Mark Cleary has more than 25 years' experience working in the IT industry providing leadership and ITSM consultancy to FTSE 100 companies. His working life started with Barclays Bank where his final role was Director of IT for Barclays Bank Africa. Mr. Cleary has assisted many organizations in assessing and improving their IT services and tools and deliver enhanced customer service in fields as diverse as financial services, retail, pharmaceutical and the public sector.
Drew is Director of ICT for the University of Lincoln and joined both the University and the Education sector in January 2012 after spending over 25 years in a range of roles gaining experience in creating and implementing ICT strategy whilst working for global businesses including most recently as IT Director for Staples supporting the retail, e-commerce and logistics operations in the UK and the Staples European B2B operation.
James Davies, Director of IT Services, University for the Creative Arts
Q Associates - Creative goes beyond the Arts at UCA: The university wide implementation of HCI with a VSAN virtualization technology platform
Is a cloud first approach the right approach in today’s digital world? Learn how taking a non-traditional, creative approach to infrastructure transformation transformed UCA from a legacy Hyper-V house to a modernized, HCI vSAN hybrid cloud environment, enhancing service continuity and the digital experience.
At 34, James is one of the youngest IT Directors in the sector today. James is leading a continuous programme of digital transformation change at UCA. Recent successes include leading and implementing a cyber security strategy and deployment of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure leveraging software defined technologies enhancing the student experience.
Dean Gardner, Cloud Chief Technologist, Softcat
and Tim Hearn, Public Services Sales Director, VMware
VMware and AWS partnering in Higher Education with Softcat (Unifying Infrastructures with Hybrid Cloud)
Universities were early adopters of cloud, fuelled by research within schools, rather than corporate IT. Shadow IT has since emerged and bi-modal disconnected IT exists within most universities.
The VMware-AWS partnership offers a valuable hybrid model that plays on the strengths of both corporate and shadow IT, bringing architectures and organisations together. We will present how Softcat engage with customers, helping them understand where public cloud can work, how to leverage existing investments in VMware and how to use the tools available to achieve this.
Dean is the Chief Technologist for cloud at Softcat. With over 20 years in IT and 10 years working with VMware technologies, Dean has gained hands on experience and a detailed understanding of the challenges associated with IT transformation. With many organisations now moving towards cloud computing, Dean provides strategic advice and defines hybrid cloud strategies to help those organisations accelerate cloud adoption.
Tim is Director, VMware Cloud on AWS, for Northern Europe. He is responsible for VMware’s Cloud business and its strategic relationship with Amazon Web Services across the region.
Tim has over 30 years’ experience in technology, has held roles at several of the industry’s leading companies, such as IBM, Cisco, Juniper and F5, and is a member of the TechUK Cloud Leadership Committee.
Martin Lomas, University of Leeds
and Ed Knowles, ANS
Creating the foundation for a digital campus
Learn how the University of Leeds has started to make a £Multi-Million IT cost saving to enable a digital campus by moving to a scalable and high-performance managed cloud solution, with the help of cloud and managed services provider, ANS Group
Lynne Newbitt, End User Computing Manager, Loughborough University
Making the unmanaged managed, the journey into Windows 10 provisioning
In a move to get all the Windows estate managed Loughborough University have developed a light touch managed service for all windows 10 machines, this session will explain the highs and lows of that decision including details of the Techncial services that was developed to accomplish the end goal.
The End User Computing team are 3rd line team responsible for all managed End User Devices at Loughborough University. Giving the talk will be Lynne Newbitt, Manager of the team, with Gary Hale, Rob Gresswell and Chris Carter designers of the solution.
Alistair Reid-Pearson, Head of 2nd Line IT Services, University of Huddersfield
Adding Value with Values
Our tin and clouds are only as good as the people designing and supporting them. Values are key to getting the most from people. Adding value with values will explore what values are, how to work out what yours are and what problems they can fix.
Alistair Reid-Pearson is chair of the UCISA Support Services Group and Head of 2nd Line IT Services at the University of Huddersfield. He loves values, Lego, basketball and tea. Especially tea.
Kate Russell, Tech and Gaming Journalist
Data never sleeps
Technology reporter and author Kate Russell talks about the seismic changes in connected technologies and the trends we can expect to see having an impact on universities and their students in years ahead – from chatbots to blockchain, A.I. and voice assistants. Drawing on over 20 years’ experience reporting on technology and over a decade with flagship BBC technology show, Click, she will also be sharing practical tips and resources to help inspire conference delegates about their next steps in digital transformation.
Journalist, reporter and author, Kate has been writing about technology and the Internet since 1995. One of the top 50 most influential women in UK IT, she’s been a regular on BBC technology programme Click and frequently speaks at conferences, digital strategy & policy meetings and lectures at schools and universities.
Rupert Ward, University of Huddersfield
Learning to Learn
There is an increasing disconnect between how we currently learn and what we need to learn to keep pace with rapid changes in the technology environment and the world at large. This session looks at how current learning approaches are failing and how we may use Computer Science, and indeed social science, to learn more effectively and develop the skills and capabilities needed for future IT infrastructure professionals.
Rupert Ward is a former Special Adviser to HRH The Duke of York, KG, and Project Lead for The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award. He is a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Rupert is Professor of Learning Innovation and Associate Dean (International) within the School of Computing and Engineering.
Jamie Woodruff, Ethical Hacker, MetrixCloud Ltd
Social Engineering – manipulation for information
Jamie will be talking about how easy people are influenced and how he is able to extract information from people without directly asking them a question. He will also be speaking about how easy it is to break into companies via social engineering techniques and how to prevent these techniques. Jamie also will be doing a live hacking demonstration to show the audience how susceptible they are to a certain type of attack.
Jamie is an expert on cyber issues, travelling internationally to talk to global corporations and at the industry’s most important conferences. He is also writing a book on cyber intelligence and combating terrorism whilst pursuing a PhD in political science at the University of Sheffield. Although he’s in his early twenties, Jamie is already one of the world’s leading authorities on cyber security.