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YOW! CTO Summit 2019 Brisbane

CTO Panel discussion - "Architecture without Architects" and other CTO challenges

Dave Coombes




Dave has nearly twenty years’ experience building and leading teams that develop and operate large-scale mission-critical systems for high profile organisations across a range of industries including financial services, wagering, retail and telecommunications. For a number of years Dave worked as a principal consultant at ThoughtWorks while they were pioneering the use of agile development methods for software delivery. In more recent times he has held senior technology roles at BT Financial Group, Tabcorp and Insurance Australia Group.

Jenny Johnson


RedEye Apps


ERP Software and SaaS solutions leader

20+ years providing strategic leadership across multiple functions in the global enterprise software, cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) industry, delivering innovative solutions to complex organisations.

Customer focused enterprise software product management, strategy and marketing.

Leading business units and teams through strategies to deliver global functions in enterprise software organisations, including new products, marketing, bid management and customer-focused solutions.

Bridging technical concepts into business solutions to deliver outcomes.

Providing pricing, risk, sales and solution expertise to create commercially sound offers that meet business requirements.

Josh Graham

Integration advisor

Secure Code Warrior


CTO’s CTO. Director. Restaurateur. Angel. ex Canva, Atlassian, Thoughtworks, OzEmail.

Sarah Taraporewalla

Technical Principal Consultant



Sarah Taraporewalla is a Principal Consultant working for ThoughtWorks, where she specializes in developing robust software for the future, delivered today.

She has acted as developer, software architect, technical lead and agile coach on many projects. She has spoken at both internal and external conferences, skills matter courses and geek nights. Although primarily focused on software design, she also has a lot to say about how software can be developed to accommodate the changing pace of business and how people should be treated within teams.