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Board of Directors


Philip Keown (BA, ACA, CISA)

Chairman of the Board of the Federation

  Philip has specialised in Information and Technology assurance, IT governance, control and security for over 20 years, and his main focus is to help organisations to manage and control their use of systems and information technology, and to get the best value from it.

A Chartered Accountant and CISA qualified, Philip is a partner at Grant Thornton, where he heads the firm's Technology Risk Services practice.

Philip is an affiliate member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and Chairman of the IDEA UK User Group. He has been a member of the FAST board since 1997, and was appointed Chairman of the Federation in 2007.


Alex Hilton

Chief Executive, FAST – Federation Against Software Theft

  Alex has spent the last 25 years working in the IT industry.   Following his completion of ICL’s graduate training scheme Alex moved to US software publisher Borland, managing the emerging retail business as IT superstores were established in the UK.

He then spent 12 years at Microsoft, joining in 1994, gaining diverse experience within the organisation, from Enterprise sales through to Channel management. 

In November 2003 Alex moved from running the £500m UK Channel Distribution business to run Microsoft’s anti-piracy and Software Asset Management (SAM) teams.  This role incorporated Microsoft’s anti-counterfeiting efforts through to corporate governance and working with influential third parties such as government ministers and pan-industry organisations to help draw attention to the scale of software piracy.   As head of the UK SAM business, Alex ran a team of compliance and audit professionals as well as supporting the development of an ISO standard driving commercial awareness for intellectual property protection.

In 2006 Alex joined Centennial Software as world-wide head of sales; a fast growing UK business developing software for the compliance and SAM market.  He saw the business through to acquisition by FrontRange Solutions in 2008.  Alex stayed in the merged businesses as Director of Infrastructure Management. 

In 2010 Alex joined Fasthosts Internet with direct accountability as Managing Director of Rise – their Cloud IaaS hosting proposition aimed at Channel Partners.  Alex developed the Rise proposition to a profitable recurring revenue stream and in 2011 Rise was awarded Microsoft’s prestigious prize of world-wide Hosting Partner of the Year.  

In February 2013 Alex joined FAST as Chief Executive.  He had been serving as non-Executive Director since 2008.  

Outside of work, Alex is married with four children, a keen cyclist, skier and real tennis player.


Richard Atkinson

Richard Atkinson   Broadly recognized as an expert in building a comprehensive business-oriented response to product piracy, Richard currently leads Adobe's company-wide strategy to expand the business through conversion from piracy.  This includes guiding the efforts to "understand" the pirate-consumer's activities and attitudes, suppressing piracy through corrective actions, and competing better with piracy through increased value proposition across all elements of the business.

A C-level executive with 25+ years leading world-class teams, Richard's prior roles included developing Disney's global business response to piracy, CTO and technology innovator for famed Walt Disney Imagineering, CIO for Walt Disney Studios, Chief Communications Technologist for defense giant Northrop Grumman, and CSO for Electronic Arts focused on cyber-threat.

An accomplished keynote speaker and spokesperson for industry on technical innovation, product security, and cyber security, Richard also served as a White House and NSC briefer to multiple presidential administrations and top foreign leaders.


Frank Bennett

Frank Bennett  

Frank is a Consultant to IT and Telco companies that go-to-market with partners. He has advised a range of actors in the supply chain including Microsoft, Google, IBM, Avaya, Verizon, Intel, Avnet, VMware, Citrix, TechData, CommVault to name a few.

He is a member of the Cloud Industry Forum Governance Board and previously served on the boards of EuroCloud UK and Citizens Advice Bureau.

He has authored books for both Microsoft and Google that can be found in the partner portals of these companies or any online book retailer. To record his industry musings and other areas of professional interest he maintains an active blog at and can be found on Twitter @fboncloud.

Frank holds the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Professional Diploma, is a member of the Institute of Directors, Ernst & Young Regional Independent Director Programme, KPMG Connect On Board and Financial Times Non-Executive Director Club. He is a mentor to young entrepreneurs building digital businesses and investor in those businesses and an advisor on the FounderDating network.


Dai Davis

Principal Percy Crow Davis & Co Ltd

Dai Davis  

Dai is a Technology Lawyer.  He read Physics at Keble College, Oxford and took a Masters Degree in Computing Science at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne before qualifying as a Solicitor.  He is a qualified Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  Dai is an active member of the Society for Computers and Law in the United Kingdom and has been Chairman of its Northern Branch and a member of the Council of that Society.  Dai has consistently been recommended in the Legal 500 and in Chambers Guides to the Legal Profession.

Having been national head of Intellectual Property Law and later national head of Information Technology law at Eversheds for a number of years, Dai is now the principal in his own law practice, Percy Crow Davis & Co Ltd.  He is based primarily in Leeds and London.


Tony Ford

Director Fordlaw Limited

Tony Ford  

Tony joined us in the summer of 2015. After studying for two degrees in law over 4 years at Cambridge University, Tony qualified as a solicitor some 36 years ago, and has practised on IT industry related matters ever since. Most recently, Tony held a dedicated global legal role with TCS, aligned specifically with a new digital software group. Before TCS, Tony practised for nearly 35 years as an IBM UK lawyer; during the last 15 years of his IBM time, Tony was the General Legal counsel responsible for support to IBM’s prestige Hursley software development laboratory near Winchester, where he worked closely with IBM’s IP Law Department.

Today, as well as his FAST directorship, Tony is a legal consultant to OpenForum Europe, and he is also providing legal consultancy (through Jurit LLP) for a global IT manufacturer. Born in France, Tony also speaks French in addition to his (rather rusty) German.


