Chairs & Speakers

Glenlegal is so lucky to have so many inspiring panels lead by our outstanding speakers.

Chairman: Rick Howell

Rick Howell currently serves as the Chief Information Officer at Perkins Coie, guiding the firm’s strategy in technology, security, project management, knowledge management, and research services across diverse global teams.  He is a collaborative leader who excels at aligning teams to develop and implement tangible solutions to business strategy. Rick brings more than 25 years… Continue reading Chairman: Rick Howell

Chairman: Mike Rebeiro

Mike is head of the firm’s digital and innovation advisory practice. His practice encompasses advising on the legal, regulatory and compliance risks of the investment in or deployment of new disruptive digital technologies and innovation projects. Mike has over 25 years’ experience of advising on the exploitation and use of new technologies and their business… Continue reading Chairman: Mike Rebeiro

Christel Aguila

Christel heads the firm’s IT department and has overall responsibility for IT Strategy, IT Business Continuity, Information and Data Security, the delivery of technological services and transformation projects to the business. She has been in the legal sector for nearly 20 years now and as early as 2003, Christel has been instrumental in developing and… Continue reading Christel Aguila

Mohammed Ajaz

Voted 2017 Hot100 Lawyer by the Lawyer Magazine MBA from Warwick University and MSc in Lean Enterprise from University of Buckingham. Keen interest in exploring Lean, Operational and Process Excellence in the legal market. Director for a number of National Grid companies and chair of National Grid’s employee inclusion network. Currently: Group Head of Legal… Continue reading Mohammed Ajaz

Rachel Barnes

Innovation Lead, Herbert Smith Freehills Rachel is the Innovation Lead for HSF, UK, US and EMEA.  She is responsible for driving the innovation agenda for the firm, focussing on clients, products & services, data and tech.  Rachel’s passion is for culture change, creating a creative mindset and environment, in which ideas can blossom. Rachel has… Continue reading Rachel Barnes

Douglas Caddell

Doug Caddell is Global CIO for Mayer Brown LLP.  Prior to leading Mayer Brown’s technology vision, he was CIO of Foley & Lardner LLP for 13 years.  During his tenure Foley was honored on fourteen occasions as a top technology innovator.   Mr. Caddell is a veteran law firm technology leader and internationally recognized speaker… Continue reading Douglas Caddell

Jane Challoner

Head of Tech Innovation at CMS Cameron McKennaNabarro Olswang LLP   Jane leads on researching, developing and implementing the CMS innovation strategy. In particular, the “Developers on Demand” aspect of CMS By Design. This service offers legal tech and operational consultancy to clients. She contributes to developing and sharing knowledge and best practices across the firm,… Continue reading Jane Challoner

Razvan Cretu

Razvan is Head of IT at CMS, a prestigious international law firm headquartered in London. He is responsible for leading the technology team whilst defining and implementing the future vision and IT strategy of the firm. With over 20 years IT experience, Razvan has a proven track record in delivering innovative and effective IT solutions… Continue reading Razvan Cretu

Shawn Curran

Shawn Curran, an Innovation Consultant at Freshfields, has earned the reputation within the industry for innovative thinking. Whether it’s working with legal tech vendors to evolve their product, or building internal systems that support digital transformation. He possesses a wealth of experience within the legal technology market having worked at both small and large firms,… Continue reading Shawn Curran

Sue Diver

Sue moved to the Legal Services arena when she joined Clarke Willmott in April 2016. Prior to that she spent most of her career within major financial services organisations creating holistic and cross-functional teams to provide strategic information security services and the provision of intelligent advice enabling the fulfilment of strategic business plans. Her most… Continue reading Sue Diver

Phil Dobson

Phil is Programme Manager at Addleshaw Goddard and has been with AG for nearly 4 years. He leads a team of Business Analysts and Project Managers to make change happen across AG. Phil has previous experience in the roll out of major branch network upgrades at HSBC, delivery of new insurance products and pricing structures… Continue reading Phil Dobson

David Fisher

David Fisher is the founder and CEO of Integra Ledger, which is the blockchain for the global legal industry, and one of the founders of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium, which is a standards-setting organization composed of over 190 major law firms, corporate legal departments, software companies, and universities. He is also a co-founder of the… Continue reading David Fisher

