Speakers List - Technology Marketing & Innovation Forum

Past Speakers

Brian Long



Brian Long has been CIO at Pattonair for the past 10 years with 20+ years in global business transformation, strategies and implementation experience. Having moved to the UK from the USA 23 years ago, Brian has continued to drive business improvements through technology across the Aerospace and Agricultural industries. Key business transformation activities include ERP implementations, business acquisition consolidation, modernising technology adoption.

At Pattonair, Brian has overall group IT responsibilities including strategy, application development and infrastructure for a high volume SKU transactional business providing various supply chain solutions. Since joining Pattonair in 2007, Brian has held several roles while CIO including Strategic Procurement Director, Group Operations Director and President of Pattonair's Americas division.


Nick Folkes


G4S plc

Nick Folkes is a global CIO with 20+ years of experience developing and executing Business & IT strategies that drive revenue growth and business efficiency. Nick has lead global technology teams in Security Services, Retail, Financial Services, Professional Services and Technology industries.

Nick is currently the Group CIO of G4S plc where he is accountable for all IT and digital services for the group as well as the global business transformation program. Nick joined G4S in 2014 and is leading a team of 1000 technology and business colleagues to redesign and transform all of the operational processes of G4S' front, middle and back office. This new target operating model is being enabled purely through Cloud based technologies and services, replacing all legacy systems.

Prior to G4S, Nick held senior IT leadership positions with MSCI and Tesco. Nick holds a 1st class honours degree in Cybernetics from the University of Reading.




Sandra McDill


Convertr Media

Sandra is a self-confessed digital marketing geek, with over 12 years' experience in the industry across performance marketing, media planning and data analytics.

Currently CMO for Demand Generation platform Convertr, she has previously worked as Chief Digital officer at 7thingsmedia, Managing Partner at iProspect and Global Sales and Client Success for Tagman.

She has worked extensively across B2B clients including Dell, Intel, Apple Business, HP and Microsoft.


Mark Carter

Director International Enterprise Marketing


Mark brings 20 years of strategic, tactical and operational experience in marketing to his recently appointed role of Director of International Enterprise Marketing at Telogis, a Verizon company, providing cloud-based Mobile Resource Management (MRM) software.Revenue Marketing focused, Mark expertise is in all aspects of the B2B and Tech marketing mix regularly juggling limited time and resources to deliver results oriented marketing. Operating within the Enterprise, SME and Blue Chip environments, he has successfully re-branded and re-launched organisations and helped take a Start-Up to profitability.

Mark's hands-on approach is currently employed delivering marketing strategies that drive the number of enterprise customers outside of the North American market with further geographical expansion is expected going forward.

When not driving bottom line for businesses in electronics, manufacturing, technology, professional services and IT, Mark has a wife, family, dog and a passion for new, old and classic motorcycles - but not always in that order.

Sylvia Assumpção

Marketing Specialist


Sylvia Assumpcao is a Brazilian marketer that recently moved to London to work at Liferay UK. Liferay is a multinational company that makes software to help companies create digital experiences on web, mobile and connected devices.

Sylvia is an experienced marketer who specialises in digital marketing. She has successfully lead integrated marketing campaigns across countries such as Brazil, France and the UK. Previously she has also worked for other multinational organisations such as EY, American Chamber of Commerce and FIFA.

In 2013, during her free time, Sylvia founded a non-profit project in Brazil that helps animal shelters in need. Since then, the project has already raised over a ton of pet food to help homeless animals. All of this was achieved by reaching out to thousands of followers in social media and digital marketing campaigns.



Rachel de Souza


DLA Piper

Rachel is an associate specialising exclusively in data protection law. Rachel advises clients on a wide range of advisory and transactional work including pro-active assurance advice helping to prepare organisations for the new GDPR regime and on reactive incident response, across a wide range of sectors including retail, banking and insurance. Rachel's recent experience includes undertaking GDPR readiness audits for a number of large clients and advising on and reviewing data protection compliance strategies, including GDPR readiness strategies, international data transfers, compliance reviews; data security incidents, and data subject access requests.



Andrew Fitzpatrick

Marketing & Communications Director


Andrew is the European Marketing & Communications Director for IBM's Global Technology Services business. In more than 20 years at IBM he has had numerous marketing leadership roles across various business units in the UK and internationally.
Having seen how agile methods can help teams to be more creative and effective he now likes to encourage others to try it for themselves.

Adam Carter

Product Manager

Convertr Media

Since becoming the leader of Convertr's global product team, Adam has emerged as one of the industry's true champions of all things tech.

Driven by a passion for transparent, trustworthy and, above all, pragmatic data solutions, Adam possesses a strong technical and commercial focus, with over 5 years of experience in e-commence and marketing technology industries worldwide.

