Speakers on the 4th March include
Andy Rogers - National Outsourcing Association Representative for Corporate Users
Andy Rogers is an IT professional of twenty five years, having worked in the utility sector holding a number of positions. These have included key operational and project roles. Andy has been involved in a number of outsourcing deals, holding roles from due diligence, transition and transformation. Andy’s key focus within the NOA is to promote best practice to the end-user community.
Managing Partner, Advaia Diversity Solutions, Training and Consulting across Cultures
Rahul Bishnoi, a Chartered Accountant from the UK, is the Managing Director and Partner at Advaia Ltd (UK). After growing up in various cities across India, he graduated from Delhi University before moving to the UK. Throughout his career, Rahul has managed major international cross-cultural change programs for large Western organizations including GlaxoSmithKline in the UK, Walt Disney in Paris, the Seagram Group in various countries across Europe, Ernst & Young Management Consulting and Cap Gemini on international projects across the globe. For the last several years, Rahul has been working with Ericsson in Europe, South East Asia and, for over 3 years, in the Indian sub continent.
Rahul’s accumulated experience of handling the challenges and opportunities that derive from the intermingling of local and international working cultures has allowed him to develop techniques that assist organizations and individuals to work harmoniously and creatively together in the pursuit of common corporate objectives.
Dennis Preston is a consultant and executive coach with over 30 years commercial experience in the financial services, recruitment, retail, media and public sectors.
Dennis' career started in the City of London initially working for the Stock Exchange during the revolutionary period of deregulation, and he saw first hand the effects of change at organisational level and on people themselves. Dennis' career then took him into Investment Banking and he became a Director of Kleinwort Benson Ltd and was involved with designing and delivering executive development programmes in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong and the USA.
After a further strategic planning role with the Marsh Group, Dennis formed his own consultancy in 1999 - Anagram - offering advice on managing and implementing change to a range of clients, including the Bank of England, 3i Investments and MTV. He specialises in helping organisations prepare for unexpected disruption to their normal business operation and, in addition, making sure they get best value from their procurement strategy.
In the last few years, Dennis added further components to the change consulting offering: The first is Executive Coaching; and the second is Facilitation of senior executive workshops on a number of original themes including The People Side of Project Management, Networking for Business Success, Influencing and Persuasion and Making an Impact in your role.
Dennis has also served as a non-executive director for two growing enterprises and spends part of his time working for Oxfam on a voluntary basis
Stephen Bullas is Managing Partner at eCODE ― the European Centre for Offshore Development ― one of Europe’s leading independent Pivotal Providers of nearshore, offshore and onshore ITO and BPO advisory and implementation management services. With over 35 years’ experience of researching, setting, managing and delivering client expectations — much of which time has been spent in the Asian and East European offshore professional services industry — Stephen brings with him a wealth of practical, hands-on knowledge and in-depth, published research. He is an acknowledged expert in offshore capability and locations. Prior to joining eCODE, Stephen held directorships as CEO Europe and European Marketing Director for a number of global organisations, including a major NYSE-quoted offshore provider. Other past employers have included Capgemini, IBM, McDonnell Douglas and Siemens, where he held various senior management positions in IT and BPO Customer Management. Stephen holds a Masters degree in Computing from the University of Southampton (UK) as well as a number of business and professional qualifications. He is the author of “Business Planning Essentials” and of several dozen White Papers delivered at various learned societies; additionally, he is responsible for the UK edition of “Business Architect”, and is a visiting lecturer at various universities in the UK, Ireland and the United States, a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management and a Member of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems. A British subject by birth, Stephen has spent the majority of his life working outside of the UK and speaks 6 European languages. For the past 10 years, he has been concentrating solely on outsourcing, predominantly in an offshore context