Search the site
Free Newsletter
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Free Email Newsletter
You are here: Home » About Us / Contact Us

About Us / Contact Us

STL Partners specialises in business model innovation in the Telecoms-Media-Technology sector

We provide consulting, research and special event services, as part of the Telco 2.0™ Initiative which we founded in May 2006. We work with visionary leaders who are looking to make market breakthroughs with their business. Our focus is on finding new sources of revenue growth for our clients

Contact us here or email

Our people

STL Partners is a fast growing organisation with a highly experienced management team and an extensive team of specialist associates.

Telco 2.0™ Team

Simon Torrance Simon Torrance, CEO & Founder STL Partners / Telco 2.0™

Simon leads STL Partners and coordinates the activities of the Telco 2.0 and Digital Entertainment 2.0 Initiatives as well as the ‘New Digital Economics’ Executive Brainstorm series. Simon has over 20 years’ experience in innovation and market growth strategy. He is an advisor to many companies in the global Telecoms, Media and Technology sector, facilitates the New Digital Economics events and is a regular speaker at major industry events such as Mobile World Congress and ITU Telecom. Simon was recently appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global ICT Agenda Council. Before setting up STL Partners, he worked for various WPP and Omnicom companies and has a Masters Degree from Cambridge University.

Chris Barraclough Chris Barraclough, MD & Founder STL Partners / Telco 2.0™

MD and consulting lead for STL and key report author. 20 years experience in strategy, marketing and finance; 12 years in TMT. During this time he has worked extensively in both the wired and wireless sectors, including stints as Marketing Director at MCI WorldCom UK and Orange Group. He specialises in strategic analysis and proposition development and has developed strategies for new products, services and businesses for several operators and vendor companies in the UK and across EMEA and North America. Additional consulting experience with Bain, Gemini Consulting, Cambrian, Oxford Strategic Marketing, Burlington. MA, Oxford University.

Phil Laidler, Consulting Director, STL Partners/Telco 2.0 Phil Laidler, Consulting Director, STL Partners/Telco 2.0™

20 years experience in strategy, marketing and corporate development; 12 years in TMT. Phil has worked for fixed and wireless operators both as a senior executive and consultant. His focus is on strategic planning, corporate development and strategic marketing. He held senior management roles for 7 years at MCI International including strategic development, new product development and business transformation. Additional consulting experience with Braxton Associates, Cambridge Strategic Management Group and DDV-Logica. Phil speaks fluent Italian and French. He has an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MA from Cambridge University.

Collinson Andrew Collinson, Research Director, STL Partners/ Telco 2.0™

Andrew leads and manages STL Partners’ research business which underpins the Telco 2.0 and Digital Entertainment Initiatives and the ‘New Digital Economics’ Executive Brainstorm series. 20+ years in telecoms spanning a wide range of senior operational and strategic marketing roles in mobile, fixed line, VOIP, and computing and internet services, specialising the creation and growth of useful and valuable new services and businesses. BSc in Medical Physics at Exeter and MBA from Warwick University.

Keith McMahon Keith McMahon, Senior Analyst, STL Partners / Telco 2.0™

Keith writes about the telecom scene and consults for Telco 2.0 following a distinguished solo blogging career at TeleBusillis. A co-author of the research on Future Broadband Business Models, 2-Sided Business Model, and Voice & Messaging 2.0. Keith previously held senior technology operations and strategy positions in the Telcoms industry around the world working for companies such as Cable & Wireless, America Movil, Wiltel & Accenture..

Alexander Harrowell Alexander Harrowell, Senior Analyst, STL Partners / Telco 2.0™

Key Telco 2.0 blogger and co-author of the research on Future Broadband Business Models, 2-Sided Business Model, and Voice & Messaging 2.0. Alex used to write for leading industry magazine Mobile Communications International, where he specialised in network infrastructure and related issues. He's been blogging independently since 2003, a passion which saw him short-listed for UK newspaper The Guardian's Political Blog of the Year award in 2004. His specialist subjects include MVNOs, IMS, SDP, core networks, and UMTS-TDD, as well as telecoms policy and economics.

