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INCA Conference 2021: The Speakers

INCA Conference 2021 brings together leading voices from across the industry.

Matt Agar

Matt Agar is Building Digital UK's (BDUK’s) strategy director and is responsible for the strategy and design of Government’s delivery programmes for broadband connectivity, including the £5bn Project Gigabit. Matt has been a telecoms / IT / infrastructure commercial professional for 21 years and leads BDUK's team of strategy, geospatial, data modelling and research specialists to enable BDUK to achieve its infrastructure and broadband objectives and support network operators to invest in networks across the UK.

Tom Allen

Tom is a seasoned telecoms professional having worked on mobile and fixed networks for over 30 years. Currently working on 5G & fibre deployments, their use cases and business cases. Tom has consulted on several large scale network builds in the UK, including satellites and has also been a Group COO for a 4GA operator with networks in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.

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.

Michael Armitage

Michael Armitage joined BT as a graduate trainee in 1980, before entering the City in 1982 and joining Morgan Stanley in 1987 where he led the European and latterly Global Telecoms research teams, and was the lead analyst in a number of landmark IPOs and privatisations, including for Millicom, NetCom, Telegate, Equant, Colt, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Telia. Since 2011 he has been developing the broadband opportunity, and is a member of the Board of INCA.

Rob Baynes

Rob Baynes is the Chief Customer Officer at Giganet, where he leads our obsession with customer experience and great service, ensuring our customers get access to the Internet and voice connectivity they need to work, be educated and of course to have fun.
Rob has operated ISP networks for CityFibre and Daisy amongst others and previously delivered services to central government, MoD, MoJ and the Highways Agency.
Rob has 4 grown-up children, is an avid movie fan, trustee of an animal welfare charity and lives in Hampshire.

Daren Baythorpe

Daren has previously held senior management positions and has been an adviser with leading telecommunications and utility sector companies, including BT and Severn Trent Water. Until recently he was Managing Director of BT Openreach’s Business and Corporate Delivery division.

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.

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 2.1m wholesale FTTH network in Spain via a series of acquisitions

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.

Robert Burles

Robert joined Swish Fibre in May 2021 as their Head of Regulatory Affairs. From November 2017, he worked for DCMS on broadband policy, latterly as the Deputy Director for Broadband.

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.

Daniel Butler
Charles Cameron

Charles is a partner at Cameron Barney LLP, a UK-headquartered boutique investment bank that provides advice and capital to technology-centric infrastructure companies (e.g fibre broadband, EV-charging, renewable energy and storage) . In particular, Cameron Barney has provided advice to a substantial number of the UK AltNets over the past several years and is a partner with Infracapital in the DIIP, one of the UK government-supported digital infrastructure funds.

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

Kenneth Campbell

Ken Campbell has more than twenty-five years of experience in the telecom industry. He has served in CEO and senior executive roles with operators in North America, North Africa and Europe.

Mr. Campbell is Managing Director of the UK office for strategy consultancy, PMP Conseil. He is also the Chairman of Canadian B2B operator, Terago and a Board member of South African FTTH operator, Octotel.

Previously, Mr. Campbell served as Managing Director of Moroccan operator, INWI. He was also previously the CEO of Ooredoo Tunisia and of Canadian operator, WIND Mobile and Baltic operator, Bite Group. Mr. Campbell has also served in executive leadership roles for Vodafone (Romania), Orascom Telecom and Orange (Egypt).

Mr. Campbell holds a Masters in Business Administration from London Business School in London, UK and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Economics) from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Selina Chadha

Selina is Connectivity Director, Networks and Communications at Ofcom.
Selina Chadha has worked at Ofcom for over 20 years and has been leading on consumer policy issues since 2016. Her areas of responsibility have included promoting and protecting access to fixed and mobile services, including the broadband USO, mobile coverage and the take-up of new services. She is also currently leading on Ofcom’s work on digital markets.
Prior to her current role, she worked in Ofcom’s Competition Group covering both telecoms and broadcasting.

