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INCA Conference 2023: The Speakers

INCA Conference 2023 brings together leading voices from across the industry.

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Shueb Ahmed

Shueb Ahmed is the commercial fibre lead at Boldyn Networks and is responsible for fibre investments and developing buy/sell partnerships. His remit covers the commercialisation of fibre infrastructure (existing and new) for use in 4G/5G, mobile networks, fixed/carrier networks and public networks. Shueb has been working in telecommunications for 17 years with a range and in-depth experiences in technical, commercial and strategy. He is an engineer at heart with a focus on business.
Prior to joining Boldyn Networks in 2022, Shueb was O2’s technical strategy lead for fibre and x-haul networks and was central to the pre-integration activities in the £31bn O2-Virgin Media joint-venture looking at network evolution for xRAN, PON and Edge/Cloud networks.
Shueb spent 12 years at O2 and prior to that, his experience over 5 years at Orange/France Telecom and EE were key in his experience and his contributions to the industry.

Ben Allwright

Ben Allwright is the CEO of Ogi - a Cardiff based broadband service provider, building and operating fibre networks in south Wales. He has a wealth of experience in business leadership from the telecoms and IT sectors. Ben moved from Teleste, where he was the Vice President of the Advanced Network Services division and CEO of Flomatik, a wholly-owned network consulting, architecture and design subsidiary.

James Audley
Clive Bairsto CBE

Clive has chaired Street Works UK since April 2018. He has a background rooted in multiple sectors from defence to utilities, security to education, and latterly the drinks industry. From 2012 to 2017, Clive was a Global Head at National Grid PLC, and running up to that served for two years in government as the Director of Integration and Readiness for the LONDON 2012 Olympics. Preceding this, Clive was the MOD’s worldwide Director of Strategic Contingency Planning.

James Blessing

Former ISPA Chair, James Blessing is Freedom Fibre’s Head of Systes. With over 20 years of experience in internet technologies, James has gained valuable industry knowledge from both a content and eyeball perspective. Previously Deputy Director at Jisc, James has also held senior roles within Relish, Limelight Networks, Entanet, Zen Internet, Eunite and Kiss102 & Kiss105.

Dan Bloch
Alex Blowers

Alex Blowers has been Head of Regulatory Affairs at CityFibre since 2016. Alex has had a varied career including spells working within Government, for the regulator and for telecoms companies, focusing on policy and regulation. He was Director of Ofcom’s first Telecoms Strategic Review in 2004-5 and Ofcom International Director from 2006-2011.

Paul Bradbury

CEO of the One Touch Switching Company

Oliver Bradley

Oliver Bradley is Managing Director at Macquarie Capital, the advisory, capital markets and principal investment arm of Macquarie Group. He head’s the Digital Infrastructure team, which invests directly in and supports the growth of companies that are facilitating the increasing data consumption of businesses and consumers, including fibre networks and data centres. Macquarie Capital is the lead investor in Voneus, the UK rural FWA to fibre business and also established a 4m wholesale FTTH network in Spain via a series of acquisitions, as well as a B2B wholesale fibre network in Italy.

Prior to re-joining Macquarie in 2019, Oliver was Corporate Finance Director at CityFibre, where he played a leading role in their transformative FTTH contract with Vodafone, infrastructure debt raise and sale to infrastructure funds. Before CityFibre, Oliver was a commercial specialist at the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, part of the UK government. There he advised ministers on digital infrastructure policy and was responsible for setting up the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund.

Matt Brewster
Sir Chris Bryant MP

Shadow Minister for Creative Industries and Digital

David Burns

David is the founder and chairman of the UK Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (UKWISPA) and was the founder of FWA operator, Boundless Networks.
Today, David is also the CEO of Wireless Coverage Ltd who built WISDM, the real-time high-performance network design system for 5G and Millimetre Wave large scale networks.
David has enjoyed a successful career in a number of high technology and software firms over the past 30 years and has developed several award winning software innovations in areas such as natural language processing and mobile mapping.

