Vice President, Systems Engineering Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia –
Cisco International Limited
Ian Kennedy leads the Systems Engineering organisation at Cisco International Limited across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR).
His organisation develops ICT solutions leveraging the network as a platform for business transformation across the public and private sectors, and building architectural blueprints for the delivery of advanced secure network-based services. Underpinning these activities Ian introduced Enterprise Architecture practices and methodology to the global Systems Engineering organization.
Currently, his focus is on the development and delivery of Internet technologies as a platform for Smart City and cloud-based services. Increasingly the services being developed are leveraging programmable, open infrastructure and lead directly to innovative solutions for collaboration, mobility, data center and the broader enterprise environment.
Within the UK, Ian is a member of the Greater Manchester Business Leadership Council, which brings together private sector leaders to review key strategic issues, offering insight and constructive challenge to policy makers in relation to the region’s strategic ambitions to drive economic growth.
Ian is also Chair of SharpFutures, a social enterprise based in East Manchester delivering apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities in the digital creative sector.
Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Practitioner, Member of the IET, BCS & IEEE, and is a BCS Certified IS Consultant. He holds a First Class BSc Honours degree from the Open University.
Chief Operating Officer – Ve Interactive Ltd
Ve is a world-leading technology company whose platform has become an essential component for any online business to acquire, engage and convert customers.
Formed in 2009, Ve has gone on to become one of the most exciting and proactive technology companies in the e-commerce space. A so-called “unicorn,” or tech startup valued by public or private market investors at $1 billion or more
Mark joined from Manchester United where he spent over 12 years where he was previously the General Manager of Man Utd Interactive. There he ran one of the world’s most successful websites, (including the sister multi-lingual sites across Asia and the Middle East), working with major brands and support-service companies to deliver content and e-commerce solutions to over 8 million unique visitors every month.
Frank is the National Head of DWF’s Corporate Team with a team of over 60 dedicated corporate lawyers in eight locations across the UK. Frank has acted for companies from a variety of sectors with a particular focus on technology, financial services and retail, as well as private equity funders, sponsors, and other financial services companies. He has a particular zeal for working with growing and dynamic businesses bringing his experience of funding and development in to play. His approach is energetic, decisive and clear, with a distinctively approachable style. The success of this approach is demonstrated in that his team is ranked first in the UK in 2015 for the number of deals done nationally.
Craig is the National Head of DWF’s Commercial and Competition law team, which encompasses 30 solicitors. Craig is passionate about technology, the innovation and creativity process and the intellectual property rights created in the same. Craig is very “hands on” when it comes to technology transactions and he has a particular interest in structuring intellectual property rights licensing. He has also extensive expertise in the retail and TMT sectors. Craig has recently carried out work for South Staffordshire Plc, Umbro, Tangle Teezer and Morrisons plc. Craig’s legal focus and commercial acumen makes him tailor made for our Advisory Board.
Utz is a Professor of Networked Embedded Systems within the School of Computing and Communications (SCC) at Lancaster University. He received his PhD from Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany) and before moving to Lancaster he was with University College Cork (Ireland).
Utz pursues research in the area of networked embedded systems which includes Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Application examples of such systems are home automation systems, physical intrusion detection systems, smart cities or wireless sensor systems for factory automation. His work looks at communication mechanisms and software used to construct these systems. An important aspect of his work is to improve security of these systems.
Utz is a founding member of Security Lancaster, an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research recognized by the UK government. His research work has been supported by a number of grants funded by the EU, EPSRC, and directly by industry. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers which are cited over 2300 times. Many of his research outputs have led to patents and commercialization of research results.
Daniel is the Associate Director for Business Partnerships and Enterprise for Security Lancaster, which is Lancaster University’s multi-disciplinary research centre for security and protection science. He works closely with external organisations to develop collaborative research and educational activities in security and protection science. This includes helping define business strategy and growth plans for companies both large and small.
Daniel engages in a wide range of external activities including appearances at conferences and in TV and other media speaking on a range of security topics and acting as a book series editor for the publishers Routledge in the domain of security conflict and technology. He serves as an advisory board member of a quantum security technology start up, Quantum Base, spun out of Lancaster University and actively advises cyber security start-ups. Daniel has a long history of working in technology and specifically cyber security having established, run and taught on Lancaster University’s GCHQ accredited Masters Degree in Cyber security, alongside supervising PhD students research a wide range of cyber security business and technology issues. Daniel completed his undergraduate studies in Computer Systems Engineering in 2000 and went onto complete his PhD in Programmable Ad Hoc Networks in 2004. During his PhD he consulted with Cisco and Microsoft developing networking code for their operating systems.
Alan is an Associate Professor in Marketing, in the Department of Marketing, Lancaster University Management School. He holds a BA (Philosophy) from Kings College London, an MBA from Salford University Business School, and prior to completion of his PhD in Marketing (Lancaster) in 2008, had developed a ten year career in business to business marketing, sales and change management, focused within the UK banking and telecommunications sectors. In addition, Alan also created, built and co-owned a start up organisation in London, supplying IT professionals to the Finance and Automotive Manufacturing sectors.
His research interests are centred on marketing strategy formulation and implementation, the platform for this work being his strategy consulting work with organisations such as the NHS, and Reebok UK. His research has been published in leading Marketing and Organizational Journals, including, Organization Studies, British Journal of Management, Human Relations, Business History, Industrial Marketing Management, and the European Journal of Management.
An executive with over 20 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical industry, Beverley has held a number of Commercial Finance, Business Development and Business Leadership roles in AstraZeneca. She is currently the Vice-President and Head of Operations for Global Medicines Development (GMD) supporting the Executive Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer and the GMD leadership team to ensure that critical initiatives, and day-to-day operations are in step with the Strategic Business Plan and timelines. GMD is the science unit at AstraZeneca responsible for the late-stage pipeline of potential new medicines. This includes the design and delivery of clinical trials around the world to secure regulatory approval, and generating evidence to show the life-changing value of these medicines, ensuring prescribers have the information they need to make the right treatment choice.
Prior to GMD, Beverley was Vice-President, Finance, and Enabling Operations for the Business Development group where she led the financial evaluation and negotiation of a significant number of licensing deals and acquisitions. One of them was the financial evaluation and due diligence for the USD15bn acquisition of MedImmune, a NASDAQ-listed biopharmaceutical company.
Beverley is a Chartered Accountant by training, and has Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Spanish
Simon heads one of the youngest award winning and rapidly growing dedicated integrators of Private Cloud in the UK, additionally he owns a software development house specialising in Salesforce.com apps based in the UK & India. He has experience of growing and ultimately selling technology businesses and has gained extensive experience across multiple industry sectors over many years. A technologist at heart, his areas of interest are many and varied including technology, concept innovation, design, application & delivery.
Simon is also the Commercial Director for the unique Bugatti100p airplane project based in the U.S.
Vange is a Commercial and Digital Media specialist with 25 years’ experience among the world’s leading football clubs, leagues, federations and players. During a period of 10 years at Manchester United he held a number of senior commercial roles. He also founded Sports Revolution, a multi-national digital media agency specialising in Fan Engagement through Digital Stadium Technologies. He is also a founder member and executive in Project FTBL, the world’s leading sports social media platform.