FAST appoints new Programme Director to support membership drive
28th July 2015
Graham Hall joins Federation Against Software Theft
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has appointed Graham Hall as its Programme Director to drive forward its membership programme and support its existing roster of members. In joining FAST, Graham will work to ensure that the industry body is fully able to support the entire spectrum of software development companies and can aid them in the protection of their Intellectual Property (IP).
Having worked in the IT sector for 33 years, Graham joins FAST with a deep and broad understanding of the challenges the software development community faces today. Immediately prior to joining FAST, Graham spent ten years as an independent business development consultant at his own company, Active Research Consulting. He has also served in a number of senior management roles in the VAR channel for a wide range of Tier 1 ISVs, including BaaN, Epicor and Progress.
Commenting on his appointment, Graham Hall, Programme Director at FAST, said: “FAST has been the voice of the software industry for the past three decades and has, during that time, played a critical role in supporting and protecting its members’ IP. The growth of the start-up community in the UK has brought with it a number of challenges that membership of FAST is able to address. Legal guidance to members, discounted banking, IP valuation, research and lobbying, as well as access to our Knowledgebase resources on the FAST membership website, all add up to help growing and established software businesses.
“Small and micro-sized companies comprise the innovative backbone of the software industry in the UK but often face difficulties in accessing the Intellectual Property system and have only limited knowledge of IP and the impact it has on their business. These are precisely the issues that our revised membership programme addresses, and working with these developers, we hope to help them get their IP houses in order,” he continued.
Building on its heritage, FAST refreshed its membership proposition in early 2015, to ensure that it can cater to the full software development community, from large multi-nationals, to SMEs and the app developers. With five membership categories – ranging from the sub £250,000 turnover through to the £25m plus – FAST is now able to offer bespoke membership packages, tailored to the individual needs of members.
Alex Hilton, CEO of FAST, said: “IP theft has a lasting impact on businesses across the industry, whether they are large organisations or SMEs. However it can be more difficult for smaller companies to access the right expertise to be able to take a considered approach to protecting the software IP they have worked so hard to bring to life. This is the exact reason we created our revised membership scheme, and we are very pleased to be able to welcome someone as experienced as Graham to FAST to help take our message to market.”