Charles Cameron

Charles is a partner at Cameron Barney LLP, a UK-headquartered merchant bank that provides advice and capital to infrastructure companies such as fibre broadband, EV-charging, renewable energy generation and storage) . In particular, Cameron Barney has provided advice to a substantial number of the UK's AltNets and raised over £2.5bn in capital. Cameron Barney partnered with Infracapital to manage the DIIP Fund, one of the UK government-supported infrastructure funds dedicated to full fibre broadband in the UK.

Before founding Cameron Barney, Charles was the CEO of InTechnology plc and previously a director of Goldman Sachs, Jefferies and Kleinwort Benson working in London, Tokyo and New York.

Selina Chadha

Selina Chadha is Connectivity Director, Networks and Communications at Ofcom.
Selina has worked at Ofcom for over 20 years. She currently leads Ofcom’s work on telecoms connectivity and digital markets. Her areas of responsibility include broadband information, connected nations reporting, Ofcom’s digital markets strategy, and net neutrality. Prior to her current role, she has led telecoms and broadcasting competition and consumer protection work, including market reviews, the broadband USO and extending mobile coverage.

Suw Charman-Anderson

Suw Charman-Anderson is the founder of Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), which raises women’s profiles and creates new role models to encourage girls and women to study and pursue careers in STEM. Ada Lovelace Day is held every year on the second Tuesday of October.
In 2005, Suw co-founded the Open Rights Group, a digital rights campaigning group. As its first Executive Director, she prepared the organisation’s response to the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, and gave evidence on digital rights management to the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group.

Jeremy Chelot
Malcolm Corbett

Malcolm Corbett is the founder and CEO of the Independent Networks Co-operative Association ( INCA brings together the UK’s Altnets building the next generation fibre and wireless digital infrastructure in the UK, alongside supporters in the public and private sectors.
Prior to setting up INCA, Malcolm ran the Community Broadband Network, founded in 2004 to support local broadband initiatives through mentoring, advice and consultancy.
Malcolm has a background in the Internet industry. He was a director of one of the first UK ISPs, Poptel, and he co-invented the .coop global Internet domain. He has also been active in social enterprise and co-operative movements in the UK and internationally.
Malcolm has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Surrey.

Ian Corden

Ian is Founder and CEO of Peira Consulting Limited, a UK-based consulting firm, dedicated to supporting clients in the telecoms and adjacent digital sectors.
Ian brings over 30 years of experience in the telecoms, technology, and digital sectors, gained via numerous roles and engagements in global industry and consulting. His experience covers the full industry life cycle from start-ups and investor funding, through strategic planning and M&A advisory, to procurement, hands-on engineering, systems architecture, and programme delivery and recovery, together with extensive expertise in policy development, telecoms regulation, telecoms finance, and radio spectrum management.
With Bell Labs USA, he was awarded the President’s Prize. Ian holds PhD and BSc (1st Class Hons, IET Prize) degrees in Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering, PgD Management and Finance, UK Chartered Engineer, and Fellow IET. He is a Visiting Professor at The University of Surrey, a role providing commercial and industry support to the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (5/6GIC).

Ian Cowser
Dean Creamer

Dean Creamer has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Building Digital UK (BDUK) since September 2023.
Dean has worked with ministers to deliver government priorities for more than 20 years. His CV includes responsibility for delivering large projects and policy initiatives in sport, telecoms, creative industries, and education.
Prior to joining BDUK, Dean was the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) CMS Director and Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for the Commonwealth Games and its £778m public investment.
He was also SRO for the Blythe House programme: a partnership with the V&A, British Museum and Science Museum to modernise collections storage for over two million artefacts and re-purpose historic government estate.
Previously, Dean led programmes to improve digital connectivity in cities as Programme Director for the Super Connected Cities initiative and before worked on preparations for the Olympic games in 2012 for which he was awarded an OBE in 2013.
Dean is a graduate of the government’s Major Projects Leadership Academy and was the Head of Profession for Project Delivery and its £9bn of major government programmes within DCMS since 2017.

