Judges

The Comms Business Awards 2019 will be judged by our independent panel of industry experts.

The 2019 independent judging panel consists of people not employed by businesses eligible to enter for the awards. You can read more about each individual judge below.
Dr Lucy Green, Managing Director, Larato

Dr Lucy Green has a proven expertise for finding and developing the hidden potential that lies within channels and businesses. Such opportunities aren’t always easy to spot, especially when juggling the many demands of today’s tough marketplaces. This is why Lucy’s specialist insight has proved so valuable to companies ranging from channel providers and resellers, ambitious start-ups and successful enterprises. Lucy has a talent for unlocking a company’s hidden potential, enabling it to improve and flourish. And it’s a talent that over the past two years has delivered business transformations worth over £300 million. Outside of Larato Lucy is a popular industry speaker and an energetic advocate of women in science and technology.

Ian Hunter, Independent Consultant

Ian Hunter was previously the Editor of Comms Business Magazine from 2001 as well as non-voting Chairman of the Comms Business Awards since their inception. Hunter stood down from his role in 2017 and now continues to utilise his extensive Channel knowledge within various roles within Comms Business.

Itret Latif, Interim CEO , FCS

FCS Deputy Chairman Itret Latif was appointed interim chief executive at the beginning of November by the board to manage the handover from Chris Pateman who retired at the end of November 2017. He will continue to head up and manage the organisation and provide strategic guidance while the Board seeks a replacement CEO in the New Year. Itret has an energy utility background where he was responsible for the development and integration of the successful multi million pound retail gas business and the retail telecoms business for Southern Electric and subsequently SSE. He joined the FCS board in 2009 and was appointed FCS Deputy Chairman in Summer 2016. As an experienced Board member, he has developed an appreciation and understanding of the essential nature of Business Radio and the Installers Group in addition to his understanding of Fixed and Mobile communication community needs. He appreciates the overall wireless and wired communication convergence and the challenges and threats it brings. He also brings more than 18 years of telecoms and energy industry leadership, regulatory and policy development expertise and management experience to his interim CEO role. He has held several leading non-executive director positions in Telecoms and Energy and has been invited to provide evidence to both the House of Commons and House of Lords on telecoms and energy. In his evidence to the House of Lords in 2012 he was first to identify broadband as an essential service and a utility. At the same hearing, he called for restructuring of BT with BT Openreach being separated to become a legal entity owning the infrastructure and engineers.

Vince Potter, Independent Consultant

Founder of NPL in 1999 and DV02 in 2002, Vince has over 20 years of experience in running comms businesses; delivering solutions to the enterprise and channel customers across the UK and Ireland. Potter has a breadth of knowledge across communication products and services, The Channel, manufacturers and service providers. After his recent exit from DV02 he is currently an independent consultant.

Paul Richens, Managing Director, Tricca

Having held senior positions at Daisy, Eclipse Internet, Coms Plc and TalkTalk, Paul is a successful Operations Director with 20 years experience of product development, operational software, service delivery, marketing and strategy. Paul founded Tricca Consulting in 2014 and, using his experience, is helping businesses overcome problems with products, project management, software, voice and data networks, fixed and mobile connectivity, customer service and support. He says his key skills are that he is adaptable, focussed and and a self confessed tech fanboy.

Adam Simon, CEO, ContextWorld

Adam joined CONTEXT in 2013, working with distributors, retailers and vendors, to develop CONTEXT’s total market coverage in the ICT sector. He leads the company’s thought leadership programme, bringing together research groups on the channel (supporting the annual reseller survey) and new technologies (for example, smart home and virtual reality). He is responsible for organising CONTEXT’s proprietary events such as the Retail CEO Breakfast at CES, and is responsible for the Marketing function at CONTEXT. He has also piloted the company’s HR improvement programme for the last 5 years, culminating in the company’s recognition in 2017 as a Great Place to Work in the medium sized company category. Adam is a Board Director of Contextworld with overall responsibility for Finance.

David Terrar, Director and Deputy Chair , Cloud Industry Forum

David is a well-known strategist, keynote speaker and influencer on cloud computing, digital transformation, social collaboration and ERP software. He is a Director and Deputy Chair of the Cloud Industry Forum, judges the UK Cloud Awards, and is Founder & CXO of digital strategy consultancy Agile Elephant. He is a specialist in sales, marketing and operations in the technology sector, and guest lectures on digital and social media at Henley Business School and on INSEEC’s MBA programme. David is an advisor and non-exec director for several companies, and a regular host on the tech TV channel Disruptive.Live.

Adam Zoldan, Director , Knight Corporate Finance

Adam Zoldan has over 20 year’s experience in the telecoms and technology sector. He is founder Director of Knight Corporate Finance, a specialist boutique which helps businesses raise funds, acquire and realise value for their shareholders, which has completed over 60 transactions in the last 6 years. He was formerly a managing director of V Networks which was acquired by Opal Telecom and prior to this he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance as lead advisor for telecommunication transactions.