Date: 24 Oct 2023
Where: Liverpool

Please join the IIBA UK and Rathbones Plc at their iconic location in Liverpool's Port of Liverpool Building. The building is known as one of the city's Three Graces, along with the Cunard Building and Royal Liver Building who together form such a distinctive part of the city’s identity. With Liverpool being the birthplace of Rathbones, we can't think of a more fitting location for our key note speaches from Charlie Payne and Mark Cross. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. 

First Presentation: the role of BAs in a world of cyberthreats and malicious AI 

As Business Analysts, we strive to empower our organisations as they embrace to profound transformation that information technology brings, however ransomware is on the rise, generative AI is now being used to craft unique attacks and bad actors are regularly targeting partners in our supply chain to bypass our security controls and compromise our organisation undetected.   In this session, the speaker will take you on a wild adventure through the world of cybersecurity where you will hear about some of the most incredible hacks in recent years, what we have learned from them and what you, as business analysts, can do to allow your organization to realise the benefits of digital transformation without regret. 

About the speaker


Mark Cross has worked for over a dozen industry-leading organisations across the UK, EU and New Zealand including VirginMedia, O2 Mobile, Sky Digital, Nokia, Burberry, The Cooperative Bank, NewDay Financial Services and Luminor Banking Group. He is triple-accredited for Business Analysis with the BCS International Diploma, the IIBA’s CBAP and CPRE with the International Requirements Engineering Board and holds an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School. He also holds technical certifications from several of the world’s leading vendors of zero-trust solutions including Microsoft and ZScaler.


Second Presentation: Stakeholder skills for drug busts - reflections on dealing with difficult people in dangerous situations

Have you ever had to spring a ‘surprise’ on a stakeholder and you are not entirely sure what their response is going to be? How do you catch someone off guard and still maintain the best chances for a successful outcome? Insights from a former police officer who spent 2 years on a high performing proactive drugs unit. Charlie will take you through the stakeholder lessons learned from the perspective of executing a drugs warrant and cover essential skills on de-escalation in highly charged environments that make the board room battles look like child’s play. This presentation will provide you with fresh perspectives on helping you to think through stakeholder engagements and challenge you to apply principles such as; all about the game plan, Woosah works and use of force and tactical communications.

About the speaker

Charlie Payne is a Principal Consultant within Solution Delivery at Credera, a consulting firm focused on strategy, transformation, cloud, data, and engineering. From 2006 to 2012 Charlie was a Police Officer with Thames Valley Police but had a career change in 2012 when venturing into Business Analysis via a process improvement role. Little did he know at the time that the front-line policing work he was passionate about would provide such valuable insight for effective stakeholder engagement in Digital projects and change initiatives.


Location (unfortunately we cannot provide parking at the venue but there are plenty of local car parks in Liverpool city centre). 

The venue is just a short walk away (c15 minutes) from Liverpool Limestreet station.

Liverpool | Rathbones


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