It’s time to take your business to a different galaxy…

1st November 2017

Xpand IT is ready to take your business to a whole different galaxy, turning your data flows into valuable insights. Visit booth number 24 to […]

Use of Open Data Proves Effective for TfL

17th October 2017

Recent research has pointed to an annual £130m boost to the UK’s economy as a direct result of Transport for London’s (TfL) use of open […]



Graham Charlesworth

Search Technologies, Vice President Sales, Europe

Graham became involved with enterprise search in 1995 after joining Excalibur Technologies. In 2006 he became Senior VP for Worldwide Sales at Convera.  Graham has 20 years search engine industry experience, an excellent reputation among his clients, and a strategic knowledge of the enterprise search space.  

Dr Mo Saraee

Reader in Data Mining & Bioinformatics, and Programme Leader for MSc Data Science, University of Salford-Manchester

Dr Mo Saraee is a Reader in Data Mining and Bioinformatics and the Programme Leader for MSc Data Science at the School of Computing, Science and Engineering, University of Salford. Mo has more than 35 years combined academic and industrial experiences in big data management and advanced analytics. He has been particularly successful in attracting £50k from HEFCE for the development of a new MSc in Data Science which allow students to gain industry recognised certification in Big Data Analytics from SAS and live dissertation projects with companies such as Mizuho International plc, Universal Music Group, Cross Channel Marketing, and Camden Council. Dr Saraee achieved similar success in research where his areas of expertise include the application of data mining and data science techniques in the medical and Bio medical fields. Dr Saraee has published over 115 scientific papers in reputable journals. His research outputs were cited over 700 times emphasising on the academic impact of his research.  He has been the principal or co-investigator of a number of research projects generating in excess of £280K in research income from Research Councils, UK Government agency and industry.

Aaron Regis

Solutions Engineer, DataStax

Aaron previously worked as a Solutions Engineer in the Cyber Threat Analytics space and as a Technical Consultant implementing Financial Crime Detection software in the financial services sector. He is passionate about technology, particularly database technology. After many years working extensively with relational DB technology he is excited to be working for the company behind Cassandra noSQL DB.

David Walker

Enterprise Data Platform Programme Director, Worldpay

David has over 20 years’ technical leadership expertise and has led the development and management of complex BI solutions, supporting technical architectures for a wide range of organisations spanning SME start-ups to large enterprises.

In his role at Worldpay, David specialises in developing and delivering the Enterprise Data Platform, a multi-tenant highly secure Hadoop platform for decision engines, analytics and reporting using his experience and knowledge in technical architecture, data modelling, ETL design, data quality, and metadata management.

Gillian Docherty

Chief Executive Officer, The Data Lab

Gillian Docherty is chief executive of The Data Lab, one of the eight innovation centres set up by the Scottish Government to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship across Scotland’s key economic sectors.

Already, under Gillian’s tenure The Data Lab supports 55 data projects predicted to contribute £80m to the Scottish economy and create 260 jobs.

Integral to delivering this is facilitating partnerships between industry and academia, supporting budding data science businesses and projects as well as funding first class, ground-breaking education programmes.

In March this year Gillian spearheaded Scotland’s first ever DataFest which saw world-renowned international experts in data science descend on Edinburgh to share cutting edge practices to over 2,000 attendees. 

As well as bridging critical partnerships with international leaders in data science, Gillian also launched The Data Lab’s MSc programme. Aimed at equipping students with data science business-ready skills, the success of the first MSc meant Data Lab funded places grew by 50 for this year’s intake – more than doubling from 90 to 130.

Formerly of IBM, she’s recently been named CEO of the year at the Digital Technology Awards and is also one of the UK’s top ten most influential people in data according to DataIQ.

Gillian is on the Board of Tech Partnership Scotland and is also a Board member of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

Nick Barth

Senior Sales Engineer, MicroStrategy

Nick Barth has been involved with planning and BI software longer than he likes to admit.  Nick first joined MicroStrategy ten years ago where he built up a reputation for working with some of the larger enterprise customers, particularly in retail.  Nick is a boomerang, having left MicroStrategy to work at a start-up in the BI space for a couple of years but was very excited to return to the fold last year.  He is now aiming to broaden his focus, supporting significant engagement in financial services as well. 

Ian Williams

Data Scientist, N Brown Group

Ian is part of N Brown Group’s rapidly growing data science team and is currently focused on customer related projects as well as diving into the world of open source analytics.

