Patrick Aylmer

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 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.

Luke Barton

Business Development Manager

Luke Barton has been part of the CompTIA team since 2016. Managing and supporting Delivery Partners in Western Europe, as well as engaging and consulting Enterprise and Corporate organisations on training for their technical teams. Please feel free to approach him to ask any questions about CompTIA Certifications or Training.... or if you fancy a chat about football, films or anything Marvel/DC related!!

Andrew Bassi

PFI Principal Forensic Consultant

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experience delivering Payment Card Forensic work and was working as part of the QFI programme before the PFI programme superseded it.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.

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 Managed Print offerings.  During this time he developed the Xerox partner MPS offerings and was a core member of the Xerox strategic planning group.

Ryan Blankenship

Vice President, CompTIA Content and Learning

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.

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 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.

Marie Cronin

Senior Manager

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.

Richard Czech

Director, EMEA Sales

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.

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 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.

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.  

Jane Dickinson

Senior Manager, Business Development, Skills Certification

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.

Daniel Disney

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 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. 

Peter Doherty

Vendor Certification Manager
Belfast Metropolitan College

EdTech Consultant and Senior IT/Digital Media Technician & Lecturer at Belfast Metropolitan College

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.

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 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.

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 to joining ONR in 2015.

Gemma Gathercole

Head of Funding and Assessment

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Graham Hunter

Vice President, Certification

Helping Governments, Organisations and People build IT & Cyber Capability | Non-profit IT Trade Association
The field of technology now draws more focus than ever before, and governments and businesses alike are scrambling to understand the best approach for this new environment. With new trends seeming to pop up on regular basis, there is a struggle to understand the implications of new innovation and the safe and secure path forward which exploits this for good. So when building capability how can organisations overcome some of these challenges? How can the pace of change be addressed? What mindset do Security Professionals need to detect the inevitable breaches and act quickly and decisively? What role does Talent development and retention play in all of this? My role in CompTIA is to help Governments and Organisations build a workforce capable of exploiting technical innovation, protect valuable information and at the same time help address the scarcity of talent. So for me building a capable workforce with knowledge, skills and experience can only be carried out effectively if it is done sustainably by promoting the value and excitement of technology careers and encouraging new entrants into the industry. As a non-profit trade association, we advance the global interests of IT professionals and IT channel organisations and enable them to be more successful with industry-leading IT certifications and IT business credentials, IT education, resources and the ability to connect with like-minded, leading IT industry experts. We are the leading resource for tech professionals. CompTIA may not have all of the answers, but through the experience we’ve gained and the clients we’ve worked with we bring a depth of knowledge which can help guide organisations to building capability in the workforce. Come and join the conversation, contact me directly at ghunter@CompTIA.org or call +44 0207 330 6060.

Carl Jones

Apprenticeship Consultant
Tacit Training Ltd.

Carl joined the Royal Engineers as an apprentice, and after 26 years’ service moved into the training and management of apprentices in the IT industry. More recently Carl has provided technical advice as a consultant to BCS, City & Guilds and a number of private training companies.

Tymen Kuperus

ICT Teacher
Drenthe College

Tymen Kuperus is an enthusiastic ICT Trainer and coordinator working for Drenthe College in the North-East of The Netherlands. He is responsible for the educational curriculum taught at Drenthe College focussing on Network Engineering. To achieve higher academic performance by students they are increasingly integrating certifications into the curriculum. To achieve this his team now offer A+ and Network+ certifications and are expanding their programme continuously. 

Tymen has extensive experience in the field of IT certification linked to education.  He is convinced that along with a diploma, extra certifications will improve student's chances for finding work in the IT industry and thoroughly enjoys sharing his vision. 

Eliza Manningham-Buller

Former Head of MI5

Eliza Manningham-Buller headed Britain’s Security Service (MI5) from 2002 to 2007, leading the organisation though substantial change in the wake of 9/11 and the threat from Al-Qaeda. During her time at the helm MI5 doubled in size, opened eight new offices and altered its approach to the professional development of staff with the establishment of a training academy.

