Meet the CompTIA UK Leadership Spotlight Award Winners for this year’s CompTIA UK Leadership Spotlight Awards
CompTIA’s UK Spotlight Awards winners share their thoughts and discuss how they see the importance of raising awareness about diversity and strengthening future leaders as key factors in the advancement of the tech industry. Technology is a rapidly growing industry that requires key leaders to mentor future generations and ensure a responsible, sustainable, and inclusive industry. CompTIA recognizes some of these individuals and organizations through its annual Spotlight Awards. This is a way for CompTIA to promote positive change, and to thank those who help to build the next generation using positive leadership practices. The U.K.’s Spotlight Award winners are this year. Spotlight Award winners are committed to inclusion and spreading the word about the amazing opportunities in tech.
Lizzie Robinson, senior operations manager at Pax8, was recognized for her contributions to a CompTIA member organization and for being an entrepreneur.
ConnectWise’s IT Nation Community EMEA director Dan Scott was awarded the CompTIA UK Community Leader Spotlight award for his outstanding service and impact on the community.
Robinson and Scott have shown leadership through their passion, dedication, and professionalism in supporting CompTIA’s UK&I Community and the advancement of the tech industry. Here’s a detailed look into each of these leadership Spotlight winners.
An Accidental IT Leader
Robinson, like many others, did not start her career in technology. She holds a B.A. She earned a B.A. in Egyptology and began her career in retail. After 10 years of working in the retail industry, she was ready to find a job that would allow her to spend more time with her child and free up her weekends and holidays. She was immediately hooked when she got a job as an operations manager at a boutique MSP distributor. She said, “I had never considered a career as an IT professional before but quickly found my home and a passion to fix channel distribution one step at time.”
Robinson was commended for the changes she made at Pax8, including challenging distribution standards to ensure MSPs work with best-in class vendors. She was quickly promoted due to her efforts in improving vendor relations.
Robinson is a major force in the tech world after five years. She is the senior operations manager at Pax8 UK and drives inclusion in the workplace. She also works closely with vendors and IT providers to provide data-driven insight. Robinson is also a member of CompTIA’s UK&I executive board. She is passionate about driving change, and she works to increase knowledge sharing across the channel. She stated that passion, drive, and determination are the key ingredients to success.
Robinson hosted a Women in Tech session in 2022. She hopes to encourage more women into technology careers. She is a strong advocate for inclusion and change and works tirelessly to promote diversity in the tech industry. She believes that the lack of diversity is due to a lack in awareness about the roles within the industry. She stated that there is still much to be done to balance the numbers of men and women in the industry.
Next-Gen Leaders for the Torch
Scott is a person who spends a lot of time promoting awareness about issues like diversity, sustainability, and the importance leadership in technology. He feels strongly that we must draw attention to these critical issues in order to build a stronger community for the future. “If you are the hero, you are one person.” He said that heroes can be created and they can be as many people as they want.” “That’s how things get better.”
Scott is the director of ConnectWise’s IT Nation EMEA network. He helps to foster collaboration and build strong networks of IT professionals. He is the vice-chair of the CompTIA UK&I Community’s executive committee, which works to increase industry awareness and promote diversity.
Scott stated, “I feel very fortunate to have a platform to do good for CompTIA and further its mission to advance the industry.” “It’s not something that I take lightly.” Scott is also a member the CompTIA ISAO. He also hosts sessions at CompTIA EMEA Member & Partner Conference to raise awareness.
Scott is passionate about helping IT professionals to grow and share their knowledge. This will help them have a better future. Scott hopes to continue being a driving force within the tech community by doing as much good as he can. “I believe it’s vital that we, as an industry, create the future generation leaders that will oneday carry the torch for this great sector.