Inspirational CIO, Christian Metzner, is transforming Volkswagen Financial Services UK to deliver better customer outcomes, faster. Christian places a huge emphasis on the importance of leadership and culture in achieving these aims.
A passionate software designer and developer, with experience in working with various solution architectures and platforms. This includes experience in both monoliths and micro-services on the server-side, and also working with mobile, windows and web clients.
Gabrielle is a Software Developer at JP Morgan based in London. She has worked on developing a full stack application in an Agile team for the past 2 years. She gained her Scrum Master certification at the start of the year and enjoys taking on the role for the team. Gabrielle studied at the University of Birmingham to get her BEng in Mechanical Engineering before she made the transition across to technology at JP Morgan.
Jeff works as a coach, speaker, author & consultant to help organizations build better products and executives build the cultures that build better products. I started my career as a designer working with the first companies to use the internet as a new communication, sales and service channel. Over my 20 year career I have worked as an information architect, design team leader, product manager, founder, trainer, coach and consultant
Kim Atherton joined OVO Energy in 2012 when the team were 50 strong. As CHRO she oversaw the rapid scaling to 2,000 employees and was responsible for organisational design, culture and employee engagement.
Mark Schwartz is an Enterprise Strategist at Amazon Web Services and the author of The Art of Business Value and A Seat at the Table: IT Leadership in the Age of Agility. Before joining AWS he was the CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Service (part of the Department of Homeland Security), CIO of Intrax, and CEO of Auctiva. He has an MBA from Wharton, a BS in Computer Science from Yale, and an MA in Philosophy from Yale.
Data and Analytics Transformation Operational Lead, GSK
Paul has been working in strategic technology roles for 12 years, with a passion for BI & analytics. At GSK he leads operations for the Data & Analytics 'Accelerator' Programme in GSK Tech, with his main focus as the product owner for the GSK Data Academy.
'Prashanth has that rare combination of someone who can foster the community while accelerating the growth of our businesses' Prashanth Chandrasekar is Chief Executive Officer of Stack Overflow and is responsible for driving Stack Overflow’s overall strategic direction and results.
Simon is a former CEO, former advisory board member of startups (all now acquired by US Giants), a fellow of Open Europe, inventor of Wardley Mapping, a regular conference speaker and a researcher for the Leading Edge Forum.
Terry is a Director of Software Engineering at GSK with a passion for people. He aims to create environments to allow teams to bring their best selves to work and deliver best outcomes for the business.
Andy’s career spans 20+ years in the world of enterprise-wide change leadership and management across a wide variety of domains including retail, financial services, supply chain logistics and customer service operations. In 2018, Andy joined VWFS UK and currently leads the ‘Ways of Working & Delivery’ team within IT.
Carissa is a Software Developer based in London. She has over 2 years experience as a member of an Agile Software Development team at JP Morgan. Carissa has an Undergraduate Degree in Information Technology Management of Business from the University of Exeter.
Ellie has been at Nationwide Building Society for eight years. She is an Enablement Specialist with a focus on supporting the wider organisation to shift to new ways of working. Her current focus is to support the mobilisation of a new operating model that aims to improve flow by pivoting from projects and programmes to end-to-end product and Member Need alignment.
Scientific Analytics and Visualisation Delivery Lead, GSK
Hannah is Scientific Analytics & Visualisation, Delivery Lead in Data & Computational Sciences, working to fundamentally change the way treatments are discovered and developed through the application of data science, analytics and visualisation.
Jon Smart leads Business Agility at Deloitte, helping clients deliver the outcomes “Better Value Sooner, Safer, Happier” through an emphasis on flow and the application of principles over practices and tools.
Kim has worked for Nationwide Building Society for the past 7 years with roles spanning from delivery teams and Enterprise PMO to the recently formed central Value Realisation Office. With a specific interest in leading-edge Portfolio Management, Kim has helped steward multi-million pound Strategic Investment Portfolios. More recently Kim has been part of a team exploring new Ways of Working, coaching teams to highlight their potential risks to Value and giving practical, easy to understand tips for how to measure Value & OKRs.
