Session 2: Collaborative Partnerships. Inspiring innovation and Ideas

Collaborative partnerships help generate ideas which create the spark for innovation. This session will showcase the work of four organisations including: providers of the tech and digital tools allowing small businesses to take advantage of the latest innovation in the digital payments; a programme that helps and incubates SMEs; the latest ideas for using the Cloud to make digital transformation affordable; and an exploration of the opportunities for the SMEs to export their innovative expertise post-Brexit.

James Alexander
SME Accelerate Programme Lead at CGI

James Alexander joined CGI in 2013 following a career that included roles with British Army, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and a number of UK IT & Business industry roles. Since 2013 James led several projects within UK MOD Science & Technology programmes working in consortia with government, industry and academia partners. In November 2016 James took on the role of SME Accelerate Programme Lead, which aims to create strategic partnerships with UK SME's and increase their role in CGI's successful client deliveries.

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Simon Hansford
CEO of UKCloud

Simon is the CEO of UKCloud. As co-founder, Simon specified the strategy, design and build of the UKCloud platform. As CEO he now oversees the entire business, its operation and continual development. Prior to UKCloud he held numerous leadership and board positions within the hosting industry including co-founding one of the UK’s leading Managed Service Providers. Previously, Simon has held a number of senior technical, product and marketing roles at Novell & Dell Computer Corporation. Simon is also a father of four, keen cyclist and triathlete.

Seth Finegan
UK CEO of Informed Solutions

Seth is the UK Chief Executive Officer of Informed Solutions. Informed Solutions delivers change through its expertise in digital transformation, data analytics and systems integration. Our focus is complex business and safety critical problems, particularly where place, location or geography are important. 

Seth is passionate about creating collaborative partnerships from across the digital community to deliver outstanding results and has been the Programme Director of award-winning programmes both in the UK and internationally.

Seth regularly presents at national and international conferences and has been a guest speaker at UCL, Portsmouth, Manchester and Edinburgh universities. He has been an elected member of techUK’s Government Group Management Committee, an elected Council Member of the UK Association of Geographic Information, and is an active member of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee and Digital Leaders group.