AWS: Stay on Target

18:30-21:30
UK
13.5.2021
Dinner

Virtual

Online

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AWS: Stay on Target

Online

Dinner

May 13, 2021

Summary

Remaining focused on the end game

The pressure for transformation is growing exponentially within organisations, leaders across every business are reacting to an acceleration in expectations, deadlines and targets never before experienced.

The shift required to transition established complex organisations into digital powerhouses is challenging at best, and so AWS are creating the Exec Leaders Forum to make it possible for leaders from across the UK and Ireland, commercial and public sectors to share and learn from one another.

In our first session on 13th May we created a relevant free-flowing exchange with fellow senior executives to get “out of the weeds” and ensure focus on the end goal. Whether that goal is a new operating model, upcoming business strategy reviews or a need for more agile working practices – our Chatham House environment for execs of all disciplines promised inspiration, insightful discussion and support from peers.

PastriesDelegates networkingAudience at a Commerce Futures conference.

At our first gathering over a “virtual dinner” – we invited individuals  to participate in a facilitated discussion regarding:

  • Why do some organisations transform faster than others?
  • How do we keep our organisations focused on strategic goals?
  • How do we optimise for speed whilst transforming at scale?
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Niall Edwards

Niall Edwards

Vice President, Technology

The LEGO Group

Niall is responsible for the LEGO Groups e-commerce, retail, marketing customer and consumer facing technology. He joined the LEGO Group in 2016 where we was responsible for all shopper-related digital solutions and was promoted to his current role in March 2021 with an expanded remit to look after all technology that enables shopper and customer experiences, transactions and engagement. Niall has been defining and building e-commerce, marketing and retail technology solutions for leading brands for nearly 20 years. Prior to the LEGO Group he was responsible for e-commerce and digital marketing for ACCO brands, a leading global office and consumer products company as well as retailers such as ToysRUs and UNIQLO.

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18:30
Arrival & Welcome Drinks
19:15
Guests Sit
19:20
Welcome
Commerce Futures
19:30
Opening Speech
Niall Edwards
20:00
Starters
Topic One - Discussion at individual tables
20:20
Topic One discussed as a collective
20:40
Mains
Topic Two - Discussion at individual tables
21:10
Topic Two discussed as a collective
21:30
Desserts & Networking
23:00
Event Closes
18:30
Arrival & Welcome Drinks
19:15
Guests Sit
19:20
Welcome
Commerce Futures
19:30
Opening Speech
Guest Speaker
20:00
Starters
Topic One - Discussion at individual tables
20:20
Topic One discussed as a collective
20:40
Mains
Topic Two - Discussion at individual tables
21:10
Topic Two discussed as a collective
21:30
Desserts & Networking
23:00
Event Closes
08:30
Registration & Networking Breakfast
09:15
Welcome from Commerce Futures
09:25
Ryan Clark, STATSports & Jim Hingston, The Gym Group
Keynote
10:10
Hollie Weatherstone, Muc-Off
Keynote
10:35
Break
10:55
Multi-brand panel – Decathlon, Ellis Brigham, Helen of Troy
Keynote (Main Stage)
Speed dating for delegates
(Breakout Room)
11:50
George Huxford, Apidura
Keynote
12:15
Break
13:15
Rich Philip, Contested
Keynote
13:40
Marc Guisti, Veloforte
Keynote (Main Stage)
David Hanney, Alpkit
(Breakout Room)
14:35
Networking
15:00
Closing Remarks from Commerce Futures
18:30
Arrival & Welcome Drinks
19:15
Guests Sit
19:20
Welcome
Commerce Futures
19:30
Opening Speech
Guest Speaker
20:00
Starters
Topic One - Discussion at individual tables
20:20
Topic One discussed as a collective
20:40
Mains
Topic Two - Discussion at individual tables
21:10
Topic Two discussed as a collective
21:30
Desserts & Networking
23:00
Event Closes
18:30
Arrival & Welcome Drinks
19:15
Guests Sit
19:20
Welcome
Commerce Futures
19:30
Opening Speech
Guest Speaker
20:00
Starters
Topic One - Discussion at individual tables
20:20
Topic One discussed as a collective
20:40
Mains
Topic Two - Discussion at individual tables
21:10
Topic Two discussed as a collective
21:30
Desserts & Networking
23:00
Event Closes

AGENDA

18:30

Arrival & Welcome Drink

18:40

Welcome
Opening comments from AWS Leadership Team

18:50

Group Introductions

19:00

Opening Comments from Niall Edwards,
VP Marketing & Channel Technology, The LEGO Group
How do we keep our organisations focused on strategic goals?

19:15

First wine poured and explained

19:25

Topic One discussion
Why do some organisations transform faster than others?

20:05

Second wine poured and explained

20:15

Topic Two discussion
How do we optimise for speed whilst transforming at scale?

20:55

Third wine poured and explained

21:00

Group Networking

21:30

Event Closes

09:00
Registration & Networking Breakfast
09:30
Welcome & Partner Introductions
09:40
Panel Discussion with Q&A
Niall Edwards
10:20
Networking Break
10:40
Workshop at tables
11:00
Group Discussion - Moderated
11:20
Final Comments & Networking
11:30
Event Closes
Niall Edwards

Niall Edwards

Vice President, Technology

The LEGO Group

Niall is responsible for the LEGO Groups e-commerce, retail, marketing customer and consumer facing technology. He joined the LEGO Group in 2016 where we was responsible for all shopper-related digital solutions and was promoted to his current role in March 2021 with an expanded remit to look after all technology that enables shopper and customer experiences, transactions and engagement. Niall has been defining and building e-commerce, marketing and retail technology solutions for leading brands for nearly 20 years. Prior to the LEGO Group he was responsible for e-commerce and digital marketing for ACCO brands, a leading global office and consumer products company as well as retailers such as ToysRUs and UNIQLO.

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