He has 15+ years of experience within data science and analytics in the retail industry. In his career to date he has worked across most areas of retail analytics including targeted marketing, digital analytics, econometrics, personalisation and experimentation.

Liam Grady

Head of Transformation - Water Supply, Thames Water

Liam Grady is a Programme Consultant with 15 years’ experience that has been working with Thames Water, Severn Trent Water and other organisations in and out of utilities over the last several years on data and transformation. Liam is responsible for making landing and delivering big data and analytics projects as well as wider transformation and change programmes. Liam is passionate about gadgets, technology, software and how disruption is the lever towards progress.

Mark Samson

Principal Systems Engineer, Cloudera

Mark Samson is a Principal Systems Engineer at Cloudera, helping customers solve their data problems with a modern platform for machine learning and advanced analytics. Mark has 18 years’ experience working with data and information management software in technical sales, service delivery, and support roles across a full spectrum of sectors including banking, retail and telecommunications.

Mark Renton

Head of IT Architecture, Domestic & General

Mark has spent the last 17 years as an architect, most of this time in Lloyds bank where amongst other things he defined the architecture and approach for the integration of HBOS into the Wholesale Bank. Currently Mark is the Director of architecture at Domestic and General and is working on strategic architectures as well as guiding the architecture on key transformation programmes including the implementation of MDM and a new data warehouse.

Wael Elrifai

Senior Director of Enterprise Solutions, EMEA & APAC, Hitachi Vantara

Wael Elrifai is an avid technologist and management strategist, bridging the divide between IT and business as Pentaho’s EMEA Director of Enterprise Solutions.  He’s been working in high performance computing, machine learning, the broader artificial intelligence field and the “Big Data” ecosystem for the past decade.  Wael has served corporate and government clients cross North America, Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia across a number of industry verticals and has presented at conferences worldwide.

With graduate degrees in both electrical engineering and economics he’s a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Special Interest Group for Artificial Intelligence, the Royal Economic Society, and Chatham House. 

Wael also serves on the boards of two charitable organisations and enjoys tinkering with “bleeding edge” technology, private aviation, and adventure travel.

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Guy Cuthbert

Chief Exective Officer & Chief Technology Officer, Atheon Analytics Ltd

In 2005, Guy founded Atheon Analytics and has worked at the leading edge of UK visual analytics ever since, building Atheon into a recognised leader in the application of visual analytics to retail business challenges.As CEO and CTO Guy is accountable for Atheon’s business plan, vision, and values and direction, and the development, direction and security of Atheon’s technological capability.

Satya Singh

Data Strategy and Analytics Manager, Discovery Communications

Satya Singh is the data strategy and analytics manager at Discovery Communications, London. Satya has over ten years of experience within business and IT solving data related problems. He has worked in various fields – starting from e-commerce, product and digital to the realms of data and analytics.

Satya specializes in developing data and product strategy roadmaps to make sure big data means big insights. He is passionate about solving the big data problem in the world of the Internet of Things (IoT). He currently focuses on understanding how the media industry is transforming with data. Satya is passionate about bridging the gap between big data technologies and business – he is currently working with finance, marketing, ad sales, and audience teams to re-define how data can help the business to make effective decisions.

Stephen Foot

Head of Asset Condition, TfL Engineering

Stephen has worked within the railway industry for 30 years in a variety of operational roles, maintaining and renewing railway infrastructure, and more recently in strategic engineering functions.  Currently he is developing the use of data derived from London Underground’s assets, to provide actionable information, embedding it within the operational business to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of asset maintenance.

Travis Johnson

VP Engineering, AppNexus

Travis Johnson leads the team at AppNexus responsible for Application Monitoring. Prior to joining this leading Adtech Company, he was an engineer at Right Media and Yahoo!

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Julian Schwarzenbach

Chair, BCS Data Management Specialist Group

Julian is an experienced information management practitioner with experience of a range of roles and sectors particularly in utilities and transport organisations. Julian is one of the country’s leading asset information management practitioners and is currently providing strategic support to a number of major infrastructure projects and organisations. Julian is Chair of the BCS Data Management Specialist Group who organise events covering a range of data management topics and contributes to the development of data management policies, training and qualifications for the BCS. Additionally, Julian is leads on asset information related activities for the Institute of Asset Management, was part of the PAS1192-3 Steering Group and is a member of the Steering Group for BS1192-4.

