Governance in a Digital Age

A one day summit hosted by The Chartered Governance Institute


Friday 28 February 2020


Crowne Plaza London The City
19 New Bridge Street,


Non-members: £350 +VAT
Professional subscribers: £310 +VAT
Members: £270 +VAT
Students: £100 +VAT

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In today’s emerging digital economy, increasing numbers of organisations are recognising the value that their data holds – and the risks it presents them with.

Data should be a priority issue for everyone, regardless of sector or industry. According to a report published earlier this year, it’s expected that by 2022 as many as 90 per cent of corporate strategies will recognise their data as a critical business asset. That’s a significant change from the present, though, and what seems at times a very cavalier approach to data. Getting there will require a very significant change in the way we think.

In this one-day summit, our speakers look at how organisations can make that shift to more effective data governance. We look at the vital role data can play in facilitating better decision-making at board level, and consider the challenge of learning to “talk digital” at all levels of the business. And we reflect upon what poor governance can mean in the real world.

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Registration, tea/coffee


Chair’s opening remarks


Keynote speech


Speaking digital in the boardroom

Conversations about data need to start in the boardroom, and sharing a universal digital language can be invaluable in helping boards to understand the value of their data as a corporate asset. Yet in many organisations, that simply doesn’t happen. In this session, we discuss how organisations can make the cultural shift and drive the new digital language through all levels of the organisation.

Elena Mariotti
, Partner, IBM

10.30 Networking tea and coffee break

Panel discussion – Unlocking data value

Digital technologies such as data analytics and cloud computing are enabling organisations to analyse trends and gain significant insights into market changes at a faster pace than ever before. For boards, that information then has a pivotal role to play in their decision-making. In this session, we discuss the benefits of data driven decision making and how to generate economic value from corporate data.

Miranda Craig FCIS
, Secretariat, Independent Review into the Quality and Effectiveness of Audit
Susan Hooper, Non-Executive Director, Uber


GDPR one year on

GDPR has led to a significant expansion in the workload not just of compliance and governance professionals, but of staffing teams across all organisations and in all sectors. In this session we explore how organisations have gotten to grips with the challenges presented by GDPR in its first year, and look at where the laws on data protection and data management might go next.  

Steve Wright
, Former Interim DPO and Advisor to Bank of England

12.20 Networking lunch

Governance Labs

Join us as three entrepreneurs pitch three different projects (governance, compliance and RegTech) to a jury.

Speakers include:
Professor Philip Treleaven, Director of the UK Centre for Financial Computing and Professor of Computing, UCL


Panel discussion  Data ethics and data bias in the boardroom

In a world where we depend upon machines to feed us with insights into customer behaviours, changes in the market, social and political influences, even stakeholder interests, how can boards ensure that the data they receive is free from bias? Can organisations really be certain of the ethical value of the information they rely upon? And what impact might it be having upon decision-making?

Ghela Boskovich,
Head of Fintech and Regtech Partnerships, Rainmaking Innovation
Gavin Littlejohn, Chairman, FDATA Global


Panel discussion  User rights and decision-making in the boardroom

As organisations come fully to understand the economic value of the data they hold, so can we expect to see them explore ways of maximising the economic benefit. But how does that work in a post-GDPR world, when users have the right to be compensated by companies who are generating profit as a direct result of their data? We discuss what rights data subjects have with the monetisation of their personal data.

Isabella de Michelis
, CEO and Founder, Earnieapp
Adam Smith-Anthony, Of Counsel, Omnia Strategy


Panel discussion - Reputational risk: shaping the narrative

With platforms like Glassdoor, Amazon, TripAdvisor and Trustpilot offering global sounding boards for people to share their opinions on everything from the last book they read to the hotel they holidayed in, the employer they work for or the contractor they just employed, consumers have never been more empowered. So if reputational damage is just one click away, how can you monitor – and manage – what’s said about you online?

Richard Johnston ACIS, Company Secretary, Benenden Health


Data awareness session

Rob Shapland, Head of Awareness, Falanx

16.40 Closing remarks from Chair
16.45 Conference close

*This is a draft programme and may be subject to change


Ghela Boskovich, Head of Fintech and Regtech Partnerships, Rainmaking Innovation

Ghela Boskovich, Head of Fintech and Regtech Partnerships, Rainmaking Innovation

Ghela is a self-proclaimed Fintech fanatic, and Founder of FemTechGlobal™, a network dedicated to challenging the status quo, and improving the inclusiveness and diversity in Financial Services. FemTechGlobal™also sponsors the annual Women In Tech, Banking Technology Award.

