Speaker profile


  • Mr John Suffolk
    Global Cyber Security Officer


John is a seasoned Global Business Executive having been a CIO three times a Customer Services Director; an Operations Director and a Managing Director of a retail financial services organisation accountable for £20bn of assets and a profit of £100m pa. He has run most business functions including IT, Customer Services, Sales (retail, telephone, internet), marketing, mergers and acquisitions (23 of them), and Directed/led many projects and programmes up to £3bn in cost, 450,000 users with multi organisation (70 different companies) with very complex delivery and stakeholder chains.  

John recently retired from the UK Government after 7 years and did 5 years as Her Majesty’s Government CIO and CISO steering  £16bn IT budget per annum using 50,000 IT professionals (after outsourcing). He is credited with driving the most dramatic change across the UK Public Sector, since technology was first installed.  He brought together central (Federal), regional and local government into collegiately delivering a citizen and business transformation agendas across the whole UK Public Sector of 5.5 million people and serving 60 million UK citizens.

His collaborative, open and transparent approach with a results driven focus has helped him win the best UK Company for customer excellence, his work has been a winner of the best retail financial services transformation programme; and he has been IT innovator of the year. He has also been voted the most influential CIO by CBS and he has been ranked in the top 5 of the most influential people in technology behind Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

He is currently SVP and Global Cyber Security Officer at Huawei Technologies Ltd., a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider that operates in 150 countries and serves a third of the planets population.

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