Top Influencers: 16 UK Group Director’s To Follow in 2022

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Group Director, Spectrum play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Group Director, Spectrum role. We have selected these Group Director, Spectrum’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Group Director, Spectrum’s. The list is in no particular order!

Philip Marnick

Group Director, Spectrum @ Ofcom

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Philip Marnick has over 20 years of experience in the wireless communications industry. He is the group director of spectrum at [Ofcom](, a communications regulator that regulates the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, and more. Previously, he served as the chief technology officer of SpinVox. Prior to joining SpinVox, Marnick served as vice president of industry development at O2. He was also the managing director of service planning for J-Phone Japan and the head of mobile multimedia for BT Group. Learn more about Philip Marnick on Crunchbase…

Ofcom is the UK’s communications regulator. Read more aboutOfcom on Crunchbase…

Joao Rufino

Group Director, EMEA Partner Engineering @ Google

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Derek Allen

Group Director Operations @ Global Switch

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Derek has extensive knowledge operating large scale data centres where he has led the standardisation and introduction of best practice operating procedures and has been responsible for a number of significant data centre build projects. Prior to joining Global Switch, Derek worked for Cable and Wireless Worldwide where he was Head of Data Centre Development. Before this he held several senior roles within the data centre division of UBS over the course of five years including Director of Data Centre Strategy where he was the technical lead for all new sites and design proposals. Derek spent the first 22 years of his career at BT where he built up comprehensive engineering and facilities expertise. Learn more about Derek Allen on Crunchbase…

Global Switch is an owner, operator, and developer of large scale network dense, carrier & cloud neutral multi-tenanted data centres Read more aboutGlobal Switch on Crunchbase…

Ann Maitland

Group Director Global Operations @ BSN Medical

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Ann Maitland joined BSN medical in 2001. Beginning her career with Smith & Nephew Textiles in 1974 within the Surgical Dressings business, she held various positions within a manufacturing capacity before being promoted to Manufacturing Director of the Medical Fabrics Division in 1998. Following the formation of BSN medical in 2001, Ann had subsequent responsibility as VP Operations within the Orthopaedics global business unit. In 2006, she was appointed Senior VP responsible for Global Operations. She continues to manage the operations side of the business today. In her role as EVP Global Operations, Ann is responsible for Global Logistics, Global Procurement, Global Supply Chain and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. Learn more about Ann Maitland on Crunchbase…

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Kim Thesiger

Co Founder and Group Director for Asia Pacific @ TVT

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Building digital tools for the Entertainment industry Read more aboutTVT on Crunchbase…

Jon Atherton

CI Group Director @ Centerprise International

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Centerprise International specialises in public sector services and system building, delivering IT solutions. Read more aboutCenterprise International on Crunchbase…

Pamela Dixon

Group Director @ Impact Food Group

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Jack Bryant

Group Director of Operations @ Equals Money

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Equals Money combines global payments technology with currency expertise to help one manage cashflow & expenses, simply & cost-effectively. Read more aboutEquals Money on Crunchbase…

Gary Crawford

Group Director , Technology and Transformation @ AKQA

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Gary has been working with Clojure for several years. He was originally captured by its clean, concise, expressive ways. He later developed a deeper appreciation for its use in an enterprise environment while working as a consultant at ThoughtWorks. Now a Technical Director with AKQA, Gary lives in Sweden where, he claims, the weather is much the same as his native Scotland. He doesn’t get to play with Clojure from Monday to Friday at the moment, but he does still manage to sneak it into extra-curricular projects at any opportunity. Learn more about Gary Crawford on Crunchbase…

AKQA is an ideas and innovation company that uses the imaginative application of art and science to create ideas, products, and services. Read more aboutAKQA on Crunchbase…

Cris Tran

Group Director @ QRC Group

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High level expert Strategy Consulting, Digital Transformation and Retail Banking experience, Cris is currently managing projects of QRC globally. Prior to this, Cris was the Senior Market Leader for Frost & Sullivan, a global consulting firm based out in Singapore. Cris has consulted on multiple strategic and syndicated projects for leading multinational companies, regulators and government bodies, providing growth workshops and client counsels, among others. He is also frequently featured in leading media, such as Bloomberg, Forbes, Nikkei and others. Learn more about Cris Tran on Crunchbase…

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John Stevenson

Group Director of UK @ Global Switch

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Global Switch is an owner, operator, and developer of large scale network dense, carrier & cloud neutral multi-tenanted data centres Read more aboutGlobal Switch on Crunchbase…

Dan Haddad

Group Director @ Octagon

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John Quinn

Group Director @ Photonomi

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John is an Electronic Engineering and Applied Finance graduate, and a serial entrepreneur in disruptive technology startups having founded or had significant leadership roles in over 10 Blue Chip startups over the last 23 years. He has been recognized by the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2002, the UK Business Innovation Awards in 2011, several International Innovation Awards in Semiconductor and Nanotechnology from 2003 to 2011 and shortlisted for Innovator of the Year 2014 in the London Energy Awards. In the early 90’s, he established world semiconductor nanotech benchmarks for the fabrication of CD-ROM, DVD & Blu-Ray & was technology lead for the conversion of Microsoft from floppy disc to CD-ROM for the release of Windows 95. He worked for lengthy periods abroad, including Germany, the Far East, and the United States. With past Senior Leadership roles in some of the most successful semiconductor company’s such as British Telecom, Hitachi-Maxell Europe, PIONEER Japan, JVC Europe, KAO Corp Japan, Oerlikon GmbH, Unaxis USA, he brings substantial strategic Technology and Innovation Executive Leadership to the Photonomi Group. He also sits on numerous policy, technical and governmental boards on Business & Innovation and is a regular guest speaker on Entrepreneurship. Learn more about John Quinn on Crunchbase…

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James Brown

Group Director of Strategy and Corporate Development @ Equiniti

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James Brown is responsible for Equiniti’s corporate development, commercial and legal functions, reporting to the CEO. This includes the design and implementation of acquisitions, disposals, JVs and new commercial relationships. James began his career with Arthur Andersen, working in business assurance and turnaround consulting, before moving into corporate finance. He then advised on M&A transactions for almost ten years whilst with Arthur Anderson/Deloitte, Altium and Hawkpoint, with a focus on business services, technology and financial services. James has completed more than 50 M&A transactions as principal or adviser. James has a BCom (Hons) in Business & Accountancy from the University of Edinburgh and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAS). Learn more about James Brown on Crunchbase…

Equiniti the specialist technology outsourcer, providing non-discretionary payment and administration services to blue-chip companies. Read more aboutEquiniti on Crunchbase…

Phil Stephan

Group Director @ Two Circles

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Two Circles is a sports marketing agency based in London. Read more aboutTwo Circles on Crunchbase…

Kate Banks

Group Director of HR & Legal Services @ DAS UK Group

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Kate joined us in 2015 and is a highly experienced and credible HR senior executive with a strong record in developing vibrant organisational cultures. Overseeing the leadership, recruitment, and development of our people at DAS, since arriving Kate has been the strong presence at the heart of cultural change at DAS. Learn more about Kate Banks on Crunchbase…

DAS UK Group has been helping businesses and individuals get access to justice. Read more aboutDAS UK Group on Crunchbase…

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