A telecom veteran with 35 years’ experience under his belt and 2019 winner of the prestige Comms Business ‘Services to the channel hall of fame award’ voted for by the industry.
The Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP)
Crissi has been at the ITP for over a decade, working across several functions and disciplines. With a background in recruitment, she was instrumental in launching the ITP’s apprenticeship scheme in 2013..
Crissi is passionate about helping young people in STEM and has steered the ITP’s focus in this direction; matching young members with mentors and providing unlimited access to training and development opportunities. She is often asked to comment on apprenticeships and has taken part in numerous industry discussions on what can be done to fill the skills gap and grow tomorrow’s workforce.
Dr Lucy Green
Anton Le Saux
Strategic Telecoms Leader
Chief Sales Officer
Lee Broxson, CSO and co-founder at Jola, has successfully sold communications solutions through the channel for over 20 years. He has won many personal and business awards over the years and, working with resellers and MSPs, is an expert in organic growth and proposition innovation. The sales processes he has introduced at Jola, help partners to develop the skills needed to sell Jola products and uncover 4G, IoT, and M2M opportunities in their customer base whilst also helping them to enter new markets.
Giacom World Networks
Full Fibre Ltd
Head of Regional Sales
As Head of Regional Sales for CityFibre’s wholesale business, Paul North works on a daily basis with partners to accelerate their business growth. He is a passionate advocate and evangelist for full fibre connectivity and the value it delivers to business and the economy. Paul has more than 14 years’ experience working in connectivity, having joined the business in a technical support role ahead of various positions in sales and as a key member of the wholesale commercial management team.
Head Of Connectivity Portfolio
Digital Wholesale Solutions
James has been part of the DWS family for almost 12 years, in a variety of Product, Technical and Operational roles. As Head of Connectivity Portfolio, James is responsible for delivering a comprehensive suite of connectivity solutions, including Broadband, Ethernet and Security. Fascinated by the current rapidly changing connectivity market, he works closely with industry leaders to ensure we are providing the solutions our partners need in the lead up to the 2025 PSTN withdrawal.
Having worked in the telecoms industry for more than 25 years, Terry understands this environment inside out. He began his career as an outside broadcast engineer for BT and progressed to managing the service relationships with some of BT’s largest customers. More recently, Terry specialised in the wholesale sales channel at Virgin Media and managed numerous relationships within the reseller, carrier and mobile sectors – including Virgin Media’s biggest wholesale customer. He has a wealth of technical knowledge and continues to provide vital insight in relation to the UK’s drive towards a gigabit-capable future.
Senior Manager of Data Networking Portfolios
Chief Marketing and Product Officer
Chris joined Gamma in December 2020 from Aptitude Software where he held the role of Chief Product Officer. Prior to this Chris held a number of leadership roles in strategy, product management and marketing in several different operating businesses within The Sage Group plc, one of the leading provider of business management solutions to SMEs globally. Chris holds a MPhys in Physics from Jesus College, Oxford.
Daryl joined Gamma in 2003 and has a proven track record in overseeing revenue and margin growth in the telecoms industry. With over 17 years’ of experience, he has taken a number of business development roles including Head of Channel and Sales Director at companies such as Telia, Uniworld and Gamma. Prior to his current position, Daryl was Head of Sales for the PBX / UC channel overseeing the development of around half our channel partners. Daryl is a graduate of the University of Surrey with a degree in Economics.
Global Head of Sales
Tollring is a market leading software developer providing data visualisation and business intelligence tools that are trusted by millions of users worldwide. Andy Bannister leads the sales strategy across the entire Tollring portfolio of analytics, call recording and fraud management solutions. With more than two decades of experience in global sales roles for Atos, Mitel and Cisco BroadSoft, he is instrumental in helping partners to maximise the business intelligence and visualisation opportunity
Service Development Manager
Will’s early career spanned Marketing, Operations, Business Intelligence, and Product Development both inside and outside the technology sector before joining Softcat in 2018 as it’s first Services Development Manager. During Wills time at Softcat he led its public cloud services development practice, before stepping up to run the broader Services Development Team, responsible for creating service offerings across cyber security, digital workplace and hybrid infrastructure. Outside of work Will enjoys spending time with his wife and three children by the Sea in the South Coast.
A serial entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in digital businesses worldwide, Nick has a proven track record of delivering strategic software solutions that provide a competitive edge.
He understands the difficulties that prevent technical visions ever getting off the ground, the growing pains that come with SaaS business growth, and the downfalls of poorly-executed integration projects that jeopardise long-term system delivery or, worse still, compliance.
