24th May 2018

Institution of Engineering and Technology, London


Andrew Grill, Practical Futurist

Practical Futurist and Former Global Managing Partner at IBM tackles issues around digital disruption, workplace of the future and digital eminence. 100% digital, Andrew believes that to “get digital you need to be digital” and his engaging keynotes provide actionable insights on how to achieve corporate goals on a global and long-lasting scale.
An experienced corporate leader, Andrew has launched and run technology companies in Europe and Australia and worked with some of the world’s leading companies and organisations, including including Vodafone, Nestle, BBC, American Express, John Lewis, and Unilever.


Apay Obang-Oyway, Director – Cloud UK & I, Ingram Micro

Apay Obang-Oyway has for over 10 years worked in the IT industry, within the channel and large corporate enterprise resellers. Today, Apay is Director – Cloud & Software at Ingram Micro UK. Over the past two years Apay, has been instrumental in developing the UK Cloud strategy for Ingram Micro and building the value business strategy across software, telecommunications and Cloud. The “Partner” is Apay’s focus and understanding and addressing their needs is key to delivering valuable partnerships.

Apay has a keen interest in geopolitics, hockey and skiing. He holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool, which has augmented his passion for delivering ITC solutions that address business challenges for today and tomorrow. His interest in the ICT industry has been driven by his keen interest on geopolitics and how technology plays a major role in the sustainable socio-economic development from low income to high income economies.


Adam Smith, CTO, Piccadilly Group

Adam has held senior technology roles at Barclays and Deutsche Bank delivering large complex transformation projects, and is now CTO of Piccadilly Group, the UK’s leading test and intelligence consultancy for financial services. Piccadilly Group helps a range of financial institutions with large scale technology change programmes and Adam often leads large teams to reach complex goals. As well as client projects, Adam drives internal innovation and R&D at Piccadilly Group, which is currently focussed on how AI can disrupt management within a technology sector with an annual spend of half a trillion dollars. Adam and Piccadilly Group believe that middle management is an important and under-valued target for disruption with AI technologies, and that we need the equivalent of a Sat-Nav to help manage an enterprise technology function.
Adam lives in Barcelona, Spain, and describes himself as one part executive, one part entrepreneur and one part geek.


Alex Hilton, Chief Executive, Cloud Industry Forum

With 25 years of business experience in the IT industry, Alex has developed diverse knowledge and skills in several commercial roles. After completing ICL’s graduate training he joined Microsoft, spending 12 years in roles varying from managing public and private sector enterprise customers, channel leadership roles and finally running the UK compliance business. In 2010 Alex joined Rise (part of 1&1) as Managing Director building their Cloud services IaaS proposition. He developed Rise in to a profitable Cloud business and in 2011 they were awarded the accolade of Microsoft’s world-wide Hosting Partner of the Year.

In February 2013 Alex joined the Cloud Industry Forum as CEO responsible for strategy and day to day operations. He had been serving as non-Executive Director since 2008.


Alex Montgomery, UK Business Lead- Azure Application Innovation, Microsoft

Monty has spent 18 years in the technology industry, the last 8 of which have been at Microsoft in a number of product, sales, partner and strategy roles. He has a background in business applications and a passion for helping customers drive transformational outcomes through the use of technology.

In his current role, Monty leads the Azure Application Innovation business for Microsoft in the UK. This key transformative business line helps customers and partners leverage the broad scope of Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) workloads, mobile app development services and Microsoft AI capabilities to modernize existing customer-facing and line of business applications and to build modern intelligent applications of the future.

A seasoned public speaker, Monty excels at bringing together complex propositions and simplifying them for business and technical audiences, underlining value outcomes for customers of all sizes and industries. Outside of work, Monty has a young family that keeps him busy although he makes time to invest in his passion for music.


Jan-Jaap Jager, Chief Revenue Officer at Acronis

Jan-Jaap Jager (JJ) was recently appointed Chief Revenue Officer at Acronis.

Before that, he held the position of General Manager of the Acronis Cloud Business Unit.

JJ has more than 14 years of experience in the IT industry. He has been working for the company for more than 3 years now, but has been close with Acronis over a longer period. As CEO of the Intergenia Group, JJ was responsible for managing companies like Datadock, Server4you, Serverloft, unmetered.com, Plusserver, Internet24 and the event business Worldhostingdays (WHD) which is currently the largest pure cloud service provider event in the world. Besides the 40,000 servers and more than 2 million domains that he had under his management, he also hosted the cloud backup solution for Acronis in Intergenia’s Strasbourg and St. Louis datacenters.


Darren Spence, Managing Partner, Boost Performance

Darren has a very strong sales, marketing and general managerial background with good strategic appreciation and vision. He has worked within sales and marketing in the tech sector for over 22 years and runs the channel services group, “Boost Technology” which comprises two successful and growing businesses – Boost Performance (a value proposition and demand generation business) and Sales Gym 360 (an Award winning B2B sales training business). Darren is also a regular contributing author to Winning Edge magazine and a Judge at the CRN Sales & Marketing Awards (2016, 2017 and 2018).

