STEM Sumit supported by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. 5th - 6th October 2016, IP EXPO Europe, ExCeL London


Hear from TV Personalities and experts Maggie Philbin and Johnny Ball, the Vice President of IET, Professor Will Stewart and HPE’s newly appointed Managing Director UK&I, Marc Waters. Dr Sue Black is chairing this panel to discuss STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), the future of STEM and the current skills gap within education.


Location: Sunborn Yacht London

Date: 5th October

Time: 11:45 - 14:00

Marc Waters

UKI Managing Director and Vice President, Enterprise Group UKI, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Marc is the UK and Ireland Managing Director for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. 

Marc joined HP in November 1999 and was appointed a Vice President for Enterprise Group in the UKI in March 2013. 

As UKI Managing Director, Marc is responsible for all country operations and oversees a portfolio that spans services, cloud and IT infrastructure including storage, networking and servers. 

As Vice President of UKI Enterprise Group, Marc is also responsible for all aspects of sales and customer account management for Enterprise Group as well as managing the end to end P&L for a business that spans storage, servers and networking. 

Previously Marc has held key positions for HP including Enterprise Services sales director for the UK Public Sector, Enterprise Group’s server country manager, chief of staff to the UK Managing Director and a number of sales management roles.

Marc holds a Masters in Business Administration from Henley Business School. He has five children and is keen on road cycling, football, politics and economics.

Maggie Philbin


TV presenter and Patron of the Daphne Jackson STEM trust 

Maggie Philbin is a panel member of the Haringey STEM Commission and a patron of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing.

In 2009, Philbin featured as a speaker at the London branch of Girl Geek Dinners at their 4-year anniversary event. At this event she put forward her support and encouragement for women in the IT sector saying, "It's not about moaning about the negative side of things – tonight is about flagging up the things that really are making a difference for women, and looking at what we can change to make a difference. We are anxious to move forward."

She is a patron of the National Osteoporosis Society and was invited by the IOF to sit on the Women leaders panel in Brussels in 2008. She is also a patron of the Daphne Jackson Trust helping scientists, engineers and technologists return to work after a career break, and she is a panel member of the New Engineering Foundation. 

In July 2012 she was awarded the degree Honorary Doctor of Technology by De Montfort University for services to the world of science and technology. In November 2012 Princess Anne presented her with the award for Communication and Outreach in the 2012 WISE Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards.

In March 2014 she was elected president of the IED in recognition of her ongoing work to support and promote science, technology and engineering and in June 2016 she won Computer Weekly's most influential woman in UK IT 2016 award.



Technology Evangelist, Digital Skills Expert, Social Entrepreneur

Chair of the Panel

Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today. An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, social entrepreneur and public speaker Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, much of which was realised through the use of social media, capitalising upon technology as a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s technological legacy. Sue’s book about the campaign Saving Bletchley Park, was one of the fastest crowdfunded book in history taking less than five days to be funded, and is now on sale.

Sue is a passionate advocate for more women in tech, and has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. This led to her founding BCSWomen the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empower mums and their families through technology. Sue has also recently appeared in the BBC Three documentary Girls Can Code, encouraging and mentoring young women into the tech industry. Sue is also an academic with 20+ years’ experience with more than 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering to her name.

Professor Will Stewart FREng CEng FIET FInstP


Vice President of IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology)

Professor Stewart has been a member of the IET Communication Policy Panel since its creation in November 2002 and Chairman since June 2008.

Previously the Chief Scientist at Marconi with wide interests in technologies from communications to bio sensing, he was educated at Imperial College (Physics).  His personal interests have been in optical fibre communications and optoelectronics. 

Recent interests include microstructured photonic materials (photonic crystals), optical slow-wave structures, nanomechanical systems and the application of various optical, semiconductor and acoustic technologies to medicine, particle physics and industrial processes.  

He is a visiting Professor at UCL and at the ORC at Southampton. He is author on some 64 conference and journal papers, including many invited papers, and on 48 patents.  He is a member of the editorial advisory board for the journal 'Science'.

Johnny Ball 


TV Personality and Maths Populariser 

Hear from science and maths broadcaster Johnny Ball, who has been popularising science and maths for more than three decades.

The BAFTA-winner’s programmes have included Think of a Number, Play School, Play Away, and The Great Egg Race, he has written eight books, supplied voice-overs for major companies all over the world, and received numerous medals, awards and honorary doctorates.


11:45 Arrival/Welcome refreshments

12:00 Introduction by panel

12:20 Panel discussion (suggested content below)

  • Who should take the most responsibility for addressing the skills gap; the Government, educators, businesses or parents?
  • Does the solution to this skills gap start with addressing the existing curriculum within schools?
  • To what extent is the STEM skills gap already impacting on organisations’ ability to grow?
  • What more can be done to encourage more girls into STEM higher education and careers?
  • Is this a problem that is likely to get worse before it gets better?
  • What has traditionally stopped younger people from entering into STEM education and careers and is the outlook brighter?
  • What are the risks for UK businesses if the skills gap is not addressed?
  • How far, if at all, is the UK behind in regard to the skills of its workforce?

12:55 Q&A

13:10 Lunch 

14:00 End

Q. Why should my business be interested in HPE’S Summit Lunch?

A. The STEM skills gap in the UK is well documented and there are indications that it will continue to impact the rate of economic recovery. The Summit will give attendees the opportunity to hear direct from leaders in each of the disciplines of STEM regarding both the cause and extent of the problems and what steps are needed to address them.

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