David Clarkson

David works as a Competition Policy Director at Ofcom. He has been central to developing and implementing regulatory policies for telecoms – specialising in broadband – since 1999. David’s background is electronics and communications engineering. Before joining Ofcom he worked in research and development for the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

Catherine Colloms

Catherine joined Openreach in 2016. She is responsible for Openreach’s corporate communications and reputation strategy, including media and digital, public affairs, brand and corporate responsibility.
Before Openreach, Catherine was corporate affairs director at Paddy Power from 2013–2016, and helped found the Senet Group, the first industry self-regulatory body. She was previously a director at Brunswick Group and in 2011 spent six months working on the BP Deepwater Horizon crisis.
Catherine started her career at the Foreign Office where she worked on a range of crisis situations, including the Government’s humanitarian response to 9/11. She also led the development of the UK’s policy on Kosovo and was personal political adviser to Lord Ashdown, the high representative for Bosnia, in Sarajevo.
Catherine is Chair of Vision for a Nation, a charity dedicated to providing universal access to primary eyecare, and a trustee of The Wiener Holocaust Library.

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.

Lloyd Felton

Lloyd started County Broadband with the vision of helping isolated communities access better broadband, via wireless broadband signals. In 2018, that all changed when County Broadband began building full-fibre broadband networks. Lloyd and County Broadband celebrated a major step forward when Aviva Investors agreed to provide funding of £46million which will enable the growth of a major fibre-to-the-home roll-out across East Anglia, which follows Lloyd’s passion and vision of helping rural communities get the best broadband available.

Shaun Fensom

Working with consultants CBN, Shaun Fensom advises on digital infrastructure deployment as a tool for economic and social development, covering technical feasibility, business case, business planning and governance issues. Shaun has been closely involved in the conception and development of the Thin Layer and Digital Exchange models working with Tameside, Blackpool, Manchester, Brighton and other local authorities.
Shaun is a founding director of the Manchester Digital trade association, which he helped found in 2001.

Matthew Fletcher
Hector Gibson Fleming

Hector's approach at Wessex Internet has been to transform the company from WISP to scalable FTTP operator. His background in fast-growing, entreprenurial businesses in Africa and Europe has brought independent thinking to rural rollouts that turns the industry logic on its head. Wessex expands its network to connect remote properties first, only later infilling the nucleus of parishes from the outside-in.

Jeremy Gray

Jeremy has been at the forefront of B2B, B2C and wholesale ISP services since 1999, managing the transformation of operational delivery of the technologies as they have evolved from narrowband to broadband to FTTP hyperband.
Jeremy has considerable experience across the operational, commercial and fulfilment functions of the ISP business and has spent the last 2 years working with the PE investor community.

Michael Greening
Matthew Guinan

Matthew Guinan is Global Application Marketing Manager at Dura-Line. With 10 years of industry experience, Matthew is a subject matter expert in optical fibre cable networks and has published several white papers on cable and conduit infrastructure. Matthew previously held the positions of Project Manager at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Market Development Manager at Corning Optical Communications. He holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Sam Hales

Sam has been involved in the AltNet telecommunications space for 10 years. Since starting at MS3 Sam has had a significant involvement in various aspects of the business including network build/strategy, business development, operational delivery, recruitment and account management.

MS3 built the first fibre network to be completely independent of the incumbent operator in Hull and East Yorkshire. It retains strong working relationships with a number of the major telco's in the UK, where Sam takes the lead on all enquiries and negotiations including a recent long term contract with a major mobile network operator to supply connectivity to 55 mast sites in the Hull area.

During his time at MS3 Sam has undertaken a complete revamp of MS3's Wholesale Channel offering and is now responsible for delivering connectivity services for many recognisable channel partners.

Sam regularly attends industry meetings such as INCA, Channel Live, Connected Britain and UKNOF (UK Network Operators Forum) to gain a further knowledge of other network deployments and to enhance his network of contacts within the industry.

