Technology leaders are at the heart of business innovation.

But innovation and business transformation can pose unique challenges:

  • How do you build a culture of innovation?
  • How do you adopt new processes to manage change effectively?
  • And how best do you engage with startups?

In the new business landscape, technology leaders need to understand the full gamut of innovation options - from outsourcing to partnership, from adapting existing technologies to acquisition - and the potential impact on their business.

FUSE2016 is an invitation-only event to explore business evolution from the inside out, and to discover not just why, but how to innovate. The afternoon will be packed with war stories from people who are transforming their organisations to take advantage of the digital age.

Created by La Fosse Associates, FUSE donates all proceeds to the charities MOET School and Action for Children, by supporting the UK's biggest corporate sleep out Byte Night.


Registration Closed
Why Attend?
  • If you're a technology leader looking to build a culture of innovation into your organisation.
  • If you're interested in using the digital revolution to create opportunity for you and your business.
  • Gain practical insight into the potential routes to innovation - from acquisition to partnering, product development to new process implementation.
  • Find out how multinational media company Dentsu Aegis Network embraced digital transformation to launch a new startup 'agency within an agency'.
  • Hear from corporate innovation specialist L Marks and leading retailer JD Williams on innovation through outsourcing and collaboration.
  • Facilitated networking with technology leaders from big businesses and the startup ecosystem.
  • See quick fire pitches from 3 fast-growing startups solving big business challenges.
Who will be there?

300 executives from global blue chips all the way through to bootstrapped startups.

Who will be there?

Simon Calver
Partner, BGF Ventures, Chairman of Chemist Direct and

Simon Calver

Simon is best known for his 7-year tenure as CEO at LOVEFILM, one of the successes of the UK venture industry - leading the eventual exit to Amazon in 2011. He went on to become CEO of Mothercare plc, kickstarting the turnaround plan and accelerating international expansion in over 30 countries.

Before this he worked at multinationals such as Unilever, led PepsiCo in the UK and was General Manager at Dell. He is currently chairman of and Chemist Direct.

His degree was in Computer Science -although he does say technology has changed a little bit since then.

Diane Perlman
Global CMO MassChallenge

Diane Perlman

Diane is a highly passionate marketeer, ideas generator and entrepreneur. She joined MassChallenge in 2015 as their global CMO. Prior to this, she worked at Microsoft, where she founded the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London in September 2013, graduating 37 startups and building Microsoft's presence in the startup space. Perlman’s passion for startups stems from her over 20-year marketing career, during which she served as Marketing Director for American company Cyveillance, which was a startup when Perlman joined in 1998 and helped them expand to the UK in 2000. She has also worked as a Group Account Director at agencies including Grey London and LBi, and has run her own branding consultancy. More recently, she led the marketing communications for Windows Phone at Microsoft in the UK for four years before transitioning into the Startups Lead role.

Adam Freeman
Partner, Freeformers

Adam Freeman

Adam is a senior executive and entrepreneur and has experience across all media platforms from televison to live events and in many markets including Europe, the US, Middle East and Africa. His career has been focused on the intersection between consumers and content and the commercial opportunities that exist there. Digital media is at the centre of this intersection and his 'digital first' experience extends to large scale transformations, and start ups.

He has led companies such as Bloomberg Media and the Guardian and is now a partner at Freeformers, the digital transformation consultancy. He is also Chairman of Metropolis Group, Europe's most successful music recording, mastering and production studio and a trustee at United Way (UK), the worlds largest philanthropic network.

Caroline Hopkins
Development & Innovation Director, ENGIE

Caroline Hopkins

Caroline joined the ENGIE Group - one of the world's leading energy companies - in the UK in December, 2014, with the acquisition by Cofely UK of Balfour Beatty Workplace. She has spent the last 10 years delivering complex partnerships with a number of local authority clients. Caroline's current role is to co-ordinate ENGIE's UK operating companies, ensuring synergies through closer working and identifying and delivering Best Practice, Innovation and Business opportunities.

ENGIE has an exciting Innovation Programme and, most recently, Caroline has been working with the business community, outreaching for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs and identifying new business opportunities for ENGIE. As part of this initiative, ENGIE has a € 143 million New Ventures Fund and is actively seeking START-UP businesses in which to invest. The fund is focussed on START-UPs with a differentiating technology or an innovative business model that are looking for an industrial partner.

Lewie Allen
Managing Director, fortysix

Lewie Allen

Lewie Allen is a 28 year old from West London. In 2012, Lewie was in a hostel unsure what his future would be. He had tried lots of different career paths, from direct sales to catering, to retail, and nothing stuck. He just loved being creative, and wanted to do something he was passionate about. Then he found Freeformers - a digital transformation company and social enterprise who train corporates and young people in digital skills. Lewie was given a free workshop, and found a new passion in digital. He kept learning on his own, and eventually was offered a job with Freeformers, and rose to be their Brand Ambassador and Lead Trainer, educating global CEOs and their teams in digital technology and its uses.Four years later he is leading his own team as Managing Director of fortysix, a new agency model launched by multi-national media group, Dentsu Aegis.

Liberty Mawhood
Chief Operating Officer, L Marks

Liberty Mawhood

Liberty and the team at L Marks are on a mission to help corporates and startups work together better. Whilst at L Marks, she has overseen the creation and administration of startup partnership programmes for John Lewis, DPD, Capital One and EDF. In former roles, Liberty helped Eton College take their unique teaching style to an online audience in China and led the production team on an interactive history of Walt Disney’s animated films: Disney Animated has since been recognized by Apple as their iPad App of the Year in 2013 and secured a BAFTA in 2014.