Katie Crellin
David Cullen

David is Managing Director of Prism Business Consulting, which provides strategic advice and support in the telecommunications market space across the UK and Europe. Through Prism, he provides this support and stakeholder engagement for ITS as their Director of Regulation and Policy . ITS is a leading ‘wave 2’ altnet in the UK, with a focus on applying comprehensive re-use and agile commercial models, to accelerate fibre roll-out across the UK.
David is also a board director of INCA (having been chair from 2012 to 2018). He currently sits on the Greater Manchester Digital Infrastructure Advisory Group and is a member of the GigaTAG stakeholder advisory group.
He is a highly experienced strategic thinker and business developer in many sectors, and has contributed to a number of key reports, including as co-author of “Costs for Digital Communications Infrastructures- a Cost Analysis of the UK’s Digital Communications Infrastructure options 2017-2050” commissioned by the National Infrastructure Commission to inform the National Infrastructure Assessment and published on Dec 2017, and contributor to “The Future Telecommunications Infrastructure Review”, published by DCMS July 2018, both documents being key references for 2019 election manifesto statements on broadband and fibre infrastructures.

Rajiv Datta
Stephen Dobbyne
Domhnall Dods

With 33 years of experience, 27 of them in the telecoms industry, Domhnall is one of the UK’s leading regulatory lawyers. He joined ScottishTelecom as Head of Regulatory Affairs in 1996, where he advised on all regulatory matters including regulated access contracts with BT.
In 2009 he returned to private legal practice with Towerhouse LLP advising clients in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the Netherlands on data protection, regulation, disputes and commercial contracts. He led Sky's contract negotiations with BT Ireland for the launch of Sky's broadband and telephony services in the Republic of Ireland.
After advising a number of clients on the negotiation of the PIA contract from 2017 onwards, he joined one of them, CityFibre, in 2019.
A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a mentor on the Law Society of Scotland's mentoring programme and a member of the Society's Privacy Law Committee.

Richard Dowden
Will Ennett

Will is Head of Sustainability and ESG at TalkTalk; TalkTalk are committed to being at the heart of Britain’s full fibre future and provide broadband, landline and TV services to over four million customers. Will also chairs the Digital Connectivity's Climate and Sustainability Working Group, bringing together all major UK telecoms companies together to collaborate on decarbonisation.

Jesam Eyong

Jesam Eyong is the Head of Public Sector Engagement within the Barrier Busting Task Force at DCMS. His remit is to remove any barriers to rolling out broadband regarding streetworks. He also works with local authorities to better enable digital connectivity across the UK.

Lloyd Felton

Lloyd Felton is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of County Broadband. The alternative network provider was established in 2003 with a vision to connect rural communities to faster and more reliable broadband, initially through wireless networks. In 2018 £46m funding was secured from Aviva Investors to build and deliver new FTTP infrastructure across the East of England. Rapid growth was further accelerated at the start of 2022 when County Broadband received fresh £100m investment to deliver its network. Lloyd’s passion for supporting rural communities runs through County Broadband with the firm supporting local projects and charitable initiatives alongside its full-fibre service, whilst engaging with regional build partners and investing in local people. Lloyd has a unique insight into the vital role of altnets in delivering the government’s gigabit ambitions and how to overcome the challenges of delivering new broadband infrastructure in rural parts of the country.

Shaun Fensom

Shaun played a key role in establishing and growing Cooperative Network Infrastructure (CNI). With its innovative ‘thin layer model’, CNI performs the role of ‘cooperative neutral host’ to enable the sharing of passive digital infrastructure - fibre networks and data centres - by contributor and user members in public and private sectors. CNI now operates some spine fibre routes and provides data centre capacity in major UK centres, including Manchester, Brighton and Blackpool. Members include city and rural authorities, public-sector health and education providers, telecoms operators and ISPs.

Clairton Fernandes

Clairton is seasoned sales manager with over 20 years of experience in working with large and small telecom operators in Europe, Latin America, and the US. His professional career has mainly involved helping operators, including FTTP providers in different countries, overcome challenges related to revenue assurance, service fulfillment and service assurance matters. Clairton is a polyglot able to communicate in 5 languages, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing.