Simone Steel is the Chief Data Officer for Nationwide Building Society and the leader of their Data & Analytics community. Before joining Nationwide in April this year, she held leadership positions at Morgan Stanley, Refinitiv (spin off of Thomson Reuters) and RBS within their Risk and Finance functions.
Toby is the host of the Wicked Problems podcast and MD of StoryPositive Limited. He has over thirty years’ experience leading teams, primarily with Financial Services. For the past twelve years, his focus has been on bridging the gap between business and technology, advising C-Suite and business unit heads on the confluence of organisational leadership and Agile ways of working.
Having spent 18 years in Digital teams working in most roles within the software development lifecycle, I am now enjoying coaching and training roles in Product Management and Digital Delivery. My objective is to help deliver products and services that are of value to customers, motivate our teams and improve the health and success of the business.
Matt has been working for Nationwide Building Society for 5 years and is currently a DevOps & SRE Advocate within the Society’s Ways of Working initiative. He has 20+ years of IT experience covering hands on engineering to leadership roles and has worked across multiple domains including Retail, Manufacturing & Distribution and Financial Services.
I am privileged to lead a team of talented technologists and Engineers as we embark on building a digital world we can trust. Passionate about technology, I am even more passionate about helping customers achieve the outcomes they want by exploiting it. With a background in automation, a relentless focus on improvement I strive squeeze business value in the digital world we live in, and have fun in the process!
Samantha is one of Nationwide’s Enablement Specialists who played an integral part in establishing the Ways of Working (WoW) team in its early stages. Whilst supporting the continuous evolution of the WoW team, she also spends her time helping colleagues across the organisation to contextualise business agility and optimise the way they work through visualisation, measurement and removing impediments to flow.
Terrie Wilson is currently an Enterprise Transformation Coach and Enterprise Workplace Products Strategic Business Services (SBS) Lead for Organizational Culture, Product Organization Operating Model, Stakeholder Engagement, Risk Management and Diversity and Inclusion Education co-lead. She also volunteers as the Global Catalyst Education and Training Lead, and as a Scrum Master Mentor.
Her career-long aspiration has been continuous partnership with people at all levels to make things better (Kaizen). This is motivated by a strong underlying belief in Servant-Leadership which aligns to her world view and desire for a more positive, productive and fair workplace. Her StandOut skills are Advisor and Teacher. She brings over 15 years of experience to JPMC as a certified agile transformation coach, senior scrum master, team Kanban practitioner, Safe-SA, PMP and systems analyst. Terrie has been fortunate to work with large and small teams in large organizations in multiple industries successfully leading bodies of work up 40 million in budget and 80 million in return on investment.
“Change cannot be put on people. The best way to instill change is to do it with them. Create it with them." ― Lisa Bodell, CEO of FutureThink
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ― George Bernard Shaw
"When we talk about adaptability and Values Based Leadership, we often say “meet people where they are.” It means diagnosing their values, their style, their needs, and their emotions, and connecting with them in a way that is effective for them. (Some call it “the platinum rule.”)" ― Tom Epperson, Innerwill.org
"Wax on, wax off. Breathe… in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe". ― Mr. Miyagi, in the movie The Karate Kid
Toby is a Personal and Team Coach based in London. He has over 12 years experience ranging from testing, development and in recent years professional coaching. He often works in complex organisations helping them identify improvements Toby is a qualified Personal and Business Coach having completed the incredible Barefoot Coaching intensive coach training. He also has a Post Graduate Degree in Personal and Business Coaching with University of Chester. In addition to coaching, Toby has a deep knowledge of agile transformation from different perspectives. Early in his career he worked as a Tester exploring ways to test software effectively within agile teams using techniques such as Exploratory Testing and Automation. It was through regular pairing that Toby developed his coding skills and built a foundation in agile software development. Most recently Toby has been deepening his experience of Coaching, working as a Personal and Team Coach.