Harnessing Tech to Build Your Business

Harnessing Tech to Build Your Business

Join our expert panel working at the forefront of technology to find out more ab...

Join our expert panel working at the forefront of technology to find out more about harnessing tech to build your business. Hear from academic experts, technology providers and businesses successfully using the latest technology.


8:00-8:30 Registration, networking and breakfast served
8:30-8:35 Welcome & introduction from Lynne Robertson
8:35-8:50 Panel member introductions and presentations
8:50-9:15 Panel conversation, facilitated by Prof Ian Vandewalle
9:15-9:30 Q&A with attendees
9:30 Close of official event
9:30-10:00 Informal networking post-event

Speakers include Associate Professor David Reid from Liverpool Hope University's Computer Science Department, Managing Director Andy MacGregor from BT Local Business and Technical Director Steve Todd from Mashbo, more to be announced.

David Reid - Associate Professor at Liverpool Hope University's Computer Science Department

I am a Senior Lecturer in Computing. Having attained my Ph.D. in 1995, researching in the fields of intelligent agent systems and adapted hypertext systems, I joined a newly formed group at Liverpool University dedicated to developing and promoting innovative technological solutions for local businesses. After implementing the first electronic shopping mall in the U.K., I spent eight years providing technical leadership on many Internet and Intranet projects. These projects usually involved exploiting newly emergent technology - examples of utilisation of such technologies include: early experimentation with web-based signature recognition in 1996, a number of set top box applications for a large cable company, and novel biometric data storage and analysis. My current research interests are derived from experience gained in both my academic and industrial backgrounds, and include: web-based biometric security; agent based systems; genetic programming; and artificial intelligence (AI).

Andy MacGregor - Managing Director at BT Local Business

Andy MacGregor is an energetic leader in the telecommunications industry with extensive experience in driving sales growth for innovative business communication services.
Andy has been the Managing Director of BT Local Business represented by Branded Telecoms Ltd for 14 years now and has grown the business from a team of seven in 2003 to a 33 strong team now in 2018. During that time the business has evolved constantly with the BT Local Business now responsible for BT's SME customers across Liverpool Chester and North Wales.
Andy sees working as BT's primary partner in the area as having the best of both worlds, working with a great brand whilst also being a SME, and being able to be agile and customer centric, reacting quickly for its clients and BT.
Since the BT Local Business represented by Branded Telecoms Ltd in 2003 started it has won no fewer than 16 awards including Best Overall BT Partner four years, Customer Satisfaction Partner five years, and Sales Partner four years from a field of 40 BT Local Businesses nationally.
Prior to taking up the challenge in the BT Local Business Channel Andy was National Field Sales Manager for BT Business SME sector responsible for 106 team members.
Andy actively drives an engaged & collaborative culture, where teams are empowered , developed and motivated to be able to deliver their best.
Andy's partner Marie joined the company in 2005 and they have 5 children and a granddaughter between them and live in Ormskirk.

Steve Todd - Technical Director at Mashbo

An experienced project manager and natural digital problem solver, Steve is an expert in an extensive range of computer languages, frameworks and tools. He uses this expertise to push the boundaries of our technical ability, leading projects for global companies, SMEs and social enterprises, future proofing their businesses through automation and AI, as well as delivering business-transforming solutions for whole industries. A great communicator, Steve is also responsible for building client relationships, ensuring our projects deliver the best solutions on time and in budget. Committed to the future of the industry, Steve mentors students in the Computer Science Department at Liverpool University. He was also recently shortlisted in the Insider Young IT Professional Award 2018.

You can book your place online, email: events@liverpoolchamber.org.uk or call us now on 0151 227 1234

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