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Annabel Berry

CEO

Sapphire

Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Sapphire in 2015, with a career spanning over 21 years in the cyber security industry, Annabel has been recognised by CRN as one of the most influential women in the UK IT channel and included in their A-List for 2018 and 2019. Excelling in leadership, the development and implementation of new strategies and identifying emerging technologies, Annabel also takes an active involvement in encouraging more women into the cyber security industry. She is also proud to be a Leadership Fellow at St. George's House, Windsor Castle.

Ben Boswell

Vice President, Europe

World Wide Technology

Ben Boswell is Area Vice President of World Wide Technology's European operations.

 

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Anwar Dahab

Senior Vice President, Channel, EMEA

Dell

Anwar Dahab has 25 years of experience within the IT industry covering operations, marketing, sales and senior management. He is currently Senior Vice President for Channel business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

He joined Dell in 1999 and has held various management positions, including, Vice President and General Manager for Dell France and most recently Senior Vice President for Client Solutions in EMEA. Anwar also spent nearly six years as General Manager of the Dell offices in Casablanca which is a services platform for Europe, plus five years as Executive Director, Enterprise Solutions, Dell EMEA, spanning a range of customer segments.

Anwar holds a master's degree (a DESS and a MSG) from Paris IX Dauphine University, and began his career as Sales Director, then General Manager at FranceNet, who were the first provider of Internet services in France (then acquired by British Telecom).

Emma de Sousa

Senior Vice President UK and Marketing EMEA

Insight

Emma de Sousa joined Insight in 2003 and since then has held a number of senior roles covering the UK and EMEA. Emma was appointed Senior Vice President UK & Marketing EMEA in January 2018. In this position Emma continues her role as Managing Director for the Global IT Solution Provider's successful UK business, whilst also leading Insight's EMEA Marketing organisation.

Throughout her time at Insight, Emma has led the execution of major growth initiatives across the business and in the last financial year Emma and her team were successful in generating the UK business's largest revenues to date, as well as accelerating strategic revenue streams in Cloud and Services. With the expansion of her role in 2017 to include EMEA Marketing, Emma is now also responsible for managing the Insight brand across EMEA, attracting and retaining clients as well as leading Insight's digital marketing strategy.

Emma continues to use her breadth of experience to contribute to the UK and EMEA's strategic direction, whilst growing Insight's profitable market share and improving stakeholder relationships including clients, partners and teammates.

Andy Gass

Senior Vice President UK&I and Digital Europe

Tech Data

Andy joined Tech Data in 1993 and has held a number of senior roles both within Tech Data including Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Division EMEA and Regional Senior Vice President, South and West Europe. Latterly he was the Managing Director, UK&I.

Andy has led the execution of major growth and development initiatives across the organisation, has been instrumental in the successful completion of several major acquisitions and now holds overall leadership responsibility for our UK & Ireland business and Digital Marketing across Europe. In this capacity Andy is driving areas such as modern marketing, customer experience and advanced sales capabilities.

Andy was educated at the University of Edinburgh and is a Chartered Accountant.

James Napp

Managing Director

Bechtle

James joined Bechtle in 1997 as a founding member of the group's UK operation before being appointed as Managing Director in 2010 and has since enjoyed 9 years of uninterrupted top and bottom-line growth. Bechtle is a publicly listed IT solutions provider with a turnover of £3.8bn, employing 10,000+ people and operating with wholly owned subsidiaries in 14 European countries.

In 2012, recognising the demands and potential of multi-territory customers, James led the growth of Bechtle's International Customer business across the group. A cornerstone achievement has been the formation of the Global IT Alliance (GITA), bringing together many of the world's premier IT solution providers to act as a single entity in serving global customers.

Mike Norris

Chief Executive Officer

Computacenter

Mike Norris graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from East Anglia University in 1983. He joined Computacenter in 1984 as a salesman in the city office. In 1986 he was Computacenter's top account manager.

Following appointments as Regional Manager for London Operations in 1988 and General Manager of the Systems Division in 1992 with full sales and marketing responsibilities, he became Chief Executive in December 1994 with responsibility for all day-to-day activities and reporting channels across Computacenter.

Mike also led the company through floatation on the London Stock Exchange in 1998.

Mike was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Hertfordshire University in 2010.

