Autotask VP Mark Banfield has been elected to the Executive Council of the UK Channel Community for CompTIA, plus the IT trade association has given a special recognition award to Software Alliance Wales.
Banfield joins Comptia's channel community executive council (UKCC), where he will help shape Comptia’s key initiatives for the coming year.
As part of CompTIA, the UK IT industry’s trade association, the UKCC executive council represents the vendors and distributors that make up the UK IT channel and works on a number of key initiatives every year, which are voted for by its members.
The council will be announcing its goals for 2015 in the coming weeks. UKCC members have access to benefits including educational resources, training materials and workshops.
"I am honoured to be selected to a team of top-level executives from across the full spectrum of the UK IT channel to take on the challenges that are unique to the IT market," said Banfield.
“CompTIA is leading the way with training, mentoring and channel growth within the IT industry and Autotask’s smart IT principles align perfectly.”
Elsewhere, Software Alliance Wales, an EU-backed project lead by Swansea University, has announced that it has been awarded the CompTIA Special Recognition Award for Advancing the IT Industry in Wales.
TeenTech’s Maggie Philbin presented the award to the project director Neal Harman.
Software Alliance Wales and CompTIA have been working in partnership for the last four years to deliver their IT Business Trustmark and Accredit UK Trustmark+ accreditations to IT companies across Wales.
The project provides guidance and financial support to achieve industry accreditations and enables IT companies to grow their business.
Vaughan Shayler, director for channel strategy at CompTIA, said: “The impact of the support provided by Software Alliance Wales is illustrated by the growing number of Trustmark+ holders that originate from Wales, representing around 25 per cent of all Trustmark+ holders in the UK. The Welsh IT & software sector typically represents about four per cent of the total UK sector, showing that the project is clearly punching above is weight.”
Neal Harman, project director at Software Alliance Wales, commented: “We are so pleased to have had the project’s achievements recognised by one of our most valued partners in front of the UK’s IT industry. It’s real testament to the hard work of the project over the past four years in delivering the CompTIA Trustmark programme to IT companies across Wales."