2021 Speakers

Jamil Qureshi,

Performance-enhancing psychologist and an expert in high performing teams

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former Head of MI5 and Chair, Wellcome Trust

Justin King CBE

Kate Wood

Culture Consultant

Paul Stobart

CEO, Zen Internet

Greg Mesch

CEO, Cityfibre

Andrew Taylor

CEO, Gamma

Daryl Pile

Managing Director – Channel, Gamma

Gavin Jones

Channel Director, BT Wholesale

Nick Gunga

Managing Director of Fibre and Wholesale Services, TalkTalk Wholesale Services

Sir Charles Dunstone

Executive Chairman, TalkTalk Group

Diego Tedesco

Director of Wholesale Fixed, Virgin Media O2 Business

Steve Blackshaw

Head of Professional Services, BT Enterprise

Jamil Qureshi

Author of The Mind Coach, Jamil is an internationally recognised innovator in the psychology of performance and leadership, leadership attitudes, improving people, cultural change and team performance. Jamil has led major programmes for Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard, Lloyds Banking Group, Emirates Airlines and Serco. He is also one of only a handful of external psychologists to have worked with NASA astronauts.

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Justin King CBE

Justin King served as CEO of J Sainsbury for a decade. At the time one of the youngest CEOs in FTSE 100 history, Justin’s time in charge is seen as one of the great success stories of modern British business. He’s now vice-chair of private equity firm Terra Firma overseeing a portfolio that stretches from cinema chains to garden centres.

Sainsbury’s was losing market share and, despite huge investment, struggling to compete with its rivals when Justin was appointed Chief Executive. Taking difficult and sometimes controversial decisions, he launched a company-wide overhaul. After only a year in the role, he reported the first improvement in quarterly sales figures for more than two years. Pioneering dramatic changes in the relationship between management and staff, he introduced a ‘tell Justin’ scheme to encourage feedback from employees and even manned a checkout during the Christmas rush. Four years after taking charge, Sainsbury’s reported twelve consecutive quarters of growth and hit its sales targets ahead of time.

Justin led Sainsbury’s during huge shifts in the retail and supermarket landscape including diversifying into general merchandise, the rise of online shopping and of discount retailers, the move into smaller, convenience stores, and a cut-throat price war between rivals Tesco and Asda. Sainsbury’s steered a path balancing quality and price and moved quickly into online and convenience shopping. Prior to Sainsbury’s Justin began his career as a marketing trainee with Mars before moving on to Pepsi and Haagen-Dazs. He then moved to Asda as MD and later ran M&S’s food division. Justin also returned to M&S as a non-executive director, reuniting with Archie Norman alongside whom he helped turn around Asda’s fortunes.

In speeches Justin tackles the vagaries of leadership, including his list of ‘ten Cs’ for great leadership. He also considers his personal journey and the lessons it’s delivered, as well as ethical business. He was a board member of LOCOG from 2009 to 2013 and has also served as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. He was named Most Admired Business Leader by Management Today and as Britain’s Most Impressive Businessman in the IPSOS-MORI Captains of Industry Report.

Kate Wood

Kate was formerly Culture Director for Chess where she galvanised the technology business to go from 60 to 550 people and from 63rd to 1st in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work for list. She now works with multiple businesses in the tech sector to improve their employee engagement, ensuring teams feel valued and cared for while improving business performance.

Kate heads up the UK Women in Tech Network Board and sits on the CRN Advisory Board. As well as leading talks in schools as a relatable role model, Kate runs a monthly mentor circle providing regular support to individuals and facilitating knowledge sharing for a range of technology providers. Kate's interactive presentations provide straightforward advice for achieving business growth by committing to your culture.

Paul Stobart

Paul Stobart joined Zen Internet as Chairman in November 2017 to steer the company through its next period of growth and development. In October 2018 he became CEO to drive day to day business activity and has since been instrumental in shaping a business strategy that aims to more than double revenue over the next five years. His objective is to position Zen as a challenger brand across all segments including residential, channel and mid-market enterprise.

Prior to Zen, Stobart spent 15 years on the executive team that grew software giant Sage from a £100 million disruptor to a £1.3 billion business on the FTSE 100. Previous executive positions include leadership roles in healthcare and finance.

Greg Mesch

With over 35 years of communications infrastructure experience, Greg has founded and helped grow established fibre companies across five European countries. Greg was part of the founding team of Esat Telecom in Ireland which later sold to BT for over €1bn. He went on to make the founding investment at Versatel Telecom NV, joining the executive team as President and COO. Operating across Holland, Belgium and Germany, Versatel established one of the largest fibre-based infrastructures in those markets and was sold for over €2bn in 2002.

Greg and a team founded CityFibre in January 2011. The company has since raised over £2.7bn in capital, completed six acquisitions and is building across 285 named locations to cover a third of the UK market. The company also intends to participate in BDUK’s ‘Project Gigabit’ programme for rural coverage. Today CityFibre is privately owned by Antin Infrastructure Partners, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Mubadala Investment Company and Interogo Holding.

Greg studied mathematics and software engineering at the University of Colorado and received his MBA from the University of Denver in 1990. He has been awarded the Charles Kao Lifetime Achievement Award by the Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council for his contribution worldwide to broadband development.

