Work Session Speakers
Richard Barnes, Head of PSN and Central Government, Virgin Media Business
Head of PSN and Central Government, Richard’s role within Virgin Media Business is as varied as the disciplines within one of his favourite sports – mixed martial arts.
In the morning he could be influencing senior stakeholder relationships within the Cabinet Office. By the afternoon he might be supporting the development of some of the organisation’s most complex projects or leading strategic marketplace expansion.
Given his keen interest in all things economic, political and technological, he’s well suited to a role that encompasses Virgin Media Business’ most strategic public sector customers.
A keen sportsman, an aspiring football coach, and a self-proclaimed taxi driver to his children, it’s the calming, ethereal tones of Pink Floyd which are his first destination for much needed relaxation time.
Paul Bean, Senior Consultant, BT
Paul has worked for BT within its healthcare sector for 20 years. Initially working on messaging and EDI projects, but latterly focussed on its communications solutions for the sector. Unusually for BT Paul’s background is a health application on working on EPR development, diabetic registers and NHS Estate management.
Linda Cairney, Director, Health International Market Development, BT
Eddie Cronie, Managing Director, Scottish Wide Area Network
Starting his career as an engineering graduate with Scottish Power, Eddie has accumulated over 20 years’ experience within the Telecoms industry, through senior roles across Engineering, Operations and Sales with leading organisations such as THUS, Cable & Wireless and Vodafone.
Prior to SWAN, Eddie’s most recent roles were as Operations Director for THUS and Demon Internet and the Head of Public Sector Sales in Scotland for Vodafone. His primary objective for SWAN is to deliver an exemplar customer experience to the public sector that enables a powerful and compelling change to how public services are delivered to and consumed by all citizens across Scotland.
Garry Drinkwater, AdEPT Telecom
Garry has over 25 year’s business experience working in IT, telecommunications and professional services within the UK and EMEA.
Garry has a strong record of delivering ICT transformation across both public and private sector enterprises to client satisfaction, budgets and timescales. Stand out projects include supporting the digital hospital transformation program for Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation. Implementing mobile devices furthered its aims of digitizing paper records and using IT solutions to streamline and extend healthcare to the bedside.
Garry lead the IP infrastructure and networks teams to upgrade The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust hospital networks offering the potential to provide more flexible, interactive care and improved technological services for over 500,000 patients.
He is passionate about how IT and communications technologies, when deployed alongside adopted best practices across the NHS, can improve health outcomes, boost efficiency and give patients more of a say in how and when they are treated.
Simon Elliott, Sales Business Manager, BT Business and Public Sector
Mark Hall, Director of Public Sector and Operations, Redcentric
Mark provides critical direction and leadership for our range of managed services and advanced software solutions into the public sector including the National Health Service and UK Central Government. He also oversees the security strategy of Redcentric ensuring that the company meets stringent compliance regulations to ensure data security for Redcentric’s customers. Mark is actively engaged with the Cabinet Office, NCSC (Part of GCHQ), PSN, Department of Health and NHS Digital (formerly HSCIC) and sits on several invitation-only steering committees.
Neal Harrison, Managing Director, Convergence Group
Neal has spent the last 20 years in the telecommunications industry, working for tier one providers, and running his own businesses. After two years with IBM, Neal setup a dot-com start-up backed by 3i. Two years later, Neal moved to international network operator, TeliaSonera. This position led Neal to start his second business venture, Convergence Group. His entrepreneurial instincts have driven Convergence Group to build an end-to-end networking service across the LAN & WAN, which competes on exceptional service delivery and strong customer relationships. As a fully accredited provider of the Public Sector Network (PSN), Convergence supports a number of healthcare organisations including University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
Paul Mathews, AdEPT Telecom
Paul has over 15 years’ experience working at a senior level within IT infrastructure, data services, telecommunication, unified communication and SaaS. Paul has worked on both sides of the fence as a Network Engineer and as a facilitator of WAN and Infrastructure solutions.
Organisations Paul has worked with include the Department of Health, HMRC, the National Archives, ING Bank and BAA. Paul is very proactive and experienced in managing clients’ expectations, implementing large-scale roll-outs and providing ongoing support. He grew up in Australia where, prior to his career in data and communications, he served in the Armed Forces and went on to play rugby.
Charles Milton, Area Director – UK & Ireland, Zscaler
Charles Milton, Area Director for UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa has been part of Zscaler Inc. since 2010 and has been instrumental in Zscaler’s rapid growth from market entrant to leading Cloud Security service. Charles previously managed the strategic Service Provider relationships that form the primary channel for Zscaler’s services before becoming Area Director in 2016 where he now manages a large team who are focused on the growth and continued success of the company. Charles has worked in Information Security for 14 years and previously managed the EMEA service provider team for Blue Coat Systems for 6 years.
Phil Moore, NHS Account Director, Redcentric
Phil Moore is Redcentric’s NHS Account Director, managing relationships into central NHS bodies. Phil Moore has 35 years’ technology and IT experience in technical, quality, consulting and commercial roles. He has worked in large multinationals, starts-ups and SMEs and has been on several industry bodies and committees.
Paolo Rodrigues, Systems Engineering Director UK&I, Fortinet
Mark Shaw, Senior Technical Architect, Spire Healthcare
Keith Smith, Business Development Manager, Virgin Media Business
Public sector guru, part Business Development Manager, part techie, science fiction buff Keith focuses the bulk of his work on market place development. He does this by creating business opportunities that many, or indeed all sales and account managers, can utilise right across the sector.
He also gets involved in the more complex customer specific opportunities, when he feels there is scope for wider business to be ‘unlocked’.
Vying for the position of ‘World’s Busiest Man’ Keith also volunteers much of his free time to event management conventions with proceeds usually going to charity. Indeed, in 2014 he took on the role of Tech Director to help run the World Science Fiction Convention in London which attracted an eye-popping 11,000 attendees.
A passion for film editing has also seen him produce videos used at public sector conferences where Virgin Media Business has presence. It seems hard to believe, but amongst such a packed schedule Keith still finds the time (just about) to pursue other interests such as motorsport, software development and politics.
Jeremy Wastie, Business Development Director, Updata Infrastructure
Jeremy has over 20 years’ experience in selling managed communications solutions in the UK, with an exclusive focus on the public sector market since 2006. He joined Updata in 2010 and has been part of the team building and growing complex regional network solutions across Local Government, particularly in the PSN and NHS markets.
In his current role he is prioritising the new HSCN market as a gold plated opportunity to extend shared services, give the NHS choice and ensure that taxpayer’s money is being spent effectively.
Ian Wilcox, Director, Health Sector, MLL Telecom
Ian has worked as a supplier of systems and services to Local and Central Government for over 25 years and as a customer working for Hampshire County Council for 13 years.
Ian is leading MLL Telecom’s engagement with the Health community which has included an active role in the NHS Supplier Enagagment Programme to develop the standards for HSCN (Health and Social Care Network – replacement for N3).
Previously Ian worked for 2 years in the Cabinet Office PSN Programme Team representing Local Government issues on a day to day basis in developing the PSN model and presenting the PSN proposition at Local Government events and workshops.
At Hampshire County Council Ian was responsible for the creation of the Hampshire Public Services Network (HPSN), putting in place the partnership governance arrangements, recruiting members to the partnership and procuring a contract that was fit for purpose. The HPSN2 was the first local government network to be PSN compliant.
During his time in industry Ian managed the delivery and support of systems and services to Central and Local Government and the armed forces including high assurance networks and multi-level secure systems.