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.

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. Prior to forming Knight, Adam was a founding director at V Networks, an advisor in the PwC corporate finance team and an industry analyst at GartnerGroup.

Bob Falconer

Bob was the CEO of Gamma from 2003 until the end of May this year. Over that time Gamma grew organically from a start up to a public company with a market cap of over £700m. Bob’s focus was always strongly on the channel, and on providing channel partners with something new and disruptive to take to its customers and prospects alongside offering a high quality of service and support and always trying to be “easy to do business with”.

Ian Fishwick

Ian has been a Managing Director/CEO in the Telecoms industry for 28 years. He is the CEO and founder of AdEPT Telecom plc. In addition, Ian represents the Telecoms industry at Cabinet Office level on the SME Panel charged with helping Government to spend 33% of public sector expenditure with SME's by 2020. Ian is also Commercial Director of Innopsis, the specialist trade association for Telecom suppliers to the Public Sector. In this role Ian leads industry-wide commercial negotiations with public sector bodies. He has recently spent a lot of time with the NHS seeking to convert the BT monopoly into a vibrant competitive marketplace.

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 CommsVision 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. He was also a much-respected ICT industry consultant and commentator.

Itret Latif

Itret Latif is Interim CEO & Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Communications Services. Formerly he was Telecoms Business Manager of Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE), where he worked since 1991. In that time, Itret was instrumental in developing SSE’s retail communications business in the domestic sector. Previous roles within SSE include the development of SSE’s Gas Supply business and, as an Executive member and Chairman of the Gas Forum, the development of industry governance arrangements for the gas supply industry.

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 where he has managed a number of acquisitions, significantly growing the business.

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. With Alternative recently sold to Daisy, and having helped managed a successful transition, Mark left the group in May 2017. He is currently the senior independent non-exec at Table Tennis England, a non-executive director at SysGroup plc, as well as Chairman at Footdown, Shaping Cloud and Natterbox.

Lesley Hansen

Leslie is a Director at Hands On Marketing Ltd which was founded in 2014. Based on 28 years’ experience providing marketing to IT and Telecom businesses, Lesley identified a growing mismatch between the need for marketing to ensure professional results, and the budgets to invest in a full-time marketing resource. Hands on Marketing provides expert help based on extensive experience and established contacts at whatever level and duration is needed. Lesley has a track record of success with innovative companies such as Snom Technology, TeleWare, Net-to-Net Technologies and Micom Communications.

Sarah Gray

A global channel professional with over 20 years’ experience in the IT/Telecoms sector, Sarah has a real passion for technology and marketing. She has spent her career working across the industry in roles that span the UK, EMEA and globally with leading vendors such as Nortel, Toshiba and Jabra. Currently GM at ResourceiT, a multi-award-winning channel development consultancy she is deeply committed to equipping her customers with the right strategy and tools for growth. Sarah is also the UK IAMCP Women in Technology Lead and is an ardent supporter of raising the profile of diversity within the tech sector.

Mike Thomas

Mike is the MD of Innopsis, the trade association for suppliers of digital infrastructure to the public sector. Innopsis represents about 70 organisations that supply the majority of the Public Sector requirements. Mike has a ‘day job’ at CenturyLink and has worked in Telecommunications, from starting a dealership, New Word Telecom, in the 80’s to BT, Cable & Wireless, Vodafone. NTL and others. Mike was instrumental in developing the PSBN standards as well as an involvement in developing the HSCN Obligations for NHS-Digital. Currently Mike is working with CCS on a new Framework which will help to make it easier for suppliers to sell Network Services to the Public Sector.

Andy Grant

Andy is the Managing Director of Bowan Arrow one of the UK’s leading B2B Marketing Consultancies. Andy is an expert in navigating the channel market place and provides intelligent marketing solutions for vendors and channel partners. Andy is a B2B Marketing trainer specialising in GDPR, Channel and B2B Marketing, he is Vice Chair of the DMA's B2B Marketing Council, a tutor with the IDM and a trainer with B2B Marketing. He is also a judge for the DMA and our Comms Dealer Annual Sales & Marketing awards.

Duncan Wilkinson

Duncan is an industry and channel veteran from the early days of liberalisation and one ‘of the few’ that initiated the beginning of channel development within the telco industry. He was channel manager at Mercury Communications in the mid-80s, then developed a range of network services for comms dealers at Energis and THUS. He launched the pivotal 'Route to resale' initiative which paved the way for independent telecoms companies to accelerate their growth, scale and value. More recently, Duncan has run his own business consultancy and has sat on a number of technology boards in executive and non-executive roles.

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