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Paul Papadimitriou

Paul Papadimitriou

Paul Papadimitriou is a leading thinker, strategist and consultant on mobile, online and all areas of innovation and technology.

Whether it’s the world of work as seen by the so-called ‘millennials’ and the different technological perspectives of various cultures and generations, Paul has given his insight to businesses including SAB Miller, Unilever, Tumblr, and IBM. He looks at the key signifiers in the crowded digital space and highlights what’s important, what’s not, and what it means. Drawing from shifts in economics, society, politics and, of course, technology, he offers a look at what will happen in the short term, rather than the more abstract decade-plus predictions of some.

Sue Daley

Sue Daley, Head of Programme, Cloud, Data, Analytics & AI

Sue leads techUK's work on cloud, data, analytics and AI and has been recognised in the UK Big Data 100 as a key influencer in driving forward the Big Data agenda. In addition to being a regular industry speaker, Sue is also a judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards.

Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety.

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Edward Whittingham

Edward Whittingham, Managing Director, BFPP

Edward Whittingham is a former police officer and qualified solicitor, having specialised in fraud and corporate crime at an international law firm.

Edward is now the founder and MD of the Business Fraud Prevention Partnership, an award-winning provider of security awareness training, accredited by GCHQ as part of the National Cyber Security Programme. BFPP’s online training, simulated phishing exercises and policy management tools help organisations engage, educated and empower employees to become their strongest defence against fraud and cyber-crime.

Kate Russell

Kate Russell, Journalist, reporter and author

Journalist, reporter and author, Kate has been writing about technology and the Internet since 1995. Appearing regularly on BBC technology programme Click she also speaks at conferences and digital strategy and policy meetings, as well as lecturing in schools and universities to inspire the next generation of technologists.

Her website won the 2015 UK Blog Awards for best individual digital and technology blog, and in June 2016 she was voted the Computer Weekly 13th most influential woman in UK IT. She also writes sci-fi and fantasy with two published novels now available.

Paul Earnden

Paul Earnden, Director of Strategy, Prodo

Paul has a vast experience in website optimisation including content, analytics, user experience, responsive design and personalisation, alongside solid commercial, strategic and communication skills gained over a seven-year career within digital.

Paul drives the agency’s direction and growth, keeping ahead of the latest digital trends and innovations to feed into new product development and client strategy. Paul’s in-depth understanding of tech spans everything from digital disruption and digital transformation to fintech and martech. He is particularly interested in blockchain, decentralisation, automation and AI, including chatbots, making him ideally placed to share insights on the impact and potential of new technologies.

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Chris Folkerd

Chris Folkerd, Director of Enterprise Technology, UKFast

With over a decade of IT experience and a doctorate in national-scale systems development, Chris is responsible for the management and evolution of UKFast's cloud infrastructure, as well as the development of new products.

With over a decade of IT experience and a doctorate in national-scale systems development, Chris is responsible for the management and evolution of UKFast's cloud infrastructure, as well as the development of new products.

Kerry Wright

Kerry Wright, Alliances Director, Purple

Kerry is a business professional with over 20 years of experience and a results-driven approach. As Director of Alliances, Kerry helps Purple be successful by engaging closely with our largest industry partners, companies such as Cisco, Century Link and She can regularly be found travelling the world spreading the word about Purple's market leading WiFi software product.

Before joining Purple, Kerry had been a Board Director for a cloud technology consultancy, a Marketing Director for an integrated marketing agency and the Head of e-Commerce for Best Western Hotels.

Jonathan Bowers

Jonathan Bowers, Managing Director, UKFast Enterprise

Jonathan became Managing Director of UKFast in April 2012, when Lawrence Jones took the role of CEO. Responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, he works with the directorship and senior management team, focusing on clients and the team and is heavily involved in training, recruitment and corporate relations.

Prior to UKFast, Jonathan spent two years as a broadcast journalist with Independent UK radio and the BBC, followed by two and a half years developing writers on all disciplines for the BBC's New Writing department.

Rachel Ferla

Rachel Ferla, Founder Organise Chaos

Rachel Ferla is the Project Manager and Digital Coach at Organise Chaos. Rachel provides training at the Google Garage in Leeds twice a week on a wide range of topics, including how to build a digital marketing plan, reach new customers online, raising visibility and using social media.

Rachel’s background is in business change and technology and her sector experience includes software, consultancy, SMEs, Higher Education and NHS.