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, 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.

Securing Trust for Strategic Advantage

Why digital safety has become business-critical

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Radisson Edwardian

Free Trade Hall, Peter St, Manchester M2 5GP

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.


The evolving nature of cyber threats makes security a strategic imperative, and a collective responsibility. Today’s business leaders have a duty to set the tone from the top, taking steps to ensure security extends beyond technology to become part of organisational culture. Join us for an insightful discussion of the changing security demands facing business leaders, and the strategies and tools that underpin a safe and sustainable digital enterprise while elevating the customer experience. 


Radisson Blu Edwardian

Free Trade Hall, Peter St, Manchester M2 5GP

The award-winning Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester hotel is set inside the historic Grade II listed Free Trade Hall, one of the city’s oldest and most iconic buildings.


8:30 AMRegistration and networking breakfast
9:00 AMWelcome addressStephen Foreshew-Cain, Chief Operating Officer, ThoughtWorks
9:10 AMMaking best-in-class security ubiquitousGraeme Cantu-Park, Global Head of Security Operations at a major Ecommerce retailer
9:40 AMSecurity by default - Building continuous cyber resilienceDave Elliman, Global Head of Technology, ThoughtWorks
10:10 AMRoundtable discussion - Building and maintaining a positive security cultureStephen Foreshew-Cain, Chief Operating Officer, ThoughtWorks
10:40 AMClose and networking

Meet the host and speakers

Stephen Foreshew-Cain

Chief Operating Officer, ThoughtWorks

Stephen is the Chief Operating Officer for ThoughtWorks UK business, where he is responsible for the Professional Services operations and Client delivery. He previously worked for ThoughtWorks between 2004 and 2010 in a variety of senior Client-facing and internal roles.

Most recently Stephen was the Group Digital Director for The Co-operative Group delivering digital products and services for Co-op Members, customers and colleagues. Prior to leading the digital team at the Co-op, he was Executive Director of the Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office, which sits at the centre of Government and has the overarching purpose of making Government work better for citizens.

With over 20 years in senior positions in digital, technology, media, software development and consulting companies, Stephen is an experienced leader with a track record of successfully creating and growing high performing teams, delivering against ambitious business transformation strategies serving global organisations with cross-organisational functions.

graeme park global head of security

Graeme Cantu-Park

Global Head of Security at a major Ecommerce retailer

Graeme is the Global Head of Security Operations at a Northwest Based E-Commerce Giant; tasked with protecting, detecting and defending a vast technology estate.

A Former Special Forces Officer, he previously worked at Mason Advisory where he provided services to ASTO; a Santander powered FinTech start-up in the capacity of Head of IT Security and worked across a range of public sector engagements.

He holds a GCHQ accredited Masters’ degree in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance and is an avid speaker on the NW circuit.


Dave Elliman

Global Head of Technology, ThoughtWorks

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.

Who can attend?

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.

Register your interest

Please complete the form below to register your interest. 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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About ThoughtWorks Digital Dialogue

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.

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

Kit Collingwood explores the importance of a human centred approach towards business transformation.

Mike Beaven explains how organisations can use existing legacy technology to remodel for the future.

Modernising Legacy IT Systems to Unlock Value

"In this era of constant change, your systems quickly start to hold you back, shackling you from achieving your business goals. You have to find a way to disrupt yourself before someone or something else disrupts you: at that point, it is too late to retain the upper hand. Now is the time to compare the risk of updating your core systems against the true risk of doing nothing."

Ashok Subramanian

UK Head of Technology, ThoughtWorks

ThoughtWorks Manchester

Federation House

4th Floor

2 Federation St


M4 4BF

Greater Manchester

United Kingdom