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Women Talk IT - Leading Innovation - Chester 22 November 2017

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM (GMT)

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch in conjunction with Northern Power Women proudly presents a networking event to discuss Innovation and Empowerment

5 - 8.30pm, Wednesday 22November 2017

The Chester Grosvenor Hotel

 Eastgate Street

 Chester CH1 1LT

Northern Power Women works with men and women from across all industries and business areas to harness their power to influence gender equality. They help them to connect, collaborate and celebrate their achievements and in doing so, address ‘head on’ the nation’s gender imbalance

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is dedicated to gender equality and believes this is important for financial services and the UK as a whole. The company holds an unwavering belief that the diversity of its employees strengthens the company, and is essential to achieving their strategy of responsible growth. 

Following the success of past events, you are encouraged to sign up early as space is limited. Priority will be given to those already working in Technology


Car parking is £4.50 with a validated receipt from the hotel reception

Any dietary requirements should be noted during online registration

Do you have a question for our keynote speakers or Bank of America Merrill Lynch panelists?

You can submit them in advance when you register




Doors open, registration and welcome drink


Welcome and opening remarks by

Mohit Sarvaiya, managing director, Chief Technology Organisation EMEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jeremy St John Brown, senior vice president, Chester Market Lead, Global Technology and Operations, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Keynote speaker introductions by

Sheenagh Meghen, chief operating officer, EMEA, Global Information Security, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Keynote speaker 1 – Jennifer Arcuri

Advisor to Hackers & Founders

Founder of PinkSheet Database


Keynote speaker 2 – Sally Kettle

Adventurer, speaker, event host, personal trainer, and author of 'Sally's Odd at Sea'


Panel Q&A 

Combined online and audience questions are answered by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Senior Leader panel

Facilitator – Sheenagh Meghen


Closing remarks

Jeremy St John Brown, senior vice president, Chester Market Lead, Global Technology and Operations, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Networking over drinks and canapés


Event closes


Mohit Sarvaiya, managing director, Chief Technology Organisation EMEA, Bank of AmericaMerrill Lynch

Mohit Sarvaiya is head of Chief Technology Organisation and EMEA CTO at BofAML. Mohit serves on the Global Environmental Operations Group, an executive committee that provides leadership and support for the achievement of our global environmental goals.

Mohit is also executive sponsor for several global programmes including Demand Management, driving “disruptive thinking” for the future state architecture of BofAML’s infrastructure around cloud and collaboration. He is based in London.

Mohit joined the company in 1995 as country technology head for Japan. He relocated to the UK in 2003 and has since held various global roles, including Application Services and Release Management, CTO for Global Investment Banking and Research, and global head of Storage, Transmission Services and Business resiliency. Before assuming his current role, Mohit was global executive for Engineering and Design services for Global Markets. He has extensive work experience living in Asia and Europe leading several large change/transformation initiatives. 

Mohit holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering.


Jeremy St John Brown, senior vice president, Chester Market Lead, Global Technology and Operations, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Jeremy St John Brown is the CTO Global Operations lead for Incident, Problem & Change Management reporting to Phil Hordle.  He is also the Incident, Problem and Change Management Process Champion for the Enterprise responsible for driving process adoption and maturity.  Jeremy moved to Chester in 2013 to build out the Chester Command Center and as the CTO Site Lead.  Jeremy moved into his current role in June 2017 and still continues to be CTO Site Lead for Chester as he is a SLT member of Mohit Sarvaiyas Regional SLT.  Jeremy has also the responsibility as a Market Lead for the Chester campus.


Jeremy first joined the bank with Montgomery Securities based in New York in 1998 as a desktop support engineer.  He continued with the bank supporting multiple lines of business during multiple mergers/transitions including Nations Bank, Fleet Bank, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.  He was appointed the team manager role in 2003 in NY and continued managing multiple teams in NY before moving to London, UK in 2007 to manager the trading support teams.  Jeremy was appointed the manager of the London desktop support teams after the transition expanding to include mobility, AV, MAC and desktop escalations.  Jeremy recently moved into the EMEA server operations role in April 2012.


Jeremy has taken part in the multiple Technology Development program events in 2011, 2016, 2017 and is also ITIL and Six Sigma certified.  


