Countdown to the ITAM Review Excellence Awards, meet the Judging panel

17 November 2016
5 minute read
ITAM News & Analysis

Countdown to the ITAM Review Excellence Awards, meet the Judging panel

17 November 2016
5 minute read

The nominations are in, the panel have voted and the winners are decided!

With just over a week to go until the winners of The ITAM Review Excellence Awards 2016 are announced, we’re dusting off our tuxedos/ sparkly dresses and polishing the winners trophies in preparation for our annual Gala Dinner, in aid of Sebastian’s Action Trust.

The ITAM Review Excellence Awards celebrates the achievements of the true pioneers in the ITAM industry, shining a light on ITAM professionals, service providers, technology vendors and specialists who are progressing the industry and leading the field in 2016.

This year, we received over 200 nominations from 24 countries; including Australia, Canada, South Africa, US, UK, Philippines and across Europe – so a huge thank you to all that voted! Nominations were shortlisted (view the 2016 Nominees here) and final interviews/voting were conducted by an independent industry panel to decide on the 2016 winners.

Meet the Judging Panel


MartinMartin Thompson, Owner & Founder, The ITAM Review

Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource and community for worldwide ITAM professionals.

On a voluntary basis Martin is the Chief Agitator at the Campaign for Clear Licensing, a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the SAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770 and board member of Free ICT Europe which supports the ICT secondary market.


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Rory Canavan, Owner & Founder, SAM Charter 

With a technical background in business and systems analysis, Rory has a wide range of first-hand experience advising numerous companies and organisations on the best practices and principles pertaining to software asset management. This experience has been gained in both military and civil organisations, including the Royal Navy, Compaq, HP, the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) and several software vendors. Rory was recently appointed as the Director of Research & Development for ITAMOrg.


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Vawns Murphy, Problem & Change Manager, Microfocus

Irish mum of 3. ITIL V2 Manager (red badge) and ITIL V3 Expert (purple badge). SDI Managers certificate. Further qualifications in COBIT, ISO 20000, SAM, PRINCE2 and Microsoft. Author of itSMF UK collateral on Service Transition, Software Asset Management, Problem Management & the “How to do CCRM” book. Reviewer for the Service Transition ITIL 3 2011 publication. When not being pelted with brightly coloured balls in name of ITIL, I am a Problem & Change Manager at Microfocus.



Kylie Fowler, Founder & CEO, ITAM Intelligence

Kylie Fowler is the founder and principal consultant of ITAM Intelligence and has extensive experience creating responsive and compliant Software Asset Management frameworks. Kylie began her career in IT support, IT procurement and asset analysis. From this strong knowledge and experience base Kylie then held a pivotal IT Asset Control role before establishing herself as a highly regarded independent Software Asset Manager. Most recently Kylie has supported organisations including Balfour Beatty Plc and Interserve Plc to leverage the benefits of IT asset management and achieve their business objectives. Kylie is passionate about bringing her expertise to support businesses of all sizes to reduce risk and achieve a return on their IT investment. Kylie is Convenor of the UK SAM Networking Group, a regular invited speaker at industry events and has published a number of thought leading articles.

Tony Crawley and Gillian Leicester, Co-founders, Synyega
Tony is co-founder of independent software licensing consultancy, Synyega.  As a former advisor to the UK Crown Commercial Service on software license reform Tony was tasked with transforming the key commercial and supplier relationships between software giants and the UK public sector in order support UK fiscal challenges.  As a trusted consultant to some of the world’s largest organisations he is passionate about reducing costs for end clients.  Tony is the joint double winner of ITAM Review’s “ITAM Professional of the Year 2015” and the “ITAM Project/Implementation of the Year 2015”.
Gillian is co-founder of independent software licensing consultancy, Synyega.  Specialising in IT Procurement, for the last 20 years, Gillian has demonstrated her ability to deliver maximum value from any IT investment through emphasising the need for clear, simple and impartial advice that brings together both commercial and technical requirements.  Her procurement expertise has been recognised by BCS for  her part in the Network/Infrastructure project of the year in 2012 and she is the joint double winner of ITAM Review’s “ITAM Professional of the Year 2015” and the “ITAM Project/Implementation of the Year 2015”.


Award Categories

 2016-Excellence-AwardsThe awards up for grabs this year are…
  • ITAM Professional of the Year
  • ITAM Project of the Year
  • ITAM Tool Provider of the Year
  • ITAM Partner of the Year
  • ITAM Innovation of the Year
  • ITAM Lifetime Achievement Award


The Gala Dinner


The results will be announced on the evening of Friday 25th November at our black-tie Gala Dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Reading.  All proceeds will go to Sebastian’s Action Trust, a charity dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families.


Keep your eyes peeled for the winners and good luck to all nominees!


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