Earlier in her career, Eliza led the Service’s investigation into the Lockerbie bombing. She served in Washington during the first Gulf war, returning to establish MI5’s intelligence effort against the Provisional IRA in mainland Britain. She joined the board and assumed lead responsibility for work on Irish terrorism, surveillance, technical collection, finance and IT before becoming Deputy Director General in charge of intelligence operations.

In presentations Eliza draws on her experience in the most demanding of environments to stress the need for leaders in any walk of life to engage in frank dialogue and invite criticism: “Do not try to be something you’re not, take responsibility for your team and remember that praising people takes seconds and can make an enormous difference. And don’t forget that humour can be found even in the most awful situations.”

Eliza Manningham-Buller is an active cross-bench Peer and the Chair of the Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s largest non-governmental fund providers for scientific research. She was also chosen to deliver the prestigious BBC Reith Lectures, alongside the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Mark Mathewson

Managing Director
Consequentially Limited

Mark Mathewson is an independent IT consultant working primarily with SMEs. He offers vCTO services allowing SMEs to outsource their IT strategy to a strategic partner. He has extensive experience in the financial sector having run the IT for Sarasin & Partners LLP during its growth from running AuM 0f £300m to £12.5bn. He also advises a variety of startups on their technology platforms.

John McGlinchey

Executive Vice President, Global Certification

John McGlinchey is the Executive Vice President for Global Business Development, for CompTIA, the IT Industry Trade Association. CompTIA represents more than 12,000 member companies and registered users around the world; and is the world’s leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for the global IT workforce. John is responsible for leading the global business development team in the promotion and sales of CompTIA certifications. This includes the development and delivery of partnership relationships as well as cooperating with the education and training communities across the world. 

With 25-plus years of commercial experience, the majority in the IT training and certification industry, John is a successful, dynamic, strategic and highly committed senior executive with a proven track record as a leader, directing sales staff in the consistent achievement of targets and performance metrics. Prior to taking on his current role with CompTIA in June 2013, John served as the organization’s Vice President for Europe and the Middle East, providing senior strategic direction, leadership, management and support to the EME team. He joined CompTIA in 2011 as regional sales director for the United Kingdom. Before joining CompTIA, John held executive sales positions with New Horizons, QA, GTG and Technical Training Ltd.

Reece Medway

Media & Entertainment Lead - Watson Platform
IBM, Inc.

I work broadly across the IBM Watson Platform team, focusing on Media, Telecommunications & Entertainment industries and Professional Services. I engage with a range of clients from large providers to small start up organisations and IBM Business Partners to open a discussion on how Watson Artifical Intelligence can improve, enhance, or create entirely new aspects of their current business. I deliver expertise in Watson API such as Watson Conversation, Watson Discovery & Watson Knowledge Studio. Assisting my clients to help them understand the value, impact and transformation Watson services can bring, whilst aligning this to business values and metrics.

Richard Millett

Training Development Manager
Fire Brand Training

Richard has been working in the computer industry for over thirty years with the last twenty spent as a Cyber Security professional. He has worked across multiple areas of government and law enforcement providing consultancy and training on a wide range of topics.

He currently holds the role of Cyber Product lead with Firebrand training where he is responsible for the development of training products within the security portfolio. He also delivers security training along with the  delivery of a cyber protect program for UK police of which the Security + is a component part.

He holds several certifications from CompTia along with multiple certifications from ISC2, ISACA, EC Council and others.

Julia Moiseeva

FinTest Ltd

Julia Moiseeva is a Director at FinTest Ltd, Management Consultancy focusing on strategic business application of disruptive technology. She has 17 years of experience working in Tier 1 financial institutions such as Barclays, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in US and UK. Her focus has been on business management, governance build out and technology implementation.

Over last two years, Julia became a widely sought after adviser on the application of nascent technology in incumbent business models. She advises small and medium companies on their strategic roadmap, assisting them with product positioning and market entry.

Eddie Obeng


Eddie Obeng is a British educator and author. He is a Professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Henley Business School and the Founder of Pentacle (The Virtual Business School) and QUBE, the world’s best 3D learning environment.

