A motivated and adaptable ITSM professional, Sally has worked in Higher Education IT for over 12 years and has experience of developing and delivering high quality sector leading support services and creating respected, high performing and award winning teams. FDM Everywoman, Team Leader of the Year Award 2019 and Women in IT Business Role Model of the Year 2018, Sally is passionate supporter of the enhancement and empowerment of women in tech and is well known across the ITSM, Higher Education and Service Desk Industry.
Having dropped out of school after becoming pregnant at the age of 17, Sally returned to education as a mature student from Leeds Beckett in 2006 with a degree in computing. Since then she has gone on to forge a successful career in ITSM and is currently working as Head of Service Management at Leeds Beckett University. In this session Sally will share her career journey and provide insights into some of the challenges she has overcome as well as her top tips for successful leadership.
Former footballer Clarke Carlisle is noted as one of the most eloquent, insightful voices in the modern game. He gained a great deal of acclaim and recognition in his time and his work speaking up against racism, homophobia and other excesses of the game on and off the pitch.
Starting his career at Blackpool FC Clarke proved himself a capable central defender and scored in just his second professional appearance. He went on to play for QPR, Leeds United, Watford, and a number of league teams. He also helped Burnley secure their place in the Premier League for the first time ever.
It was off the pitch, however, that Clarke became best known. He was vocal and passionate about his own battles with drink and depression which led to a spell at the Sporting Chance Clinic. Clarke spoke openly about both the difficulty in dealing with such issues in sport and also the reluctance to discuss mental health more widely.
Clarke’s work in these areas, combined with his reputation as Britain’s cleverest footballer, saw him appointed Chair of the PFA, the footballers’ union. He was outspoken on areas around race and racism, players wages, and other controversial issues in and around the game. He became a regular commentator in the media offering an inside perspective on stories within the sport.
In presentations Clarke recounts his own story, the highs and the lows. He considers what it takes to achieve, and also to overcome apparently impossible odds. He examines what makes a team effective, the lessons to be learned from football, and also how his personal experience can inform how mental health is viewed.
Clarke has featured on news and sports programmes on ITV, Sky and the BBC, including Match of the Day 2. Away from sport he has appeared on Question Time, Countdown (where he won twice) and fronted his own BBC Three documentaries on mental health and racism in football.
Secretly, however, Michelle has been working on advancing these developments to help her to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a real life superhero. In her spare time you will usually find her outside kitesurfing, cycling, running, paddle boarding, or inside practicing martial arts.
Her move to academia from industry was a step towards her goal of inspiring females to push the boundaries in both science and sports, and to encourage environmentally sustainable living through engineering design. As well as being the founder and Director of Nanogirl Labs Ltd, Michelle has also authored two books, No 8 Recharged and The Kitchen Science Cookbook.
Member of New Zealand Order of Merit Michelle was winner of the Women of Influence award for science and innovation in 2016, was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership in 2015 and was winner of the Prime Ministers Science Media Communication Prize and the New Zealand Association of Scientists Science Communicators Award in 2014. Dr Michelle Dickinson uses the popular twitter handle' Nanogirl ' @medickinson. On a mission to use science for good, not evil!
Ian Dunn is Provost at Coventry University, with responsibility for the academic character of the University Group. He began work at Coventry in 1992 as a Lecturer, and in 2010, took over as Acting Dean of the Faculty and later that year as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Empowerment. Ian became Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience in 2013 and subsequently Provost in 2018. He was voted the Guardian newspaper Inspirational Leader in Higher Education in 2016 and has seen the university awarded The Times / Sunday Times University of the Year for Student Experience 2018.
Alison Lowe has worked with Voluntary Organisations for nearly 30 years. Right now she works as the Chief Executive of Touchstone a Mental Health Charity in Leeds and wider West Yorkshire. Touchstone work with and for people that are affected by mental health problems and they specialise in working with people from different cultural backgrounds. Touchstone have received multiple awards for their work in inclusion and diversity, including the number 1 spot in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 UK Top 50 Most Inclusive Employers Award and the 2018 National Diversity Award for Most Diverse Company. They are a Stonewall Top 100 LGBT-Friendly Employer for the 6th year running and are again a 3 Star Extraordinary Sunday Times Best Company to work for 2019, placed 8th and 9th in the last 2 years. Additionally, Touchstone were judged to be Investors in People Platinum at their latest assessment – only the third organisation in Yorkshire to gain this accolade and one of six charities nationally.