Niall Halpenny

Niall is a 25-year telecoms veteran having worked in extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is currently Director of Telecoms solutions for Sonalake who specialise in AI and Automation in the area of B-OSS.
In his career to date, he has held roles such as CTO of Threefold, Project Director of the GSM Association as well as positions with BT, Orange, MobilCom Multimedia and Ericsson. Niall holds a B.Eng from Dublin City University and an MBA from the Smurfit Business School.

Dave Happy

Dave has been in telecoms for over 35 years, he was employee #12 at Motorola Cellular, UK employee #1 at USWEST Cable Communications and the first telco employee at the company that became Virgin Media. After finishing as VP of Samsung's Electronics UK Research Institute, he worked with Ordnance Survey on mmWave mapping, and is (amongst other things) now working for the DCMS funded 5GRuralDorset project - which he co-wrote. He is current Chairman of the UK Telecoms Data Task-Force (UKTDTF).

Adrian Head

Competence Development Learning Consultant - Telecoms & IT
Huawei Western Europe Learning Service

Adrian has 19 years of ICT technical experience (as Engineer, Trainer, & Learning Architect); with European & Asia-Pacific service. Adrian has extensive experience in Technical Talent Development consulting & implementation for Telecom Operators & ISPs both large & small. A decade of multi-domain technical training knowledge & experience and has participated in UK 5G skills forums and EU Commission future digital skills seminars, with experience of the SFIA skills framework.

Daniel Heery

Daniel has 19 years’ experience of delivering innovative digital infrastructure and services, mainly in rural areas. He has practical knowledge of building and managing fibre and wireless networks in some of the most challenging parts of the UK. This is complemented by his knowledge of telecoms policy and its practical implications. He has carried out consultancy work for clients ranging from European Commission, UK Government and Local Authorities to Community Development Trusts. They have benefitted from his detailed knowledge of policy and delivery of bespoke broadband solutions. His expertise goes beyond infrastructure and he has managed a successful testbed for innovative health applications, recently supporting 100 elderly residents to become more active and healthy. He is co-ordinating a second 5G testbed project for DCMS, trialling rural 5G connectivity for rural areas in North Yorkshire. In his spare time, he is a Director of a social enterprise installing Electric Vehicle charging points www.chargemystreet.co.uk As electrification of transport and heat drive upgrades to electricity networks, he is combining 5G and fibre infrastructure with chargepoints to reduce installation costs.

Anders Hellermark
Alison Heppenstall

Ali Heppenstall is Executive Director of Climate Action for Associations and Managing Director of the b2b Group (b2b, b2b partnerships and B2 Media). Ali’s experience spans more than 25 years working with many of the world’s leading NGOs, professional and trade associations, such as The British Chambers of Commerce, CIPD, ICAEW, IWFM and ACCA, to name a few.
As a specialist in business-to-business, community engagement and the membership sector, Ali excels in delivering impactful and measurable strategies and the implementation of both strategic and operational commercial growth projects within international and domestic markets. Ali works across multiple sectors balancing her client’s need for financial sustainability with purpose.
Through her work with a number of international climate change NGOs and leading sustainability experts, including the Carbon Trust and The Climate Group, Ali long since recognised the value and influence of associations on the climate action agenda and the key role they can play in addressing climate change. CAFA, was created by Ali and her team in response to the growing demand from membership organisations for support to accelerate climate action and harness the opportunities the shift to sustainability offers.

Stephen Heron
Johan Hjalmarsson

Johan works with automation (OSS/BSS) of fibre network businesses.

Laura Holdgate

Laura is a Principal Policy Adviser at Which?, leading the organisation's connectivity policy work, which covers both broadband and mobile markets. Most recently, she led the organisation's involvement in the Gigabit Take-up Advisory Group (GigaTAG), working alongside the CBI and FSB, to develop a set of recommendations to help support consumer and business migration to gigabit-capable broadband. Prior to Which?, Laura was an economic consultant at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) and an economist at Ofcom.

