Digital Dialogue: A Roundtable for Courageous Executives
Digital Dialogue: A Roundtable for Courageous Executives

An executive breakfast event designed for the business leaders of UK North

Bringing together who’s who of the North of England, to exchange ideas, build networks and gain insight into future strategies. Join our exclusive community to hear thought provoking insight from exceptional speakers exploring the current challenges and opportunities faced by today’s digital businesses.

About ThoughtWorks Digital Dialogue

The speed of technological innovations continues to challenge senior executives. In today’s tumultuous marketplace, business leaders cannot be satisfied with archaic versions of their organisations. They expect to deliver complex innovations fast and proactively approach the shifting customer preferences. Few, if any, organisations are ready to operate this way, so an exciting and challenging journey of change is ahead.

Digital Dialogue is a pragmatic discussion forum that brings together senior leaders from diverse sectors, to explore the key aspects of organisational reinvention and find out ways to build business agility.

We will see how the role of technology is shifting from the one that creates and manages “digital assets” to one that is deeply enmeshed within a truly “digital business”. What it takes to set up a culture where the most creative market opportunities are shaped and enabled by technology.


King Street Townhouse

10 Booth Street, London, Manchester, M2 4AW

Revolutionary Organisations of the Future: Creating Meaningful Change. Fast.

MANCHESTER, Tuesday 2nd July

Join us at the inaugural event of ThoughtWorks Digital Dialogue: 

Revolutionary Organisations of the Future: Creating Meaningful Change. Fast.

The speed at which emerging technologies are revolutionising industries is beyond fathomable, by the time companies observe, strategise and react — there is another new wave of disruption to tackle. Being adaptive is not good enough anymore, organisations (and it’s people) need to be proactive in approaching disruptions and evolve continuously. Acting ahead of innovation cycles to build organisations with a sustainable future has become a key success criteria.


Seeing ideas fast, using intelligent data as the oil, people and technology as enablers is going to be essential. At Digital Dialogue we will touch on the three transformational pillars that every leader should take into account while remodelling for the future - a human centred approach towards business transformation, ability to unlock value from the existing legacy technology and build continuous intelligence to drive decisions with the help of real-time data.


08:30 AMBreakfast and networking
09:00 AM Welcome and introductionStephen Foreshew-Cain, Chief Operating Officer, ThoughtWorks
09:10 AMHuman Centred Business Transformation: Setting up for a successful digital evolutionKit Collingwood, Principal Consultant, ThoughtWorks
09:40 AMUnlocking Value from Legacy TechnologyMike Beaven, Delivery Director, ThoughtWorks
10:10 AMInteractive Roundtable: Building a Data Guided Business
10:50 AMClose and networking

Meet the speakers


Kit Collingwood

Principal Consultant, ThoughtWorks

Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks, Kit has a wealth of experience in building successful product delivery teams, and helping organisations to utilise and transform data and insight. Kit's expertise lies in helping clients evolve their organisations as they adapt to the constantly changing technological market landscape, balancing business needs with fulfilling customer expectations. Previously Head of Data Transformation at the Department of Work and Pensions, Kit led the strategic and cultural move to modernise the Government department into a fully data-led operation. She spearheaded the One TeamGov initiative and is passionate about offering radically improved services to citizens.


Michael Beaven

Delivery Director, ThoughtWorks

Michael is a highly experienced and versatile Programme Director, with extensive experience of working across multiple sectors namely – Government, Media, Finance, Transport and Energy. He has delivered large-scale, complex transformation projects in companies such as VAKT energy consortium, UK Government Cabinet Office - Government Digital Service, Transport for London, Aviva, Lloyds Banking Group, Guardian News, among others.

He is passionate about working with clients to achieve collaborative results that ensure delivery in a holistic way, changes in culture, effective use of budgets and clear governance. He is highly focussed on best quality delivery through building a world class team.  


Stephen Foreshew-Cain

Chief Operating Officer, ThoughtWorks

Stephen previously worked with ThoughtWorks between 2003 and 2010, initially as a programme delivery director before assuming the role of deputy COO leading ThoughtWorks global delivery function. He recently rejoined the business in 2018 bringing with him over 20 years experience in business, including a wide range of roles in digital product and service organisations. Prior to rejoining ThoughtWorks last year, Stephen held senior leadership positions with HMG Cabinet Office (as Executive Director of the Government Digital Service) and The Co-operative Group (as Group Digital Director). Stephen is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion for building effective teams and market-leading organisations.


Kevin Telford

Advisor, ThoughtWorks

Kevin is a strategic growth and business transformation advisor at ThoughtWorks UK. He is passionate about designing compelling value propositions harnessing the power of technology, data and agile techniques to propel growth. He helps companies innovate their business models with a user-driven mindset, leveraging the concept of “Open Life” to bring meaningful experiences to end customers. He is passionate about data and making it useful under the mantra of trust and transparency to create mutual value.

He has worked across diverse sectors like - automotive, government, retail, energy and banking. He is an expert in helping build revolutionary organisations with sustainable business models. He has extensive experience of working on big data analytics and transformation projects at companies including Lexus, Toyota, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Oxfam, CRUK, RBS among others. He is also an international keynote speaker and co-founder of a start-up firm focusing on bringing tech enabled smart data solutions.

Who can attend?

This event is exclusively for CXOs and Heads of Department who are decision makers and budget holders. The content is specifically curated for C-level executives driving business transformation, change management, big data analytics, IoT, machine learning, legacy IT transformation and other emerging tech programmes.

Register Your Interest

Attendance at this event is limited to CxO level executives, decision-makers and influencers with leadership and change responsibilities. Please note that filling out this form does not guarantee attendance as places are limited. We will be in touch to confirm your spot.

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