SPEAKERS

James Bagnall

Infrastructure Recruitment Consultant
REED Specialist Recruitment

James connects the best IT infrastructure talent with outstanding career development opportunities. Coming from an IT Management background; heavily reliant on (caffeine) SQL, DB Management and Infrastructure enables him to provide practical technical expertise with the tenacity to ensure a successful outcome for all parties.James takes pride in taking the time to un...show more

James connects the best IT infrastructure talent with outstanding career development opportunities. Coming from an IT Management background; heavily reliant on (caffeine) SQL, DB Management and Infrastructure enables him to provide practical technical expertise with the tenacity to ensure a successful outcome for all parties.James takes pride in taking the time to understand the DNA of candidates – their past experiences, career aspirations and what drives each and every individual he deals with.  This results in beautifully crafted technical  and  cultural fits. 

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Clare Barclay

COO
Microsoft

Clare Barclay is the is the Chief Operating Officer for Microsoft UK. Her remit covers the sales, marketing and services resources in each of the business groups, strategy and planning for the UK subsidiary, as well as leading the marketing teams responsible for promoting the company's consumer and commercial products and services. Clare has been in the IT industry...show more

Clare Barclay is the is the Chief Operating Officer for Microsoft UK. Her remit covers the sales, marketing and services resources in each of the business groups, strategy and planning for the UK subsidiary, as well as leading the marketing teams responsible for promoting the company's consumer and commercial products and services. Clare has been in the IT industry for more than 20 years. Her diverse experience working for Microsoft spans 15 years, most recently as the General Manager of the Small, Medium Enterprise & Partner Group, where she oversaw the sales of all products and solutions into the Small and Medium Enterprise customers through distribution and our reselling channel. Prior to this at Microsoft, she has occupied a number of senior positions in the company across partner, European strategy and the enterprises services divisions. Before joining Microsoft, Clare held a number of business development and marketing related roles within the IT channel and distribution. She lives in London with her husband and 2 young sons.

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Scott Barlow

VP, Global MSP
Sophos

VP, Global MSP at Sophos
Scott Barlow is industry recognized Channel Chief, Top 50 Midmarket Channel Executive and IPED Channel Master, with strong technical expertise and domain knowledge in Cloud Services and SaaS markets, including email and Web security, email storage and archiving, compliance and IT Security. Scott is currently VP, Global MSP at Sophos and serves on the CompTIA Board of Directors. Scott holds an MBA and M.S. in Geophysics from Boston College.



Luke Barton

Business Development Manager, CAPP Delivery Western Europe
CompTIA

Luke Barton is the Business Development Manager for CAPP Delivery in Western Europe for CompTIA, based in the London Office. Luke joined CompTIA in May following a successful career in the Learning and Development sector with Capita, predominantly working in the corporate sector. Luke’s drive is helping people gain the skills to continually improve themselves and giving them a platform to achieve their career goals. In Luk...show more

Luke Barton is the Business Development Manager for CAPP Delivery in Western Europe for CompTIA, based in the London Office. Luke joined CompTIA in May following a successful career in the Learning and Development sector with Capita, predominantly working in the corporate sector. Luke’s drive is helping people gain the skills to continually improve themselves and giving them a platform to achieve their career goals. In Luke’s spare time he enjoys the Football, training for this year’s Marathon and watching endless re-runs of Star Wars.

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Steve Brennan

Market Enablement Director
QA

Steve has worked in the IT Training industry for 20 years, starting his career in a training delivery role, before moving into global account management and strategic business development roles. Steve was previously a member of the senior management team at Xpertise Group Plc, which was acquired by QA in September 2008. A respected professional in the industry, Steve reported in to the QA Learning Executive board and also sat for 3 years on Microsoft’s...show more

Steve has worked in the IT Training industry for 20 years, starting his career in a training delivery role, before moving into global account management and strategic business development roles. Steve was previously a member of the senior management team at Xpertise Group Plc, which was acquired by QA in September 2008. A respected professional in the industry, Steve reported in to the QA Learning Executive board and also sat for 3 years on Microsoft’s Learning Global Partner Advisory Council (PAC) in Seattle, which helps set the direction for Microsoft learning products and services. Most recently in June 2018, Steve joined the QA Consulting (QAC) Executive Team in the role of Market Enablement Director.

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Stephanie Cairns

Client Service Manager
ECS Security

11 years industry experience within specialised Security Recruitment and Talent Development. 

Particular experience in supporting recent graduates and those at early career paths through training and development. 



