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MikeStone100Mike Stone
UK MOD Chief Information Officer

Last year, the UK MOD decided the CIO role should be a Three Star post to reflect the increasing importance of information in the battlespace and the back-office.

Mike Stone spent 28 years in the British Army. His early career as an infantryman included tours as Chief of Staff of an Armoured Brigade and Head of the Tactics Division of the US Army Infantry School. His service culminated in his appointment as Director Information Army (CIO) in the rank of brigadier.

In his previous role as Director Communications and Information Systems (Army), Mike was responsible for the provision of robust, assured, multi-layered communications around the world. He took early retirement in 2002 and since then has built a significant reputation in the telecoms and technology sectors – roles have included COO of BT International, President of Service Design for BT Global Services, Group Executive Vice President of Mastek and CEO of Defence Business Services.

Mike is an international problem-solver, adept at leading/turning around large-scale transformation, technology and client focused programmes, whilst maintaining strong stakeholder engagement and delivering tangible and quantifiable financial benefits. He was appointed as Defence CIO on 6 May 2014.
Nick Jennings_1JB9336aProfessor Nick Jennings
Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government for National Security

As well as his CSA role, Nick is the inaugural Regius Professor of Computer Science in Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton University. He is also an advisor to aerogility and

Nick heads the Agents, Interaction and Complexity Group and is an internationally-recognised authority in the areas of agent-based computing, autonomous systems and intelligent systems. His research covers both the science and the engineering of such systems. In undertaking this research, he has attracted grant income of over £23M (mainly from EPSRC), published more than 500 articles (with some 300 co-authors) and graduated 40 PhD students (including two winners and one runner-up of the BCS/CPHC Distinguished Dissertation Award). He is recognised as highly cited by ISI Web of Science in both the Engineering and the Computer Science categories. With 55,000 citations in Google Scholar, he is the second most highly cited researcher in the area of artificial intelligence (according to Microsoft's Academic Search system) and has an h-index of 103 (the third top non-American according to Palsberg). He has received a number of international awards for his research: the Computers and Thought Award (the premier award for a young AI scientist and the first European-based recipient in the Award's 30 year history), the ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award and an IEE Achievement Medal. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the British Computer Society, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly the IEE), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), the German AI Institute (DFKI) and the European Artificial Intelligence Association (ECCAI) and a member of Academia Europaea and the UK Computing Research Committee (UKCRC).
SirNige100Sir Nigel Shadbolt
Chairman and Co-Founder, Open Data Institute

Sir Nigel Richard Shadbolt FREng CEng CITP FBCS CPsychol (born 9 April 1956) is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Head of the Web and Internet Science Group at the University of Southampton. He is Chairman of the Open Data Institute, which he co-founded with Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Shadbolt is an interdisciplinary researcher, policy expert and commentator. He has studied and researched Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computational Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Science and the emerging field of Web Science. He has made significant contributions to all of these disciplines. Running through all of this work has been his desire to understand how intelligent behaviour is embodied and emerges in humans, machines and most recently on the Web.

Shadbolt was born in London. He studied for an undergraduate degree in philosophy and pyschology at Newcastle University. His PhD was from the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh. It resulted in a framework for understanding how human dialogue is organised.

Shadbolt's research has been in Artificial Intelligence since the late 1970s working on a broad range of topics - from natural language understanding and robotics through to expert systems, computational neuroscience, memory through to the semantic web and linked data. He also writes on the wider implications of his research. One example is the book he co-authored with Kieron O'Hara that examines privacy and trust in the Digital Age - The Spy in the Coffee Machine. His most recent research is on the topic of social machines – understanding the emergent problem solving that arises from a combination of humans, computers and data at webscale. The SOCIAM project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

In 1983, Shadbolt moved to the University of Nottingham and joined the Department of Psychology. In 2000, he moved to the School of Electronics and Computer Science and Southampton University.

From 2000 to 2007, he led and directed the Advanced Knowledge Technologies (AKT) Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC). It produced some of the most important Semantic Web research of the period, such as how diverse information could be harvested and integrated and how semantics could help computers systems recommend content.

In 2006 Shadbolt became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and was its President in its 50th jubilee year. That same year, Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Dame Wendy Hall and Daniel Weitzner, founded the Web Science Research Initiative, to promote the discipline of Web Science and foster research collaboration between the University of Southampton and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2007 Shadbolt became Deputy Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at University of Southampton.

