Amy is Service Delivery Director at AbilityNet, a UK Tech Charity and one of the founding member organisations of CITA. AbilityNet uses the power of Technology to remove barriers to inclusion for disabled and older people and help them to achieve their objectives at home, at work and in education. Amy has 20 years’ experience of service and sales leadership and transformation in business services and tech organisations. She oversees the Workplace and Student services, the ‘IT Can Help’ volunteering team, the Assistive Tech Advice and Information line and the Online Resources provided by AbilityNet.
Andy works at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood and is their Cyber Security desk lead for UK strategic operations across Europe and Africa. His experience includes operational planning for tactical and strategic ICS networks, information security management and practitioner for the governance of cryptographic material. He is actively serving with the Royal Corps of Signals.
Andy is a member of the of the WCIT and supports their IT project’s panel with pro-bono work. He is also a committee member for the newly formed Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Exchange, designed by the WCIT to help charities maximise the benefits of new technologies, while also sharing lessons, stimulating debate and making connections to industry experts.
Not only is Andy an underachieving golfer but also a Fellow of the British Computer Society. He holds four degrees which include: an executive MSc in Programme and Project Management from Cranfield University and an MBA from Northampton. He has written about the strategic challenges of implementing Robotic Process Automation to corporate strategy and the benefits of collective mindfulness in project governance.
David Rippon (Chair)
David has worked in IT for over 40 years, 15 of which have been spent as I.T. Director in two major businesses, Land Securities (a UK FTSE 100 plc) and Massey-Ferguson. As the head of IT in these organisations he has been responsible for the successful implementation of several multi million pound projects. David has also established a Research Centre into Applied Computing as Professor of IT Infrastructure Management at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. Most recently David was Director of the University of London Computer Centre for 7 years overseeing the transformation of that organisation into an entrepreneurial shared service provider in the education and wider public sector.
David is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. He maintains a strong involvement with the promotion of professional standards within the I.T. community and has a particular interest in ensuring that IT is accessible and does not disadvantage any member of society in today’s world of ‘digital by default’.
Giles has 25 years’ experience in helping organisations improve the way that they use data to improve customer experiences, working across public, corporate and financial services sectors. He is Managing Director of Sefas Innovation Ltd, a software company that helps organisations create, produce and control personalised communications across paper and digital channels to improve the customer experience. Sefas is a subsidiary of Groupe La Poste.
Giles is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
After 13 years at IBM, during 25 years in IT outsourcing at Capgemini Gordon had a wide career. He variously transitioned and managed services in the UK, Singapore and Europe, managed complex accounts and lead business sectors. Latterly, he instigated new business protocols and negotiated significant service contracts while delivering multi-million pound budgets. Gordon has a trusted reputation with clients and peers for resolving service and contract difficulties, has delivered training and career acceleration programmes and provided coaching for staff from graduates to executives.
He is now a freelance executive coach and interim, helping people to grow their careers, businesses to get more return from their IT investment and providing pro bono work for the WCIT.
Gordon is a Certified Member of the IOD and a Henley Business School certified executive coach. He is a member of the Association for Professional Executive Coaching & Supervision and of the Henley Coaching Centre.
Ian is the Senior Partner at Henderson Services LLP which provides interim IT management and other IT services to wide range of clients in both the Public and Private and Third sectors. With over 40 years IT experience including over 30 years within Senior IT Management positions, he has a wide range experiences in companies and organisations in the Private, Public and Third Sectors including Financial Services, Charities, Laundries (NHS), Shared Services, Retail, FMCG, Logistics & Distribution, Insurance (Marine), Marine Services, Professional Services, Housing Construction, Mobile Telephony/E-Payment, Metals, Hotels, Optics, Billing (Airports), Non-Departmental Government Organisations, Education, and Local Government.
Ian is a Trustee with a charitable medical foundation, School Governor and a former Non-Executive Director (NED) with a local government social enterprise.
Ian is a Member of the British Computer Society, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and a Member of the Company of The Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames.
James is the chief executive officer of Whiteoaks, one of the UK’s top ten technology PR consultancies (PR Week). With overall responsibility for the management of Whiteoaks, he is the majority shareholder in the business and provides high level strategic and consultative guidance to major clients and their senior internal stakeholders.
James has been providing communications consultancy to a wide range of clients across the IT, telecoms, B2B and professional services sectors for more than 20 years. His client experience includes AMD, Autodesk, Autonomy, British Telecom, Dell, Ericsson Mobile Communications, Honeywell, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Siemens, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Vodafone and Xerox.
He is a member of the Public Relations & Communications Association (PRCA), Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and Institute of Directors (IoD). James is also a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London, Trustee Board Member of the Charity IT Association (CITA) and has frequently featured in PR Week’s Power Book (the definitive guide to the brightest and most influential PR professionals in Britain) and the Who’s Who of Britain’s Young Entrepreneurs.
Steve’s long career in IT started with a Post Office Telecommunications Apprenticeship in 1973. In 1979 Steve joined Cable & Wireless UK Services as a Service Engineer but in 1984 having risen to Area Manager for the South East of England Steve co-founded Astro Communications to focus on the networking technologies that were the predecessors of the Internet. While with Astro, Steve has been responsible for the design and delivery of some very innovative and challenging technology solutions including: safety systems for the North Sea oil industry, global wide area networks, autonomous vehicle networks and many others. Steve has also been engaged as a trouble-shooter, to diagnose and resolve persistent business threatening problems on some of the largest, complex IT networks in the UK, public and private.
Steve is a Liveryman of the IT Livery Company and an active volunteer, fulfilling a long-term desire to put something back into the industry that has brought him so much pleasure.