Wednesday 27th September, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

Keynote Speakers

Conference Chair, Phil Gibson, Chair, Innopsis

Phil Gibson is Chair of Innopsis, the Industry Association for companies that deliver networking solutions to the public sector.  He also heads up Avoca Associates, which specialises in service transformation solutions in the Public Sector. Prior to Avoca he headed up the Public Sector Business development team at Virgin Media Business. He has been involved with PSN since its inception, chairing the workstream that developed the operating model and the challenging governance processes that are needed to make it work.

Before Virgin he was Head of Strategic Business at Cable and Wireless Worldwide and Head of Local Government at Energis, where he created ‘Government Connect’ as a response to the need for better information sharing in the wake of the Victoria Climbié tragedy. Phil has also held senior positions at NextiraOne, Alcatel and BT where he began his career in engineering.

When not involved in his public sector interests Phil is happiest behind a welding mask, restoring classic Italian sports cars!

Jeannie Ivanov, Head of Segment Marketing, Virgin Media Business

Jeannie Ivanov is head of marketing for all of VMB’s customer segments, including Large Enterprise, Public Sector, Wholesale and small business. Her mission is to ensure that our customers’ needs are met by the products and propositions Virgin Media Business offers in the market place, and to help all areas of the UK economy to thrive in a digital age. Prior to her current role Jeannie was the segment marketing lead for the public sector channel and she retains a strong passion for delivering solutions that enable public sector organisations to adapt rapidly to change, manage challenging budgets and transform the way they serve their customers and communities, by embracing digital innovation. Outside of work Jeannie is a committee member and trustee of her local rugby club, which gives her an in depth perspective on how well funded public organisations can provide huge value to communities – and of how to juggle very tight budgets.

Jessica Figueras, Chief Analyst, GlobalData Public Sector

Jessica leads GlobalData Public Sector, the UK's leading advisor on public sector technology (previously known as Kable). She advises clients on the impact of UK government policy on the ICT industry, with focus areas including digital transformation, data, legacy renewal, sourcing policy, skills and Brexit.

During her 22 years in the tech sector Jessica has been a regular advisor to C-level executives, press commentator and speaker.  As an analyst she has published extensively on enterprise software technology, specialising in vertical sectors (government and telecoms), SMEs, digital and mobile.

Previously Jessica was a strategy consultant, director at a London-based digital start-up and Practice Leader at Ovum. She has an MA from the University of Cambridge and a Diploma in Computing from the Open University. She is also Chair of Trustees at a major UK charity.

John Keegan, Head of Infrastructure Services, Digital Group, Department for Work and Pensions

John Keegan is the Head of Infrastructure Services for the Department for Work and Pensions where he is helping transform how the department consume ICT services through Hybrid Cloud.

John has established a reputation for being a resourceful, innovative and highly skilled technical leader with over 30 years’ experience in ICT; he has built his portfolio from a solid hands-on technical delivery basis through to established business leaders. John holds a range of industry technical certifications including CEng MIET, Cisco CCIE and CISSP.

Prior to the Department for Work and Pensions, John held various leadership roles within Fujitsu, including Business Development Manager, Director of Communications Solutions Business, and Network & Telecommunications CTO. Prior to Fujitsu John worked for British Telecom where he was CTO for the Department for Work and Pensions.



Michael Bowyer, Innovation and Knowledge Sharing Director, Innopsis

Michael has been involved in IT Communication Infrastructure and UC Applications for over 25 years. He has spent 20 years working in Public Sector for Mercury then Siemens (becoming Unify Enterprise Communications). During his career Michael was awarded a Queens Award for Innovation and has won over 10 awards for business excellence and performance in the last 10 years. In his time at Siemens (Unify) Michael worked with the Cabinet Office as an advisor to create the Public Services Network, spent five years on the PSN Programme Board, and was a founding board member for PSNGB Limited (previously Innopsis). At Unify Michael was head of Public Sector and CTO for Unify's Public Sector Western Cluster strategy, Unify's SaaS services and for all related UK Public Services Network (PSN) activities.

