We don’t believe there’s a single model, method or silver bullet that can ‘fix’ the culture in your organisation or industry section, and nor do we want to just show success stories.

Instead, we’ve selected straight-talking speakers from a wide range of backgrounds - from start-ups to scale-ups, corporates to the public sector. Their aim is to present both the highs and the lows with candour, providing practical insights and prompts for further discussion.


Liz Keogh

[IndependeNT Consultant, Lunivore limited]

“You can't understand how to change a culture except by actually changing it.”


David Kavanagh

[Founding CTO of PurpleBricks]

A people first approach to Technology.

“While I love technology, it's people who make the difference. Motivated people create and use the cool technologies that impact our daily lives.”


Victoria Morgan-Smith

[Head of Delivery for Internal Products,Financial Times]

“Shock news: ‘none of us are perfect’. We are all, without exception, prone to exhibit negative behaviours in times of stress"


Gitte Klitgaard

[Agile Coach/unicorn, Native Wired]

“Psychological safety - why do we need it? By using comfort and growth as partners, growth can become more sustainable and larger. Its a dance between the two.”


Crown Prosecution Service

[CPS digital transformation team]

“The digital evolution of the CPS”


Lisa Crispin

[Agile Testing Fellowship & Mabl]

“A whole team approach to testing, DevOps, continuous delivery is being more widely adopted, how do we make sure we have everyone we need on the team and enable them to contribute?”


Ezechi Britton

[VC of Impact X Capital | Founder of Code Untapped]

“How do we get TO a world without diversity programmes?

we will talk about why we feel that diversity is important, how do you we move from talking about diversity to focusing on inclusion and belonging and how that then drives diversity. And why it's important that more tech companies are built by people from diverse backgrounds.”


Simon Prior

[QA Program Manager, Camelot]

“I am passionate about inspiring the next generation of technologists and want to talk about making sure those technologists enter the industry and find a supportive culture where they can grow their careers.”


Alasdair Clark

[Development Manager, eBay]

"Growing your career - a model for decoding your impact"

The model puts the emphasis on impact, determined by the formula of skills + opportunity + behavior. This goes far beyond the typical "goals and objectives" that companies usually work to.


Rosie Sherry

[Founder Boss, Ministry of Testing]

“Growing a global community without losing our community ethics and culture.”

AMA about how Ministry of Testing grew from reckless Rosie to an amazing global community.


Nayana Shetty

[Tech Lead, The Financial Times]

Teams in FT Technology are empowered to choose the best technology for the task however this should be done with a long term view on ownership, supportability, security, quality and total cost of ownership - it is not just about the technology.”


Fiona Charles

[IndependeNT Consultant, Quality Intelligence]

We have to stop creating new technology just because we can and because it will make money. Instead, we need to ask, "What could possibly go wrong?" and "Will the benefits really outweigh the potential costs to society?"


Dan Ashby

[Head of Quality Engineering, Photobox]

“Welcome to your career!

You have already made some significant life choices to end up working in the role and company that you do. now grow in your career through having a focus on making impact.”


Gem Hill

[Tester, BBC - Voice & AI]

“Everyone has mental health. Just like we all have physical health.”


Jason Halstead

[Co-Founder, Code Untapped]

“How do we get to a world without diversity programmes”


Katie Mason

[Dance Teacher]

“Exploring how dance and movement can fuel the body and soul to become more physically and mentally balanced.”


Ken Lewis

[IndependeNT Consultant,Normal distribution]

“In writing a computer program, you imagine what the logic of the program will do when executed. To contemporary minds, this is a strange empathy -- but it's no excuse for not working well with fellow team members. “


James Lyndsay

[IndependeNT Consultant, Workroom Productions]

“People need strategy. Automata need plans.”