Revolution is now! Panel Debate

Monday 11 June,  12.45pm – 2pm

Today’s organisations are becoming increasingly interconnected and embedded in the same network.  Failure in an organisation from a single connected risk can have a disproportionate effect on both an organisation and its ecosystem of involving other risks and its stakeholders. The speed of change is rapid as the advancement of data and analytics and cognitive and machine learning drives forward change more quickly than humans alone could ever achieve.

Welcome to the Digital Revolution!

The digital revolution enables organisations to transform the development and execution of strategy.  It enables business leaders to rethink processes, practices, information systems and everything about how they deliver customer needs.

This context will significantly change business, risk and resilience models.

Airmic research has identified the value of having a dedicated executive risk leadership role focused exclusively on the risk agenda as part of the business model, both in terms of challenges and desired changes that will drive business performance over the short and long term. This role is not intended to remove the responsibility for risk from members of the Board or the Executive, but to help support them in managing the risk agenda.

As business leaders look towards risk leaders for support, risk leaders must understand the issues and step up.

The panel will consider the challenges businesses face and how they might build resilience and manage risks to avoid becoming the next digitally induced corporate failure.

Spencer Kelly

BBC Presenter

Spencer is a respected technology presenter and computer scientist who’s been in the business for over 20 years.

He has reported from countries across the globe on a range of technology issues – from the latest mobile Internet devices in Japan and the crazy walking robots of South Korea, to the life-changing impact of just one computer on an Indian village, and one SIM card on the slums of Johannesburg. He has tested satellite broadband in the scorching Namib desert, and been turned into an alien in the studios of Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco. And he has reported on the re-emergence of 3D movies and TV in Los Angeles. You should see his frequent flyer account.

As part of a life-long love affair with science and technology, Spencer graduated with a double first in Computer Science from Cambridge University. He has also recently been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the University of Coventry.

He has interviewed many big names in the world of entertainment and technology, including film director James Cameron, Music legends and Sir Paul McCartney, Microsoft bosses Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer and notorious figures Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. He’s also been invited to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Dr Jamie Saunders

Visiting Professor, University College London Department of Security and Crime Science.

Jamie Saunders is an independent security consultant, government advisor and visiting professor at UCL. He was previously the Director of the National Cyber Crime Unit at the UK National Crime Agency and director of international Cyber Policy at the FCO.

Yvette Connor

Chief Risk Officer
Focal Point Data Risk, LLC

Yvette Connor is the Chief Risk Officer at Focal Point Data Risk, LLC. In that role, she leads Focal Point’s Executive Risk Consulting practice, as well as taking a strategic role overseeing the firm’s Cyber Balance Sheet initiative. Yvette joined Focal Point from consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), where she was Managing Director of Insurance and Risk Advisory Services with a dedicated focus on enterprise-wide risk management and compliance. Prior to A&M, she served as the Director of Client Engagement for Marsh, where she was responsible for the top 1500 client relationships and a member of the analytics team supporting Global Risk Management clients. She previously was the Director of Risk Management at Vulcan Inc., a privately held company, with a diverse portfolio of more than 200 operating companies, where she led the development of a multi-disciplinary risk management department. Earlier, she served as Vice President of Risk Management at Roll International, a global food producer. In 2013, Business Insurance magazine named Connor as one of the “Women to Watch” in Risk Management and Insurance. In 2009, Treasury and Risk magazine recognized Connor as one of the top “40 under 40” professionals in her field.

Lord Tim Clement-Jones

Lord Clement-Jones is a Consultant of the global law firm DLA Piper where former positions held include London Managing Partner (2011-16), Head of UK Government Affairs, Chairman of its China and Middle East Desks, International Business Relations Partner and Co-Chairman of Global Government Relations.

He is a member of the Saudi-Britain Joint Business Council, a Law Society Ambassador to the City of London and an Icebreaker Fellow and Vice-President of the 48 Group Club, a business network which promotes links with China.

He is Chair of Ombudsman Services Limited, the not for profit, independent ombudsman service that provides dispute resolution for the communications, energy, property and copyright licensing industries.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of Airmic (the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce) and Board Member of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the ICAEW.

Tim was Group Company Secretary and Legal Adviser of Kingfisher Plc from 1986 until 1995, where he coordinated Kingfisher’s contribution to the Shopping Hours Reform Campaign which led to the Sunday Trading Act 1993.  Before Kingfisher, Tim held senior legal positions at Grand Metropolitan, now Diageo plc (Legal Director, Grand Metropolitan Retailing 1984-1986) and London Weekend Television (Head of Legal Services 1980-1983) now part of ITV plc.

Tim is a former (1997-2005) Non-Executive Chairman of the Context Group, the environmental strategy and communications consultancy and Director of Political Context, the political communications consultancy (1996-1999).