His Semantic Web research led to the formation of Garlik, offering identify protection services. In 2008, Garlik was awarded Technology Pioneer status by the Davos World Economic Forum and won the prestigious UK BT Flagship IT Award. Garlik had over 500,000 users when Experian acquired it in November 2011.

In June 2009 he was appointed together with Sir Tim Berners-Lee as Information Advisor to the UK Government. The two led a team to develop, a single point of access for UK non-personal Governmental public data. In May 2010 he was appointed by the UK Coalition Government to the Public Sector Transparency Board responsible for setting open data standards across the public sector and developing the legal Right to Data.

In December 2012, Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee formally launched the Open Data Institute. The ODI focuses on incubating and nurturing new businesses wanting to harness open data, training and promoting standards.

In 2013, Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee joined the board of advisors of tech startup, creating a network of structured opinions on the semantic web.


Bob Bailey100Bob Bailey
Chief Information Architect, Thomson Reuters

Bob is Chief Information Architect for Thomson Reuters. He has worked in the information industry for 30 years, for much of that time specialising in information for financial markets and investment management. He leads the Information Strategy team, who help focus cross-company efforts on new business approaches to information use, target information architecture and core information policy formation. Most recently this included leading an exploration of the potential for use of Linked Data and Open Data in and by Thomson Reuters, culminating in March 2014 with the company joining the Open Data Institute as a Partner.
Graham Bleakley
IBM Rational

Graham originally studied Mechanical Engineering, this was followed by a PhD in Model Based Systems Engineering and Process for Safety Critical Systems. Graham originally joined I-Logix in 2000 and was eventually acquired by IBM in 2008/9. Over the past 15 years he has worked as a senior consultant with a number of aero, defence (BAE, MBDA, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, SAAB, Thales etc) and automotive companies (Volvo, Lear, Valeo, GM), helping them implement model based systems engineering and use UPDM. He has written and presented a number of technical papers for INCOSE as well for other conferences and publications on the themes of Model Based Systems Engineering and Enterprise Architecture. He is currently a Solution Architect in IBM Rational SWG, Unleash the Labs, where he helps develop integrated solutions based upon Rational products. His latest project are around developing solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things working with the IIC. He is also working on process and compliance modelling for ASPICE and how it integrates with ISO 26262. When not doing this, he works on Model Based System Engineering Process definition and Architectural Frameworks, he is the Lead Architect and one of the co-chairs of the OMG UPDM group.
Robin Blyth
Boeing Defence UK, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company

Robin Blyth joined Boeing in Aug 2011 as a Systems Modeller within Analysis and Experimentation; this involves leading stakeholder Business Processes studies. Robin has introduced and actively promotes a single source repository for architectural design activities, he is responsible for Architectural Governance, and is the lead for the Boeing Defence UK Architecture tool of choice. He is responsible for the implementation of the project metamodel within the architectural repository.

Prior to joining Boeing, Robin enjoyed a 10 year Career at Thales and started his career in 2001 as a software engineer, developing a communication module between security sensitive software. Robin continued in this vein on various projects, including the rapid development of the Future Integrated Soldier System, until 2006 where he started his transition to the dark side by integrating a deployed System of Systems Architecture on to the Coalition Warrior Demonstration network to prove interoperability. In 2008 the transition to the murky world of architecture was completed when he led a team to develop architecture solutions for a subsystem for the National Identity Scheme. Robin finally worked on early phase of CIPHER and had responsibility for interoperability for the CIPHER estate.

Robin is a registered practitioner of Archimate with the Open Group and has presented model based system engineering methods to the INCOSE Council in America. He is the type of engineer who never knows enough.

Robin has three children and is a keen fettler with things mechanical when the surf is not breaking.
Niel Dunnage
Senior Solutions Architect, Cloudera Inc

Niel has spent his career working with big data and security, initially at IBM working on shared nothing, parallel processing systems within the AIX division. He’s worked internationally as an architect, in Government, Finance and Pharmaceuticals, for the likes of Microsoft, Fast, and now Cloudera. After leaving Microsoft, Niel became CTO of Olton Ltd, a UK OSINT corporate Intelligence agency, built for the most part on Hadoop ecosystem technologies. He now spends his time designing and implementing Big Data architectures.

