BREAKING NEWS: NGTV goes live 7th & 8th July 2021

The brand-new IT centric news channel providing rolling coverage for two days only, goes live on 7th & 8th July.
Join Network Group live across both days as we bring you a special broadcast featuring breaking news, developing stories, and all things IT on our dedicated news channel.

Exclusive coverage featuring:

  • Expert panel sessions with special guest anchors
  • Specialist roundtable sources
  • Partner workshops delivering the top-headlines
  • Member-led topical reporting
  • And more still to come, join us after the ad break

It’ll be nice to see you, to see you…

‘Come on down!’ and join us on the 8th July for our evening of networking and fun, grab a beer and work with your teams in the interactive Company Fortunes game.

Bonus episode!

‘Survey says…’ of course we’ll be having a few rounds of networking roulette after the fun for those who want to ‘phone a friend’ and catch up in a more informal setting.

We will have a vote taking place for the Exec position on the 7th July. Richard Alford and Steven Lightfoot will both have a presentation within the morning ‘NG Business’ section to allow members to understand each of their propositions. Voting will then open, this will be via a link we will share on the day. Please note that only members that are present and ‘in the room’ are able to vote under the Member Rules. We will announce the results later in the day as part of the second ‘NG Business’ section along with Question Time.

Date Time Topic
Wednesday 7th July 10:00 – 10:45 GMNG: Exec Welcome
10:45 – 11:45 Never Mind The Commute: Panel Session on Hybrid Work
11:45 – 12:15 Deal or No Deal: Coffee & Chat on M&A
14:00 – 15:00 Datto Workshop
15:00 – 15:30 Question Time & Exec Close
Thursday 8th July 08:30 – 09:30 The Social Network: Retail Social Masterclass
10:15 – 11:15 Accelerate Roundtables
Ingram & Exertis
Fujitsu & AppRiver
11:15 – 12:15 The League of Marketers: Marketing Track
14:00 – 15:00 Swap Shop: Member Led Roundtables
MPS with Ben Thomas-Fane
SonicWall & Chris Blunt
The Money Show: Finance with Paul Moore & Sharon Billingham
15:00 – 16:00 ConnectWise: Paul Dippell
16:30 – 17:15 Liongard
17:30 Company Fortunes


Director of Finance, CWL Systems

Focused and highly knowledgeable about accounting processes, financial modelling, analysis, preparation of monthly management accounts and providing business management with valuable information, guidance and advice. Results orientated, with a positive approach and attitude towards finding solutions. A seasoned manager with astute organisational skills, fully adept at motivating and training team members, while running the Finance Department within an organisation.

Head of Making IT Work, brokenStones

Chris has over 25 years of experience in I.T and has been running his own IT and CyberSecurity MSP for the last 15 years.

He’s a licensed Cybersecurity Assessor and is deeply passionate about promoting Cybersecurity best practice to SMBs in areas such as Professional Services, Charity, Manufacturing, Public Sector and retail. When not working, you’ll often find him out walking with his Border Collie or loosing golf balls on his local course.

Chris and his Team of highly qualified IT Experts have a simple philosophy, “Make IT Easy” for their clients.

And, while Chris started life working at Yahoo, his real passion is helping SMB’s achieve their business objectives by adopting best IT and Security practices.

That means making sure they have the right IT Solutions which are properly looked after, and that their staff and clients always keep their most valued assets safe and secure.

He’s always happy to chat about some of the gaping security holes he finds in far too many businesses (and how you avoid them!), and how adopting some simple Security best practice will help these companies stay safe and secure in the Modern Workplace.

Head of Regional Sales & Service Providers, Fujitsu

Graham joined Fujitsu in 2018 and heads up the regional sales and service provider team for UK&I. Graham has previous experience
of building up his own successful service provider business and brings his experience to his role within Fujitsu.

Chief Digital Officer, Exertis

Vishal Chhatralia joined Exertis as Chief Digital Officer in 2019 to lead Global Digital Transformation. Vish is responsible for devising and implementing our digital strategy focusing on customer experience, marketing, digital services and operational efficiencies to drive frictionless trade and expansion of digital technologies across our organisation. Prior to Exertis, Vish spent fifteen years at Electrocomponents (known as RS Components) in senior roles across category management and digital, most recently as global senior vice president for innovation.

Director for Business Operations, Exertis

Exertis is the trading name of DCC Technology and is one of Europe’s largest & fastest growing technology mdistribution & specialist service providers.

With a UK turnover of over £2.5Bn, Exertis partners with more than 400 global technology brands and over 45,000 retailers and resellers.

Steve has worked for Exertis for 21 years in various Sales Management Roles & now oversees internal sales operational functions.

Sales Engineer, Liongard

Scott R. Davis, is an innovative senior technology professional with over twenty years in leading IT infrastructure and network security compliance for businesses of all sizes. Scott joined Liongard as a Sales engineer, bringing his in-depth knowledge of multi-year business planning, cybersecurity planning, technology documentation, workflow design, project management, and network design to MSPs around the globe. Scott’s background and knowledge of PCI-DSS, HIPAA, NIST, GDPR, CCPA and other state breach notification laws allows Scott the ability to quickly identify and develop a plan to bring organizations to compliance quickly.

Business Line Manager,

Chris Derham has over 30 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry, with experience across all verticals and sectors. In his current role as Network Business Lead for the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Network Business Unit, Chris is responsible for strategic network business development,  partner enablement and recruitment, solutions marketing and communications with industry
analysts in the UK/I.

