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Sue Black, University College London
Sue is an award winning computer scientist and radical thinker, who brings people together to solve complex issues.  She's a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science at University College London, is a champion for women in computing − and recently launched Savvify, a social enterprise which aims to empower people through technology.  Savvify is currently running #techmums, a program to get mums tech savvy.  Sue is a frequent public speaker, a social media-holic, and currently writing a book about the campaign she started to save Bletchley Park. @Dr_Black 
Sue Black



Dave Coplin, Microsoft Ltd
Since joining Microsoft in 2005, Dave Coplin has worked across a wide range of sectors and customers, providing strategic advice and guidance around the cost effective use of technology in relation to their business needs. As an established thought leader in the UK and having spent a considerable amount of time in the Public Sector providing leadership and guidance around key technology policy issues like Cloud Computing, Open Government, Open Data and the consumerisation of IT, Dave is currently working as the Chief Envisioning Officer for Microsoft UK’s Advertising and Online business, focusing the spotlight on the power and potential of search and the way it holds the key to society’s effective use of all that technology and the internet has to offer. Dave can be found on Twitter − @dcoplin and at his on-line home,
Dave Coplin
Julian Crampton, University of Brighton
Professor Julian M Crampton DL, is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton. He has a BSc from the University of Sussex, a doctorate from the University of Warwick, and held research appointments in London, Liverpool and in Boston, USA. Before moving to Brighton in 2005, he was a Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Liverpool. He is a Board Member of Universities UK, and the South East LEP.
Julian Crampton
Linda Davidson
As Executive Producer Linda launched the Entertainment and Drama categories for BBC Online's launch in 1997, then was headhunted by Channel 4’s to launch award winning, revolutionary platform. For which she was nominated for a BAFTA. As Global Production Director for Discovery Networks International she launched over two hundred video products, 53 TV channels and in twenty six languages. She then moved into IT and Operations as European Director for Discovery overseeing the entire service catalogue for Europe. Linda consults bridging between technologists and their clients, mentors and tutors at Ravensbourne, and speaks regularly on Digital Innovation and the Arts as Director of @abridgetv.
Linda Davidson 
Simon Fanshawe
Simon Fanshawe is an entrepreneur, non-exec director, broadcaster, writer and campaigner. He is a co-founder and partner in his main business, astar-fanshawe , a ground breaking equality, diversity and organisational transformation consultancy
Simon Fanshawe
Heidi Fraser-Krauss and Thomas Krauss
Heidi Fraser-Krauss is the Head of IT Services and Deputy Director of Information at the University of York, a post she has held since January 2012. In this role she is responsible for leadership and strategy development in all aspects of information technology for both staff and students, as well as contributing to strategic oversight of the University Library and Archives. Heidi is passionate about improving information technology services to make life easier and more productive for students and staff.

Professor Thomas Krauss is one of the leading Photonics researchers in the world with an interest in the interaction of light and matter for applications in communications, biosensing and solar cells. He has over 200 peer reviewed publications and has led major EU and UK projects. He was Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews between 2009-2012 and is currently Professor of Photonics at the University of York.
Colin Gautrey
Colin helps top people get top results in tough organisations. His research based approach to the practical use of power and influence is in use in many leading organisations. His latest book, Influential Leadership is due to be published by Kogan Page later this year.
Colin G
Paul Gentle
Paul is Director of Programmes at the Leadership Foundation, and programme manager of Changing the Learning Landscape, a sector wide partnership project aimed at bringing about step change in the way higher education providers lead strategy around technology enabled learning and teaching. Funded by HEFCE, the project works collaboratively with the National Union of Students (NUS), the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Jisc and the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). He has led in higher education since 1990, when he joined the University of Central Lancashire. After several years as Head of Languages and International Studies, he moved to the University of St Mark and St John as Dean of International Education and, subsequently, Director of Regional Affairs.
Paul Gentle
Alex Hunter

Alex was responsible for getting Virgin America off the ground, with an unfunded grass roots campaign leading Congress to reverse its decision and approve certification. He then headed Virgin’s entire internet strategy, including user-driven content. In speeches and workshops, Alex demonstrates how to create a meaningful bond with online customers by showing a human side, encouraging everyone to be part of the dialogue and exposing expertise.

Alex Hunter 
Simon Mingay
Simon Mingay is a Research Vice President with Gartner, working in the CIO Research team.  His research is focused on IT service management, IT governance, IT organisation and the business value of IT, but has covered a broad spectrum of IT leadership and management issues over the 16 years he has been with Gartner.

Gerry Pennell
Gerry read Mathematics at the University of Manchester before pursuing a career in software development and project management in a variety of sectors and organisations.  Prior to his current role as Director of IT at the University of Manchester, Gerry was CIO for London 2012 for which he was awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours List 2013.

Clay Shirky
Clay Shirky is a writer, educator, and consultant on the social and economic effects of internet technologies.  He holds a joint appointment at New York University (NYU) in their graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program and also in the School of Journalism.  He consults to a variety of organisations on network technologies, and is an acknowledged expert on collaboration tools, social networks, peer-to-peer sharing, collaborative filtering, and Open Source development.  Clay has spoken and written extensively on the internet since 1996, and has been followed widely by the popular press . In his highly acclaimed book, Here Comes Everybody, Clay explored how organisations and industries are being upended by open networks, collaboration, and user appropriation of content production and dissemination.  His book, Cognitive Surplus, reveals how new technology is changing us from consumers to collaborators, unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world.


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