Stephen Hough

Stephen has over 30 years experience in the telecoms industry,
having helped to develop products from the early rollouts, up to the present day.
Having worked in a variety of roles, supporting some of the very well known operators and product suppliers in both the UK and overseas, Stephen is able to provide insights and learnings on a global scale.

Di Howard

Di has consulted on transformational change with utility organisations for many years.

Currently work for Atkins, she is leading Asset Owner Engagement for the Geospatial Commission's NUAR (National Underground Asset Register) Programme.

Matthew Hunter
John Irvine

John joined WightFibre as CEO in 2012. WightFibre, operating exclusively on the Isle of Wight, was a turnaround under John’s leadership. With circa £100M of funding from Infracapital Partners and Nat West Bank, WightFibre is almost halfway through an 80,000 home deployment of full-fibre broadband on the Isle of Wight. John has previously held leadership roles in a mix of telecom companies including Truphone, Verizon, Level 3, BT and IBM.

Ian Job

Ian has over 20 years experience rolling out both mobile/wireless and fixed telecommunications networks, leading on projects as a service provider to the operators, OEMs and tier 1 contractors.
This brings an insight on the key issues at the sharp end of network deployment from acquisition, into design and on site works and integration.

Oliver Johnson

Chief Executive of UK based analyst house Point Topic Oliver has been involved in online environments for more than 30 years. He joined Point Topic as the COO in 2004 and moved to CEO in 2007.
Starting with internet projects in the mid-80s running bulletin boards, through building some of the first commercial websites in the UK in the early 90s and then to monitoring and analysing B2C and B2B market demand and supply he has built up a significant breadth of experience. Over the last 20 years he has researched, analysed and reported on global broadband markets and players down to zip code consumer modelling. Familiar with the range of influences that drive broadband, from political to legal to technical to socio-demographic effects he originates the bulk of Point Topic’s modelling and data analysis.
Originally a mathematical economist Oliver subsequently moved on from the City (working in strategic management consultancies) and progressed through a number of media rich environments including broadcast TV, online and offline advertising and digital marketing for some of the largest global brands and agencies before arriving at Point Topic.
Oliver oversees the analyst and development work on Point Topic’s geographic products in particular and continues to work on broadband scoping projects for the local and national governments, the European Commission and a range of industry clients.

Dave Keane-Mirajkar

David Keane-Mirajkar has been in the Service Provider business since the late 1980’s.
A UK national by birth, educated in England he began his career at British Telecom in the electro mechanical era of Telephone Exchange Switching. A short tenure at Cable and Wireless was followed by his first senior role at what has become Virgin Media, a national Cable Operator where his notable achievements included the roll out of the first national UK IP/ATM network and Cable Broadband infrastructure in the late 1990’s. This was followed by other notable achievements in the SP Cable space with the “Analogue to Digital” transition, the forerunner to the interactive Digital TV we enjoy today.
From working in the SP space to a move to supporting the SP’s , David enhanced his career with a move to Cisco Systems in 1999 supporting the Cable/MSO industry in EMEA benefiting from the experience gained previously.
In 2013, David moved away from Cisco to an East coast US startup as a Distinguished Consulting Engineer, where he gained valuable experience helping to position Casa Systems as the new entrant to an already established CCAP/CMTS market place.
Rejoining Cisco Systems in 2013, again in various Technical, Business and Market management roles, further enhanced his career with a move to the then named ARRIS Corporation (now CommScope) in 2018, where his experiences complement CommScope’s support in helping Service Providers and MSO’s transition to “Cloud Native” networks, architectures and solutions.

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.

Nigel King

Nigel's career in wireless spans more than 48 years and has lead development teams for Racal, STC and Nortel. Currently Nigel is CTO of Cambium Networks and also the regulatory director of UKWISPA. In the last 25 years Nigel has focused on Fixed Wireless Access.