Shane Carpenter

Combat Systems Engineer Higher Apprentice
BAE Systems

BAE Systems higher apprentice
Medallion of Excellence Winner, IT Network Administration at World Skills Abu Dhabi 2017. Medallion of Excellence Winner, ICT Specialist at EuroSkills Budapest 2018. A highly skilled individual who is always looking for new ideas and technologies to learn. Knowledgable in both networking and Programming, predominantly networking. Constantly gaining knowledge of network security and cryptography through watching document...show more

BAE Systems higher apprentice
Medallion of Excellence Winner, IT Network Administration at World Skills Abu Dhabi 2017. Medallion of Excellence Winner, ICT Specialist at EuroSkills Budapest 2018. A highly skilled individual who is always looking for new ideas and technologies to learn. Knowledgable in both networking and Programming, predominantly networking. Constantly gaining knowledge of network security and cryptography through watching documentaries and work. Has very good troubleshooting skills and enjoys a challenege. Great Linux skills and constantly looking to improve.

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Peter Clarke

CSIRT Instructor, BT Security
BT

Peter Clarke entered the Cyber Security industry after receiving the accolade of UK Cyber Security Challenge Champion in 2015. Formerly a Network Engineer, Peter joined a team of highly regarded incident responders protecting BT’s global network and customer base. Peter is now an instructor and mentor to front line operational staff, both internally and externally to BT. With a passion for education, learning and research, he hopes to help inspire and d...show more

Peter Clarke entered the Cyber Security industry after receiving the accolade of UK Cyber Security Challenge Champion in 2015. Formerly a Network Engineer, Peter joined a team of highly regarded incident responders protecting BT’s global network and customer base. Peter is now an instructor and mentor to front line operational staff, both internally and externally to BT. With a passion for education, learning and research, he hopes to help inspire and develop the next generation of Cyber Security professionals.

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Clem Craven

CSIRT Training Lead, BT Security
BT

Clem Craven is the Cyber Security Training Lead in Protect BT, the area that protects BT itself from the myriad of threats that it sees and deals with daily.  He runs the Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT) Training Team which comprises training for both the technical and nontechnical elements that make up Protect BT.  He comes from an extensive policing and military background having served with the Royal Air Force Police in the operation...show more

Clem Craven is the Cyber Security Training Lead in Protect BT, the area that protects BT itself from the myriad of threats that it sees and deals with daily.  He runs the Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRT) Training Team which comprises training for both the technical and nontechnical elements that make up Protect BT.  He comes from an extensive policing and military background having served with the Royal Air Force Police in the operational and instructional capacity and has over 28 years of experience in the Policing, Counter Intelligence and Cyber Security Fields.  As well as teaching, he is responsible for mapping out the training paths for over 80+ personnel who make up PBT, thus having a bespoke pathway mated to the skills and capability of the individual and to also address the needs of the business.

He holds CISSP, CompTIA N+, CompTIA S+ and ISO 27001 qualifications.

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Marie Cronin

Senior Manager, CAPP Delivery in Western Europe
CompTIA

Marie Cronin is Senior Manager for CAPP Delivery in Western Europe for CompTIA, and she’s based in the London Office. Marie has recently joined the CompTIA team, previously working for partners that deliver CompTIA certifications through apprenticeships linked to large and SME businesses in England. Other experience relates to providing the young unemployed with new skills and jobs in a range of sectors along with IT Recruitment. With over 12 years rela...show more

Marie Cronin is Senior Manager for CAPP Delivery in Western Europe for CompTIA, and she’s based in the London Office. Marie has recently joined the CompTIA team, previously working for partners that deliver CompTIA certifications through apprenticeships linked to large and SME businesses in England. Other experience relates to providing the young unemployed with new skills and jobs in a range of sectors along with IT Recruitment. With over 12 years related experience, Marie’s passion lies within bridging the skills gap in the tech sector and will be working with CompTIA partners to drive forward CompTIA certification’s across the region with the aim of creating the future workforce for IT in the region.

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Simon Cuthbert

Head of International
8MAN by Protected Networks

Cyber Security and GRC industry veteran with over 20 years experience. Specialising in GRC and GDPR solutions.

With over 30 years experience in sales, the last 20 years of which in the Security arena, I am a successful Sales Leader specialising in both direct sales & indirect channel sales growth, Management & Sales, from strategic planning to execution along with Direct Touch, business alliances & OEM

I have an in-de...show more

Cyber Security and GRC industry veteran with over 20 years experience. Specialising in GRC and GDPR solutions.

With over 30 years experience in sales, the last 20 years of which in the Security arena, I am a successful Sales Leader specialising in both direct sales & indirect channel sales growth, Management & Sales, from strategic planning to execution along with Direct Touch, business alliances & OEM

I have an in-depth knowledge and proven experience of building direct and indirect sales channels to ensure long term growth stability. I am an experienced public speaker and presenter on Cyber & Data Security issues as well as GRC & GDPR and generic general electronic & physical security threats.

