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Allan McCran joins Mayflex from DVS

Converged IP solutions distributor Mayflex has recruited Allan McCran as Account Manager for Converged Technology for Scotland and the Northeast, with an emphasis on IP Security. Allan joins Mayflex from DVS Ltd where he was Area Sales Manager Scotland East. Before that, he was employed in a variety of roles at security installers including IC Fire & Security, Chubb, Hyfire Sterling Safety and Secom. Simon Steer, Director of Sales for Security at Mayflex, said: “Allan will ensure our customers receive the very best service and support particularly around our key security brands including Avigilon, Axis, Hikvision, Indigo Vision, Milestone, Mobotix, Paxton, Pelco, Suprema and Wavestore.”


John Kemp

From Kroll to S-RM

John Kemp, previously Associate Managing Director and EMEA Head of Sales at consulting firm Kroll, has joined intelligence and cyber security consultancy S-RM as Chief Revenue Officer, with responsibility for all aspects of the company’s global sales and marketing.


Altnets take on more staff to meet growing demand for fibre
Brighton-based telecoms infrastructure specialist Altnets has taken on two more recruits to meet growing demand for fibre products. Business Development Director Jordan Collins will focus on nurturing customer and partner relationships, while Technical Sales Manager Leigh Buckwell will work closely with manufacturing partners on the delivery of fibre optic products and supply chain solutions, while helping ISP customers to meet cabling system requirements and comply with UK standards for internal cabling installations. Paul Britnell, who co-founded Altnets in 2020 to supply ISPs with the biggest range of fibre optic products in the UK, said: “Our consultative approach to telecoms distribution is what separates us from other UK suppliers. Real Industry knowledge goes a long way and Jordan and Leigh have it in abundance.”


Amanda Rogers,

Zen Internet promotions

Broadband, data, voice, hosting and infrastructure services provider Zen Internet is aiming to make the most of growing opportunities as the market moves to full fibre and the cloud with the promotions of David Barber to Director of Strategy and Amanda Rogers to Head of Marketing. Barber will oversee the strategic development of Zen’s portfolio and its overarching marketing strategy, while Rogers will be responsible for creating and implementing marketing campaigns to build brand awareness and grow market share.


Jason Beal

New partner VP at Barracuda

Barracuda, a provider of cloud-first security solutions, has appointed Jason Beal as its new Vice President, Worldwide Partner Ecosystems. Beal will lead Barracuda’s global channel strategy with a focus on helping partners win more business through its integrated suite of advanced security solutions. Beal has previously held channel leadership roles at AvePoint, Palo Alto Networks and Ingram Micro.


Andrei Iacob,

KYP expands team following pre-seed round
Building on its recent pre-seed round, KYP, a real-time 3rd party risk intelligence platform, has appointed Andrei Iacob as its Chief Technology Officer. KYP uses the latest technology, including machine learning, graph databases and AI, to help customers make informed decisions on risk by continuously monitoring key partners across the DarkWeb, adverse media, credit scores, PEPs, sanctions, cyber risk and insolvency checks.


John Kane,

Jon Kane takes up Gigamon role

Jon Kane has joined deep observability company Gigamon as Channel & Alliances Director, EMEA. With more than 20 years’ experience working in the channel, including roles at FireEye and VMWare, Kane will focus on partner enablement and educating the channel on the benefits of Gigamon solutions for cloud and network security.


Justin Griffiths appointed MD of Infinigate UK

Infinigate has appointed Justin Griffiths as Managing Director of its team in the UK. This includes the recently acquired Nuvias UK team but not the Vuzion team, which will continue to be led by Michael Frisby. Griffiths said: “The Nuvias acquisition strengthens our position as a market leading cybersecurity VAD and positions us as a leading specialist in the MSP space. The benefits for Nuvias customers are increased access to more security vendors, more support and increased expertise and specialisation.”


Emma Leith

Bridewell strengthens consulting business

Bridewell, the UK cyber security services business, has made its fourth senior appointmenti n the last two years with the recruitment of Emma Leith as Director  of Consulting. Her appointment follows those of fellow Board members Paul Driver, Chairman; Ruth Billen, CFO; and Martin Riley, Director of Managed Security Services. A former European CISO for Santander and Divisional CISO for BP, Leith will be responsible for growing the company’s client consultancy business globally.


New Chair at ScaleUp Institute

Margaret Rice-Jones

The ScaleUp Institute has appointed scaleup entrepreneur Margaret Rice-Jones as its new Chair.

With more than 20 years’ board-level experience at public and private technology companies, Rice-Jones is currently Senior Independent Director at De La Rue, Chair at scaleup Origami Energy, and Non-Executive Director at Holiday Extras Investment and Calnex Solutions.

She was previously Senior Independent Director at Xaar and Chair of private companies Skyscanner and until they were sold for £1.4bn and £509m respectively.

ScaledUp’s 2022 Annual Review, Scaling Beyond Frontiers, shows that while the pace of scaleup growth in the UK has slowed, nine in ten scaling companies still expect to grow next year, with one in five expecting to scale at 50% or more.

Of the UK’s 33,955 scaleup businesses (collectively generating £1.2 trillion in revenue), 8,457 are classified as ‘visible’ scaleups with more than £10.2m in turnover or £5.1m in assets – 13% more than in 2021.

The OECD defines a scaleup as a company that has increased its turnover and/or employee numbers annually by more than 20% over three consecutive years, having had 10 employees at the start of the period.

Commenting on her role, Margaret Rice-Jones said: “I am keen to bring my experience of chairing innovative scaleups that have achieved global success, including SkyScanner, to help many other scaling companies across the UK attain their global ambitions. As we look ahead to the next few years, I particularly want to help continue to close the gaps around access to markets, talent and finance. These three pillars are critical to scale up businesses’ ability to continue their growth trajectory.”

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