Judging Panel Announced for the Network Group Awards 2022

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We’re delighted to announce our two judging panels for this year’s Network Group Awards, made up of a diverse selection of Members, Partners, and friends of the Group.

Our two independent panels will be scrutinising entries from the other side of the fence – Members judging Partners, and Partners judging Members – and scoring them against the criteria to see who they think is deserving of a coveted Network Group Award.

Meet our Member Panel

Craig Atkins

Managing Director, 1-Fix
Craig has been working with UK based SMEs for the last 20 years to help them achieve the best results from their IT budget and support. Craig is Managing Director of 1-Fix Limited, an IT Managed Service provider who provide help, support and guidance on all things IT related for companies with up to 250 staff. He has led the company to numerous awards including winning the “50 Best Managed IT Service Providers” award for the past 3 years and is looking forward to lending his expertise to the Network Group awards judging panel.

Chris Gorman

Managing Director, Apex Computing Services
Chris is the CEO of Manchester based MSP Apex Computing. They have been in business since 2004, and have grown to a size of 28 staff. Chris has seen quite a lot of changes in the industry and happy to share my experiences and knowledge with all that want to listen. He's a keen CrossFitter and love to get out playing golf. He has a disturbing love of stationary, in particular Blackwing pencils.

Dan Rowbottom

Managing Director, WLS IT Solutions

Dan has been working within the IT Industry for over 25 years and setup his own business, WLS IT, nearly 4 years ago. What gets him out of bed each morning is getting to work with all manner of different businesses and get to tackle and solve their IT issues helping to improve their business along the way. Every day is filled with new challenges and experience! In his downtime, Dan likes to go running in the hope of staving off the ever increasing speed of the passage of time!

Don English

Managing Director, DEITG 

Don is Managing Director of Irish MSP DEITG, the Best in Class IT Solution Provider delivering Uptime, Productivity, Security & Privacy to SME's in Ireland.

Meet our Partner Panel

Matt Takhar

CEO, Inbay

Matt’s worked within IT for over 22 years. From being a technical systems engineer to helping run a large MSP and working in the IT channel. This experience provides Matt with a well rounded view of how Inbay can help our Partners.

Jon Atherton

Sales and Marketing Director, CI-Distribution

With over 30 years’ experience as a sales/commercial leader with a track record of consistent achievement supporting growth and performance within leading technology businesses, namely Entatech, Exertis and CI-Distribution. An inspiring and motivated leader who demonstrates excellence in the development and leadership of sales Teams. Particularly adept at developing and maintaining productive customer / supplier relationships, management & strategic initiatives leading to enhanced operational results. A keen interest in all that is new within the channel Jon pride's himself in having key relationships and knowledge throughout many channels and product segments. An avid golfer and keen follower of West Bromwich Albion FC.

Alicia Shepherd

Sales Director, Terra Computer

Passionate about success and leading highly motivated sales teams to achieve the best results. A veteran of the IT industry with over 25 years’ experience across Distribution and Manufacturer. I have a roll your sleeves up and hands on approach with customer satisfaction always at the forefront of everything I do. Creating a trustworthy environment for everyone is paramount to the way in which I work and achieving results that are mutually beneficial.

Chris Timm

Technical Director, Sondela Consulting

Chris Timm runs Sondela Consulting based in the UK, serving clients all over the world. Sondela, a Zulu word for “move forward” or “advance”, is an award winning Business Consultancy firm specialising in PSA & RMM tools and advising on business best practices.

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