My IT Security experience includes, Cryptographic Networks, PKI Infrastructure, Biometric Authentication and Asset Management solutions to Virtualisation Security, Cloud Computing, Cloud Security and Remote Access, Managed Services, Data Security, Identity Management and BYOD network security, device control, application white listing, patch & remediation.

Specialties: Sales Team Management, alliances, OEM, direct enterprise sales, creation of profitable long term indirect sales channels. Business strategy planning, leadership of sales teams, Partner Program creation & management, direct sales, network security and Virtualisation.

Understanding of, Security, Biometrics, Application Traffic Management, Application Access, Encryption, PKI, Deployable Field Communications, Cloud Computing markets. C- level presenting & negotiation, hunting & farming, deal closing and account management, GRC solutions and GDPR.

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Eliot Davies

Senior Recruitment Partner
ECS Security

An experienced Talent Acquisition / Internal Recruitment Consultant, with close to 10 years experience delivering resourcing and recruitment solutions to technology services companies.  Have spent the last 2-3 years recruiting for Cyber Security professionals across the UK, from Graduate level to Senior Leadership roles.  



Gavin Dennis

Senior IT Security Consultant
P3 communications GmbH

Gavin Dennis is a Cyber Security Consultant from Jamaica working in Germany. He helps companies and people around the world to protect their digital assets and has worked with companies in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. He is experienced in Penetration Testing (Network and Web), Social Engineering, Vulnerability Assessments, IT Security Risk and Compliance, and IT Security Incident Response. Additionally, Gavin is a CompTIA SME and separately produc...show more

Gavin Dennis is a Cyber Security Consultant from Jamaica working in Germany. He helps companies and people around the world to protect their digital assets and has worked with companies in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. He is experienced in Penetration Testing (Network and Web), Social Engineering, Vulnerability Assessments, IT Security Risk and Compliance, and IT Security Incident Response. Additionally, Gavin is a CompTIA SME and separately produces educational security content through his articles, websites, and speaking engagements.

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Andy Dow

Group Marketing Director UK&I
Tech Data Ltd

Group Marketing Director at Tech Data Ltd UK&I.


I joined the IT channel back in 1980 starting as an IT reseller.  Over the years I have worked at HP and was a channel director at Dell as we as 26 years in distribution, 17 of which has been at Tech Data.



Robert Gibbons

Director
Think4 IT Solutions Ltd

Director at Think4 IT Solutions Ltd
We are a premier IT Support and Hosting service based in the North West. Our offerings for Small to Medium businesses is to make you feel like an Enterprise solution. T4 are an established I.T. provider with over 11 years of business. As well as knowledge and experience, we take great care to understand who you are and how your business runs. Not only can we support you better, we’ll also provide expert advice mak...show more

Director at Think4 IT Solutions Ltd
We are a premier IT Support and Hosting service based in the North West. Our offerings for Small to Medium businesses is to make you feel like an Enterprise solution. T4 are an established I.T. provider with over 11 years of business. As well as knowledge and experience, we take great care to understand who you are and how your business runs. Not only can we support you better, we’ll also provide expert advice making sure any investment is the right investment tailored just for you. Our cores strengths are: ■ IT Support and Managed Services ■ Cloud Solutions ■ Software Development ■ Office 365 ■ Disaster Recovery, Back-up and Business Continuity services When working with T4, you have your own dedicated account manager who will work alongside your business making sure you have the tools in place for growth. Why not talk to use today about starting your journey for business growth?

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Monty Halls

Broadcaster & Adventurer
Seadog Television and Film Productions

A former Royal Marines officer who worked for Nelson Mandela during the peace process in the early nineties, Monty left the forces to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism, and marine biology. He is a Land Rover global ambassador, president of the Galapagos Conservation Trust and a Help for Heroes patron. In 2003 he was awarded the Bish Medal by the Scientific Exploration Society for services to exploration and in 2010, an honorary Doctor of...show more

