Is the UK ready for the future of compute?

22 June 2022 – 14:00 – 16:30

Please note that due to the impact of the national rail strikes on transport in and around London in the week of 20-26 June this event will now be online only. 

Join techUK and leading industry stakeholders for a half-day conference exploring the convergence of cloud services with high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, and quantum technologies. 

Cloud services offer a significant route to market for capital-intensive capabilities like machine learning and supercomputing, making it easier for organisations across the UK to unlock the power of data and solve the toughest challenges of the years ahead.

The convergence of cloud computing with HPC, AI and quantum is also democratising access to deep tech and empowering a broader range of organisations with powerful data-driven insights and problem-solving capabilities.

At this exciting juncture, where these technologies could accelerate digital transformation and be a catalyst for research and innovation, identifying new areas of commercial opportunity could make the UK a significant world leader in next generation computing.

But what does this mean for our innovation ecosystem, and are UK businesses and workers ready to harness the power of these technologies?


14:00 - Sue Daley, Director of Tech and Innovation at techUK

14:05 - Chris Philp MP, Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Opening remarks 

14:15 - Dr Ilana Wisby, Founder & CEO of Oxford Quantum Circuits

The transformative potential of quantum computing and quantum-as-a-service (QaaS) as a route to commercialisation.

14:35 - Michael Gleaves, Deputy Director at the Hartree Centre

Accelerating adoption of HPC, AI and quantum computing by UK industry

15:00 - Panel Session – Is the UK ready for the future of compute? 

Adrian Lovell, CTO for HPE UK, Brett StClair, Co-Founder of, David Snelling, Program Director of  Artificial Intelligence at Fujitsu UK, Professor Tom Rodden, Chief Scientific Advisor at DCMS, and Sue Daley, Director of Tech & Innovation at techUK

  • Where are HPC, quantum, AI, and cloud converging to develop new use cases and how can industry and government work together to further develop this market?
  • What is the role of cloud in our innovation ecosystem and how can the UK harness the potential of cloud to be a catalyst for R&D?
  • How can we ensure this broader and more accessible innovation ecosystem is underpinned by sound ethical principles and trusted, secure, and portable data?
  • How do we ensure the UK workforce has the skills and knowledge to identify opportunities to leverage these technologies and add value to their organisations?
  • Is the UK’s data policy supportive of R&D conducted in the cloud?

16:00 - Adrian Bradley, Head of Cloud Transformation at KPMG

Closing remarks

This conference builds on the ongoing work of techUK’s cloud computing programme and quantum commercialisation campaign and looks ahead to the “future of compute” review announced in the Chancellor’s Spring Statement.

Sue Daley

Sue Daley

Director, Technology and Innovation

Sue leads techUK's Technology and Innovation work.

This includes work programmes on cloud, data protection, data analytics, AI, digital ethics, Digital Identity and Internet of Things as well as emerging and transformative technologies and innovation policy. She has been recognised as one of the most influential people in UK tech by Computer Weekly's UKtech50 Longlist and in 2021 was inducted into the Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK Tech Hall of Fame. A key influencer in driving forward the data agenda in the UK Sue is co-chair of the UK government's National Data Strategy Forum. As well as being recognised in the UK's Big Data 100 and the Global Top 100 Data Visionaries for 2020 Sue has also been shortlisted for the Milton Keynes Women Leaders Awards and was a judge for the Loebner Prize in AI. In addition to being a regular industry speaker on issues including AI ethics, data protection and cyber security, Sue was recently a judge for the UK Tech 50 and is a regular judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards.

Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety. Before joining Symantec, Sue was senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Sue has an BA degree on History and American Studies from Leeds University and a Masters Degree on International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Birmingham. Sue is a keen sportswoman and in 2016 achieved a lifelong ambition to swim the English Channel.

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Laura Foster

Laura Foster

Head of Technology and Innovation, techUK

Laura is techUK’s Head of Programme for Technology and Innovation.

She supports the application and expansion of emerging technologies across business, including Geospatial Data, Quantum Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies.

Before joining techUK, Laura worked internationally in London, Singapore and across the United States as a conference researcher and producer covering enterprise adoption of emerging technologies. This included being part of the strategic team at London Tech Week.

Laura has a degree in History (BA Hons) from Durham University, focussing on regional social history. Outside of work she loves reading, travelling and supporting rugby team St. Helens, where she is from.


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Chris Hazell

Programme Manager - Cloud, Tech and Innovation, techUK

Chris is the Programme Manager for Cloud, Tech and Innovation

Zoe Brockbank

Zoe Brockbank

Programme Coordinator, Policy, Tech and Innovation, techUK

Zoe is a Programme Assistant, supporting techUK's work across Policy, Technology and Innovation.

The team makes the tech case to government and policymakers in Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels and across the UK on the most pressing issues affecting this sector and supports the Technology and Innovation team in the application and expansion of emerging technologies across business, including Geospatial Data, Quantum Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies.

Before joining techUK, Zoe worked as a Business Development and Membership Coordinator at London First and prior to that Zoe worked in Partnerships at a number of Forex and CFD brokerage firms including Think Markets, ETX Capital and Central Markets.

Zoe has a degree (BA Hons) from the University of Westminster and in her spare time, Zoe enjoys travelling, painting, keeping fit and socialising with friends.

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