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.
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 career, John held several 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.
Ian has been a Managing Director/CEO in the telecoms industry for 27 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.
Adam has 25 year’s experience in the telecoms and technology sector. He is a co-founder of Knight Corporate Finance, a corporate finance boutique that has advised on over 80 TMT transactions since its inception in 2008. He was a founding shareholder of V Networks Limited which was acquired in September 2008 by TalkTalk. Prior to this he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance as lead advisor for telecommunication transactions and as an Industry Analyst at Gartner Group.
Lee Shorten is a non-executive, part-time/interim board member and freelance consultant working with a broad range of different companies. Lee holds an Executive Chairman role at Sabio, where he recently took the business through a Management Buyout with Lyceum Capital. He also delivers coaching and training to business leaders and has steered numerous companies through varying stages of growth, turnaround, merger, acquisition and sale including leading Avaya UK through the integration of Nortel.
Adrian Barnard is a former CEO of The Change Organisation, a market leading distributor of IT Equipment, Computer Hardware, Software and associated IT services. He also founded the award-winning ICT company, Modern Communications, which he sold in 2014 to Elite to embark on his next venture – founder and Managing Director of London-based ICT company Prime Networks, which he helped revalue before exiting with its future guaranteed. Adrian is now co-founder and director of telecommunications consultancy CommsVox.
Mike Thomas is the MD of public sector procurement specialist Innopsis and has been involved with the Government’s Public Sector Network since its inception, chairing the work stream that developed the Service Management Framework. Mike also directed the development of the Statement of Fairness, the PSN philosophy that all suppliers and customers should be treated fairly. Mike has extensive sales and marketing experience in telecommunications and software and is currently employed in Commercial Management at Level 3 Communications.
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 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. Mark is also an independent non-exec at Table Tennis England.