Technology Council

Continuing to foster the strongest digital tech community in the UK.

About the council

The BIMA Tech Council reformed and restarted in 2019 under new co-chairs who drastically reduced the size of the council to expedite the definition of new core principles and creation of value for BIMA members. Their mission is to assemble and invigorate the UK’s current and future tech leaders. Their vision for 2020 is that we will forge a diverse and dynamic UK-wide tech community and provide a collaborative forum for sharing skills and lessons learned.


Alastair Cole, Innovation speaker, writer & judge

For two decades Alastair has delivered digital innovation for brands including Google, Apple, E.ON, Tesco and Barclays. Over the years he’s built numerous rapid prototypes, provided 2048-bit military-level encryption, and helped three independent agencies to successful acquisition through the development of proprietary technology.

At ENGINE, Alastair drives projects through the agency’s prototype studio, building solutions for clients in weeks rather than months. Before ENGINE he was a Partner at Essence and Head of the Creative Services Practice EMEA.

He’s won awards for technology and innovation from Econsultancy, BIMA, Ocean Outdoor and the IPA, and is a judge for Campaign, the DMA and The Big Chip.

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Lindsay Herbert, Global Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Garage GBS

Lindsay Herbert is an IBM Inventor, as well as the Global Chief Innovation Officer for IBM Garage GBS. In addition to creating innovations for IBM itself, Lindsay works with Garage teams around the world to devise and deliver real innovations that grow revenue and deliver lasting impacts for major organizations across every sector.

Her most recent invention is the IBM Instant Checkout, a revolutionary innovation for retail. This ground-breaking technology has resulted in international media coverage, including BBC World News and a segment on BBC Click.

Lindsay is also the author of Digital Transformation, a Bloomsbury business book that has received international praise for its practical framework on how to drive major change through innovation at enterprise scale.

A sought-after innovation speaker, Herbert’s core message is that real digital transformation is about learning to become more adaptive to change itself. Success comes from the ability to react to the small and early signs of change, leveraging data, technology and new ways of working along the way.

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