Daryl Pile

Daryl joined Gamma in 2003 and has a proven track record in overseeing revenue and margin growth in the telecoms industry. With over 17 years of experience, he has taken a number of business development roles including Head of Channel and Sales Director at companies such as Telia, Uniworld and Gamma. Prior to his current position, Daryl was Head of Sales for the PBX / UC channel overseeing the development of around half our channel partners. Daryl is a graduate of the University of Surrey with a degree in Economics.

Gavin Jones

Nick Gunga

Nick Gunga, Managing Director of Fibre and Wholesale Services, incorporates our strategic relationships in the business to business and business to consumer markets. In addition, he manages our key relationships with our infrastructure providers such as Openreach and City Fibre. He also leads our alternative network strategy, ensuring we bring the best connectivity to UK homes and businesses.

Nick was previously Chief Operating Officer of TalkTalk Consumer, having been in the role since April 2018. He joined TalkTalk Group in 2005 and in the last 16 years he has spanned senior roles in sales, customer service, digital transformation and operations. Nick is a highly experienced telecoms expert with a career spanning over 25 years in the industry.

Sir Charles Dunstone

Sir Charles Dunstone was brought up near Saffron Walden in Essex, and attended Uppingham School. He enjoyed his first job as a computer salesman, selling to corporate clients for NEC during his year off so much, he abandoned his plans to go to university. When Charles transferred from selling computers to mobile phones, his ever entrepreneurial eye identified that no one was catering for small businesses, the self-employed and Joe Public - for whom mobile phones would be the most useful. In 1989 aged 25, Charles set up Carphone Warehouse with £6,000 of his personal savings and began selling mobile phones out of his flat in Marylebone. With the same principles true today of impartial advice and unbeatable customer service, Carphone Warehouse expanded beyond the UK into Europe, principally under the Phone House brand. In July 2000 the company floated on the London Stock Exchange and based on an issue price of 200p, the company was valued at approximately £1.7 billion.

TalkTalk

In November 2002, Carphone Warehouse Group acquired Opal Telecom, providing the opportunity to launch a cost effective, residential, fixed line service to compete with BT. The company’s landline service, TalkTalk was launched in February 2003 with the unique service proposition that all customers talk to each other for free, forever. In April 2006, TalkTalk launched the UK’s first ever free broadband service, changing the broadband market place indefinitely. Both through acquisition, (Tele2’s UK business and OneTel in 2005, AOL Broadband in 2006 and Tiscali UK in 2009) and organic growth, TalkTalk became the fastest growing telecoms business in the UK. Today, the Talk Talk Group is part of the FTSE 250 and is the UK's leading value for money provider of fixed line broadband and voice telephony services to consumers and business users.

Demerger

In March 2010 Carphone Warehouse and TalkTalk demerged and formed two new separate companies. Charles became Chairman of both businesses. Dixons Carphone

In August 2014 Carphone Warehouse merged with Dixons Retail, to create the FTSE 100 company Dixons Carphone plc. The merged company is focused on helping customers navigate the connected world and is Europe's leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company. Its primary brands include Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PC World in the UK & Ireland and Elkjøp and Elgiganten in the Nordics.

Knighthood

Passionate about supporting young entrepreneurs, Charles is proud to have previously been Chairman of The Prince’s Trust for six years and a serving member of its Council for 15 years. In June 2012, Sir Charles Dunstone received a Knighthood for services to the telecommunications industry and his charitable work.

Steve Blackshaw

Steve Blackshaw manages the All IP Engagement Programme for BT Enterprise, shaping, selling and delivering our most complex IP services across the enterprise market to drive legacy migrations.

Formerly a Director of Services & Consulting Portfolio with Nokia and previously a consultant for Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu, with over 25 years services experience, and 18 years related directly to the telecoms sector.

Steve has a wide experience gained within UK, European and Global Multinational customers, having helped major telecoms companies transform to IP networks. Steve has structured and delivered on the largest IP Transformation programmes across the world, and brings a unique global perspective in moving to Digital Britain.

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor has over 22 years experience in the telecoms sector and a strong track record of achievement in previous roles, both in the UK and internationally. From 2013 to 2017 he was Chief Executive Officer of Nomad Digital, a provider of IP connectivity and digital solutions to the global transportation industry.

Before joining Nomad, Taylor was Digicel’s Regional CEO (2012-2013) with responsibility for fixed and mobile operations across the Northern Caribbean. His remit included all fixed network services and business/ICT solutions within 26 international markets.

From 2008 to 2010 Taylor was Chief Executive of Intec Telecom, a provider of software solutions with over 400 customers located in 120 countries, and served by over 1,700 employees. In the period before 2008 Taylor held a number of management and operational roles across the telecoms industry including senior positions at Alcatel-Lucent and British Telecom.

Diego Tedesco

Diego Tedesco is the Director of Wholesale Fixed for Virgin Media O2 Business. His most recent role was Wholesale Fixed Commercial Marketing Director, and he has worked for VMB since 2012.

Throughout this time Diego has been operating as a member of the leadership team for almost nine years across various roles in the Finance, Strategy and Commercial Teams. Diego is passionate about establishing the business as one of the leading suppliers of connectivity infrastructure in the UK.

Outside of work, when Diego isn’t keeping his three young children entertained, he enjoys developing his culinary skills in the kitchen, and is also a devoted Spurs season ticket holder along with his son.

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