Speakers

YOUR HOSTS

Dan Creasey

UK & Ireland Marketing Manager

Panasonic Toughbook

Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU)

In his 6 years at Panasonic TOUGHBOOK Dan has held a number of roles. Initially he was part of the European Partner marketing team, before moving into an Account Manager role. He has since followed his passion of marketing and taken on the UK & Ireland Marketing Manager position. He loves all things Tech and is an avid LinkedIn user!

Chris Turner

UK & Ireland Key Territory Manager

Panasonic Toughbook

Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU)

Chris has worked in IT for most of his career, initially within the mobile communications industry. He joined Panasonic Toughbook UK 12 years ago and quickly moved into key account management working across a variety of vertical sectors including Field Service, FMCG, Retail, Defence and more recently Utilities, Oil & Telco. Last year Chris was promoted to Key Territory Manager for the UK and Ireland TOUGHBOOK Group.

Panasonic SPEAKERS

Kevin Jones

Managing Director

Panasonic Toughbook

Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU)

Kevin has held board director and various senior management positions, in multinational companies, predominately in the electronics and electronic communications sectors, specialising in manufacturing operations, service and sales environments. Kevin joined Panasonic in 2004 and is currently the Managing Director of Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU). Since becoming MD, Kevin has overseen an expansion in TOUGHBOOK engineering, design and customisation capabilities along with huge investment in after sales & service. In 2018 Kevin was instrumental in the introduction of TOUGHBOOK-As-A-Service (TAAS), our subscription based payment model.

In his ‘spare’ time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, swimming and watching sport.

Tetsuya “Ted” Fujiwara

Managing Director

Panasonic Systems Communication Company Europe (PSCEU)

Ted joined Panasonic in 1986 and has in-depth understanding and extensive skills in sales, strategic planning and human resource management for the B2B business sectors during his 33 years career.

Since October 2015, he is responsible for the further growth of Panasonic’s CNS (Connected Solutions) overseas sales in the role of Managing Director. He was responsible for driving sales development at PSSAP (Panasonic System Solutions Asia Pacific) in Singapore until March 2018, then transferred to Wiesbaden, Germany in April 2018 to lead the B2B product sales and solution business development in Europe as the Managing Director of PSCEU. He has improved internal work optimization and external customer touchpoint management with passion.

John Harris

Global Research & Development Director

Panasonic Toughbook

Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU)

John’s first field IT project commenced with 6 elevator engineers in 1996, since then he has been involved in the successful delivery of multimillion pound, complex field IT Projects to thousands of field workers to customers such as British Telecom, British Gas, ENEL, Daimler, EasyJet and Airbus. Working with everything from PDA’s to Tablets, GPS to RFID and SMS to SMSC, Johns expertise is in the innovative and realistic way to apply technology to reduce costs and improve productivity, creating real business benefit. John Has a Masters Degree in Data Communications from Kingston University and is currently responsible for the Global R&D Effort specifically looking at how technology can solve real world problems and add value to our customers business.

Jon Tucker

General Manager, Solutions Development and Implementation

Panasonic Toughbook

Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU)

Jon is the GM of Engineering, Solutions, Quality and Project Management for Europe. During his 21 years with Panasonic, Jon has gained extensive experience working as the technical lead in the deployment of mobile technology solutions with some of Panasonic Toughbook’s largest customers, including British Gas, BT, Iveco and Ford. With a software engineering background, Jon has held a variety of operational and service management positions with Panasonic and for the past year has headed up the European team in a variety of disciplines. He is now General Manager of Solutions Development and Implementation

Nick Miller

Key Account Manager

Panasonic Toughbook

Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU)

Nick has worked in the rugged computing space since graduating from University in 2013. Having initially looked after the field service and manufacturing sectors for TOUGHBOOK, he is now responsible for the Utilities sector in the UK. Nick has experience in large scale mobile deployments and has had significant exposure to vehicle docking based projects.

Ian Jones

Engineering Manager

Panasonic Toughbook

Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU)

Experienced Engineering Team Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the computer hardware industry. Skilled in Electronic Engineering, SOLID Principles, NVQs, Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), and Fault Finding. Strong program and project management professional with a HNC focused in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from The University of Glamorgan. 

PANEL MEMBERS

Richard Palmer

Panel Host

Palmer & Co

Richard Founded design blue an Innovation Consultancy with a first degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters from the Royal College of Art in design, mixing left and right brain thinking. After taking one of his ideas to market: an intelligent material www.d3o.com, raising over £10m of venture capital investment and selling his product in over 50 countries he was awarded O2 Entrepreneur of the year. He recently achieved a top 3 finalist position as 2019 European Inventor of the year in the SME category,

After selling out of his venture he founded another Innovation consultancy and set up idea couture in London for the global innovation brand. Over the last 15 years he has been helping companies align innovation investment to business strategy. Clients have included Cisco, Samsung, Kromtech. Vans, TNF, Timberland, Lee, Wrangler, Bata, Linde, Lululemon, Tesco, Whirlpool, Ferring, Sanofi. He specialises in developing innovation strategy, teams and processes that blend lessons from successful start-ups and larger corporate teams.

