SPEAKERS

Patrick Aylmer

Director
The Learning People

With over 13 years in the eLearning sector under his belt, Patrick knew that there was a need for a high standard of eLearning in the UK, specifically in IT Certification and Project Management. His background in eLearning sales has afforded him the chance to speak to customers and develop a rounded understanding of why people choose eLearning and what they want from it to help them achieve their goals. That is why he founded The Learning People with his co-Director C...show more

With over 13 years in the eLearning sector under his belt, Patrick knew that there was a need for a high standard of eLearning in the UK, specifically in IT Certification and Project Management. His background in eLearning sales has afforded him the chance to speak to customers and develop a rounded understanding of why people choose eLearning and what they want from it to help them achieve their goals. That is why he founded The Learning People with his co-Director Chris Hayward in 2010.

Thier expertise in the eLearning sector, combined with their unique approach to crafting eLearning programmes for students, and their focus on the key growth areas in the UK, has taken The Learning People from strength to strength. In three short years, The Learning People is now the number one supplier of business to consumer Skillsoft training in Europe. They also operate in Dubai and are growing fast, with our workforce expanding each month, and potential ventures for new locations and new courses being explored.

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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 Luke’s spare time...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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Andrew Bassi

PFI Principal Forensic Consultant
IntaForensics

Andrew is Payment Card Industry Forensic Investigator with over 8 years’ experience delivering Payment Card Forensic work and was working as part of the QFI programme before the PFI programme superseded it.

Andrew’s previous Information Security consulting experience includes forensic investigation and incident response for PTP Consulting (Risk-X), Protiviti, Arsenal Security Group and 7Safe Ltd. In recent years, he has spoken at several events on a range...show more

Andrew is Payment Card Industry Forensic Investigator with over 8 years’ experience delivering Payment Card Forensic work and was working as part of the QFI programme before the PFI programme superseded it.

Andrew’s previous Information Security consulting experience includes forensic investigation and incident response for PTP Consulting (Risk-X), Protiviti, Arsenal Security Group and 7Safe Ltd. In recent years, he has spoken at several events on a range of subjects from PCI through to Common Breach Scenarios and Security Awareness, most recently presenting at an OWASP events. Andrew has specialist areas of knowledge in wireless networking security, malicious software, incident response and physical security of digital assets.

Prior to working in Digital Forensics, Andrew gained invaluable experience as a senior IT Administrator with SunGard. It was here he gained an understanding of the systems used to protect IT assets within large organisations and the effort involved in running these systems. Andrew was responsible for IT security across UK sites and gained invaluable experience maintaining the SunGard Firewall systems and internal scanning/ patching systems. Andrew was the youngest member of the SunGard Incident Response Team (SIRT) and actively fed into the content of the Incident Response plan and procedures.

Andrew’s background in security stems from his Masters Degree at Royal Holloway in Information Security but also a personal interest in the field. Andrew takes an active interest in the industry and has conducted several research projects over the years since obtaining his degrees such as introducing a method of non-destructive tamper detection for Pin Entry Devices and other consumer level electronics.

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Paul Birkett

Sales and Marketing Director
Samsung Electronics Europe

Paul Birkett is the Sales and Marketing Director for the Samsung European Printing Operations where he has managed the transition of the business from a retail B2C operation to a software and services led B2B provider.

Paul has spent over 25 years in the printing industry holding senior roles in Sales, Marketing and Product Development.  He previously held a senior position in Xerox where he led the global business development team and deployment of all Ma...show more

Paul Birkett is the Sales and Marketing Director for the Samsung European Printing Operations where he has managed the transition of the business from a retail B2C operation to a software and services led B2B provider.

Paul has spent over 25 years in the printing industry holding senior roles in Sales, Marketing and Product Development.  He previously held a senior position in Xerox where he led the global business development team and deployment of all Managed Print offerings.  During this time he developed the Xerox partner MPS offerings and was a core member of the Xerox strategic planning group.

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Ryan Blankenship

Vice President of Content and Learning
CompTIA.

Ryan Blankenship is the Vice President of Content and Learning at CompTIA. In his role, he leads the content development and product marketing for CompTIA’s certifications and learning products. Prior to CompTIA, Ryan was at McGraw-Hill Higher Education where he managed the mathematics, chemistry and engineering portfolio of learning content for both print and digital. Ryan’s interests and key areas of experience are in adaptive learning, learning efficacy, digital le...show more

Ryan Blankenship is the Vice President of Content and Learning at CompTIA. In his role, he leads the content development and product marketing for CompTIA’s certifications and learning products. Prior to CompTIA, Ryan was at McGraw-Hill Higher Education where he managed the mathematics, chemistry and engineering portfolio of learning content for both print and digital. Ryan’s interests and key areas of experience are in adaptive learning, learning efficacy, digital learning technology implementation, and product and market development.

