UKtech50 2017: Recruiting the right talent for your organisation

In this video from the UKtech50 2017 event in London, Computer Weekly management editor Lis Evenstad hosts a panel debate with IT leaders and event speakers Nick Mayes, Christine Aston, Ian Cohen, David Henderson and Rebecca Salsbury to discuss recruiting talent.

Nick Mayes joined the management buyout of Gala Bingo in 2016 as CIO and member of the executive management team, following an initial engagement as consultant to shape the three-year strategy. He has extensive experience in IT strategy and business transformation across leisure, travel and gaming sectors, holding roles including programme director of a large-scale international business transformation for TUI, and IT director of Luminar, an owner-operator of 350 nightclubs. Nick served in the Royal Air Force in the UK and overseas and was operationally involved with the project to digitise the UK Air Defence Environment. 

Christine Ashton is an experienced CIO, who has led IT teams and transformation programmes at Thomson Reuters, BG Group and Transport for London. In January 2017, she moved to the supplier side, as “CDO in residence” for SAP.

Ian Cohen is group CIO at Addison Lee, driving transformation from a UK-based taxi firm into a global mobility services provider. He joined the board of the iconic London company in the summer of 2017 and is accountable for all product, engineering and core technology activities. He has been a C-suite executive for almost 20 years with experience that spans the financial services, technology, media, broking and now transport & logistics sectors. He is also non-executive director and board adviser to several startups and scale-out businesses at the forefront of digital transformation and delivery. 

David Henderson has been a CTO, CIO and COO for over 15 years, in media businesses ranging from the Daily Mail newspaper group to Global Media and Entertainment, where he now looks after operations for the UK's largest commercial radio and second-largest festival operator. He runs an annual technology summer school at the University of Cambridge and has been a long-time diversity in technology campaigner, a mentor at Brunel University and an early signatory of The Tech Talent Charter.

Rebecca Salsbury leads the software product development teams responsible for creating the BBC’s platform capability for personalising audience experiences and member acquisition. She joined the BBC in 2009, holding several senior roles leading digital product teams, ranging from consumer-facing products to platforms and services, including production tools and content publishing and distribution systems. Although her role now is primarily responsible for the provision of technology and technical products, Rebecca continues to enjoy working with and developing people.

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