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Innovation, Telecoms, Media and Technology

Innovation Dialogue 5 - The Change Challenge

Organising for Innovation Success

London |
Speakers include:
Mayank Prakash

Mayank Prakash

DWP Digital

Katherine  Manuel

Katherine Manuel

Thomson Reuters

Brian Franz

Brian Franz



Discover how innovation leaders are implementing change in their companies to reduce red-tape and to cultivate a more inclusive workplace environment - one in which new ideas can flower, and through which innovation can easily flow. 

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"The smartest, most Senior and most engaged group discussion of a big and important topic that I have attended in a long time"

Ivan Dubovsky, MD, Head of Business Transformation, Barclays UK

"I was impressed by the outstanding quality of the presentation and the high calibre of delegates"

Ken Daly, CEO, JML

"One of the only such sessions that I've been to which is truly strategic and thought provoking"

Darren Goldsby, CDO, Jamie Oliver Group

"Excellent event on innovation which is not just presentations but an opportunity to have dialogues with like-minded people!"

Raj Gupta, Head of Healthcare Innovation, Linde

"FTLive brings together people facing similar challenges in different industries with a positive impact"

Mel Walker, RVP, Innovation and BD, Otsuka Europe



Ideas, the raw material of innovation, are everywhere. The danger is that we end up looking in the same places for them all the time. Good ideas aren’t exclusive to the C-suite. Those further down the ranks are often closer to the technology and cultural shifts that are taking place, and can provide great insights as well. But workforces, like the management that governs them, can be blighted by homogeny: everyone is just like everyone else. In the sphere of ideas and creativity, homogeny begets more of the same. More of the same is an enemy of innovation. Bureaucracy (ideas get stuck) and hierarchy (ideas don’t get seen) are enemies of innovation.

How can innovation leaders implement structural change to reduce red-tape, make decision-making more horizontal and cultivate a more inclusive workplace environment - one in which new ideas can flower, and through which innovation can easily flow. What are the technologies that might help facilitate this? And, crucially, how can the power at the center get out of the way of the exciting new ideas happening at the edge?


Agenda - 5th Dec

  • 8:30am
    Registration and welcome reception
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Keynote + Q&A

    Moderated by John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times      

  • 9:25am
    FIRST PANEL – Organising for Success

    Brian Franz, Chief Productivity Officer, Diageo
    Marika Reis, Vice President, Innovation, Head, Innovation Hub B2C, E.ON
    Catharine Skinner, Innovation Manager, E.ON

  • 10:10am
    Circular Dialogues

    Speakers join delegates at the tables to reflect on and discuss what they’ve just heard.

  • 10:30am
    Networking tea & coffee break
  • 10:50am
    SECOND PANEL – Inclusion and diversity – reaping the innovation rewards

    Gavin James, Head of Digital Adoption and Innovation, Digital Adoption & the DfT Lab, Digital Service, Department for Transport
    Katherine Manuel, Head of Enterprise Innovation, Thomson Reuters
    Mayank Prakash, Director General, Technology, DWP

    Moderated by John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:30am

    Delegates are joined at their tables by panel speakers to reflect on and discuss what they’ve just heard.

  • 11:50am
    Closing Keynote Conversation

    Vivienne Ming, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Socos

  • 12:20pm
    Chair’s closing remarks

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    Buffet lunch

Speakers (7)

Mayank Prakash

Mayank Prakash

Chief Digital and Information Officer
DWP Digital

Mayank Prakash is the Chief Digital and Information Officer at DWP Digital, leading the digital transformation of the UK’s biggest government department.

Voted Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Person in UK IT in 2017, Mayank is passionate about innovation and investigating ideas to create user-centred services that help 22 million UK citizens change their lives for the better.

Katherine  Manuel

Katherine Manuel

Senior Vice President, Innovation
Thomson Reuters

As SVP of Innovation at Thomson Reuters, Katherine Manuel is helping the company transition from an international holding company to a global innovator creating partnerships and growth opportunities for its customers, employees and shareholders.