Obeng is notable as a pioneer in the field of Project Management and for developing and championing the concept of 'New World Management' as a response to the rapidly accelerating pace of change. He has been described variously as "a leading revolutionary" and "an agent provocateur" by the Financial Times, and by Abbey National as their "secret weapon".

His business career started as an engineer at Shell before he became the youngest Executive Director of a European Business School when he moved to Ashridge Business School in 1987. In 1994 he established Pentacle (The Virtual Business School) in order to teach this philosophy and ensure that there was a "continuous link between learning and implementation". In 2011, he won the Sir Monty Finniston Award for lifetime achievement by The Association of Project Managers for his contributions to the study and practice of Project Management.

Obeng and his team have spent the best part of a decade re-writing the fundamentals of business management to create their own coherent, joined up New World approach. They have challenged all the established thinking and re-interpreted the needs for the 21st century of complexity and fast change. Eddie brings genuinely new concepts, materials and practice. He has written up some of his work in over 12 books.

Stuart O'Rourke

Operations Director
Estio Training Ltd

Janet O'Sullivan

Channel Marketing Manager
StorageCraft Technology Corporation

A Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce led Janet to an international marketing role with Topps International – a global confectionery and publishing company. Over a 16 year period, she was actively involved in growing the business throughout Europe, the Middle East and Japan; successfully delivering both consumer and B2B campaigns.

In 2011, Janet moved to a supply chain management role with Kerry Group – a global food company, which offered a series of exciting challenges. The role broadened her commercial experience and in particular allowed her to hone her skills in people management. In 2014, Janet joined StorageCraft as Channel Marketing Manager. As part of her role, she gets the opportunity to reach out to partners and discuss the challenges they encounter. Together they develop ways in which they can mutually deliver growth.

Alison Pearce

Senior Manager, Skills Certification Sales EMEA

Alison Pearce is a Senior Manager, Skills Certification working for CompTIA with their Academic partners. This involves working with Academic institutions in the UK and Netherlands supporting the integration of CompTIA certification content into the standard curriculum to support and enhance delivery for instructors. This partnership also provides students with the opportunity to achieve industry recognised certifications prior to progressing into employment and with minimal additional learning.

Prior to joining CompTIA earlier this year, Alison worked as Sector Specialist for Digital Technologies at OCR the Awarding Organisation. Her role included the development of accredited IT and Digital qualifications and she worked closely with the CompTIA team to ensure that the developed units contained the industry recognised content of the CompTIA certifications to provide the added value for learners. She is a qualified teacher and has taught for both colleges and training providers.

Matthew Poyiadgi

Vice President EMEA

Matthew is Vice President Europe, Middle East & Africa at Pearson VUE, overseeing business development, channel partnerships and client-facing activities.

Having spent several decades witnessing the impact technology has on people and organisations, he has accumulated a deep understanding for how to use learning and assessment to address the issues they face. The knowledge, experience and connections gained during his career enable him to assemble global teams tackling some of the most pressing challenges for businesses and society where technology and education intersect.

Beyond his role at Pearson, Matthew is an accomplished speaker. His work has placed him at the heart of the changing technology landscape, offering a unique insight into how technology is shaping how we live, work and learn.

He has delivered keynote presentations for organisations including British Telecom, ITV, IncisiveMedia, Microsoft, KyoceraMita and Siemens.

Steven Pretlove

CCS IT Solutions

Steven Pretlove is Technical Director at CCS IT Solutions. He has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years building a wealth of experience with large international corporations such as GMAC, Serco and Lloyds, as well as a number of SME's. From desktop engineering to global design and project management, he is dedicated to providing the best IT solutions for businesses and their teams. Steven is also passionate about nurturing other IT businesses.

He leads the historic Thames Valley Small Business Server Community, where he coordinates meetings that share insight and best practice for the mutual benefit of the business owners who attend. In his free time he enjoys a sharp contrast to his busy technical world, with blasts of nature - hiking, cycling and tending his allotment.