Federico Rosenhain

Big Data Evangelist (previously Chief Data Officer at Banco Hipotecario)

Federico has been working in the information business for the past 15 years helping companies to make the most out of their data. His current primary occupation is to lead on Big Data and data science projects, integrating multiple informations sources while using a variety of tools. He also coordinates the Big Data and Analytics program at Universidad de Palermo in Argentina.

Stephen Line

Regional Vice-President North EMEA, Cloudera

Stephen Line is a highly motivated sales and business development leader with a successful track record built over 14 years working in multiple industry sectors across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Stephen is passionate about building, developing and retaining exceptional relationships with organisations that seek to capitalise on the opportunities available through data and analytics.

Mark Allen

Head of Data Governance, Capital One

Mark leads the data governance programme at Capital One UK, ensuring data is accurate and compliant so the business has the confidence to make great decisions. With over 15 year’s of experience working across many analyst functions at Capital One, Mark is using that knowledge to not only deliver on well matured governance practices but is now re-designing the entire data governance function to future proof it and deliver world class results.

At heart, Mark is a disruptor and optimiser – always on the lookout for the changes that deliver big value with less effort. As Product Owner for analytical system changes, Mark has ensured Agile delivery worked for our analyst group with no loss of service to our customers. As well as helping the business do things better, Mark has led data analyst teams, operational forecasting functions, analytical project support teams and created a new Technical Solutions team delivering bespoke automated products to teams across the business. Outside of his core role, Mark is involved in coaching and mentoring programmes as well as designing and delivering Aspirational Work Programmes for local Year 5 children as well as interview preparation workshops for local school leavers.

Mark Semenenko

Sales Engineer, Pentaho

Mark been working with enterprise software clients in the UK for five years and has industry expertise in Teleco, Travel and Transport and Public Safet. Mark studied Computer science at The University of Sheffield and has maintained a keen interest in bleeding edge technology especially Big Data, Machine Learning and Internet of Things.

Mark Bendall

Lead Program Architect (Technology), Enstar Group

Mark has more than 18 years’ experience designing and implementing IT solutions, including several years at lead architect level.

Specialising in data and effective in enterprise data and solutions architecture roles, Mark is adept at defining strategy, roadmaps, frameworks and design patterns.

Ranjeet Athwal

MI Architect, Enstar Group

Ranjeet is an experienced architect with 14+ years’ experience implementing data and integration solutions within the UK, and US insure tech sectors.

Areas of expertise include Insurance MI, analytics, data & system integration architecture at solution or enterprise level. Agile, PPM and ITIL aware, with experience of applying best practice methodologies where required.

Ravi Shankar

Chief Marketing Officer, Denodo

Ravi Shankar is the Chief Marketing Officer at Denodo. He is responsible for Denodo’s global marketing efforts, including product marketing, demand generation, communications, and partner marketing. Ravi brings to his role more than 25 years of proven marketing leadership from enterprise software leaders such as Oracle and Informatica. Ravi holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Martin Squires

Global Lead, Customer Intelligence & Data, Boots Walgreens Boots Alliance

Martin is a highly experienced customer & marketing analytics professional, with over 20 years’ experience helping a number of blue chip organisations drive value from building a deeper understanding of their customers and prospects.

Martin specialises in developing organisations customer insight & analysis. Currently, Martin is the global lead of customer intelligence & data at Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Tom Smith

Managing Director, Data Science Campus, Office for National Statistics

Tom is managing director at the UK government’s Data Science Campus, which explores how new data sources such as earth observation data, images and social media can help us better understand the economy and society. A data addict with 20 years’ experience using data and analysis to improve public services, Tom originally trained as a physicist with a PhD in training neural networks for robot control. Before joining government, Tom was co-founder and chief executive of OCSI, a research and data ‘spin-out’ company from the University of Oxford that has worked with 100s of government agencies, including leading the government’s Indices of Deprivation used to allocate more than £1Billion per year. He is vice-chair of the Royal Statistical Society Official Statistics section, previously chair of the Environment Agency Data Advisory Group, and member of the Open Data User Group ministerial advisory group.

Satish Ramjee

Principal Software Engineer, First Utility

Satish Ramjee is a Principal Software Engineer at First Utility, located in Coventry, UK. First Utility’s objective is to make the running of the home (managing energy, broadband and home-services) straightforward, painless and great value for money for everyone. Satish’s responsibility lies in the delivery of a Smart Meter enabled platform within First Utility and has interests in microservices and containerised software. Satish holds a Masters in Renewable Energy Systems Technology from Loughborough University and a BSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Surrey.

