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About the Event

Infrastructure Anywhere, Infrastructure Everywhere

On-premise, in the Cloud, co-located, or a combination of all three?  Our IT Infrastructures are now more disparate than ever and yet the goal remains the same, managing them as single entities. Factoring in Infrastructure of varying ages, vendors, alongside shadow IT lurking in the dark recesses of our institutions, this becomes ever more challenging.

Reports of the death of the on-premise data centre may have been greatly exaggerated, but the proliferation of different types of infrastructure in likely disparate geographical locations is very real.  As a result, our own Infrastructure Teams now need to work in more agile and mobile ways, with DevOps and infrastructure-as-code being the new norm. How can we manage it all effectively, ensuring that we can support the digital services our own institutions rely on?  Can we achieve the panacea of a single management interface?  What about the challenges our infrastructure teams face in developing, implementing and managing these technologies?

We want our delegates to come to IG19 ‘Infrastructure Anywhere, Infrastructure Everywhere’ with plenty of questions.  With a programme combining technical insight and strategic foresight, IG19  aims to help answer these and many other questions, both in terms of infrastructure today as well as the infrastructure of tomorrow.

This year's conference is aimed at both technology practitioners as well as technology leaders and features a great mix of sector-led presentations, interactive sessions, business showcases and insightful keynotes. As ever, IG19 will offer excellent peer networking opportunities, something that we know is very much valued by our delegates.

For IG19 we return to one of Leeds most famous landmarks, the stylish and elegant Art Deco Queens Hotel.  Over-looking Leeds City Square, with its own private entrance from the adjacent train station, and restaurants, bars and shops all within easy reach, the Queens will be a fantastic venue for this year’s conference.


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Ryan Harris

Senior Infrastructure Specialist

University of Southampton

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James Hughes

Field CTO


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Brian Lea

IT Architect

Birmingham City University

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Andrew Walley

Head of Infrastructure

University of Durham

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Shaun Collings

Director, UK Public Sales

Pure Storage

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With 21 years of experience in the business and ICT service industry, and 15 years of which in the Public Sector, Shaun believes that Pure’s unique business value proposition and technology accelerate and enable improved data analytics, storage management and Artificial Intelligence.

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Patrick smith


Pure Storage

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As a senior technical advisor, Patrick provides crucial input and leadership across engineering, product management, sales, marketing and presales. With a 25-year career in financial services technology, Patrick has held roles at Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Nomura in London and New York. Most recently responsible for core infrastructure engineering at Deutsche Bank.

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Tim Purkiss

Senior IAM Analyst

University of London

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Tim has worked in the Higher Education IT sector since 2001, with a lot of that spent working on various aspects of Identity and Access Management. He is currently working at the University of London as a Senior IAM Analyst to extend identity management across the University’s IT estate.

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Louise Wain

Cloud Business Consultant


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Louise consults on the business, strategic and financial considerations of cloud computing and digital transformation. Louise has supported several Jisc members and local government customers with their cloud strategy, understand the capex to opex shift, total cost of ownership reviews and ways to optimise in the cloud.

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Alex Goffe

Head of Operations & Infrastructure

Keele University

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Alex Goffe is Head of Operations & Infrastructure at Keele University, covering servers, storage, cloud, platforms and cyber security. The University is currently going through an exciting digital transformation where resilient & fit for purpose services are helping to drive the change to digital services.

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Infrastructure Architect

London Business School

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Leading the infrastructure design team at London Business School, he’s been part of a team that has navigated many transitions of the infrastructure at the School over the years. His main specialism has been networks but turns his hand to the entire infrastructure stack.

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Tony Weir

Director of IT Infrastructure

University of Edinburgh

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Chris Gabriel

Head of UK Technology Office

Logicalis UK

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Chris worked with both Logicalis UK and internationally with Logicalis Group in varied roles including Group Chief Technology Officer and Chief Digital Officer, shaping our go-to-market propositions and driving customer engagement. As an accomplished digital modernisation speaker and storyteller, Chris can often be found wowing audiences about the future of digital transformation and the art of the possible.

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Richard Lock

Principal Infrastructure Engineer

University of Derby

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Richard has worked in a variety of IT infrastructure roles and he is currently the Principal Infrastructure Engineer at the University of Derby. He enjoys using his skills and experience to enable digital transformation through infrastructure strategy, design, implementation, and operations, with a passion for automation and sharing knowledge with others.

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Timandra Harkness

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Timandra presents the BBC Radio 4 series, FutureProofing and How To Disagree. She has also presented documentaries, Data, Data Everywhere, Supersense Me & The Singularity, and was resident reporter on Radio 4's social psychology series The Human Zoo, - more an exhibit than a zookeeper. Since winning the Independent newspaper's column-writing competition Timandra has written for many print and online publications. She is also a Visiting Fellow (Knowledge Exchange) in Big Data, Information Rights and Public Engagement with the Centre for Information Rights at the University of Winchester, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a member of their working group on Data Ethics.

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Guilherme De Sousa

Head of Infrastructure & Service Experience

Heriot Watt University

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Guilherme De Sousa has over 20 years’ experience working in IT within a Higher Education environment. As Head of Digital Infrastructure & Security he leads the teams developing and delivering infrastructure and security services across Heriot-Watt’s global campuses.

