A powerful community of peers
The Corporate IT Forum was founded in 1996 by large corporate users of IT for large corporate users of IT to provide unbiased knowledge and insights for enterprise users. Its mission is to enrich the decision making capabilities of Boards, CIOs and CTOs and their teams.
The Forum represents some of the biggest and most admired brands in the UK. Participants comprises over 100 companies and public sector bodies and 5,000 IT professionals.
Members use the Forum for practical experience sharing and insights on areas such as procurement, implementation, experiences of enterprise IT problems and solutions, emerging technologies and trends and process improvements.
With the help of a service team, two Advisory Groups provide direction for best solutions, strategies and ways of working.
The Advisory Groups
The Forum’s Advisory Groups includes CIOs and senior executives from:
Members of the Advisory Groups include:
Andrew Willicott, Customer Service & IT Director, South West Water, and Chairman of The Corporate IT Forum Advisory Group
Andrew Willicott is responsible for all aspects of customer contact, metering, billing and collections, reporting and compliance at South West Water. His role includes responsibility for IT across the company and leadership of strategic business change programmes aimed at delivering significant service and efficiency benefits.
Andrew is also the Chief Executive of Source Contact Management Ltd, a South West Water subsidiary company providing call centre services.
In addition he is a member of the Devon and Cornwall Board of the Institute of Directors.
Mark Bramwell (FBCS), Head of IT, Wellcome Trust
Mark Bramwell is the Head of IT for the Wellcome Trust, which is the world's largest biomedical research charity, with an asset value of c£14bn. Mark has been at the Trust for six years, prior to which he worked as Head of IT Development for WHSmith Limited.
Inspired and motivated by the extraordinary work of the Trust, and its tangible benefits to human and animal health, Mark is currently embarking on the delivery of his second IT strategy. He was shortlisted for 2011 CIO of The Year at the UK IT Industry Awards and was also named in the UKTech50 most influential IT Leaders in the UK IT industry.
A Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), Mark is married with two children, lives in Wiltshire and commutes to London daily.
Clifford's career started in the early 90's as part of a start-up consultancy specialising in Management Information Systems for senior executives. He worked with a number of blue chip companies across Europe before accepting a full time role with United Biscuits (UB) in 1998.
Clifford has had a number of roles in UB, initially working in the international division and then moving to the UK as part of a SAP implementation, where he was responsible for the data warehousing and management reporting workstreams.
In recent years, he has been the Programme Director for a change project spanning UB's businesses in France, Belgium and Holland. Clifford took on the role of IS Director for the UB group in March 2006 and is focused on driving the UB growth agenda. In August 2008, he was also given responsibility for driving the enterprise-wide Lean initiative across the group and subsequently became Group IS & Lean Director in June 2011.
Malcolm Carrie, Director of Global Strategy & Architecture, Office of the CIO, BAE Systems
Malcolm is responsible for BAE Systems' overall information management and technology strategy and architecture, providing the policies, processes, standards and leadership to deliver coherence across the business and in all the countries in which it operates.
Prior to this Malcolm held a number of IT management positions covering operational and policy roles in oil & gas, power generation, defence electronics and marine engineering. He has international experience, having lived in the Netherlands for ten years, during which time he led the IT team providing services to operations in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Thailand and the UK.
Malcolm represents BAE Systems on a number of industry and government liaison bodies including The Corporate IT Forum's Advisory Group, Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program, and the Exostar LLC Security Executive Committee.
Mark Fabes, UK IT Director, McDonald's
Mark is responsible for the provision of all IT services to McDonald's restaurants and corporate locations in the UK. Within the UK, there are 1,200 restaurants serving between 2.5 and 3 million customers per day.
Prior to his role at McDonald's, Mark was Director of Business Support Systems at Whitbread Group PLC and Head of IT at Allders Department Stores.
Mark Laws, Head of Application Services, dmg media
An IT professional with 14 years' experience, Mark has held various positions across many areas of IT. Starting as a graduate at GlaxoWellcome in 1998, Mark served his IT apprenticeship in data centre operations, which included a stint loading back-up tapes into over 400 servers. Since then, he has been responsible for researching and defining global strategies in voice and collaboration. Mark has also run global finance application services, with the inception of Sarbanes-Oxley, and has also managed an application migration from Lotus Notes. Today he is Head of Application Services at A&N Media where he is responsible for the service management of the organisation's editorial, advertising, CRM and back office applications.
Mark has been a strong advocate of The Corporate IT Forum, joining the Advisory Group in 2008 and ensuring A&N Media (now dmg media) took up membership when he joined the company in 2010. Mark strongly believes that membership of The Corporate IT Forum is an important way for IT to avoid being perceived as an insular, administrative function.
Outside of work and The Forum, Mark has a young family and enjoys holidays that allow him to indulge his passion for scuba diving.
Ian Macdonald, Head of Operational Control Centre, The Co-operative Group
Ian MacDonald is a senior IT professional who has undertaken a wide variety of leadership and management roles across IT, covering operations, support, service management and consultancy.
In recent years he has gained significant experience in improving IT performance and organisational capability through the adoption of ITIL and related best practice frameworks.
Within the IT Industry, Ian has actively supported user groups, forums and industry bodies, such as Guide Share Europe, UKCMG, ITSMF and the Office of Government Commerce.
An accredited ITIL author, Ian has gained UK and international recognition for the development of IT service management best practice.
Gareth Naylor, Senior Product Portfolio Manager, E.ON ITWith over 20 years' experience in the utility industry, Gareth has worked in a variety of roles, including outsourcing implementation, transition and transformation; creation and execution of infrastructure strategy at CIO office level; leading an information security and infrastructure architecture team; and technical consultancy for FTSE 100 companies.
Gareth's work interests include personal development of young people in the IT world, energy efficiency and the measurement of home energy consumption and energy creation, trend spotting, communication, and ensuring The Corporate IT Forum is successful.
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