Experts to share how to create and nurture competitive teams

Tech needs talent – and right now demand outstrips supply. And Work from Anywhere means northern tech firms are competing with London salaries.

Add to that the constant need to update and upskill to remain competitive in the fast-paced tech sector.

This game has no easy setting. To win, you need the right strategy, and the right players to execute it.

Help is at hand.’s free one-day conference Disruptors North, at Nexus Leeds on November 24, brings a panel of experts to show you how to assemble, retain, retrain and upskill the team you need to help you win the tech skill arms race.

Amul Batra

Amul Batra is chief operating officer of the multiple award-winning training bootcamp Northcoders, which has graduated more than a thousand new coders and software developers over the past six years, helping (5% of them find their first jobs in more than 315 companies.

Amul himself is a graduate of the first cohort of Northcoders developers, so he has first-hand experience of upskilling as well as a keen insight into upskilling and recruitment in the tech industry.

Paul Corcoran is chief executive and founder of brand and communications agency Agent, and deputy chair of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and co-chair of the LEP’s creative and digital board. He founded the Agent Academy CIC, which develops young people’s talent and helps them develop careers in digital and creative sectors.  

Cate Kalson is chief people officer at Newcastle tech consultancy Opencast. She is currently scaling up Opencast’s team by focusing on inclusive growth and bringing people into the tech sector from other backgrounds.

She focuses on how developing their people gives organisations a competitive edge and a p[positive social impact.

Ian McAleese is senior director of human resources at international data cloud Snowflake, which raised $3.4 billion through its IPO, becoming one of the largest software IPOs on its first day of trading. Snowflake now employs around 5,000 people worldwide. As well as leading the HR team for this global leader, Paul has experience of working in US software start-ups Splunk and Cylance.

Whether you’re a fledgling start-up putting together the initial team  to realise your vision, scaling up to maximise growth of your product, or bringing in fresh ideas to develop new products, these experts can show you how to find and develop the people right for you.

This is just one of the panels that makes Disruptors North a must-attend event for innovative start-ups and established SMEs looking to boost their competitiveness.

To register your place, visit the Disruptors North website.

Disruptors North is sponsored by BHP, Brown Shipley, Clarion and Nexus, and supported by the Department for International Trade, Leeds Digital Festival and TechUK.