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Speakers at Thames Valley International Technology Conference

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Bryan Glick
Computer Weekly

Opening Keynote: Technology trends, challenges and business opportunities

Bryan is the editor in chief of Computer Weekly, the UK’s leading business technology publication. He is responsible for managing and developing all of Computer Weekly’s editorial content, covering the website, blogs, video, podcasts, web seminars, social media, events, community, the 200,000-circulation weekly digital magazine, and the CW500 IT leadership group.

Bryan is also head of European editorial for Computer Weekly’s publisher, TechTarget, where he is part of the team leading the company’s European expansion plans.

Before joining Computer Weekly in November 2009, Bryan was editor of Computing, having worked on the publication since May 2000. Prior to becoming a journalist, he worked in the IT industry for more than 10 years, for companies including ICL, Intentia and Thomas Cook.

Richard Phillips

Sector Spotlight : Motorsport and advanced engineering

Richard joined Brands Hatch Circuits Limited in November 2002 as Sales and Customer Services Director before being promoted to Managing Director of Silverstone Holdings Limited in December 2004. Richard is responsible for the management teams of both the Circuit and Estate businesses which includes having responsibility for the adoption of a six million square foot outline planning application for the future development of both core and non-core land on behalf of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, building on a Development Brief granted in 2009.

Richard has been involved in the planning of major sporting events for over 25 years firstly in his capacity as Contracts Director for one of the UK’s leading temporary structure hire companies and more recently as Operations Director for a leading company in the Sport and Leisure Sector. Richard has been instrumental in major elements of the organisation of many prestigious events such as the 1991 Rugby World Cup, Euro 96, and the 1999 Cricket World Cup and has gained extensive experience at major venues such as Wimbledon, Lords and Wembley.

Since becoming Managing Director of Silverstone, Richard has been responsible for the £40m development of the new Grand Prix circuit capable of being raced by both Grand Prix bikes and Formula 1 cars with state of the art pit complex incorporating a conference centre. He was also one of the two lead negotiators responsible for the securing of the 17 year contract with Formula One Management for the promotion of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix and lead negotiator in the securing of contracts for MotoGP and World Superbikes.

Richard has focussed on diversifying the Silverstone business leveraging skills, brand and resources resulting in new ventures such as Silverstone International and a sustainable profitable business with revenue growth of circa 14% PA.

In addition to his business roles Richard is a Northamptonshire Ambassador, sits on the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) and SEMLEP boards, is a trustee of Towcester Learning Trust, a governor of Sponne School, director of the Silverstone UTC, Chairman of British Motorsports Promoters and sit on the advisory panel for post graduate motorsport engineering at Cranfield University.

Paul Briggs
Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group

Welcome & Opening remarks & Closing Remarks

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group is now one of the largest chambers in the UK and represents 10,000 employees in the region. The Chamber achieved national recognition in 2007 when it was voted ‘National Chamber of the Year’ by UK business.

Paul’s previous experience was mainly in hotel management and property management in the retail and hospitality sectors. He has considerable experience of business re-engineering in a variety of diverse industries, and is firmly committed to customer and client engagement, coupled with exceptional customer service, as principles of business turnaround.

Over the past few years, Paul has contributed to the development of the Chamber’s international work and has widely promoted trade documentation services, inward investment and exporting. Paul has a strong vision that this will bring increased prosperity to the region. In 2013, Paul led the relocation of the Chamber’s new head office to purpose-designed, offices within Slough. This has delivered significant benefits for both the Chamber team and the membership.

Terry Greer-King

Trends & Challenges: Cyber Security, Data and Intellectual Property

Terry Greer-King is Director of Security for Cisco UK&I and, having been at the forefront of the industry for the last ten years, is an acknowledged leader and authority on cyber security.

Terry regularly engages at senior level with CIOs, major partners, service providers and other key vendors in the IT Security space, and is a key spokesperson at both industry events and in the press.

Prior to joining Cisco UK&I, Terry was Managing Director of Check Point Software’s UK operation.

Chris Parker
Microsoft Ltd

Welcome & Opening remarks

Chris Parker leads Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs teams in the UK.

