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Avril Lewis MBE (EVENT HOST) (Managing Director of Technology Connected)

Avril Lewis MBE (EVENT HOST)

Managing Director of Technology Connected

Avril was appointed Managing Director of the Technology Connected, formerly the ESTnet, in May 2012.

Her background is in the semiconductor industry, and she was awarded the MBE for services to the technology industry in Wales in 2018.

David Jones

David Jones

David is a Digital Technology expert and advisor, currently working as a non-executive Director at Ofcom and also three Public Sector bodies in Wales: the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board; Welsh Revenue Authority and Qualifications Wales.
David has exited from two Cardiff-based technology start-ups, Travelink where he was Founder / CEO and TigerBay where we was Investor / Chairman.

Sandra Busby

Sandra Busby

As well as being the figurehead for an industry that pumps over £650m into the Welsh economy each year, anchoring many of Wales’ largest financial and professional services companies to the country the Welsh Contact Centre Forum also manage the two European Funded Welsh Graduate Programmes.

Sandra has been a board member of several organisation that shape the way businesses operate in Wales including chair of women’s economic development agency Chwarae Teg. After a successful career in the newspaper world, Sandra became managing director of the Cardiff and Newport Call Centre Initiative before setting up the Welsh Contact Centre Forum in 2004, a high value employers’ forum which looks after the interests of the 30,000 people and over 170 centres which make up one of the country’s most vibrant industries. Sandra is a regular speaker on business issues in the media and at events across the country.

David Buttress (Chairman at Dragons Rugby)

David Buttress

Chairman at Dragons Rugby

David is a Partner at 83North – a global venture capital firm with offices in Israel and London. David was, until 31 March 2017, Chief Executive Officer of JUST EAT, and was appointed as a Non-executive Director in August 2017.

David joined Just Eat in March 2006 to start its UK business after having a successful career with Coca-Cola.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Law and Business from Middlesex University Business School and an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Entrepreneurship.
In 2014, David was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Investor Allstars Awards, and was listed as one of the London Evening Standard’s top 1,000 influential people. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 he was named as one of Britain’s most influential people in the Debrett’s 500.

Christian Coates (Managing Director of Method4 Ltd)

Christian Coates

Managing Director of Method4 Ltd

Christian is Managing Director of Method4 Ltd, a software house and technology consultancy based in Cardiff.

Method4, which Christian co-founded in 2005, delivers bespoke software and integration services. Prior to starting Method4 he was a principal consultant with Atkins (Management Consultants).

He delivered various consultancy services to numerous organisations across public and private sector clients including; GlaxoSmithKline, Camelot, Food Standards Agency, Welsh Government and the WDA.  Earlier in his career he was a Systems Analyst with Endsleigh Insurance working on HR systems and migrating the frontend insurance systems to a new technology.

After receiving a bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Liverpool, Christian went on to achieve Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) status through membership of the British Computer Society.

Lee Griffin (Chief Executive Officer at

Lee Griffin

Chief Executive Officer at

Lee Griffin,CEO and Founder of GoCompare – Lee is one of the founding members of GoCompare, one of the UK’s largest fintechs and a key figure in the rise of price comparison websites. In addition to his 20 years of experience in the financial and fintech industry, Lee is
also the driving force behind GoCompare’s GoFurther Academy initiative, which has invested in a series of programmes to boost skills in data science and STEM in Wales.

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans (Pro Vice Chancellor at The University of South Wales)

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans

Pro Vice Chancellor at The University of South Wales

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans is Assistant Pro Vice Chancellor with responsibility for enterprise at the University of South Wales and chair in entrepreneurship.
He is currently chairman of Town Square (a new company developing workspaces) and a trustee of Fabric (a homeless charity) and the founder of the Wales Fast Growth Fifty (the annual barometer of entrepreneurship within Welsh business), the Cardiff Business Awards, the Wales Legal Awards and the Wales Start-Up Awards.
Dylan has served on the Business Advisory Panel for Wales Office, chaired a major review to create a new Development Bank for Wales for the Welsh Government and is a member of the BeTheSpark panel guiding entrepreneurship policy in Wales. He also writes a weekly business column in the Western Mail and the Daily Post.