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05 October 2018

Event Summary

Fostering internal innovation – building the culture of innovation within your organisation and supporting it with programmes and structures to bring tangible results

Event Description

5th October 2018
Conference: 9:30am–4:30pm
Drinks reception: 4:30pm–7pm

This year’s annual Innovation Masterclass will focus on fostering internal innovation – building the culture of innovation within your organisation and supporting it with programmes and structures to bring tangible results.

We will hear from major corporations that have engaged in these programmes – with differing experiences of success and failure – and academics, consultants and observers, who can comment on the approaches that are most likely to lead to success.

Event Programme

Time Programme Speaker
9:30 - 9:50 Registration and refreshments on arrival  
9:50 — 10:00 Opening and welcome from InnovationDB & Oracle Gerald Law, Chief Executive at Innovation DB & Vikram Kumar Singla, Strategy and Marketing Director at Oracle
10:00 – 11:30 The innovator's purpose: the importance of personal leadership and organisational transformation in the digital age
As the digital landscape continues to change at a rapid pace, dismantling and disrupting the way that we do business, how can we ensure that our leadership and organisational thinking evolves at the same rate? Explore the new frontier of competitive advantage, innovation in management itself, and its importance in being able to create, develop and exploit new ideas. Natalie Turner, Author, TEDx speaker and innovation culture and skills specialist, will focus on the importance of fostering a climate that supports innovation through the lens of her methodology, the 6 'I's®. The 6 'I's® offers an end-to-end people centred approach to innovation, blending the principles of design thinking with organisational development, and a unique innovation strengths assessment for individuals and teams.  Natalie is also the author of Business Book of the Month, Yes, You Can Innovate and Founder and CEO of The Entheo Network. Natalie has worked for and consulted with some of the world’s leading organisations including CISCO Systems,  Singapore Airlines and LEO Pharma Asia, helping them build innovation systems, culture and capabilities, as well as generating new ideas to help them grow their teams and businesses. Her book will be on sale for Innovation DB delegates at the special event price of £15 on the day.
Natalie Turner, Innovation & Change Specialist, Founder & CEO at The Entheo Network, Singapore
11:30 – 11:45 The Interplay between Innovation in Technology and Innovation in Business
Gerald will discuss the ways in which innovative technology can empower and sometimes actively drive business change, both directly and indirectly as a result of product innovation resulting from innovative technology.
Gerald Law, Chief Executive at Innovation DB
11:45 – 12:00 Spotting innovators and capturing innovations through social data and analytics
5% of your employees can help you navigate the future and design game-changing business models right now. But how and where do you find them? And once you find them, how can you keep them engaged?
Re-Imagineers is a new behavioural creative engagement and analytics tool that uncovers employees thoughts and feelings about the future and connects them with like-minds across the business, to structure new innovation projects and opportunities.
Cat Fraser, Founder & CEO at Re-Imagineers
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch and networking  
13:00 – 13:45 Innovation Canvas - Universal Template for Innovation
Innovation is almost always a discursive, exploratory task: often untidy, full of missteps, blind alleys and changes of direction.
No simple, step-by-step recipe can ensure success but there are processes, which innovators can adopt to help them navigate difficult terrain and use as a guide to progress. Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network is working one such toolkit, drawing on the experience of its unique network of innovation specialists.
Frank Boyd, who has been co-ordinating the Innovation Canvas for KTN, will explain the background to the project and discuss how it can be used by business to accelerate an innovation process.
Frank Boyd, Innovation Specialist at Knowledge Transfer Network
13:45 – 14:15 Putting systems around your innovation programmes - customer case study
The adoption of Oracle Innovation Management Cloud helped Addiko Bank to improve existing quality levels, realize synergies and efficiencies across the group and to create transparency in the way they work together as a team. There is a clear need to innovate, focus on the right products and services, and have the basis to make informed investment decisions. To innovate, it is necessary to capture ideas from all sources, ranging from customers through employees, and even drive ideas from regulatory rules imposed to the bank – but even more important is to be able to translate these ideas into profitable offerings and services. Oracle Innovation Management also allows them to foster a corporate culture marked by a shared vision, strategy and values.
Ulf Köster, Solution Director for Product Innovation, Development and Commercialization Solutions at Oracle EMEA
14:15 – 14:45 Practical innovation — how to operationalise your innovation strategy
David will draw on his experiences from different sectors to look at the practical ways to ensure that innovation actually works in a corporate environment, with examples from Visa and Johnson Matthey. The discussion looks at the importance of the right resources, processes, structures, external networks and ultimately collaboration in establishing successful innovation.
David Page, former Executive Director of Transformation, Visa Europe, Founder at Business Mix
14:45 – 15:00 Coffee break  
15:00 – 15:45 Product, Service and Business Model Innovation: building the appropriate Innovation Ecosystem
Innovation takes different shapes depending on the business goals pursued. Traditionally the food industry mainly pursued product innovation approaches. Faced with issues related to sustainability, market saturation, margin pressure and new consumer behaviour, food business need to go beyond product innovation by creating completely new product service platforms. Innovation ecosystems seamlessly integrating internal competencies with technology start-ups are now emerging with the potential to disrupt traditional agro-food industry. Many companies are therefore increasingly focusing on digital business model innovation.
Prof. Michele Kellerhals, Head of the Institute for Innovation & Technology Management, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, formerly at Coca-Cola
15:45 – 16:30 Hiccups and challenges when implementing innovation programmes - panel discussion
In this panel session our guest panellists will discuss the challenges that organisations face with implementation of the internal innovation programmes.
  • Neil Illingworth, Director of Advanced Technology & Innovation at Liberty Global
  • Ulf Köster, Solution Director for Product Innovation, Development and Commercialization Solutions at Oracle EMEA
  • Danny Wootton, Head of Innovation, ISS at Ministry of Defence
  • Keith Churches, Senior Director & Head of Innovation Services at Flex
  • Gerald Law, Chief Executive at Innovation DB
16:30 Closing from Innovation DB Gerald Law, Chief Executive at Innovation DB
16:30 – 19:00 Drinks Reception at Kitty Hawk, 11,13,14 South Place, London EC2M 7EB  