A former Royal Marines officer who worked for Nelson Mandela during the peace process in the early nineties, Monty left the forces to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism, and marine biology. He is a Land Rover global ambassador, president of the Galapagos Conservation Trust and a Help for Heroes patron. In 2003 he was awarded the Bish Medal by the Scientific Exploration Society for services to exploration and in 2010, an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Plymouth University.
Monty presented numerous documentaries on the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, Five, and Nat Geo, and latterly moved into producing, ultimately launching his own production company (Seadog TV & Film Productions).
Monty is best known for his three BBC2 Great Escapes’ series, where he lived on the west coasts of Scotland and Ireland with his dog Reuben. He also presented the multi-award winning series ‘Great Barrier Reef’ the ground-breaking expedition series ‘Lost Worlds’ for the Discovery Channel and ‘Monty Halls’ Dive Mysteries’ for Channel 5.
Monty’s production company Seadog has filmed two series for Channel 4. “Freedom Trails” - an RTS Best Factual Series nominee 2018 - and the just aired “My Family & the Galapagos” in its first 2 years of operation. Seadog is unusual - possibly unique - in the broadcast industry as it was formed entirely through crowdfunding. The company has recently launched a successful second fund raise to fully explore the VR / 360 / multi-platform market.

Monty’s talks on leadership, his after-dinner speeches, and his seminars on team dynamics have been in high demand for two decades on the national and international circuit. His presentations are a wry examination of the perpetual challenge of leading well, and of maintaining world-class performance in a changing world.

Twenty years of working with organisations large and small have resulted in a delivery that is fast- paced, thought-provoking, funny, and energising. His talks range from subjects as diverse as responding to failure, maintaining the aim in a changing world, how to generate and sustain momentum, and the common responses to stress that unite us all.

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Nazir Hanif

Project Manager
Barclays



Rebecca Harrop

Lecturer, HE in Computing and Cisco Academy Manager
Barnet and Southgate College and Open University

Rebecca Harrop has been teaching for the best part of twenty years. Specialising in computer systems, networking and more recently network-security, Rebecca helps train learners aged “16 to 60” through professional level certifications on the CompTIA and Cisco pathways and as part of further and higher education qualifications. Rebecca heads a network academy where she delivers and manages both classroom-led and distance-learning courses and, as an expe...show more

Rebecca Harrop has been teaching for the best part of twenty years. Specialising in computer systems, networking and more recently network-security, Rebecca helps train learners aged “16 to 60” through professional level certifications on the CompTIA and Cisco pathways and as part of further and higher education qualifications. Rebecca heads a network academy where she delivers and manages both classroom-led and distance-learning courses and, as an expert in differentiation and teaching and learning strategies, helps to train trainers in best practise. 

Rebecca was educated at the University of St. Andrews, in Psychology and Computing, and specialised in cyber-psychology, neural networks, and artificial intelligence. Having gained a 1st class master’s degree, on an ESRC scholarship, in Cognitive Science she then threw herself into professional presenting and teaching. When she is not trying to keep on-top of the latest certs, Rebecca can usually be found attempting to withdraw her toughest two students (aka her very young children) from technology without enduring an “iPaddy” (tantrum) before bedtime.

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Tim Herbert

Sr. VP, Research and Market Intelligence
CompTIA

Tim Herbert serves as senior vice president of research and market intelligence for The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Under his leadership, CompTIA publishes a wide range of reports, briefs, and data analysis to make sense of the ever-changing tech landscape.

CompTIA’s Cyberstates report is recognized as the definitive guide to tech workforce trends, economic impact, innovation, and more. As revealed in this recent sit...show more

Tim Herbert serves as senior vice president of research and market intelligence for The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Under his leadership, CompTIA publishes a wide range of reports, briefs, and data analysis to make sense of the ever-changing tech landscape.

CompTIA’s Cyberstates report is recognized as the definitive guide to tech workforce trends, economic impact, innovation, and more. As revealed in this recent sit-down interview, Herbert recognizes the importance of digging deep to get to the underlying complexities and nuances of data and trends.

Herbert regularly pens articles for industry publications, presents at industry conferences, and in his 20+ years as a technology analyst, has been cited in numerous media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Wired Magazine and many others.

Prior to joining CompTIA, Herbert directed the research program and was a lead analyst at the Consumer Technology Association, producer of the International CES, the largest technology event in the world. Additionally, his entrepreneurial streak led to his involvement in launching two startups.

Herbert holds a B.S. in economics from John Carroll University and an MBA with an economics concentration from George Mason University.

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Tom Huckle

Head of Cybersecurity and Development
Crucial Group

Tom Huckle joined from Barclays Security Operations Centre Cyber Operations Team and now leads the Academy and Consultancy. S...show more

Tom Huckle joined from Barclays Security Operations Centre Cyber Operations Team and now leads the Academy and Consultancy. Specialising in defensive security, threat intelligence and information assurance, he teaches on the Defensive, Information Assurance and Threat Intelligence courses. An Ex-Royal Marine Mountain Leader of eight years, he taught himself cyber in his spare time in the military and gained the necessary qualifications to move into a cyber role once he left the forces.

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