Capita Head of Offering Development announced as speaking at Digital City Expo

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Today, we can announce that the next keynote speaker revealed at Digital City Expo will be Patrick Gormley, Head of Offering Development at Capita.

He spearheads the operations for the Headline Partner at Digital City Festival, Capita Consulting, and will speak on the value of disruption in the Keynote Theatre. Gormley has had more than 20 years of experience in consulting, technology and business services, and has previously worked as COO for Capco, as well as leading IBM’s Cognitive Process Services across North America.

Gormley said: “I’m going to be talking about the sheer scale of the challenge that organisations are facing. The decision is literally disrupt or die. It’s that binary. 

“The average lifespan of a S&P 500 company has nose-dived from over 60 years to 18 years and falling. At this rate, 75% of the S&P 500 will be replaced by 2027. So it’s no surprise that the boards and C-suites we work with today rank disruption by new entrants at the top of their list of concerns keeping them awake at night.

“Incumbent legacy businesses are struggling to find the capacity and capability to keep up, and the gap between expectations and reality is growing wider over time. The pace of innovation is staggering, yet there's a real demand for companies to operate with still more agility to address the needs of the business. 

“While some organisations have made serious inroads into matching the digital experiences we have with Uber or Google, the majority of services are struggling to keep up with the demands and expectations of their customers. Many have gone a long way, but the challenge now is to move off the internet and into the market to deliver transformed and joined-up experiences.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my views on why delivering real digital change is more important than ever, then ask how we could deliver change in a more effective and innovative way.”

Digital City Expo takes place on March 11th and 12th at Manchester Central, and forms a central part of Digital City Festival, which starts on March 9th. Registration for the expo is open now.

A range of Digital City Expo speakers have already been revealed

The two-day event brings together Marketing Show North, Tech Show North, eCommerce Show North and the Media Zone, providing a unique meeting point for the whole digital festival to which digital professionals from across the country and beyond are invited.

Gormley went on to say: “Our partnership with Digital City Expo is a reflection of the kind of business that Capita Consulting is - digitally driven, regionally relevant and part of the socio-economic fabric of the business communities it works in.

“We are positioning Capita Consulting as a challenger business that will help transform companies through digitally enabled technology, but drawing on Capita’s 30 years of practical experience in designing, building and running the systems and processes of hundreds of organisations. So an event like this is exactly the kind of conversation we want to be at the heart of.”

Digital City Expo - part-exhibition, part-conference - will have a wide range of exhibitors present from across the sector, as well as leading speakers across eight stages, countless networking opportunities, and more.

The wider Digital City Festival will feature fringe events tackling some of the most important issues facing digital, as well as the dedicated Digital City Awards, celebrating innovation and talent. Visit the Digital City Festival website to see everything that’s already been announced.

Opportunities to sponsor and exhibit at Digital City Expo are available now. Find out more here, or contact Becky Mellor on, or 0161 533 0681.

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