Change, Change, Change

18:30 - 22:30 BST
UK
28.9.2022
Dinner

Kings Street Townhouse Hotel, 10 Booth Street, Manchester, M2 4AW

Manchester

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Change, Change, Change

Manchester

Dinner

September 28, 2022

Summary

A dinner for those craving growth amid constant change

Large organisations globally are in a race to change faster. At last there is now an appetite from leadership to embrace change, to be constantly alive to new opportunities and to empower teams.

Still - as this shift occurs there are challenges. Leaderships have retained much of the old “command and control”, slowing down progress whilst also creating frustration. Meanwhile, skills in the new technology driving agility are in short-supply, whilst the old cultures around “Black Box” outsourcing development still remain.

Our dinner will allow leaders to come together and debate the relationships business needs to have with the technology ecosystem - within the business and with the supplier and vendor community. How best to close the skills gap whilst taking advantage of the new MACH technology, and where to invest to drive quality at speed - truly empowering teams to drive optimisation without getting in the way.

PastriesDelegates networkingAudience at a Commerce Futures conference.

Over dinner we will debate:

  • Enhanced skills models and blended inhouse v outsourced models
  • MACH stack as the ambition - how fast can you get there?
  • Customer-first technology - is that aim simply enough?
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Neil Memmott

Neil Memmott

Head of Technology

The Very Group

Neil Memmott is Head of Technology for the Very Group’s Digital Customer Experience, responsible for an engineering team of circa 100.  Currently undertaking a multi-year technology transformation from a monolithic eCommerce platform to a MACH architecture.  Prior to joining Very, Neil was Head of Software Engineering for BBC iPlayer and Sounds during a period of accelerated migration to streaming services.  Before that Technology Director at Auto Trader during their transition from magazine publisher to pure digital player.

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18:30
Arrival & Welcome Drinks
19:15
Guests Sit
19:20
Welcome
Commerce Futures
19:30
Opening Speech
Neil Memmott
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 Drinks

19:15: Guests Seat

19:20: Welcome - Commerce Futures

19:30: Opening Speech - Neil Memmott, Head of Technology at The Very Group

20:00: Starters (Topic one - Discussion at individual tables)

20:20: Topic one discussed as a collective

20:30: Mains (Topic two - Discussion at individual tables)

21:10: Topic two discussed as a collective

21:30: Desserts and Networking

23:00: Event closes

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

Neil Memmott

Head of Technology

The Very Group

Neil Memmott is Head of Technology for the Very Group’s Digital Customer Experience, responsible for an engineering team of circa 100.  Currently undertaking a multi-year technology transformation from a monolithic eCommerce platform to a MACH architecture.  Prior to joining Very, Neil was Head of Software Engineering for BBC iPlayer and Sounds during a period of accelerated migration to streaming services.  Before that Technology Director at Auto Trader during their transition from magazine publisher to pure digital player.

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Venue

Kings Street Townhouse Hotel, 10 Booth Street, Manchester, M2 4AW

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