Speakers List - CRN On: The Channel in 2020


Paul Cosgrave

Managing Director, UK

New Signature

Paul has run consulting and managed IT services companies as CEO for 20 years, having trained with Deloitte Touche and Accenture. Prior to his CEO roles Paul implemented worldwide business process change management programmes and systems for large multinational organisations. He is passionate about how the combination of an agile approach to consulting and managed services, coupled with the evolution of modern day transformational technologies, enables companies to make fast incremental changes that have a significant positive impact on performance.

Stuart Kent

Delivery Partner Executive


Stuart has been in IBM for over 18 years, spending the majority of that time specialising in services management for large Strategic Outsourcing deals and is a certified ITILv3 Expert. He moved into IBMs' maintenance business 3.5 years ago where he has been leading the ATM maintenance organisation during that time. Stuart is an active driver of innovation within this environment and has been developing programmes in data visualisations through analytics, chatbot services and augmented reality.

Shaun Lynn



Shaun led a successful MBO to set up Agilitas back in 2014 from the previous business ACAL plc. As CEO of Agilitas, Shaun is responsible for the strategic vision of the business and commits a large proportion of his time working with clients to identify what is core to them and their customers and what is context to ensure the Agilitas strategy is aligned to the needs of the market. As one of the leading figures in the channel, Shaun has delivered success in a number of senior roles at global technology companies including IBM, Sun Microsystems and Oracle serving some of the world's leading businesses including Cable & Wireless, NTL, JPMC, Defra, ABN Amro and Astra Zenecca.

John Pepper

CEO & Founder

Managed 24/7

John founded Managed 24/7; a thoroughbred MSP in 2009, having successfully grown and sold VAR MINX to Insight (NASDAQ) in 2008. Managed 24/7 has gone on to win numerous industry accolades including CRN MSP of the Year for two years running and featuring in Deloitte UK Fast 50, Deloitte EMEA 500 and Sunday Times Tech Track 100. John is the CEO and Founder of Managed 24/7 and has strong views on the technology industry and where it is headed, often quoted in national press and speaking at key note events.

Zak Virdi

Federated Leader France, Spain, Managing Director - UK, Ireland & Africa


Software industry specialist with experience in successfully growing Indirect and Direct channels from start-up's into mature businesses across a range of diverse countries including the UK, Spain, France, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, WECA (West, East and Central Africa) and South Africa. Work with a majority of the software mega-vendors and hyper-clouds understanding the implications and opportunities of migrating to Cloud based technologies within a managed service. Focus with a customer centric approach that always looks to drive joint value to both my employer and the customer.

Terry Willis

Interim Director of IT

Church of England

Working in various parts of technology for the majority of his working life Terry has seen the world transform from analogue to Digital several times now. Mostly he gives it a gentle helping hand but sometimes more of a firm shove in the right direction.

Terry currently leads technology for the Church of England. He has an unhealthy interest in the areas of Cloud Services, Security and Digital Anthropology in order to design agile, secure and modern platforms.


Tom Wright

Content Editor


Tom Wright is Content Editor at CRN. Tom joined CRN as a reporter in May 2016, having previously covered the specialist finance market for various publications. Prior to this, Tom graduated in Journalism from the University of Winchester.


Sara Yirrell

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.