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Finalists announced for 2024 CompTIA Community UK & Ireland Spotlight Awards

Jun 10, 2024

Annual awards recognize excellence and leadership in technology industry

BIRMINGHAM, England – Finalists for the 2024 CompTIA Community UK & Ireland Spotlight Awards, which honor individuals and businesses for their commitment, dedication and leadership in advancing the technology industry, have been revealed by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the tech industry and its workforce.

Award winners in nine categories will be announced and recognised at the upcoming CompTIA Community UK & Ireland Regional Group Meeting and Spotlight Awards in Birmingham. Winners will be celebrated at an awards reception and dinner on 26 June at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel.

“It is truly an honour to name the finalists for the CompTIA Community UK and Ireland Spotlight Awards,” said MJ Shoer, chief community officer, CompTIA. “Because this is the region where the Spotlight Awards began, it feels extra special each year when we open these nominations. The awards are judged purely on the merit of each application. We enlist a prestigious panel of judges from outside the awarding region to ensure the highest integrity and objectivity when choosing the winners.”

The CompTIA Community UK & Ireland Future Leader Spotlight Award is earned by an individual from a CompTIA Community member company who has demonstrated success or originality as an entrepreneur or industry professional in a start-up, emerging technology or technology solution-focused organisation. The finalists are:

Celeste Ardia, account manager, CoreTech Srl
Jack Cooke, channel development manager, Kaseya
Claire Jenks, director, Jenks Creative
Adam Pevie, technical support manager, Bondgate IT
Alex Winter, EMEA partner sales director, ConnectWise

The CompTIA Community UK & Ireland Advancing Women in Technology Leadership Spotlight Award is presented to a technology professional who is an active leader in the industry as well as in their personal network and community, serving as an advocate for women in tech and a role model for others. The finalists are:

Georgia Howlett, manager of cloud development, Pax8
Bharti Lim, group security strategy manager, Computacenter
Alice Short, director, Protiviti
Amanda Stewart, director, Illuminate IT
Hollie Whittles, InfoSec & HR director, Purple Frog Systems Ltd

The CompTIA UK & Ireland Community Leadership Spotlight Award recognizes a CompTIA Community member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment, leadership, passion and professionalism in their support for CompTIA Community objectives and initiatives. Nominees embody the spirit and dedication required for CompTIA to successfully advance the IT Industry as a member-led association. The finalists are:

Andrew Allen, chief executive officer, Aabyss
Ian Groves, managing director, Start Tech
Jason Kemsley, CRO, Uptime
Scott Quilter, director, Techosaurus LTD
Dan Scott, IT Nation community director, ConnectWise
Ben Spector, head of solutions, Zomentum

The CompTIA Community UK & Ireland Cybersecurity Leadership Spotlight Award recognizes a single CompTIA Community member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment, leadership, passion and professionalism in their support for CompTIA Community Cybersecurity Programs by engaging other members in both discussion and by providing thought leadership around cybersecurity in any of the active cybersecurity program activities. The finalists are:

Paul Croker, head of operations, Astrix
Greg Jones, vice president of business development EMEA, Kaseya/Datto
Scott Riley, founder, Cloud Nexus
Toby Stephenson, chief technology officer, Neuways
Mostyn Thomas, senior director security EMEA, Pax8

The CompTIA Community UK & Ireland Advancing Diversity in Technology Leadership Spotlight Award is earned by a member company that is actively advocating for diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) in the industry and has a positive impact on the lives and careers of others. The company is a changemaker, transforming lives and/or organisations through a sustained commitment to DEI values. The finalists are:

Cloud Nexus
inSOC
Jenks Creative
Pax8
N-able

The CompTIA Community UK & Ireland Solution Provider Spotlight Award recognizes a CompTIA Community member solution provider that has demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in innovation. The finalists are:

Apex Computing Services Ltd
Lantech
Pro Drive IT
Nutbourne
Start Tech

The CompTIA Community UK & Ireland Innovative Vendor Spotlight Award recognizes a CompTIA Community vendor member that has introduced an innovation or innovative approach that has transformed their organization or the broader tech industry and contributed a significant impact in improving their clients’ experience. The finalists are:

ConnectWise
CyberSmart
Salesbuildr
Sophos
usecure

The CompTIA Community UK & Ireland Innovative Distributor Spotlight Award recognizes a CompTIA Community member that has introduced an innovation or innovative approach to help transform their organisation or improve their clients’ experience. The finalists are:

Brigantia
Giacom
Kite Distribution
Pax8
QBS Software

The CompTIA Community UK & Ireland Associate Member Spotlight Award recognizes a CompTIA Community member organisation that provides outstanding service to the tech ecosystem, actively participates in CompTIA Community activities, and has made a positive impact in the lives and careers of others. The finalists are:

Counting Creators LTD
ITbetweeners
Network Group
SYNAXON
The MSP Growth Hub

A judging panel evaluated nominees for their positive impact on the tech industry; contributions that support CompTIA’s mission to advance the tech industry; and actions and initiatives that demonstrated leadership in their respective award category. Members of the CompTIA Community’s North America, Benelux, ANZ, ASEAN, and DACH regional executive councils, as well as members of CompTIA Community's Workforce, Channel Development and IoT advisory councils served as judges.

The CompTIA Community is a global community of thousands of tech-focused companies and technology professionals that provide the solutions and services that power the world’s economy. To learn more, visit https://connect.comptia.org/membership.

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through community, education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for unlocking the potential of the tech industry and its workforce. http://Connect.CompTIA.org

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