Rory Yates

AVP, UKI Digital Strategy

Cognizant

Rory has over 23 years of business leadership experience spanning client, agency, consultancy and private equity roles. From leading the development of a number of digital firsts to massive increases in business performance for large blue chips. Rory has taken a leading project and/or P and L role. Rory’s experience spans a wide range of industries but more recently the retail, insurance, financial services, manufacturing, utilities and sports industry verticals. Currently Rory leads strategy & transformation in Cognizant Consulting, where his key focus in on creating truly transformed businesses, creating new value, through a new working model & culture using new technologies.

David Rodger

CTO for Commercial Enterprises

Microsoft UK

As CTO, David is responsible for leading the large community of Technology Strategists, who help the largest UK enterprises navigate their digital transformation with cloud technology. Since joining Microsoft in 2005, he has also held leadership roles in their Midmarket, Public Sector, Partner and Windows & Devices business. He has over 25 years of experience in key commercial/strategy roles for Shell, Yell and now Microsoft.

Nikolai Koval-Radley

Director & Chief Client Ambassador

The Smarty Train

Nikolai is a Director & Chief Client Ambassador at The Smarty Train. He brings 14 years of consulting, commercial, design and delivery experience in Organisational Development, behavioural and culture transformation. He has worked with global clients to identify and unlock talent at scale at a wide variety of organisations including Goldman Sachs, Dyson,
Universal Music, McLaren, The Bank of England and Channel 4.

Nikolai graduated with an MA in Geography from the University of Cambridge in 2006 and later went on to gain an MA in Religion & Philosophy from the University of London (SOAS) in 2010. His early career was spent advising senior executives on functional strategy and management for CEB Inc (now Gartner) and later at Mind Gym plc where for 9 years he ran
two multi-million pound Practices delivering 700% growth. He has spearheaded critically acclaimed thought-leadership in the fields of ethics, inclusion, respect and behavior change. He is also a senior coach and facilitator having delivered dozens of interactive keynotes and facilitated a range of learning experiences for a wide range of audiences, including at Exec level.

Chris Davidson

Head of Strategy, Architecture and Engineering

Severn Trent

Chris has worked in technology in the Water Industry for over 15 years. For the last 5 years he has worked as a Programme and Portfolio Manager and more recently he Heads up Strategy, Architecture and Engineering at Severn Trent Water. Chris has a passion for delivering change and truly believes it all starts with people. This year his teams have already won awards for Cultural transformation and Collaboration in the Digital Engineering arena.  Outside of work Chris spends his weekends with his young family as well as enjoying all live sport. If he isn’t talking Tech he will be putting the Sports world to  right, especially the England Cricket Team!

Jeff Kilford

UK Client Compute Group Director

Intel

Jeff Kilford worked in Intel IT for 25 years in a variety of leadership roles spanning client, server and applications development. In 2018 he moved from Director of EMEA IT to lead Intel’s Client Compute Group in the UK. Jeff is a senior subject matter expert on IT strategy, specialising in client fleet management and cloud strategy.

Other members of the panel will be announced in due course.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Joanne Rose

Head of Mobile User Computing

Centrica

Joanne is Centrica’s Head of Mobile User Computing. She has 20+ years experiencing of working with Centrica’s field users, ensuring they have the most up to date technology to enable them to best serve Centrica’s customers. Joanne and her team have ensured that the Windows 10 deployment and associated Evergreen processes have worked as seamlessly as possible.  She’s also an active campaigner for gender diversity in her organisation and an energetic member of the Centrica Women’s Network. Joanne is passionate about development and has launched two mentoring programmes in Centrica. Her passion makes her feel empowered and this drives her actions to make the workplace better for current and future generations. Joanne is also a mentor to a number of people in her organisation.

Dr Eliza Filby

Speaker, Writer and Consultant

Eliza Filby Associates

Dr Eliza Filby is a writer, speaker and consultant who specialises in ‘Generational Intelligence’ helping companies and services understand generational shifts within politics, society and the workplace. Her research incorporates not simply Millennials and the new kids on the block, Gen Z, but all generations. Eliza helps businesses understand how society is changing and helps businesses – whether it is recruiting new talent or engaging with new clients – prepare for the future.

Her aim, to smash some of the misconceptions that come with speaking about the generations. Types of questions she addresses includes: Why are the over-50s dominating the Gig-economy? Why do Millennials prioritise an in-work gym over an in-work pensions scheme? Why are Gen Z tech-inate but tech-skeptics?

