Speakers List - CRN On 14 May 2019


Dr Louise Bennett

Co-Chair of the Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group

Cabinet Office

Dr Louise Bennett is Co-Chair of the Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group to the Cabinet Office and chaired the BCS Security Group for 14 years. Over the last 25 years she has been an IT & R&D director (Thorn EMI, Logica, AEA Technology, Vivas). She now does a portfolio of jobs including major project reviews, government advisory work and as a charity trustee. Her work focuses on: strategic and corporate governance, the exploitation of new technology and risk management. Her latest work includes identity assurance and payments on the internet, trust in online identities, developing resilient organisations, from environmental, security and privacy perspectives (including information assurance and fraud prevention).

Steve Burden

Security Product Manager


Steve Burden is the Security Product Manager at Daisy, responsible for defining the product strategy and portfolio for security within the organisation.

Steve's specialities in security primarily relate to cloud and networking, with technical qualifications from Cisco and Palo Alto amongst his achievements. Since joining Daisy in 2016 Steve has led the relaunch of the Daisy security portfolio, working with partners and end customers to enhance their security positions and offerings.

Outside of security, Steve is a follower of Formula 1 and enjoys playing piano and guitar. 

Chris Dunning

Co-Founder & CEO


Chris Dunning is the Founder and CEO of TechQuarters, a highly successful ‘born in the cloud' Microsoft Gold partner, coupled with the Office 365 user training business, 365 Cloud Academy. Chris is a firm advocate of all things Microsoft Cloud and has driven a year on year growth delivering 31% revenue increase in the last year. Chris and TechQuarters are the recipients of numerous awards and accreditations; most recently being crowned CRN's ‘Cloud Services Provider of the Year - 2017', as well as being awarded the title of ‘World Microsoft Cloud Partner of the Year for SMB,' back in 2013.

Chris is also a member of multiple cloud councils and has spoken at the last four World Partner Events. In the last year, he has focused on TechQuartersTV, video blogging on the latest tech services and solutions, with a focus on GDPR and security.

Outside of TechQuarters, Chris is an avid triathlete and enjoys golfing in his spare time. 

Julian Dyer

Chief Technical Officer

Cobweb Solutions

In 1996, CTO Julian Dyer was co-founder of cloud solution provider Cobweb and of partner company, the indirect provider, Vuzion in 2016. Julian has been pivotal in the development of Cobweb's solution and services portfolio, helping to grow the company to become Europe's #1 managed cloud solutions provider. He was instrumental in the creation and launch of Cobweb's hosted exchange (HEX) in 2000, the development of which saw Cobweb become the top hosted exchange in the UK.

Julian has also been a pioneer in the promotion of the Microsoft CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) model within Vuzion, and essential in getting Cobweb to the forefront of the programme. Julian describes the CSP programme as poised to create the ‘next revolution' in the adoption of cloud solutions, providing resellers with the opportunity to wrap their value add and intellectual property around Microsoft's cloud services, to help customers achieve their desired business outcomes.

Joey Koonsombat

Head of IT

Thames & Hudson

Joey Koonsombat is a Chartered IT Professional leader and has worked in Information Technology for over 17 years in permanent and contract positions.

Joey is currently the Head of IT for Thames & Hudson (T&H) Ltd, a leading global publisher of illustrated books. Since joining T&H in 2013, Joey is leading the technology refresh of the organisation in all areas and preparing the business to further utilise Cloud-based technologies for future progression with IT Cyber Security in focus.

Prior to T&H, Joey led the change management of the internal messaging system to Microsoft Office 365 Cloud and Blackberry Business Cloud Service for a globally renowned luxury retailer.

Joey is an active member of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and also a member of the IET, The Institution of Engineering and Technology and has IEng, ITIL and Prince2 certifications.


Adam Nash

EMEA Sales Manager


Adam Nash has been working in the IT industry for over 18 years. He's held positions in a variety of technology and sales roles including: IT Auditor, Tech Product Manager, Sales Engineer and Network Engineer. Adam has been working in security with Webroot for over five years to help build EMEA channel and is a regular speaker and contributor on security trends.

Mike Robinson

Group Operating Officer

TechPulse Group

Mike Robinson is Group Operating Officer for TechPulse Group, a leading supplier of IT services to the channel. One of the group companies under Mike's operational responsibility is Cybercrowd, an information risk, data protection and cyber security services provider.

Before TechPulse Group, Mike co-founded an agency that builds web and mobile applications for finance, NHS and public sector organisations, covering areas such as security in eCommerce, 3DS, PCI, Data Protection, secure access and SSL.

The current focus is on raising staff awareness with regards to security and responsibilities, as well as rolling out ISO 27001 in one of the group businesses. Additionally, Mike has an unusual interest in Privacy Policies, which has been well served of late due to lots of businesses updating theirs due to GDPR.


Sara Yirrell

Freelance Journalist and Consulting Editor

CRN & Channelnomics

Sara Yirrell left Incisive Media in December 2016 to become a freelance journalist and content consultant specialising in all things IT channel.

Before that she had worked at Incisive-owned CRN since August 2000, holding the title of Editorial Director since October 2014. She was the editorial driving force behind the brand since becoming Editor in 2007, and oversaw the recent expansion to incorporate channelnomics.eu and channelnomics.com, which created the first true global channel network.

Before joining CRN, Sara worked on local daily newspaper The Northampton Chronicle & Echo for three years covering areas such as crime, local politics, education, business and transport.