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Conference Programme 2022

Day 1: Wednesday 16th November

10:00 Conference Welcome and Introduction Ros Singleton (Conference chair)
10:10 Welcome to Liverpool Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region
10:20 Keynote:
Opportunities & Challenges Ahead for the Altnets
Alex Blowers, Director of Regulatory Affairs CityFibre, and INCA Chair
10:40 Panel 1:
Chair: Ros Singleton, CEO SpringFibre
David Cullen, Prism Consulting
Kevin Murphy, CEO G.Network
Nick Parbutt, CEO Toob
11:20 Refreshment Break  
11:40 Parallel Workshops  
  W1: Policy & Regulation:
Fibre to the People – empowering consumers to access innovative high quality, high value gigabit services.
Chair: John Irvine, CEO WightFibre
Mark Detre, G.Network
Jarlath Finnegan, CEO, Giganet
Adrian Wooster, Chief Innovation Officer, DKT
David Green, Calix
Oliver Johnson, CEO Point Topic
  W2: Tech & Ops:
Systems & Security
Chair: Huw Saunders, Director of Network Infrastructure and Resilience, Ofcom
Dr Greig Paul, Strathclyde University
Josef Karthauser, CTO and Founder Truespeed
Gita Sorensen, Managing Director GOS Consulting
Ben Willis, Principal Technology Adviser, Networks & Communications, Ofcom
  W3: Sector Strategies:
Overbuild – UK Opportunity or Commercial Challenge?
Chair: Ruth Kennedy, Group Business Performance Director TalkTalk
Guy Miller, CEO MS3 Networks
Mark Shurmer, Managing Director of Regulatory Affairs Openreach
James Audley, Head of Wholesale Product, Marketing and Strategy Virgin Media Business
Jeremy Chelot, CEO Netomnia & YouFibre
Shaun Fensom, Director CNI
12:40 Plenary:
The Race to Fibre - How the UK is Shaping up Globally
Chair: Benoit Felten, Director Plum Consulting
Ronan Kelly, CTO EMEA & APAC Regions Adtran
Jean-Donan Olliero, Head of Business Development Axione
Jakob Bluestone, Telecoms Analyst Credit Suisse
13:10 Lunch  
14:15 Welcome back  
14:20  Keynote:
Regulating the Competitive Market
Lindsey Fussell, Group Director Networks & Communications, Ofcom
14:40 Panel 2:
Regulatory Policy
Chair: Alex Mather, Digital Connectivity Forum (formerly BSG)
Tim Stranack, Founder, CommunityFibre, Chair INCA Policy & Regulatory SIG
Gita Sorensen, GOS Consulting
Katie Crellin, Regulatory Policy and Reporting Manager County Broadband
Stephen Terry, Head of Regulatory, Fern Group
Max Fernando, Head of Regulatory & Compliance, Glide and Chair INCA Standards Group (tbc)
15:10 Refreshment break  
15:30 Parallel Workshops  
  W4: Tech & Ops:
Speeding up Deployment
Chair: James Blessing, Head of IT Development, Freedom Fibre
Stephen Kingdom, Senior Solution Architect Xantaro
Jerry Mills, Chairman Mills Limited
James Wheatley, Head of Product Management IQGeo
Ian Cowser, Engineer Corning
  W5: Tech & Ops:
Switching & Wholesale
Opening Comment:
Paul Bradbury, CEO TOTSCo
    Chair: Malcolm Corbett, CEO INCA
Marcel Horst, Director Common Wholesale Platform
Niall Halpenny, Director of Telecoms Sonalake
Toby Treacher Managing Director The BroadbandHUB
Clairton Fernandes, Sales Manager Netadmin Systems
Matt Brewster, CTO Strategic Imperatives
  W6: Sector Strategies:
Building the Future – getting the right people, the right skills and the right training to build the new gigabit networks.
Chair: Julie Hobbins, Educational & Funding Lead, CityFibre
Kerry Young, Chief People Officer Allpoints Fibre
Tessa McCarthy, National Business Development Manager Sunbelt Rentals
Stewart Pert, Head Of Design & Planning, Network Services-UK Sterlite Technologies
Kate Richardson, Head of Inclusion & Diversity G.Network
Caroline Thompson, Head of Learning & Development Allpoints Fibre
16:30 Keynote: Ronan Kelly, CTO EMEA & APAC Regions Adtran
16:40 Panel 3:
Policy & Regulatory Requirements to Maximise the Potential of New Digital Infrastructure

Chair: Pamela Learmonth, Policy & Regulatory Lead INCA
Tim Stranack, Founder & Director Community Fibre
Alex Blowers, Director of Regulatory Affairs CityFibre
Till Sommer, Head of Policy & Insights Clarity
Gita Sorensen, Managing Director GOS Consulting

17:05 Wrap up  
17:15 Drinks Reception  
18:15 INCA Awards Dinner 2022 Pre-dinner drinks, sponsored by GOS Consulting.
Opening speech: Malcolm Corbett, CEO INCA
Master of Ceremonies: David Happy
Carriages: 10:45pm; Dress code:Smart casual.


