020.
JAMES EDWARDS

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Digital Innovation Lead EMEA, Kimberly-Clark

James has 12 years of experience bringing entrepreneurial behaviours into blue-chip organizations.

Having worked at Unilever, Allianz, a startup incubator, and now Kimberly-Clark, James understands what it takes to ideate, experiment and develop propositions within the spaces of horizon 1, 2 and 3 innovation.

With experience also working in a startup, James knows both worlds and can help larger organisations leverage the benefits of working with their external ecosystem and bring the outside, in.

BEN OTTO

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Chief Technology Officer, Onto

Ben is currently the CTO at Onto (https://on.to), the all-inclusive electric vehicle subscription service. Onto are sustainability changing the concept of car ownership for everyone. Over the last 10 years, Ben has been growing engineering teams across both start-ups and larger enterprises. He has spent time helping Gousto to put in place the foundations for growth as well as spending time leading the engineering teams for Europe on the QuickBooks product at Intuit. Ben is passionate about creating a great place to work for his teams, emphasising a culture of learning and growth, while creating delightful products for customers.

GASTON TOURN

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Chief Marketing Officer, Appear Here

Gastón Tourn is CMO of Appear Here, the world's leading marketplace for retail space. He previously worked for Google across several international markets.

Gastón studied Communication at the University of Buenos Aires, completed an MBA programme in Marketing at The Wharton School and a Master's in Creative Writing at Oxford University. If that wasn't nerd enough, he is currently studying for a Master's in Software Engineering at Harvard University, as he dreams of becoming a code poet.

JULIA ARENSON

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Head of Creative Operations, Specsavers

Julia is Head of Creative Operations at Specsavers Agency where she works with senior leadership to build a future-proofed in-house agency. In 2021, she was named one of Campaign's 40 over 40, joined BIMA's brand council and judged the BIMA 100, the industry body’s annual award for the hundred most influential people in UK digital and tech. She is also an avid mentor working with SheSays, Brixton Finishing School and Lollipop. 

Prior to Specsavers, she was Head of Creative Production at VCCP Blue where she helped treble the size of the agency and build integrated creative and production departments. She's worked on brands such as Kimberly Clark, Compare the Market, Molson Coors, Macmillan, Kellogg’s, and HSBC. Julia has also held positions at JWT, Leo Burnett, a bakery, a law firm, a health clinic, had a paper round and various lemonade stands. She works in Guernsey, was born in Russia, grew up in Canada and lives in North London with her husband Alex and two kids.

DALE LEWIS

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Principal Google Cloud Engineer, BT

Dale is currently leading the core engineering team migrating the largest customer database in the UK to Google Cloud. He has a largely data based background working with Financial control PLSQL, Java APIs (Internal and external monetisation) and Cloud Native Data Solutions.

Ryan Flynn, Specialist Software Engineer, British Telecom

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Specialist Software Engineer, BT

Ryan joined British Telecom 3 years ago as a graduate software engineer. Since joining, he has worked on Google Cloud, focussing on building British Telecom's next generation data platform. Ryan's interests are in machine learning, the cloud and building scalable software.

Mark Jankovich - Speaker

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CEO, Delphis Eco

Sustainability entrepreneur Mark Jankovich is the founder and CEO of Delphis Eco (delphiseco.com), Britain’s leading manufacturer of professional environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

Former City-banker Jankovich founded Delphis Eco in the challenging environment of 2008, realising that the green economy is the future and needed help. With the principle that both corporates and individuals must take responsibility for driving positive environmental change, tackling the questions ‘if not me, then who?’ his vision is to put the environment first and prove that businesses can deliver against both purpose and profit.

Daniel Randell, Senior Cloud Engineer, British Telecom

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Senior Cloud Engineer, BT

Daniel has been with British Telecom in a variety of roles for the last 3 years, predominately as a cloud engineer. Having been with British Telecom since the start of their Google Cloud Platform journey, Daniel is excited to share their progress, as well as his thoughts on the process. 

ANGE JOHNSON DE WET

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Head of Function - Cloud Enabled Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group

Ange is responsible for Governance and Compliance for Lloyd Banking Group’s Cloud Enabled Business Transformation Programme. Before her current role, Ange was Head of Cloud and Technology Change Risk.

Prior to working at Lloyds, Ange led transformation teams and programmes at Deutsche Bank including: Cloud Security, Risk and Compliance, Anti-Financial Crime Analytics, Data Quality People Change and Money Markets
Finance, Risk and Regulatory Reporting.

Before joining Deutsche Bank, Ange worked as a Senior Manager at EY across Asia Pacific and EMEIA within the Financial Services Organisation focusing on Corporate Banking and Capital Markets transformation and business,technology and programme advisory. Ange started her career at IBM in Australia working as a developer, tester,
designer and then business analyst and project manager.

Ange has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics / Robotics) and Computer Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

MARK PARR

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Global Director of Information Technology, HFW

Mark has a strong pedigree of delivering information systems and technology solutions across the globe. He is a seasoned executive with over 30 years’ experience providing strategy, governance and thought leadership across technology environments and information security disciplines. Mark's broad understanding of technology enables him to navigate the most complex issues and drive consensus to deliver tangible business results.

Mark begin his career as a Technology apprentice within the British Army, and built a successful 27 year military career delivering command and control networks, technology solutions and information systems in support of operations globally. Post his military career, Mark went on to join KPMG UK LLP, initially undertaking a People Operations role. It was during this time that Mark quickly established himself as a subject matter expert in Risk Management, Cyber Security and Information Assurance leading to him being appointed as the Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Information Assurance.

In his current role at HFW as the Global Director of IT, Mark is driving transformational change and is focused on delivering best-in-class technology solutions and acting as the driving force behind HFW's digital transformation focusing on people, process and technology. The mission of his team is to provide an outstanding service to HFW by delivering and supporting robust, secure, flexible and intuitive solutions and to add value to the firm and its clients as a strategic partner through the innovative use of technology.

Mark has a passion for business-led innovation, encouraging understanding, exploration and adoption of new technologies through collaboration across the firm, with HFW clients and external Partners. He is also a champion and industry commentator for greater diversity and inclusion in technology, as well as being incredibly active in promoting the transition and employability of military veterans.

ANDY WIGGAN

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VP Product Management, GoCardless

Andy is the Vice President of Product Management at GoCardless, leading a department of
highly skilled product managers who are responsible for driving forward the organisation’s
product and feature innovations. Andy joined GoCardless in 2020, but has a long and
demonstrated history of working in the subscriptions industry for both digital and consumer goods.

Prior GoCardless Andy was the Direct of Product Engineering and Growth at Paws.com, as
well at the Director of Payments at Spotify. During his time at Spotify he headed up the
payment division and was responsible for global payment acceptance strategy and execution
(online and offline) whilst also leading a team of payments operators who managed revenue
streams north of 2billion transactions/ year.

Andy also has a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University Cambridge.