About us

We operate the UK’s most advanced wholesale-only network, delivering high capacity, low latency connectivity and cloud services across the UK, exclusively to the Channel.

Our state-of-the-art, software defined network is privately connected to market-leading UC, SIP, and Cloud solutions, providing you with top-notch security and guaranteed levels of performance for your customers.

Our award-winning 1Portal and suite of API’s places the control and configuration your customer solutions in real-time control of our network, so you can quote, order, and manage them with ease, 24/7.

Our people

People are the lifeblood of any business and we know that being easy to deal with is just as important as the solutions we deliver. With the best people in the industry, who have a passion for what they do, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our partners to deliver a seamless experience.


Tom O'Hagan

Founder & CEO

Tom O’Hagan is a leading figure within the telecommunications industry and has worked in the sector, both in the UK and internationally, for more than 15 years.

In 2012, Tom was named a ‘Young Gun’ by Growing Business in its annual list of the top 30 young entrepreneurs in the UK, in June 2013, Tom was awarded ‘Channel Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Comms Business Awards. followed by Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2017 Comms National Awards


James Hickman

CTO

James is a well-established member of the telecoms industry. Before joining Virtual1 as Chief Technical Officer, James worked as Head of Technical Consulting for Telstra International, developing and implementing highly complex global WAN and hosting solutions for clients both in the UK and internationally.

James is Chartered by the Engineering Council and the British Computer Society, is an associate of many industry bodies and in 2010 was appointed as an Arbiter for RIPE.


Magnus Batsvik-Miller

CFO

Magnus has extensive experience managing financial affairs for high-growth companies, most notably at World First, as Group Finance Director, leading a team of 30 to grow the business by 400% in just 4 years. Magnus is responsible for continuing the growth strategy of Virtual1, capitalising on the increasing demands for cloud and connectivity solutions in the wholesale marketplace.


Jason King

CSO

Jason has worked in the Telecommunications industry for over 20 years. Having held senior roles for companies such as Energis, Vodafone, COLT and most recently Virgin Media Business where he was responsible for building the Indirect Channel Division. Jason is now responsible for Sales Strategy, execution and building significant scale within Virtual1.


David Simpson

COO

David joins Virtual1 from Virgin Media, where he held a number of senior roles within the operational division: from being Head of National Networks; through leading Business Wholesale provisioning and service management function; to, most recently, running strategy, analytics and NPS for the COO, shaping the 5-year strategic plan across 10 operational divisions and linking that to the long-range financial plan.


Kate Brunning

Director of people

Kate joined Virtual initially via her own consultancy - HR Station.
She has over 13 years experience in HR. Her speciality is culture and engagement, and has consistently guided and nurtured Virtual1 to take part in the Best Companies awards for 5 years placing them in the 'outstanding' category and being listed in the Sunday Times Best Companies to work for list.
Kate is now responsible for leading the people team and driving Virtual1s high performance culture.

Our Awards


  • CRN Sales & Marketing Awards 2019 - Best Company to Work For
  • Tech Marketing and Innovation Awards 2019 - Best Campaign on a Small Budget
  • Tech Marketing and Innovation Awards 2019 - Overall Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards 2019 - Best Company to Work For (Over £10m)
  • Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards 2019 - Vendor Channel Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • Comms National Awards 2018 - Best Network
  • Comms National Awards 2018 - Best Portal
  • CRN Sales & Marketing Awards 2018 - Vendor Innovation Award
  • Tech Marketing and Innovation Awards 2018 - Marketing Team of the Year
  • Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards 2018 - Vendor Channel Marketing Team of the Year
  • Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards 2018 - Vendor Channel Sales Team of the Year
  • Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards 2018 - Best Company to Work For
  • Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards 2018 - Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Team of the Year
  • CRN - Networking Provider of the Year 2017
  • Comms National Awards - Entrepreneur of the Year 2017
  • Two-star rating - 2017 Best Companies accreditation (rated as outstanding)
  • Comms National Awards – Network Provider of the Year 2016
  • Comms Business Most Innovative Channel Product for Professional Services
  • Comms Business Most Innovative Channel Product (overall)
  • Listed in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100
  • CRN Specialist Vendor of the year 2015
  • Comms Dealer – Vendor Account team of the year 2015

CSR

Virtual1 has a strategic charity partnership with Restless Development, an international development charity that aims to empower young people across the world, who might otherwise be caught in a spiral of unemployment, poverty, lack of education and poor access to health services.

Restless Development currently works in 8 countries in Africa and South Asia, where they listen to the young people of poor communities and train volunteers from these communities in a range of skills that can benefit their own communities. Using young volunteers to provide the training, who can relate to the community volunteers, they help them to find the answers to the problems facing their communities. There is no right or wrong solution, as each community faces it’s own set of problems.

To find out more about Restless Development’s work with young people, visit www.restlessdevelopment.org