IRM UK Speakers

Our carefully selected presenters have superior technical knowledge, teaching skills and a wide range of practical business experience. They are some of the most influential technologists, methodologists and original thinkers in IT today.

Seminar Speakers
Conference Speakers

James ArcherJames Archer

James Archer has worked in many different application areas using the Volere approach. He has always managed to come up with innovative solutions to the business problems, ones that have proved to be cheaper to implement and provide greater customer satisfaction in the long-term. He has always taken the approach of discovering the essence of the business problem before leaping into technical solutions, and customers provide glowing references to James's skills. James also speaks on various aspects of Business Analysis to organisations across the UK including running popular workshops at the Government IT Profession Conference. He is a co-founder of the Business Change Special Interest Group of the BCS.

In 2009, James was awarded 'The Business Analyst of the Year' IT Industry Award.

Mastering Business Analysis

"Very interesting and confirmed my beliefs of what a BA should be doing."

Kelly Newnham, Business Analyst, Scottish & Southern Energy

"Very good explanations when questions aired. Lots of real life examples too."

Claire Pearson, Business Process Analyst, AQA

Jason BloombergJason Bloomberg, ZapThink

Jason Bloomberg is President of ZapThink, a Dovèl Technologies Company. He is a thought leader in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture, and Cloud Computing, and helps organizations around the world better leverage their IT resources to meet changing business needs. He is a frequent speaker, prolific writer, and pundit.

Mr. Bloomberg is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovèl Technologies in August 2011. His book,  Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation.

Mr. Bloomberg has a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting). He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996)

Roger Burlton Roger Burlton, Process Renewal Group

Roger T Burlton is the co-founder of BPTrends Associates, founder of Process Renewal Group and the author of 'Business Process Management: Profiting from Process'. He is considered an industry leader in the introduction of innovative approaches for organizational change. He is recognized internationally for his contributions in Business Process Management, Stakeholder Analysis, Strategic Architecture Alignment, Prototyping and people based Project Management Methodologies. He is regarded as a realistic practitioner, who delivers pragmatic solutions for his clients. An exceptional speaker, he has chaired several high profile conferences on Advanced Business and Information Management around the world, including the IRM's annual BPM Europe event. To date, he has conducted over six hundred seminars and has presented to over forty thousand professionals. His seminars have been translated for diverse audiences around the globe.

Building and Using a Business Process Architecture

"The course was excellent. It has greatly broadened my knowledge of Business Process Architecture."

Dr Colin Hand, Information Architect

"Excellent course. Roger really is an expert in this field and the course provided the right balance of theory and practical examples. There was lots of interaction to help you practice the techniques and some real quick wins you can take and use straight away."

Wendy Gell, Principal Business Analyst, Skandia

Jeroen Derynck Jeroen Derynck

Jeroen Derynck is a seasoned program manager with a proven track record in business/IT and IT transformation projects. He holds a degree in Interpretation and an additional master in communications and media. As an Enterprise 2.0 strategist he has guided companies to thrive in the "networked society". Jeroen consults, writes and lectures about the information workplace, web/enterprise 2.0 and IT-enabled innovation with a specific focus on the relationships between IT, strategy, communications and Human Resources. When implementing programs, he centers on implementing communication tools that enhance information exchange and stimulate creative interactions between business and IT in a climate of empowerment and community building. He was co-author of the book "business/IT fusion: beyond Alignment..."

Successfully Aligning Business and IT

"A well presented seminar. Adding value to developing practical alignment approaches, provoking thought, and giving excellent tools and learning to take home with. Very professionally conducted."

Mr Timo Koponen, CIO, Altia Plc

"A lively and enlightening seminar that revealed some very practical tips on aligning IT to the business. I learnt some effective ways that business and IT can work together towards a single goal of creating solutions that add value. This seminar exceeded my expectations."

Leighton Keenan, ICT Manager, Bron Afon Community Housing

Ellen GottesdienerEllen Gottesdiener

Ellen Gottesdiener, Founder and Principal with EBG Consulting, is an internationally recognized facilitator, coach, trainer, and speaker. She is an expert in Agile product and project management practices, product envisioning and roadmapping, business analysis and requirements, retrospectives, and collaboration. Ellen works with global clients and speaks at numerous industry conferences. She is a Certified Professional Facilitator and a Certified Scrum Master. In addition to co-authoring Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis, with Mary Gorman, Ellen is author of two acclaimed books: Requirements by Collaboration and The Software Requirements Memory Jogger.