Max Fernando

Max Fernando is Head of Regulatory and Compliance at Glide and Chair of the INCA standards group. He was previously a regulatory manager at BT, and before that worked at Ofcom across a number of teams.
Max is an experienced regulatory professional, with 10 years experience in fixed and mobile telecommunications regulatory policy and compliance.

David Green
Niall Halpenny
Lisa Hand

Lisa joined Ogi in 2020 as People Experience Director supporting the growth of the team from around 20 to over 200 by today. Responsible for the development and delivery of the business’ people strategy - including talent and culture, employee satisfaction, learning and development, diversity, equity and inclusion and wellbeing – Lisa is also the environment, social and governance lead and a member of the Executive Management Team.
Prior to Ogi led HR for Europe, Asia and the Middle East for software company Sigma Systems, scaling the team for growth. She has over 15 years’ experience in people management, working across the public, private and not for profit sectors.

James Harraway

James is a Managing Director of Infracapital, the infrastructure investment arm of M&G. Infracapital manages a series of funds targeting European infrastructure with over 30 current investments. James is responsible for making investments across the European infrastructure sector, and has led a number of Infracapital’s telecoms investments.

Oliver Helm
Conal Henry
Alex Hollingdale

Alex is the Founder & CEO of Jetty Technologies

Schellion Horn
Marcel Horst
Stevie Ingamells
John Irvine
Raj Kalia

Raj has a career leading large commercial programmes and projects. Having held various senior director roles in the private sector over 20 years, Raj moved into the public sector for a period and led a transformation and scale up of BDUK and the set-up and launch of Project Gigabit during his time as CEO of BDUK from 2018 to 2021. He then left that role to spend 2 years leading a JV to preferred bidder for the rights to deliver broadband on the 16k km of UK Railways.

In July 2023 Raj embarked on a plural career and is now selectively consulting within Telecoms through his company Arkal Ltd, and busy building a high growth property portfolio with Peralia Properties.

Josef Karthauser
Ronan Kelly

Ronan brings close to 30 years’ experience in the telecom industry. He has experience deploying next-generation optical and copper networks, IPTV platforms and microwave radio networks. Combining technical knowledge with his telecoms business understanding Ronan has assisted some of the world’s largest operators achieve market success.
Ronan has served at board level with INEX, The NIA, and for three years as the President of FTTH Council Europe.
Ronan is dedicated to developing ADTRAN as a global leader in SDN and NFV based Software Defined Access. He holds an MSc in Technology & Innovation Management and an MBA from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Darren Kilburn

Darren is the Head of Policy and Economics at FarrPoint, a connectivity and smart technology consultancy based in the UK and Canada. He supports FarrPoint’s clients on an array of public investment proposals, policy development and infrastructure projects, with a particular interest in the role that digital policy plays in reaching net zero targets.

Drawing on three decades in the telecommunications industry, Darren brings a balanced perspective, having held roles in incumbent telecommunication providers, leading trading relationships in the international minutes market (and thereby showing his age) and his work supporting UK government departments. Other roles include the management of BT’s £2bn regulated wholesale product portfolio where his work involved a significant amount of engagement and negotiation with UK network providers, ISPs, and Ofcom.

Darren is the author of a number of reports and articles looking at the impact of digital infrastructure policy across the UK, EU and G7.

Michael Lee

Michael has been CEO at B4RN since February 2021. He started his career in the Army, where he served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He went on to manage large engineering projects in the Oil and Gas sector, before moving in to consultancy roles specialising in communications and operational improvement. Michael holds an MEng from Cambridge and is a Chartered Engineer and member of the IMechE

Rob Leenderts

With more than 30 years’ experience in IT and Telecoms across a wide variety of roles, including Technical Design, Marketing, Commercial, Product and Business Development, Rob is a considered a subject matter expert in Wholesale Broadband, Open Access, Backhaul Solutions and end to end service provision.
Rob also has significant experience in Public Sector, specifically around the effective re-use of assets for Local Authorities and Network Rail Telecom and has a wealth of experience in OSS/BSS solutions.
Rob is Founder and CEO of The AssetHUB, founder of The Hubbub Group, and a Director in The BroadbandHUB, as well being a founder and board member of INCA

Katie Lester

Katie began her telecoms career with INCA, working and supporting in numerous areas across the organisation, including policy & regulation and events before taking up the role of Programme Manager with the Digital Connectivity Forum. The Digital Connectivity Forum is the UK Government’s primary advisory group on the provision of seamless digital connectivity. In her day-to-day activity, Katie works across multiple areas, particularly in leading the DCF’s Climate and Sustainability activity.