So, having spent his professional career solving customer problems through the power of technology, he founded IDS to create an invested resource of world-class technical experts, who relish the opportunity to bring software projects to life and sustain their ongoing success.
Head of Transformation & Operations
With more than 22 years’ experience in the telecoms sector, which began with Virgin Media Business, Carol is a people-orientated, process-driven customer service specialist who ensures Vapour joins the dots when delivering any project, large or small. Passionate about purposeful digital transformation which leverages the very best of technology and talent, she fuels innovation in companies throughout the UK. Her role touches every department in the business, which means she bridges the gap between sales, operations, technical team and ongoing customer support. A passionate speaker on a range of topics, she is a true ambassador for women in tech – and a lifelong Celtic fan!
Product Director at Wavenet, Barry provides IT and Technology professionals in the UK access to leading enterprise technologies. With over 20 years of experience in the technology sector, Barry passionately seeks out some of the world's most disruptive technologies. Staying ahead of the curve to ensure the infrastructures of UK enterprises keep pace with and even lead the rest of the world.
Passionate about making a difference, Kay’s professional career prior to WISE focused on improving the health and wellbeing of people in society, through a variety of senior leadership roles in the Pharmaceutical industry, including board-level roles for the UK & EU. Kay’s volunteering efforts have been aligned to helping others advance their learning and capability to proactively enhance outcomes. Activities include roles as a STEM Ambassador working with local schools and colleges, serving as a Business Mentor and part of the governing body for NE Futures UTC, representing the Life Sciences industry as a senior leader in the First for Pharma network, providing private tutoring for students in Sciences and Maths, and serving as a Board Trustee for a mental health and wellbeing charity (Cygnus Support) in Northumberland.
CEO & Founder
Timothy Creswick is the founder and CEO of Vorboss Limited. Tim has a background in engineering, numerous skills within technical software and IT, as well as extensive knowledge across fibre, infrastructure, telecoms, cloud and connectivity verticals. Since founding Vorboss in 2006 he has had a track record of successful acquisitions and is rapidly scaling the company. Vorboss is currently deploying the UK’s next generation enterprise fibre network dedicated to serving business that in engineered to meet the demands of the next 20+ years.
Head of Mobile Services Portfolio
Digital Wholesale Solutions
Having worked in the Mobile industry for over 15 years, Ricky has experience in a variety of areas, from customer service to provisioning to commercial. For the past 6 years, Ricky has had a clear focus on our Mobile proposition, working closely with Commercial, Marketing and IT teams to develop and release market-leading propositions for DWS.
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Stobart is a seasoned CEO with experience in the telecommunications, software, financial services and healthcare sectors.
As a leader, Paul sets out to inspire people to be the very best they can be, and to find out for themselves the best way to accomplish tasks and deliver on their promises. A CEO’s job is not to do everything for everyone, nor is it to issue instructions as to what others should be doing; on the contrary, the greatest CEOs are those who blend skills in coaching, mentoring and counselling, with the critically important tools of listening to, appreciating and asking incisive questions of the people around them. Of course, from time to time, the CEO has to take control and drive the agenda, but if this becomes the norm, then engagement will slip and business performance will falter. It’s by giving people freedom to think differently that businesses can find the means to scale quickly.
Dan is the managing director and co-founder of Pangea, a leading provider of global IoT connectivity and multi award-winning IoT solutions.
Previously the Head of Partners and Strategy at O2 UK, Dan's committed to helping channel partners optimise their profits, see revenue sooner, and secure more deals.
And the numbers speak for themselves: with a channel-only approach his recent projects have included winning £2m for a partner while saving their customer nearly £2m in the process, as well as keeping over 100,000 students connected to their educations throughout COVID-19 lockdowns.
Head of Voice Services Portfolio
Digital Wholesale Solutions
Claire has worked for DWS and the wider Daisy Group for nine years, initially joining the company to work within our customer service teams. Claire moved into the Product team in 2015, supporting our Product Managers with launch activities and, just a year later, began managing our traditional Voice portfolio which includes WLR, CPS and SIP Trunking. Claire now heads up the Voice Product team, supporting a full suite of traditional Voice and IP Products
Head of All IP
Initially beginning his career in the armed forces, Tim Mercer moved to become a tech entrepreneur and has spent 20 years in the IT sector. In 2013, he sold almost everything he owned – including the family home – when he identified a market gap to become a truly cloud-first technology specialist. And Vapour was born. Concentrating initially on cloud voice, video, networks and storage, the company ventured into much wider digital transformation territory in early 2021, with a cloud toolkit that includes everything from a secure SD-WAN solution for hybrid working, through to Robotic Process Automation, TeamsLink and more.
