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Co-op Delivery Manager and Founder of Diverse & Equal to speak on panel discussion at Digital City Expo

Annette Joseph

Annette Joseph, award-winning Agile Coach and Delivery Manager at the Co-op, and the organiser of Diverse & Equal (D&E), will join a panel discussion at Digital City Expo covering the subject of diversity in the Northern tech scene.

Joseph has worked in and around the technology sector for more than two decades, and founded D&E – a dedicated conference for diversity in tech – after returning to the North West and noting the lack of representation in her industry. The conference aims to change the conversation surrounding diversity.

She will take to the Keynote Stage at Digital City Expo, where the tech industry will gather to share knowledge, network and collaborate in Manchester, to join a diversity-themed panel.

Registration is open now for the expo, which is the cornerstone event of the wider Digital City Festival, a week of events for the growing digital sector taking place across Manchester – including a portfolio of forward-thinking fringe events for digital professionals.

See the full range of speakers, as well as exhibitors and sponsors already lined up for Digital City Expo 2020.


Speaking ahead of the expo, Annette said: “Studies show that diverse teams are more profitable, more innovative and make better decisions faster. I believe that diversity is key to the region unlocking its potential – and the answer to the digital skills gap. But first we have to change the conversation – I’m really looking forward to discussing this on the Keynote Stage.

“I’m so excited to be a part of this landmark festival that’s bringing all aspects of Digital together for the first time. 

“It’s impressive that the festival is focused on all the digital disciplines combined. There’s so much going on in and around Manchester. The festival provides organisations in the region the opportunity to shout about all the great work being generated here.”

Digital City Expo is bringing together four specialist industry exhibitions – Marketing Show North, Tech Show North, eCommerce Show North and the all-new Media Zone – to create an unmissable event for the thriving and growing digital sector. It arrives at Manchester Central Convention Complex on March 11th and 12th 2020.


Digital City Festival starts on March 9th in Manchester. It provides a week of dedicated digital events, including not only the expo but the Digital City Awards, networking opportunities, and fringe events. The topics and titles of a number of these are set to be announced very soon.

Recently, we announced the Headline Partner for Digital City Festival, which is Capita Consulting. As well as Joseph, some other speakers across the wide range of stages at Digital City Expo already revealed include Katy Leeson, MD of Social Chain; and Sherin Mathew, IBM AI Lead and Founder of AI Tech North.

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