Tim was Chairman of the Association of Liberal Lawyers 1982 to 1986 and then of the Liberal Party from 1986 to 1988 and played a major part in the merger with the Social Democratic Party to form the Liberal Democrats.  He was made CBE for political services in 1988.  He was the Chairman of the Liberal Democrats Finance Committee from 1989 to 1998 and Federal Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats from 2005 to 2010.

Tim was made a life peer in 1998 and until July 2004 was the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman and thereafter until 2010 Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport, in the House of Lords.  He is the Liberal Democrat spokesman for the Digital Economy and a former spokesman on the Creative Industries (2015 to 2017).

He is Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on AI (2017-18)and a former member of the Select Committees on Communications (2011-2105) and the Built Environment (2015-2016).  He is Co-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence.  He is Deputy Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on China and Vice Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on the UAE, Iraqi-Kurdistan, Ovarian Cancer, Publishing, Writers and Intellectual Property.  Since 2012, he has been the Chair of Lib Dems in Communications.

He introduced and ensured the passage through the House of Lords of the 2003 Tobacco Advertising and Sponsorship Act and the Live Music Act 2012.

Education, Charitable and Voluntary

He is President of Ambitious About Autism (formerly Treehouse) an autism education charity and school for children with autism and other communication disorders and its former Chairman (2001-2008).

Tim was, until its merger with University College London (2008-2012), Chairman of the Council of the School of Pharmacy, University of London.  He was an external member of the Council of University College London and Chair of its Audit Committee from 2012 to 2017.  He is Chairman of the Council of Queen Mary University London (2017).

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Medicine and an Honorary Fellow of the School of Pharmacy, University College London.

Tim is a Council Member of the Heart of the City; Fellow of the Public Relations Consultants Association and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations; Governor of Haileybury and Ambassador for Barts Charity.  He is a former Trustee of the Barbican Centre Trust (2012-2016).  He is a former Chair of Crime Concern (1991-1995).  Until its merger with Macmillan Cancer Support in 2008, he was a Trustee of Cancerbackup, the UK cancer information charity founded by his late wife, Dr Vicky Clement-Jones FRCP.

He is Patron of Attitude is Everything; Music Venue Trust and 2020Health.

Richard Hartley

CEO and Co-Founder, Cytora

Richard Hartley is co-founder and CEO of Cytora, an Artificial Intelligence company that enables commercial insurers to achieve improved loss ratios and grow premium while delivering fairer prices to customers.

Cytora was spun out of the University of Cambridge and is headquartered in London. Previously, Richard worked in product strategy at eBaoTech in Shanghai – a cloud technology vendor to the insurance industry. Richard holds a BA from the University of Manchester and a Masters in Political Science from the University College London.

Professor Gianvito Lanzolla

Head of Faculty of Management, Professor of Strategy

Cass Business School

Gianvito Lanzolla is Professor of Strategy at Cass Business School, City University London, which he joined in April 2006. He currently serves as the Head of the Faculty of Management and he is the Founder and Director of the Cass’s Digital Leadership Research Centre (DLRC). Before joining Cass Business School, Professor Lanzolla served on the faculty of the London Business School. Over the years, Professor Lanzolla has had several visiting appointments at leading business schools including Hyderabad’s Indian School of Business, Berlin’s ESMT and University of Bologna.

Professor Lanzolla’s research is around competitive advantage, and its persistence, in rapidly changing technological and institutional environments. His articles have appeared in leading outlets including: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Production and Operations Management, Long Range Planning, Journal of Management, Business Strategy Review and Harvard Business Review. Professor Lanzolla’s research has won several academic prizes and has been widely featured in the business media – e.g. Financial Times, the Economist, CNBC, CCTV, Wall Street Journal – and in policy papers.

Professor Lanzolla has directed and delivered several bespoke executive education programmes and has contributed as an advisor to numerous Fortune 500 and fast-growing companies. Companies include Allianz, Barloworld, Bank of New York-Mellon, Vodafone India, Mizhuo, Unicredit, BBC, Sky UK, Axel-Springer, Times of India, DePersgroep, British Telecom, IBM, Vodafone group, Microsoft, Ericsson, Anglo-American, Alturki, KION, Vaillant, ING and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. He has also delivered almost one hundred keynote speeches to companies and institutions around the world.

Professor Lanzolla teaches Strategic Leadership, Diversification & Growth Strategy, Corporate Organisation and Leading Digital Transformation to Executive and Full Time MBA students, both in Cass’ London and Dubai campuses. He also leads the Digital Innovation MBA programme in Silicon Valley. He has yearly been awarded several teaching excellence prizes including the 2015 City University’s Award for Teaching and Learning Excellence, the 2012 City University’s Student Voice Award and the 2009 Cass Business School’s Award for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

Professor Lanzolla holds a PhD in Strategic Management and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Dean’s list). Before joining academia, he worked as a consultant and was the co-founder and Managing Director (1999-2001) of e-change Srl, an e-business solution provider that he later sold to an Italian software company.