Whilst growing up, Jeremy lived in multiple places including the Middle East and still enjoys traveling the world today with his wife and their son aged 12.  Jeremy started flying small planes when he was 15 in Florida and flew for a number of years whilst living in America.  He also enjoys most gadgets, photography and projects with his son.

Sheenagh Meghen, chief operating officer, EMEA, Global Information Security (GIS), Bank of America Merrill Lynch

As COO for GIS EMEA, Sheenagh Meghen is responsible for the group’s overall Business Management responsibilities including managing governance routines, board materials, risk management, financial management and communications. She is based in London.

Sheenagh has worked at BofAML for 18 years. Before assuming her current role, she was COO for Global Transaction Services (GTS) EMEA. In this position Sheenagh was responsible for GTS risk, strategy, finance and management of the Know Your Client process. She managed the Leadership Council supporting the growing junior talent in GTS. Prior to this, Sheenagh was COO for Technology Infrastructure in EMEA where she managed a global volume reduction programme which won Team of the Year at the 2015 FS Tech Awards.

During her career, Sheenagh has held a variety of technology-focused roles including Business Engagement Management, Global Programme Management and Consumer Card.

Jennifer Arcuri, advisor to Hackers and Founders

Launched in autumn 2016, Hacker House is a team of computer hackers who strive for innovation within the information security industry. They champion cyber skills and training to encourage security as an everyday utility to today’s digitally-connected world. Jennifer is an advisor to Hackers and Founders in Silicon Valley, alongside Founders for Schools across the UK. In June 2015, she also launched the Cyber Security group, Cyber TLA, as part of Tech London Advocates Group, and is a certified ethical hacker herself. 

She is also the founder of PinkSheet Database, the official database of professional women. The list features women who consider themselves an expert in their chosen field. By establishing this unique network of women, Pinksheet serves to optimise women’s voices for speaking events and media. Jennifer hosts monthly dinners with London women working in technology and is an advocate for women all around the world to develop technology skills. Her entrepreneurial career began in California in digital distribution, technology and film production. Jennifer sold a video streaming platform in 2009 and produced ‘La Valise’, a short film sold at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Sally Kettle, founder of Rowgirls

Sally Kettle is the first woman to have rowed across the Atlantic east-west, twice. She first took to the oars in 2003. Following an initial set-back to her first Atlantic attempt, she was joined by an unlikely rowing partner - her mother Sarah Kettle. 106 days later they made it into the record books as the world’s first mother and daughter to row an ocean.

In 2005 Sally founded Rowgirls – an all-female rowing team striving to break the record for the fastest Atlantic crossing. The team of four was struck by disaster when a crewmate left the boat mid-Atlantic. The boat then lost its rudder in the worst recorded conditions in 200 years and the team was attached by a shark – no lives were lost. Determined to continue, Sally and her crew completed the challenge. They arrived in Antigua 77 days later, and became the first three-handed boat ever to complete the trip.

Sally’s Odd at Sea (Orana, 2007) – is the autobiography detailing the ocean journeys and the motivations behind them. It's an honest account of her struggles to bring the teams together, and of the difficulties faced when living in a boat smaller than the average bathroom.

All Sally's adventures have included the opportunity to raise money for charitable causes, raising in excess of £300,000. In 2010 she sailed across the North Atlantic aboard a 68ft racing yacht for The Children’s Trust, of which she is now honorary vice president. She also trekked across the Pyrenees with British gymnast Suzanne Dando and a team of women representing the Armed Forces. They raised money for The Royal British Legion. Sally delivers international humanitarian aid on behalf of the NGO, Shelterbox, and is a Trustee of The London Sports Trust and an Ambassador for GirlGuiding.


Mohit Sarvaiya, managing director, Chief Technology Organisation EMEA, Bank of AmericaMerrill Lynch 


Andrea Litherland, senior vice president, head of EMEA Cyber Security Operations, Global Information Security (GIS), Bank of America Merrill Lynch 

Andrea Litherland is responsible for all Cyber Security Operations matters on behalf of Global Information Security in EMEA. In her role, she helps to build out the ‘follow-the-sun’ operating model for key GIS controls in order to anticipate threats, identify and remediate vulnerabilities, rapidly detect and respond to information security incidents.

