16 - 20 November 2020
Our 2020 speaker line-up so far…
Director of Engineering @ Skyscanner
Manager, Software Engineering @ Mastercard
CEO @ CodeClan
CEO @ FinTech Scotland
Engineering Lead, Payments @ Lloyds Banking Group
Senior Manager, Data and Analytics @ PwC
VP of Product and Engineering @ IndigoVision
Managing Director @ Digital Six
Senior Director of Engineering and Co-site Lead @ Intercom
Dr Hannah Rudman
Strategic Transformation Director @ Wallet.Services
Hilde Watne Frydnes
Head of Product @ Mallzee Insights
AI and Data Practice Lead @ Sword Group
VP of Growth @ Care Sourcer
Product Owner @ Sustainably
UX Designer @ Sustainably
Tech Lead @ Financial Times
COO and Founder @ Talking Medicines
Director and Co-founder @ GearedApp
Agile Delivery Lead @ M&G
UK Business Systems Team Lead @ Premier Oil
Myra is a Director of Engineering at Skyscanner based at their office in Glasgow. Where she leads both Operational and IT teams around the globe to deliver a truly world class digital workplace.
With 17 years’ experience in the Technology sector, Myra has also worked at the Clydesdale Bank leading their Service Support function.
Myra is the Chair of the Business Beats Cancer Edinburgh board who aim is to bring together business leaders to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.
Sadia has a wealth of experience in the payments industry. She started her career as a developer and moved through several roles before settling at Mastercard. In her current role she works with the Bacs team to ensure an inclusive environment for all and a sustainable delivery pace to benefit the end customers. Vocalink, a Mastercard company operates as the critical national infrastructure for the UK payments system.
Sadia enjoys keeping fit, spending time with her children and husband and working with the local charities. She works with a local community group to help the homeless and acts as a local emergency volunteer.
Melinda Matthews-Clarkson has spent her 27-year career as a leader in technology. She is currently the CEO of CodeClan where she leverages her passion for people and her business skills to drive growth into the Scottish Digital Economy. She has held roles as a VP of Sales, Global Executive of Business Development & Enablement, Director of Marketing and VP of Alliances and Partnerships.
Melinda has a BS degree in Sales and Marketing Education; has certifications from UCLA Women in Leadership, Executive Coaching, and Mentoring from Edinburgh Coaching Academy, and has been recognised in the Top 100 Women in CRN Software Channel publication from 2014, 2015 and 2016. She has been nominated for many awards as the CEO of CodeClan including Inspiring Women in Tech and was recently named one of the Top 7 Women to watch in Scotland Tech.
She is a sponsor for Smart Works Charity that focuses on assisting women back into the workforce. She is an active cheerleader for Girl Guides and STEM organisations and jumps at any opportunity to inspire and mentor women and diverse individuals to be the best they can be.
When she is not thinking about technology, she can be found in her garden, on her yoga mat or in the kitchen creating wonderful tasty dishes.
Stephen is a regular speaker at major global financial services and university conferences on subjects ranging from customer strategy and execution, the growth and development of fintech innovation as well as business change leadership.
Stephen has a proven track record and reputation for implementing customer focused, technology enabled profitable initiatives in a wide range of financial services organisations. This has included senior executive roles with large institutions in the UK such as Standard Life and Barclays as well as small innovative enterprises.
Throughout his career, Stephen has been an influential advocate of making financial services more open, creative and inclusive to all through new innovative technologies, encouraging diversity and progressive ways of working as well as improved collaboration across stakeholders and participants.
Stephen lives with his wife and two daughters in Edinburgh, Scotland and is a competitive long distance runner.
Danielle joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2001 and has held a number of roles across the Group giving her a varied career path into technology. She is an adaptive and engaging technology leader with a history of outstanding software engineering delivery. An authentic communication style allows her to build trust quickly and empower teams to deliver on their promises, and exceed expectations across large complex deliveries. She cares deeply about doing the right thing and is passionate about helping to transform culture and ways of working to enable the Groups Engineering capability to be at the forefront of innovation and delivery.
Her Engineering Lead role covering International and Domestic (UK) Payments will see her lead the design and build of the Industry’s New Payments Architecture (NPA) initiative whilst working tirelessly to build diverse engineering capability across the Edinburgh location for the wider Group.
Danielle was born and raised in Wales, moving to Scotland during the Halifax and Bank of Scotland merger. She lives on the Fife coast and when she’s not working she can be found spending time with her family. She has a 5 year old daughter, 23 year old bonus daughter, 26 year old bonus son and an 8 month old puppy. Danielle’s husband is also an Engineering Lead so a very busy home life and two careers to juggle.