Chai Fung Chang
MINDEF, Singapore

Chai Fung, an engineer by training, is the Head (Business Process Management Department) at MINDEF. Before joining MINDEF, she was the Assistant Director(Architecture Governance) at DSTA who spearheaded the Enterprise Architecture initiatives and orchestrated EA practices for the MINDEF/SAF.
allen_clarke-A (2)100Allen Clarke
Enterprise Architect, NATS

Allen Clarke is a Senior Enterprise Architect in NATS and is currently working on the development of the European ATM Enterprise Architecture (EAEA) within the SESAR Programme. Allen has over 30 years of experience within NATS and has held a variety of posts in the areas of Operational System Support and Systems Development. Allen has been involved in all of the major ATC Centres Programmes undertaken by NATS over the last 25 years.

Prior to his involvement in the SESAR programme, Allen was involved in the creation and development of the NATS Enterprise Architecture Model.

Rory Cleland
Steve Harris
CTO, Aistemos

Steve is responsible for the design and development of CIPHER. Previously Steve was CTO of Garlik, delivering their consumer anti-fraud products. Prior to that, Steve was an academic at the University of Southampton, specialising in Information Extraction, Graph Databases, and Analytics. Steve also advises the UK Government and European Commission on issues of information security and data science, and contributed to Graph Database standards at the W3C.
Matthew Hause
Chief Consulting Engineer, Atego

Matthew is the co-chair of the UPDM group a member of the OMG Architecture Board, and a member of the OMG SysML specification team. He has been developing multi-national complex systems for over 35 years. He started out working in the power systems industry and has been involved in military command and control systems, process control, communications, SCADA, distributed control, office automation and many other areas of technical and real-time systems. His roles have varied from project manager to developer. His role at Atego includes mentoring, sales presentations, standards development, presentations at conferences, specification of the UPDM profile and developing and presenting training courses. He has written over 100 technical papers on architectural modeling, project management, systems engineering, model-based engineering, human factors, safety critical systems development, virtual team management, systems and software development with UML, SysML and Architectural Frameworks such as DoDAF and MODAF. He has been a regular presenter at INCOSE, the IEEE, BCS, the IET, the OMG, AIAA, DoD Enterprise Architecture, Embedded Systems Conference and many other conferences. He was recently a keynote speaker at the Model-based Systems Engineering Symposium at the DSTO in Australia. Matthew studied Electrical Engineering at the University of New Mexico and Computer Science at the University of Houston, Texas. In his spare time he is a church organist, choir director and composer.
Director, Fractal & Research Fellow, Cranfield University

Patrick has worked as a consultant since 1995 with organisations in both the private and public sector, mainly on issues to do with organisational structure and change. He specialises in using systems approaches for analysing and designing organisations and work processes. Patrick is a specialist in working with very large complex organisations including whole sectors. He has developed methodologies for several difficult business problems:
• Large-scale organisational change
• Strategic risk
• Measuring management performance
• Measuring organisational agility
• Collaborative governance
• Business Strategy

He has worked on many restructuring projects, analysing structural weaknesses, designing appropriate solutions and practical change plans.

Patrick ran an engineering business for 13 years before becoming a consultant. He has written numerous research papers, is a regular keynote speaker at conferences, has contributed to several books on systems, organisation and management and is the author of a book on organisation published by Wiley in 2008. He chairs SCiO a group of systems practitioners and is a Visiting Research Fellow at Cranfield School of Management

Organisations for whom Patrick has worked include: Cabinet Office, Electricité de France, Fujitsu, Rolls Royce, Ove Arup & Partners, DSTL, Atkins, HM Customs & Excise, World Bank, Sun Microsystems, Siemens
LarasLars-Olof Kihlstrom
Syntell AB

Lars has been working with enterprise architecture framework use and development since 2003. He was tasked to aid the UK during the finalization work of the NATO architecture framework version 3 based on MODAF. Lars-Olof has also acted as a modeling expert under contract to the Swedish armed forces in the IDEAS group where the UK, USA, Canada and Australia created a foundation ontology for architecture information that will enable the different architecture frameworks to exchange architecture information. Lars-Olof is a member of the architectural core of the UPDM 2.0 submission team responsible for development of the UPDM 2.0 submission. Presentations at the Enterprise Architecture conference in London concerning the use of SOA in NAF and the handling of the MODAF Learning Portal has also been held together with the Swedish Armed forces in 2008 and 2009. The Presentation concerning SOA has also been held at the DoD architecture conference in Orlando Florida. He has been project manager for the creation of MODEM where MODAF was re-engineered in order to base it completely on the IDEAS Foundation and remove its reliance on a UML profile. This work was conducted in a small expert team composed of Lars-Olof, Ian Bailey and Chris Partridge.
Lucy loh100Lucy Loh
Director, Fractal

Lucy has worked as a consultant since 1996 in both public and private sector organisations and in several countries, mainly on issues to do with strategy, organisation development, performance and change. She has developed and used methodologies and tools in a number of areas, including:
• Organisation development
• Business models
• Benefits management
• Portfolio management
• Performance management
• Governance

She has worked on many large change programmes, analysing the current position, developing strategic business cases, and guiding their delivery and implementation. Lucy worked on the information strategy for a large biopharmaceutical company, initiated by an analysis of the emerging trends in healthcare. She has worked with the NHS, including development of a new model for supporting patients with long-term chronic conditions.