Frank Boyd, Innovation Specialist at Knowledge Transfer Network

Frank Boyd is an Innovation Specialist at Innovate Uk’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) where he is working on a major project to capture best practice in innovation and to develop resources that provide practical help for business.

He was previously one of KTN’s Directors with responsibility for its programmes in Creative Industries, Digital Economy and Design. Frank founded Britain’s first digital media lab in 1989 and worked as a producer, funder, consultant and educator on creative and economic development programmes in the arts, broadcast, and in education in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia for over 30 years.

He has directed innovation labs for Channel 4, the BBC, Ogilvy, the British Computer Society, Screen Australia, the Canadian Film Centre and the Wellcome Trust, amongst others. Frank has unrivalled experience in enabling collaboration between creative professionals from different backgrounds, facilitating the ‘fusion’ of art and science to drive innovation.

Keith Churches, Senior Director & Head of Innovation Services at Flex

Keith is the Head of Innovation Services with Flex. He has over 30 years of experience with specifying and developing systems, controls, and sensors and has been responsible for the development of electronics hardware, software and electro-mechanical sub-systems. Keith has a BA Degree from the Open University in Electronics and Systems Design, and an MBA, also from the OU.

Most of his career has been within the industrial market as a Design Engineer, then Chief Engineer developing systems and products for control applications, and then for security, metering and lighting systems. Specialities include sensors, telemetry and electromagnetic compatibility.

For the past 15 years, Keith has worked in global marketing, specifically focusing on business development and product management. He has extensive knowledge of Industrial, Aerospace, Defence and Marine markets from previous employments with Invensys, Schneider Electric, TE Connectivity, and now Flex.

Cat Fraser, Founder and CEO at Re-Imagineers

Cat Fraser (@catsocialintel) is Founder and CEO of a new human innovation platform called Re-Imagineers and has spent the last 14 years navigating and adapting to change at the cutting-edge of the Ad-Tech industry. She is an expert at helping Global Corporates, Agencies and Brands to uncover and design-for emerging trends, ideas and markets. Clients include: HSBC, Intel, Toyota, Reckitt Benckiser and Disney.

Neil Illingworth, Director of Advanced Technology & Innovation at Liberty Global

Neil Illingworth is responsible for discovering and supporting new technologies and services, which when mixed with Liberty Global's incredible network and scaling capabilities can really create something unique and innovative. With over 25 years’ experience, Neil brings an extensive technical knowledge, alongside an unrivalled enthusiasm for ‘what’s coming next’, to his team of technologists and engineers.

