Alex Tupman - Connect Leadership Team

Alex Tupman


Alex has over two decades of experience working in B2B sales, marketing and business management and in 1999 he founded his first technology company, which as CEO he later floated on the AIM market of The London Stock Exchange.

A previous winner of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, Alex led the management buyout of Connect in April 2014 and has responsibility for the strategic direction, business development and overall running of Connect Managed Services. Alex is a keen sportsman and previously represented England in the U19 rugby union team.

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Martin Cross - Connect Leadership Team

Martin Cross


Martin provides the technical lead for the business. Martin joined Connect in 2003 through Connect’s purchase of Rapport Professional Services, a business Martin founded jointly.

Rapport provided specialist consultancy services in providing multinational communications technology services. Prior to Rapport, Martin was responsible for Business Development of European Professional & Managed Services in Nortel.

Martin brings an infectious enthusiasm for communications technology and extensive knowledge of architecting communications technologies and specialist services.

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Simon Blagden - Connect Leadership Team

Simon Blagden CBE


Simon Blagden is non-executive Chairman of Fujitsu UK. He has 25 years business experience in the IT and Telecoms industry, initially at GEC where he was an International Commercial Manager. In 1991, he joined Quante AG as UK Managing Director and then joined the Main Board in 1995 as CEO of International Operations. In 2000 he joined Spescom in Johannesburg to head up its international telecoms and IT business.

In 2005, he was appointed as Non Executive Chairman of Fujitsu UK and is a member of Fujitsu UK's leadership team.

Simon was appointed MBE in 1997 for services to export and was appointed CBE in 2016 for services to the economy. 



John Campbell


John joined Connect in 2016 having come from a background as CFO in I.T & BPO outsource companies, where he provided the commercial vision on many innovative business opportunities that helped create significant business growth.

Prior to joining Connect, John was Finance Director of Paymaster and prior to that, was CFO of Atos UK, having previously undertaken Business Unit Controller roles in the Defence & Financial Services divisions of EDS.