The Challenge of Open Innovation and Cyber Resilience

On 11th December we will hold a round table on ‘The Challenge of Open Innovation and Cyber Resilience’ at the start-up accelerator Digital Catapult which is located between King’s Cross St Pancras and Euston stations. The roundtable will be followed by demos and a tour of the facilities. The event is open to everyone.


  • 9:30 – Registration and refreshments
  • 10:00 – Panel discussion: The Challenge of Open Innovation and Cyber Resilience
    Steven Wood, Senior Partnerships Manager, Digital Catapult
    Maria Slowinska, Head of Open Innovation, Digital Catapult
    Anu Khurmi, Director, Templar Executives
    Dr Sally Howes OBE, consultant in digital and cyber
  • 11:00 –  Tour and demos
  • 11:30 – Close of event                              



Digital Catapult
101 Euston Road

About Digital Catapult

Digital Catapult is here to help grow the UK’s digital economy. It works with SMEs to help them grow and scale faster. It helps larger corporates in their digital transformation. It does this through programmes of collaboration and open innovation, by bringing academic leading edge expertise into the mix combined with the organisation’s own business and technological expertise. For more information please visit


Dr. Maria Slowinska, Head of Open Innovation, Digital Catapult

Dr. Maria Slowinska is Head of Open Innovation at the Digital Catapult. She leads a team of Innovation Managers on strategic development, design and delivery of Innovation Services to Digital Catapult clients and partners. Her team helps corporate businesses, small companies and research institutions to co-innovate, with the goal of accelerating the developement and adoption of cutting-edge solutions to real-life business challenges. Previously, Maria was Innovation Programme Manager at Cisco CREATE, Cisco’s Internet of Everything Innovation Centre in London, with projects on intelligent lighting, smart stations and connected healthcare. Maria’s background is in innovation management and strategic communications. Her recent book analyses how creativity and innovation are becoming core assets of contemporary economies.

Steven Wood, Senior Manager, Commercial, Digital Catapult

Steven Wood heads up the engagement between the Digital Catapult and business and industry. He has been at the Catapult since May 2014 – the beginning of its operations – and has been responsible for conceiving and developing a major part of the services now provided.

Prior to the Digital Catapult, Steven spent 12 years at EngineeringUK, an organisation created to address the growing STEM skills gap in the UK. His background is in telecommunications engineering, business and management. He has been involved in a number of successful start-up ventures as well as helping BT to create its first e-Business strategy in the 1990s.

Dr Sally Howes, OBE, Consultant in digital and cyber

Sally started working independently in July 2016, with clients in a number of public and private sector organisations.  She is also a Visiting Professor and lay member of Council at Surrey University,  with a special focus on the digital economy.

Before this, she was on the Executive Team of the NAO, responsible for auditing government IT and digital transformation, developing NAO’s thought leadership in this area and leading NAO’s own IT and business improvement programmes, talent development and knowledge management.  Previously, Sally was a Commercial Director in MOD, she led the national aerospace and defence trade association for UK industry, founded and developed a technology start-up, working primarily in satellite markets.  In 2004, she was awarded an OBE for services to the UK space industry and her contribution to space policy.

Anu Khurmi, Director, Templar Executives

Anu is an experienced business leader working as Strategy Director at Templar Executives, a discreet, leading UK based Cyber Security Consultancy. She is involved in working with clients across all the Templar Business divisions.  Prior to joining Templar Executives, Anu had a successful career spanning over 20 years in executive roles within IBM’s financial services, public sector and midmarket industries. As well as a focus on national Cyber Security, her teams also provided capability across a range of solutions areas including Enterprise Conduct Risk, Compliance, Fraud, Business Continuity, Big Data and Mobile.

Anu is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and continues to be involved in a number of industry forums. She is also Founder and Chair of ‘Cyber Champions’, a not for profit, which promotes best practices in Cyber Security and digital literacy across the UK.


If you would like to attend the event, please email