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01732 759725 44 PEOPLE Pooja Singh Access Group Claire Carter Access Group Lee Thatcher CloudCoCo Mark Allen CloudCoCo Diego Baldini Access Group Pip White Access Group CloudCoCo recruits Head of Cyber CloudCoCo, the transformational technology firm targeting £100 million in revenue, has followed its recent appointment of Lee Thatcher as Head of Cloud with the recruitment of a new Head of Cyber. Joining the Leeds-headquartered company’s senior team, Mark Allen has 18 years’ technical and commercial industry experience in telecoms, software and digital transformation organisations. CloudCoCo’s new appointments follow its recent partnership with digital innovation specialist Abstract Tech and a strategic agreement with Ingram Micro UK to offer leading-edge vendor cloud solutions, such as Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google GCP. Gary Saunders, CloudCoCo Director of Group Sales, said: “Cyber will be a core pillar of our growth as we continue with our plan to reach £100m turnover. As we advance our tech-agnostic position in the market, it’s critical we have ultraexperienced people to do the job.” Access Group expands C-suite Access Group, the UK-headquartered business management software provider for SMEs, has made four additions to its C-suite as part of an ambitious growth strategy for the UK, Ireland, USA and Asia Pacific. The appointments of Diego Baldini (Chief Information Security Officer), Pooja Singh (Managing Director for Global Operation Centres, APAC), Claire Carter (Managing Director for ERP) and Pip White (Senior Vice President for Sales) follows last year’s significant investment deal with shareholders Hg and TA. All four recruits have extensive experience in their respective fields: Baldini was the first CISO of Renault Group in Paris, France; Singh was previously at Google, where over four years she established Google Operations Centres across four locations in Asia-Pacific; Carter joins from Wolters Kluwer, where she was CEO of Europe; and White was formerly Senior Vice President and GM of Slack EMEA. Tech unicorn expands Advisory Board UK tech unicorn Quantexa has expanded its Advisory Board with three new appointments: Ralph Schlosstein, former CEO of Evercore and former President of BlackRock; Matthew Gould, former CEO of NHSX; and Sir Jeremy Fleming, Former Director of GCHQ. Together, they bring a People Dining out The executive team of business communications wholesaler Jola (and their partners) out celebrating at the London Edition in Soho, after exceeding their first-year earn-out target following the company’s acquisition by Wireless Logic. Commenting on the achievement, which netted every Jola employee a ‘lifechanging’ bonus, CEO Adrian Sunderland said: “What we have achieved at Jola is quite incredible. I would like to thank all of our staff, partners and suppliers for the support they have shown us over the last 12 months. We have another big target to achieve and look forward to celebrating again in FY24!” Specialising in mobile data SIMs, Jola sells on a wholesale basis to MSPs, ISPs, IT support companies and telecommunications resellers. Since buying Jola last July, Wireless Logic has used Jola as its channel arm for the launch of new products like Conexa Voice. Beach combing Staff from Apogee Corporation’s HQ in Maidstone and its National Operations Centre in Lincoln once again took part in September’s Great British Beach Clean, removing a total of 49kg of waste from the beaches of Folkestone (12kg) and Cleethorpes (37kg). This included 863 plastic or polystyrene items and 286 paper/cardboard items. In its three-year partnership with The Marine Conservation Society, Apogee has collected a total of 316kg of litter. MP for the metaverse Natalie Elphicke MP OBE, chair of a new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Blockchain Technologies, adopted the guise of an avatar to address an audience of technology leaders from 51 countries on priorities for the UK blockchain and Web 3 industries. The Conservative MP for Dover highlighted opportunities for growth while emphasising the need for greater diversity in the industry and more knowledge-sharing and collaboration, especially on National Blockchain Roadmaps. The Blockchain Associations Forum was hosted in the metaverse on September 20 by the British Blockchain Association (BBA), author of the UK’s National Blockchain Roadmap. In the pink September 13-15 saw the 10th staging of the Gamma Ball Rally, with 26 teams driving from Chateau de Cocove in Calais to Copenhagen in Denmark, visiting Amsterdam, Zwolle and Hamburg on the way. Participating channel partners rocked a variety of looks, including circus clowns, The Addams Family, Peaky Blinders, Squid Games, Vikings, Hogwarts and Barbie. The rally ended with a Gala dinner and charity auction where this year’s winners were announced. They were: n First place: Plastic Fantastic (Silver Lining) n Second place: Fidrrari (Fidelity) n Third place: The Peaky Blinders (Associated Telecom) n Spirit of the Rally: Pie King Warriors (Charterhouse) n Best dressed: The Addams Family (Silver Lining) n Top supporters of the Rally: Fidelity and Charterhouse This year’s rally has so far raised more than £85,000 for Action Through Enterprise and SpecialEffect, bringing the total amount raised over the last 10 years to more than £800,000. Rally winners Plastic Fantastic, with their pink Thunderbird, wrapped to resemble the iconic Barbie car Appointments