Neil has deployed and managed Nationwide Wide Area Networks for large corporates, but now enjoys a wider remit exploring the opportunities that convergence offers across consumer, business and B2B2C networks.

A technology and innovation “evangelist” and a fellow of The Institute of Telecoms Professionals (ITP), Neil works across all areas of the business. He demystifies complex technology and frequently presents both internally and externally on all things Technical and Innovative! He is passionate about how technology can change our day to day lives especially in areas related to IoT, SmartCities and Connected Homes. Not only that, he actually makes these things happen though running trials, POCs, pilots and demos.

And one more thing...Neil was the Corporate Lead for the Liberty Global Startup Accelerator with Virgin Media and Techstars and is always seeking out new start-ups and early stage companies with interesting ideas or products.

Prof. Michele Kellerhals, Head of the Institute for Innovation & Technology Management, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, formerly at Coca-Cola

Michele Kellerhals is leading the Institute of Innovation and Technology Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Lucerne, Switzerland.

With its sixty lecturing and research staff the Institute’s goal is to develop and integrate engineering, business, and user centered design knowledge to create sustainable innovation. The Institute has responsibility for 2 MSc. programs, two Bachelor programs, several executive education programs and interdisciplinary research in business engineering.

Prof. Kellerhals is lecturing about novel principles and design and innovation and coaches multiple industrial projects. He has a strong track record in the international Food and Beverage Industry, spanning both technical and commercial roles with a particular focus on Innovation Management and building new business fields through alliances and Joint Ventures.

Prof. Kellerhals holds an MSc. In Food Science & Engineering and a PhD in Biotechnology from ETH Zürich and is fluent in 5 languages. In his free time he enjoys roaming the Swiss Alps.

Ulf Köster, Solution Director for Product Innovation, Development and Commercialization Solutions at Oracle EMEA

Ulf Köster is the Solution Director for Product Innovation, Development and Commercialization Solutions, Oracle EMEA. He is responsible for the co-ordination of all product development, application sales and business development activities for Oracle’s Innovate - Develop - Commecialize Solutions across the EMEA region. Ulf started working for Oracle in the Solution Consulting area in 1998. Since then, he has worked with many clients from manufacturing, process and services industries to build, shape and position the appropriate solution, from Oracle Applications through Oracle Middleware, Database, and Cloud. He has delivered millions of dollars of business improvement to clients.

Gerald Law, Chief Executive at Innovation DB

Gerald has a background in Management Consultancy and academia. A London Business School alumnus, with a Doctorate from Oxford University, he has experience of several start-ups and their exits, with considerable experience in building company executive boards, which has led him to sit on VC investment committees, among other roles.

He established the UK Innovation Forum eight years ago, which morphed into Innovation Database (DB) over time, in response to feedback from members. Today the company’s four areas of activity cover its community, its reports, its events and the database itself – easily the biggest of its kind in the world, used by scores of multinational companies for the sourcing of novel technology.

David Page, Former Executive Director of Transformation, Visa Europe & Founder at Business Mix

David is currently the founder and CEO of Business Mix an emerging innovation and collaboration network that is supporting corporates to innovate and helping start up / scale up organisations to effectively grow operationally. Business Mix is based in London and Singapore and has clients in Financial Services, Engineering, Sports Tech and New IT Platforms.

David has worked at and with large corporates for 25 years, with the last 14 years in leadership and executive positions at Barclays, Capita and Visa Europe in COO and transformational roles. His key areas of experience are:

  • Delivering Successful Change - Successful delivery of change programmes, ranging from major outsourcing programmes, complex systems integrations and at Visa delivering three new service lines (wallet, mobile and loyalty), managing teams of 200+ and budgets of 100m +. He excels at quickly building multi disciplinary teams and creating results through exceptional collaboration and clarity of outcome
  • Operational - COO in a range of environments including Barclays Home Finance, Capita Financial Group and Visa Europe’s Digital Business Unit
  • Co Founding and Operationally establishing Visa Europe Collab - Creating the strategy for and establishing a stand alone innovation hub based in three sites across Europe and head quartered in Shoreditch, London

Vikram Kumar Singla, Strategy and Marketing Director at Oracle

Vikram is Strategy and Marketing Director for Manufacturing Industries, UK. He is responsible for leading the go-to-market strategy for Oracle Cloud, for these sectors, as well as delivering manufacturing sector transformation thought leadership. He helps CFOs/COOs leverage technology to deliver better outcomes for their businesses.

