MEET OUR TEAM

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JONATHAN HOBDAY

Founding Executive Member

Jonathan is a thought leader in business automation with a degree in cybernetics and 36 years of experience in enterprise software.

From a very early age he seemed destined for a career in tech and software.

  • He built his first computer at 10

  • He wrote his first business software at the age of 12 which was a payroll system.

  • He wrote an entire accounting system at 16 which revolutionized the business it was created for.  

He has been instrumental to the success and transformation of many organisations in various roles from Sales Exec to CEO in companies such as CA, VMWare, Intralinks, Digital Fuel. Astea, and start-ups; two of which he founded.

Jonathan currently is a senior executive at a software company specializing in intelligent business automation where he leads the sales and marketing efforts. He is a Member of the IET, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Chartered Engineer.

When he is not following his passion of cybernetics, control systems and process engineering he loves to fix up old cars.

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PATRICK M. POWERS

Podcast Host and Interviewer

Patrick M. Powers has a passion for business and entrepreneurship and a talent for drawing out peoples brilliance and interesting stories. He is our podcast host and interviewer of our thought leaders. He is also helping DEF run our events. From hosting over 400 events he has gained a deep understanding of what makes people tick and how to run effective events. 


When he is not interviewing brilliant people he is running Europe's biggest community of entrepreneurs with over 28,000 members in London UK.


He is also an author of multiple business books and he has been featured on BBC, FORBES and is a popular guest on some of the world’s biggest podcasts.  


In his main business he helps leaders overcome fear of public speaking and teach them how to have more impact when they speak whether in online events, on video or in front of a live audience.

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KATE EVANS

Communications Specialist

Kate has two decades of experience within the technology space working alongside channel partners, resellers and vendors to deliver service-based solutions.

Currently heading up the communications team for a leading intelligent automation brand, she brings invaluable insight into the ever-changing business technology arena and the partner and customer challenges which this brings.

If you are interested in being interviewed for the DEF or joining one of our VIP dinners feel free to reach out to Kate on Kate@DigitalEvolutionForum.com 

In her spare time, Kate can be found caring for her horses 

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TOM WILSON

VIP Events Specialist

Tom has over a decade of experience delivering events for high profile brands and clients. Starting his career at Time Inc. he quickly gained experience creating bespoke events including client parties, customer forums and digital transformation events for some of the biggest magazines and their staff. 

After moving to Capita he produced an industry-leading Construction networking event spanning the UK gaining thousands of attendees. 

He currently works within the intelligent automation space as part of a marketing team covering a variety of sectors including Telecommunications and Banking. 

In his spare time, he likes to collect vinyl and cooking outside on his smoker.