Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

Opening keynote

A practical model for distributed digital leadership

In large organisations, digital fluency, confidence and knowledge are still lacking at senior levels, but the answer is not just to appoint a more digital CDO or CTO to fill the gap. Instead, we need practical models for distributing digital leadership among those who understand it and who are involved in development, and we need to clear that ‘digital’ is now everybody’s responsibility.

Change agents and local digital teams are often at the forefront of adopting new ways of working and creating elements of digital strategy, and they should be teaching and guiding traditional leaders, rather than asking for permission and being satisfied with brief moments of attention from above. The greatest challenge for any leader today is transforming their organisational architecture and culture to meet the challenges of the digital age.

This talk will share a practical model for distributed digital leadership, some insights into the challenges and opportunities of implementing this approach through Post*Shift’s direct experience,  and some thoughts on how digital change agents should take control of the agenda and challenge their leaders to do better.

Cerys Hearsey is Post*Shift’s lead consultant on organisational transformation. She currently coaches executives and change agents at large enterprises on the methods of enabling agile, distributed change. In her fifteen years working with enterprise clients, Cerys has supported organisations through the strategy, selection, implementation and embedding of social platforms, including IBM Connections, Jive, Yammer, SharePoint, and Confluence. She has enabled organisations to grow mature social business platforms using adoption tactics and organisational health measure frameworks. Before joining Postshift, Cerys was an independent consultant for ten years implementing knowledge and information systems.


Closing keynote

The future is behind us

What can we take from our past when we think about our future? Predicting what our world will look like, and how our organisations will need to adapt today for an uncertain tomorrow can be a fraught process. But being future ready doesn’t mean erasing our history. Understanding how and where our principles and values have come from, and testing them against the challenges ahead can provide a golden thread that connects our past, present and future. Innovation doesn’t mean wiping away what has gone before, but it can mean we do the same thing in a very different way. Drawing on experience of success and failure from specialist museums and libraries including the Hunterian Museum and Wellcome Collection, this talk will explore the ways in which specialist libraries can approach the future by drawing on their strengths, recognising when revolution, evolution or preservation might be our guiding principles.

Simon Chaplin is a historian, curator and library director. He is currently Director of Culture & Society at the Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s largest charitable foundations, where he leads Wellcome’s work on public engagement, education, open research and humanities and social sciences. He is also the Director of Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library that seeks to challenge how we think and feel about health. Before joining Wellcome as Head of the Wellcome Library he was Director of Museums & Special Collections at The Royal College of Surgeons of England. A scientist-turned-historian, he has been on the boards of learned societies and museums and is currently a director of Research Libraries UK and a governor of Cambridge University Hospitals Trust.