John Pritchard

Head of Apprenticeships
BCS Learning & Development Limited

After serving 23 years in the military, John left to establish Smart Computing, a training provider working with Cambridge Regional College to deliver the IT Digital and Professional qualifications and apprenticeships.  During that time he ran national pilots for the introduction of the new User and Technical apprenticeship and was involved in designing new qualifications for the sector.  John was awarded the City & Guilds gold medal of excellence for IT and apprenticeship training across the IT sector, as well as, Retail, Finance, the NHS, MOD and Trade Unions. Furthermore, has since been honoured with lifetime membership to C&G for contributions to educations

Whilst working with the employers to design the new Apprenticeship Standards at the Tech Partnership John was ensuring employers, providers and Awarding Organisations requirements were aligned to the government requirements and regulations to enhance the learners experience, qualifications and competencies whilst beginning their IT careers.
As Director of Learning & Development at Arch, he directed the implementation of the new Apprenticeship Standards and designing the curriculum for delivery to the employers.  John now holds the position of Head of Apprenticeships at BCS, working with BCS partners to provide excellence for the Digital IT Apprenticeship Standards. 

As Head of Apprenticeships John now leads the team whilst meeting the employers requirements set in the new Apprenticeship Standards and align the End Point Assessments to meet all sectors engaging in Digital and IT Apprenticeships.  His aim is to bring both employers and providers together to ensure the highest quality provision and support can be offered through BCS to support the learners in their career development and closing the existing Digital and IT skills gaps.

Kapilan Radhakrishnan

Senior Lecturer, School of Applied Computing
University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Kapilan Radhakrishnan is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Applied Computing, UWTSD. He is the Programme Director for BSc (Hons) Computer Networks & Cyber Security and BSc (Hons) Cloud Computing, and MSc Computer Networks and Security courses. He is also managing UWTSD’s Cisco Networking Academy and CompTIA Academy since 2012 and hold Cisco industry certifications in Networking. His is experienced researcher and has contributed to number of journal and conference publications. He is actively engaging with schools and FEs to encourage girls to take up IT.

Tim Rawlins

Director and Senior Adviser
NCC Group

Tim Rawlins is a Senior Advisor to the board of NCC Group plc, the global cyber security and risk mitigation company, bringing his extensive Government, Corporate Security and Risk Management experience to the firm. He regularly advises on intelligence, threat and risk management, personnel, physical and cyber security, as well as writing and presenting on complex security and risk topics.

Dave Rogers

Managing Director
Diligent Consultancy

At Diligent Consultancy we provide Virtual Chief Technology Officer (VCTO) services.  We believe our VCTO service ideal audience is perfectly suited to the SME sector. At Diligent Consultancy we provide the required insight, knowledge and experience, ensuring your technology is secure, scalable, robust, and cost effective. Positioning your technology as an enabler for your business objectives and goals.

Dave Rogers' Managing Director at Diligent Consultancy previously held a position at a Gresham Private Equity. Providing the IT strategy and whilst providing IT strategy to Gresham’s investments.   

Dave Rogers is qualified an ITIL practitioner and Prince2 certified Project Manager. He has also attending many classes at Cranfield Business University.

Michael Schmitz

Training Coordinator
IT-Haus GmbH

University Degree from University of Kaiserslautern in 2000.

MCP since 1997, MCT since 2001, 

Trainer for Comptia Products since 2009.

Delivering Training for IT-Haus GmbH since 2002.


Ian Seward

General Manager & Independent Consultant
SFIA Foundation

Ian Seward is the General Manager of the SFIA Foundation and an Independent SFIA Accredited Consultant.

The SFIA Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the SFIA Framework which has established itself as the de facto global skills framework with a user base of thousands of corporates and individuals in around 180 countries. As its General Manager, his current activities include running operations, acting as the design authority for the SFIA Framework, developing the SFIA ecosystem, and developing relationships across the global user base. He is working with many professional bodies and framework providers to establish a common basis for global framework alignment. He has carried out a detailed comparison of SFIA and e-CF and is working on a number of collaborative skills and competency related initiatives.