Frequent keynote speaker and editorial contributor, Ghela focuses on how to fast-track internal innovation, specifically on the practical application and comercialisation of fintech/bank collaboration. She has a distinct preoccupation with modernizing legacy banking systems, disruptive business models, and facilitating banks’ emerging technology consumption. Her primary focus and expertise is in constructing Proof of Concept/Proof of Value scenarios and experiment design, including tech sprint mapping and process solutioning for commercial pilot programs.

Her background in regulatory economics underpins her work with several Regtech firms in the space, as well as supports her advocacy for identity and privacy solutions. Ghela also has a successful track record in strategic business development, sales strategy and enablement, go-to-market strategy, and translating value propositions into business drivers for executive change agents in financial services.

An advocate of nurturing Customer Lifetime Value for both banks and those they serve, Ghela is a confirmed evangelist for adopting technology to transform the Financial Services industry for the greater good.

Named to Fintech 2016: Top 100 Influencers by Onalytica
Named to Brummell Magazine’s 2016 ‘30 Inspirational Women Innovators’
Included in Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist 2016 & 2017
Named to Silicon Republic’s 2016 20 Influencers You Need to Know (Dec 2016)
Named by BBVA as one of the Women Leading the Way in Fintech, 2017
Named to the Top 50 RegTech Influencers by Planet Compliance, 2017 & 2018
Named by The Fintech Power 50 top 50 Influencer, 2018-19
Named to Regtech 2019: Top 100 Influencers by Onalytica

Miranda Craig FCIS, Secretariat, Independent Review into the Quality and Effectiveness of Audit

Miranda is currently seconded to the Independent Review into the Quality and Effectiveness of Audit, supporting Sir Donald Brydon’s comprehensive review of audit; its purpose, user needs and future direction. Prior to this, Miranda was Deputy Company Secretary at Sage and was responsible for leading the Secretariat team with a focus on bringing best practice in governance to the Sage Board, its committees and c.126 subsidiaries worldwide. Miranda has also held senior secretariat roles at ARM Holdings, R&Q and EDF Energy, having qualified as a chartered secretary with Ernst & Young. She has a particular interest in change management and bringing greater efficiency to secretariat processes through technology.

Susan Hooper, Non-Executive Director, Uber

Susan sits on the Boards of Uber UK, the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), The Rank Group plc, Affinity Water Ltd. and Wizz Air plc. She is also actively involved in several startups in the medical, property and climate change areas.

Prior to this, Susan was Managing Director of British Gas Residential Services, a £1.8bn revenue division, leading the Service and Repair, Central Heating Installations, Electrical Services, and Dyno-Rod business units.

Susan joined British Gas from the Acromas Group where she was Chief Executive of the Travel Division, responsible for Saga Holidays, Hotels, Cruises, the AA Travel division and Titan Travel. Previously, she held senior roles at Royal Caribbean International, Avis Europe, PepsiCo International, McKinsey & Co, and Saatchi & Saatchi living in over 7 countries worldwide.

She was chair of LuxuryBARED and has held several non-executive directorships, including Courtaulds, Royal & Sun Alliance, Transcom, First Choice, S.C Johnson, Whitbread. Susan was also a member of the advisory Board of the LUISS Business School in Rome.

Susan has a BA from the Johns Hopkins University and an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (S.A.I.S.) in Washington DC. She is fluent in German and Italian.

Richard Johnston ACIS, Company Secretary, Benenden Health

Richard Johnston ACIS, Company Secretary, Benenden Health

Richard is a Chartered Secretary with over 10 years’ experience as a governance practitioner. He leads the Corporate Governance function at Benenden Health, a mutual friendly society that offers an affordable alternative to health insurance to its 800,000+ members.

