Women of the Channel Leadership Summit Europe 2018
2018 Event Speakers
Helen Speak, Aruba Channel Manager, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Company
Julie Simpson, CEO, ResourceiT

Using her extensive knowledge and connections, Julie has built a team of industry experts who are focused on helping channel organizations gain commercial advantage. These businesses range from major vendors such as Microsoft, SAP and Polycom to one of the 2,000+ channel partner companies ResourceiT has worked with so far. Julie's talents lie in devising winning business strategies, presenting at high-scale technology community events and provoking debate.

Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, CEO, Stemettes
Kate Wood, Culture Director, Chess
Kate Wood, Culture Director at Chess, describes this company as a "Great Place to Work, Great Place to be a Customer." The company culture promotes the belief that happy people make happy customers and Chess ensures that everyone maximises their potential. Employee engagement is foremost, as Wood runs the Office Experience, the induction for all new starters, integration of all people from acquisitions, launch new products, organise all training across the whole group including The Chess Leadership Academy and the award -winning Personal Performance Programme. In 2017 on International Women's day, Wood proudly launched the Empowering Women Programme, as well as managed the 60 Cultural Ambassadors and the internal cultural engagement, organising the fundraising and wellbeing events, while ensuring protection of Chess' unique culture. Last year, Chess raised over £80,000 for different charities and after being 2nd Best Company to Work for in the Sunday Times Top 100 list for 2 years running in 2018, Chess was officially named Sunday Times No 1 Company to Work for. This company is taking that powerful blend of culture and technology and has created an Employee Engage Tool – Engage, harnessing what has worked, and sharing that with other companies to improve the performance of their people and organisation.
Jayne Handley, Director, Global System Integrator Business, EMEA, Red Hat
Fresh from speaking about the powerful blend of Culture and Technology at this year’s Microsoft worldwide partner conference in Las Vegas, hear Kate talk about her rapid rise from the sales floor to Director of Culture, where she helped Chess go from 63rd to 1st in the Best Companies to Work For in four years, whilst remaining true to herself and embracing technology as a key engagement tool. The goal is for all attendees to leave feeling a little bit more courageous. Get ready to back yourself and the women you know.
Bethany Hedger, EMEA Strategic Partner Business Manager, VMware

Bethany Hedger is the EMEA Strategic Partner Business Manager at VMware who accelerates digital transformation by enabling customers to master a software-defined approach to business and IT. Hedger is responsible for taking this message to her partners, who operate across EMEA and USA markets. She works with them to understand their priorites and business objectives and then weaves the VMware proposition into their go-to-market messaging at the same time agreeing to growth revenue targets. as well as other measurable outcomes around people/accreditation/. Hedger has worked in the IT/Software business for 16 years in Sales and Partner Sales roles across Vendor/ISV businesses, achieved multiple awards for over achievement. Her strength & passion sit with the partner community, taking time to understand them so we can assist in making them successful and grow. She has a track record in partner revenue growth, she challenges the status quo, reviews their current business engagement and business attainments to date, and pushes for new initiatives by sharing success stories and constantly brings new ideas to the table to improve relationship an She has been involved in various organizations built from within the Vendor community that focus on getting more women in IT, OWL, IMACP to name a few. She plays active roles in volunteering days with Learning to Work and has shared her story to inspire others with Women to Work who recently published it along with offering mentoring to individuals who want to develop themselves.

Tory Simpson, Head of Digital Marketing, ResourceiT
Tory Simpson is passionate about millennials in the workplace. She is determined to change the view on millennials and help her generation to develop their careers in the B2B tech world, whatever that may look like for them.

As a digital marketing manager, Simpson is responsible for developing, implementing and managing marketing campaigns and strategies to promote both ResourceiT and its clients businesses. Playing a major role in enhancing brand awareness within the digital space as well as driving website traffic and acquiring leads/customers.

Simpson is keen on educating people with her knowledge of social media, and particularly LinkedIn - regularly participating in social media management communities and blogging for 3rd parties.
Anushka Davies, Head of Learning & Development, Softcat plc
Mary Hunter, Managing Director, Columbus UK

Mary Hunter is the managing director of Columbus UK where she is responsible for driving growth through customer success. During her tenure at Columbus UK she has taken the company from 13 people to an organisation of 250 producing revenue of £24 million. Over the last 15 years at Columbus, Hunter has led the company to win numerous Microsoft awards including global partner of the year twice, while accelerating growth both organically and through acquisition. This strong track record of success has resulted in Columbus UK winning country of the year within the group for 10 years running. Hunter has been recognised by several organizations for her initiatives in addressing the gaps present for women in tech and her STEM activities around raising awareness and understanding with children. She is the winner of the IAMCP 2018 Leadership award, Women in Technology, a finalist for Computing Magazine’s Digital Leader of the Year 2018 and has been nominated for We Are The City’s Women in Tech 100. Her specialty is motivating, managing and mentoring people to deliver to their full potential whilst maximizing growth opportunities and business operational efficiencies. Columbus UK is part of Columbus, an international IT services and consulting company with 2,000 employees headquartered in Denmark serving customers worldwide.