Alexander Kapellos

Senior Manager, Analytics and Reporting, Cancer Research UK

Alexander Kapellos is a Senior Manager in Consumer Insights and Analytics at Cancer Research UK where he leads a team of experienced analysts working across both Digital and CRM data. His career in Data Analytics spans over 7 years and across multiple sectors and markets. After completing his studies in Applied Mathematics and Physics Sciences he went on to work at companies such as MEC Global, Vodafone and Harvey Nichols where he was responsible for extracting meaningful insights from the vast amount of data collected from these companies. He now focuses on winning the battle against cancer with the help of data analytics.

Rasmus Skov Knudsen

Senior Data Scientist, Financial Times

Rasmus Skov Knudsen is a Senior Data Scientist at Financial Times. Building and delivering machine learning and statistical models, the Data Science team supports customer-focused innovation across the business from idea to production. Rasmus has a diverse background in genetic research, teaching and asset management, as well as a Master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Copenhagen.

Kerry Dawes

Head of Personalisation and Optimisation Operations, Rank Group

Kerry’s experience has always focused on using technology, and rich, multi-faceted data to deliver actionable insights and recommendations. During recent years she put that insight into action by defining, building and developing optimisation and personalisation programmes for some of the largest brands in Australia spanning banking, travel, retail and utilities. Since returning to the UK last year, Kerry has been building the Rank Group’s digital technology capability and personalisation programme across their 2 key brands Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos that harnesses a truly data driven approach.

Dr. Anthea Seles

Digital Records and Transfer Manager, The National Archives

Dr Anthea Seles is the Digital Records and Transfer Manager at The National Archives. In that role she oversees digital records transfers from government departments to The National Archives. She also works with at the Cabinet Office serving as a technical expert on the Cross-Government Records Management Project. Anthea has a doctorate from University College London and examined the applicability of digital repository standards to an East African context. Her current research interests are around data integrity, algorithmic accountability and fairness and the implications of data science for policy decisions in government

Hugo Pinto

Partner, BI4ALL

Hugo Pinto is a Partner at BI4ALL. Hugo has been working in the information business for the past 18 years and uses his experience to help his enterprise customers and potential customers, navigate the complicated landscape of data measurement to deliver actionable and credible insights. Hugo have an extensive knowledge and ability to manage data-based project in order to optimize processes, time, resources and results.

Anantha Prasad

Global Head, Data Governance and Head, Data and Information Management, RBWM, EMEA

Anantha is a seasoned thought leader and strategist with over 20 years of industry and management consulting experience in financial services having established and led data governance and data management activities with a focus on the risk / compliance domain across multiple clients in the Americas and EMEA. His current portfolio includes the set up of a big data ecosystem for Retail Banking and Wealth Management, exploration of disruptive technologies, business opportunities in the regulatory / compliance landscape and integration of cultural divides and customer journeys.

Chris Murphy

IT Architect, Zurich Insurance Company, UK

Having worked as an IT professional for the last 15 years in the financial services industry, Chris has a strong history of delivering architectural solutions in a complex technical landscape. Chris is currently working as the lead Solution Architect on the Zurich UK Life Data Lake (the first key deliverable on Zurich’s Big Data Platform) shaping the patterns and frameworks that will be used to realise our strategies, both locally and globally.

Peter Larsen

Chief Technology Specialist on Big Data & Data Science, Nordea

Peter Sergio Larsen is Chief Technology Specialist in the area of Big Data, Machine Learning and Data Science in Nordea and is 33 years old. His task in Nordea spans from working on concrete projects and defining and developing the new Common Information Platform (CIP) in Nordea. He has hands on experience with various technologies from the Hadoop EcoSystem, such as Apache Spark, Apache HBase, HDFS, etc. but also machine learning modelling and data science has been a part of Peter’s daily work. One of the key project that Peter is working on is in the area of Risk and Compliance. Other projects that Peter has been involved in include recommendation engines and face detection among others.

Roger Fletton

Global Insight Development Manager, Boots Walgreens Alliance

Roger has over 15 years’ experience in web development helping organisations gain insight from their data and delivering this to their end users. Currently Roger leads a team of 5 BI Developers whose projects include the Boots Insight Portal (created using TIBCO Spotfire), which delivers a detailed understanding of Boots customers and their behaviour.