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Tom Brett

Cyber Security Expert, ICT Advisor and Course Director
Institute of Public Administration

Tom Brett is one of Ireland’s leading IT trainers with over 20 years experience training students across the public and private sector. He is a Senior Lecturer, Technical Advisor and Course Designer for The Institute of Public Administration where he has successfully designed and delivered IT courses and examinations since 1995. With over 20 years experience, Tom has invested strongly in gaining a large number of IT and IT security qualifications from Vendors such as...show more

Tom Brett is one of Ireland’s leading IT trainers with over 20 years experience training students across the public and private sector. He is a Senior Lecturer, Technical Advisor and Course Designer for The Institute of Public Administration where he has successfully designed and delivered IT courses and examinations since 1995. With over 20 years experience, Tom has invested strongly in gaining a large number of IT and IT security qualifications from Vendors such as Microsoft, VMware, CISCO, CompTIA and EC-Council. Among these are A+, N+, Linux+, Security+, CASP, and Project+. Tom is a Microsoft Certified Trainer in a number of disciplines, to further this he also holds ISC2 CISSP, EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Chief Information Security Officer and Certified Instructor. Tom also holds a number of Academic Qualifications.

As a trainer and consultant in cyber security, Tom helps companies and organisations understand the potent challenges of IT security in a fast-changing environment.

A highly regarded and popular trainer, Tom is proud to have trained hundreds of students in IT security. He has a passion for sharing his knowledge with students and places a strong focus on delivering practical, hands-on training with live exercises in a classroom environment.

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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 related experience,...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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Richard Czech

EMEA Business Development Director
Wasabi Technologies

Richard Czech serves as EMEA Business Development Director for Wasabi Technologies and was previously Executive Sales Director of DataXion, the largest datacenter hosting company in Africa. Before his tenure at DataXion, Mr Czech was Chief Executive Officer of LightSand Communications, Inc, a worldwide leading company providing SAN over SONET/SDH solutions. Mr. Czech previously served in the LightSand Communications, Inc. as the Managing Director for EMEA where he cre...show more

Richard Czech serves as EMEA Business Development Director for Wasabi Technologies and was previously Executive Sales Director of DataXion, the largest datacenter hosting company in Africa. Before his tenure at DataXion, Mr Czech was Chief Executive Officer of LightSand Communications, Inc, a worldwide leading company providing SAN over SONET/SDH solutions. Mr. Czech previously served in the LightSand Communications, Inc. as the Managing Director for EMEA where he created strong business relationships with OEMs and large Storage Vendors. He is cumulating 25 years of experience as entrepreneur and key executive positions in the Storage Industry. Prior to LightSand, Mr. Czech served as Vice-President Technology, Europe of ADIC/Quantum (Nasdaq: ADIC). He founded and served as President during 6 years of Chevry Inc., a successful backup software company based in Calabasas (CA) and Paris. In addition to his extensive business administration experience. Mr Czech holds an Engineering degree from French National Engineering School in Telecommunications, Automation and Electronics.

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Anushka Davies

Head of Training & Development
Softcat plc

I am an experienced Head of Training & Development with a broad range of customer experience and people development. I am passionate about people, culture, values and delivering outstanding levels of business value to the customer by encouraging quality and intelligence through our employees.

Softcat plc is a leading provider of IT infrastructure solutions and a FTSE 250 listed company. We provide corporate and public sector organisations with workplace...show more

I am an experienced Head of Training & Development with a broad range of customer experience and people development. I am passionate about people, culture, values and delivering outstanding levels of business value to the customer by encouraging quality and intelligence through our employees.

Softcat plc is a leading provider of IT infrastructure solutions and a FTSE 250 listed company. We provide corporate and public sector organisations with workplace technology, datacentre infrastructure, networking and security solutions; combined with all the services required to design, deliver, and support these on premise or in the cloud.

We hold top tier accreditations with all major IT vendors and our experience is underlined with prestigious industry awards, including CRN reseller of the year. We care passionately about two things: outstanding employee satisfaction and world-class customer service. Our UK best workplace award and 99% customer satisfaction rating are testament to this commitment.

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Eliot Davies

Senior Resourcing Business Partner
ECS

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.  



Jane Dickinson

Senior Manager, Business Development, Skills Certification
CompTIA

Jane Dickinson is the Academy Program Lead within the Western European team at CompTIA, a not for profit, global IT trade association working to advance the industry through advocacy, education, certification, networking and philanthropy.