Ian Gilbert

Ian is the Pricing Director for Herbert Smith Freehills with responsibility for the development and execution of the firm’s pricing strategy globally. He leads a pricing function located across multiple geographies which provides pricing advisory, analytics, capability development and negotiation support to the firm’s partners and staff across all markets. The team works to develop… Continue reading Ian Gilbert

Hector Guinness

Hector focuses on small-cap technology investments as a member of Hg’s Mercury team. He joined Hg and the Mercury team in 2012 and has been involved with investments including Allocate, Evaluate, Trace One, Eucon, STP and Commify. He is currently a director on the board of Allocate Software, and observer on the board of Evaluate… Continue reading Hector Guinness

Nathan Hayes

Nathan Hayes is IT Director at Osborne Clarke, one of Europe’s most respected and dynamic law firms. With over 20 years of experience in the delivery, sourcing, strategic development and transformation of IT in the legal market, during that time he has provided these services to numerous law firms including CMS Cameron McKenna and Bevan… Continue reading Nathan Hayes

Chris Holder

Chris has worked in the IT sector since qualification in 1991 and was one of the first wave of specialist IT outsourcing lawyers in the UK, having worked for both IBM UK and Shaw Pittman in this role from the mid 1990s/early 2000s. He has advised suppliers and customers alike in relation to large scale,… Continue reading Chris Holder

Joanne Humber

For more than 20 years Joanne Humber has delivered IT training programmes to law firms and corporate legal departments across the world – initially through her own company and for 8 years as Director of Training for Phoenix Business Solutions.   Since leaving Phoenix in 2015 she has worked as an independent consultant, actively promoting… Continue reading Joanne Humber

Eric Hunter

Eric is a global futurist, speaker, and author. He is the Managing Director for the futurist consultancy Spherical Models, LLC and Chief Technology Officer for the US based law firm, Bradford & Barthel, LLP. Eric studies how the future of technology and human behavior continually evolve and intersect the globe over. Spherical Models teaches how… Continue reading Eric Hunter

Daniel Martin Katz

Daniel Martin Katz is a scientist, technologist and professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law – to help create lawyers for today’s biggest societal challenges.  Both his scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Professor Katz teaches at the Illinois Tech – Chicago Kent College of Law where here directs… Continue reading Daniel Martin Katz

Tony McKenna

I left school in Scotland at 16 and joined the South of Scotland Electricity Boards pre-privatisation, pre PC’s, pre email, pre mobile phones, pre www, pre google, and pre everything my kids and colleagues think are very important that we all take for granted today.   I’ve spent 20+ years working across the UK in… Continue reading Tony McKenna

Jo Owen

As CIO at Cripps, Jo is passionate about communicating and engaging with the business to understand the needs of the legal and support teams, and ensuring the right processes and systems are in place to deliver the best possible service to our clients. With over twenty years’ experience in the legal sector, working at firms of… Continue reading Jo Owen

Jonathan Patterson

Jonathan is known for innovation in the business of law with particular expertise in R&D and service design. As the Managing Director for DWF Ventures, he is responsible for the development of new ideas, the delivery of R&D priorities and providing support for early growth Connected Services. In a rapidly changing legal market he works… Continue reading Jonathan Patterson

Daniel Pollick

  Daniel Pollick is CIO of DWF, one of the most innovative and fastest growing law firms in the UK. Prior to his current role, Daniel was CIO and Director of Business Transformation at DLA Piper for more than 20 years. His early career was in consulting and the energy industry. He is a 1986… Continue reading Daniel Pollick

Andrew Powell

Andrew is Director of IT at Macfarlanes and is responsible for setting and implementing the firm’s IT and information security strategies.   Having originally trained as an architect, he has spent the last fifteen years leading legal technology teams in Edinburgh and London, joining Macfarlanes in 2016. A Chartered Fellow of the BCS, he is… Continue reading Andrew Powell

Wil Rockall

Wil has joined the team at Deloitte to focus on growing our Cyber presence in the TMT market and increasing the strength of our related industry alliances. He has over 20 years of experience, helping clients improve the way they understand and manage information risk. Much of Wil’s work has been focused on transforming security… Continue reading Wil Rockall

Barry Rodick

An ex IT professional turned Legal Operations owner, Barry started his career as Business Analyst for William Hill before joining Eversheds-Sutherland’s IT department helping the Practice Groups improve their processes and technology and then applied these skills to helping In-House teams (ranging from Global Tech distribution to Financial Services) support their legal transformation projects.  … Continue reading Barry Rodick