Gary Littledyke
Neil McArthur

Neil Mc trained as an engineer before starting in business in 1981.
set up Opal telecom when deregulation arrived in the Uk in 1997.
Merged opal telecom into Carphone Warehouse in 2002 to establish TalkTalk in the group. Rolled out LLU and TT NGN , ran TT networks for 8 years as Talk Talk de merged to become a FTSE 250 company on its own. Various rolls within the group until taking over as CEO in fibre Nation in 2019. Merged FN into City Fibre in 2020. Along with an experienced team set up Freedom Fibre in early 2021.

Guy Miller

Guy Miller's industry experience spans all aspects of the communications sector, from customer to reseller to wholesaler and carrier. He was Managing Director of wholesale SIP and hosted carrier tIPicall which was acquired by TalkTalk Business in May 2015. As Director of Fibre for Everyone at TalkTalk, Miller is responsible for the launch of full fibre to customers across TalkTalk Business and TalkTalk Consumer.

Stephen Muldowney

Stephen Muldowney is a Business Development Manager with WeLink Communications UK, the Harrogate-based wireless gigabit broadband pioneer. Stephen has more than 25 years' experience at the forefront of the global telecommunications sector working with the latest advances in mobile and wireless technologies.

Andy Nash

Andy's career spans 25 years working in business development and strategy roles across the Telecoms industry. Since joining CityFibre shortly after it was founded in 2012, he has undertaken various senior commercial roles for the company, including leadership of the Public Sector Team.

Prior to CityFibre he held a strategic development role in Geo Networks (now Zayo) where he led their Government accounts. Before this he worked for Arqiva and National Grid Wireless where he was responsible for establishing long term tower site share and infrastructure contracts with all the leading mobile network operators.

Today, as CityFibre’s Commercial Development Director, he is directly responsible for driving expansion of the company’s core business through CityFibre’s participation in BDUK’s Project Gigabit.

Graeme Oxby

Graeme is CEO of Community Fibre, London’s largest full fibre network, connecting consumers and businesses to a rapidly expanding 10GB capable full fibre network.

Prior to joining Community Fibre, Graeme was CEO of Lebara, a European mobile operator active in 6 European countries with over 3 million customers.

His other experience includes being Managing Director of Liberty Global’s European Mobile Operations. He was responsible for the development and growth of Liberty’s Quadplay and Mobile operations in Europe, launching 5 new mobile businesses in a 2-year period.

Prior to joining Liberty Global, Graeme was Managing Director of Virgin Mobile between 2007 and 2013, a business with 3m customers. He was responsible for delivering Virgin Media’s successful Quadplay strategy. In 2009, Graeme also took responsibility for Virgin’s Home Phone customer base of 4.2m customers, building the UK’s first integrated Home and Mobile communications business.

Prior to joining Virgin, Graeme played a lead role in the launch of 3 UK as Marketing Director. During Graeme’s time there, 3 UK built a customer base of 3.9m customers in just under 4 years.

Graeme’s international experience includes 4 years in Cable & Wireless Global Mobile Business, with a portfolio of 33 mobile businesses around the world.

Graeme has an Engineering Degree and an MBA.

Paddy Paddison

Paddy is one of the founders of Wildanet Ltd. He has over 40 years experience in technology from a starting career in the military to the start of the Cable Industry in the 1990s and on through the technological roller coaster that led to IP networks and latterly to fibre networks.

Paddy started his working career in the Royal Signals, on leaving in the mid-90s Paddy joined the newly formed cable company CableTel which became NTL and now Virgin Media. Leaving in the early 2000s to support a subsea cable and wireless build in Athens Paddy went on to work in computer games and through to CCTV on TfL. After taking a short break running a small business in Plymouth Wildanet was founded by Paddy and two friends that he'd worked with in the past.