Jane is passionate about attracting young people into IT careers and helping educators incorporate industry relevant content and certification in their programmes.

Prior to CompTIA, Jane has many years of sale...show more

Jane Dickinson is the Academy Program Lead within the Western European team at CompTIA, a not for profit, global IT trade association working to advance the industry through advocacy, education, certification, networking and philanthropy.

Jane is passionate about attracting young people into IT careers and helping educators incorporate industry relevant content and certification in their programmes.

Prior to CompTIA, Jane has many years of sales and marketing experience in IT content publishing/distribution.

Now retired from her beloved sailing and netball, she volunteers at her local ATC squadron in her spare time.

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Daniel Disney

Founder/Owner
The Daily Sales

Founder @ The Daily Sales | No.1 UK Sales Blogger | 150,000+ Followers | Social Selling Expert | Sales Influencer
So what have I done to be able to make the claims in my LinkedIn headline? I founded The Daily Sales 2 years ago and have grown it to have over 150,000 followers and a total audience reach of over 7,000,000+ through the content it shares. I've been writing my own sales blog for 2 years now and have written over 180 blogs read by millions. I also write...show more

Founder @ The Daily Sales | No.1 UK Sales Blogger | 150,000+ Followers | Social Selling Expert | Sales Influencer
So what have I done to be able to make the claims in my LinkedIn headline? I founded The Daily Sales 2 years ago and have grown it to have over 150,000 followers and a total audience reach of over 7,000,000+ through the content it shares. I've been writing my own sales blog for 2 years now and have written over 180 blogs read by millions. I also write for several popular global sales organisations and ghostwrite for senior sales leaders as well. 5 years ago I adopted social selling creating and closing million pound deals through it. In that time I've been able to help other sales people, teams and companies leverage social media platforms to massively enhance their sales process and results. 

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Peter Doherty

Vendor Certifications Manager
Belfast Metropolitan College

Peter Doherty joined Belfast Metropolitan College in 2003 as the Senior Curriculum IT/Digital Media Technician managing a team of Curriculum IT & Media Technicians supporting the varied curriculum of Belfast Met. With a background in Microsoft certifications gained in previous industrial experience in 2005 he introduced vendor certificat...show more

Peter Doherty joined Belfast Metropolitan College in 2003 as the Senior Curriculum IT/Digital Media Technician managing a team of Curriculum IT & Media Technicians supporting the varied curriculum of Belfast Met. With a background in Microsoft certifications gained in previous industrial experience in 2005 he introduced vendor certifications from Microsoft & CompTIA into full-time and part-time curriculum. Since that time he has expanded the provision into Cisco, Adobe and Autodesk certifications delivering approx. 1200 exams per annum.

 

He is also Independent IT Consultant specialising in Cloud Technologies and only one of a handful of Microsoft Minecraft Certified Trainers in the country.

 

In 2012 he founded CoderDojo Belfast along with a colleague. This has turned into one of the largest Dojos in the world with 120 regular attendees. He is passionate about changing the IT curriculum, particularly from a young age. 

 

Peters interests include tech, gadgets, motorsport, travelling and music.

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Andy Dow

Marketing Director
Tech Data UK Ltd

Andy returned to Tech Data as the Marketing Director in April 2010 having previously enjoyed seven years with the company as a General Manager in Sales, Product Marketing and Marketing. During the 10 year spell away from Tech Data Andy held director roles at Westcoast Distribution and at Dell Computers. Andy also spent 9 years at Hewlett-Packard in the formative days of IT channel business. He brings a deep understanding of the channel and the needs of the reseller community.



Ben Drain

Head of Apprenticeships
The Knowledge Academy

An ambitious, driven and influential leader within the apprenticeships market.  With 9+ years experience of apprenticeships and vocational training, with a further 9 years experience of business to business sales.  Now focussed on leading one of the worlds major forces in professional training into high quality apprenticeship delivery. 



Caroline Evans

Director of Programmes - Apprenticeships & Corporate
BPP University

Caroline Evans studied English & German Literature at the University of Warwick. This, naturally, led to a brief career in the Finance sector, after which Caroline built a career in learning and development.  She has worked for Mind Gym and Impact International in programme development and client management roles, working with many diverse UK and international clients such as British Gas, O2-Telefonica, Santander, Procter & Gamble, ZF, Faurecia and First Gulf...show more

Caroline Evans studied English & German Literature at the University of Warwick. This, naturally, led to a brief career in the Finance sector, after which Caroline built a career in learning and development.  She has worked for Mind Gym and Impact International in programme development and client management roles, working with many diverse UK and international clients such as British Gas, O2-Telefonica, Santander, Procter & Gamble, ZF, Faurecia and First Gulf Bank. Caroline has worked for BPP for 8 years.  In her current role she is responsible for the strategic development of the Business School’s apprenticeship offering and ensuring that each of the programmes delivered meet the needs of all the market, the learners and specific client requirements.