Sir Clive Woodward OBE

Former England Rugby Head Coach

Rugby Football Union

2019 promises to be another exciting year to look forward to in Rugby with the Six Nations in February 2019 shaping up to be the most competitive yet before moving on to the Rugby World Cup in Japan in October and November later in the year.

As a a popular and respected commentator Clive is delighted to be working with ITV Sport once again during the Six Nations as well as covering all of England's fixtures at the 2019 RWC in Japan. Clive will be in Japan from the 16th October - 4th November 2019 so if you have any clients interested in events in Japan please let me know!

Clive Woodward was born in 1956. He obtained a degree in Sports Science from Loughborough University where he captained the Loughborough University rugby XV. He joined Harlequins and then Leicester where he formed a formidable centre partnership with Paul Dodge and represented England on twenty-one occasions, touring twice with The British Lions.

Retiring after an outstanding international rugby career, Rank Xerox posted him to Sydney where he became captain of the Manly club. Returning to England five years later with his wife and family, he established his own successful computer leasing company in Maidenhead and began his remarkable career as a rugby coach with the nearby Henley club.

After coaching London Irish and Bath and the England Under 21s, he was appointed by the Rugby Football Union as England's Rugby's Head Coach in 1997. He immediately transformed the traditional practices of previous set-ups, introducing business principles, setting long term goals, paying attention to detail and planning the personal development of individuals in the basic skills, tactics and strategy of modern rugby.

The resulting transformation of the national side led to England beginning to regularly beat southern hemisphere teams and becoming ranked No.1 in the world, ultimately winning the greatest prize in rugby, the World Cup, in November 2003. On his return from the World Cup victory, Clive Woodward was rewarded with a knighthood.

Following his resignation from the England post in September 2004, Sir Clive committed himself fully to the next greatest challenge in world rugby leading the British and Irish Lions when they went to New Zealand in 2005. Ultimately this was to prove a disappointing tour, with the Lions losing the Test Series 3-0.

Later that year, Sir Clive entered the world of football, joining Southampton FC as Technical Director. Less than six months into his new role, he was promoted to the position of Director of Football, a position he held until September 2006, when he accepted the newly created and tremendously exciting full time position with the British Olympic Association as their Director of Sport.

The new role saw Clive working in partnership with UK Sport and the 35 Olympic disciplines and their respective athletes, coaches and performance directors to maximize the success of Team GB at the 2008 Beijing Games and the 2010 Vancouver-Whistler Winter Olympics, and culminating in Team GB's success at the London 2012 Olympics.

Woodward is a highly sought after speaker on peak performance and team management.

Richard Wyn Griffith

Solution Sales Director

Softcat

Richard joined Softcat in 2002 as a graduate salesperson. Since then he's undertaken most roles in the sales side of the business, including opening Softcat's first City of London office, and has grown his responsibility with the business growth Softcat has seen in that time.

Today he is responsible on the Leadership Team for the Solutions side of the business, which encompasses the Sales and Delivery functions across Annuity Services, Datacentre and Cloud, Digital Workspace, and Networking and Security. This is currently over 50% of Softcat's business. In addition to this he has responsibility for Marketing functions across the business.

During his 17 years at Softcat, he's seen the company grow hugely - in people, in offerings and in revenue - and he is proud to be part of the team entrusted to make sure that this continues whilst the unique culture of the business remains.

Speakers

William Fletcher

EMEA Sales Manager

Webroot

As EMEA sales manager of Webroot, William Fletcher specialises in strategic account management for integration and PSA platforms while also leading the regional sales team. With 10 years' experience in various technical roles, William has built an accomplished career in the cloud security industry and is the key driver in developing strategic partnership for Webroot EMEA.

As well as extensive technical experience, William holds a honours bachelor of science degree in computing with focus on computer science, application development and software project management.

Nick Ioannou

Head of IT

Ratcliffe Groves Partnership

Nick Ioannou is an IT professional, blogger, author and public speaker on cloud and security issues, with over 20 years' corporate experience, including 15 years using cloud/hosted software as a service (SaaS) systems. As an early adopter of cloud systems, including BPOS, the first iteration of Office 365, he has been paying for the privilege of bug testing them ever since. Security bugs that aren't fixed end up becoming magazine articles in an attempt to get the vendor to take notice.

