The event series for business leaders and technology innovators

ThoughtWorks Live is a breakfast series designed especially for executives who are at the intersection of business and technology. It brings together influential thinkers who explore success strategies for the future and discuss how to tap into the infinite possibilities created by the exponential advancements in technology.

About the ThoughtWorks Live Series

With technology improving the world around us and where the unimaginable is created in weeks, how can courageous business leaders seize the growth opportunities ? ThoughtWorks Live convenes thought leaders of the future, encouraging executives to continuously rethink and discover new means to deliver value. We explore creative ways of management thinking and converge them with latest technological trends. Exploring topics such as new revenue streams, data guided decision making, better customer experiences and other areas of innovation that help companies to be the disruptors.

ThoughtWorks Live UK 29 October 2019
ThoughtWorks Live UK 29 October 2019

Securing Trust for Strategic Advantage

Why digital safety has become business-critical

Tuesday 29 October, 8.30-11.30am| Banking Hall, London

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The rapid advance of new technologies presents organisations more opportunities than ever to learn about and forge connections with their customers - but also unprecedented risks that can no longer be addressed by out-of-the box solutions or a single team. Today, the impacts of cyber attacks aren’t just measured in terms of monetary losses. They can erode customer trust and cause reputational fallout from which an organisation may never truly recover.


At our latest ThoughtWorks Live event, we explored the changing security demands facing business leaders, and the strategies and tools that underpin a safe and sustainable digital enterprise.


8:30 AMRegistration and networking breakfast
9:00 AMWelcome addressRuth Harrison, Managing Director, ThoughtWorks
9:15 AMMaking best-in-class security ubiquitousJane Frankland, Entrepreneur, Author and Change Agent
9:55 AMSecurity by default - Building continuous cyber resilienceDave Elliman, Global Head of Technology, ThoughtWorks
10:35 AMAI and machine learning: An essential part of the security arsenal?UK National Cyber Security Centre
11:15 AMClose and networking

Keynote Sessions

Making best-in-class security ubiquitous by Jane Frankland

Security is no longer a tech issue with technical solutions, given what’s at stake (revenues, brand equity and overall reputation), it needs to be factored into the highest levels of corporate strategy. This session will explore how to embed robust security practices enterprise-wide, from people to processes, and across every business decision.

Jane Frankland

Entrepreneur, Author and Change Agent


Jane Frankland is an award-winning entrepreneur, board advisor, and best-selling author. She focuses on business strategy and is a world authority on attracting and retaining women in cybersecurity. She has been named as the third most influential person in cybersecurity in the UK and a top twenty global influencer.

Jane has over 21-years of experience in cybersecurity, has built and sold her own global hacking firm and served in executive positions at leading cybersecurity consultancies. In addition to managing her own company and parenting three children, she is an awards judge and board advisor. She authors many articles, is regularly featured in the media, and is sought after as a keynote speaker.

Jane is driven to build a more secure world and is obsessive about developing female talent in the industry. It’s why she authored IN Security and created the IN Security Movement.

Security by default - Building continuous cyber resilience by Dave Elliman

Whether pursuing own development initiatives or investing in tech-driven startups, security must be factored in from the get-go. This session will explore the technology foundations for secure product development and an agile security setup across the board - promoting sustainable innovation and enhancing overall cyber-resilience.

Dave Elliman

Global Head of Technology, ThoughtWorks UK


Dave has 35 years of professional technical experience in a wide variety of industries through consulting as well as specialisms in banking, finance, media and software methods tooling. 

He is deeply immersed in technology and its impact on business and society - from development through architecture, analytics, infrastructure, emergent ideas and prototyping as well as large scale program management, implementation & planning. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, advises board C-suites and executive committees and sits on technology advisory groups for Government, independent companies, funded startups as well as standards bodies.

AI and machine learning: An essential part of the security arsenal?

UK National Cyber Security Centre

AI and ML have clear potential to support a more proactive approach to risk management and protect the organisation - but only if deployed and managed in the right way. In this session, we will discuss how to leverage intelligent tools to shape effective decision-making and battle a new breed of malicious attacks.

National Cyber Security Centre

Senior Researcher, AI

National Cyber Security Centre

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Launched in 2016, the NCSC is the UK’s independent authority on cyber security - It acts as a bridge between industry and government, providing a unified source of advice, guidance and support on cyber security for enterprise, government agencies and the general public. They work collaboratively with other law enforcement, defence, the UK’s intelligence and security agencies and international partners.

Our expert speaker is a senior researcher with the NCSC’s Sociotechnical Security Group - which has a remit for looking at the security challenges that intersect between people, processes and technology. Within this space, he specialises on the usage of systems modelling and AI for supporting security decisions.

Your host

Ruth Harrison

Managing Director, ThoughtWorks, UK


As a business leader, Ruth is a go-to commentator on the evolving technology and business landscape. As an experienced commercial executive, she is considered a specialist in brand building, business transformation, designing new trading models and building operational resilience, working with world leading organisations, institutions and governments.

Focusing on business development as Managing Director for ThoughtWorks UK, she is a Board Member of several NfP organisations and European Board member of the Global CMO Council. In 2018, Ruth was awarded by BIMA in the top 100 UK Digital Leaders and in 2017, she was recognised in the Northern Power Women’s Top 50 Power List.


Banking Hall

14 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND

Built in the 1930s, Banking Hall existed for many years as the HQ of Lloyd’s Bank. A unique Art Deco landmark in the heart of the City, it overlooks the Bank of England and is one of the most remarkable venues in London.

Who can attend ThoughtWorks Live?

This event is exclusively for C-level executives, VPs, Directors and Heads of Department whose responsibilities include: digital transformation, digital platform and automation, data analytics, change management, innovation, user experience, strategy and technology.

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