Judges

We have assembled the biggest and most distinguished panel of judges ever for this year’s Comms National Awards. All of our judges have enjoyed long and successful careers in the ICT industry and know and understand what represents excellent channel support and high quality customer solutions. Entrants can be assured their submissions will be independently and intelligently appraised to the highest level.

John Chapman

Formerly Business Development Director within IT Europa, the leading provider of strategic business intelligence, news and analysis on the European IT marketplace. During the 1980's and 1990's John held a number of senior IT sales and marketing roles as well as being the Managing Director of IT distribution, systems integration, software and services companies. Now retired, John was a much respected ICT industry consultant and speaker and was a long term facilitator and presenter at the leading Comms Vision symposium for a decade.

Jeremy Cooke

Jeremy Cooke was Sales and Marketing Director for telecoms distributor Rocom between 1984 and 1990. In 1991 he co-founded SDX Business Systems, where he helped grow revenue from £8m to £60m.The company was acquired by Lucent Technologies in 1998, returning 29 times original investment over the seven years since inception. Since then Jeremy has held numerous non-executive directorships for a range of technology based businesses.

Paul Cunningham

The founder and principal of the Blue Barn Consultancy. Paul has over 25 years' experience of technology marketing and channel development, most recently as a senior executive for a major global Cisco distribution partner, Westcon Group, where he was responsible for global vendor alliances and technology strategy. This experience has contributed significantly to the development of the methodology and processes behind Blue Barn's business development consulting services.

Lee Shorten

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. Since leading Avaya UK through the integration of Nortel, Lee has built a portfolio of clients and has now firmly established himself as a non-executive, part-time/interim board member and freelance consultant building and working with a broad range of different companies including Sabio, Doddle and Zebra.

Stephen Hayward

Stephen Hayward was an officer in the Royal Navy for 21 years, during which time he commanded both diesel and nuclear powered submarines, including the Polaris nuclear deterrent. After leaving the Royal Navy he became National Operations Director of BUPA Hospitals Ltd, which became Spire Healthcare plc following BUPA’s sale of its 39 hospitals. Stephen was responsible for Spire Healthcare’s IT Division and for the selection, procurement, development of a new ERP system which has been described as the most successful healthcare system implementation on the planet

Alex Hilton

Currently CEO of the Cloud Industry Forum, a not-for-profit industry body working on behalf of members with a remit of independent advocacy of Cloud services. Prior to joining CIF, Alex spent 12 years at Microsoft in roles varying from managing public and private sector enterprise customers to channel leadership positions and finally running the UK compliance business. After that he joined Rise (part of 1&1) as Managing Director, building their Cloud services IaaS proposition, which in 2011 led to Rise being named Microsoft’s world-wide Hosting Partner of the Year.

Mark Mitchell

Currently the global head of sales for Peoplevox, a leader in warehouse and inventory management software for fast growing ecommerce companies. Mark is responsible for worldwide growth, sales excellence, customer relationships, partners and market development.

A hands on sales leader with over 20 years’ experience in enabling technology businesses to scale rapidly, Mark previously held Vice President positions at Avaya Inc., and before that at Ruckus Wireless, Juniper Networks, Marconi and Siemens.

Mark Rosson

Formerly Director of Channel at BT Wholesale, leading the organisation through a period of double digit revenue growth and establishing a leading position in the wholesale channel market. Prior to this he was VP for Enterprise Sales in BT Global Services and MD for Alliance and SI Partners in Cable & Wireless. Since 2015 Mark has run a consultancy advising the channel on creating or transforming business structures to achieve sales success and generate profit.

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