Richard Hales

  Richard’s work with The Federation compliments more than 20 years software industry experience, primarily in sales and marketing roles. Richard is currently Business Development Director, EMEA in EMC’s corporation’s Backup and Recovery Solutions (BRS) division. EMC is the world’s leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology, see (NYSE:EMC).

Prior to EMC, Richard held roles including Country Manager UK&I for F-Secure, General Manager, Software, at Computer 2000 Distribution and as business development manager for Autodesk, a manufacturer of the market leading “AutoCAD” and related product range.

Having graduated with a BSc from the Open University and subsequently completed a MBA also with the Open University, Richard, originally from Manchester, now lives with his family in


Julian Heathcote Hobbins

General Counsel, FAST - Federation Against Software Theft

  Julian is a practising solicitor graduating with joint honours from the University of Kent and subsequently completing his academic training at the College of Law, Guildford. Julian trained at Reading law firm, Field Seymour Parkes, and spent time working on ACID Intellectual Property (IP) matters at London firm, Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard). In 2001, Julian joined FAST as Legal Counsel Internet and Corporate Investigations and has since been promoted to General Counsel which includes a cloud computing brief.

Julian is an IP specialist running FAST’s Enforcement and Government Affairs programmes. His experience includes; end user compliance, cyber-pirate investigative activities, assisting law enforcement reducing IP crime and has acted in the High Court litigation on Operation Tracker which won FAST a World Leaders IP Award accolade.

Julian is also Non-Executive Director at the Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN).


Nick Kounoupias

Principal KounoupiasIP

  Nick is Principal at KounoupiasIP, a firm specialising in advice to IP rich businesses. Previously, Nick was a Partner at the law firm, DMH Stallard in the Dispute Resolution Group specialising in all forms of Intellectual Property (particularly copyright law), Human Rights and Cultural Property disputes. Nick was also formally Head of Litigation at the MCPS-PRS Music Alliance and managed the music industry anti-piracy unit for ten years. During this time Nick pioneered the use of private prosecutions of copyright infringers for the music industry. Nick is an ex Director of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, past Chair of its enforcement sub-committee and a former vice Chairman of the Alliance against IP Theft. He was previously Chair of the Online anti-piracy committee of BIEM, the international umbrella organisation of music industry collecting societies. Nick is also a fully accredited mediator and has conducted several mediations.


Ian Moyse

Ian Moyse  

Ian Moyse, has over 25 years of experience in the IT Sector, with nine of these specialising in security and over 23 years of channel experience.

He was named #1 on the top 100 cloud influencers list in 2015 & 2016. In 2015 he was named 46th most connected on LinkedIn Worldwide and awarded a Linkedin Power Profile as a top 10 Influencer in the UK technology sector.

Starting as a Systems Programmer at IBM in the mainframe environment, he has held senior positions in both large and smaller organisations including Senior Vice President for EMEA at CA and Managing Director of several UK companies. 

Moyse has been keynote speaker at many events and runs one of the largest Channel Discussion Groups worldwide on LinkedIn. He sits on the board of Eurocloud UK and the Governance Board of the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and in early 2012 was appointed to the advisory board of SaaSMax. Moyse was recently awarded global 'AllBusiness Sales AllStar Award for 2010' and The 'European Channel Personality of the Year Award for 2011' and was named by TalkinCloud as one of the global top 200 cloud channel experts in 2011 and listed on the MSPMentor top 250 list for 2011 which tracks the world's top managed services experts, entrepreneurs and executives. Ian was also given the accolade by Channelnomics of 2011 Influencer of the year for Europe.

In early 2012 Ian was the first in the UK to pass the CompTIA Cloud Essentials specialty certification exam, was appointed as a Thought Leader to Compare The Cloud and was listed in the worldwide SMB Nation 150 Channel Influencers list and appointed as Cloud Advisory Director to the Board of Evoco, a client transformation specialist company.

For those wishing to connect to this Technology Cloud Thought Leader his linkedin profile is at and he can be followed on Twitter @imoyse


Dawn Osborne

Chair of FLAG

  Educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, Dawn Osborne was a partner at Rouse Legal (formerly Willoughby and Partners) for nine years having trained and qualified with the media and intellectual property practice of Denton Hall. She became a partner of Palmer Biggs Legal in June 2009. Altogether Dawn has over fifteen years experience exclusively in intellectual property including trademarks, copyright, database rights confidentiality/privacy and designs.

At Palmer Biggs Dawn handled general intellectual property enforcement work for fashion and entertainment clients and a large number of luxury goods and big brand companies.

Dawn also specialises in Internet law/e-commerce. She regularly advises businesses in relation to the content or hosting of web sites, the use of brands/IPR on the Net and the protection and enforcement of IPR in cyberspace. She is regularly involved in the recovery of domain names for clients and has been involved in a number of successful applications to the Court and many domain name dispute resolution proceedings in this regard. She is an arbitrator for the WIPO and NAF ICANN, and the .eu and the Nominet domain name dispute resolution processes.

Dawn also has a particular interest in ADR, as well as being a panellist for the domain name dispute resolution procedures mentioned above. She is an INTA neutral, an accredited mediator for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators and Dawn routinely represents clients in mediation proceedings.


Richard Sykes

Chairman, Cloud Industry Forum

  Dr Sykes is a scientist by background to PhD level at Cambridge and Yale, which included two years as an Associate of Ralph Nader's Public Interest Group Research Group in Washington DC. He then spent 27 years with chemicals manufacturer ICI in various business management and leadership roles, six years of which were as ICI's Group VP IT. Sykes has deep experience in the broad world of business-applied information technology, a strong interest in, and involvement in, the world of visual arts.