Chris Rowe

Christopher Rowe MA CGMA Programme Director – University of Leeds   Chris began his Finance career in 1997 and quickly became involved in large-scale technology-enabled change programmes in both the public and private sector that involved the implementation of SAP or Oracle alongside significant organisational change.   In 2010 Chris moved into consulting and formed… Continue reading Chris Rowe

Mari Sako

Mari Sako is Professor of Management Studies at Saïd Business School, and a Fellow of New College, University of Oxford. Her areas of expertise include global strategy, outsourcing and offshoring, and professional services. Her current research includes the globalization of legal services markets, and the impact of AI on legal business models https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/unlocking-potential-artificial-intelligence-english-law). She is… Continue reading Mari Sako

Alex Smith

Alex is Reed Smith’s Innovation Hub Manager working on the Innovation Hub & Innovation Hours programme at the firm. He heads up a physical and virtual programme of client-centric ideas-generation and rethinking of legal service design. Based in London, he manages activities in the Innovation Hub, Reed Smith’s space for co-creation with clients using service design… Continue reading Alex Smith

Martin Smith

With nearly 40 years’ experience in the security and crime prevention industries, Martin Smith is a well-known, colourful and highly respected personality in the information assurance and cyber security world. He is an established and successful businessman and philanthropist, communicator, visionary, and internationally recognised author, speaker and (latterly) blogger on his passion of improving online… Continue reading Martin Smith

Hayley Stallard

Hayley is Director of Legal Operations & Innovation for Sky UK Legal. She has held this role since November 2017, alongside her role as Director of Legal for Customer Operations, IP and Data Protection. As a member of Sky’s Legal Leadership Team, Hayley supports Sky’s UK and Group General Counsels in ensuring that Sky Legal… Continue reading Hayley Stallard

Donny Surtani

Donny is a partner in the firm’s commercial litigation practice in London.  He acts for financial institutions and corporates in litigation before the English courts and elsewhere, and in arbitration under various institutional rules. He has extensive experience of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters and is a key member of our India Disputes team. As a… Continue reading Donny Surtani

Georgina Thorpe

Georgina recently joined Herbert Smith Freehills as Pricing Manager in the Disputes Practice with responsibility for the UK, US and EMEA. In this role she works closely with partners and the global business development team to ensure all bids, proposals, rates reviews, pricing analysis and terms for the disputes practice are both economically viable for… Continue reading Georgina Thorpe

Richard Tomlinson

Richard Tomlinson is BLPs Head of Knowledge Architecture and Systems, responsible for the design, implementation and ongoing management of the Firm’s Knowledge Architecture, enabling partners and lawyers to store, manage and find information and knowledge in a way that is quick, targeted and easy.  The firmwide Knowledge Architecture and Knowledge Systems support effective legal work… Continue reading Richard Tomlinson

Maurice Tunney

Maurice Tunney is the Directory of Technology and Innovation at challenger law firm Keystone Law. Keystone is a firm that uses technology and modern working practices to drive productivity and deliver results – they are structured differently, operate differently and think differently. Keystone has grown from a start-up to the leading law firm of its… Continue reading Maurice Tunney

Bas Boris Visser

Bas Boris Visser is Clifford Chance’s Global Head of Innovation and Business Change and a Partner in the Financial Markets Group and Co-Managing Partner of the Amsterdam office. He plays a leading role in the strategy of the firm to be a frontrunner when it comes to developing new technology-based solutions, introducing new roles and… Continue reading Bas Boris Visser

Kerry Westland

Kerry is responsible for driving the use of technology and developing solutions to deliver a wide range of legal work across the firm. She set up and manages the Innovation and Legal Technology team who focus solely on the application of existing and new technologies. Kerry is a new breed of lawyer at the forefront… Continue reading Kerry Westland

Stuart Whittle

Stuart is a qualified lawyer by trade, having practiced law as a professional indemnity lawyer from 1995. He has been a partner at Weightmans since 2002.  During 2003, Stuart become involved in Weightmans’ IT, designing, developing and rolling out case management systems across the firm. In 2005 Stuart took on responsibility for Weightmans’ IT department… Continue reading Stuart Whittle