Jan HenderyckxJan Henderyckx

Jan Henderyckx is a highly rated consultant, speaker and author who has been active in the field of Information Management and Relational Database Management since 1986.

He has presented, moderated and taught workshops at many international conferences and User Group meetings worldwide. Jan's experiences, combined with information architecture and management expertise, have enabled him to help many organisations to optimise the business value of their information assets.

He is a Director of the Belgium and Luxembourg chapter of DAMA (Data Management Association) and runs the Belgian Information Governance Council.

He has published articles in many leading industry journals, and has been elected to the IDUG Speakers Hall of Fame, based upon numerous Best Speaker awards.

Defining and Executing Your Information Strategy

Steve HobermanSteve Hoberman

Steve Hoberman is a world-recognized innovator and thought-leader in the field of data modelling. He has worked as a business intelligence and data management practitioner and trainer since 1990, and is a popular and frequent presenter at industry conferences, both nationally and internationally. Steve is a columnist and frequent contributor to industry publications, as well as the author of Data Modeler's Workbench and Data Modeling Made Simple. He is the founder of the Design Challenges group and inventor of the Data Model Scorecard™.

Data Modelling Fundamentals
Data Modelling Masterclass

"Steve's expertise and enthusiasm made it a great course."

Nicola Askham, Senior Consultant, Glue Reply

"Excellent for building foundation knowledge on data modelling. Excellent presenter. Kept the focus of the presentation."

Veronica Suta, BI & DW Consultant, Oracle Romania

"IRM courses are always taught by top professionals. In this case it was Steve Hoberman for the Data Modelling Masterclass. Even though I am a seasoned data modeler I walked out of the course with new techniques and concepts to aid in my daily work activities. Steve Hoberman is indeed an international thought leader in this area and I recommend his classes highly."

Angelo R Bobak, Director, Business Intelligence, Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Inc.

"Excellent speaker. Used various examples. Good stuff."

Adebukonla Onabadejo, NSPIS Custody System Analyst, National Policing Improvement Agency

Chris PottsChris Potts, Dominic Barrow

Chris Potts works with people around the world as a hands-on practitioner and mentor, and has been called 'the world's leading thinker on IT investments'. He is the author of two books - “FruITion: Creating the Ultimate Corporate Strategy for Information Technology”, and “RecrEAtion: Realizing the Extraordinary Contribution of Your Enterprise Architects”. Chris has over 25 years’ experience in corporate, business and IT strategies, Enterprise Architecture, investing in change, and delivery.

He is an award-winning speaker, delivering seminars and conference keynotes worldwide. Chris has also given guest lectures on CIO strategies at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and on Enterprise Architecture at the IT University of Copenhagen. He has been hailed as an expert in his field by, is a member of the Strategic Planning Society, and judges ‘CIO of the year’ awards in both the USA and the Middle East.

The Corporate Strategy for IT

"Met all of my objectives. Very clear expectations."

Gordon Barnett, CTO, LCH Clearnet

"Highly professional and interactive, driving very good discussions."

Stephane Chatal, IS Global Programs Director, Reckitt Benckiser

James Robertson, Atlantic Systems GuildJames Robertson, Atlantic Systems Guild

James Robertson is a consultant, teacher, author, project leader whose area of concern is the requirements for products, and the contribution that good requirements make to successful projects. James is a leading proponent of the principle of introducing innovation into the requirements process. His controversial article "Eureka: Why Analysts Should Invent Requirements" in IEEE Software has provoked much discussion and has been widely quoted.

Before becoming a systems engineer, James trained as an architect and his experience in that profession provides inspiration for his work on innovation and creativity. He is co-author of Mastering the Requirements Process, Second Editions (Addison-Wesley 2006), Requirements-Led Project Management (Addison-Wesley 2005) and the Volere approach to requirements engineering. He is also a founder of The Atlantic Systems Guild, a think tank known for its innovative systems engineering techniques.