In 2015 Michael left Unify to form his own consulting company Loddiswell Consulting Limited and his company delivers consultancy to suppliers wanting to sell ICT solutions to Public Sector. Michael rejoined the Board of Innopsis in 2016 and became the Workstream Leader responsible for the HSCN programme with NHS Digital.


Session Speakers

Martin Deacon, Chief Technology Officer, Capita Networking Solutions
Since joining the telecommunications industry as a graduate engineer in the late 1980s, Martin has experienced the full range of technological innovation; the birth of the Internet, the launch of mobile phone networks, the emergence of email and the explosion of smart-phones, tapping an ever expanding cloud of content and services. At the turn of the century he saw MPLS displace Frame Relay to become the agile WAN protocol of choice and in the 90s seized an early opportunity to deploy business applications across offices in Asia Pacific using the then new Citrix MetaFrame thin client capability; it, just like the rise of server virtualisation, was a game-changer.

A realist as opposed to an evangelist, Martin aims to correctly balance the risk of ‘bleeding-edge’ vs. the benefits of ‘leading-edge’ to underpin solutions and services that face the future. Today, MPLS is being dubbed by some as ‘legacy’. It will likely remain strong within carrier core networks and the fabric of the Internet, but Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) is presenting network service providers and organisations with a paradigm shift in how WANs can be deployed and operated. Another game-changer that Martin is embracing.

Prior to joining Capita Networking Solutions, Martin worked for BT in the UK, Australasia, Asia Pacific and United States. In addition to networking, Martin has experience in enterprise application development and IT platform infrastructure.


Mark Lewis, EVP Products and Development, Interoute
Mark is responsible for Interoute's product portfolio, spanning enterprise connectivity, cloud and communications services. He drives Interoute's Enterprise Digital Platform strategy, aiming to optimise, secure and and assure the delivery of applications - whether Interoute's or SaaS, via the combination of Interoute's SDN Cloud Fabric, Interoute Virtual Data Centres (VDCs) and the Interoute SD-WAN Edge connectivity portfolio.

Technical Pre-sales, product development and P&L Management fall into Mark's remit, to which he brings more than a decade of industry experience. Mark has held roles in a variety of software industries, including 3D-modelling, content protection and CDNs, which drives his passion to make all of Interoute entirely software-driven by customers - truly code as infrastructure.

Simon Pamplin, Director of Technical Sales EMEA, Silver Peak
Simon Pamplin is the EMEA Technical Sales Director for Silver Peak and a regular speaker at events on topics ranging from the latest storage technologies and server virtualization to the current shift in Data Networking towards SD-WAN. With over 20 years’ experience in enterprise IT Simon has worked for IP, SAN and hyper-convergent companies and is driven by new technology and the business benefits it can bring.

Jack Richards, Public Sector Senior Solutions Architect, Exponential-e
Jack Richards is Public Sector Solutions Architect for Exponential-e’s Public Sector team. His role is focused on guiding customers to maximise benefits and realise successful outcomes through the design and deployment of cloud, network and unified communications technologies and solutions.
He brings over 20 years’ experience in driving Government technology initiatives at organisations including Cable and Wireless/Vodafone and 2e2. Jack led key transformations including 3 North London and South coast NHS outsources and disaggregation and integration of Acute and Mental Health Trusts.
Jack began his career at California based SCO Unix and was a contributing author of Matthew Marsh’s ‘Linux Networking Unleashed’ book.

Keith Smith, Public Sector Business Development Manager, Virgin Media Business
Public sector guru, part Business Development Manager, part techie, science fiction buff Keith focuses the bulk of his work on market place development. He does this by creating business opportunities that many, or indeed all sales and account managers, can utilise right across the sector. He also gets involved in the more complex customer specific opportunities, when he feels there is scope for wider business to be ‘unlocked’. Vying for the position of ‘World’s Busiest Man’ Keith also volunteers much of his free time to event management conventions with proceeds usually going to charity. Indeed, in 2014 he took on the role of Tech Director to help run the World Science Fiction Convention in London which attracted an eye-popping 11,000 attendees. A passion for film editing has also seen him produce videos used at public sector conferences where Virgin Media Business has presence. It seems hard to believe, but amongst such a packed schedule Keith still finds the time (just about) to pursue other interests such as motorsport, software development and politics.

Speakers, agenda and timings may be subject to change