He has significant legal and corporate affairs experience in the information technology industry. Prior to joining Microsoft, Chris was Senior Counsel for Apple Europe and Legal & Government Affairs Director at Compaq. He also spent more than 17 years at Digital Equipment Co Ltd (DEC) in various legal roles.

His main areas of expertise are IT licensing, intellectual property and competition law. He has been involved in a number of competition investigations, by both UK and EU authorities and was instrumental in settling the European Commission’s investigation into DEC in 1997 (the Digital Undertaking).

Chris is an English barrister and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn. He holds a law degree from the University of Hull.

He is married with two sons. His hobbies include history, gardening, skiing and supporting Chelsea Football Club.

Mark Moffat
Peregrine Semiconductor Europe

UK Space sector: Emerging technology, applications and commercial opportunities

Mark Moffat – Managing Director, Peregrine Semiconductor UK Ltd.
Peregrine Semiconductor UK Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator). Peregrine is the leading fabless provider of high-performance, integrated RF solutions. Since 1988 Peregrine has been perfecting UltraCMOS® technology – a patented, advanced form of SOI – to deliver the performance edge needed to solve the RF market’s biggest challenges, such as linearity. With products that deliver best-in-class performance and monolithic integration, Peregrine is the trusted choice for market leaders in automotive, broadband, industrial, Internet of Things, military, mobile devices, smartphones, space, test-and-measurement equipment and wireless infrastructure. Peregrine holds more than 150 filed and pending patents and has shipped 2 billion UltraCMOS units.

Mark joined Peregrine Semiconductor UK ltd as employee number one in April 2012. Since then he has built Peregrine Semiconductor a European base in the UK. As Managing Director he is responsible for Peregrine’s European Space market business, including product research and development, marketing and manufacture.

Prior to Peregrine, Mark spent 13 years at RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD), both in Silicon Valley California, and in the Reading area. His most recent role at RFMD was as Product Line Director, responsible for developing flexible and reconfigurable integrated circuit products suitable for a wide range of high performance electronics markets.

Mark graduated from Edinburgh University in 1989 with an Honours degree in Electronic Engineering prior to joining Plessey Semiconductors in Swindon and subsequently moving to Silicon Valley with Plessey. Overall Mark has 25 years of experience in the electronic integrated circuit industry in a variety of technical and business roles in both the USA and the UK.

Mark is married with two children (16 and 14) and enjoys long-distance running, skiing and music, as well as running a local scout troop.

Simon Aldous

The convergence of communications, healthcare and mobility

Polycom is a global leader in voice, video and content sharing & collaboration solutions. Simon is responsible for all Channels and all of the Channel Partners supplying and supporting customers with Polycom product and solutions in the UK and Ireland.

Simon joined Polycom from Microsoft where he spent almost 7 years working in various channel leadership roles. Simon was with Microsoft from November 2006 when he joined as Partner Group Manager for Distribution and then subsequently moved into the role of SMB & Distribution Director where he was responsible for the development of Microsoft’s partner channels servicing the SMB customer base. In the last 3 years of his time with Microsoft Simon took responsibility for the Hosting business where he focused on working with the UK Service Provider community to provide business services delivered through Public and Private Cloud environments.

He has 17 years experience of working within the channel with vendor, service, distributor and reseller organisations. Simon joined Microsoft from Tech Data UK where he was Product Marketing Director. Prior to this Simon worked for the Computer Services Division of the Toshiba Corporation for 5 years where he was responsible for Toshiba’s computer distribution and VAR reseller channels in the UK. Before this move back into the more mainstream IT channel he was a founding director of his own business and established an online Internet auction service for SMB resellers. Originally Simon spent 9 years with Ingram Micro working in both UK and EMEA roles for the distributor primarily focused on the development of their networking, communications and mid-range systems businesses.

Outside of work Simon focuses upon spending as much time as possible with his wife and two young daughters (10 & 11). He is a keen sportsman, who regularly competes in age group Triathlons and cycling events, he also plays golf (rather badly).