Andrea joined BofAML in 1999 as a telecoms engineer for the company’s data networks. Thereafter she became the data support manager for the banks 24x7 function. She moved into information security and has been with GIS for 14 years holding a variety of positions covering many of the core domains of Information Security including Security Architect and Global Controls Testing programme lead. She became the first person to be a GIS control owner outside the U.S. with the implementation of the Global Work Area assessment programme. Andrea is based in Chester.

Andrea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computing and Psychology and several globally-recognised Information Security certifications.

 Her hobbies include marathon-running and taking part in special forces designed obstacle races.

Simon Riggs, regional information security officer, EMEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Simon Riggs is the regional information security officer for EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is responsible for all elements of information security protection in the region. Simon is based in London.

Before joining BofAML in 2011, Simon worked at Thomson Reuters as global head of IT Security. Prior to that, he was with PepsiCo for five years. 

Simon is a passionate advocate for aligning information security and IT service management. He has been the Information Security Magazine’s ‘Security 7’ winner for most innovative security professional in financial services. In past years, he has served as industry chair for the Financial Services Information Exchange at the UK Security Service. Simon is also a member of numerous vendor advisory boards and regularly speaks at industry events.

Simon has a BS (Hons) in Information Systems Management, and various professional certifications relating to information security, IT service management and internal audit.

Allison Krill, managing director, EMEA Global Banking and Markets Technology and head of EMEA Global Transaction Services Technology, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Allison is responsible for EMEA Global Banking and Markets Technology. Allison jointly reports to Andrew Butcher and David Reilly in this capacity. Global Banking & Markets Technology provides end-to-end technology solutions and support for Global Banking and Global Markets (including Equities, Electronic Trading, Rates and Currencies, Credit and Structured Products, Commodities, Sales and Capital Markets and Global Markets Operations & Middle Office, Wholesale Banking, Research, Commercial, Corporate and Investment Banking clients). 


Allison is also head of EMEA Global Transaction Services Technology (GTST) reporting to Rick Knafelz. Allison joined GTST in August 2016 and has overall responsibility for the end-to-end delivery of technology solutions supporting the global corporate and transaction services business in the region.  In addition, she is also responsible for the International Treasury Management and Commercial Banking platforms managed within EMEA region and utilized globally across EMEA, APAC, LATAM, and the US. 


Allison is a member of the GT&O Diversity and Inclusion forum in her role as co-lead of the EMEA GT&O and GBAM Technology D&I Council.

Prior to this role, Allison was Head of Equity Technology in Asia Pacific supporting the Asia Equities business operating their technology platform and providing solutions to improve trading, facilitate sales, and manage risk positions.  Allison joined the bank in 2011 and has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years.  Prior to joining the company she was at Deutsche Bank in London where she worked in Equity Derivatives and Group Treasury IT.  Allison was previously with Merrill Lynch for 9 years working both in New York and London offices and started her career as part of the Merrill Lynch Graduate Program. Allison is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Engineering. 

Andrea Harding, senior vice president, Business Executive, Technology Work Space Services (WSS), Global Technology and Operations, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Andrea Harding has worked in Financial Services since 1997. Her background is in communications technology for financial institutions, predominantly in Unified Communication & Collaboration (UCC), but also trader voice, contact centre and compliance recording. She is particularly interested in the current technical and cultural shift from UCC to Social & Cloud based Productivity. Andrea is based in London.


She joined BofAML earlier this year as the global Skype for Business programme manager but has since joined the WSS organisation as the Collaborations Services lead. Previously, she has worked for Microsoft as the Skype for Business specialist (Financial Markets), as well as consulting for other investment banks (including UBS and Morgan Stanley), to become a subject matter expert.


Andrea is the founder/organiser of the Financial Services UCC Community of Interest in London and has organised several large events, promoting collaboration, best practice and advocacy for financial institutions with large vendors. She is passionate about the end user experience and is excited about the many opportunities to advance BofAML’s digital strategy for the company’s employees and clients. 


Closing remarks: 


Jeremy St John Brown, senior vice president, Chester Market Lead, Global Technology and Operations, Bank of America Merrill Lynch




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