2020 Speakers to be announced

2019 Speakers

Andrew Neil,

writer, broadcaster, business leader

Colonel Tim Collins

OBE, Leadership and motivation coach & speaker

Roger Flynn

Chairman, investor and business transformer

Theo Priestley

Technology evangelist, author and Anti-Futurist

Andrew Taylor

CEO, Gamma

Gerry McQuade

CEO, BT Enterprise

Paul Stobart

CEO, Zen Internet

Guy Miller

Fibre for Everyone Programme Director, TalkTalk

Daryl Pile

Managing Director, Gamma

Alan Mackie

Chief Marketing Officer, Gamma

Steve Blackshaw

Head of Professional Services, BT Enterprise

George Wareing

Sales Director, CityFibre

Andrew Taylor, CEO, Gamma

Andrew Taylor has over 22 years experience in the telecoms sector and a strong track record of achievement in previous roles, both in the UK and internationally. From 2013 to 2017 he was Chief Executive Officer of Nomad Digital, a provider of IP connectivity and digital solutions to the global transportation industry.

Before joining Nomad, Taylor was Digicel’s Regional CEO (2012-2013) with responsibility for fixed and mobile operations across the Northern Caribbean. His remit included all fixed network services and business/ICT solutions within 26 international markets.

From 2008 to 2010 Taylor was Chief Executive of Intec Telecom, a provider of software solutions with over 400 customers located in 120 countries, and served by over 1,700 employees. In the period before 2008 Taylor held a number of management and operational roles across the telecoms industry including senior positions at Alcatel-Lucent and British Telecom.

Gerry McQuade CEO, BT Enterprise

Gerry McQuade was appointed CEO, Wholesale and Ventures in March 2016 and became CEO, Enterprise in May 2018. He was formerly Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at EE responsible for the business, wholesale and product development which he had overseen since the merger in 2010 of Orange and T-Mobile. He joined the board of Orange in January 2008, and prior to Orange he was founding director of Virgin Mobile.

Roger Flynn, Chairman, investor and business transformer

Roger Flynn has driven transformational change in highly recognised global organisations – including Virgin, British Airways, Prudential, the BBC and SDI Media – and invests in businesses that have the potential to disrupt their markets.

For seven years until May 2018 Flynn was Chairman of (and an investor) in loveholidays.com, the UK’s fastest growing online travel agency which disrupted the UK travel industry and in six years grew from launch in January 2012 to over £400m in revenues.

He started his career at Virgin working directly for Sir Richard Branson on deals and new business ideas. He then became Commercial Director of Virgin Communications, the media arm of Virgin Group, working on the launch of Virgin Radio, the development of its global post-production business and the rapid growth and sale of Virgin Interactive Entertainment.

As General Manager World Sales & Distribution at British Airways Flynn transformed the £1.2 billion distribution system for BA and subsequently the industry, launched electronic ticketing and created ba.com with a simultaneous launch in 72 countries across the world.

Flynn was also Managing Director of Prudential Retail, the retail distribution arm of Prudential, with £2 billion in revenue and six million customers. And Chief Executive of BBC Ventures Group, the commercial B2B arm of the BBC with 4,500 staff providing media services to the BBC and broadcast/IT customers around the world.

Flynn's transformation and subsequent sale of these businesses created over £1 billion of value for the BBC. He was also on the main board of the BBC and an integral part of the BBC-wide transformational change programme.

Theo Priestley, Technology evangelist, author and Anti-Futurist

Theo Priestley is a leading technology evangelist and self-styled Anti-Futurist. He is recognised globally as an authority on emerging business and technology trends and has held senior positions at large, global enterprise software companies and served as a mentor in various start-up accelerators, including HTC's VIVE X and Alchemist Accelerator, one of Silicon Valley's top five incubators. Priestley is widely known for his forthright views on technology and isn't afraid to challenge conventional thinking and hype.

Paul Stobart, CEO, Zen Internet

Paul Stobart joined Zen Internet as Chairman in November 2017 to steer the company through its next period of growth and development. In October 2018 he became CEO to drive day to day business activity and has since been instrumental in shaping a business strategy that aims to more than double revenue over the next five years. His objective is to position Zen as a challenger brand across all segments including residential, channel and mid-market enterprise.

Prior to Zen, Stobart spent 15 years on the executive team that grew software giant Sage from a £100 million disruptor to a £1.3 billion business on the FTSE 100. Previous executive positions include leadership roles in healthcare and finance.

Colonel Tim Collins OBE

Colonel Tim Collins' rallying cry to his troops on the eve of invasion in Iraq captured worldwide attention. He is a naturally inspiring speaker, combining extensive experience of active service with broad knowledge of military and political history. As an authority on teamwork, leadership and motivation, his speeches show a clear parallel between military problem solving and the challenges faced by business leaders.

Guy Miller, Fibre for Everyone Programme Director, TalkTalk

Guy Miller's industry experience spans all aspects of the communications sector, from customer to reseller to wholesaler and now carrier. He was Managing Director of wholesale SIP and hosted carrier tIPicall which was acquired by TalkTalk Business in May 2015. As Director of Fibre for Everyone at TalkTalk, Miller is responsible for the launch of full fibre to customers across TalkTalk Business and TalkTalk Consumer.

Daryl Pile, Managing Director, Gamma

Daryl Pile joined Gamma in 2003 and has a proven track record in overseeing revenue and margin growth in the telecoms industry. With over 17 years experience he has held 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, Pile was Head of Sales for the PBX/UC channel overseeing the development of circa half of Gamma's channel partners. He is a graduate of the University of Surrey and holds a degree in Economics.

Alan Mackie, Chief Marketing Officer, Gamma

Alan Mackie has over 20 years experience in the telecoms and data managed services industry, holding a number of senior product management, marketing and project management positions. Prior to his current role he was Product Director, Application Services at Gamma, having undertaken product and project management roles at application hosting companies Aspective and Global Crossing earlier in his career. Mackie is a graduate of Napier University and holds a degree in Communications Engineering.

Steve Blackshaw, Head of Professional Services, BT Enterprise

As Head of Professional Services, BT Enterprise, Steve Blackshaw plays a lead role in shaping, selling and delivering BT’s most complex services across the enterprise market. He has over 25 years services experience – 18 years related directly to the telecoms sector – and was formerly a Director of Services & Consulting Portfolio with Nokia and previously a consultant for Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu.

He has a wide experience gained within UK, European and global multinational customers having helped major telecoms companies transform to IP networks. Blackshaw has also structured and delivered on the largest IP transformation programmes across the world and brings a unique global perspective in moving to Digital Britain.

George Wareing, Sales Director, CityFibre

George has 20 years of experience in the cable and mobile sectors. This included 15 years at Virgin Media Business where he built an industry-leading commercial team and transformed the mobile backhaul market through a £100million national backhaul deal with MBNL. He left Virgin Media Business to become UK Sales Director for Telecity Group in 2014 (now Equinix), where he led many record contract wins. In his role at CityFibre, George is focused on leading the sales and business development team to drive growth across the carrier, wholesale channel, mobile and public sectors.

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