Arrow ECS Vice President for UK & Ireland
Nick Thurlow, Arrow ECS Vice President for UK & Ireland, contributes thirty years’ experience in the IT sector. A first class degree in Computer Science from the University of Aston in Birmingham was the launch pad for Nick’s early career as a systems engineer before a move into sales. Fifteen years at Hewlett-Packard gave him a solid grounding as he undertook a variety of technical, sales and management roles. He subsequently honed his leadership skills in EMEA VP positions at NetApp for twelve years before joining Arrow ECS in April 2013.
The way IT is consumed is changing dramatically, with more businesses accessing IT services from the cloud. Reflecting this radical shift in the industry, Nick is repositioning Arrow ECS to help their our channel partners to survive and thrive in the cloud world, while he continues to drive the business in the value added distribution of product. Increasingly, more Arrow ECS business in the UK & Ireland will be related to services, including education, consulting and support.
With the recent acquisition of Computerlinks, Arrow ECS now has over 600 employees. Nick is committed to making the company an exceptional place to work. He wants people to feel genuinely valued, not least because of the positive impact this will have on vendor relationships and the channel partner community.
Nick lives in Berkshire with his wife Alison, who is a music teacher.
Vice President, Enterprise Sales & MidMarket UKI, IBM.
Jacqueline has worked for IBM for 25 years in a variety of roles. Jacqueline joined IBM in 1988 initially as a secretary, and then moved to a technical role as a systems programmer, leading to subsequent roles in Marketing, Sales, Sales Management, European Operations and Business Leadership.
Jacqueline is currently the VP for Enterprise & MidMarket for IBM in the UK and Ireland, responsible for the client relationships, revenue, signings and customer satisfaction for all IBM’s products and services to all Enterprises with the exception of the largest 22 clients in the UK. She came to this role from the position of VP for Cloud in UKI, with overall responsibility for ensuring that IBM in UKI captures the significant growth available across all parts of the portfolio for Cloud related activity with their customers.
Prior to this role Jacqueline held the position of VP of Sales & Transformation, Systems and Technology Group for IBM in Europe. Her earlier roles include European Competitive Strategy & Sales Leader, VP for the Business Partner Organisation, UK, Server Technology Group Director for x86 sales across NE Europe, Industrial Sector Director for IBM’s business and UK and Ireland Services Sales Manager.
Jacqueline holds a BA (Hons) Degree in English and History and a BA (Hons) Law Degree. Jacqueline, her husband Simon and son Edward currently reside in Weybridge in Surrey.
Kate Russell has been writing about technology, gaming and the Internet since 1995 and currently appears weekly on BBC2 and BBC World News, reporting for technology programme Click.
She got her first break on TV after being encouraged to apply for a job advertising for a "young & funky" female presenter who knew about videogames for a new show on Nickelodeon. Kate got the job and presented the show for three series, co-hosting with Mike McClean.
Now a regular expert on the sofa at ITV's Daybreak and various other TV and radio stations, she also writes columns for National Geographic Traveller magazine and Web User magazine. Her first book 'Working the Cloud' and companion blog workingthecloud.biz was published in March.
In addition to her prolific writing and TV career Kate speaks regularly at technology events and conferences and in schools and Universities inspiring the next generation of female technologists. She also gets involved in policy meetings that aim to shape the way the Internet is governed in the UK.
In 2013 she crowd funded more than 400% of her target to write a science fiction novel. She still finds time to run 6.5k three times a week and spends far too much time on Twitter advising people about the best web resources for their day-to-day needs.
Vice President, Cloud, IBM UK and Ireland - 2015
Helen is Cloud leader for IBM UK and Ireland. She leads an organisation shaping and implementing IBM’s Cloud Strategy across IBM’s lines of business to support the Cloud ambitions of our customers. She is part of IBM UKI’s leadership team and has over 20 years’ experience in the IT Industry. In addition, Helen is a board member of Women in Telecommunications and Technology.