Mike Knott

Mike Knott is a Market Development Manager in Corning with a specialisation in Fibre To The Home. During 14 years in this role he has gained extensive experience in FTTH network deployment, and visited network operators in over 40 countries throughout the world.
He is recognised as an authority in the field of optical connectivity, and is a Chartered mechanical Engineer and Board Member of the FTTH Council Europe.

Michael Lee

Michael grew up in Lancashire and studied engineering at Cambridge. His early career was in the army, where he served initially with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and then with the Royal Dragoon Guards including tours of duty in Iraq & Afghanistan. His post-military career has largely been with specialist consultancy companies with a focus in Defence. Michael was appointed as CEO of B4RN in February 2021, replacing founder Barry Forde, who retired late last year.

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

Justin Leese

Justin has been in the Telecoms industry for over 30 years in companies such as Thus/Demon Internet, Virgin Media, Ericsson, mBlox and Openreach.

Whilst at Virgin Media (NTL) his team launched the first UK's first broadband internet service. At Ericsson he was the Programme Director for the UK launch of 4G in 16 cities for EE, as well as the launch of fixed and mobile Voice over IP services across Germany for Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile.

He spent nearly four years at the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as Programme Director for the UK Fibre Programme and 700MHz Spectrum Clearance.

In March 2021 he joined Ogi as Chief Technology and Operations Officer. They are in the process of building FTTP to over 150,000 premises in South Wales.

Steven Leighton

With more than 20 years of experience in the telecoms industry, Steve Leighton is CEO at Voneus, the champion of rural community and leading provider of wireless superfast broadband infrastructure for poorly connected or difficult to reach communities.
Prior to working at Voneus, Steve co-founded Keycom Plc in 2000, a company specialising in the delivery of voice and internet services to the UK’s tertiary education sector. Here he held the role of Sales and Marketing Director for four years before becoming involved in other online start-ups, including Greenroom Digital and Findsyou Limited.
Before transitioning to the telecommunications industry, Steve had a successful Government career, culminating in the role of Head of Communications Sponsorship at the Department of Trade and Industry.
As CEO of Voneus since 2011, Steve aims to ensure all communities within the UK receive ultrafast broadband and for Voneus to become the market leader for rural broadband provision.

Cordia Liu

Cordia Liu has over 20 years' experience in the telecommununication industry and currently serves as Head of Regulatory Affairs in Huawei UK. Over the past 12 years, she held different positions within Huawei, helping to develop business strategy and to build trustworthy relationship with key telecom operators in the UK.

Mike Locke

Mike has been in the connectivity world since email addresses were all numbers. As an ex-physicist with a marketing degree, he was Amstrad’s UK marketing man before Lord Sugar was a Sir. Being able to spell geo-synchronous led to stints with major satellite operators SES-ASTRA and Eutelsat before starting Satellite Internet in the UK. Having been involved with INCA for some years, he is now supporting their introduction of exciting initiatives such as the INCA Gold Standard scheme for validating high-quality networks, participating in the Ofcom Working Group on Standards and the OTA's One Touch Switching Working Groups.

Raj Mack

Raj has over 30 years experience of working in the public and private sectors. He has valuable knowledge and understanding of the many opportunities and challenges faced by the public sector which he has gained through diverse roles, having worked in finance and auditing, policy and strategy, business transformation and change and IT & Digital Services. For the last 15 years, he has been instrumental in developing the City’s digital and smart cities agendas, bringing together city partner collaborations between public, private, academic and voluntary and community sector organisations at European, regional and local levels in order to deliver transformational digital programmes covering infrastructure, innovation, data and inclusion. He is responsible for bringing together the City’s strategic approach and the development of a roadmap focussed on delivering digital, smart city and innovation opportunities.
Raj works closely with the West Midlands Combined Authority on its digital agenda and is supporting the development and rollout of 5G infrastructure and applications across the City of Birmingham

Michael Maltby

Michael is the Founder and CEO of Jurassic Fibre, an altnet building a FTTx network across Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall.