Sophie Atherton, Microsoft Alliances Manager, Adatis

Sophie Atherton is an experienced B2B IT channel marketing, business development and strategic alliances professional. As the alliances manager at Adatis, a leading Microsoft Data Analytics and Business Intelligence partner, she is responsible for developing and executing Adatis’s Microsoft partner strategy. This includes all marketing planning and execution, driving sales and creating and nurturing positive long- term relationships with key stakeholders at CxO level. Atherton is also responsible for identifying, building, maintaining and growing strategic relationships with industry organizations whose products and services complement Adatis’s offerings in the market place. She has a proven record of delivering profitable business relationships within vendor and channel partners. Atherton also serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) to help drive partner-to-partner relationships to increase revenue within the Microsoft ecosystem. She also very actively involved in the IAMCP Women in Technology community who help encourage women to collaborate, support and empower each other to do amazing things that change the world.

Stef Reid, Paralympic Long Jumper
Stef Reid is a Paralympic long jumper who competes for Great Britain. Between 2009 and 2017, Reid became a five-time world record holder and triple Paralympic medalist in long jump and sprint. Although she has an honours degree in biochemistry, Reid also works as a broadcaster, professional speaker, actor and model.

Unfortunately, a boating accident, resulting in an amputated right foot, caused Reid to shift from sports to studies. She graduated as valedictorian earning a full academic scholarship to Queen's University to study biochemistry. While there, she joined the University athletic team. Upon graduating Reid decided to put her plans about medical school aside and focus on becoming a professional athlete.

Reid trains at Loughborough University alongside her wheelchair racing husband, Brent Lakatos. Together the dynamic duo are working hard towards Tokyo 2020.

Lisa MacKenzie, Partner, Executive Vice President, The Channel Company
Lisa MacKenzie is a seasoned executive with expertise in marketing, sales, product management and operations. Lisa was instrumental in The Channel Company's evolution from providing traditional media to offering a full portfolio of solutions and services. She brings her proven expertise to The Channel Company's extensive events portfolio - helping ensure that our events meet the evolving needs of our customers. Thanks to Lisa's leadership, The Channel Company attracts record audiences and receives high customer satisfaction scores. Lisa also re-positioned our consulting, research and education offerings, resulting in increased profitability and new product launches.
Margaret Adam, Program Director, European Channels and Alliances program,IDC

Margaret Adam is program director for IDC’s European Channels & Alliances program, where she is responsible for leading analysis and insight into the partner eco-system in Europe with themes covering channel strategies and initiatives, partner programs and enablement, partner transformation, partner profitability and other trends that impact the relationships between vendors and their channel partners. She forms part of IDC’s worldwide channels & alliances research practice and contributes to both global and European reports and studies.

Prior to this role, she has held a number of positions within the IDC CEMA (Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa) organization and her primary responsibility was to develop a body of research and thought leadership around business and IT services, cloud computing, and emerging technologies. More recently, she was working within the consulting practice, with a major focus on channel development, go-to-market and partner enablement in Africa.

Prior to joining IDC, Margaret worked in product management positions in multinational vendor, systems integrator, and distribution environments and has over 10 years of prior experience within multiple aspects of the channel ecosystem. Margaret has been frequently quoted and interviewed for press articles, a key note speaker at industry conferences and events and has moderated panel discussions among CIO's, vendors, channels, regulators and policy-makers.

Lizzie Cohen, Regional Sales VP, Fortinet
Claire Vyvyan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Business, UK and Ireland

Claire assumed the role of Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Commercial Business in the UK and Ireland for Dell EMC in February 2017 and is responsible for business and strategy, leading a team of sales, solutions and services professionals serving customers across the UK and Ireland.

Previously, Claire was Senior Vice President of Dell EMC’s EMEA Compute & Networking Group, having previously been Director and General Manager of Dell’s UK Public Sector & Large Enterprises Business between 2011 and 2013, and before then, Dell’s multi-national business group in Northern Europe between 2002 and 2008.

A serving board member of Dell Corporation Limited, Claire supports Dell’s Diversity Agenda across the UK business by executive support for the LGBT group and also co-ordinates Dell’s charitable giving agenda for the UK.

Prior to re-joining Dell in April, 2011, Claire was the Global Client Director for BT Group at Microsoft Corp, responsible for Microsoft’s overall business relationship with BT globally, spanning go to market partnerships to consumers around TV, Music and Gaming, and provision of both on premise IT solutions and cloud services to both Government, Enterprises and small and medium businesses.

In her earlier career, Claire also held management roles in the Public Sector and Commercial businesses for Compaq, and held several sales, marketing and IT positions at Mars Group and ICI Plc.

Claire is married with three children, has a BSc in Mathematics and Sports Sciences and an MSc in Computer Sciences, both from Loughborough University of Technology. Claire played both National League hockey and International Rugby before having children and retains an active interest in all competitive sports.

Ali Kennedy, Vice President Group Tax, Sophos
Ali Kennedy, an experienced finance professional, business leader and company director working in the cybersecurity industry. She joined Sophos Group PLC in 2016 as Vice President Group Tax directing the group’s subsidiary trading companies. Prior to joining Sophos, Kennedy held senior roles in the oil industry and technology sector, and also served as a director of the UK chapter of International Women’s Forum, a global organisation advancing leadership across careers, cultures and continents. Actively involved in leading tax thinking in the digital economy, Kennedy has consulted on international reform, and holds tax committee roles with the CBI and ICAS. She also leads on initiatives to encourage women to pursue careers in the technology sector. Outside of work, Kennedy is a run director in the Parkrun Organisation.