Vimal Pindoria
Kat Randall Bowmaker
Giles Rowbotham
Wail Sabbagh
James Saunby

Consulting Director of GreySky Consulting, and INCA board member. James launched GreySky in 2005 following a research and corporate career in the UK IT sector. Since splicing his first fibre in 1987, James has gone on to develop and promote the availability of broadband, superfast broadband and ultrafast broadband throughout the UK.

Mike Scott

Mike is Ogi's Senior Communications Executive, responsible for leading the company’s wider public affairs activities. With more than 15 years’ experience in public relations, Mike’s role covers work with internal and external stakeholders, from supporting the wider network delivery, to keeping staff informed, and engaged.

Hayden Shaw
Jeremy Sheehan

A Senior Executive with a wealth of international experience gained across a variety of sectors including both private and public sector. With a background in large complex telecom and IT projects, Jeremy has recently led the commercial negotiations for a European design and build of a Fibre to the Premise FTTP network.
A board member of INCA (Independent Networks Cooperative Association).

Tiffany Shurr
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.

Robert Skinner

Rob is an Investment Director at Octopus Investments, and oversees the management of Fern Trading, which is a c.£3.5bn diversified trading group in the Renewables, Healthcare, Telecoms and Property sectors.

In this capacity, Rob sits on the boards of AllPoints Fibre, Cuckoo, Vorboss and Vitrifi in the telecoms sector.

Till Sommer

Till is Head of Policy & Insights at Political Intelligence, a strategic communications consultancy with offices in London, Brussels and across Europe. He advises a range of companies, charities and other organisations on their political engagement and puts a particular focus on the intersection between policy and technology. He also acts as Head of Policy for the Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) and is responsible for policy and political strategy development for the association.

Gita Sorensen

Gita is the founder and Managing Director of GOS Consulting Limited. She is a recognised expert in commercial and regulatory strategy in telecoms with experience in competition, regulation, policy and strategy working with operators, governments, regulators, suppliers and investors across the world.
Gita has been deeply involved in the introduction of network competition in the UK and supports individual operators as well as INCA in developing regulatory strategy and policy and analysing proposals from Ofocm and government.
Gita has hands-on experience in due diligence to support investment, mergers and acquisitions as well as giving expert evidence in legal disputes.

Veronica Speiser

Veronica is an experienced UK-specialist IT analyst, with over ten years of experience with the telecommunications consultancy firm, Point Topic, which is a leading resource for worldwide broadband, IPTV and VoIP market intelligence and whose clientele include Internet Service Providers, the European Commission, the European Space Agency and various policy makers and regulators.

Veronica's key specialisms are the UK's fixed and mobile sectors with a focus on independent alternative network suppliers (AltNets) and fixed ultrafast and wireless infrastructure deployment.

Stefan Stanislawski

Stefan Stanislawski is a highly accomplished professional with a distinguished career in the telecommunications industry. As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Connect Fibre, he has led the company's growth and success over the past four years, establishing its presence in Derbyshire, Notts, Cambs, and Essex.
In addition to his role at Connect Fibre, Stefan also serves as the Interim Chief Executive Officer at Lightning Fibre, a reputable local Internet Service Provider in Eastbourne, England, which shares financial backing from the Foresight Group.
Furthermore, he holds a part-time position as a Non-Executive Director at Netmore UK in London, where he contributes to the development of innovative IoT and private mobile solutions across various sectors.
Back in 1993 working as a consultant to the EU, Stefan initiated all European regulations concerning the unbundling of telecom access networks which led (after many, many years) to the definition of PIA in the UK.

Tim Stranack

Tim is one of the founders of Community Fibre and chairs the INCA Board. Before starting Community Fibre Tim was the Head of Change at Westminster City Council. It was in this role that he realised that Westminster, along with the rest of London, needed to upgrade its internet infrastructure to full fibre. Community Fibre was born and ten years later it has built the largest full fibre network in London passing over one million homes across the capital city. Today Tim focuses on the regulatory and policy changes that impact Community Fibre, and through his role at INCA, the broader industry.

