European VoIP Summit 2016 - Hosted by the Cavell Group

'Exploring the Future of Voice Communications'

1st March 2016

No.1, America Square, 17 Crosswall, London EC3N 2LB



Matthew Townend

Cavell Group

Director of Research and Consultancy 

Matt is a respected analyst and is an author of regular research, a judge on key industry awards and a regular guest speaker on the area of VoIP. He has been active in the VoIP space for the last 12 years, working on major consultancy and research projects in the Middle East and Europe.

Steve Best

BT Wholesale

Managing Director, Product Management, Strategy and Regulatory Affairs

Steve has worked at BT Wholesale for 7 years following an extensive career at Viatel, Verizon and Worldcom. Steve leads BT Wholesales product and strategy and has been instrumental in implementing their IPX and voice strategies.

Charles Bligh

TalkTalk Business

Managing Director

Charles is the Managing Director at TalkTalk Business, where we has been for the last three years. Charles’ career started in the IT Industry 22 years ago with IBM in Australia, beginning as an Engineer and working on a number of Project Management, Sales and Senior Leadership roles.

Michael Quinn

Q Advisors

Founding Partner 

With more than 25 years of international operations and investment banking experience in the telecommunications industry, Michael has originated, structured, and executed more than 100 deals totaling more than $4 billion in transaction value.


Dominic Black

Cavell Group

UK Market Analyst 

Dominic has been Cavell's UK market analyst for the last 2 years focusing on the Hosted VoIP and SIP Trunking markets. He also is involved with the consultancy side of the business where he heavily involved with all aspects of project delivery. 

Alan Foy

Blueface Ireland


Alan is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of Blueface. Alan was previously an executive with NCB Group on the wealth management side of the business and worked with Coyle Hamilton (now Willis) in the area of business transformation.

Dave Millet

Equinox Business Consulting

Founding Director 

Dave has worked in the telecoms world for companies such as Inclarity, Nortel and Avaya and now provides independent advice to SME companies looking to reduce the cost of their telecoms needs. He also works closely with Cavell on a number of global consulting projects.

Alastair Mills

Six Degrees Group


Formerly CEO of SpiriTel plc, Alastair founded Six Degrees which now offers a fully integrated range of cloud, datacentre, connectivity and voice services to customer across the UK. Alastair has won numerous awards for his work in the telecommunications industry.


Simon Burckhardt

Vonage UK

Managing Director

Foloowing a background at Telco's such as BT, Telefonica and Upstream, Simon now runs Vonage's UK entitity, serving the UK SME and SOHO markets with high quality Hosted Telephony services.

Kevin Scott-Cowell

8x8 Solutions


UK Managing Director

Kevin manages all of 8x8’s activities and expansion in the UK and Europe. Prior to joining the 8x8 team, Kevin was CEO of Voicenet Solutions and previously had senior roles at other large telecoms companies such as BT, Ericsson and Nortel.

Rami Houbby




Rami has been the UK MD of NFON for the last three years since their entrance into the UK market following a career in Ventura Investors and Msona. NFON delivers Hosted Telephony services to a number of countries around Europe and is one of the largest providers in the European market.

Matthew McDermott

Access Partnership


Director for Public Policy in EMEA

Matthew advises across a range of sectors to devise and execute government affairs solutions and manages engagement with governments and international organisations, including the European Commission and Parliament, the ITU, and the United Nations. 


Rob Kurver

Cavell Group


Benelux Market Analyst

Rob recently joined Cavell's Research and Consulting team, heading up our Benelux Hosted VoIP research report. He also works as a consultant for Europe's leading cloud communications technology providers and largest software vendors on international marketing, business development and innovation.

Steve Harris




Steve is a co-founder of SIPHON Networks Ltd and focuses on the overall strategy and direction of the company. Prior to setting up SIPHON, Steve held various Regional VP EMEA roles at VC funded technology companies such as NexTone (acquired by Genband) and Covergence (acquired by Acme Packet).

Alan Mackie



Product Director

Alan has over 20 years' experience in the telecoms and data managed services industry, in senior product management, marketing and project management roles. Immediately prior to his current role, Alan was Head of Voice Services at Gamma and earlier in his career was at Aspective and Global Crossing.

John Whitty

Solar Communcations



John was previously Managing Director of GCI, one of the UKs largest independent service providers, where he led the business during its significant transformation from traditional telecommunications provider to one of the leading providers of cloud, hosted voice and connectivity managed services.


Ian Pattinson



International CTO, Mobile Division

Daan de Wever




Mark Swarbrick

Department of Culture, Media & Sport


Head of Telecommunications, Markets, and Regulatory Policy

Mike Wilkinson



VP Product Marketing


Guy Yaffe



VP of Business Development

Jed Pell



Head of UC One Sales & Nordics

Tim Alexander



Director of Partner Sales


David Tubb


Director of Technology EMEA 

Mark Seeman



Frank Blaauw

Liberty Global

Senior Manager Voice Business Services

Ian Cooper


Head of Communication Products


Stuart Goble


VP Sales & Marketing - UK, Ireland & Nordics

Miguel Ponce de Leon



Micha Cohen



Dries Plasman


VP of Product Management



2015 Speaker List


Campbell Williams - 6 Degrees

Charles Aylwin - 8x8

Oli Barker – BT Wholesale

Alan Foy - Blueface

Todd Wilkins - Broadsoft

Paul Aabryn - Broadsoft

Alan Mackie - Gamma 

David Tubb - Genband

Ralph Page – Genband 

Peter Gradwell -  Gradwell Communications

Rob Pickering - IPCortex

Mike Nudd - Inclarity

Stu Smith - Kcom

Rami Houbby – NConnect


Marcus Otto - NFON

Jon Marlowe -  RingCentral 

Steve Harris - Siphon Networks

Jon Nowell - TalkTalk

Colin Duffy - VoIPfone 

Simon Burckhardt - Vonage

Dan Winfield - Voxhub