Telco 2.0™ Associates

Bubley Dean Bubley, Disruptive Technologies and Market Forces Specialist

An analyst with over 16 years' experience, Dean primarily specialises in wireless, mobile, and telecoms fields. His present focus is on wireless technology, especially the evolution of mobile device architecture & software, fixed-mobile convergence, shifts in service provider value chains, enterprise mobility, in-building technologies, mobile broadband, and the integration of cellular and WLAN. Dean is the Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm, and was formerly an equity analyst, covering communications and software stocks. Prior to that, he had spent eight years at UK research firm Datamonitor, where he co-founded the company's Technology business unit, directly managed the Internet & Networking competency area and custom consulting operations, and held the titles of Chief Analyst and Director of Consulting. BA in Physics from Oxford University.

Stuart Newstead Stuart Newstead, Commercial and Strategy Specialist

Stuart Newstead builds on a 25-year track record in the fixed and mobile markets. Clients include IT, internet and telco providers such as AOL, Citrix, BT, T-Mobile, Trinamo, Cisco, Sun Microsystems; media companies such as Guardian Media Group; regulatory bodies such as Ofcom, NGNuk and ComReg (Ireland), financial firms such as Esprit Capital and Elliott Advisors, plus a range of telecoms-related startups, as well as pro bono work for charities such as Oxfam. CEO of independent consultancy Ellare since 2002, prior to which Stuart was a Vice-President at mobile operator O2, where his particular career achievements included negotiating an exclusive deal to provide the BlackBerry email solution in Europe, then leading the development and successful launch of the service. Prior to O2, Stuart was General Manager at BT Wholesale, where he led all commercial aspects of interconnection at the incumbent UK telco and was instrumental in developing, negotiating and implementing the UK interconnect regime. Stuart is a member of the Oxfam Multimedia Advisory Board and of the Brunel Unversity MBA Advisory Board, as well as a Global Leader for the Gerson Lehrman Group Telecommunications Council.


Dr Norman
 Lewis Dr Norman Lewis, Voice & Messaging Specialist

A worldwide expert on future trends in Voice and messaging, and co-author of the Voice & Messaging 2.0 research. Dr Norman Lewis is also the Chief Strategy Officer, Wireless Grids Corporation, USA. Prior to joining WGC, he was the Director of Technology Research for Orange UK, formerly the Home Division of France Telecom where he was at the forefront of developing an integrated Telco approach to the emerging Web2.0 ecosphere. Currently the Chairman of the ITU's TELECOM Forum Programme Committee and an advisory board member of the Ecomm08 programme committee. Previously an Executive Board member of the MIT Communications Futures Programme.

Alan Patrick Alan Patrick, Digital Multi-Media Specialist

Alan Patrick supports our 'Content Distribution 2.0' and 'Advertising & Marketing 2.0' Practices. He is a specialist consultant in digital multi-media. In the past few years he has consulted to, worked with, and helped to start a number of innovative Broadband Media companies - both mobile and fixed internet based. He has worked with telecoms and media companies such as the BBC, British Telecom, Dolby, Alcatel Lucent, AOL Time Warner, Vodafone, ntl and UPC. He has worked in the US, Europe, South Africa and the Far East. Prior to this he has both consulted for McKinsey and PWC, and been a senior manager at leading global multimedia companies such as British Telecom and Globix and was MD at Jacobs Rimell, a triple play OSS supplier. Recent multi-media projects have been in the areas of Online Advertising, Software as a Service, Web TV/IPTV, Real Time Search, Net Generation IP, and Online Financial Services. Recent projects in the mobile space have been on Mobile TV and Mobile Audio, Mobile Interactive Advertising, Hybrid Fixed / Mobile Identity based services, Fixed / Mobile convergence and moving non media businesses into the broadband media world. Alan is a co-founder of Broadsight.

In This Category