He is an experienced manager and consultant with over 30 years experience across diverse business sectors including financial services, aerospace, utilities, pharmaceutical, not-for-profit and consulting (big 6). He has broad business and deep delivery experience having been a software and systems engineer and project manager delivering high-integrity and safety critical systems; a head of programmes/programme director for organisational change, process and capability improvement, delivery assurance, global portfolio management and executive PMOs (1500 engagements across 15 countries). He has led global teams in 15 countries and delivered complex global change, capability improvement and onshore-offshore integration programmes.

Following many years consulting on developing the capability of organisations, his recent consultancy activities have been mostly aligned to developing the capability of workforces and has undertaken a number of interim consultancy assignments including developing career paths, continual professional development schemes, a cyber security certification scheme, skills assessment and skills development using SFIA and other frameworks and shaping target organisations with SFIA based skills profiles and role descriptions. Throughout his career he has been a career coach, counsellor and mentor.


Jane Silber

Former CEO

Jane Silber is an experienced tech leader and executive.  She has held leadership roles in start ups, mid-sized and large companies across the US, UK and Japan. Most recently she was CEO of Canonical, the company which produces the Ubuntu operating system.  She started her career as a software developer and has worked in tech her entire career, in fields as diverse as personal health assessment, artificial intelligence, military command and control, and open source operating systems.  She is currently on the Boards of Canonical, The Sensible Code Company, and Open Knowledge International.   

Andrew Smith

Lecturer in Cisco Networking
Open University

UK Academic, Author and national Qualification Consultant
A restless explorer of educational opportunities - I have during the previous twenty years been involved in a varied pantheon of programmes. All designed to enable students within the disciplines of network engineering, systems security and technical support. Currently engaged in vendor education - I work alongside Cisco Systems, LPI and CompTIA amongst others to raise the profile of students within the UK Computing and IT sector. Combining my academic role at the Open University with the national need for skilled industry expertise. At the Open University I am a senior lecturer, focussed on teaching advanced networking and Linux as well as supporting our community based Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre). My research is primarily focussed on pedagogical simulation in networking as well as distributed teaching techniques using social media.

Jim Sneddon


Helping organisations with their data protection and information security needs.
I work with organisations to enable them to improve their data security posture, to become more secure and achieve GDPR Compliance. WHO I HELP I help Financial services, Retail, Telecoms and Utilities organisations (amongst others) to improve their Data Security stance through the provision of professional services, advice on how to get the most out of their existing solutions and sweating their assets by doing more with what they already have within their environment. I also introduce them to the right technologies that will not only secure their environment, but reduce costs, increase efficiencies and bring a business advantage HOW I HELP MY CLIENTS SUCCEED I help my clients utilise their existing resources to do more with less and become GDPR compliant through consultancy, training and introducing low cost/high value tools. This enables them to reallocate budget to key business areas which are a priority for them. MY STORY Originally from a customer focussed support/helpdesk environment I am all about customer service and bringing value. Eventually moving into the commercially technical side and running Sales Engineering teams, I realised after talking to customers that many of them were being asked to spend more than they should on security and compliance solutions without seeing the real value from that spend. It is my mission to bring value to clients by delivering only the products and services they require to ensure their data is secure and their organisation compliant and by doing that I make their business more successful. WHAT NOW? Connect with me on LinkedIn to find out how I can help your business become more secure, compliant and efficient. You can email me at: jim@assuredata.eu OR alternatively ring me on: 07595 780 243 to talk about how I can help you.