Mastering the Requirements Process

"The course, and our instructor James Robertson were fantastic. Actually the point is that James is not just an instructor delivering a generic course syllabus, he and Suzanne authored the text book, and designed the course but, most importantly, they have real world experience helping countless organisations to master the difficult process of gathering, analysing and documenting requirements. Myself and my team came back from the course filled with enthusiasm and ideas of how to improve - testament to the course and James! I would recommend this course without hesitation."

Nick Collins, First Rate

"Inspirational. Able to provide lots of examples to demonstrate theories and practices."

Zoey Moore, Business Project Manager, Aegon UK Services

Mike Rosen Mike Rosen, Wilton Consulting Group

Mike Rosen is Chief Scientist at Wilton Consulting Group, which provides expert consulting in Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture, and Model Driven Solutions. Mr. Rosen is also Director of Enterprise Architecture for the Cutter Consortium, Editorial Director for SOA Institute, and a founding member of the Business Architecture Guild. His current emphasis is on the implementation of Enterprise and Business Architecture and programs. He has years of experience in the architecture and design of applications for global corporations and 20+ years of product development experience for distributed technologies including DCE, CORBA, DCOM, J2EE, Web Services, Transaction Processing, and Messaging. Mr. Rosen is an internationally recognized speaker and author of several books including Applied SOA: Architecture and Design Strategies.

Ronald RossRonald Ross, Business Rule Solutions

Ronald G. Ross is a Principal of Business Rule Solutions, LLC. Mr. Ross is also Co-Founder and Executive Editor of, home of the Business Rules Journal. He has authored eight professional books over his 35-year career, including Business Rule Concepts (3rd ed., 2009) and Principles of the Business Rule Approach (Addison-Wesley, 2003). He is Chair of the annual Business Rules Forum, part of the Building Business Capabilities (BBC) event, the official conference of the IIBA. He was a charter member of the Business Rules Group in the 1980's and editor of its two landmark papers, Business Motivation Model (on business strategy and business rules) and the Business Rules Manifesto. He is also active in the OMG standards development for business vocabulary, business rules, and decision models. Mr. Ross is internationally recognized as the "father of business rules."

Business Rules and Decision Analysis Masterclass

"Interactive. Listens. Provides real life examples."

Colin Woods, Technical Architect, Virgin Mobile

Alex SharpAlec Sharp, Clariteq Systems Consulting

Alec Sharp has managed his consulting and education business, Clariteq Systems Consulting Ltd., for close to 30 years. Serving clients from Ireland to India, and Washington to Wellington, Alec's expertise includes facilitation, strategy development, data management, business analysis, and business process improvement. He conducts workshops and conference presentations on these topics globally, consistently receiving "excellent" ratings. Alec is the author of the recently-released second edition of "Workflow Modeling" (Artech House, 2008) which is widely used as a university text and is a best-seller in the field.

Working with Business Processes: Discovery, Assessment, Mapping, Analysis and Design

"Excellent! Great knowledge and teaching style."

Peter Jarvis, JP Morgan, Executive Director - Lead Business Architect

"Alec Sharp's 'Working with Business Processes' seminar is highly engaging, insightful and informative. It is applicable to all business roles, ranging from front-line to senior executive, due to its pragmatic approach to define, design and implement workflow and process improvement at all organizational levels to facilitate business transformation.
The seminar also explores the fundamentals of business process analysis in correlation to organizational strategy, change and performance management which results in a holistic understanding of linkages and interdependencies. I recommend this seminar unequivocally."

Navneet Bhandal, M.Sc., Principal, Paradigm Change Consulting Inc., Toronto, Canada

Rick van der LansRick van der Lans

Rick F. van der Lans is an independent consultant, author and lecturer specialising in business intelligence, data warehousing and database technology. He is the Managing Director of R20/Consultancy. Rick has advised many large companies worldwide on defining their data warehouse architectures. He is the chairman of the European BI and Data Warehousing Conference (organised annually in London), and a columnist for two major newspapers in the Benelux, and he writes regularly for the B-eye-Network.