Prior to this role, Katherine was a member of the Corporate Strategy team, where she worked with corporate leadership to create a long-term strategy based on market understanding and access to customers and products.

Katherine has been with Thomson Reuters for nearly 11 years, holding senior positions within both the Legal and Tax & Accounting businesses as well as leading Technology Strategy & Enterprise Architecture for Healthcare & Science. From there, she joined the Office of the CEO, where she worked on various projects within the News division and the company-wide Transformation program.

Before joining Thomson Reuters, Katherine worked for Accenture, focusing on the Media, Entertainment and Telecom industries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University. She sits on the Advisory Boards of Duke University’s The Fuqua School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, as well as SOAR Triangle, a non-profit established to support women-led startups in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.

Brian Franz

Brian Franz

Chief Productivity Officer

Brian Franz was appointed Chief Productivity Officer in July 2015.  In this role he leads the Productivity agenda across the organisation and the global Technology Systems and Business Services function, to advance the delivery of the business goals and drive value for Diageo.

He is responsible for creating and embedding a business-wide culture of continuous improvement, and an organisation that is agile and focused on execution. Productivity is generating the fuel for growing Diageo’s business, brands and people, ensuring the delivery of £700m of savings by the end of F19.

The Technology and Business Services strategy includes a focus on innovation, digitalisation and customer satisfaction; actively progressing common global processes, and safeguarding our reputation, whilst maintaining a world class cost position.

Brian joined Diageo from PepsiCo where he was Senior Vice President and CIO for PepsiCo International.  Prior to joining PepsiCo, he spent 14 years with General Electric (GE), latterly as Commercial CIO for all of GE's sales and marketing organisations globally. From 1998 to 2001 he held the position of CIO of Corporate Systems and Global Operations before becoming CIO and Integration Leader at Heller Financial, during their acquisition by GE in 2001. Brian's earlier career was spent in various IT roles at AT&T and Readers Digest.

Brian has a BA in Computer Science from Iona College, New York and a Masters in Telecommunications & Computing Management from New York University. 

Brian lives in Connecticut, USA with his wife and two children.

Catherine  Skinner

Catherine Skinner

Innovation Manager

Dr. Catharine Skinner is an Innovation Manager at E.ON, based in Essen, Germany. She is leading an innovation team to develop a platform for growth in new product lines and new-build revenue streams. She has 12 years of experience in developing and delivering energy product services to market. Prior to joining E.ON, she worked as the Head of the Connected Home at British Gas, launching “Remote Heating Control” as the foundation product for its Hive brand, leading the transition from the corporate environment to build a sub-brand / growth business. Catharine holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Gavin James

Gavin James

Head of Digital Adoption and Innovation
Department for Transport

Gavin James is Head of Digital Adoption and Innovation at the Department for Transport. Gavin started his career as a policy professional in 2008. His passion for learning has taken him to diverse areas, including climate change strategy, London Olympics coordination and EU transport law. More recently he was responsible for telecoms, technology and data on the railway. It was in this role that he saw the impact that a few talented technologists can have when given the freedom to experiment. As a result he founded the DfT Lab, an innovation team with DfT. The Lab is working to prototype and develop technologies to make DfT the world leader in the governance of transport. Gavin is also proud to work at DfT, one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017 and Business in the Community's Best Employers for Race and an accredited Disability Confident Leader.

Marika Reis

Marika Reis

Vice President, Innovation, and Head, Innovation Hub B2C

Marika Reis is the Vice President of Innovation and head of E.ON’s Innovation Hub B2C based in Essen, Germany. She is responsible for managing E.ON’s global B2C innovation portfolio and leading a multinational team to drive innovation across E.ON regions, creating innovation culture and capabilities across the business. Prior to joining E.ON, she worked for Lloyds Apotek in Sweden, responsible for the launch and growth of new pharmacies in southern Sweden, successfully growing the company from less than 30 employees to over 700 in 2 years. Marika has a master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Uppsala, is a licensed pharmacist, and is trained as a design sprint master.