Gavin Littlejohn, Chairman, FDATA Global

Gavin Littlejohn, Chairman, FDATA Global

Gavin Littlejohn serves as Chairman of the Financial Data and Technology Association, the Global Open Banking Trade Association, where he successfully led the campaign to have account aggregation added to PSD2 in 2013. Through FDATA he is a leader of the Open Banking Movement and campaigns for common technical standards and a consistent liability models across the Globe.

Gavin was appointed as Convenor of the Fintech Stakeholder Group of the UK Open Banking Implementation Entity in 2016 and is now working with a number of other markets engaged on the same mission.

Gavin is a fintech entrepreneur with experience of developing innovative solutions to mass market problems and is well-renowned as the Founder of Money Dashboard, and acted as its CEO until 2015.

Professor Philip Treleaven, Director of the UK Centre for Financial Computing and Professor of Computing, UCL

Philip Treleaven is Director of the UK Centre for Financial Computing and Professor of Computing at UCL. Twenty years ago his research group developed much of the early fraud detection technology and built the first insider dealing detection system for the London Stock Exchange. For the past 15 years Prof. Treleaven’s research group has developed algorithmic trading systems with many of the leading investment banks and funds, and for the past five years they have worked on Regulation, Systemic Risk and RegTech with the Bank of England and FCA. Current research includes the application of machine learning and blockchain technology to financial compliance and regulation.

Rob Shapland, Head of Awareness, Falanx

Rob Shapland is an ethical hacker with 12 years’ experience attacking the defences of hundreds of organisations, from small businesses to major international organisations.

His specialism is ‘red teaming’, or full simulation of criminal attacks, combining his hacking knowledge with his other hobby of dressing up and breaking into buildings. He uses stories of these intrusions to deliver engaging and exciting cyber security training courses to companies all over the world.

He is also a regular speaker at events and conferences around Europe, and appears on both BBC and ITV as a cyber security adviser.

Adam Smith-Anthony, Of Counsel, Omnia Strategy

Adam Smith-Anthony, Of Counsel, Omnia Strategy

Adam Smith-Anthony is Of Counsel at Omnia Strategy and the Head of the Business & Human Rights practice. He is a qualified solicitor-advocate specialising in public international and human rights law. His broad experience also encompasses employment, intellectual property, consumer and commercial law.

Adam advises and represents businesses on matters of corporate responsibility and business & human rights, providing legal, communications and commercial support. In recent months this has included leading global human rights reviews for blue-chip companies and representing clients in parent company liability litigation in the UK Supreme Court.

Adam has also advised State entities in respect of public international law matters including: international criminal law and international humanitarian law, international and regional courts and accountability mechanisms, the UN OHCHR universal periodic review process and human rights treaty bodies, and the rule of law and capacity building. He has also acted as lead negotiator and counsel on a strategic infrastructure deal for an Eastern European State and has experience advising on matters of international investment law and the enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments.

Before joining Omnia Strategy, Adam worked for a leading international law firm in London, including extended secondments to the in-house legal teams of two renowned international technology and online services companies. He led the legal team representing the UNHCR in a strategic judicial intervention regarding refugee returns from the UK to Somalia.

Separately, Adam completed a placement within the UK Houses of Parliament, and served as an Associate Legal Officer in the Chambers Support Section and an advisor to the President of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Adam is admitted to the roll in England and Wales where his higher rights of audience permit him to appear before the senior courts. He was appointed the firm’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice in June 2018. Adam holds LL.B. Law (honours) and LL.M. Public International Law (distinction) degrees from the University of Nottingham, a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from the University of Oxford, and has completed further training at the University College London and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Steve Wright, Former Interim DPO and Advisor to Bank of England

Steve Wright, Former Interim DPO and Advisor to Bank of England

Steve Wright is an authority on data privacy and cyber security, having worked in the industry for over 25 years. In that time, he has held the principal information, privacy and data security roles for companies such as John Lewis Partnerships, Unilever, Deloitte, PwC, Siemens and Capita. Most recently, he held the interim position of DPO at the Bank of England, where he remains as Advisor to the DPO and CISO.

A technology enthusiast, he remains fascinated by the incredible things that can be done with data. Yet he understands only too well the risks to reputation and privacy in a world where social media, cyber security, legislation, fraud and regulatory complexities are rife.

Today, Steve advises senior leadership in all things related to the safeguarding of personal data, protecting brand image and–above all–building consumer trust.


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