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Judges

CHARLES AYLWIN

ADRIAN BARNARD

JOHN CHAPMAN

IAN FISHWICK

SARAH GRAY

ITRET LATIF

MARK QUARTERMAINE

LEE SHORTEN

STEVE SMITH

CRISSI WILLIAMS

MIKE THOMAS

ADAM ZOLDAN

MIKE WALSH

ALEX TEMPEST

CHARLES AYLWIN

Charles is an experienced commercial leader with extensive knowledge of the UK Mobile Operator, and Public Sector markets. His industry experience includes Unified Communications and Contact Centre, Mobile Operators, Wireless, Telecoms both B2B & Channel, Security and Fleet Communications. Charles is now Sales Director at cloud solutions specialist Babble. Before taking up this role he was Director, Channel & Public Sector at 8x8.

ADRIAN BARNARD

Adrian founded the award-winning ICT company, Modern Communications, which he sold in 2014 to embark on his next venture Prime Networks, which he helped re-value before exiting with its future guaranteed. Subsequently CEO of The Change and Co-Founder of LegalTech platform ampbah.com . As a media commentator for the TMT sector Adrian is now regularly asked to provide market insight on TV and Radio and in the Press.

JOHN CHAPMAN

Though officially retired now after 46 years in the IT and Communications industry, John still moderates panels and leads discussions at major events including the prestigious Comms Vision Convention at Gleneagles and IT Europa’s Managed Services and Hosting Summit. Throughout his distinguished career John held a number of senior roles in IT distribution, systems integration as well as software and services companies.

IAN FISHWICK

Ian is now Chairman of AdEPT Technology Group plc which he started in is spare room in 2003. In October 2018 the business hit a market cap of £100m. Ian has completed around 40 technology mergers and acquisitions in his career. In January 2015 he was elected Commercial Director of Innopsis, the industry association for Public Service Network suppliers and champions the cause of our industry and helps SME's do business with the public sector. In November 2016 Ian was appointed to the Cabinet Office SME Panel.

SARAH GRAY

Sarah is an established global channel marketing leader within the technology space who has extensive experience in campaign development, partner enablement and field marketing. As General Manager for multi award winning channel marketing agency ResourceiT, Sarah is passionate about partner eco-systems and over the past 20 years has been responsible for recruiting and activating thousands of partner relationships globally.

ITRET LATIF

Itret was appointed as FCS Deputy Chairman in summer 2016. Subsequently in November 2017, he was appointed interim Chief Executive by the board, bringing more than 18 years of telecoms and energy industry leadership, regulatory and policy development expertise and management experience to the role. He has held several leading non-executive director positions in Telecoms and Energy. He’s been invited to provide evidence to both the House of Commons and House of Lords on telecoms and energy. In his evidence to the House of Lords in 2012 he was first to identify broadband as an essential service as a utility. At the same hearing, he called for restructuring of BT with Openreach being separated to become a legal entity owning the infrastructure and engineers. He has an energy utility background where he was responsible for the development and integration of a successful multi-million-pound retail gas business and also the retail telecoms business for SSE.

MARK QUARTERMAINE

Mark has over 30 years’ experience in the ICT industry in a variety of executive, sales and marketing roles. Having started his career at IBM, Mark has subsequently worked at BT Global Services as UK President and more recently as the CEO at both Azzurri and Alternative Networks. Having masterminded the sale of Alternative to Daisy Group he left the group in May 2017. He currently holds non-exec roles at Natterbox, Shaping Cloud, Footdown, SysGroup and Table Tennis England.

LEE SHORTEN

Lee Shorten has established himself as a non-executive, part-time/interim board member and freelance consultant working with a broad range of different companies. He delivers coaching and training to business leaders for some of the world’s largest brands and their channel partners; he has steered numerous companies through varying stages of growth, turnaround, merger, acquisition and sale. Lee has a number of other current projects including the Executive Chairman role at Sabio.

STEVE SMITH

Steve’s comms career spans 46 years. In 1984 he co-founded Astro Communications supporting customers around the world. Steve now spends much of his time giving back as a Liveryman in the IT Livery Company and as a trustee of CITA. In 2018, Steve received an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute o Telecoms Professionals.

CRISSI WILLIAMS

Since first joining the organisation in August 2008, Crissi has worked across several functions, making her uniquely placed to step into the Chief Executive role. With a background in recruitment, Crissi was instrumental in launching the ITP’s apprenticeship scheme – which has created more than 100 industry jobs since 2013. She is passionate about helping young people in STEM, with a particular interest in improving career guidance offered to young people in education.

MIKE THOMAS

Mike is the managing director of Innopsis, the trade association for suppliers of digital infrastructure to the public sector. Mike has a ‘day job’ at CenturyLink and has worked in telecoms since starting a dealership, New World Telecom in the eighties before moving onto roles with BT, Cable & Wireless, Vodafone. NTL and others. Mike works with Crown Commercial Services on new Frameworks to ensure a fair level playing field for all suppliers to the Public Sector.

ADAM ZOLDAN

Adam has 25 years’ experience in the telecoms and technology sector. He is a co-founder of Knight Corporate Finance, a corporate finance boutique that advises business owners on strategy, funding, acquisitions and exit. Knight has grown to become the leading advisor for entrepreneurs in the TMT sector having advised on nearly 100 TMT transactions since its inception in 2008.

MIKE WALSH

Mike entered the telecoms arena with JWE Telecom in the mid to late 80s, following a successful career in consumer electronics. He helped develop JWEs distribution business of its core mobile products, operating as Commercial Director and latterly Managing Director. Mike then joined forces with Steve Beeby in setting up a new venture ABZORB. Mike operated as Managing Director in developing the core mobile distribution business. He remains a director and major shareholder of the business.

ALEX TEMPEST

Alex joined BT in December 2017 as Managing Director of Fixed, Wholesale and MVNO Sales, moving from TalkTalk Business where she was Director of Partners. She became Managing Director of Wholesale, BT Enterprise in May this year following the formation of the Enterprise business unit. Alex also held director roles at Juniper Networks and Alcatel before joining TTB.

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