IT Leaders Event - The Adaptive CIO

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New for 2021! BCS IT Leaders conference: The adaptive CIO - Adapt, transform, inspire

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Rebecca George OBE FBCS, BCS President & Managing Partner, Government and Public Services, Deloitte LLP

Geoff Hudson - Searle, author of Purposeful Discussions

Eileen Jennings-Brown, Head of Technology, Wellcome Trust

Rob Harding, Chief Operation and Technology Officer, Capital One

Rubi Kaur, Senior Solutions Architect, Vodafone

Stephen Slough, CIO, NHS Dorset CCG

Suzanne Doyle-Morris, author of The Con Job

Matt Howarth, Founder, Beyond Digital


Why some CIOs win and some fail? Exploring the real challenges facing IT leaders

• Panel discussion - What’s keeping CIOs awake at night?

o Brian Runciman, Head of Content at BCS, will reveal the very real challenges facing CIOs in 2021, as he shares exclusive insights from the latest BCS IT Leaders report and invites our panel of IT leaders to share their biggest challenges – the good, the bad and the ugly!

Why CEOs want adaptive CIOs?

Hear from successful leaders who have adapted and transformed

• Dealing with the next unknown

o Have you pre-empted your next unknown? In the wake of COVID-19, we discuss how business continuity has been affected and why planning is critical for future business resilience.

o Uncover how learning to effectively manage dispersed communities is essential for the adaptive CIO.

• Linking security hygiene and ethics (a practical application)

o Can ethics work practically in a security environment? And how do the ethics of your people contribute to overall security?

• The consequences of IT centrality to the business

o Do CIOs feel part of the business? What about board representation? We examine how the CIO is affected by his position in the broader business through personal narrative from an experienced CIO on the key to effective business and tech alignment – the problems faced, their solutions, personals skills needed, issues around board representation etc.


Discover the technology trends that promise to disrupt your sector – and the IT skills, professionalism and efficiency you need to break away from the competition.

BCS IT Leaders welcomes today’s leading technology executives and entrepreneurs as well as aspiring IT leaders looking for inspiration and insight from a line-up of eminent IT professionals, each at the top of their game.

The next unknown is just around the corner, so how does today’s IT leader prepare themself and their business?

What should we learn from those inspiring business chiefs who lead continuous transformation within their organisation? And in the challenging post-Brexit / COVID-recovery period, how do we build foresight and resilience into our own teams and business strategies?

Prepare your future self at BCS IT Leaders 2021

From business continuity and security hygiene, to virtual leadership across dispersed communities, the adaptive CIO identifies and translates the IT capability needed in 2021 and beyond.

Join us online on Thursday 4 February to understand the skills, techniques and strategies you can develop to become an adaptive IT leader ready to conquer the next unknown.

At our inaugural BCS IT Leaders conference, we’ll be future-gazing to the challenges and trends coming down the line, and dissecting your routes to leadership and the pathways and opportunities for CIOs in the future digital world.

Why come to BCS IT Leaders 2021?

Working in partnership with the BCS IT Leaders Forum, meet the adaptive and influential business leaders of our time and together explore our industry’s transformation, future challenges, and the skills and capabilities essential to creating a diverse, trusted profession and a world in which technology improves everyone’s lives.

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