Advisory Board


Paul Clough
Senior Lecturer, Information School, University of Sheffield
Paul Clough is a Senior Lecturer in the Information School at the University of Sheffield. He received a B.Eng. (hons) degree in Computer Science from the University of York in 1998 and a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 2002. His research interests mainly revolve around developing technologies to assist people with accessing and managing information. Paul is co-author of a book on multilingual information retrieval and contributed to over 90 peer-reviewed publications.

Charlie Hull
Managing Director, Flax
Charlie Hull runs Flax, specialists in all aspects of search technology based in Cambridge, U.K. Flax have been developing powerful search applications based on open source software for clients including The Financial Times, media monitors Gorkana, and Reed Specialist Recruitment since 2001. Charlie also runs the Cambridge Search Meetup and regularly talks and writes on search-related subjects.

Miles Kehoe
Director of Professional Services, LucidWorks
Mr. Kehoe  is the founder and president of New Idea Engineering, Inc, a company that specializes in selecting, implementing, deploying and managing enterprise search platforms. He is a consultant, author, speaker, and industry thought leader with more than 20 years of experience in enterprise search. He was Director of Professional Services at LucidWorks, the open source Solr-based search technology company. He has authored three books including Professional Microsoft Search covering FAST ESP and Microsoft SharePoint search. He blogs at http://www.enterprisesearchblog.com. 

Kristian Norling
Founder & CEO, Norling & Company


Kristian is a partner at IntraTeam - knowledge sharing and conferences about the digital workplace and intranets.  Previously, Kristian worked at Findwise and before that as an IT strategist and product owner of Enterprise Search at Region Västra Götaland. Kristian has been working with intranet and internet portals, websites and search in many different roles, each with its own challenges. Starting out as an non-techie communications officer, where the web was only one of many communication channels ending up as an IT strategist, working in the intersection of business, technology and communication. Always with a pragmatic and practical focus on the benefits of technology for people in the digital workplace.



Alan Pelz-Sharpe
Research Director for Content Management & Collaboration, 451 Research
Alan Pelz-Sharpe is the Research Director for Content Management & Collaboration at 451 Research. He has over 20 years of experience in the information management industry, working with a wide variety of end-user organizations and suppliers around the world. Alan was formerly a Partner at The Real Story Group, ECM Consulting Director at Indian Services firm Wipro, and VP for North America at industry analyst firm Ovum.

Valentin Richter
CEO and Founder, Raytion GmbH
Valentin Richter is managing director and founder of Raytion, an internationally operating consultancy for information management and corporate communications focused on enterprise search. Prior to consulting Global 100 companies he worked for Trinkaus & Burkhardt, a private bank which is now owned by HSBC. Valentin has studied mathematics and information sciences.

Dr Tony Russell-Rose
Managing Director, UXLabs, and co-author of Designing the Search Experience
Director of UXLabs, a research and design consultancy specialising in complex search and information access applications. Before founding UXLabs Tony was Manager of User Experience at Endeca and editor of the Endeca UI Design Pattern Library, an online resource dedicated to best practice in the design of search and discovery experiences. Prior to this Tony was technical lead at Reuters, specialising in advanced user interfaces for information access and search. And before Reuters Tony was R&D group manager at Canon Research Centre Europe, where he led a team developing next generation information access products and services. Earlier professional experience includes a Royal Academy of Engineering fellowship at HP Labs and a Short-term Research Fellowship at BT Labs.

Tony's academic qualifications include a PhD in human-computer interaction, an MSc in cognitive psychology and a first degree in engineering, majoring in human factors. He also holds the position of Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Interactive Systems Research, City University, London and is currently vice-chair of the BCS Information Retrieval group and chair of the IEHF Human-Computer Interaction group.

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