John Oswald

John Oswald

Global Principal, Advisory

John Oswald is a influential thought leader and pioneer of Business Design, a profession aimed at putting people at the centre of Design, Technology and Strategy so businesses can launch products and services that are meaningful, and evolve internally to become amazing places to work.

As Global Principal Advisory for digital innovation consultancy Futurice, John heads up a 40-strong European team of multi-disciplinary consultants who collectively identify the challenges clients will face in the near future and coach them on how to best to achieve business impact and organisational evolution as they launch new services or innovate in new ways.  

In addition to his global remit, John plays a key role in supporting Futurice’s client activity in London where he is also responsible for creating new relationships for Futurice with design and business-focused academic institutions.

John was previously Business Design Director at Fjord where he pioneered and grew Fjord’s Business Design unit across 21 studios globally, and was responsible for some of Fjord’s most impactful work.

As part of his global role, John specialises in applying keenly applied insights to breaking news stories about the digital economy. He has strong views about the “right kind of capitalism” and the need for a new ethical code to replace Silicon Valley’s discredited “ fail fast and break things” mantra. As a writer and commentator, John is in high demand from titles ranging from Management Today, Venturebeat, Raconteur and Huffington Post for his trenchant views on where brands such as Uber and Facebook are going wrong. He was recently interviewed by CNBC on whether regulation is coming for Facebook. John speaks regularly at conferences in the UK and Europe and headlined a session at CXC 2017 (Conference on Customer experience in Financial Services) “Customer Experience: Are We Getting I All Wrong?


Keynote Speaker (1)

Vivienne  Ming

Vivienne Ming

co-founder and CEO
Socos Labs

Frequently featured for her research and inventions in The Financial Times, The Atlantic, Quartz and the New York Times, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author. She co-founded Socos Labs, her fifth company, an independent think tank exploring the future of human potential. Dr. Ming launched Socos Labs to combine her varied work with that of other creative experts and expand their impact on global policy issues, both inside companies and throughout our communities. Previously, Vivienne was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, pursuing her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers weeks in advance, and reunited orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on boards of numerous companies and nonprofits including StartOut, The Palm Center, Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, Zoic Capital, and SmartStones. Dr. Ming also speaks frequently on her AI-driven research into inclusion and gender in business. For relaxation, she is a wife and mother of two.

chair (1)

John Thornhill

John Thornhill

Innovation Editor
Financial Times

John Thornhill was appointed Innovation Editor in February 2016 with a brief to deepen the FT’s coverage of technology and write a regular column on its impact on our economies, societies, and lives. For the previous seven years he was deputy editor and news editor helping to steer the FT’s global news agenda.

Since joining the FT in 1988 as a graduate trainee, Mr Thornhill has also worked as the Europe edition editor, Paris bureau chief, world news editor, Asia editor, Moscow bureau chief, Lex columnist and companies reporter.

Mr Thornhill founded and runs the FT's 125 executive forum, which holds monthly meetings for senior executives from a range of industries. Previous speakers have included Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Ana Botin, and Mark Carney. He also hosts FT Tech Tonic, a weekly podcast on the impact of technology

The Benefit of Circular Dialogues

What is a Circular Dialogue?

A scheduled space built into the programme for our audience to reflect on what’s just been said on stage, and to share personal experiences with peers, speakers, and journalists.

Who's involved?

You will meet a mix of innovation leaders from a range of industry sectors and be involved in small group conversations that will help deepen your own understanding of how best to make positive change happen and help new ideas flourish. These circular dialogue sessions are also a great way to add to your professional contacts list. Bring plenty of business cards!

What's the benefit to you?

Conferences formats sometimes overlook the need for delegates to talk about what's just been said on stage. It can feel like going to see a really good film and then not be given the opportunity to unpick it afterwards. The circular dialogues are an informal opportunity for you to have your say about what's just been said on stage - while it is still fresh in your mind.



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Since 2000, we have helped our clients in industries ranging from energy, retail and construction to media, finance and automotive develop their business practices, ways of working and culture to meet the challenges of digital disruption.

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