Lucy has partnered to design a target operating model for an organisation of 3000 staff and $1.3B spend and co-developed the IS strategy for a global organisation with turnover in excess of $30Bn. She developed a capability-based business model for a BioPharma company, and an innovative approach to driving value from it, enabling improved quality of discussion and management decision taking across the organisation.

Lucy worked as an internal consultant within several FTSE 10 blue chip companies before working independently. She is a Master Practitioner of NLP, a coach and has coached leaders of large, ‘at risk’ $30M change programmes. She has a BA in Engineering Science from Oxford and is an accredited trainer of strategic leadership with the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Richard Marsh
Partner, DFJ Esprit

Richard is an experienced software entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He founded and built Datanomic, a Cambridge-based software company which was a pioneer of Data Quality software and was acquired by Oracle. Richard is responsible for DFJ Esprit’s investments in Connectivity (KCOM), Garlik (Experian), GreenPeak Technologies, Polatis, Psytechnics (NetScout) and ZBD Solutions. Richard is an Engineering graduate of Cambridge University where he also received his PhD. Richard holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne, where he was a Sainsbury Management Fellow.
Nigel Swycher
CEO, Aistemos

Nigel is the founder of AISTEMOS, having previously established Tangential Solutions, an IP Strategy consultancy. Before that Nigel had a long career in the law, first with Slaughter and May and later with Olswang LLP. Throughout this period, Nigel has focused on the creation, defence and exploitation of IP assets, with specific focus on M&A, joint ventures and other commercial transactions where substantial value is associated with intangible assets.
Neil Thayer
Boeing Defence UK, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company

Neil joined Boeing in May 2014 as an Enterprise Architect. Working in the joint MoD and BDUK Enterprise Architecture team he is leading the governance and development of the Engineering Through Life Support (ETLS) application portfolio through a period of sustainment and rationalisation.

Before joining Boeing Neil predominantly spent the previous 18 years in the telecommunications industry where he travelled throughout Europe and the US working in a variety of roles (product management, product & solution architecture, consultancy and development) for a number of different companies. He has led and participated in both traditional and Agile based teams responsible for creating applications and systems ranging from mobile and fixed line service network inventory, network activation and dynamic configuration based BPM.

Neil is a software engineer at the core. He learnt the true value of formal analysis, design and abstract data modelling in the early years of his career at Bell Labs (Lucent Technologies), and he continues to use this today in his role at Boeing.

Neil is married with one daughter who is taking after him with her love of everything connected with sport and photography.
Tony Vaudrey
System Engineering Manager for SESAR within NATS

Tony has over 25 years’ experience within the Air Traffic Management Industry. He has held a number of senior roles within NATS in the fields of Project Management, System Engineering and Enterprise Architecture. He was Civil Air Attaché within the British Embassy in Washington during the 1990s. Tony is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET.
Kevin Wallis

Kevin is the Chief Architect within the Design Directorate of ISS. As part of this role he is responsible for shaping current and future Defence ICT solutions and develops the technical policy and visions for ICT. His remit includes understanding and promoting the use of "disruptive technologies" including mobile computing, big data, social media and cloud computing as well as helping to develop Architecture as a career within MOD. The role includes leading the teams developing and maintaining the Fixed and Deployed Technical Architectures as well as acting as the technical authority and arbiter for boxes 8 and 11 of the DIRM. His previous positions include leading architecture teams within the Defence Network technical Authority, SEIG and working in military CIS programmes and naval combat systems.

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Tom has been an independent consultant for more than three decades, in business transformation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australasia and the Americas cover a broad range of industries including banking, utilities, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a broad academic background in arts, sciences and architectures; he initially trained as a typographer and graphic-designer, and was one of the pioneers of desktop-publishing, with extensive experience in the practical and human challenges in business innovation and change. He has a special interest in architecture for non-IT-centric enterprises and the human side of systems.

Tom is a popular presenter at IEA – so popular in fact that we always put him on last.

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