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Knowledge-sharing sessions: Executing innovation

Time: 3:50 pm - 12:00 am

Date: Day One | Monday 10th June 2019

Theatre: Main Conference Room


This series of facilitated discussions will focus on case studies of innovative projects, especially practical, implementation challenges.  These interactive and informal discussions follow Chatham House rules – giving you the freedom to speak your mind.  Small groups allow everyone to participate and brainstorming will give insight into your peers’ challenges and provide solutions to your own.

There will be two 35-minute sessions so that you can attend two of the ten topics.

2. How to brand innovation, externally and internally?
As more and more firms develop innovation and tech solutions, how they communicate internally and externally is ultimately vital for success. Grahame Jones, Founder and Director, Soukias Jones Design and Keith Hardie, Director of Innovation Marketing & Business Development at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner will shed light on the state of play from own experiences.
Grahame will reveal the findings and insights from a recent survey of the top 30 UK law firms on how they brand innovation and law tech, and from his extensive experience of working for professional and financial service firms. Keith, who has led marketing and communication for a number of law firms, been involved in several legal start-ups and is now one of the few marketers in professional services focused on innovation, will discuss some of the practical issues of getting partners on board in a global law firm, and the lessons learnt.
Grahame Jones, Founder & Director, Soukias Jones Design
Keith Hardie, Director of Innovation Marketing & Business Development, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner 

4. The psychological contract: what is work in a digital era?
The psychological contract is the unspoken deal we have in our heads about what work is, and is not, for us.  We’ll look at how digital transformation has impacted this unspoken agreement between employer and employee, for better or for worse, starting with these thought-provoking statements:
– Work starts when I turn first look at my phone
– Work has no off switch
– There is no work/life only a blend
– I value stability in my work life
– Flexibility is key for me
– Retirement for me will look like a changed pattern of work
Elizabeth Kavanagh, Head of HR, Stride Treglown

5. Organising innovation & ideation across a global footprint
Stuart Hopper, Director of Practice Development & Innovation, Dentons 

6. Leveraging data assets in a social world – how social selling and the power of networks can be harnessed for professional services
Victoria Ogle, Global Business Development Lead – TMT, Herbert Smith Freehills
Alex Low, Professional Services Lead, Digital Leadership Associates and formerly Head of Client Development, JLL

7. Data analytics: our experience of building a data team
What do we need to know to effectively hire, manage and develop data scientists?
Reuben Barry, Director, Data Analytics, Ecovis

8. Professional services, innovators and government; how to deliver collaboration, funding and support?
The UK’s Industrial Strategy includes an important new programme aimed at supporting professional services to innovate, particularly around the adoption of AI and Data technologies. This session will briefly outline the programme and invite views on how Innovate UK and UKRI can further support the professional sector.
Stephen Browning, Challenge Director – Next Generation Services, Innovate UK
Astrid Ayel, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Blockchain & Fintech, Knowledge Transfer Network

9. Practical use of AI to reduce risk
Duncan Eadie, Director of IT, Charles Russell Speechlys

10. Engaging with innovation – how can we simultaneously encourage and corral innovation?
Stuart Pugh, IT Director, PwC



  • Astrid Ayel Knowledge Transfer Manager – Blockchain & Fintech - Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Reuben Barry Director, Data Analytics - Ecovis
  • Stephen Browning Challenge Director – Next Generation Services - Innovate UK
  • Keith Hardie Director of Innovation Marketing & Business Development - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Stuart HopperStuart Hopper Director of Practice Development & Innovation - Dentons
  • Grahame Jones Founder & Director - Soukias Jones Design
  • Elizabeth Kavanagh Head of HR, Research & Innovation - Stride Treglown
  • Alex Low Professional Services Lead - Digital Leadership Associates (former Head of Client Development, JLL)
  • Victoria OgleVictoria Ogle Global Business Development Lead – TMT - Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Stuart Pugh IT Director - PwC

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