With an extensive career exclusive to the technology sector, Neil recently joined the leadership team of ANDigital to help grow this innovative digital transformation business. Prior to this Neil is well known as CEO of Smart421, building this extremely successful Ipswich based technology business, now part of KCOM Group PLC.
Neil is a company Founder, CEO, CTO, Product Innovator and Board Advisor with a long track record of leading teams to deliver innovative new consumer services in the mobile payments, loyalty and marketing space. He is currently Co-founder and CEO of Thyngs.net (Turning everyday objects into interactive Thyngs); Co-founder and CEO of WhiteSpace Norwich (Co-working Tech Hub in Norwich).
He was Founder of Proxama, a global leader in mobile wallets (before launch of Apple Pay) and mobile proximity marketing, and was previously a Board Director of Consult Hyperion, a specialist digital commerce consultancy. He has been involved in shaping disruptive innovations like mobile contactless payments, proximity marketing and mobile wallets from the very early concepts, through technology development to the current level of market maturity, working alongside many large global organisations.
He is passionate about the evolution of Norwich as a new Tech City and Norfolk as a wonderful place to live. He has a MEng and DPhil from York University, had CEng/MIET and enjoys spending with family either renovating old properties, enjoying being outdoors and playing guitar.
Marlon graduated from UMIST in 1991 with a First Class degree in Computation and subsequently spent five years at BT Labs. In 1996 he co-founded HTK, where as CEO he spends his time on business strategy and international growth. Marlon is also proud to be a Suffolk Business Ambassador.
Ian is Chair of Innovation Martlesham. He has senior level experience in Communications Engineering and Information Technologies investment and development programmes. Throughout a long career with British Telecom he has managed all aspects of the engineering lifecycle and has been responsible for the strategy, development, implementation and operational support for many £ multi million programmes of work. He is also helping the local region to develop and accelerate its offer to digital businesses in the sector. He is a professional engineer with a first degree in electrical and electronic engineering.
John Dugmore is the Chief Executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in business development and support throughout his career.
Before taking the reins at Suffolk Chamber he led the customer facing directorate of Liverpool Chamber during the city’s acclaimed regeneration process.
John is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.
Suffolk Chamber places huge priority on meeting its members’ needs and now sees it stand as the 7th largest Chamber in the British Chambers of Commerce network by membership numbers (the largest non-metropolitan Chamber) and benches in the top 4 for membership retention.
Suffolk Chamber continues to lobby hard and successfully for the business community across the county and in Westminster and plays a lead role in issues affecting economic and business growth, from infrastructure to skills to red tape and legislation.
Mike is approaching 20 years’ experience in Corporate IT with Aviva, based in Norwich.
Mike has worked across many IT disciplines including telephony & networks, leading an innovation team, strategy & architecture, managing change projects, leading a multi-country team of software engineers and partnering the business to define how technology can support their ambitions and then delivering it.
Fiona Lettice is a Professor of Innovation Management at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. She is also co-organiser for SyncNorwich, a local tech and start-up meetup group, which organises monthly meetups and the annual Sync The City 54 hour start-up event, to build closer links between local business and student communities.
Graham is responsible for Consultancy, Architecture, Integration and Cloud services in KCOM (formerly Smart421) who provide IT and communications services to UK based Enterprise businesses. Graham has over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining KCOM in 2006, Graham worked for Willis based in Ipswich.