New Technologies and Architectures for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence

"Attendance at the Seminar is essential for anybody looking for advice, direction or best practice for BI and DW projects. The speakers were extremely knowledgeable about their speciality subjects and I now feel armed with unbiased and useful information that will really help my projects and decision making going forward."

Guy Harvey, Compass Group Plc

Kate Stuart-Cox Andy Wilkins, Perspectiv LLP

Andy Wilkins has more than 20 years' experience helping people, teams and organizations significantly improve their performance.  He has delivered more than 450 programs, workshops and coaching sessions for international companies in 11 countries. In 1997, Andy co founded Perspectiv, a research, consulting and training company specializing in the use of creative problem solving, strategy, leadership, and team development methodologies to help change and growth.  Before that, he worked for 16 years at international IT companies as director of innovation and change, business unit managing director and director of strategy and marketing.  Andy is also an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School in London on various MBA and MSc courses on innovation and management.  He is currently working with the Business School on the delivery of the new master's program in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership.  Andy is researching the leadership approach necessary for dealing with “wicked problems” to help organizations better understand how to get the most from their methods.

Selvyn WrightSelvyn Wright

Selvyn Wright Is a professional trainer with over 17 years of experience teaching technology and analysis, design and architecture methodology.  He has taught TOGAF for over 5 years.  During this time he has taught over 450 students with a certification pass of approximately 99%.  His clients include Barclays Capital, Atos, Network Rail, Logica, Ericson, BAE and MBDA.  Previous to this, Selvyn was a Graduate Training Programme Lecturer at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and a Technical CORBA Architect at NATS. 

John ZackmanJohn Zachman, Zachman International

John A. Zachman is the originator of the "Framework for Enterprise Architecture" which has received broad acceptance around the world as an integrative framework, or "periodic table" of descriptive representations for Enterprises. He is not only known for this work on Enterprise Architecture, but is also known for his early contributions to IBM's Information Strategy methodology as well as to their Executive team planning techniques.

Mr. Zachman retired from IBM in 1990, having served them for 26 years. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Zachman Institute for Framework Advancement (ZIFA), an organization dedicated to advancing the conceptual and implementation states of the art in Enterprise Architecture. He also operates his own education and consulting business, Zachman International.

Zachman Enterprise Architecture: Modelling Workshop Zachman Certification

"Lots of energy and enthusiasm. Passionate."
Simon Bathie, Group IS Programme Plan Manager, MBDA UK

"He designed the Framework. Nobody can deliver the same quality of lecture as John."
Kitty Hung, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Metropolitan Police Service


"Best instructor of any course I have ever been on."

Trish Daniells, Designer, AA

"Superb. Really well paced and easy to understand."

Peter Herring, Systems Analyst, Capstone Mortgage Services

"He designed the Framework. Nobody can deliver the same quality of lecture as John."

Kitty Hung, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Metropolitan Police Service

"Suzanne's experience and enthusiasm was infectious."

Eve Finney, Business Analyst, ING Direct

"Excellent style and level of knowledge."

Damian Ward, Solutions Architect, LINK Interchange Network

"It was of the highest quality. Maintained a good balance between informing and giving examples to work out."

Sue McCahy, Information Analyst, Ministry of Defence

"One of the best and most relevant I"ve been on. Knowledgeable, great style and good sense of humour."

Ian Birdsey, Head of IS Customer Relationships, Co-operative Financial Services

"Extremely knowledgeable on topic and explains it really well."

Ann Brigdale, Data Quality Lead Specialist, Nationwide Building Society

"Very relevant to my role. Can"t wait to apply it and "sell" it within my company. Completely inspiring!"

Karen Willis, Business Analyst, Lloyds TSB

"Steve was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, humourous and a great instructor."

Jacqueline Tomlinson, Data Analyst, Pension Protection Fund

"Very knowledgeable, created easy atmosphere and added humour!"

Heather McCracken, Software Research Engineer, NCR

"Intense. Thought provoking!"

Iain Roy, General Manager, Service Management, Nuffield Hospitals

"Lots of energy and enthusiasm. Passionate."

Simon Bathie, Group IS Programme Plan Manager, MBDA UK

"Engaging and charismatic."

Mark Luxton, Systems Manager, Bank of Scotland Treasury