CEO, Service Leadership, Inc

Paul is CEO of Service Leadership, Inc. a leading Solution Provider and IT vendor consultancy and publisher of the Service Leadership Index®, the foremost industry benchmark worldwide.

Prior, at USBX Advisory Services, Paul established its IT M&A practice, leading its founding transaction. At All Covered, Inc., a large SMB IT services provider, he led M&A and Integration, executing and integrating 18 transactions. He then founded a successful mid-market IT services firm with two private equity raises. At Xerox, Paul was Vice President of Managed Services, serving F500 customers worldwide, and regional Vice President for one-quarter of the division’s field operations. Prior, at CompuCom, he was National Vice President of IT Operations Consulting for this $2BB IT Solution Provider.

Founder and Chief Exec, Total Growth Ownership

Matt Hodkinson is Founder and Chief Exec at Total Growth Ownership; offering coaching and consultancy programmes to B2B scale-up businesses, to help them create a Pipeline Certainty Engine in 90 days or less. During 10+ years running, and subsequently selling, a successful inbound marketing agency, Matt encountered a number of problems with the traditional agency-client model, and set about creating something which handed more control back to the business owners and their in-house marketing teams.

Matt lives in Surrey with his Wife and two girls. Bend his ear about snowboarding, Manchester United (sorry, not sorry), NFL and craft beer… all non-chargeable topics!

Notorious Online

As a business owner, I was utterly frustrated with digital marketing. I knew it was important but I never had the time to learn the basics and never recognized when I was having the wool pulled over my eyes.

When I sold my business 12 years ago, I dived headfirst into digital marketing because I recognized how important it had become. Starting from the ground up, I worked for agencies, became a consultant for large brands, and ran the marketing department for a group of companies.

These days I work with SMEs to create and deliver a marketing strategy that gets results. With a background in training, I can deliver digital marketing and give the client the knowledge they need to feel in control of their own marketing.

Business Development Director, EMEA Datto, Inc.

As Business Development Director, EMEA, Greg is responsible for expanding and driving  the success of Datto’s partner program and unique MSP ecosystem across the region. With over 20 years of experience in the IT sector, Greg has extensive knowledge in expertly managing the development of technology and business processes.

Prior to joining Datto in October 2019, Greg was CTO for a large managed service provider in the Northwest of England. Greg started his management career in IT for the public sector after securing a senior IT management position within the local authority, and later went on to private consultancy for central government.

Greg’s passion extends to his community where he serves as Business Ambassador for Alder Hey Children’s Charity, whose mission is to support the young patients, families and the staff at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Consultant, Optimity

Adam Morris is formerly Managing Director of Avagio, who’ll be sharing his experiences about the recent sale of his business to Optimity. He’ll be discussing the process of finding a new owner for his business and the importance of an aligned ethos and shared vision and the benefits of joining forces through acquisition.

Senior Director, Advanced Solutions, Ingram Micro

Having first joined Ingram Micro in 1995 as an Account Manager, going on to become Sales Director 2005 – 2014 and again 2016 to present, Julianhas been instrumental in supporting the launch of Ingram Micro’s Advanced Solutions division in 2013, assuming the role of Senior Director of Advanced Solutions.

As a strong sales professional with an all-encompassing experience of having worked on reseller and vendor side as well, Julian is skilled in Negotiation, Sales, Consumer Electronics, Professional Services, and Enterprise Solutions, continually delivering exceptional results for Ingram Micro UK.

Channel Account Manager, AppRiver

David brings 12 years of channel sales experience to Zix | AppRiver, with over 10 years of experience in Cybersecurity and Data Protection.  In his previous roles, he worked to grow and enable partners throughout Africa, DACH and the Nordic Regions.

David now brings his focus and experience to Zix | AppRiver’s Partners in the UK and Ireland. With the drive to grow new business opportunities and proven skill in adding value for his Partners, David is a key member of the Zix | AppRiver team.

Founder, Notorious Online

Working in website design, I discovered digital marketing and realised the potential that it has for small businesses to grow exponentially. Having seen this happen first hand I am on a mission to help SMEs grow their business online.

Head of Client Computing Devices for UK&I Product Business, Fujitsu 

Gareth Thomas is the Head of Client Computing Devices within Fujitsu’s Product Business. With 18 Years IT industry experience, Gareth is a subject matter expert for Fujitsu’s Mobility & Desktop portfolio.

Print Service Manager, Morgan & Morgan

Ben Thomas-Fane has been heavily involved in managed print at Morgan and Morgan for the last 8 years, more recently he has successfully run the Document Solutions Department for the last 2 years. At the age of 16 Ben started an apprenticeship at Konica gaining valuable experience and knowledge. Since then he has continued to develop extensive sales, technical and solutions know how with most leading manufacturers and solution providers.

Technical Director, Vermont

The world of IT has changed a lot since Chris got his first computer in 1982! Chris has a real passion, not only technology,
investing in the growth and development of his staff, but also excellence in proactive, customer service, helping and educating local businesses to get the most out of technology and how to protect themselves against the growing threats from cyber crime. Over recent years this has led him to become a cyber security expert, featuring recently as a guest on BBC Radio and being invited by other industry leaders to present at prestigious events, advising leading businesses on how to protect their companies, training their staff to be vigilant and also working in the community to raise awareness on cyber crime.