Prior to setting up his own businesses Darren was Managing Director at Bytes Document Solutions (UK).  When he joined the business it had lost £1m EBITDA but during his first two years in role Darren improved this to +£1m EBITDA whilst growing the company’s turnover from £17m to £21m.  The business was sold in 2014 to Xeretec.


Richard Agnew, VP Europe North

Richard Agnew is a veteran of the UK IT industry having served in management roles at EMC, NetApp and Veeam.  For Code42, Richard is responsible for growing Northern EMEA and emulating the success of Code42 seen in North America.


Ronan McCurtin, Senior Sales Director – UK & I

Ronan has years of experience building a company providing Disaster Recovery solutions and Cloud Backup solutions, tripling his client base whilst by broadening his service portfolio. Ronan is also passionate about data protection and storage and built a channel for a hyperconverged product within EMEA. Prior to working in IT Ronan crunched data in a different way as a Chartered Accountant in the Finance and Commercial sector.


Gary Pryor, Partner Acquisition Director, 8×8 UK

Gary is Partner Acquisition Director at cloud technology experts 8×8. Gary is responsible for the development of strategic alliances and partner development. He is also keen to develop young talent in the industry and has spearheaded the 8×8 graduate scheme, hiring top graduates to develop their careers in a fast growing company.

With over 20 years experience in B2B sales, specialising in telecommunications, Gary has played a key role establishing 8×8 Solutions as a UK leader in unified communications.

He was a founding member of Voicenet Solutions Ltd in 2004, one of the largest independent providers of Unified Communications Solutions to businesses throughout the UK, when he spotted the shift to cloud based systems.


Simon Aldous, Head of Channels – EMEA

Simon has a wealth of experience building channel businesses, since he began his career at Ingram Micro 25 years ago. Since then he’s set up channel distribution networks for Toshiba and Polycom and spent eight years at Microsoft. In this role he was responsible for growing the SMB audience through Distributor, VAR and Breadth reseller channels, as well as growing Microsoft’s Hosting business alongside partners who provided Microsoft’s Infrastructure, Platform and SaaS products. He also was part of the original team that worked on bringing Office 365 to market through the syndication model with large telco’s such as BT & Vodafone.

Simon has previously helped build and develop some of the world’s leading channel programmes. At Dropbox, he is responsible for the company’s EMEA channel strategy, scaling growth via the channel, driving revenue and establishing a strong brand presence in the SMB customer segment.

Outside of work Simon is a keen age group cyclist and triathlete and during the winter months can be found umpiring on the hockey field for his local club.


Connor O’Brien, Channel Account Manager – Europe

Prior to joining ConnectWise, at the age of 18, Connor was responsible for bringing Strawberry Vodka to Wimbledon, Henley Regatta and well-known universities in the UK.  He had a passion for growing his business and working with start-up companies until he met ConnectWise.  Since joining ConnectWise in March 2017, Connor is growing ConnectWise’s presence in the European market with local distributors and forever looking for new opportunities.


Christopher Noon, Head of Data Science – Outbound and Channel

Chris started out as a lecturer in ancient history and archaeology at the University of Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for building bridges between the technology and education industries, then used one of those bridges to transition himself out of academia. Chris joined Dropbox in 2013 and is currently Head of Data Science for Outbound Sales and Channel. Chris spends most of his time building propensity models to help the Sales and Channel team better understand the customers and partners they’re working with. Chris also creates tools to visualise company engagement, tell a contextualised ‘data story’, and identify ways in which Dropbox can help customers to become more collaborative and achieve greater return on investment.


Jodie Rodgers, Partner Technology Strategist, Microsoft

Jodie Rodgers is a Partner Technology Strategist in Microsoft’s newly formed One Commercial Partner division. Working with Partner’s to drive technical enablement and practice design though technical readiness and development plans. Jodie previously worked for Goldman Sachs, as a Client Technology Solutions Analyst, where her interest in Data and the value in analytics began!


James Marshall, Partner Technology Strategist

James Marshall a Technology Strategist at Microsoft in the UK, an unashamed geek, and frequent speaker at industry events. James has been on the front line managing IT in the public sector, but since 2010 has been partnering with businesses large and small on digital transformation, particularly with Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. A firm believer that IT should not get in the way of productivity but that it should instead enhance it, James’ goal is to enable people to realise Microsoft’s mission: to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.


Rob Price, CTO UK Partner Organisation, Cisco

Rob is a professional communications engineer and member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET). Rob has been with Cisco for over 18 years and is currently CTO for the UK Partner Organisation. In this role, Rob manages a team of 10 Systems Engineers, who in turn provide support to Cisco’s Partner community.


William Fellows, VP of Research, 451 Research

William Fellows is a cofounder of The 451 Group. As VP of Research, he is responsible for the Cloud Transformation Channel at 451 Research. This Channel provides a point of intellectual convergence for 451 Research around cloud and digital transformation, in much the same way that the industry is converging on cloud from all points. William also created and runs 451 Research’s Digital Economics Unit. This is currently focused on helping end users, vendors and investors understand complex and confusing cloud pricing mechanisms in order to compare the cost of services (hosted, hybrid and on-premises), the cost of entry and price of participation in new markets.

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