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New HP Channel Director for UK&I   HP Inc. has appointed Neil MacDonald as UK & Ireland Channel Director with responsibility for the go-to market strategy and sales performance of the company’s print, personal systems, services and solutions. Previously Director of E-Commerce and Omni Channel in EMEA, MacDonald will now lead the commercial, consumer and distribution sales teams and manage relationships with HP’s channel partners. HP Managing Director of UK & Ireland Dave Prezzano said: “As we’ve continued to grow our retail and commercial offerings at HP, Neil has been a key factor in our growth and success. His 12 years of experience at HP and unique skillset will continue to be a tremendous asset as he takes up this new position.”

Rupert Cook


Rupert Cook joins Censornet board British cloud security company Censornet is supporting ambitious growth and international expansion plans, with the appointment of industry veteran Rupert Cook to its board. Cook has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate finance and investment, with a track record in strategy and corporate development for cybersecurity companies. As well as being an active angel investor, Cook is Chairman of Netacea Limited and Non-Executive Director at BSC VCT PLC. Prior to that, he spent two years as Chief Strategy Officer of Immersive Labs Limited, where he remains a non-executive Director. Censornet CEO Ed Macnair said: “2022 is a pivotal point in Censornet’s growth. We were looking for someone to offer an external perspective on growth strategies, while sharing our vision to help make enterprise-grade security accessible for the mid-market. We chose Rupert for his impressive track record in cyber security, as well as his global market experience.” Winner of the Cloud Security Product of the Year (SME) at the Computing Cloud Excellence Awards 2021, Censornet’s Autonomous Integrated Cloud Security platform integrates attack intel across email, web and cloud automatically to protect SME customers from cyber-attack.

Jason Boxall


Jason Boxall takes over from Miriam Murphy at Tech Data Tech Data, a TD SYNNEX company has promoted Jason Boxall to Senior Vice President, Advanced and Specialised Solutions, Europe. The role was previously held by Miriam Murphy who left Tech Data at the end of January to join technology services provider NTT Ltd as CEO, Europe. Boxall, who will sit on Tech Data’s European executive board, was previously Vice President, Vendors and Alliances, Europe. In his new role, Boxall will have overall responsibility for Tech Data’s advanced solutions operations and technology portfolio, which includes solutions for infrastructure, hybrid cloud, software, analytics/IoT and cybersecurity, as well as Maverick AV Solutions and Datech Solutions. Boxall, who joined Tech Data in 2016, after 19 years at Cisco, said: “We will continue to focus on enabling our partners to accelerate their adoption of new technologies and business models, bringing our own bestin-class tools, expertise and insights. As part of TD SYNNEX, we have the opportunity to leverage our breadth and strength as a global leader in distribution and solutions aggregation. I look forward to accelerating our journey in collaboration with our vendors, partners and the whole Tech Data team.”

awad Bhatti


New data director for Exertis  Technology distributor Exertis has appointed Jawad Bhatti as IT Director, Data & Analytics. Reporting to UK IT Director Liz Greenwood, Bhatti will be responsible for overseeing the integrity of Exertis’ master data and maintaining the business intelligence capabilities of the wider business.

Kim Lonas


Kim Lonas to head new Exertis Group global D&I role  Exertis Group has created the new position of Global Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Programme Lead to develop and implement the group’s D&A strategy and ensure ownership and accountability is embedded within each of its businesses through leadership teams and the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council. The first incumbent is Kim Lonas, who will report directly to Tim Griffin, DCC Technology & Exertis Group Managing Director. Most recently HR Director of Exertis North America (previously Stampede), Lonas has been with the company for six years, during which time she has been active in driving the D&I agenda and giving a voice to underrepresented groups. She has been a contributing member of AVIXA’s Diversity Council for the last three and a half years and is also co-lead for DCC’s Inclusion & Diversity project workstream and co-chair of the AVIXA Women’s Council of Western New York. Lonas said: “I am honoured and excited to become the first person to assume the position of Global Diversity & Inclusion Program Lead for the Exertis Group. The creation of this new position within the company is a testament to Exertis’ commitment to make diversity and inclusion a core part of our corporate culture.”

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Trenches Law to double workforce in 2022  Hampshire-headquartered telecoms law specialist Trenches Law is planning to add 30 employees to its headcount this year to support growing demand for its services and the opening of an additional site in Yorkshire. Plans to nearly double its workforce to 65 follow a successful 2021, when it increased revenue by 200% and took on 25 new staff members to progress major projects. These included: wayleave automation; legal support for Ogi’s £200 million full fibre project in South Wales; the completion of a Master Services Agreement between network provider ITS and its wholesalers/ resellers; and the launch of a service to help commercial clients negotiate agreements relating to the installation of electric vehicle charge points. Trenches Law also promoted a number of existing employees last year, notably wayleave manager Katie Fosten, who has moved into a head of client services role, and Steve Sawley, Mike Thompson and Sarah Dale, who all took up client services manager positions along with new recruits Kevin Broome and Terry Stent. Georgina Rudak, recently qualified as a solicitor, has been promoted to head of legal. Trenches Law MD Sharon McDermott said: “Each team member has been instrumental in taking our company to the next level and we’ve got even more exciting plans in the pipeline to further expand our specialist offering. We have a group of motivators who have a wonderful rapport with our clients. Our employees’ enthusiasm and expertise will be critical in how we continue to roll-out even more telecoms-based services and technology-first solutions.”


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