He started blogging in 2012 on free IT resources (http://nick-ioannou.com) currently with over 450+ posts. Author of 'Internet Security Fundamentals' and 'A Practical Guide to Cyber Security for Small Businesses' as well as contributing author to three 'Managing Cybersecurity Risk' books and 'Conquer The Web' by Legend Business Books.

Shaun Lynn

CEO

Agilitas

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.

George Tunnicliffe

Head of IT Operations

National Theatre

George Tunnicliffe likes a challenge. With a people centred and personal approach, he has worked in IT across different sectors such as defence, charities, healthcare and in scenarios of rapid growth and transformation. Entering the IT industry with experience from a design and catering background has evolved into people centred approaches to tackling technology objectives for organisations and companies.

The creation of a blended team dynamic at its core, supported by a hybrid cloud and As-A-Service platform strategy is enabling George's teams to deliver modern technologies to support digital and technology change strategies at the organisations he has worked in.

An advocate for diverse teams and passionate about building the individual, he has focussed on teamwork, collaboration and empowering those individuals to learn and overcome the challenges a modern IT team faces. As well as making sure good humour and friendly personalities are always present to make IT a positive place, he works to ensure IT is a welcoming team for the organisation and to help build a true partnership.

Outside the office George keeps it interesting enjoying performance arts as well as by wakeboarding, indoor skydiving, flowboarding, kayaking and anything else that doesn't involve a computer!

Glen Williams

CEO

Allvotec

Glen is the CEO of Allvotec and brings significant global IT services and partnership experience from having previously been the CEO of UC provider, Damovo, which he led to a successful sale in 2018. Glen has also held a number of senior management positions at Dell, Lenovo and Computacenter.

Allvotec is the leading partner-only services business in the UK., delivering everything from pre-sales to remote service delivery across unified communications and technology services for systems integrators, outsourcers, managed service providers, value added resellers, management consultants, OEMs and communications specialists.

Host Speakers

Nima Green

Multimedia Editor

Channel Partner Insight & CRN

Nima Green is a British/Sherpa journalist. She currently reports for Channel Partner Insight and CRN, leading B2B publishers on the IT Channel. As a member of the editorial team, she provides insightful market analysis and daily reporting on the events and trends that are impacting businesses

Nima has a multimedia background in newsrooms across the world, as a commissioning editor at The African Business Magazine; producing at the Russian World Radio Service London Bureau; and reporting at Vice Magazine and the Herald Sun in Australia. She has an MA in Journalism from Monash University, Melbourne, and a BA in Southern African political history from the University of Sheffield. Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Nima has lived and worked in the UK, Uganda, South Africa and Australia.

Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director

Computing & The Inquirer

Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing and The Inquirer. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Summits. During Stuart's tenure Computing has transformed from a print-reliant business to a bleeding edge multi-channel brand with an industry-leading events portfolio. Previously he spent 10 years as a programme manager in the IT industry, working for companies such as the BBC, COLT, Nortel Networks and Equant. As a journalist he has also worked for Time Out and IPC Media. He is a regular technology pundit and contributor to the BBC News Channel, as well as a published author.

Tom Wright

Content Director

Incisive Media

Tom Wright is Content Director at Incisive Media. As the title suggests he has responsibility for online lead generation, content syndication and content creation services across the technology, retail and institutional finance groups.

A 20 year industry veteran, Tom came into the world of media via the Radio Times, sidestepped into tech publishing and content marketing and has stayed there ever since. Tom has held a variety of roles in the sector, in sales management, moving onto publishing, and now working in branded and unbranded content.

Tom launched Computing's primary research unit with the express aim of offering tech decision makers analyst grade data on the key trends affecting them in their day to day jobs, cutting through vendor hype to deliver actionable data and useful insight. Research is conducted along MRS guidelines using individual in-depth interviews with senior IT practitioners, focus groups, and major quantative studies. Since launch in 2010, the Computing research unit has steadily added to its original brief and now covers topics as diverse as Internet of Things, DevOps, Security and Risk Governance, Data Centre and Infrastructure, Open Source Adoption and IT Leadership, and of course trends in how technology is bought sold and marketed.

Chairperson

Sara Yirrell

Consulting Editor

CRN & Channel Partner Insight

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 expansion to incorporate channelnomics.eu and channelnomics.com, which created the first true global channel network. She now also writes for Incisive Medias new channel brand Channel Partner Insight.

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.