With 18 professionals on this year’s panel, we will see even more expert independent judges from a broad range of backgrounds, deliberating on Lincolnshire’s top digital and tech endeavours.
Marketing Partner at Streets Chartered Accountants
James Pinchbeck is Marketing Partner with Streets Chartered Accountants. He is responsible for the strategic development of the firm’s marketing concerned with growth and development. A role for which he is well placed as a graduate in Business Studies, specialising in Marketing and Accounting. He is also Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub Programme Board and a member of the Lincolnshire Employment and Skills Board.
Managing Director of Cursor
Daniel is managing director of Cursor, a design and technology company and Lincolnshire Digital Business of the Year 2015. Daniel and his team work with some of the county’s leading companies helping them to use technology to change the way they work, improving processes, communication, sales and ultimately profits. Daniel is also the founder of Digital Lincoln, a group which helps to support the growth of the local tech scene.
CEO of Lincoln College Group
Gary has been the CEO of Lincoln College for almost three years, a position that gives him responsibility for a £60m group of further and higher education colleges in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, China and most recently, Saudi Arabia. Gary is an experienced Chairman of both private and education sector organisations and has a wealth of experience in leadership and governance.
Partner at Andrew & Co Solicitors
Helen Bell is a transactional Corporate and Commercial lawyer who focuses on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and re-structuring, as well as having specialist legal knowledge in the digital sector. Helen is Head of Corporate & Commercial at Andrew & Co Solicitors and her team work with clients including sole traders, SME’s, large corporate organisations and overseas trading companies.
CEO of Software Europe
Neil has been with Software Europe for nearly 25-years – sales, marketing and now CEO. He joined the firm when its greatest physical asset was a tin-shed office in Lincolnshire; he led an MBO in 2013 and now empowers an amazing team of people, a growing list of cloud services and hundreds of customers. More than anything, Neil recognises the brave and bold – to become a cloud services provider before the term ‘cloud’ was even known – but well-calculated move.
Director of Research & Enterprise at the University of Lincoln
Andrew is Director of Research & Enterprise at the University of Lincoln and leads the department which supports all research and enterprise activity across the institution, including: research grant support; business start-up & growth; technology transfer; funding partnerships; knowledge exchange; employer engagement and careers & employability.
Regional Director for IoD East Midlands
Ron is the Regional Director for Institute of Directors East Midlands. The Institute of Directors has long been recognised as an influential and respected membership organisation in the UK. Members are some of the most skilled and experienced business leaders in the country, representing the full business spectrum – from start-up entrepreneurs to directors in the public sector and CEOs of multinational organisations.
Commissioning Officer for Lincolnshire County Council
Nicola is the Commissioning Officer for Lincolnshire County Council’s Enterprise and Regeneration service for business. The Enterprise and Regeneration teams within Economy and Culture deliver a range of economic services, addressing the needs of Lincolnshire people by engaging with partners and activities to consolidate on previous successes and move forward on projects that will regenerate, stimulate, encourage, develop and attract funding.
Senior Relationship Manager & Tech Sector Specialist for NatWest
Dave Ashby has been a Relationship Manager for Natwest for almost ten years. Managing a portfolio of SME Businesses across Lincs & Notts, typically with turnover of £2m – £25m, he supports businesses and business owners to fulfil their potential. Dave has a wealth of experience in providing funding options for growth and assisting businesses in managing and understanding cash flow. He is also the Tech Sector Specialist for NatWest in the East Midlands, supporting growth in this exciting industry.
CEO and Founder of SEO Traffic Lab
Agency founder and keynote speaker Richard Hill is a numbers man who ensures that SEO Traffic Lab provides a world class service with a focus on delivering real results for clients. The growth of the agency has aligned with the growth of the digital industry, which has allowed for relationships to develop with the likes of Google. He is committed to focusing on what is working right now, not wasting time or money on methods that will not create results.
CEO and Founder of Cooper Press
Peter Cooper is the founder of a technical publishing company based in Louth, Lincolnshire, a chair of technology conferences, and an experienced software engineer. His company, Cooper Press, sends industry-specific email newsletters to over 300,000 software developers each week.
Managing Director of Greenborough Management
Russell Copley is owner and Director of Greenborough Management, a business development and project management company founded thirteen years ago. He is Chief Executive of the East Midlands Incubation Network; Regional Manager for Angels Den (Europe’s largest network of business angels); and manages a number of business support initiatives across Lincolnshire, including the Lincolnshire Investment Network (LIN) and work on various grant funds.
Relationship Manager at HSBC
Ian Green has been a relationship manager in Lincolnshire for over 15 years. He is an experienced banker with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. He is a strong sales professional skilled in Financial Risk, Asset-Backed Security (ABS), Risk Management, Customer Service, and Corporate Finance.
CEO and Founder of JOLT
Matt has more than ten years of experience in the Web Hosting industry and is the the CEO and founder of JOLT. JOLT is a web hosting company based in the East Midlands which delivers hosting solutions to the UK, Europe and global audiences.
Marketing Manager at Orderwise
Karl is the Marketing Manager for OrderWise, who are an established supplier of Business Management Software based out of their own purpose-built premises here in Lincolnshire. Formed over 25 years ago, OrderWise has seen extensive growth and success in recent years, which resulted in the company being named 2016 Digital Business of the Year at last year’s event.
Director of Lincoln Science and Innovation Park
Tom has an extensive experience of business development in high-tech sectors, including management of investment funds, business incubation for start-ups and support for the ‘spin-out’ of academic research into commercial enterprises. Tom shared the vision of the founding partners that the LSIP would become a catalyst for business growth across the region by providing the infrastructure, networks and funding environment for high-tech businesses to flourish.
Chief Product Officer, BioBeats
Rosa is a passionate and determined person that usually has 4 or 5 projects on the go at any one time. Driven by innovation, great design, art, tech and of course, people. Rosa has an extremely varied CV which covers a number of sectors and she has a vast amount of experience in the digital and tech industries. She is currently Chief Product Officer for the health and wellbeing app, BioBeats.
CEO and President, Lulu Press
Nigel has spent his entire professional life in the software business. Having started out in 1990 as a trainee computer programmer with the Leeds Permanent Building Society, he spent the next 25 year helping build 4 successful software companies, working in more than 50 countries across all contents. For the last 2 years he has turned his attention to disrupting the publishing industry. As President and CEO of Lulu Press, he is at the helm of one of the world’s top 500 most influential websites.