Andy Haywood
Group COO, N Brown Plc

Andy Haywood

Andy is one of the most experienced and respected COO's in the UK with a strong track record of leading many successful FTSE 100 business transformations.

Andy is Group COO at N Brown Plc who are one of the UK's leading on-line fashion retailers. A business that is going through a huge transformation programme re-platforming its whole business to truly become "Digital First".

As COO, Andy is responsible for Business Transformation, Change, Technology, Procurement, Customer Services. Andy reports in to the Group Chief Executive.

James Parker
Managing Director, La Fosse Associates

James Parker

James is a Zimbabwean who got his first recruitment job in London so they wouldn’t send him back again. Once he got into the industry though, what really stood out to him was the perception that a choice had to be made between a caring organisation and an ambitious one. He joined La Fosse Associates when the company was at an early stage, because he shared the founder’s belief in challenging this and proving that the opposite is true; that a culture with a heart is the most effective way to rapidly grow a great business. Today, he continues to focus on maintaining culture and quality of service while scaling the company.

Sam Knight
CEO and Founder, Pollen8

Sam Knight

Sam has started 4 businesses and is currently the founder and CEO of Pollen8.

After University, where Sam focused on how digital is changing global governance, Sam spent 2 years in PwC's digital transformation team. First as a product manager and then as a project lead heading up various innovation initiatives.

Pollen8 have recently won the Lean Startup Summit in London, a Founders Factory competition, pitched at Founders Forum, and won an NEF award where Sam is now a council member of the New Entrepreneurs foundation.

Pollen8 focuses on helping large organizations set up a complete eco-system for innovation by encouraging leaders to treat their internal investments like VCs and giving employees the resources they need to act like entrepreneurs.

Simon La Fosse
CEO, La Fosse Associates

Simon has experience of both the corporate and start-up world. In a previous life, he was director of a professional services firm taking them to full listing on the stock exchange. He got the startup bug in 2007 and founded La Fosse Associates. LFA has since flourished and has been one of the 100 fastest growing companies in the UK for the last four years in a row and a top 20 Best Company to Work for the last three years. He has since co-founded two other successful businesses and sits on the board of

La Fosse Associates is passionate about encouraging and facilitating greater collaboration across their client base in both big business and startup land and it's this that has driven them to create FUSE2016.

2.30pm Registration and coffee
3.00pm Welcome - James Parker, Managing Director, La Fosse Associates
3.10pm Building businesses of the future - how culture enables innovation - Simon Calver, Partner, BGF Ventures
As the CEO of LOVEFiLM and Mothercare plc, current Chairman of and Chemist Direct, and Partner in venture firm BGF Ventures, Simon has great insight on how large companies and small companies can learn from each other to build successful businesses. In his opening keynote, Simon explores effective change management and how to create a culture to support innovation.
3.35pm Startup Pitch 1
3.40pm Creating an environment for successful innovation: lessons from the frontline.
3 experts share their experiences of developing successful innovation strategies for their businesses. Moderated by Simon La Fosse, CEO, La Fosse Associates.
  • Caroline Hopkins, Development & Innovation Director, ENGIE
  • Sam Knight, Founder, pollen8 and digital disrupter with PWC
4.10pm Startup Pitch 2
4.15pm - 4.45pm Coffee and Facilitated networking
4.45pm Innovation through partnership - its impact on people and processes - Adam Freeman (Partner, Freeformers) and Lewie Allen (Managing Director, fortysix)
Adam from digital transformation company Freeformers (and former MD of Bloomberg Media) and Lewie, 28-year old chief of new ad agency Fortysix, tell us how they created a new ad agency staffed by millennials within Dentsu Aegis. How are brands like Kelloggs and Santander benefiting from their collaborative working practices and use of agile tools?
5.10pm Start up Pitch 3
5.15pm Collaborative approaches to innovation: nurturing young companies for business growth Discussion facilitated by Diane Perlman of Mass Challenge with Liberty Mawhood, L Marks and Andy Haywood, N Brown which explores how innovation specialist L Marks is creating accelerators with these leading brands.
5.50pm - Close Simon La Fosse, CEO, La Fosse Associates.
6.00pm - 8.00pm Drinks and networking
When & Where

Millbank Tower
21-24 Millbank
London SW1P 4QP

Thursday 20th October

3.00pm - 6.00pm
followed by drinks until 8.00pm

The conference will take place in the Media Centre auditorium, followed by drinks in the Skyloft, with panoramic views of London.

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Registration for Fuse is now closed.

Please feel free to make a donation. All proceeds go to the charities MOET School and Action for Children, supported by the UK's biggest corporate sleep out Byte Night.

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High-growth Technology and Digital Recruiter La Fosse Associates wasfounded in 2007, and is one of the fastest growing recruitment companies in the UK (source: Recruiter Fast 50). It has also ranked in the Top 15 'Best Companies to Work For' (source: Best Companies) for the last four years in a row.

La Fosse Associates is passionate about encouraging and facilitating greater collaboration across their client base in both big business and startup land and it's this that has driven them to create FUSE.


Highlights from FUSE2015

Winner of FUSE 2015 Pitch audience vote, Mutaz Qubbaj, CEO of Squirrel, Britain's number one financial wellbeing benefit.

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