He has worked predominantly in the global B2B landscape with clients including Symantec, Dell, Play.com, & Dun and Bradstreet


Tom Wright

Director of Content and Performance Marketing Services, Incisive Business, Incisive Media

Incisive Business

Tom Wright is Director of Content and Performance Marketing Services at Incisive Business. As the title suggests he has responsibility for online lead generation, content syndication and content creation services across the technology, retail and institutional finance groups.

A twenty-year industry veteran, Tom came into the world of media via the Radio Times, sidestepped into tech publishing and content marketing and has stayed there ever since. Tom has held a variety of roles in the sector, in sales management, moving onto publishing, and now working in branded and unbranded content.

Tom launched Computing's primary research unit with the express aim of offering tech decision makers analyst grade data on the key trends affecting them in their day to day jobs, cutting through vendor hype to deliver actionable data and useful insight.
Research is conducted along MRS guidelines using individual in-depth interviews with senior IT practitioners, focus groups, and major quantitative studies. Since launch in 2010, the Computing research unit has steadily added to its original brief and now covers topics as diverse as Internet of Things, DevOps, Security and Risk Governance, Data Centre and Infrastructure, Open Source Adoption and IT Leadership, and of course trends in how technology is bought sold and marketed.


Katarzyna Lechowicz

Senior Marketing Manager


Kate Lechowicz is an experienced and dynamic event producer and technical marketer and had proven herself to be a true specialist in delivering creative high-end IT events including large industry tradeshows, end-user conferences & seminars. She has more than 12 years of experience in event related businesses across Europe, USA, and Middle East & Asia. In her current role at NetApp she is delivering more than 30 technology events a year making sure that all components are focused around innovative ideas and creative solutions. A strategic marketing leader with strong execution capability focused on creating exciting value propositions that delivers great outcomes for customers in the IT industry.

She is true lover of innovations and technology and always tries to blend those well together in her everyday work.

She is honored to be named as one of the ten Dream Team Marketers in 2016 by the world's best content provider for the events and tradeshows industry - Event Marketer.


Mark Ridley

Group Technology Officer

Blenheim Chalcot Accelerate

Mark is Group Technology Officer at Blenheim Chalcot Accelerate, part of the UK's most successful venture builder. Working with the CEOs and CTOs of Blenheim Chalcot ventures, he helps businesses succeed faster, through the application of technology, innovation and focused strategy.

Mark was previously responsible at board level for the product development and technology strategy at reed.co.uk, the best known recruitment brand in the UK. He helped build one of the UK's largest websites and an exceptional culture with strong links to the largest and best known technology firms in the world - including Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce.

Mark is outspoken in his support for improvements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and equal opportunity in the technology industry. He is a regular industry speaker and writer with strong links into the UK technology press, contributing on topics ranging from strategy, innovation and Agile to the Cloud, security and risk. He is active within London's Agile and technology community, running and attending meetups regularly.



Jonathan Gill

IT Director

Watchfinder& Co

Jonathan Gill has spent the last 20 years working in the IT sector, specialising in complex IT systems for the education, health, engineering, accountancy and retail industries. His experience with web front-end systems dates back to 1999, but his core focus has been on developing bespoke information management systems.

His most recent work has been for Watchfinder & Co., a Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 company. Jonathan has been responsible for building the company's entire IT infrastructure to support rapid growth and maintain a stock roster of over £22,000,000 of high-value luxury items across multiple locations, while catering to over 1,000,000 website visitors each month.




Alan Loader

Publishing Director

Computing, V3, The Inquirer, CRN and Channelnomics at Incisive Media

Alan Loader is Publishing Director at Incisive Media, responsible for all of the brands in the Business Technology division, Computing, V3, The Inquirer, CRN and Channelnomics.

Alan has held a variety of commercial and publishing roles at Incisive working in the Legal, Financial Technology as well as Enterprise Technology. Starting his career selling print advertising in VNU's Computeractive and Personal Computer World, Alan progressed to managing the CRN Sales team where he also ran the successful Channel Expo exhibition. Subsequent jobs then involved heading up the globally renowned Legal Week brand and helping launch Business Green into the clean technology sector.

After becoming Publisher in 2010 Alan helped CRN in its transition from a print driven business to a becoming a leader in the digital and events space.

In 2014 Alan led the expansion of the channel division of the business into Europe and US channel business with the launch of the Channelnomics brands in 2014. Incisive now run 5 conferences and Awards across North American and mainland Europe. An expert in developing new products Alan also set up the market leading CRN Intelligence service that delivers ground breaking market reports such as the CRN Vendor report, The Public Sector Report and CRN Top VARs.