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Tricia Moscati

Head of Project Services

Heriot Watt University

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Tricia Moscati has over 20 years’ experience in IT, including local government, oil, telecoms and Higher Education. As Head of Business Improvement her strengths include Programme/portfolio and project management and process improvement. In addition to her main duties she is a certified coach for the University.

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Mark Siddle

Chief Security Officer


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For the past 10 years, Mark Siddle has worked in academia covering infrastructure, network and security operations. He currently works at Jisc in their Security Operations Centre leading the threat analysis team and acting as the technical lead for their Splunk programme.

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Denis Mills

Infrastructure Manager & Cloud Technical Lead

University of Plymouth

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Mathew Campbell

Senior Business Analyst

University of Plymouth

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Matthew is a Senior Business Analyst with over 10 years’ experience in higher education delivering innovative IT solutions to meet business needs. He has worked on a range of projects during this time and is currently managing the application migration process to Microsoft Azure with the ‘Into the Cloud’ project.

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Christopher Edsall

Research Software Engineer

University of Bristol

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Christopher trained as a physicist and went on to work in several environmental science institutes doing what is now called research software engineering. He currently works in the University of Bristol’s Advanced Computing Research Centre helping researches make the best use of on premise and cloud HPC systems.

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Nick Skelton

Independent IT Consultant

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Nick cut his teeth in networking as a student twenty years ago, creating the UK’s first internet access service for students in halls. Later head of IT infrastructure at University of Bristol, and then director of Bristol’s digital transformation programme, he led moves to offsite data centres and to cloud services with Google GSuite and Office 365. He is now an independent IT consultant advising universities and colleges.

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David Thompson

Head of Software Development

University of York

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David is Head of Software Development at the University of York, heading up our growing development team and helping them move to cloud native approaches. Previously he was worked in a number of organisations, most recently as Director of Digital Products at the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

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Arthur Clune

Assistant Director, Infrastructure

University of York

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Arthur is Director of Infrastructure and Faculty IT at the University of York. His team run all the things David is trying to get his team to stop using.

Event Schedule



Registration and exhibition opens


Newcomers orientation session

If this is your first ucisa conference please join us for a session describing how to make the most of the Conference. In John Charles 1&2


Mat Flower, UCISA IG Chair and Assistant Director & Head of Digital Architecture, University of Wolverhampton


Drew Cook, Chair of Board of Trustees, ucisa and Director of ICT, University of Lincoln

How the University of Southampton Saved Time and Simplified Data Management by Future Proofing their Infrastructure

Primary sponsor keynote. Ryan Harris, Senior Infrastructure Specialist, University of Southampton and James Hughes, Field CTO, Rubrik


in the Exhibition

Driving Datacentre Computing Infrastructure Consolidation with Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Brian Lea, Technical Architect, Birmingham City University

Overcoming the barriers to digital transformation

Business showcase - Ethos Technology Limited. Andrew Walley, Head of Infrastructure, University of Durham, Shaun Collings, Director, UK Public Sales and Patrick Smith EMEA Field CTO, Pure Storage

Supporting Cloud Transition with Identity and Access Management.

Tim Purkiss, Senior Identity Management Analyst, University of London


in the Exhibition

Parallel sessions 1

Quantifying the value and cost of cloud Louise Wain, Head of Business & Commercial, Jisc. In Ark Royal C)oVirt'ly Moving to Hyper-V & Kubernetes. Alex Goffe, ICT Services Manager, Keele University. In John Charles 1&2

Travel time


Parallel sessions 2

From Smart Chairs to Satellites - The Things Are Coming! - Tony Weir, Director of IT Infrastructure, University of Edinburgh. In John Charles 1&2 Navigating the gap between traditional IT and the Cloud: can Azure Stack help? - Tomo, Infrastructure Architect, London Business School. In Ark Royal


in the Exhibition

The Digital Campus: today, tomorrow the future

Chris Gabriel, Logicalis

What is knowledge in the age of big data?

Timandra Harkness

Close for the day


Networking drinks reception

in the exhibition. (Sponsored by NetApp)

Drinks reception

in the Ark Royal. (Sponsored by Nutanix)

Conference dinner

in the Palm Court. (Sponsored by Nutanix)



Introduction to day two

Mat Flower, UCISA IG Chair and Assistant Director & Head of Digital Architecture, University of Wolverhampton

Cyber Essentials Plus: Transformation in a devolved IT landscape

Guilherme de Sousa, Head of Infrastructure and Tricia Moscati, Head of Project Services, Heriot Watt University

Using Splunk to gain operational visibility and improve your security posture with a simple use case plan

Mark Siddle, Chief Security Officer, Jisc

NDC Oslo and the ucisa bursary scheme

Anna Mathew, Head of Policy and Projects, ucisa and Will Harries, Lead Software Engineer, Bath Spa University


in the Exhibition

Into the Cloud

Denis Mills, Infrastructure Manager & Cloud Technical Lead and Matthew Campbell, Senior Business Analyst, University of Plymouth

Running HPC Cloud Workloads

Christopher Edsall, Research Software Engineer, University of Bristol


in the Exhibition

Staying relevant: new skills to manage infrastructure anywhere

Nick Skelton, Consultant

What use is infrastructure in a serverless age?

Arthur Clune, Assistant Director (Infrastructure) and David Thompson, Head of Software Development, University of York



IG19 closing remarks

Mat Flower, ucisa IG Chair and Assistant Director & Head of Digital Architecture, University of Wolverhampton