Hayley Sykes
Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor is a Partner at Plum, the telecoms media and technology consultancy firm, and a specialist in communications and media regulation. He was formerly Director of Consumer Policy at Ofcom where he led and enhanced the regulator’s capability to address demand side competition issues with a focus on real consumer experiences and outcomes. Before that he was Director of Regulatory Affairs for Cable & Wireless, leading a complex regulatory agenda across 33 diverse jurisdictions.

As a consultant, Chris has advised on a range of issues, using his extensive knowledge and experience of regulation to deliver real value and benefit to his clients. His work has included projects on reform of telecommunications regulation in a number of countries. He is an acknowledged expert in demand side regulation and has delivered projects for clients covering consumer facing remedies such as consumer switching.

Owain Taylor-Shaw
Stephen Terry
James Tickel

James has worked in UK telecoms regulation since the late 1990s with roles at Oftel, Cable & Wireless, BT and Ofcom. James joined Openreach Ltd in 2017 to focus on how regulation could best support investment in ultrafast fibre networks and leads work within Openreach to ensure the regulatory framework continues to support Openreach’s build ambitions and drive to upgrade customer connection.

Rebecca Townsend
Toby Treacher

Toby is the CEO of BroadbandHUB, the UK's leading wholesale broadband marketplace - helping network owners and operators sell their end user connections to service providers via a single standard automated interface and giving service providers access to the largest possible number or UK properties.
From a product background, he has worked for a number of fixed and mobile network operators around the world as well public sector engagements specifically around transportation and WiFi.
Toby is a qualified agile coach, helping large organisations adopt agile working practises and working with product teams to maximise their potential.

David Turner
Lee Turner
Rob Walker

Rob has over 20 years commercial and finance experience in the telecoms and financial services sectors. Much of this has been in senior leadership roles: shaping business strategy, negotiating key commercial deals, driving cost saving initiatives and setting, then managing adherence to, multi-£m budgets.

Having worked at TalkTalk for nearly 15 years in a variety of different areas, Rob's current role is Head of Alt-Net Strategy. Reporting into the Group Fibre Development Director, this involves shaping TalkTalk's strategy as it embraces a Full Fibre future, with services delivered not just via Openreach but also potentially by a range of alternative ("Alt-Net") suppliers.

Darren Wallington

Darren is an experienced product leader with over thirty years experience in the telecommunications industry. He has led Openreach's passive product portfolio, covering PIA, Space and Power and Dark Fibre for the last six years and prior to that established and launched Openreach's Optical Spectrum Services product portfolio back in 2009, with a major achieved launching Openreach's first 40G & 100G wavelength services during this tenure.

James Wheatley

James has been working with geospatial technology since 1995 and in product management for over 20 years. Upon completion of his doctorate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, James joined Smallworld (acquired by GE in 2000) where he held a number of senior sales, services and product management roles, and became the Product Line Leader for the Smallworld telecoms products. In that time he significantly grew the telecoms customer base and revenues. James joined IQGeo in 2022 as Head of Product Management contributing his market experience and product management expertise to the organisation.

Sir John Whittingdale OBE MP

Sir John Whittingdale was appointed Minister of State jointly in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology on 9 May 2023 while Julia Lopez is on maternity leave. He was previously appointed a Minister of State for Media and Data in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 14 February 2020.
He previously served as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from May 2015 until 14 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Maldon in 1992.

Paula Wilson

Zen’s Compliance & Sustainability Manager, Paula Wilson, is a champion of sustainability at Zen. Heading our Environmental Steering Group, Paula is the driving force behind our journey to Net Zero and our overriding commitment to better business.

Helen Wylde-Archibald

Helen Wylde-Archibald joined the Wildanet board as a non-exec director in 2021, as part of a strategy that would see her assume the role of CEO in 2022. An expert in innovation and digital transformation, her experience spans Vodafone, O2, Parcelforce and the Transport Systems & Connected Places Catapult. She received the Women Business Leaders Award for Technology and Digital 2019 and joined Wildanet from her previous role as MD of East Coast Trains trading as LUMO.


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