Network Heroes Awards: Judging Panel
Chair of Judges: David Clarke, MBE, Chief Executive of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
David became Chief Executive of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in May 2002 and is widely acknowledged as having transformed BCS into the customer-service oriented professional body for the IT and Communications profession it is today. During this time, the Institute has grown its membership from under 37,000 to over 70,000, over 20,000 of them Chartered IT Professionals, adding over 1,000 new members every month, and is one of the world’s largest IT examination institutes, running more than 30,000 examinations a month around the world. The BCS also is a very successful business, having more than doubled its revenues in the last five years. BCS is the founding member of the SFIA (Skills for the Information Age) Foundation and are founding members of the ECDL Foundation.
David started the BCS’s Professionalism in IT programme in 2002 which is at the core of many professional development and certification programmes today. David has spent nearly thirty years involved with IT systems, firstly in the supply side and then from 1995 to 2002 as a Chief Executive in the Virgin group of companies, and then Trinity Mirror plc, both companies being highly reliant on the use of IT based systems for their success. David was awarded an MBE for services to the IT Industry in the 2011 New Years Honors.
Prior to joining Virgin, David spent the previous eighteen years in increasingly senior UK, European and global roles with three global technology companies, Hewlett Packard, Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computers. His final role here was European Marketing VP of Compaq.
Camille Mendler, Principal Analyst and Head of Enterprise Verticals
Area of expertise: Managed services, cloud computing, Ethernet, partnering and competitive analysis. “Verticalization of enterprise ICT is a conduit to top-line growth. But moving away from generic solutions isn’t trivial: New partnerships and revenue models are table stakes.”
Camille Mendler is Head of Enterprise Verticals at Informa Telecoms & Media. She advises clients on top-line growth opportunities at the intersection of telecom and communications-intensive industries. She identifies and validates sales engagement models, focusing in particular on the monetisation of cloud computing, Ethernet, mobility and M2M technologies in verticalized contexts. Key industries driving her team’s research agenda include health, transport, agriculture and utilities.
Camille is a frequent public speaker and media commentator on global ICT trends, and serves as a judge for the Total Telecom World Vendor Awards and MEF Service Provider Awards. Camille joined Informa Telecoms & Media in January 2011. Previously, she was a vice president at Yankee Group, where she spearheaded research and consulting in telecom industry transformation, enterprise and wholesale business models, with specific competences in cloud computing and managed services. She has held operational roles in strategic marketing and fiber infrastructure development in European telcos, and was a telecom advisor to the Soros Foundations.
Camille is a research fellow of the Russian Area Studies Master’s Program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a minor in Russian from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is a member of Women in Telecoms and Technology
Eric Owen, IDC VP EMEA Head of Research Network and Telecommunications
Eric Owen has more than 20 years' experience in the global telecommunications industry. He is currently responsible for research on the European telecommunications markets. This involves the analysis of both business and residential user requirements for fixed and mobile network services in Europe. It also includes evaluation of service provider and equipment vendor strategies in meeting these user requirements in the increasingly competitive European market, assessing the impact of market liberalization, and the evaluation of new services offerings.
Eric has spent nine years with IDC during which time he has also been responsible for research and consulting services provided to IDC's Fortune 500 client base in the areas of telecommunications and computer networking in Europe. His work included such diverse projects as contributing technology assessments for input into clients' long-range information systems plans; providing product analysis in support of ongoing communications or networking procurements; preparing competitive positioning strategies for clients seeking technology advances or equity within their industry; and directly participating in clients' internal MIS conferences and planning sessions in order to provide an added level of objectivity and expertise for both IS and general management.
Prior to this Eric was a telecommunications manager for the U.K. operations of Otis Elevators. There he was responsible for managing all aspects of services and equipment used within the U.K. Earlier, Eric was the communications manager for an international division of Otis, handling the introduction of products on an international level. Before joining Otis, Eric spent several years at GEC Telecommunications, then the leading supplier of private telecommunications equipment in the U.K. Eric holds a BSc in electrical and electronic engineering.
Tim Ring, Editorial Director of the National Computing Centre & Editor ‘IT Adviser’ Magazine
The National Computing Centre (NCC) champions the effective deployment of IT to maximise the competitiveness of its members' business, and serves the corporate, vendor and government communities. Tim is one of the management team that acquired the NCC in 2010. He is responsible for all the company’s electronic and print publications, including IT Adviser Magazine and the annual Benchmark of IT Spending & Strategy.
Tim has more than 25 years’ experience working in the IT and consultancy & technology publishing industries. Before joining NCC, he helped devise and launch the Evaluation Centre website and the monthly corporate business & IT magazine Conspectus, which he edited. He was previously launch-editor and editor of a number of UK technology magazines, including LAN Magazine, Infomatics, PC Dealer and PC Magazine, winning two national computer press awards. He was editor of IBM’s customer magazine, Alliance, and news editor of the weekly IT newspaper Computing.
He has written news and features articles for the IT press, Observer, Guardian and Cosmopolitan and was author of the CMI research report Network-Centric Computing. He has a degree in English from Cambridge University.
Greg Ferro, Network Architect and Engineer
Greg Ferro is a Network Architect and Engineer working in the UK. Over the last 25 years or so he has worked across the UK industry for FTSE 250 companies and previously across Australia and Asia Pacific. Today, Greg specialises in the practical design and deployment of Data Centres including Network Fabrics, Data Security, Cloud and Internet. He has worked as a consultant for well known companies such as Betfair, Nokia Music, Vodafone, Three, British Nuclear/EDF and more. He is Cisco CCIE#6920 and works as a engineer on a daily basis.
Widely known for his weekly “Packet Pushers Podcast” at PacketPushers.net where he interviews senior engineers, vendors and industry figures on a range of highly technical topics where the motto is “Too much networking would never be enough”. The show now reaches over 5,000 listeners every week.
Greg is also well-known for his blog at EtherealMind.com where he writes regularly about many aspects of Data Networking, work life and industry happenings. He also writes for NetworkComputing.com (http://networkcomputing.com/blogs/author/7145) and a range of other respected websites.
Greg is also convenor and co-organiser for the Network stream for Tech Field Day (http://techfieldday.com) —an event that brings industry figures together to meet and discuss technology in an open forum and shares that knowledge and experience with the Networking community via video and writing.