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techUK’s 2020 Cloud Leadership Committee meets

techUK’s new Cloud Leadership Committee brings together UK Cloud industry leaders to discuss emerging issues in the UK Cloud market.

On 8 April techUK brought together the first meeting of its newly re-elected Cloud Leadership Committee. The Committee’s first ever ‘virtual’ meeting brought together Cloud leaders with vast experience and insights into the current UK Cloud computing industry and a diverse range of companies that are at the forefront of Cloud innovation in the UK. The new members of the Committee are as follows:

Ross Woodham


Matt Eckersall

SUSE Software Solutions

Tim Hearn

VMware UK Ltd

Mark Walsham


Charlene Brennan


Neil Briscoe

Cloud Gateway

Nigel Hawthorn

McAfee Security UK Ltd

Chris Francis

SAP (UK) Limited

Michael Wignall

Microsoft Ltd

David Barker

4D Data Centres Ltd

Ian Moyse

Natterbox Limited

Oliver Houseman

Evri Insight Ltd

Chris Burden

Memset Limited

John Glover


Iain Beckingham


Kev Linsell

QA Consulting

Gareth Hutchins

OpenText UK Ltd

Ksenia Duxfield-Karyakina

Google UK Limited

Umashankar Lakshmipathy

Infosys Limited

Karen Dewar

IBM United Kingdom Limited

Harold De Neef


David Frith

NCC Group

James Henigan

Six Degrees

Andy Campbell


Duncan Johnston-Watt

Blockchain Technology Partners

Sarwar Khan EMEA Limited

John Godwin

UKCloud Ltd

Mark Bailey

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The meeting also welcomed the newly elected Chair, Chris Burden, Memset Ltd, and Vice Chair, David Frith, NCC Group, for the Committee going forward.

The focus of this committee, along with other market engagement activities planned in the coming weeks and months, is to help build a stronger network between the industry and stakeholders, to help identify key issues that impact the cloud industry and work collectively on opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed to move the UK cloud market forward.

During the Committee’s first meeting techUK outlined its proposed key objectives and areas of work for techUK’s Cloud Computing work programme going forward. Valuable input and ideas for action-oriented activities were gathered from our committee members that will be used to help fine-tune the Cloud work program going forward which will focus of the following four key themes:

  1. Driving Greater Adoption of Cloud in Key Sectors and Markets
  2. Cloud Services – Secure Adoption and Use
  3. Relevance of Cloud in the Climate Change Debate
  4. Developing a Skilled Cloud Workforce for the UK

Based on the feedback from the Cloud Leadership Committee, techUK is now finalising an exciting, action orientated work programme with specific working groups, events, campaign weeks, webinars and more based around these four key themes.

If you would be interested in getting involved in helping to steer the development of action-oriented projects, thought leadership campaigns and market engagement now being planned in these four key areas please get in touch with me, my contact details are below.


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