Judges 2020

Discover which industry experts have joined the 2020 judging panel.
Anton Willem Abrahams, Director & Past Chairman, The Australasian Critical Communications Forum

Anton Willem Abrahams is a director and the past chairman of the Australasian Critical Communications Forum, a chapter of TCCA. Anton has over 40 years of global experience in the mobile radio industry starting with Philips in Australia followed by a number of years with the Philips Mobile Radio Management Group in the UK based in Cambridge and Singapore in the eighties. He was involved in the creation of the Simoco brand following the acquisition of the global Philips’ mobile radio business in the late nineties and was employed as its managing director of its Asia Pacific operations followed by his posting as regional director with U.S based ComNet Ericsson that became M/A-Com, now Harris and MCS Digital in Australia.  He also worked a number of years as the regional director for Telecom Australia International (Telstra) in its establishment of South Asian joint ventures and served as board director of GSM cellular and satellite network operations.

Dr. Bego Blanco, Lecturer and Researcher, University of the Basque Country

Dr. Bego Blanco is a lecturer and reasearcher in the University of the Basque Country with 15 years of experience in mobile networks, with a special focus in 5G and next generation emergency networks. She has cooperated in several international projects in the area of critical communications and interoperability, such as H2020 5G SESAME, 5G ESSENCE, MCOP and MCS TaaSting and has participated in the last ETSI MCX Plugtests. Her current research interests involve the virtualisation of intelligent mission critical deployments over beyond-5G networks .

Thomas Brewster, Senior Service Delivery Manager , Transport for London

Since joining TfL in 2012, Thomas has brought energy to numerous deliveries across several Surface Transport service areas. Most notably, he played a key role managing the transition of TfL’s Surface critical communications system from analogue to digital radio, and delivery of TfL’s Push To Talk over Cellular service. The latter won the ICCA Best Use of Critical Communications in Transport 2020. Praised for its innovative approach, pushing technological boundaries and delivery to industry leading standards, this agile project enabled at short notice a safe, socially distanced return for London’s school children using TfL’s bus network. Outside of his day job, Thomas is keen to knowledge share speaking at BAPCO and Critical Communications World, as well as guest lectures with colleagues on operational applications of technology in transport at Imperial College London and the University of East Anglia.

Robin Davis, Executive Director, Actica Consulting

Robin Davis is an independent advisor and technology advocate, who has advised government bodies and many public safety agencies around the world on the deployment of large scale leading edge technology projects and programmes. Specific to mission critical communications he has a detailed understanding of operational systems, LTE, TETRA radio, broadband and complex control room integration. His experience covers working across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, India, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. He is a specialist in providing business case justification, benchmarking and procurement support for complex technology programmes and is currently advising various government, public safety, transport and utility organisations. Robin has held the role of Chairman of the TCCA Transportation Group for the last ten years.

Jo Gallacher, Editor, HR magazine

Jo Gallacher is editor of HR magazine and co-chair of the Mark Allen Group Gender Equality Network. She writes extensively on diversity and inclusion, in-work poverty, worker’s rights and organisational and strategic HR.

Iain Ivory, Founder and Partner, Hermitage Comms

Iain Ivory is an IT & telecoms specialist with over 30 years’ experience working with critical communications users. His current focus is providing support to government and public sector bodies to understand the impact of current and future technology trends, particularly in the areas of cloud adoption, migration and security, and has been involved in the evolution of new communications solutions through the TCCA Critical Comms Broadband Group (CCBG). He previously led the TETRA business of Motorola Solutions, overseeing the development of a broad range of TETRA terminals and actively involved in key TETRA projects in the UK, Europe, and Asia. Iain has been an active member of TCCA for almost 20 years and was a founding member of the TCCA Marketing Group.

John Anthony MBE, President , British APCO

John has over 44 years' experience with the London Fire Brigade including two years as Business Change Lead on the Emergency Service Communications Programme (ESMCP) representing the interests of the Fire Service nationally. Previously he served in an operational capacity as Assistant Commissioner where his responsibilities covered Operational Response which included mobilising and the regional control room, incident command policy, incident communications, operational staff deployment and industrial relations. 

John currently works on a part time basis for the Home Office on the ESN Programme as well as fulfilling his role as President of BAPCO, a position he has held since March 2017.He was made an MBE in June 2014 for services to the Fire and Rescue Service.

Edward Parkinson, CEO, FirstNet Authority

Mr. Edward Parkinson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the FirstNet Authority. He is responsible for overall management of all FirstNet Authority operations and the agency’s strategic direction, to include its unique public-private partnership to deploy and improve the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. He previously served as Acting CEO from October 2018 – May 2019. Before joining the FirstNet Authority, Mr. Parkinson served for five years as a Professional Staff Member for the House Homeland Security Committee, then chaired by Rep. Peter T. King of New York. During this period, Mr. Parkinson’s primary responsibility was in the field of first responder telecommunications. He also worked on issues including national security, emergency preparedness, and cybersecurity. Previously Mr. Parkinson served as an associate at Kearsage Global Advisors, an advocacy firm, and a research analyst at McKenna, Long and Aldridge, an international law firm specializing in public policy. Mr. Parkinson holds degrees from Georgetown University (M.A), and WITS University, (B.A., Hons)

Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, CritComm Insights

Ken Rehbehn is a principal analyst at CritComm Insights. As a wireless technology analyst, Ken delivers industry analysis addressing the international landscape of systems, networks, professional services, devices, and applications that provide a thriving ecosystem for public safety/industrial communications innovation. He tracks changes in mobile broadband network evolution (LTE, 5G), critical communications group voice (3GPP Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk, DMR, TETRA, and Project25), location capabilities, NG9-1-1/112, Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) spectrum issues, and public safety/industrial Internet of Things (IoT).

Ken combines decades of experience in data communications technology with an extensive background as a former 9-1-1 dispatcher and paramedic. He is currently an active firefighter/EMT with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services in Bethesda, Maryland.

Adrian Scrase, CTO & Head of MCC, ETSI & 3GPP

Adrian Scrase played a central role in the creation of the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP Project Co-ordination Group. He heads 3GPPs’ Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) which is an International team of 20 experts who provide comprehensive support to the Project. He was also principally involved in the formation of the “oneM2M” Partnership Project and oversees ETSI’s support to that initiative. He is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all of ETSI’s standards production activities. He has more than 30 years experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 25 years of experience in standardization.

Sandi Wendelken, Senior Research Analyst, IDC

Sandi Wendelken is editor of MissionCritical Communications and RadioResource International magazines. She has more than 25 years of wireless technology reporting and editing experience. Before rejoining RadioResource Media Group in 2005, Wendelken worked for Crain Communications as interactive manager and editor of RCRNews.com, the online news service of RCR Wireless News. From 1999 – 2002, she was editor of Global Wireless, also a Crain publication. Wendelken previously served as the editor of RadioResource International and the Public Safety Report within MissionCritical Communications from 1996 – 1999. Before that she covered the geographic information systems (GIS) market while working for GIS WORLD and Business Geographics magazines. She began her career as a reporter for the Junction City Daily Union newspaper in Kansas and holds a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.