Speakers


Abdelrahman Abdelrahman Ahmed

CSO
Sadeem International - 2ITC

Mr. AbdelRahman has been working as the Director of IT for 10 Years at his previous company (Polyglot Institute), where they provided training in various courses related to IT. He started with A+ and Network+ back in 2003 and they were the first institute to introduce it in the Sultanate. Now he has joined in partnership and established 2ITC where they provide consulting services, penetration testing and training in relation to IT Security.He currently is the Chief Security Officer. He has spoken at different conferences inside Oman and outside in countries such as Malaysia, India, UAE, Qatar, and Ethiopia. He has a strong long-standing relationship with Com.....Continue Reading



Ken Bagnall

Managing Director
The Email Laundry

Ken was a founder of The Email Laundry in 2007. In partnership with their MSP's The Email Laundry keeps email safe for over 6000 organizations worldwide primarily through their anti spam and virus service. The service detects email borne viruses and malware an estimated 22 hours before the top AV signature based engines as well as blocking phishing and spam emails. The Email Laundry

As a Research and Development centered company they have also developed other email tools and services including Phishing Awareness Training, an email branding service at BrandAndSign.com,  email encryption servi.....Continue Reading



Martin Bannister

Managing Director
Kogo Limited

Established in 1998, Kogo is a leading provider of B2B managed IT infrastructure services to a wide range of SME & corporate companies, retail, manufacturing, healthcare providers, financial/legal institutions, and distribution hubs both national and international.

Martin spent ten years working for Unisys within various capacities finally working as a Project Manager. He managed many large IT projects for Unisys including mergers, rollouts and infrastructure remodelling. He started the company back in February 1998 and has developed it over the years. He is a techy at heart and still loves to get involv.....Continue Reading



Scott Barlow

VP, Global MSP
Sophos

Scott Barlow is vice president, Global MSP, at Sophos, a leader in network and endpoint security products, services and technologies. He oversees all MSP strategy, business direction and sales worldwide, with an emphasis on building revenue, marketing programs and relationships with partners. He has extensive channel sales achievements and strong technical expertise in hosted services (SaaS) markets, including email and web security, encryption, archiving, and state and federal compliance regulations, such as FINRA, HIPPA and more. Prior to Sophos, Barlow was vice president of sales and marketing at Reflexion Networks, Inc., which Sophos acquired in 2015. He is a CompTIA board member, and.....Continue Reading



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 he enjoys the Football, training for this year’s Marathon and watching endless re-runs of Star Wars.



Hans Blankendaal

Co-owner
InAspire

Hans Blankendaal has worked as a Trainer/Consultant in IT for over 10 years. After that he contributed to the Vocational Education system in The Netherlands for 15 years at the Awarding Body for ICT. Since 2 years he is co-owner of InAspire. A company that is focused on Projectmanagement, Examination, Certification and Training. InAspire is the official representative of CompTIA in the BeNeLux.



Jez Brooks

IBM Early Professionals Manager, Apprentice Scheme Leader, UK Foundation
IBM Foundation

Jez has been leader of the IBM Apprenticeship scheme for the last 2 ½ years. In fact he has worked with IBM’s early professionals on the graduate, student and internship programme, called Foundation, for the last 10 years. Keeping students aware of the options available to them, for both skills and career development is the essence of Jez’s role as an Early Professionals Manager. He has chaired the Digital Industry Employers group in developing the newest Apprenticeship standards for the Government’s Trailblazer programme. His academic background in marine biology proves anyone can make a career in the technology industry!



Mike Brooman

Chief Executive Officer
Vanti

Mike has a proven track record of delivering results and adding value on a variety of engagements across multi-national, government, education and SMB (Small Medium Business) clients; consulting on, presenting about, implementing and supporting ICT, Audio-visual and Smart Building technologies.

Comfortable in both strategic and deeply technical conversation, Mike is a passionate believer in developing long-standing, truly collaborative relationships that can help clients and partners see beyond their immediate or presented requirements to support the longer-term vision and needs of their organisation. Having worked around the world with clients such as Accenture, The Foreign a.....Continue Reading



Nick Coleman

Global Head, Cyber Security Intelligence Services
Global-e

Nick Coleman is a recognized leader in Cyber security. He is Global Head, Cyber Security Intelligence Services at IBM. Previously he was The National Reviewer of Security at the UK Government and Authored the ‘Coleman Report’ published in the UK Houses of Parliament. He is an appointed Advisor to the Executive Director of the EU Security Agency (ENISA). He is an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University's GCHQ Accredited Centre of Teaching and Research Excellence. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the BCS. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Manchester Business School.



