September 18th 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

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Kay Brown

Former Chief Executive, SEEMiS Group

A veteran of the IT sector, Kay has had a long career in all things ICT. After a brief time teaching, she worked for CERN and followed this up with spells at British Oxygen, Alexander Stenhouse and Honeywell Bull. Following 20 years in the private sector, Kay became Chief IT Officer for Renfrew District before joining South Lanarkshire Council as Head of IT following the reorganisation of local government. During this period Kay brought her business-driven appraoch to the consolidation of the many diverse applications inherited from the various entities that preceded South Lanarkshire Council. In 2013 she became Chief Executive of the SEEMiS Group, a wholly local authority owned LLP delivering solutions to all local government schools in Scotland. Kay is a past President of SOCITM, was a member of the local government ICT Board, e-skills Scotland and has been named a top 50 CIO for the UK and a Connect Digital Leader. Upon her retirement Kay was given a lifetime achievement award and retains a healthy interest in all things ICT and is still involved with SOCITM.


Morag Campsie

Audit Manager, Audit Scotland

Morag has worked for Audit Scotland for nearly 13 years covering both financial and performance audit. Most recently, Morag has led on a number of national performance audits looking at digital and ICT projects and programmes across government. She also leads Audit Scotland’s data analytics group.

David Exeter

Head of Digital Services, Forestry and Land Scotland

David leads the Digital Services team providing Digital and ICT services to Forestry and Land Scotland and Scottish Forestry. As head of profession he is responsible for digital strategy, implementation and service delivery. FLS has recently migrated all applications and data to a Private-Cloud Datacentre with backup and DR in Azure. David led the programme to establish a Digital and ICT function in FLS and transition services from the Forestry Commission which won the Holyrood Connect ICT Award for Project Delivery in June.     

Gary Haldane

Head of Digital, Kingdom Housing Association

Gary graduated from Napier University in 2015 with a Master's degree in ICT Strategic Leadership. Gary is responsible for Kingdom Housing's Digital Strategy, which focuses on cloud and mobile solutions. This includes transitioning Kingdom from VMware to Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Office to G-Suite, and other leading cloud solutions. Gary also ensures employees are provided with quick and secure systems to enhance the customer journey.

Tim Hancock

Head of Cloud and IOT Services, BJSS Ltd

Tim is involved with public sector and commercial clients looking to optimise their cloud journey. BJSS is an award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy with over 25 years’ software delivery and IT advisory experience. Prior to BJSS, Tim led security and cloud teams at Cable and Wireless and then headed up Vodafone’s Enterprise vertical sales team.

Javid Khan

Chief Cloud Officer, Pulsant

Javid is responsible for shaping and driving the company’s hybrid cloud proposition and strategy. With a strong infrastructure background and innovative cloud experience, Javid is ideally placed to combine business and technical strategy while being able to lead complex cloud and digital transformation programmes across organisations. This is supported by developing strategic level partnerships with cloud vendors such as Microsoft Azure and AWS. As part of his role as Chief Cloud Officer, Javid has repositioned Pulsant’s hybrid cloud offering and developed a cloud engagement framework, enabling customers to onboard and leverage cloud-based solutions and services seamlessly from pre-sales to service.

Ross Lyon

Transformation Manager, Cloud 1st Programme, Scottish Government

Ross started his career with the Scottish Government in 2000, initially in Agriculture, moving to Digital Communications in 2007 working on the intranet and website, latterly as Website Manager for Ross moved to Digital Directorate on the Scottish Government Cloud 1st Programme as Transformation Manager in March 2018. The Cloud 1st Programme’s main aim is to promote cloud & support public organisations to move to the cloud.

Deryck Mitchelson

Director of National Digital and Information Security, NHS National Services for Scotland

Deryck is responsible for the National Services for Scotland’s Digital and Security Strategy and for the delivery of several large-scale National digital transformation programmes across the NHS such as Office 365 implementation. Deryck joined NSS in August 2018 and is implementing his strategy across 3 themes; National Security Operations, Secure Multi-Tenant Public Cloud and Data Analytics. Deryck brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked previously at Wood Mackenzie, Brightsolid and DC Thomson.