James Cox
Konami Digital Entertainment

The convergence of traditional and digital

James Cox is the Studio Head for Football Content Productions, UK Division, at Konami Digital Entertainment. He has built a new team in the UK to bring further European culture to Pro Evolution Soccer on all major video game consoles, and to create new features to revolutionise how we enjoy playing football video games. Previously, James worked for Sony Computer Entertainment for 8 years, becoming Head of Development for PlayStation Home and Pottermore in Home for the last 3 years. PS Home is a global online service for PlayStation 3, offering users customisable avatars, 3D social interaction, multi-player games, and Pottermore content from J.K Rowling.
James has worked in the video games industry for 23 years after taking a Computer Science degree at Manchester University. Highlights include: Bits Studios (5 years) working on various licensed games; Co-founding M4 Limited (7 years) making various original and licensed games, plus working on Resident Evil for Capcom; Kuju (1 year) creating Battalion Wars for Nintendo; Watching Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Courtney Fingar
fDi Magazine

Final Keynote: Investment trends and UK plc

Courtney Fingar is the editor-in-chief of fDi Magazine, a specialist publication from the Financial Times. In her role she oversees all elements of editorial content for the bimonthly magazine and its online portal,

A trained journalist, she interviews political and business leaders about economic and investment issues. She has covered business stories in all major regions of the world, most notably a widely acclaimed series based on her on-the-ground reporting from Iraq in 2009-11.

She has extensive public speaking experience, having chaired conferences, moderated panels and made presentations to large audiences in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She is a regular panelist at key international events and also frequently chairs Financial Times events. She has appeared on television and radio in dozens of countries as a commentator on international investment.

Before joining fDi in 2004, she served as the editor of Trade & Forfaiting Review, a London-based magazine focusing on trade finance. She worked previously in Washington, DC, first as a writer for an environmental news service and later as an editor for Global Business magazine, which reported on international trade and investment for a US executive audience.

fDi Magazine is the flagship publication for fDi Intelligence, the Financial Times’ dedicated unit specialising in greenfield crossborder investment, and is read by senior-level executives at multinational corporations responsible for global expansion decisions.

Ms Fingar has a BA in journalism from the University of Alabama in the United States and an MSc in International and European Politics, with a special focus on political economy and trade issues, from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Stuart Martin
Satellite Applications Catapult

UK Space sector: Emerging technology, applications and commercial opportunities

In January 2013, Stuart was appointed CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, one of seven independent research and development centres established by the Technology Strategy Board to stimulate growth in the UK economy by accelerating the development and take up of emerging technologies. His leadership of the Satellite Applications Catapult, places the commercial exploitation of space right at the heart of the UK growth agenda, and the ambition established by the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy of 2010 to create 100,000 new jobs in the sector by 2030.

Prior to this recent appointment, Stuart was a partner at Logica (now CGI), a large European business technology company. There he was responsible for the worldwide space business, turning over more than £50M annually and employing over 300 staff, a position he had held since 2006.

During his time at Logica, which he joined in 1989, Stuart performed a range of engineering and management functions, mainly in the fields of satellite navigation and meteorological processing, before moving onto more strategic business roles in 2003. More recently, Stuart held the position of Vice Chair of UKSpace, the UK trade association for space business, he was a member of the council of Eurospace (the European equivalent), and was three-time chair of UK judges for the annual European Satellite Navigation Competition, also known as the Galileo Masters. He was also responsible for establishing Logica as a founder member of ISIC, the International Space Innovation Centre which is now part of the Satellite Applications Catapult, and for Logica joining Galileo Services, the industry association focussed on promoting investment and collaborative innovation in the satellite navigation sector.

Stuart holds a BSc in Physics (first class) from Imperial College and, in 2013, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Institute of Physics.

Naresh Chouhan

Sector Spotlight : Motorsport and advanced engineering

Naresh is the UK Marketing Director at Truphone, a global mobile network without country borders. With over twenty years’ experience working within telecoms and technology, Naresh has worked with some of the biggest global brands in these sectors.

