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Headline speakers

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.

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 the UK Research Councils.

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 strategy, security best practices, and to help them understand how Microsoft’s technology and services can help support digital transformation and cloud services.

Industry leading figures

Diana Volere

Diana Volere

Chief Evangelist (Saviynt)

Diana is a hugely experienced identity and access management specialist having worked for almost 20 years designing, architecting, implementing and selling digital transformation solutions in the IAM space – including key roles for NetIQ, Oracle, Novell and more.

She brings with her a diverse background of cross-industry experience and a broad view of organisational security, including cloud security.

David Richardson

David Richardson

Senior Director of Product Management (Lookout)

David Richardson has been building software to help individuals and enterprises secure mobile devices since 2009.

David currently oversees enterprise products at Lookout.  He has 45 patents issued related to mobile security. He is a frequent speaker at security conferences on the topic of iOS and Android security.

Clare Johnson

Clare Johnson

Head of Cyber Security (University of South Wales)

As Head of Cyber Security, Clare is responsible for Undergraduate and Postgraduate cyber courses at USW’s Treforest, Newport and Dubai campuses.

Clare has led on the development of outreach activities in cyber security to young people and she has developed CyberFirst activities, which have been approved by the National Cyber Security Centre. She is also the founder of the Women in Cyber Wales group, as a sub cluster of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster.

As a very experienced lecturer, Clare has delivered presentations on cyber security, women in cyber and outreach at events such as CyberUK (2019), Jisc (2019), NCSC (2018) and Cyber Re:Coded (2018).

Steve Newby

Steve Newby

Global Program Manager for Microsoft Defender ATP

Steve has worked in the IT industry for 25 years in a variety of roles, starting as a customer support engineer and then moving in and out of pre- and post-sales consultancy roles.

Having worked with Microsoft infrastructure for most of his career, it was a natural progression for Steve to move to Microsoft. In October 2011, he joined the Windows Client team, utilising an ability to pick up skills in a rapidly changing area of technology, in particular that of security which is a key focus in Windows 10.

This year, Steve moved into the role of Global Program Manager for Microsoft Defender ATP. His focus is on driving innovation and advancement of this post-breach technology to ensure customers have the best solution to address the ever-changing threat landscape.

Hugh Simpson-Wells

Hugh Simpson-Wells

CEO (Oxford Computer Training)

Hugh has lived and breathed IT for more than 30 years in technical, management and board level roles. In 2002, Hugh decided to focus OCG’s activities entirely on identity and access.

Hugh can communicate effectively in the classroom and conference hall, as he can in the boardroom or one-to-one.

Clive Watson

Azure Infrastructure Specialist (Microsoft)

Clive has a vast amount of experience on Azure having worked at Microsoft for almost 15 years.

Working exclusively in the Enterprise and Partner Group (EPG), Clive is part of a team that covers the top 300+ accounts and Partners across the UK.

And last but not least...

The ThirdSpace identity and security experts will be running presentations and workshops across both days. You’ll get to hear from: Dave Guest, Mat Richards, Marcus Idle, Simon Veale, Ian Bassi, Jamie Vaughan, Tom Waller, John Hur, Nick Walker and Harini Bandara.

You can view their profiles 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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