Jack Weixel

Head of Global Partnerships, Android Dedicated Devices

Google Inc.

Jack has a long track record of bringing to market innovative solutions that help organizations capture emerging opportunities and scale faster. His experience ranges from building an organization and its sales channel from scratch, to turning around poorly performing divisions of existing organizations. For the past 11 years, he has managed business development efforts for Android enterprise and Google’s cloud offerings. Prior to this, he founded two companies, a Personal Identity platform and one of the industry’s earliest Cloud Computing services. Jack has an MBA from Pepperdine University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Stuart Dommett

Enterprise Client, Solutions Specialist

Intel

Client Computing Sales Group

Stuart is a Technical Solutions Specialist within Intel’s Client Computing Group, covering the business client portfolio providing deep knowledge of the Intel vPro Platform and Intel Active Management Technology. He is a highly experienced IT professional that works with many organisations regarding the latest industry trends, the changing role of IT and modern requirements for devices and management. Stuart is a regular speaker at events and on-line.

He has worked in IT for more than 35 years across a number of large organisations in various senior roles. During his 18 years with Intel he has held roles in Intel’s IT organisation, in product marketing, B2B marketing and business development.

Thomas Hall

Partner Account Executive

Microsoft

CDS UK&I

Thomas is Partner Account Executive for Microsoft in the UK and Ireland and has been with the company for over 4 years. His key focus is delivering intelligent edge solutions with his partners throughout the UK and Irish markets in both commercial and consumer sectors. Thomas has worked at the cutting edge of IT across distribution, resellers and vendors and is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Workshops

Jon Tucker

General Manager, Solutions Development and Implementation

Panasonic Toughbook

Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU)

Jon is the GM of Engineering, Solutions, Quality and Project Management for Europe. During his 21 years with Panasonic, Jon has gained extensive experience working as the technical lead in the deployment of mobile technology solutions with some of Panasonic Toughbook’s largest customers, including British Gas, BT, Iveco and Ford. With a software engineering background, Jon has held a variety of operational and service management positions with Panasonic and for the past year has headed up the European team in a variety of disciplines. He is now General Manager of Solutions Development and Implementation

Adam Williams

Systems Developer

Panasonic Toughbook

Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU)

Since graduating with a PhD in Physics, Adam has had roles spanning multiple engineering domains; from designing and fabricating silicon transistor devices for use in disease detection to writing algorithms (C++) for fast 3D geometric computations for uses in CAD applications.

Adam joined Panasonic in early 2019 as a Systems Developer, joining the newly formed TOUGHBOOK Solutions team in Cardiff.  Adam’s primary focus within this team has been application development within the MCL environment.  Since joining, Adam has been instrumental in creating a suite of demo applications to demonstrate the customisability, flexibility and agility of the TOUGHBOOK Solutions approach; as well as several customer Proof-Of-Concept applications and bespoke applications to support the digitalisation of in-house Panasonic auditing processes.

Rachael Pugh

European Solutions & Service Marketing Executive

Panasonic Toughbook

Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU)

Rachael has been with Panasonic for five years and is now part of the European Product Marketing team. She is responsible for the marketing the range of professional services, custom design and engineering services, warranties, and third-party hardware and software solutions provided by Panasonic to create bespoke TOUGHBOOK Solutions. Based in the Configuration and Service Centre in Cardiff, Rachael has over 10 years’ technical marketing experience through previous roles within the aerospace industry and laser systems.

Tom Ryan

Solutions Engineer

Panasonic Toughbook

Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU)

Tom joined the TV division of Panasonic Manufacturing UK Ltd in Cardiff as a design engineer over 20 years ago. After 14 years, he moved over into the TOUGHBOOK in 2012 as Project Implementation Engineer, supporting production and configuration to fulfil bespoke customer solutions. For the last 3 years Tom has held a Solutions Engineering role, managing technical relationships with our strategic hardware and software solution partners. Most recently Tom has been responsible for the development of vehicle docking solutions for new product releases from a global perspective.

Lucian Piros

Senior Software Engineer

Panasonic Toughbook

Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe (MSBDEU)

With more than 20 years’ experience as a Software Engineer, including 8 years with Panasonic, Lucian has been heavily involved in Android Operating System customisation for sectors like MOD and Automotive.

Drew Braithwaite

Sales Engineering Manager

Panasonic Toughbook

Panasonic System Communications Europe (PSCEU)

Drew has worked in Panasonic Toughbook Engineering for almost 15 years, and now manages Sales Engineering in northern Europe. He has supported most customers in the UK, including Centrica, RAC, AA & Metropolitan Police at some point during that time. He specialises in Microsoft technologies, assisting customers with Windows deployments, and implementing inTune/Autopilot cloud deployments.

"We want to demonstrate to our customers solutions from Panasonic TOUGHBOOK and our partners which could really give them real world advantages"

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