Silicon Solent: Local lifestyle, global career

Thursday 19 Febraury 2015


Grand Harbour Hotel, The Mayflower Suite, West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1AG

A Free entry networking event with Phil Pavitt and Jos Creese, the BCS President Elect

Book essential as limited numbers, so book yourself a place today, by email to, for this exciting seminar to hear first-hand from Specsavers' Global CIO and  the Hampshire County Council interim CDO about how the Solent is emerging as a new global IT hub.

 Under Phil Pavitt's leadership, Specsavers is implementing a cutting edge new global IT platform, with lots of recruitment into its IT nerve centre on the Solent coast to make it happen. It is one of many significant IT employers in the region, and Jos Creese, who is also BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, President Elect, will discuss how the Council and BCS is fully embracing this digital revolution. At this event you can network with industry leaders and learn about the world-class career opportunities in the idyllic surroundings of the south coast.

Hosted by IT Professionalism Director of BCS, The Chartered Institute for, Adam Thilthorpe, this interactive seminar will feature presentations from Phil Pavitt and Jos Creese alongside networking time to peruse a range of stands to learn more about the role of BCS and IT at Specsavers.

Event agenda

  • 6:00pm: Arrive and networking
  • 6:30pm: Phil Pavitt talk
  • 7:15pm: Networking and food
  • 8:00pm: Jos Creese talk
  • 8:45pm: Networking
  • 9:00pm: Close

Stand 1 - Specsavers' IT revolution

IT Commercial Director Louise McCarthy, Director of Global Service Delivery Murray Walding and Programme Manager Ecommerce Phil Williams will be on hand to discuss the digital revolution at Specsavers.

Stand 2 - Specsavers' major change programmes

Retail Director Jake Morton and Corporate IT Director Charlotte Light will give an overview of Oracle and Genesys.

Stand 3 - Career opportunities

Laura Sharrott, Phil Nicholson and Jo Simpson from the Specsavers HR team will be on hand to discuss job opportunities.