Judges

We have once again assembled a distinguished and highly talented panel of judges for this year’s Comms National Awards, who will be assessing each entry based on their specific industry experience. Click on the pictures below to read more about them.

ADAM ZOLDAN

ADRIAN BARNARD

ALEX TEMPEST

IAN FISHWICK

ITRET LATIF

JENNY DAVIES

JOHN CHAPMAN

KATE WOOD

KATHARINE MCNAMARA

LEE SHORTEN

MIKE THOMAS

RICHARD BLIGH

STEVE SMITH

ADAM ZOLDAN

Adam 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.

ADRIAN BARNARD

Adrian founded 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. 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.

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.

IAN FISHWICK

Ian is 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. Over lockdown he wrote a book entitled ‘The Street Smart MBA – Mastering Business Acument without going to school’.

ITRET LATIF

Itret Latif is Interim CEO and 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.

JENNY DAVIES

Jenny Davies joined M247 in 2016; became Operations Director in 2017 and was appointed CEO in 2018. Before M247, Jenny was a senior leader in Openreach, the regulated division of the BT Group, where she led large operational teams and was latterly involved in the rollout of superfast broadband.

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.

KATE WOOD

Kate is a public speaker, a Women in Tech Network Broad member, volunteer and advocate for ‘Pockets in all Dresses’. Kate now offers ‘Culture as a Service’, an expert consultancy service to support organisation in becoming the very best place to work, where employees feel valued and cared for.

KATHARINE MCNAMARA

Following almost a decade with Daisy Group Katharine McNamara co-founded communications agency Konductor. For more than 15 years she has been helping businesses in the tech and telecoms sector gain market share by ensuring they create meaningful conversations with their target audience, presenting them as thought leaders and presenting their proposition to optimum effect.

LEE SHORTEN

Lee Shorten is 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.

MIKE THOMAS

Mike is the managing director of Innopsis, the trade association for suppliers of digital infrastructure to the public sector. Mike works with Crown Commercial Services on new Frameworks to ensure a fair level playing field for all suppliers to the Public Sector.

RICHARD BLIGH

As Gamma COO, Richard was instrumental in growing the company from 40 to 900+ staff, before the management team successfully floated the business in 2014. Richard was instrumental in transforming the company from a £40m revenue business to over £250m with a market cap in excess of £900m. He now holds several no-executive roles in the industry.

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 of Telecoms Professionals