Carmelle joined PwC in early 2019 and has focused her career within data & analytics for the last 8 years. She is always looking for new ways to test her understanding of modern data and technology innovation, and believes strongly in challenging the status quo whilst bringing her true-self to problem solving scenarios.
Known to bring strong technical, interpersonal and change management skills to help transform, shape and solve technical and often very complex problems, Carmelle believes that the best solutions integrate people behaviours and cultural considerations into the solution design. Carmelles specific capability areas include cloud transformation, data architecture and insights development, overlayed by solid stakeholder and programme management expertise.
Her Senior Manager role supporting Data & Analytics programmes across the UK has provided the opportunity to lead and support complex entity separation programmes, large scale finance transformation projects and advanced analytics proof of concepts. Carmelle also enjoys being the second most senior female across 300+ PwC team members, and is always seeking new ways to support and provide opportunities for her female managers and associates.
Carmelle hails from Glasgow, and when she’s not working she can be found spending time with her wonderful husband, friends and family...and slightly less well-behaved Jack Russell, Toby.
Eileen McLaren, VP Product and Engineering at Indigo Vision, is one of the best known faces in the Scottish technology scene having been instrumental in scaling the countries two unicorns; Skyscanner and FanDuel.
Her early career in technology was in Financial Services where she progressed from analyst programmer, through project and programme management, eventually branching out into coaching and consultancy before branching out into the world of tech start ups.
Previously Development Manager at Skyscanner, VP of Engineering at FanDuel and COO at Cognitive Geology, Eileen joined Indigo Vision as their VP of Product and Engineering in 2019.
Edinburgh based Indigo Vision is a developer of complete end-to-end video security and business intelligence solutions.
Eileen was raised in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow College of Technology. She now splits her time between homes in Edinburgh and Glasgow and still finds time to support her favourite Glasgow football team.
Kate Little is Managing Director of Digital Six, one of Scotland’s most successful ecommerce agencies. The company is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Digital Six works with clients to grow their ecommerce businesses through proactive strategies that will grow online revenue. Their 16 strong team including developers, design and marketing deliver high-performing websites and campaigns for some of Scotland’s best-known retailers. Kate also holds a position on the ministerial trade board for the Scottish Government advising how international trade can be increased through ecommerce.
Maria is Sr Director of Engineering and co-site lead for Intercom London. Intercom is one of the fastest-growing SaaS businesses operating globally to provide customer communication software to Internet businesses. Previous to Intercom, Maria was VP of Engineering at Edinburgh-based FreeAgent. As part of the executive team, Maria led the company through an IPO and acquisition by one of the largest banks in the UK.
With 20 years of experience in the software industry, Maria has previously also worked at LivingSocial leading globally distributed teams, and at Adobe. Maria is one of the founders of the Women Who Code Edinburgh network.
Dr Hannah Rudman is a highly experienced IT Professional with distributed ledger technologies expertise. Hannah is Strategic Transformation Director at Wallet.Services, supporting enterprises to build business and operational models and value with DLT.
Hannah was an Associate Director at international firm BOP Consulting ‘17-‘18, establishing their Organisational Transformation capability. During '16-'17, she worked with global science and tech solutions company Leidos as Associate Principal Consultant, developing their Digital Transformation practice. Hannah founded and ran Envirodigital 2009-16, creating digital products that gave people agency to reduce carbon in their businesses and lives.
Hannah was elected as Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2016, as Honorary Fellow at Durham University in 2015, and as Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce in 2007. She is also an experienced non-executive director and serves as Board Trustee for the National Galleries of Scotland.
Hilde W. Frydnes has worked with product, marketing and understanding users for nearly 15 years. She started her career working with search marketing at Google's EMEA headquarter in Dublin, learning the ropes about digital marketing and delivering results in one of the most impactful companies around. Following her dream to live near castles and rain in Scotland, Hilde joined the Skyscanner team as Head of Paid Search when they were just starting to scale up. She moved from marketing to product as the first product manager at the company in 2011, and has since continued a journey learning, gaining insights and sharing knowledge about how to make the right product. Bringing teams together to understand users and user needs has been a key driver for Hilde, in large organisations as well as small start-ups and more traditional businesses - both in and out of the tech sector. She has helped a number of start-ups, charities and businesses with getting their product and marketing right, and is currently the Head of Product at Mallzee Insights (https://www.mallzeeinsights.com/), working to make retail better for both customers and retailers.
Hilde believes that if you put the users first, everything else will follow. It won't be easy, but with a bit of cake and a lot of hard work, you can achieve anything. She is on the Board of the Scottish Book Trust (https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/), encouraging reading for pleasure, a mentor with Creative Edinburgh (https://www.creative-edinburgh.com/), and is passionate about sharing knowledge to help make what we do a bit better all the time.
