For the 17th year, Comms Dealer magazine, celebrates the Comms Reseller marketplace with the Comms National Awards. The Comms Dealer channel consists of hundreds of small to medium sized businesses in the UK, who specialise in selling Telecommunications and related services to organisations of all sizes. In addition, they are joined by the companies that sell their services through these organisations.

Each year the range of products and services offered expand to reflect the opportunities and requirements from UK businesses. Each year the Comms National Awards celebrate those organisations, and individuals, that have provided innovation and excelled in creating new services, improving existing services or helped grow the marketplace in new directions. Categories of the awards and the finalists can be found at

The award ceremony is held in Mayfair each October and provides an opportunity for all of those in the channel to come together, to socialise, to share knowledge and to be entertained. Organising all of this and running the event is Nigel Sergent, the Editorial Director of Comms Dealer.  The awards are judged each year by 14 Industry experts.

In this podcast we have brought together three of the other judges to discuss this year’s entries and more. Lynne Magennis talks to Lee Shorten of Sabio, Adam Zoldan of Knight Corporate Finance and Ian Fishwick of Adept group for their views of the entries and the awards.


Lynne Magennis

Lynne Magennis

Podcast Director, Innopsis

Lynne is the Innopsis Director focused on Podcasts and Design.

From a chemical process research background she has moved into the telecommunications business. Her day job is working for the Daisy Group.

Outside work will find Lynne tending for her horses and dogs in the Home Counties.

Adam Zoldan

Adam Zoldan

Founder, Knight Corporate Finance

Adam is a founder and Director of Knight, developing the business alongside Paul from inception to a market leading corporate finance boutique, and personally leads transactions from preparation through to completion. Prior to this he had over 15 years experience in the telecoms and technology sector.

He was a founder shareholder of V Networks a reseller which was acquired by Opal Telecom in September 2008 and prior to this he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance as lead advisor for telecommunication transactions.

Adam is also a Director of Knight R&D, a R&D tax relief consultancy, and Advisory Board member of fund:tmt, a small TMT investment fund.

Ian Fishwick

Ian Fishwick

Chairman, Adept Group

Ian has been a chief executive or managing director in the technology industry for 29 years and is the original founder of AdEPT. In that time he has completed more than 40 telecoms mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to founding AdEPT Telecom in February 2003, from 1983 to 1995 Ian rose through the ranks at Marconi Secure Systems, including two years as financial controller and five years as managing director. From 1996 to 2000 Ian was a managing director at Telewest Communications, managing Telewest North West, Telewest London and South East and Cable London. Ian was managing director of World Access (UK) Limited from 2000 to 2001.

Ian moved to Chairman of AdEPT in January 2019.

Lee Shorten

Lee Shorten

Chairman, Sabio Group

Lee Shorten joined Sabio Group’s board in 2014 as Non-Executive Chairman, and before that was Avaya’s Managing Director responsible for Sales & Channel Strategy, Key Customer Relationships, Technical Operations, Delivery, Support, Sales operations and Finance.

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