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, 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.....Continue Reading



Gordon Davies




Gordon Davies is a Training Manager for Estio Training, with a focus on infrastructure and support.  Gordon moved into IT training in 2010 having previously managed service desks for Fujitsu Services.  Having completed an IT apprenticeship himself he recognised the value of the apprenticeship scheme and is now responsible for a team of trainers and assessors delivering Level 3 & 4 IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals Advanced Apprenticeships.



Chris Day

Chief Executive Officer
IT Glue

Chris Day is CEO at IT Glue, a company that’s Galvanizing Trust™ and changing the paradigm of IT documentation from "something you'll get to eventually" to a core part of your mission. We enable more than 20,000 users in 16 countries to work faster and more efficiently while delivering better service. IT Glue is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform which delivers key outcomes for those working with IT documentation on a daily basis: trust, collaboration, efficiency, standardization, accountability, consolidation and ultimately, freedom.



James Dellow

Youth & Innovation Manager
Dragon Hall

Director @ LonDIN, London's Digital Inclusion Network
Youth & Community Manager @ Dragon Hall Community Centre
Youth Leader @ The Squad
Researcher @ UEL
On-site Editor for Radioactive UK & Radioactive Europe

Completed my Master's Degree in Youth & Community Work at Distinction Level



Lester Dias

Manchester Branch Committee Member
BCS; The Chartered Institute for IT

I have worked in the IT industry for almost thirty years. Eighteen of those years have been in technical training covering predominantly HP and SUN systems. My focus over the last five years has been entirely on delivering HPE (HP Enterprise) networking certification training aimed primarily at HPE’s partner community. I am currently concentrating on areas of virtualisation and network security.

I was a director of HOST computer services ltd, the company I worked for previously, and I am now a director of Arali Ltd focused on technical IT training and consultancy.



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 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.



Mike Dowsey

Founding Member, Executive
CEdMA Europe

•  Doctorate in the use of computers in education
•  27 years in IBM UK, mostly in training management
•  6 years an JD Edwards EMEA training manager
•  CEdMA Europe founder member in 1993 with IBM;Executive since 2004
•  CEdMA US “librarian” since 2006



David Francis

European Cyber Security Officer
Huawei

lDavid Francis was appointed Huawei’s European Cyber Security Officer in August 2015, having previously been the CSO for Huawei in the UK&I since 2013. David started his career with British Telecom as an engineer and has held senior positions in the IT sector in the UK and the US since. Prior to joining Huawei, David was a Chief Operating Officer with an eCommerce platform. Also, he has worked for Symantec for over 9 years, of which the last 5 as Vice President of Operations. At Symantec, David was responsible for the SaaS / cloud operations unit, consisting of over 300 staff globally. Working closely with government and local authority customers, he has a vast experience with cyber s.....Continue Reading



Terry Galvin

Owner
Indigo IT

Indigo IT are an Information Technology Support Organisation, primarily focussed on supplying outsourced It support for small & medium Businesses. We are also able to supply communication solutions from Broadband to Hosted Voice over IP convergence Solutions.



Sue Gilkes

Founder and Managing Director
Your Impact Ltd

Sue is a highly competent self-starter having developed a unique and much acclaimed process of delivery in the arena of Performance Management, Training and Consultancy for the IT Crowd.

In addition to being a CompTIA Faculty member, Sue is the founder and Managing Director of Your Impact Ltd a company which focuses on the business skills required to be an IT Professional. Sue’s career started in IT before Microsoft products were mainstream so she has seen many changes and helped her customers with the challenges that change in IT bring.

Your Impact Ltd:

  • Is a member of the British Computer Society (BCS)
  • Is a Government approved .....Continue Reading

Devon Harris

Author and Former Olympic Team Captain
Jamaican Bobsled Team

As an original member of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team and captain of the 1992 and 1998 teams; 3-time Olympian, Devon Harris achieved his grand dream. His current dream is to inspire others to achieve theirs. Tapping the same energy, determination and skills that enabled him to bobsled with the best in the world, Devon, as an international motivational keynote speaker is now sparking audiences of all ages to dream big and take their "game" to the next level.

Devon was raised in the violent ghetto environment of Olympic Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica. The greatest gift he ever received was the belief that a positive attitude and a never say die philosophy would carry him farther.....Continue Reading



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