The March quarterly members’ meeting was held at the Law Society, where we had more space in a grand setting for over 40 members to meet, network and learn.
Here is a brief summary of what went on:
Cyber Security - 3 Lines of Defence – understanding the different roles in protecting our data and assets - Jethro Perkins, LSE
Jethro ran through his experience at LSE, and introduced us to a ‘three lines of defence’ framework for ensuring cyber security roles and responsibilities are allocated across technology leaders, business units and security leaders. Using this framework is a great way to assess your own organisation and see whether you have any obvious gaps or areas where you could make changes.
Members can access Jethro's presentation here
Personal Resilience - Infamy, Infamy! They’ve all got it infamy! - Ian Williamson & Brychan Watkins
This session took us all into an area that many of us may have experienced, but based on feedback are rarely able to openly discuss in a peer group – redundancy and career change. Ian and Brychan outlined the emotional and psychological impact these sort of life changes can have – and the opportunities they can present - and gave a number of practical and personal tips and strategies to help during such a big change. We all appreciated their openness and honesty in this discussion, and it allowed us collectively to discuss a sensitive topic.
“What’s Your Strategy?” - a panel conversation
We ended the day sharing thoughts and experience from three senior IT leaders around how they have developed and implemented strategies to support their organisations, and the challenges they faced, along with practical examples of how they overcame (or didn’t) some of the challenges. The openness to share from both the panel and our members really allowed for an interesting and productive debate.
Thanks to David Southern – WWF, Richard Martin – Ark Schools and Danny Attias – Anthony Nolan Trust.
The next meeting is in Manchester on 9 May – we look forward to seeing you there!