Dave Sobel

Senior Director, MSP Evangelism

Veteran IT Channel and MSP expert with deep connections and insight to technology
Dave is regarded as a leading expert on IT and managed services, cloud computing, and virtualization, and is a featured speaker at industry events including the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, IT Nation, SITS London, and as a CompTIA trainer at multiple events, and is often quoted in business and technology publications. Dave authored the book Virtualization: Defined, is a contributing writer for the corporate blog, and was a regular blog contributor to CRN, Channel Insider and Channelnomics. He was named a CRN Channel Chief, to Channel Pro’s 20/20 Visionaries, and has been an MSPmentor 250 member for multiple years Dave has been recognized as one of the top virtualization experts globally as a Microsoft MVP for Virtualization. Dave has served on the executive council for Managed Services and the Vendor Advisory Council, and as founding Chair for the Mobility Community for CompTIA. He currently serves on the Executive Council for the Emerging Technology Council. Dave holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary. He is a dynamic voice within the IT community, a former member and facilitator for Heartland Technology Groups and passionate about collaborating with clients and peers on utilizing technology to advance organizations.

James Stanger

Chief Technology Evangelist

Dr. James Stanger, PhD has consulted with corporations, governments and learning institutions worldwide about IT security, open source, and network administration for over 20 years. Organizations include the British Army, Northrop Grumman, IBM, Oracle, General Dynamics, West Point (U.S. Army), NTT Japan, Symantec, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the US State Department, New Horizons, Dell, the United Arab Emirates Cultural Division, the Open University (UK), the US Navy, Mesei University and SoftBank. He is a respected authority in security, networking, and open source. His area of expertise includes security analytics, penetration testing, Linux and open source, network administration and monitoring, blockchain, and end point host support. James has provided consulting concerning the business of risk management, as well as network architecting. He has also created education programs and curricula worldwide and published dozens of articles, books, and blogs. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Currently, James is Chief Technology Evangelist at CompTIA, where he works with IT professionals, hiring managers and executives worldwide to identify critical skills, and help build CompTIA’s education programs. He lives and plays in the Puget Sound area of Washington State.

Todd Thibodeaux

President and CEO

Todd Thibodeaux is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CompTIA, the leading non-profit trade association for the global technology industry. CompTIA represents more than 2,000 member companies and 3,000 business partners spanning the worldwide technology industry. Since joining the organization in 2008, Todd has led the expansion of CompTIA’s commitment to advancing industry growth through education and training programs, market intelligence and research, networking events, professional certifications, and public advocacy. Todd is a frequent commentator and source quoted in news coverage of the technology industry, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and USA Today. He also contributed written columns to a variety of business and industry publications, including CIO and InformationWeek Dark Reading. 

Before joining CompTIA in July 2008, Todd spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), where he served in a wide range of roles culminating as its senior vice president of industry relations. Todd is a life-long IT and tech enthusiast dating back to his very early years. The son of an electrical and mechanical engineer, his love of technology continues to this day and he has infused CompTIA with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the industry the organization represents. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Bachelor of Science, economics, 1988) and George Mason University (Master’s degree in economics, 1997).

Bogdan Tudor

Class IT Outsourcing

Bogdan Tudor was born on 22 May, 1978 in Bucharest, Romania. He attended the Polytechnic University of Bucharest - Faculty of Computer Science and a bachelor's degree in VOIP technology in 2002. He was admitted as the youngest student to Romano - American Executive MBA and earned his degree from Kennesaw State University in 2005 with his Outsourcing IT work.

Bogdan Tudor went on the road with the desire to create a company that provides outsourcing and the entire range of IT activities to any business. From server administration and network management computer software to solve problems or functioning e-mails. Thus it was laid the base of Class IT Outsourcing company that in 2001 began to promote the first time in Romania outsourcing services. Today after 16 years of activity the company has expanded nationwide reaching to a portfolio which includes Coca Cola, Policolor, Danone, AIMS and more..

Prior to starting this business Bogdan Tudor was Chief Operation Officer at PCNET second largest Internet provider in Romania. In the five years spent at PCNET, he was responsible for the technical side of the business. He started as a Network Administrator in 1999 and the following year was promoted to Technical Director. Leadership qualities and excellence in customer service have promoted as Chief Operation Officer in 2001. During this period the company has grown from a company newly established to a company with a turnover of millions of euros. The company was built in 2004.

Bogdan Tudor installed the first ADSL network in Central and Eastern Europe, based on Cisco equipment in 1999. In 2003 PCNET was the first company which launched the first alternative telephone service in Romania.