Naresh has a strong mix of commercial and technical experience, with a proven track record of delivering results. He has launched a range of mobile applications, services and content, with large blue-chip organisations and ‘start-up’ type companies. Prior to working with Truphone, Naresh was Head of Strategic Marketing at Nokia’s Developer business unit where he was responsible for delivering a singular strategic value proposition for the business, including all technical, commercial, marketing and monetisation opportunities for third parties. Naresh has also spent considerable time at well-known global companies including Orange, Vodafone and Motorola.

Naresh has an Honours BSc in electronics and combined engineering, a postgraduate qualification in neuro linguistic programming (NLP), and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (DPiM). He is a keen kitesurfer, motorcyclist and cook. Naresh lives in Pangbourne, UK, with his wife and two children.

Francis White

The convergence of communications, healthcare and mobility

For 23 years, Francis has ridden the waves of medical technology, from Single Use devices for Anaesthetics in the early 90’s, key hole surgery at the turn of the decade to Implantable Computers (Cardiac Pacemakers) for the past 10 years. Responsible for leading the world’s best Cardiac Rhythm Management team at Medtronic (MDT) seemed like the top of a great career and yet the vast numbers of people that suffer and often die, still undiagnosed, meant something needed to change! This realisation provided the catalyst for the move to AliveCor, a start-up based in San Francisco that promised to put everyone’s health at their fingertips. To be part of this revolution, empowering people to take control of their long-term conditions, and to assist diagnosis of those in fear of their lives, proved to be a compelling vision. Realising that doing so while reducing healthcare costs begs the question ‘Is this too good to be true?’ makes this a subject on which Francis enjoys sharing his experience and insights.

Robert Driver

Final Keynote: Investment trends and UK plc

Robert (also known as Bob) is the UK Trade & Investment Director for Technology, Innovation and Events, a role he has held since April 2012.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in global markets and assists overseas firms in bringing their high-quality investment to the UK. Drawing on the expertise of trade and industry advisers in the UK and the global network of commercial attachés based in British diplomatic offices overseas.

Robert leads a number of teams supporting UK high growth companies – helping them access overseas venture capital and penetrate technology value chains. He also coordinates the science and innovation agenda within UKTI, and the development of a peer to peer platform for UK exporters and service providers (Open to Export).

He is responsible for the delivery of the UKTI trade events programme, which provides support to more than 20,000 UK companies per annum, covering a wide variety of activities in the UK and overseas, from small missions to large trade fairs, including a national grant programme for SMEs (the Trade Fair Access Programme).

Robert was previously UKTI Director for high technology sectors working within Sectors Group, a role he held since 2006. Robert was responsible within UKTI for overall coordination and development of the UK ICT and Life Science marketing strategies; before this he was Trade Director for the East of England.

Robert is married, lives in Cambridge, works in London, and has three sons. Prior to joining UKTI, Robert worked for many years in the scientific instrumentation sector.

John Carroll

Final Keynote: Investment trends and UK plc

John Carroll is Managing Director of International, Santander UK. A native Australian, John has a specialist Masters in International Economics. Throughout his 17 years with the Group, he’s been involved in the International sphere, having held a diverse range of senior roles for Santander across the Markets, International Payments and Trade space, and having had extensive experience in the Asian, Latin American, European and the Middle East markets.

John is very well positioned for this new role after successfully building growth businesses and most recently as Head of the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) in Santander UK where he and his team significantly grew the FIG franchise in the last three years.

Following the strategic International Business Unit created at Group level, Santander UK has created their own International division. This area services both the SME client base and Corporate Banking clients.

Given Banco Satander’s international presence and our growing alliances with correspondent banks covering the most important trade corridors of our client base, along with the recent implementation of our international product capabilities, this new area is a “game changer” in our quest in becoming the SME and Corporate Bank of choice in the UK.

Ivan Dunleavy
Pinewood Shepperton plc

The convergence of traditional and digital

Ivan Dunleavy has spent his career in media businesses initially in finance roles. Prior to his current role he was Chief Executive of VCI plc, until it was acquired by Kingfisher plc in November 1998. He is a Director of UK Screen Association Limited, the industry trade body, and has been Chief Executive of Pinewood Shepperton plc since February 2000.