Lise is the Practice Lead in Data and AI at Sword IT Solutions, and has a strong background in Data Architecture and customer-facing roles delivering high-end Data Analytics Solutions. She manages client engagements as well as evangelising the benefits of Data and AI to the wider tech community.
Lise is from Norway and decided to study Computer Science at Strathclyde University. Her father worked in technology and without his support she would have found it difficult to move to the UK and find the course that was right for her. Lise can now look back on a 30-year long career in technology from software developer through to data architect.
She has a 15-year-old daughter who would like to study Computing. Lise wants to support her as she understands the challenges that are still there for women in technology.
Ilana Munckton is an experienced growth leader with a background in driving tangible business growth for start-up and scale-up tech companies.
She is currently on the leadership team at Edinburgh-based health tech startup Care Sourcer, where she is responsible for marketplace growth strategy in her role as VP of Growth. Prior to joining Care Sourcer, Ilana was Director of Growth at Skyscanner where she led digital marketing efforts globally.
A previous finalist for Inspirational Leadership at the Scotland Women in Technology Awards, Ilana speaks on startup growth, digital marketing, and her own experiences as a female leader in the tech sector.
Kristina is the Product Owner at Sustainably and manages the delivery of the product and the ongoing improvement of the platform.
Prior to Sustainably, she delivered across a range of industries and a variety of challenges in financial services and telecoms, with companies such as Tesco Bank, Sainsbury's Bank, Barclays Bank and BSkyB.
Jenny is the UX Lead at Sustainably, a fintech for social good in Edinburgh. She also runs a design studio called Interaktiv alongside her husband. As well as a Professional Diploma in UX Design, she has 18 years’ experience in financial services, in various roles, including Information Design, Project Management and Marketing, and she volunteers as a mentor, facilitator, guest speaker and panel member for various organisations including Girl Geek Scotland, Women in Banking and Finance, This is Milk, Women in Tech and UX Scotland.
Abina recently moved back to London after 20 years of living and working in different countries. She joined FT at the end of last year.
After earning her M.C.S. she worked as a backend engineer for many years, switched to frontend and these days she's truly full stack. She's also a tech lead for a project at FT.
When not in front of a computer screen she's either travelling, windsurfing or doing her best to grow a living room jungle.
As an entrepreneur, Elizabeth has track record of successfully launching and scaling businesses, and has hands on experience of the challenges that start-ups face. In 2016, Elizabeth joined Talking Medicines as a Founder and her role as Chief Operation Officer (COO) which primarily involves leading on the development of Medsmart® - a data solution of UK community curated medicines that drives the effective use of medicines. Elizabeth’s professional skills are in data, life sciences with a keen interest in preventive health.
Talking Medicines was co-founded in 2013 having seen an opportunity for better communication and support on the medicines prescribed between patients and doctors. Talking Medicines developed an exciting data tech business to improve insight on how patients take their medicines.
Lara Findlay is Director and Co-founder of GearedApp, an Edinburgh based Tech-for-Good digital development company.
In 5 years, Lara has grown the development team from 3 to 13, and has managed delivery of app and web platform for 98 clients all over the globe, 30% of whom are returning customers. As a result, GearedApp has been nominated as one of clutch’s top 30 cross-platform developers globally, and was recently finalists in the 2019 Scottish Tech Awards in the Agency of the year category.
Lara has extensive experience and passion when it comes to business development, developing company culture and developing a tech-for-good team.
Suzanne is an Agile Coach at M&G, based in Edinburgh, where she leads on Agile ways of working and Lean / Agile training and coaching. She has over 20 years of experience in the tech industry and has previously worked as an Agile Coach at Skyscanner and a Software Developer and Technical Lead at Hewlett Packard. She is passionate about servant leadership and creating a great environment to allow teams to thrive and become successful. She is also an active member of the local Agile community and is one of the organisers for Lean Agile Edinburgh.
Catherine is an experienced Business Systems Lead with demonstrated history of working in Information Technology in the Oil and Gas Industry for 17 years. Certified Business Analyst skilled in requirements gathering, business process design and business cases as well as a strong background in business applications spanning support, change management, system implementations and upgrades. She has worked for Premier Oil in Aberdeen for over 8 years.
Catherine is passionate about sharing her IT and Oil & Gas journey with youngsters who think they might like to work in either or both industries and has been a STEM Ambassador for over 5 years. She loves spending time outdoors with her family taking part in a variety of sports and enjoys watching her 10 year daughter embrace new technologies, especially her Sphero robot!
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