In 2001 based on the designs made by Bogdan Tudor, metropolitan network in Romania (RONIX) was installed in Bucharest under the patronage ANSIP. He was appointed Chairman of RONIX WG and continued to add value to national Internet network by installing in 2004 the first root.server in Central and Eastern Europe, a project that put Romania on the select list of the countries that host such servers.

In 2007, Bogdan Tudor was nominated as National ICT expert for the European Commission, the European ICT in Brussels, representing the private IT industry.

Gerk Van Der Wal

Managing Director
NASC (Netherlands Academy Support Center)

Managing director and developer in the Dutch profit and non profit education market in ICT since 1999. Developer and directing the Academy and Certification programs in the Netherlands in the Dutch system for professional ICT education. Connecting to European sister organizations to broaden our mutual network and staying Upfront together.

Ian Vickers

Managing Director
Managed Enterprise Technologies (MET) Ltd

Ian is fascinated with how technology can improve business and lifestyles and continually looks to identify emerging technologies, services and markets. It was a very proud moment for Ian when he picked up the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award on behalf of the Company.

This award was in recognition of the hard work and innovation the Company had achieved and continue to demonstrate. Further awards have followed such as regularly being recognised in the Deloitte Fast 50 Awards. Ian has been recently appointed as Chair of the Birmingham Related Crime Steering Group and a Board member of the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership. Both roles are helping shape the security and safety of Birmingham, the 2nd largest City in the UK.

Damian Walton

Director of Professional Services
IntaForensics Ltd

Damian is Director of Professional Services at IntaForensics with responsibility for the delivery of cyber
security and incident response and PCI DSS investigations and audits.
Damian has successfully completed the IASME Assessor training course and the CESG Certified
Technical Cyber Auditing Course and is accredited to deliver Cyber Essentials audits and assessments.
Damian joined IntaForensics from Visa Europe where he led the Data Compromise Management
Team. He had responsibility for the overall management of data compromise incidents involving Visa
payment card data, identification of emerging threats and the provision of quality intelligence.
Damian worked closely with Visa Europe and Visa Inc. teams, issuing and acquiring members and the
PFI/QSA community to assist and support investigations into data breach attacks. He was responsible
for creating and implementing strategies to ensure compliance with PCI DSS requirements and, where
necessary, applying appropriate sanctions for breaches of Visa Europe’s Operating Regulations.
Damian has over three decades of Law Enforcement experience, predominantly in investigative and
supervisory roles. As Head of Northamptonshire Police Hi-Tech Crime Unit, he was a practitioner of
forensic examinations, network investigations and covert internet investigations. He completed his
Police career on secondment at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) in London
as head of the Specialist Operational Support Team, responsible for covert online and offline
operations worldwide. During this secondment, Damian worked on several high-profile investigations
in all corners of the globe receiving a number of commendations and plaudits from government
Damian holds a PgDip in Forensic Computing from Cranfield University and has also achieved EnCE
certified examiner, CFIA and CSTA qualifications. He is a member of the British Computer Society.

Carl West

Business Group Dir.
GfK Retail and Technology UK Ltd

Carl West, Business Group Director of the IT, Office and Stationery Panels; Carl has wide ranging knowledge across the markets. With a 15 years background in software & hardware sales as a vendor and in distribution, Carl brings with him a great understanding of channel; Distribution, Public Sector/Corporate Channel and the internal dynamics of the Retail and Verticals Reseller markets. Career history includes Datrontech Retail, SimpleTech, Solarsoft, and Mediagrids. Additionally Carl is the GfK representative for CompTIA.

Maciek Wichary

Fundacja IT

CEO at Fundacja IT – CompTIA Business Development Representative East Europe, Certiport Silver Solution Provider and Microsoft Silver Learning Partner.

Maciek has been in the IT education industry for over 15 years - first as a Cisco CCNA instructor, then he founded Fundacja IT (IT training) and then C++ Institute (an international certification company).

Maciek holds Master degrees in Economy, Computer Science and Philosophy.
Member of Cisco's Networking Academy Advisory Board