Azlan UK - Board of Directors


Rob Tomlin, Azlan Managing Director UK and Ireland

Rob was appointed to the role of Azlan Managing Director in February 2016 after holding an Azlan board position since 2012.  In his previous role as Business Unit Director he was responsible for running the IBM, Lenovo and Dell Business’s as well as the MSP and SI teams. Rob has a wealth of experience in Value Added Distribution both working with vendors and partners alike. Previous to his career at Tech Data Rob has held a number of senior roles in the IT distribution channel; including SDG, where he was instrumental in supporting the transition and integration into Tech Data. Prior to this he held positions at Interface Solutions International and ICL Multivendor Computing.  Rob has two children, Lara and Oliver and is a football and car enthusiast; he currently splits his time living between Windsor and Manchester.

 Simon Bennett, Business Unit Director - IBM, Dell, UCNS & EMC

 Peter Spreadbury, Business Unit Director - Enterprise Software

Sara Williams, Azlan Sales Director

Sarah was recently appointed to the position of Sales Director for the newly formed Enterprise Specialist Partner Team.  Prior to this, she held a number of management roles in her 6+ year tenure in Tech Data; including General Sales Manager – Corporate Division, and most recently as the Azlan Head of Sales for HPE. Previous to her time as Tech Data, Sarah spent nine years at Dell in a number of end user sales and management positions across both Public Sector and Corporate customers. Sarah’s early career was spent at HP where, over seven years she held a number of positions in sales and account management.

Sara Gemmell, Azlan Marketing Director

Neil Brittain, Business Unit Manager - Cisco

Neil was appointed to the Azlan board with the mandate of running Azlan’s Cisco business this fiscal year; prior to this Neil held a number of senior management roles within Tech Data, most recently leading the Profitability and Customer Services departments.  Neil has been with Tech Data for over 10 years, during which time he has gained a wealth of experience in Distribution; from product management, finance and project roll outs to European Management roles. Neil has a degree in Sound Engineering and is a music lover, he also plays the guitar.ales and account

Huw Jones, Business Unit Manager - HP Enterprise

Huw was recently appointed to the position of HPE Business Unit Manager with responsibility for leading the division’s sales, business development, technical, category and product management functions. Prior to this he worked as Account Director within Tech Data’s corporate division, working with key vendors and customers. Huw has 12 years of IT distribution experience, covering a variety of roles including product management and business development. Educated at Oxford Brookes University, before working in distribution Huw enjoyed a five year career as a professional cricketer with Warwickshire. 

Phil King, Azlan Technology and Services Director

Phil brings more than 15 years of sales and business development experience in value-added distribution, vendor and reseller businesses to the post. He has worked closely with leading data centre and systems integration vendors such as Cisco, EMC, and VMware and with major VADs and VARs, helping them to formulate and execute their services- and cloud-led business strategies. Before joining Azlan, he took an extended, six-month break, during which he hiked from Mexico to Canada.

Andrew Brown, Head of Pre Sales and Services

Andy joined ISI/SDG in June 2010 following various technical sales roles at reseller and distribution level in the IBM channel.  He joined to head up the IBM technical practice within the IBM Enterprise solution team and held this role for five years when Tech Data acquired SDG.  Most recently Andy has been appointed to work as part of the European Cloud Strategy team and is responsible for the go to market strategy and sales of all cloud services in the UK and Ireland.

Hywel Jones, Head of HR

Hywel has been Head of HR since March 2014, with a key focus of partnering with the Azlan business unit within Tech Data, he also leads the HR Business Partner and Advisory teams for Tech Data in the UK. Hywel has been with Tech Data for over 5 years after joining from Siemens where he was HR Business Partner and where he completed his CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

Robin Morris, Commercial Controller Finance - Azlan

On his return to the UK in 2015 Robin was tasked with leadership of the Azlan Financial and Commercial Controlling function. A Tech Data veteran, Robin has amassed a wealth of experience in distribution managing a variety of different areas of the business. After joining Computer2000 in 1997, Robin spent the past 19 years in various roles and locations; including Tech Data Germany, Switzerland and Canada. During his tenure Robin has worked within Internal Audit, EMEA Marketing, EMA Controlling and headed up Vendor Accounting for Tech Data’s Canadian business.