19th January 2021

Judges

The Comms Business Awards 2020 will be judged by our independent panel of industry experts. The panel consists of people not employed by businesses eligible to enter for the awards.
Dr Lucy Green, Managing Director, Larato

Dr Lucy Green has a proven expertise for finding and developing the hidden potential that lies within channels and businesses. Such opportunities aren’t always easy to spot, especially when juggling the many demands of today’s tough marketplaces. This is why Lucy’s specialist insight has proved so valuable to companies ranging from channel providers and resellers, ambitious start-ups and successful enterprises. Lucy has a talent for unlocking a company’s hidden potential, enabling it to improve and flourish. And it’s a talent that over the past two years has delivered business transformations worth over £300 million. Outside of Larato Lucy is a popular industry speaker and an energetic advocate of women in science and technology.

Itret Latif, Interim CEO , FCS

Itret Latif was appointed CEO of the Federation of Communications Services (FCS) at the beginning 2019. He has held several leading non-executive positions in Telecoms and Energy and has been invited to provide evidence to both the House of Commons and House of Lords select committees on telecoms and energy. In his evidence to the House of Lords in 2012 he was the first to identify broadband as an essential service and a utility. At the same hearing, he called for Regulatory change and restructuring of BT with Openreach being separated to become a legal entity owning both the infrastructure assets and engineering operation. Itret has an energy utility background, as a former senior executive of Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE), he established and headed highly profitable SSE retail telecoms and gas businesses. He joined the FCS board in 2009 and was appointed FCS Deputy Chairman in summer 2016. He also brings more than 18 years of telecoms and energy industry leadership, regulatory and policy development expertise and management experience.

Paul Richens, Managing Director, Tricca

Having held senior positions at Daisy, Eclipse Internet, Coms Plc and TalkTalk, Paul is a successful Operations Director with 20 years experience of product development, operational software, service delivery, marketing and strategy. Paul founded Tricca Consulting in 2014 and, using his experience, is helping businesses overcome problems with products, project management, software, voice and data networks, fixed and mobile connectivity, customer service and support. He says his key skills are that he is adaptable, focussed and and a self confessed tech fanboy.

David Terrar, Director and Deputy Chair , Cloud Industry Forum

David is a well-known strategist, keynote speaker and influencer on cloud computing, digital transformation, social collaboration and ERP software. He is a Director and Deputy Chair of the Cloud Industry Forum, judges the UK Cloud Awards, and is Founder & CXO of digital strategy consultancy Agile Elephant. He is a specialist in sales, marketing and operations in the technology sector, and guest lectures on digital and social media at Henley Business School and on INSEEC’s MBA programme. David is an advisor and non-exec director for several companies, and a regular host on the tech TV channel Disruptive.Live.

Crissi Williams, CEO, ITP

With a background in recruitment, Crissi was instrumental in launching the ITP’s apprenticeship scheme – which has created more than 100 industry jobs since 2013.She is passionate about helping young people in STEM, with a particular interest in improving career guidance offered to young people in education. She is often asked to comment on Apprenticeships and what the industry can do to help fill the skills gap and grow tomorrows workforce. She is married with 2 children.

Adam Zoldan, Director , Knight Corporate Finance

Adam Zoldan has over 25 year’s experience in the telecoms and technology sector. He is Founder and Director of Knight Corporate Finance, a specialist boutique which helps entrepreneurs realise their ambitions through advising on strategy, funding, acquisitions and exit. Founded in 2008, Knight has successfully delivered over 120 transactions across the ICT sector. Adam was formerly a managing director of V Networks which was acquired by Opal Telecom and prior to this he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance as lead advisor for telecommunication transactions.