Day 2: Thursday 17th November

09:00 Conference Day Two Welcome Ros Singleton (Conference chair)
09:10 Parallel Workshops  
  W7: Policy & Regulation:
Barrier Busting - marking the DCMS Scorecard
Chair: Pamela Learmonth, INCA Policy & Regulatory Lead
Terry Daniell, Founder & Operations Director Trenches Law
Ravi Mohindra, General Counsel & Head of Business Development Toob
Aidan Paul, MD Dolomite Solutions
Jesam Eyong, Head of Public Sector Engagement BBTF DCMS
Jennie Bayliss, Bayliss Consulting
  W8: Tech & Ops:
The Future of Wireless - Wifi6, Lifi, Gigabit Wireless, 5G
Chair: Ros Singleton, CEO Spring Fibre
David Burns, Wireless Coverage
Bob Cushing, Prism Business Consulting
Richard Swinford, Digital Infrastructure DCMS
Matt Crawford, Head of Wireless Glide
Paddy Paddison, Chief Information & Technology Officer Wildanet
  W9: Sector Strategies:
Investing in the Altnets – the changing climate and focus for investors.
Chair: Charles Cameron, Partner Cameron Barney
Oliver Bradley, MD Macquarie Group
James Harraway, Managing Director Infracapital
Sean McLachlan, Senior Director and Fund ManagerAviva Investors
Joel Pirard, VP Sales Telecom Digpro
Reef Read, Associate Partner TMT Practice PMP Strategy
Rob Skinner, Head of Sustainable Infrastructure Octopus Investments
10:10 Keynote address The Rt. Hon Michelle Donelan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
10:30 Panel 4:
Policy Debate
Chair: Tim Stranack, Founder, CommunityFibre, Chair INCA Policy & Regulatory Special Interest Group
Catherine Colloms, MD of Corporate Affairs and Brand Openreach
Alex Blowers, Director of Regulatory Affairs CityFibre
Michael Lee, CEO B4RN
Rob Burles, Head of Regulatory Affairs Swish Fibre
11:00 Refreshment Break  
11:20 Panel 5:
The Social & Economic Impact of Gigabit Infrastructure
David Cullen, Owner & Director Prism Consulting
Dr Aileen Jones, Executive Director - Investment and Delivery Liverpool City Region
James Audley, Head of Wholesale Product, Marketing and Strategy Virgin Media Business
Matt Smith, Head of Public Procurement & Engagement Full Fibre
Dave Hudson, Head of Partnerships & Alliances, ITS Technology Group
12:00 Panel 6:
Net Zero
Ian Adkins, Principal Consultant Analysys Mason
James Thornton, Environment & Sustainability Manager CityFibre
Darren Kilburn, Head of Policy & Economics Farrpoint
Lee Spicer, Key Account Manager ACOME
John Bathgate, EHS Manager Emtelle
Charles Cameron, Partner Cameron Barney
12:40 Keynote: Fibre for Everything Steven Vermylen, Fixed Networks Business Director North Europe - Nokia
12:55 Lunch  
14:00 Welcome back  
14:05 Keynote:  Lucy Powell MP, Shadow Secretary of State DCMS
14:25 Parallel Workshops  
  W10: Policy & Regulation:
Project Gigabit: Opportunities & Challenges 
Chair: James Saunby GreySky and INCA Vice Chair
Martyn Taylor, Chief Commercial Officer BDUK
Tim Stranack, Adviser to Box Broadband
Sam Calvert, Chief Revenue Officer GoFibre
Alex Blowers, Director of Regulatory Affairs CityFibre
  W11: Tech and Ops:
Asset Re-use 
Chair: Holger Kessler, NUAR Stakeholder and Communications Lead GeoSpatial Commission
Jerry McConkey, GeoPlace/NUAR
David Pritchard, Solutions Architect Dura-line
Rob Leenderts, Founder & Director AssetHUB
Shueb Ahmed, Commercial Fibre Lead BAI
  W12: Sector Strategies:
Engaging Local Communities – Getting the message out, Street-works notifications, Building new networks safely
Chair: Daniel Heery, Project Mgr Cybermoor, Director CBN
Alan Trueman, Head SHE CityFibre & Chair SHIFT Group
Tom Rigg, Chief Operating Officer B4RN
David Latham, Kent County Council and HAUC
Mashood Ahmad, Managing Director Grayshott Gigabit
15:25 Conference Wrap-up and thanks  
15:40 Close  

Please be aware that this programme remains subject to change.


Platinum Conference Sponsors





Gold Sponsors

Acome logo Calix logo

Corning logoDKT logo

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Freedom Fibre logoHuawei logo

Hellermann Tyton logoIQGeo logo

Mills Limited logoNestor Cables logo

Sonalake logoStrategic Imperatives logo

Virgin Media Business logoXantaro logo


Silver Sponsors

Dura-Line logoDigpro logo

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