Andy Pearce

Digital Technologies Manager, Forestry and Land Scotland

Andy is responsible for Digital Technologies and Digital Architecture at FLS, whose remit is to deliver digital innovations focussed on user needs and enable FLS to deliver an efficient and effective public service. 

Andy’s team designed and implemented the cloud hosting platform now used across FLS and their sister organisation – Scottish Forestry.
This innovative solution allows business applications to be delivered across disparate networks using virtualized application streaming. 

Andy was an integral part of the team who won the Holyrood Connect ICT Award for Project Delivery in June.

Neville Cannon

Senior Director, Gartner

Neville Cannon is a Senior Director, Analyst focusing on the public sector and government in particular.

Prior to his becoming a Research Director for Gartner, you may have seen Mr. Cannon's name whizz past your eyes while watching TV, as he worked for the BBC for 15 years. Since those heady days, Mr. Cannon spent the next 15 years being the managing director of a software company and the founding CEO of an innovative award-winning data integration company. While at Plymouth City Council, he was the CIO and then program director for ICT shared services before becoming the interim chief executive for the Devon-based shared services provider, Delt Services, and he was responsible for forming the partnership of four local authorities and the largest clinical commissioning group in England, agreeing to form a new joint venture company. In 2012, he was voted one of the TechRepublic CIO50, a group of the most influential and innovative CIOs in the U.K.

He also sat on the South West Socitm committee and was a member of the local CIO Council, seeking to improve the adoption of strategies such as Planting the Flag and furthering shared services. He also worked with various vendor groups, sitting on U.K. advisory boards for both Microsoft and IBM.

James Wood

Cyber Security Consultant, CNS Group

James is a cyber-security consultant with expertise in both the public and private sectors. James has over 20 years’ experience working within the IT industry, including 10 years’ cyber-security experience and extensive knowledge of industry standards, best practices and new and evolving technologies. James works closely with organisations to achieve their security and compliance goals; managing a mixture of network and cloud security, governance and risk management. 

Rajkumar Munusamy

Product Director, Public Cloud, Six Degrees

Raj is responsible for Microsoft Azure Cloud within the Six Degrees product suite. With over 14 years’ experience working in the technology software and services industry, Raj is well-versed in creating products and solutions fitting customers’ needs with a track-record for creating simple solutions that deliver value. 

Martin Humphrey

Systems Engineer, Zerto

Martin Humphrey is a Systems Engineer at Zerto. Among other things, his current role focuses on helping customers achieve continuous data protection and 'always on' availability through the Zerto IT Resillience Platform. His passion for technology means he is able to able to aid customers in meeting their digital transformation initiatives with Zerto, listening to customer needs and requirements and helping them overcome any technical obstacles.

Martin has worked in the IT industry for over 15 years, with a particular focus on the finance and public sectors. His expertise lies in data protection and network infrastructure, and he additionally holds a number of vendor specific qualifications.

Nathan Howe

Director of Transformation Strategy, Zscaler

Nathan Howe has 20+ years in security experience across a multitude of organisations including governments enterprises and telco service providers.
As a Director for Transformation Strategy, Nathan leverages this experience as an Architect, Pen Tester, Manager and Security Assessor to help guide companies through their transformation challenges.
Prior to joining the Zscaler team in 2016 Nathan ended his 12 years at Nestle by successfully delivering Nestle´s Global Cyber Security Compliance.

Stuart Brown

Senior Portfolio Specialist, Scottish Government

I have over 10 years public sector procurement having worked over multiple commodities and specialist eCommerce related roles.  I am currently a Senior Procurement Specialist within the ICT Services team at Scottish Procurement managing Category A frameworks including Cloud Services and Software Value Added Reseller Agreement. I was part of the procurement team that delivered the very first Digital Services Dynamic Purchasing System in Scotland. I have a wealth of experience in public contracts both in an operational and policy environment having lead many projects throughout my career. Outside of work life  I volunteer for the  Stirling Childrens Panel Scotland having done so for the last 11 years.