He has over 20 years’ experience in the software sector including deploying Supply Chain transformations for Fortune 500 firms. Vikram has an MBA from Warwick Business School and graduated from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Delhi, India.

Natalie Turner, Innovation & Change Specialist, Founder & CEO at The Entheo Network, Singapore

Author, Keynote speaker and innovation culture and skills specialist, Natalie Turner has been selected by CMO Asia and the World Federation of Marketing and Sustainability, as one of the top 50 female leaders in Asia. With over twenty years of experience in the field of innovation and leadership development, Natalie is the Founder and CEO of The Entheo Network innovation company, and has worked for and consulted with some of the world’s leading organisations including Cisco Systems, LEO Pharma Asia, Kellogg’s and Singapore Airlines. Through a range of projects, her organisation has helped them to build innovation systems, culture and capabilities as well as generating new ideas to help them grow their teams and businesses. Natalie is also an international speaker on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership and has spoken at a range of corporate and industry conferences, universities and events such as BLINK_Live and TEDx Singapore. She is also the Founder of Women who Lead, a coaching and luxury retreat service for women in leadership positions.

Natalie is the author of Yes, You Can Innovate: Discover your innovation strengths and develop your creative potential, published by Pearson in March 2018 The book was selected as "Book of the Month" in both the UK and Singapore and has been submitted for a number of book awards. She is also the inventor of the 6 ‘I’s of Innovation®, an integrated methodology that combines design thinking and organisational development with a strengths assessment tool that helps individuals and teams measure their innovation skills. The Entheo Network is currently scaling The 6 'I's® of Innovation across the world through an international network of innovation and leadership development facilitators and consultants. Natalie has three degrees; a BA Hons in Politics & Legislative studies, an MSc in Economics and Social Psychology and an MBA. From London, Natalie now lives in Malaysia and works in Singapore, across Asia and around the world.

Danny Wootton, Head of Innovation at ISS at Ministry of Defence

Danny joined MoD as Head of Innovation for ISS on 1st August 2016, working with the ISS teams and the broader defence community to create a proactive, repeatable and agile innovation model for ICT across MoD.

The ISS Innovation team are responsible for: technology scouting & horizon scanning, partner & SME engagements to leverage innovation from industry across all sectors, running internal & external innovation challenges & hackathons and the management of innovation activities such as an innovation radar and funnel. The Innovation Realisation part of the team are responsible for the delivery of Alpha and Beta projects and for ‘delivery readiness’ as projects are moved through to the delivery organisations. Other areas include creating innovative commercial models and practices for defence to improve our speed of response to the market.

Prior to joining MoD, Danny was Director of Internet of Things and Innovation at CGI. Previous roles have included creating and supporting a range of start-up businesses as well as director level positions in Solution and Product Management, Commercial Management, Product Marketing and Finance at Lucent Technologies and AT&T.

Danny has been married to Mary for 32 years. His interests include photography, music and motorsport. He plays football regularly and is a loyal Aston Villa despite the clubs ups and many downs.

Confirmed delegates include:

  • ABInbev
  • Adamant Namiki
  • Adecco
  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  • Arqiva
  • AstraZeneca
  • Blue Box Partners
  • BmyBit Ltd
  • BNP Paribas
  • Bridge Innovation Group
  • BT
  • Cisco
  • Crane Merchandising Systems Ltd
  • DLA Piper
  • EDF
  • Euroclear Group
  • First Friday Ltd
  • The Fivis Partnership
  • Guava Co.
  • J Murphy & Sons Ltd.
  • Koolmill Systems Limited
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Leading Edge Forum
  • Legomedic
  • LEMO
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Magna International
  • Make Easy Facilitation
  • M3-IP Ltd
  • Network Rail
  • Oracle
  • Pentland
  • PrescQIPP CIC
  • Probe Scientific Limited
  • PwC
  • RBS
  • RSSB
  • Schneider Electric
  • Sci-Tech Innovate Ltd
  • Seadrill
  • Sellafield Ltd
  • SGL Carbon GmbH
  • Skanska
  • Sony Depthsensing Solutions
  • Suntory
  • Syngenta
  • Tata Steel
  • Temenos
  • TTP
  • VITO


Generously sponsored by an Innovation DB corporate member. The event is free to attend, but places are limited and we will need to prioritise our subscribing members.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Event Partner

Oracle Proud member of the Innovation DB community


Event Location

Oracle, One South Place, London EC2M 2RB

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