With a track record of success throughout a number of FMCG companies, Craig took the move into the Tech sector in 2013. With a keen interest in the communications space including telecoms, wireless and network infrastructure, Craig has played a pivotal role in the development and ongoing success of the T2100 Group of companies namely ProVu Communications and Alliot Technologies.
Darren joined ProVu as Managing Director in 2010. With a track record of growing businesses through developing their Sales & Marketing functions, he is well respected in the Channel and has played a vital role making ProVu a major player in the UK Telecoms & IT market.
As T2100 Group Managing Director, Darren heads up both Alliot Technologies and ProVu Communications.
Board members, executives, managers and producers count on him to align the efforts of their marketing, sales, customer success, channel sales and account growth teams to create a safe, risk-free environment for the clients and customers with whom they do business. An environment in which they enjoy a seamless, frictionless buying experience, throughout their lifetime as a customer.
He provides fractional Chief Revenue Officer services to the Boards and investors of technology companies in the £10m-£50m revenue range.
Having served in over 500 market segments since 1992, he has helped his clients generate in excess of £6.5bn in additional and repeat sales. He as helped them design their recruitment, hiring and onboarding processes, which have enabled their managers to hire predictively, successful executives, sales professionals, marketers, customer success and account growth personnel. He specialises in driving turnarounds and sustainable hyper-growth.
Strategic Partner Director
Partner & Founder
Trust Business Partners LLP
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Andy joined Gamma in 2004, progressing through his career in Business Development to now head up two of Gamma’s geographical sales teams, looking after around half of Gamma’s channel partners, as Channel Director. Prior to this, Andy was responsible for growing some of Gamma’s largest channel partner relationships in his position as an Account Director. Andy is a graduate of the University of Loughborough with a degree in Geography.
Channel Director South
Anna Maria Marzec-Smith
Anna Maria Marzec-Smith joined ProVu in 2013. Over the years, Anna has become an intrinsic member of the ProVu Team, helping to develop business and add value to our growing customer base. As our Sales Manager, Anna heads up the ProVu Sales Team, overseeing the development and delivery of an unrivalled level of customer service to our Channel Partners.
Cherie Howlett is Chief Marketing Officer at Jola and was one of the founding members. She has held high-level marketing positions in the channel for over 17 years. She won the first Comms Business ‘Women in Channel’ award and the Entrepreneur of the year award in 2019. She has built some well-known channel brands, a partner base of over 1000 Jola partners and continues to drive rapid business growth. Cherie continually strives to create an inclusive and diverse culture at Jola, which was recognised by the Comms Business Diversity in the Workplace award in 2020.
Chief of Staff
Lauren Dutnall, Chief of Staff at Vorboss, has seen the Vorboss grow from 16 to 300 employees in just 12 months. With a passion for employee experience, training and development and an inclusive workforce, Lauren shares her vision for creating and maintaining healthy company culture at scale. Vorboss, the UK’s only dedicated enterprise network, are challenging the telecoms status quo by building a very different type of fibre company with inclusivity and opportunity at its heart.
Sales Manager- Business Partners
John Igoe, Sales Manager for CityFibre’s wholesale business, is responsible for the company’s Business Partners channel vertical. In this key role, he supports and manages a team of account managers and product specialists to help partners maximise the potential of CityFibre's comprehensive range of connectivity solutions. John has been with CityFibre for more than 7 years in a variety of channel business and account management roles, taking up his current position 4 years ago.
Head of Sales- Consumer ISPs
As Head of Consumer Sales for CityFibre, Emma is focused on understanding and building relationships both internally and externally, to support the growth of the company’s strategic accounts. Emma is an innovative and results driven Account Director with a 20-year demonstrable track record in building exceptional, multi-layered relationships within large complex organisations. She joined the company in 2019 and her current role sits within the Senior Management Team at CityFibre.
Director, Managed Customer Migrations
James Lilley leads for Openreach on the migration of lines from copper to All IP working closely with Communication Provider customers and wider industry stakeholders to make this a success. He has over 15 years’ experience in the telecoms industry leading commercial and business change most recently with Openreach.
Adrian Sunderland, CTO and co-founder at Jola, has developed unique and differentiated 4G and 5G solutions for the channel managed in a real-time, automated portal.
Adrian is one of the leading technical experts and visionaries in the communications industry. Apart from regular columns in industry publications he has addressed many industry conferences and events.