Thomas Martin

Thomas is a Senior Pre-Sales Consultant in the Global Sales team at Calix.
Thomas has more than 20 years’ experience in Service Provider Access solutions, covering the SP markets in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)/, Latin America and now on a global base.
Thomas focused early in his career on Broadband Access and Aggregation, starting with dial-up, xDSL and for the last 19 years with a special focus on Fiber Access, where he aids customers and partners with solution designs and consultancy.
Thomas is a long-term member of the FTTH council Europe, having served as vice chair of the Deployment and Operations Committee and as vice-chair of the FTTH council MA.

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.

Alain Meller

Alain is working in the field of telecom infrastructure at Setics since 2014 and drives the international business development for the company particularly for the Setics Sttar Design Automation Software.

Jerry Mills

Jerry Mills is the owner and Chairman of Mills Limited,
Mills provides the full range of fibre infrastructure products, tools and equipment needed to build end-to-end Gigabit-capable networks. Operating as both distributor and, in many cases, manufacturer, Mills makes the supply chain simple and efficient, supplying the Communication Provider (CP) with everything needed to build robust and resilient Gigabit-capable digital connectivity throughout the UK, in order to GET GIGABIT BRITAIN LIVE by 2025!
Originally established as an engineering distributor in 1918, Mills is still a family business, supplying a range of over 6000 products nationally for next day delivery from its headquarters in Uxbridge, West London.

Graham Mitchell

Graham has been an integral member of the INCA team since the beginning, running the web presence, looking after much of the tech that supports our distributed team, and managing marketing communications. In addition he has recently taken on the coordination role on our Net Zero programme.

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.

Graeme Oxby

Graeme is CEO of Community Fibre and is leading the build-out of a 10GB full fibre network in London.

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.

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

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 founding Directors and CTO of Wildanet an ISP rolling out fibre and gigabit wireless in Cornwall and the South West.

Having started the company is 2017 it is now rolling out Gigabit based services to more than 50,000 premises over the next three years

Sarah Parsons

Sarah Parsons, Director of Compliance, CityFibre

As a safety and sustainability expert, Sarah has over 14 years’ experience leading large engineering teams and implementing major change programmes within energy, engineering and Full Fibre industries.

Today, as CityFibre’s Director of Compliance, Sarah oversees health, safety and street works as well as leading the company’s responsible business programme. Full Fibre rollouts bring engineering, safety and sustainability challenges at scale. Sarah’s role is therefore integral to CityFibre achieving its mission to reach at least 30% of UK premises by 2025, all while minimising the company's environmental impact.

Sarah joined CityFibre from National Grid where she led the construction assurance strategy for a number of high-profile programmes – including the successful delivery of NEMO Link and London Power Tunnels.

Hal Ponton

With over 10-years of experience in the telecommunications sector, Hal Ponton is currently the Principal Network Architect for Voneus, one of the UK’s largest rural broadband providers. His role covers the design and build of company's next generation networks and services.

He also sits on the Advisory Board of the UK Wireless Internet Services Providers Association (UKWISPA). Who’s mission is to promote the interests of the industry and ensure that services provided by its members are of the highest standards possible.

James Ratzer

James Ratzer heads up the European Communication Services research team at New Street Research and was one of the initial founding partners. New Street Research is one of the leading global TMT independent research firms. Prior to helping found New Street Research, he led the Telecoms Research team at UBS, where the team was no. 1 ranked, and he was individually ranked as a number 1 analyst. Away from the office, James is a keen cyclist.

Carsten Roensdorf

Carsten Rönsdorf is Strategic Propositions Manager at Ordnance Survey focussing on the development of new services and data sharing. Over the past 20 years he has been an advisor and technical expert to government and private sector organisation creating value from geospatial data and technologies. Having work regularly with energy companies since the late 1990s, he is now overseeing the technical delivery of Ordnance Survey’s data sharing platforms

Graham Sargood

Graham is co-founder and CEO of Box Broadband having led the company through three rounds of funding and significant growth over the last three years since inception.
Graham is a highly experienced telecoms and media industry professional with an extensive track record in senior roles in the sector.