Before Alison started working with Touchstone she was a senior manager with Foundation Housing, a charity that supports people that have just come out of prison or are on bail to find housing. Alison has been involved in local government for 29 years and is a councillor with the Labour Party in Armley, where she lived for 15 years. Alison is now the Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, the body that scrutinises the performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner and represents the interests of all the 2.2 million people across West Yorkshire. Alison also sits on Safer Leeds, the Community Safety Partnership for the city. Alison is the Chair of the Labour Group in Leeds and was the Deputy Lord Mayor in 2003-4.
Alison is involved with several local housing residents and tenants groups, chairs Leeds Survivor-led Crisis Service and is a trustee at several charities including PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and Wooden Spoon which raises money for disadvantaged children. Over the years, Alison has been a well known campaigner on equal rights and is the chair of the Leeds Domestic Violence Forum that raises awareness of domestic violence against women and children by known men. Alison Lowe holds an MA in Medieval Studies from Leeds University and a BA in History. She has 2 grown up children, Adam and Rosy.
Neil McIvor, Director, Chief Data Officer and Chief Statistician, Department for Education
Transforming The Department of Educations Data Architecture
(sponsored by Microsoft)
Neil will take about his experience as the Department for Education’s first generation Chief Data Officer, and the ongoing transformational journey to build a harmonised data as a service for the DFE. The talk will cover the as is architecture Neil inherited, how Data Governance has been centralised, the ongoing roadmap in rehosting to cloud, and how challenges aligned to GDPR and the potential BREXIT no deal scenario planning has steered the work, whilst still ensuring that existing processes and BAU were not affected
Neil McIvor became the Chief Data Officer and Chief Statistician at the Department for Education in October 2017. Neil joined the Department for Work and Pensions in 2004, where his first role was to build a billion record pseudoanonymised individual level database, linking benefit and employment spells for all UK adults that had been on welfare benefits at some point since 1998. This Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study became the backbone for social analysis of welfare and employment out the 2000’s and 2010’s. Neil also spent some time as lead analyst on disability employment issues, before becoming policy lead for specialist disability employment, and disability benefits. In 2012, Neil returned to his statistical roots, to become the Department for Work and Pensions Deputy Head of Profession for Statistics, and became DWP’s temporary Chief Data Officer in 2016, moving briefly to the Office for National Statistics to run Business Data Operations, and Student Migration statistics, before moving to his current role.
The NCSC was set up to help protect our critical services from cyber attacks, manage major incidents, and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations. Its vision is to help make the UK the safest place to live and do business online. The NCSC supports the most critical organisations in the UK, the wider public sector, industry and SMEs. When incidents do occur, the NCSC provides effective incident response to minimise harm to the UK, help with recovery, and learn lessons for the future.
Professor Nick Petford is Vice Chancellor and CEO of the University of Northampton. Nick is a former Royal Society University Research Fellow and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. A geologist by training, with a DSc from the University of Liverpool, Nick has worked in industry and on academic and commercial research projects throughout the world. He has held visiting research appointments at the Universities of Michigan and Vermont and NASA and is currently visiting professor at Macquarie University, Australia. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School..
Named as one of the Top 100 women working in Technology, Natasha Sayce-Zelem is the Head of Technology at Sky across its extensive Digital Service estate.
Sky is one of The Times Top 50 employers for women, with an award winning ‘Women in Leadership’ programme and a number of external free initiatives to encourage more women to get into a Tech career. Natasha speaks and writes nationally to inspire more people to consider side-stepping into a Tech career using existing transferrable skills and reinforcing how important it is to focus on the creativity aspects of a Tech career, especially in encouraging more diversity into the sector.
Outside of Sky, Natasha founded the ‘Empowering Women with Tech’ community. Over 1000 people have attended a EWWT event with past keynote talks from Lauren Laverne, Dr Sue Black OBE, Anne Marie Imafidon MBE and Debbie Wosskow OBE to name a few.
Natasha also founded the Leeds ‘Ladies of Code’ meetup and is on the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Leeds School of Computing.