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WEBINAR: Meet our expert panellist as we explore the UK’s Digital Skills Gap

We learn more about our distinguished panel of professionals as we explore the reasons behind and the ways forward, from the UK’s tech-skills deficit in our webinar – Mind the UK’s Digital Skills Gap on 30th June. Meet Dax Grant, Tara Yarrow-Gulatee, Emma Robinson, Darren Coomer and Sarah Riggott.

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Digital talent – or more specifically, the right person, with the appropriate skills, for the right job – is critical yet becoming increasingly hard to find.  Industry media buzzes about the UK’s digital skills gap and recruiters find themselves fishing in an ever-decreasing pond with candidates with ever-increasing salary expectations. And while this continues, IT projects and requirements continue at an astounding pace and frequency.  So, if digital transformation has created an unprecedented demand for technical skills, why is there still a growing digital skills gap?

As you may be aware, ROQ’s Mike De Souza will be hosting a virtual Round Table Webinar on 30th June at 11 am, where we’ll be having an in-depth discussion about the challenges facing organisations in the UK today. 

Meet our special guests

We’re delighted to introduce you to our special guests who have an abundance of experience in the topics we all need to address and will be sharing their professional opinions on the day.

Dax Grant

CEO, COO, CIO Global 100 list, 100 Women to Watch, Forbes Technology Council, 100 Powerlist Keynote Speaker, Entrepreneur, Portfolio NED and Philanthropist.

A distinguished industry authority on c-suite leadership within international and global organisations as CEO, Global Transform, Dax is a recognised Keynote speaker, a renowned Woman in Technology, and societal voice. Listed within the Global CIO 100, Cranfield School of Management 100 Women to Watch and a Power list 100 Keynote speaker. Dax is also recognised as an invitation-only member of the Forbes Technology Council. Dax has held a variety of influential CIO and COO positions including CIO, Global Operations, and HSBC. With significant remits in well-regarded organisations, Dax has experience leading global functions accountable for day-to-day services provided through a variety of key technology platforms, together with driving digitisation across the organisations and financial services institutions. bank. Prior to joining HSBC, Dax held the post of Executive Director for Operations at Macmillan, accountable for the management of the operational function and technology deployments within the core infrastructure.

Recognised for her skills in digitising businesses, Dax has worked in several senior operational, technology and commercial positions within a variety of sectors, including financial services experience within both Fintech focused companies and established global banks. Having undertaken a variety of customer-facing positions, Dax established and led the Barclaycard Business Strategy function and was subsequently asked to lead the operational digitization at Barclaycard, bringing together the Issuing, Acquiring, and International Acquiring Businesses. In the early years, Dax worked as Managing Director of Personal Finance for Santander. Subsequently, Dax moved to take on the remit of European Director, Technology and Business Operations at Visa, with accountability for bringing together operational and technology areas of the Visa Inc. acquisition. Dax graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Cambridge, continuing her professional accreditation as an Associate of the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Dax underpinned her executive expertise with an MBA from Cranfield Business School and Executive Education at Harvard Business School. In addition to her Executive position, Dax has experience in a variety of non-Executive positions including NED at CITL, an Industry Body focused on the Not-for-Profit Sector. Most recently joining the Mission Beyond Board. Originating from a humble Bosnian background, Dax is committed to a variety of philanthropic activities and a passionate advocate of The Grant Foundation, a family foundation that centres on the belief of equality for all and creating the right environment for others to thrive in the community, nation, and society. Passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion Dax adopts an open collaborative approach fostering growth of potential in people and driving societally impactful results. Recognized for her charitable and not for profit activities, Dax is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Tara Yarrow-Gulatee

Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase – responsible for Technology in Western Europe for the Corporate Investment Bank

After studying Chemistry and Philosophy and doing a post-grad in Medical Physicals, Tara joined JPMorgan as part of the graduate intake.

