ThoughtWorks Live Series UK 2018
ThoughtWorks Live Series UK 2018

The event series for business leaders and technology innovators

London | 1 May 2018

Learn how to navigate through uncertainty while maximising customer value and achieving better business outcomes.

About ThoughtWorks Live Series

Technological innovation continues to grow at an exponential rate with disruptors changing the face of many industries for good, forcing organisations to change the way they view the world, the way they use technology to tackle their biggest problems.

With technology augmenting the world around us and where the unimaginable is created in weeks, how can business leaders know what to do, how to start and where to go? How can leaders leverage their current digital foundation to seize the growth opportunities that exist in the realm of possibility?

ThoughtWorks Live will bring together a forum to discuss these challenges and will explore how leaders can navigate change, think future, move faster and drive transformation to stay ahead of the curve in this increasingly complex and unpredictable digital era.

Responsive Organisation

Landing Forty Two, London, EC3V 4AB | 1 May 2018

Join us and connect with responsive leaders and decision-makers to explore how to enhance market agility and develop technological excellence at the core.

The first event in the ThoughtWorks Live Series, The Responsive Organisation, will explore how businesses can navigate through uncertainty in order to maximise customer value and business outcomes.

To really thrive in the digital era, businesses need to commit to continuous evolution and strategic innovation, responding rapidly to market changes and opportunities. But not many organisations are actually built to do this and for most business leaders, there simply is not enough time to develop strategic and operational plans, while building up the capabilities, platforms and investment required to support the new initiatives.


8.00AMRegistration and breakfast
8.45AMWelcome and introductionRuth Harrison, Managing Director, ThoughtWorks, UK
9.00AMThe 7 key future principles of digital transformationGerd Leonhard, Futurist, Keynote Speaker and CEO of the Futures Agency
9.30AMMaking real transformation happen: How Shop Direct drives continuous innovationJon Rudoe, Technology and Data Director, Shop Direct
10.00AMEnabling sustainable transformationGary O'Brien, Global Advisory Lead, ThoughtWorks
10.30AMClose and networking

Meet your speakers

Ruth Harrison

Ruth Harrison

Managing Director, ThoughtWorks, UK

As the Managing Director for ThoughtWorks UK, Ruth predominantly focuses on business development and is a leader in evolving technology and business landscape. She is a specialist in business transformation using the principles of adaptive organisational design to gain value creation for clients. She brings this insight to her work as a business adviser and consultant, working with world’s leading organisations, institutions and governments.

As founder of the highly acclaimed management consultancy The ReLUX Partnership, she remains an ambassador and is a sought-after keynote speaker and advocate of women in leadership and business. She was nominated for Diversity Leader of The Year 2017 by Tech Leaders UK, and has worked in London, New York and across the EMEA region. As a passionate Tech North Advocate, she also dedicates time to Inspire the Future national UK charity mentoring young girls and women into business and STEM careers and is committed to digitalising the North East UK region.

Gerd Leonhard

Gerd Leonhard

Futurist and Humanist, Author, Keynote Speaker, CEO of the Futures Agency

Gerd will explain and depict the 7 most important things we have to understand about the next 10 years in business, technology and culture, and will guide us towards a unique discovery process that will allow us to design our responses and create a preferred future.

Gerd Leonhard is a searcher and gatherer of futuristic human values. He brings a humanist approach of philosophical questioning to today’s burning issues that impact real life. Gerd plays mentor to a host of creative enterprises who are trying to make a successful shift to futuristic thinking. The Wall Street Journal called Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’ in 2006. The Wired Magazine listed him as #88 of the top 100 influencers in Europe in 2015. Gerd is considered a leading voice on digital transformation, the discovery of digitally-native business models and the opportunity-challenges of the coming exponential society, innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship, human-machine futures and AI as well as ‘green future’ topics. In his latest book, Technology vs. Humanity, Gerd explores the key ethical and social questions which urgently require an answer before we increasingly abdicate our very humanity. For organisations in the grip of disruption, he supplies visionary insight and concentrated wisdom that inform key decisions makers today. He has spent his lifetime engaging with change, as a professional artist, Founder/CEO of several internet start-ups, author and now as a visionary thinker and speaker.

Jon Rudoe

Jon Rudoe

Technology and Data Director, Shop Direct

Being customer-obsessed demands action be taken to change your culture, organisation, technologies, and ways of measuring success. Jon will discuss how Shop Direct has aligned with the dynamic expectations of today's digitally savvy consumers and share his perspective on how to get digital on the inside to foster a customer-centric work culture.

Jon is combining Shop Direct's retail, IT and data teams in a new structure reflecting focus on a personalised customer experience, whilst also leading marketing and trading. He joined Shop Direct in April 2017 from Sainsbury’s where as digital and technology director he covered all technology, digital businesses, digital and marketing innovation, and user experience. Before Sainsbury’s he was head of retail at Ocado, leading its web, marketing, product, supply chain, own brand and data science teams, helping to double sales at the etailer. Jon worked for Bain & Co. and was a venture capitalist early in his career. He holds an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School.

Gary O'Brien

Gary O'Brien

Global Advisory Lead, ThoughtWorks

Today’s modern enterprises need to deal with increasingly diverse business drivers at a faster pace in order to remain viable. Creating continuous relevance with the markets that your enterprise operates in, is becoming business-critical. Companies need to perpetually tune their strategy, organisation and operations to perform effectively in a changing business environment. In this presentation, Gary will discuss the hurdles that must be overcome in order to become responsive and value-driven for your customers.  

Gary is Global Advisory Lead at ThoughtWorks and works with large enterprises to drive change to the culture, planning, governance, and structure of the enterprise to better align with customers’ needs. Gary has over 20 years of experience in helping executives, teams and individuals adopt and improve techniques to build humanistic organisations more capable of responding to the increasing pace of change. His passion lies in assisting senior leaders to increase business agility and the aligning strategy to the delivery of value to customers.

The Location

Landing Forty Two

122 Leadenhall Street

London, EC3V 4AB

Landing Forty Two is the UK’s highest dedicated events space, offering stunning views of the Thames and London skyline from its unique viewpoint over 500ft above the city streets through its floor-to-ceiling windows.

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October 2018, London

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