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Keynote speakers

Meet the experts who delivered 2020's keynote presentations...

Cheryl Martin

Senior Managing Partner (Gartner)

Cheryl is Senior Managing Partner at Gartner and leads Gartner’s Financial Services and Insurance Sector in the UK.

Cheryl draws on a wealth of experience from previous roles at Ernst & Young, where she was a UK Cyber Security partner, and at BT Global Services, where she had overall responsibility for global security solutions and technology development, including managed security operations.

Over a two-decade career, Cheryl has led the development and implementation of complex technology and transformation programmes, and undertaken large-scale risk and compliance assessments – including a secondment as Global Head of IT Risk for one of the world’s largest global banks.

Cheryl delivered ‘The holistic security approach’. View the full agenda here.

Alex Simons

Alex Simons

Corporate Vice President, Identity Program Management (Microsoft)

Alex is responsible for the vision, priorities and feature sets for Azure Active Directory, Windows Server Active Directory, the Microsoft account service and Microsoft Identity Manager.

A long-time Microsoftee, Alex joined the company as an intern in 1992. He has worked as a Program Manager in a wide variety of enterprise and consumer businesses, including starting and launching the Microsoft Dynamics CRM business and shipping Windows 7.

Alex joined the Identity Division in January of 2012 and is responsible for driving Microsoft’s business and consumer identity strategy and product plans. He also spearheaded Microsoft’s rapid shift to building cloud-based identity and security services, including creating the vision and direction for Azure AD Premium.

Alex is a vocal champion inside and outside Microsoft for supporting open standards and 3rd party platforms.

Alex delivered 'Microsoft’s identity vision'. View the full agenda here.

Sian John (MBE)

Sian John (MBE)

Director of Cyber Security Strategy (Microsoft)

Sian has been working in IT and security since 1992 and was awarded an MBE for services to cyber security earlier in 2018.

Sian has held key security roles for the Houses of Parliament, Reuters, Symantec and Microsoft. She has vast experience working with a wide range of different industry sectors, including financial services, construction and central government.

Holding the CiSSP, CISM, SABSA and CIPT certifications, Sian is also Chair of both the techUK CyberSecurity Management committee and the Digital Economy Advisory Board for Research Councils UK.

Sian is an advocate of the importance of identity within security in the new cloud era and actively works with Microsoft’s customers to help them to develop their cyber security strategies, security best practices, and to help them understand how Microsoft’s technologies and services can help support digital transformation and cloud services.

Sian delivered 'The holistic security approach'. View the full agenda here.

Award-winning solutions Award-winning solutions

Eight-time winner of the Microsoft Partner of the Year Award for Identity Management, Enterprise Mobility, and Security and Compliance.

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