Presentation: Building Great Engineering Cultures Panel

Track: Building Great Engineering Cultures & Organizations

Location: Whittle, 3rd flr.

Duration: 11:50am - 12:40pm

Day of week: Tuesday

Level: Beginner

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This panel session will create a unique opportunity to hear from some of the foremost practitioners of Engineering leadership. The group will discuss topics relating to the challenges of engineering culture development, but also take questions from the floor to provide guidance to those who are starting out/ establishing teams for the first time, or who have particular ‘transformation’ challenges with existing teams. Our line up includes Sally Goble, (Senior Engineering Manager, Deliveroo) Andy Walker (Engineering Manager, Google), Tom Clark (Head of Common Platform, ITV), and Vlad Galu, VP Engineering, Globalsign. Finbarr Joy, track leader for Engineering Culture at Qcon London will moderate the panel.

Speaker: Tom Clark

Head of Common Platform @ITV

Tom's spent 16 years working with technology across a number of sectors, from manufacturing with Jaguar Cars to media with the BBC, Global Radio and now ITV. During this time he's held senior positions in several disciplines, including engineering, development and architecture. As Head of Common Platform at ITV, he's responsible for the cloud hosting platform that underpins their key applications. He'll always be an engineer, but now his day job is managing and developing the team of "smart and kind" people that build, maintain and advance the platform.

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Speaker: Sally Goble

Senior Engineering Manager @Deliveroo

Sally has been working in software development for more than ten years. She is currently responsible for quality strategy across the whole digital portfolio at Deliveroo. Before that she worked at the Guardian in the tech team for many years. She regularly speaks on the changing role of test/QA within a modern software development environment.

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Speaker: Vlad Galu

VP Engineering @GlobalSign

 Vlad is a seasoned technologist rooted in secure and scalable network, systems and software engineering, with a track record of 17 years in delivering carrier grade content delivery, internet security and satellite communications systems. Since joining GlobalSign in 2014 he has set up the next generation platforms division based in London and led engineering operations across Europe, US and Asia.

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Speaker: Andy Walker

Engineering Manager @Google

Andy Walker has been doing software engineering for over 25 years. He's been at Google for the last 10 years and has run engineering teams working search, ads and recently maps. In his (mythical) 20% time he teaches courses in human behaviour and coaches Google teams around identifying dysfunctional behaviours and adopting more positive ones. In his spare time he occasionally runs a long way and has, what is probably, an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars.

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Speaker: Amanda Bellwood

People Operations Manager @skybet

Amanda has worked at the intersection of 'HR’ and engineering team management for over 10 years, helping organisations such as William Hill adopt engineering-driven people management to achieve scale and agility. At Sky Betting and Gaming, Amanda has been involved in the creation of an engineering-focused working environment.

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Speaker: Finbarr Joy

Group CTO @Superbet

Finbarr is Group CTO for Superbet, a new entrant into the online gaming industry. Previous to this he was Group CTO for Lebara, responsible for Product & Technology strategy, development and operations for Platform, Network, Technology Innovation & IT, across global Mobile, OTT Video, Financial Services, and IP voice/ messaging propositions.

With over 15 years’ leadership experience of technology ‘at the leading edge’, Finbarr is dedicated to helping organizations develop breakthrough business models powered by tech. His prior roles have included stints driving technology transformation at global operators such as BT, William Hill and Lebara, and he also co-founded and ran a UK-wide e-commerce software development company through the 2000’s.

Finbarr’s early experiences included two years with Netscape, as a member of the team that brought the Internet to the world, and established the enduring model for digital innovation.

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