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InstallMarket conference – full set of session moderators now in place

Installation is pleased to announce that we now have a full roster of panel session moderators for the InstallMarket conference – which is part of our InstallMarket event on 4 September in London.

In addition to the panel sessions – on education, hospitality, broadcast and streaming, retail, and transportation – there will also be a keynote presentation from internationally renowned projection artist Ross Ashton.

“We’ve recruited a very strong line-up of panel session moderators for InstallMarket,” commented Installation editor Paddy Baker. “Delegates can be assured of a set of highly informative sessions, led by speakers with in-depth knowledge of their specific verticals.”

The InstallMarket conference is free to attend – as is the expo running alongside. The event takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London, on Thursday 4 September. To register, go to

These are the moderators for the conference sessions:

Education – Colin Messenger, senior analyst, Futuresource

Colin Messenger has been with Futuresource Consulting for over 18 years, he has been involved with the Interactive and schools markets on a day-to-day basis for over 12 years, and runs the worldwide interactivity displays research programmes.

Much of his work has involved providing strategic input for companies planning their future direction within the education sector, drawing on his in-depth understanding of the industry.

Colin has worked extensively with many major international companies and organisations, British Airways, 3M, Dell, Epson, HP, Nokia, NTT Japan, Hitachi, ICO, Samsung, Sony, COLT Telecom, NEC, and IBM.

Prior to Futuresource he held senior positions at Orange for 10 years, and as general manager of Euronet Cellular Communications launched the first UK distribution company to offer a consumer mobile phone package to dealers.

He was a member of the UK Government’s DfES, Classroom of the Future Project (Ingenium) and he has been an AV Awards judge over the last 10 years.

Entertainment and Hospitality – John Grew, MD/principal consultant, Spartan Comms

John Grew has worked within the telecommunications industry for over 25 years and has specialised in providing solutions to the hospitality channel for the last 18 years. John has been invited to speak at a number of venues including HiTech, HTNG and the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. He now offers his experience as the principal hospitality technology consultant with Spartan Comms, around the world, to a wide variety of hotel owners and operators.

In March 1995 (having learned his trade with a voice and data cabling company) John founded Spartan Comms, initially offering project management services for PBX installations. As his expertise within the hospitality channel increased, he expanded the services the company could offer to include cable design and in-room technology applications, audiovisual and security systems. Recognising the need to move cable and network design on to the next level, and in order to further enhance the services that Spartan Comms could offer, he qualified as a BICSI RCDD (Registered Communications Distribution Designer) in 2008 and through continuous professional development retains the qualification.

With John as managing director at the helm, the Spartan Comms team continues to grow, with offices in United Kingdom and United States. The company is currently working on an exciting range of projects with several prestigious large 5* hotel, resort and retail mixed use projects across the globe.

Broadcast and Streaming – James Raby, venture capitalist and Sainsbury Management Fellow

James Raby is a commercially astute technologist/engineer with significant experience in the broadcast and communications industries in marketing, investment, and mergers and acquisitions. He focuses on venture capital and transforming companies making the transition into the telecom/media converged market.

In the past he has worked as director of television at NTL Broadcast, project manager for the Independent Broadcast Authority, and head of broadcast development at VT Merlin Communications (where he was in charge of corporate development and mergers & acquisitions for broadcast services and infrastructures in a global perspective).

Most recently Raby was a venture executive at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) and served as director at ZinWave (which develops in-building cellular and wireless technology solutions) and as a director at Nomad Digital (which provides mobile wireless local area network services on trains & transport and network independent data communications services).

Retail – Nick Gale, founder, Realisation 

Nick Gale founded Realisation in 2003 and has been involved in the digital signage industry from its inception. A veteran of the advertising and marketing services industries, Nick is considered an expert on all aspects of digital signage and is frequently asked to speak at industry events.

For more than 10 years, Realisation has tackled some of the most complex digital signage projects in the industry, in the UK’s busiest retail spaces. Their portfolio boasts an impressive client list across banking, consumer electronics, travel and general merchandise including Nationwide, Dyson, TUI and Argos. They offer a thorough understanding of complex digital signage projects instore through first-hand experience, from need assessment to strategy, network implementation to content design, measured trials to performance monitoring. They develop visual content to suit the brand, objective and medium, ensuring clarity and consistency of message that brings digital communication to life in and beyond the store.

Transportation – Charlie Henderson, performance improvement consultant, PA Consulting

Charlie Henderson is an accomplished performance improvement consultant with over 20 years’ experience, primarily in the transport sector. He has successfully supported organisations in exploiting new technologies and processes that deliver real business benefit. This includes supporting the Highways Agency to design a future service blueprint and then procure their National Traffic Information Service, including control room. Most recently he has been supporting the Highways Agency and the Rijkswaterstaat specify requirements for their regional control centres.

Charlie’s work has been critically acclaimed – he led the assignment that won the Management Consultancy Association award for best operational performance project in the public sector (2006), was a consultant on the assignment that won best public sector project (2007) and led the assignment that was shortlisted for best public sector procurement project (2012).

AV/IT networking – Keith Humphreys, managing partner, euroLAN Research

Keith Humphreys has been active in distribution channels for local area networks since their inception in Europe, after initial experience gained in South Africa. Other experience in mid-range computing and connectivity issues comes from sales channel management roles in Europe and for US-based companies.

As a consultant with euroLAN Research, based in the UK, he has worked with several major networking vendors in streamlining their European channels and in analysing their markets and competitors. He holds a degree in engineering from the University of Westminster.