Martin Squires

Global Lead, Customer Intelligence & Data, Boots Walgreens Boots Alliance

Martin is a highly experienced customer & marketing analytics professional, with over 20 years’ experience helping a number of blue chip organisations drive value from building a deeper understanding of their customers and prospects. Martin specialises in developing organisations customer insight & analysis. Currently, Martin is the global lead of customer intelligence & data at Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Wael Elrifai

Director of Enterprise Solutions, Pentaho

Wael Elrifai is an avid technologist and management strategist, bridging the divide between IT and business as Pentaho’s EMEA Director of Enterprise Solutions. He has been working in high performance computing, machine learning, the broader artificial intelligence field and the ‘Big Data’ ecosystem for the past decade. Wael has served corporate and government clients cross North America, Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia across a number of industry verticals and has presented at conferences worldwide. With graduate degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Economics he is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Special Interest Group for Artificial Intelligence, the Royal Economic Society, and Chatham House. Wael also serves on the boards of two charitable organisations and enjoys tinkering with ‘bleeding edge’ technology, private aviation, and adventure travel.

Adrian Swinscoe

Author of “How to Wow: 68 Effortless Ways to Make Every Customer Experience Amazing”

Adrian Swinscoe is a customer experience consultant and advisor, and has been growing and helping develop customer-focused large and small businesses for 20 years. He has previously worked with Shell, FT and The Economist Group and has advised and consulted to numerous large and smaller businesses helping them engage with their customers, build their customer retention and improve their service and customer experience. Adrian is a huge fan of organisations that do great things for their customers and their people. He enjoys using research, stories and human insights to help create change and better results for his clients. Overall, he’s a lover of simplicity and an advocate of the human touch with some really useful technology thrown in. Adrian has an MBA from Cass Business School, City University as well as an MA in Economics. He has also recently published a new book: How to Wow: 68 Effortless Ways to Make Every Customer Experience Amazing (Pearson).

Deepak Nagappan Anitha

Digital Analytics Solutions Manager, Direct Line Group

An experienced Web Analytics Architect and Digital Marketing consultant with years of professional experience in leading global firms. A trained expert in Data Science with domain knowledge in financial services and the travel Industry specialising in digital journey and conversion optimization. As Digital Analytics Solutions Manager at Direct Line Group, Deepak is leading design and implementation of digital analytics across Direct Line Group’s web estate. For most of his working life, Deepak has been involved with digital analytics and over the last 3 years he has specialised in Web Analytics Implementation. Before joining DLG he was with Hertz International as their Web Analytics Manager for EMEA. This was equally fun and challenging as he was the only Web Analytics person for the entire EMEA market. Prior to this, Deepak worked for Visual IQ as a software engineer helping them shape their Marketing Attribution Modelling product. Deepak is a computer science engineer and received his Master’s qualification from the University of Manchester where he specialised in Data Management and Artificial Intelligence.

Christine Paulig

Manager, Data and Information Architecture, Barclays

Christine has been in the Technology Area for Financial Services for over 25 years. Having gathered experience internationally, she specialized in Application and Enterprise Architecture for well-known institutions (Banco Real, Dresdner Bank, Standard Bank, Barclays – current) across business units, functions and vendors (Oracle, SAP) and has since shifted into data and information architecture. Here she is leading Data Architecture to enable Barclay’s vision to become the ‘intelligent bank’, to deliver personalised authentic dynamic experiences for our customer to drive relevancy and engagement.

Dr. Alexander Weiss

Head of Data Science, GetYourGuide

Alexander is Head of Data Science at GetYourGuide, one of the world’s most successful online travel startups. After receiving his PhD in econophysics from TU Berlin, Alexander worked as a risk manager at the world’s third largest reinsurer, Hannover Re, where he applied prediction models to estimate the company’s losses due to natural catastrophes. When he discovered data science and the fast-paced startup world, he did not hesitate to leave his mapped out career path. Alexander started working at the small Berlin-based mobile advertising startup Trademob. He spent the next 3.5 years on building and improving their real-time bidding platform for mobile ads. Currently, Alexander is shaping the data science department at GetYourGuide, where he and his team support stakeholders from all business units with their analytical and predictive challenges. Alexander is also the founder and organiser of “Algorithms & Data Challenges Berlin”, one of Berlin’s most popular data science meetups.

Iain Hennessey

Clinical Director of Innovation, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon , Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Iain Hennessey is a consultant paediatric surgeon and director of Innovation at the new Alder Hey Children’s Health Park. He has always been interested in digital innovation helping found a start-up surgical simulation company as a trainee and then progressing to become the clinical director of Innovation at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. He is currently developing a long term strategy to build the world’s first “Living hospital” by adapting emerging technologies to enable the building to care for the children within it, both medically and holistically.