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The 2022 Judges


As ever we have brought together a fine panel of judges for this year's Awards Programme. Collectively they bring a huge amount of expertise, insight and hard-won experience to the task of assessing the nominations and selecting worthy winners.

Rosalind Singleton

Rosalind Singleton is a NED, Chair, advisor and investor with over 30 years of experience in the technology sector having been CEO of Spring Fibre (wholesale FTTP startup ) and UK Broadband (4G and 5G wholesale, retail (Relish) and business networks) .

She is currently an Independent NED on the board of Alphawave PLC and an Independent Board Observer at Lumine Group. Rosalind chairs the UK Government’s Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council and is a member of the Board of INCA and Ofcom’s Spectrum Advisory Board.

She previously held senior positions in multiple telecoms businesses including Cable and Wireless, Vodafone, various VNOs, and international operators.

For the last seven years Rosalind has been an active angel investor and mentor and has led several deals, focussing on tech businesses with a female founder. She is a member of the Angel Academe Advisory Board.

Itret Latif

Itret Latif is CEO of the Federation of Communications Services (FCS). He has held several senior non-executive positions in Telecoms and Energy and has provided evidence to both the House of Commons and House of Lords select committees on telecoms and energy policy. In his evidence to the House of Lords in 2012 he was the first to identify broadband as an essential service and a utility. At the same hearing, he called for regulatory change and restructuring of BT with Openreach being separated to become a legal entity owning both the infrastructure assets and engineering operations. Itret has an energy utility background, as a former senior executive of Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE), he established and headed highly profitable SSE retail telecoms and gas businesses. He joined the FCS board in 2009 and was appointed FCS Deputy Chairman in Summer 2016. He brings more than 18 years of telecoms and energy commercial & policy development expertise and industry leadership experience.

Barry Forde

With a background in telecoms stretching back to his says as a radio officer in the Merchant Navy, Barry began deploying campus, regional and national networks across the UK while at Lancaster University, and went on to be a founder of Broadband for the Rural North Ltd (B4RN), a community benefit society deploying a full fibre FTTH network to hard to reach rural communities. This is now delivering 1GbE and 10Gbs symmetric broadband to over 12,000 properties in the deeply rural last few percent of the country, with extensions well beyond the original plan to deploy across North Lancashire, South Cumbria and parts of North Yorkshire.
Awarded an MBE for services to rural broadband in 2015. Barry retired as B4RN Chief Executive at the end of 2020. Holds a Professorial Fellowship in the Department of Computing, Lancaster University and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Melissa Cogavin

Melissa is Managing Editor at the SCTE (Society for Broadband Professionals) and has a long journalistic background in the film industry, where she was involved in international theatrical distribution at Disney and later at Paramount Pictures as Director of Film Operations over a ten year period.
She has achieved global recognition as the driving force behind the rise of Event Cinema; where her expansive strategic vision and superb commercial acumen enabled her to build a successful organisation and change the cinema industry.
In 2020 she took a new direction as Managing Editor of Broadband Journal for the SCTE, Society for Broadband Professionals where she is responsible for writing and editing the quarterly glossy and online magazine Broadband Journal, as well as producing webinars, podcasts and events for the Society. She also handles marketing and communications, membership management and advertising/sponsorship for SCTE.

Ian Adkins

Ian is a Principal at specialist telecoms advisory firm Analysys Mason, and a leading expert in broadband and utility telecoms with over 22 years’ experience in telecoms consulting. Ian specialises in issues related to public policy and market competition, and his experience ranges from strategy development through to procurement and commercial contract negotiations for public-sector, enterprise and operator clients wishing to develop innovative service solutions.
Ian has extensive experience in developing broadband policies, building network cost models, appraising commercial models and designing delivery strategies. He has managed over 40 broadband projects for public authorities that have resulted in successful broadband roll-out and the subsequent achievement of socioeconomic benefits for citizens and businesses through high levels of take-up. He authored the study to lower barriers to telecoms infrastructure deployment published by the Broadband Stakeholder Group that led to the formation of the UK government’s ‘Barrier Busting Taskforce’.
Ian is currently managing Analysys Mason’s role as technical adviser to the National Broadband Plan in the Republic of Ireland and advising operators on their bids for the UK’s Gigabit Programme.
Named as one of Connected Britain’s Top 100 Influencers, Ian is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.