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CIO Town Hall Live features Northumbrian Water and Johnson Matthey CIOs

Northumbrian Water CIO Nigel Watson and Johnson Matthey CIO Paul Coby are the expert speakers at the CIO Town Hall Live event on Wednesday 9 September 2020.

CIOs and fellow digital, technology and IT executives are invited to register to join the CIO Town Hall Live, an initiative by NS Tech and sister title CBR. The CIO Town Hall Live is a regular gathering for CIOs, CTOs and fellow technology executives to join a live interactive forum with their peers, hear from two leading CIOs, and engage with each other in group discussions, live Q&As with our speakers, and in private chats.

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Paul Coby, CIO of FTSE 100 sustainable technologies company Johnson Matthey, will take part in an interview with NS Media Group Technology Editor Edward Qualtrough, while Northumbrian Water CIO Nigel Watson will be in conversation with CBR Editor Ed Targett discussing the innovation festival he set up back in 2017.


Paul Coby has been CIO of Johnson Matthey since April 2018, and is a Non-Executive Director of Virgin Money, which also operates Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank. At Johnson Matthey, a FTSE 100 company which is a leader in sustainable technologies, the reputation of IT has never been higher and Coby’s function is driving the 200-year-old organisation’s plans to innovate using digital and data. Coby was previously IT Director of John Lewis and subsequently the first CIO of the John Lewis Partnership. He was CIO of British Airways for more than a decade.

A writer on Roman military history, Coby has also served as an NED or board member for Pets at Home, P&O Ferries and SITA, the airline joint venture technology services company.

Nigel Watson has been CIO at Northumbrian Water since October 2016, having previously worked in technology roles at Vodafone, Travelport, Microsoft and GE Capital. Northumbrian Water Group’s stated aim is to become the most digital water company in the world. Particularly passionate about innovation, Watson set up Northumbrian Water Group’s Innovation Festival in 2017 to build on the success of the organisation’s open door hackathons which brought together startups, suppliers, regulators and tech vendors to try and tackle the company and the sector’s biggest business, resilience, technology and environmental challenges. Northumbrian Water’s Innovation Festival 2020 will take place in the autumn over digital channels.


Johnson Matthey CIO Paul Coby interview
‘Innovation in digital and data at a 200-year-old sustainable technologies company’

Northumbrian Water CIO Nigel Watson interview
‘Opening the innovation floodgates’

Audience Q&A with Johnson Matthey CIO Paul Coby and Northumbrian Water CIO Nigel Watson

Previous speakers at NS Media Group’s CIO Town Hall Live event include British Army CIO Major General Jonathan Cole, and Parliamentary Digital Service CIO Tracey Jessup.

NS Media Group’s CIO Town Hall Live will be limited to CIOs and senior technology executives on the day of the event, but the sessions will subsequently be opened and made available on demand to all.

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