In her spare time Caroline enjoys being active; running up hills and generally getting muddy which she counterbalances with an intense love of everything related to food.

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Gary Fildes

Information and Cyber Security
Office for Nuclear Regulation

Gary Fildes is a Cyber Security Inspector for the ONR who is responsible for regulating safety and security at 36 nuclear licensed sites in the UK. Gary has 20 years industry experience which has spread across education, commercial and government sectors. He has held various roles ranging from service delivery, infrastructure design and information security before moving into delivering technical training in apprenticeships, commercial and military environments prior...show more

Gary Fildes is a Cyber Security Inspector for the ONR who is responsible for regulating safety and security at 36 nuclear licensed sites in the UK. Gary has 20 years industry experience which has spread across education, commercial and government sectors. He has held various roles ranging from service delivery, infrastructure design and information security before moving into delivering technical training in apprenticeships, commercial and military environments prior to joining ONR in 2015.

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Gemma Gathercole

Head of Funding and Assessment
Lsect

Gemma joined Lsect in February 2017, bringing with her over a decade of experience in the further education sector.  She works on a range of funding and assessment related projects, including consultancy and training, with an initial focus on Apprenticeship reforms.

Prior to joining Lsect, she spent 11 years with exam board OCR, latterly as their Head of Policy – FE and Funding.  In that role, she was responsible for influencing Further Education policy de...show more

Gemma joined Lsect in February 2017, bringing with her over a decade of experience in the further education sector.  She works on a range of funding and assessment related projects, including consultancy and training, with an initial focus on Apprenticeship reforms.

Prior to joining Lsect, she spent 11 years with exam board OCR, latterly as their Head of Policy – FE and Funding.  In that role, she was responsible for influencing Further Education policy development, managing stakeholder relations and keeping OCR staff up-to-date on the ever-changing world of further education and skills policy.  She has previously held a number of roles relating to different aspects of vocational qualifications; spending more than five years in vocational qualifications development.  Since February 2012, Gemma’s responsibilities moved on to funding policy, providing support to staff and customers and influencing the development of policy in this area.

Gemma holds a 2:1 Honours degree in Political Science from the University of Birmingham and is Chair of Governors for a primary school near her home in Solihull.

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Jeremy Green

Networking & Cyber Security Course Leader
Burton College

Jeremy is an experienced IT trainer/teacher (Cert Ed, QTLS, MSET) and police officer, having taught for over 16 years in FE and the police. He has also spent 12 years in the police, both as a volunteer and full-time police officer. He now specialises in the delivery of cyber security, including digital forensics, open source investigation and CompTIA A+ and Security+ on a level 3 cyber security course. As well as working with the police as a special constable and cybe...show more

Jeremy is an experienced IT trainer/teacher (Cert Ed, QTLS, MSET) and police officer, having taught for over 16 years in FE and the police. He has also spent 12 years in the police, both as a volunteer and full-time police officer. He now specialises in the delivery of cyber security, including digital forensics, open source investigation and CompTIA A+ and Security+ on a level 3 cyber security course. As well as working with the police as a special constable and cyber volunteer working with high tech units and CID. Jeremy is also a serving Army Reservist, serving with the RAMC as a Combat Medical Technician attached to 159 RLC.

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Lindsay Herbert

Author / Digital Leader
IBM, Inc.

Lindsay Herbert is a digital expert whose first book 'Digital Transformation: Build your organisation's future for the innovation age' publishes internationally this October through Bloomsbury. 

As a Digital Transformation Leader at IBM, Lindsay directs major projects globally across every organisational sector, leading innovations that create new markets and sharpen the competitive edge for the world’s largest companies. 

A sought after indust...show more

Lindsay Herbert is a digital expert whose first book 'Digital Transformation: Build your organisation's future for the innovation age' publishes internationally this October through Bloomsbury. 

As a Digital Transformation Leader at IBM, Lindsay directs major projects globally across every organisational sector, leading innovations that create new markets and sharpen the competitive edge for the world’s largest companies. 

A sought after industry speaker, Lindsay regularly shares her insights about society’s new relationship with digital technology and how it continues to redefine every aspect of our commercial and human service enterprise.

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