Tara states that her original intention was to stay a couple of years, no more than 4 and definitely not the 30 that she ended up staying. 

“In my defence, I have changed roles and often countries every 4 to 5 years, so it never felt that I was standing still.  During that time I have built data centres in Moscow and Riyadh, reorganised an operations department in Tokyo, evaluated Securities systems in South America and ran a mid-office in Frankfurt.  Currently, I am based in Paris.”

When not working Tara enjoys travelling to see friends around the world and having intellectual conversations with her cat.

Emma Robertson

Senior leader of technology projects and portfolios.

Emma has a career spanning over 25 years of delivering change and technology globally. Including software development, infrastructure, networks and telecoms, her experience spans many sectors, such as retail, finance, aviation, and government.

A passionate advocate for early-career individuals alongside women in the workplace. Emma is also a secondary school governor with subject links to include careers and IT, a founding member of the Women Empowerment group at SITA, and a roundtable speaker at several ‘Women in Tech’ events.

A true believer that without capitalising on the talent of 50% of the population we all lose, Emma has a real desire to showcase the opportunities for all in technology when thinking of careers and challenging the traditional pathways of education to make it accessible.

Darren Coomer

Chairman, Founder, Angel, NED and Chief Technology and Operations Officer of iptiQ by Swiss Re

As Group Chief Technology & Chief Operating Officer (CIO/COO), Darren keeps busy scaling the largest global provider of insurance capacity, technology, operations and reinsurance services in the world.

He is also the founder of The Strategy & Architecture Group (The S&A Group), with over 300 consultants providing ‘top4’ beating challenger consultancy and delivery services across technology and change within the U.K. and Western Europe; and additionally is the co-founder of Credersi, training all things Technology and Science across the globe. Delivering private and U.K. government-approved apprenticeship schemes to some of the biggest companies in the world.

Darren is an accomplished, entrepreneurial-minded, modern, board-level transformational CEO, COO & CIO. Described as an authentic and visionary leader with a knack for strategy and a love for execution and delivery, he is a PRA regulated Board Director who thrives in complex environments and excels at building outstanding, capable and engaged leadership teams and organisations.

Humble yet competitive, he is capable of instantly switching focus from boardroom discussion or investor update to sleeves up workshops or simply spending time supporting junior colleagues. From pioneering agile product development in big firms back in 2010 to developing and launching new innovative business models and digital products into profitable service. He combines a unique mix of leadership, commercial acumen, CTO depth technical skills, complex change delivery and entrepreneurship.

A capable and supportive NED, Board advisor and CIO mentor, he is skilled in supportive challenge and strong yet light governance enabling communities to thrive around a single vision and shared ambition.

Sarah Riggott

Head of People at ROQ – employee experience, engagement and wellbeing professional

Passionate about the employee experience, Sarah believes in keeping it simple and focusing on individuals’ success and happiness.

Working across a range of sectors and industries, Sarah has spent the last 15 years in roles where people come first. As Head of People at ROQ, she strives to create a rewarding, inspiring and enjoyable environment for all employees.

Sarah was pivotal to ROQ’s success in achieving the Investors in People Gold accreditation, implementing and growing ROQ’s Test Engineering Academy and supporting the evolution of the culture as ROQ has quadrupled in size during her tenure and continues to grow.

Get involved

Join us as we address the hot topics surrounding the growing skills gap including:

  • The reason behind the lack of young people coming into technology roles and how the UK curriculum affects subject interest and quality of STEM skills for the future
  • Gender diversity in STEM industries/roles
  • How IT professionals can keep pace with new developments in technology
  • Cost and resource prohibitive training to upskill teams
  • Attracting and retaining talent

Let’s talk more about how the UK’s digital skills gap challenge can be resolved by industry bodies, education establishments, the Government, and the technology industry at large.

We hope you can make it.

Register now: https://pages.roq.co.uk/mind-the-uks-digital-skills-gap-webinar


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