Philip James

Trends & Challenges: Cyber Security, Data and Intellectual Property

Philip James is Joint Head of Technology and leads Pitmans’ Data Privacy & Information Law group. Philip assists clients in devising effective data strategies to achieve compliance, brand integrity and IP asset growth. Philip leads on Pitmans’ Cyber Risk Management practice and is a key member of the firm’s Media & Entertainment and Defence & Security sector groups. Philip speaks regularly on the challenges and trends posed by use of data assets, including big data, behavioural targeting and cyber risks to intellectual property. Philip founded and is chair of the Cyber Risk Alliance and advises both customers and vendors, brands and insurers, in connection with innovative technology platforms and cloud solutions. Philip has substantial in-house experience, amongst others, at Nokia (as acting non-contentious UK Head of Legal), Dell and Telewest (now Virgin Media).

Andrew Yuan
Hytera UK

The convergence of communications, healthcare and mobility

Andrew Yuan graduated from Birmingham University with a Master in Science Degree in 2003.

He worked with Mindray, China’s largest bio-medical electronics manufacturer as the European Market Sales Manager and then joined Hytera in 2009, managing the European Zone 2 team to look after most of European markets apart from UK, Germany, France, Austria and Italy. In 2010, Andrew came to the UK to streamline the operations, recruit more local people and enhance the sales performance significantly.

Today, from Slough, Hytera UK covers the Western European market including Scandinavia, Benelux, France, UK and Ireland.

Joan Vogelesang
Toon Boom Animation Inc.

Talking on The convergence of traditional and digital @ dinner

Joan Vogelesang is President and Chief Executive Officer of Toon Boom. Under her leadership, Toon Boom continues to maintain its position as a world leader in digital content and animation technology not only in high-end studios but also in education and consumer markets using the online platform.

Ms. Vogelesang has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive responsible for the product design and engineering teams, international business development, customer care and operational management in large and smaller organizations.

Ms. Vogelesang led Toon Boom from being a single product company to a multiple product company. As a result of her personal involvement in the field, she opened and developed new markets in China, India, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the Middle East resulting in thousands of studios, schools and jobs creation throughout the years. In 2013, the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, granted the Toon Boom Pipeline the prestigious Ub Iwerks Award, acknowledging its extensive implementation throughout the industry. In 2012, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has granted a Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award to Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, recognizing its significant contribution to the industry. That same year, Frost & Sullivan granted Toon Boom the 2011 Global Animation Software Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award. In 2011, Toon Boom was awarded the HSBC International Business Award, in the small and medium enterprise category. Both awards are a remarkable testament of Ms Vogelesang and her team’s true and ongoing dedication to their global clientele.

Roy Sheppard
Professional Moderator

Roy Sheppard is a specialist conference moderator, business speaker and author. He is the acknowledged European expert on building profitable business relationships through networking and referrals and he has spoken at conferences internationally for many of the world’s largest companies such as; BT, BAT, HP, The International Olympic Committee/City of Lausanne, KPMG, Philips, The Prudential, Symantec and Volvo Cars.

In 2008 he moderated ReCon, a conference for the shopping centre industry in Las Vegas attended by 53,000 delegates.

A visiting lecturer at Henley Business School, his early career began at BBC television and radio. Working both regionally and nationally, he presented interview based programmes, including the Sony Award winning programme ‘In the News’ on BBC Radio 4 and ‘Success’ on LBC Radio.

He is the author of ‘Your Personal Survival Guide to the 21st Century’, ‘Meet Greet and Prosper’ and ‘Rapid Result Referrals’. In 2007 he co-wrote with Mary T Cleary, ‘Venus: The Dark Side’ which is about how to spot a dangerous woman! ‘How to Be The One’ was the subject of a double page spread in YOU Magazine and was featured on for its unique approach to relationships.

His most recent books (July 2013) are Dear Daughter: what I wish I’d known at your age and Dear Son: what I wish I’d known at your age. They are for all 15 to 25 year-olds. Described by The Mature Times as “The best gift you can give a teenager.”

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