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Professional Services Industry Summit

  • Wednesday 22nd November
  • 12pm - 4pm
  • ANS Office, 1 Archway, Birley Fields, Hulme, Manchester M15 5QJ

Professional Services Industry Summit

So you think you are ready for AI?

Join us for an exclusive in-person event on Azure and Digital Transformation.

We are hosting an exclusive in-person event at our Manchester-based office, tailored for professionals in the ever-evolving world of professional services. This event promises to be an informative and engaging experience, offering insights into the cutting-edge technologies and strategies that are shaping the future of your industry.


Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

  • Azure’s Role in Innovation and AI: Dive into the realm of innovation and artificial intelligence powered by Azure. Discover where your journey can begin.
  • Digital Transformation with ANS: Explore ANS’s digital transformation journey, led by our Technology Director. Discover how we are leveraging innovative solutions that can help to drive your industry forward.
  • Azure: More than a Platform: Learn how Microsoft Azure isn’t just a platform to move virtual machines, It’s a springboard for innovation, and we’ll show you the myriad possibilities it offers.
  • Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality: We believe sustainability is a shared responsibility. Explore how Microsoft Azure can be a key ally on the path to carbon neutrality and even carbon negativity.
  • Cost Control as Standard: Cost control should be integrated from the start, not an afterthought. Learn how Azure provides cost-effective solutions as a core feature.
  • Security and Governance for Success: In an increasingly digital world, security and governance are paramount. Find out how ANS can ensure your success in these critical areas
  • Maximizing Microsoft’s Funding: Did you know that Microsoft offers funding opportunities? We’ll show you how to make the most of these resources for your projects.

We look forward to hosting you in our new Tech Hub, where you can network with industry peers, gain valuable knowledge, and discuss the future of professional services.

Space is limited, so sign up to secure your spot at this exclusive event. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to gain insights, connect with experts, and stay ahead in your industry.

Meet the speakers!

Rob Cottrill

Technology Director

As Technology Director, Rob is passionate about demonstrating the real-world value of digital transformation and helping customers realise value from their data. With over 12 years’ experience in the industry, he’s worked in multiple roles across the business including on some of ANS’ first cloud solutions for customers. Rob is responsible for helping organisations modernise their current data platforms from helping to define and build data strategy’s right through to commercial and technical designs.

Arif Rahman

Head of Data

Arif Rahman, our Head of Data, has a proven track record of delivering top-quality data solutions to clients in both the public and private sectors. He is dedicated to providing sustainable and adaptable data solutions that can withstand the test of time. Arif has held various roles at ANS, including data service lead, data engineer, and data architect.

Mark Johnson

Practice Lead for Security and Connectivity

Mark has over 30 years experience in the IT and networking industry. With a background managing highly secure mobile networks for the Armed forces, to owning his own business, Mark joined ANS 8 years ago to take responsibility for building and delivering ANS’ suite of connectivity & Security solutions which include Azure Sentinel, SD WAN, SASE, Cloud and Multi-cloud architectures.

Stephen Crow

General Manager of Security

With 9 years’ experience in the security sector, Stephen Crow is the General Manager of Security as ANS. Having gained a Masters in Cyber Security and a Certification in Information Security Management, Stephen works closely with both the private and public sector, providing services to clients such as the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice.

Garth Niblock

Professional Services Industry Lead

Currently leading the Professional Services Industry Team, Garth joined ANS 6 months ago. He comes with a passion for helping customer’s recognise change and accelerate value using Microsoft Cloud Services. Having spent 8 years working throughout the Microsoft partner network and within Microsoft itself, he is well versed with how to get the best out of cloud which drives wins for organisations and individuals. Outside of work Garth enjoys supporting the mighty Ulster rugby team, coaching the mini’s at Caldy Rugby Club on a Sunday morning, and playing golf at a below average standard.