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.

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).

Tracey Sheehan

Tracey is an effective, enthusiastic and knowledgeable Commercial and Regulatory Consultant with extensive experience of providing cutting edge advice to clients operating within the "modern economy" with a heavy reliance upon communication regulation and infrastructure.
Tracey has a keen interest in the convergence of telecommunications infrastructure into complementary industry sectors and how digital infrastructure will under pin the successful delivery of the modern economy such as Construction (smart buildings and Smart Cities), Energy (smart grids, electricity, water, wind and gas and the interaction between utilities and telecommunication operators), Critical Infrastructure (hospitals, education, transport (rail) and emergency services).

Henry Shennan

Henry Shennan is the Deputy Director for Broadband Regulation and Investment at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He led the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review which set out the government's overarching strategy for the telecoms sector and is responsible for policy to supporting investment in gigabit networks including barrier busting, market regulation and coverage in hard to reach areas.

Henry has held a number of roles across the civil service including at HM Treasury, the National Infrastructure Commission and the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Chris Sinclair

Chris heads up a specialist team at Manpower dedicated in helping the alternative networks and their contractors succeed in building their FTTP projects UK wide.

Additionally, Chris and Manpower have designed a model to address the skills shortages - My Path Telecommunications Academy designed to offer as many as the 15,000 extra workforce needed to meet targets.

Rosalind Singleton

Rosalind Singleton is a CEO, board chair, NED, advisor and investor with over 30 years of experience in the technology sector. She is the CEO of Spring Fibre, an FTTH start up and the Chair of the UK5G Advisory Boar,d providing advice to and working closely with the Department for Digital, Cultural, Media and Sport (DCMS).
For the last five 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.
Rosalind joined UK Broadband in 2013 and was Managing Director from 2017 until it integrated into it’s parent company in 2019 following delivery of the ThreeBroadband 5G launch network. She has previously held senior roles at BT Openreach, Cable and Wireless, Vodafone, various VNOs, and international operators.
Rosalind is a member of Ofcom’s Spectrum Advisory Board which provides independent advice to Ofcom on strategic spectrum management issues. She is also an Independent NED on the board of Alphawave PLC and an advisor to multiple start and scale-ups.

Robert Skinner

Rob is an Investment Director at Octopus Investments, and oversees the management of Fern Trading, which is a c.£2.5bn diversified trading group in the Renewables, Healthcare, Fibre and Property sectors.

In this capacity, Rob sits on the boards of Jurassic Fibre, Swish Fibre and Giganet.

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
Stefan Stanislawski

After a long career in telecom strategy consulting, Stefan set up Prime Fibre, two fibre operators abroad and is now leading Connect Fibre. He is also MD of Netmore's UK business and will shortly transition to Executive Chair. Netmore is building a national LoRaWAN IoT network in the UK and has its first private 5G network in operation.

Claire Stanley

Claire has worked in telecoms for her entire career, spending most of it in product and component supply. Working with Network operators of all sizes, Claire gained an understanding of the industry and was invited to join the INCA board. Claire has recently moved to work for an ISP providing services into the student accommodation market.

David Stokes

David is Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing at Ribbon where he focuses on Ribbon’s IP transport portfolio and IP-enabled solutions for 4G and 5G Mobile Transport, mission-critical industries and defense, homeland security and government. He is an experienced professional with extensive telecommunications knowledge gained from working across all infrastructure technologies including SDH/SONET, Fixed and Wireless Access, IP/MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, PON, Optical Transport and Network Management. Before Ribbon, David held roles in Development, Systems Engineering, Product Strategy and Product Management at a number of companies including Marconi, Fujitsu, Lucent Technologies and Nokia. He brings this proven combination of marketing, technology and product strategy expertise to his current marketing role at Ribbon.

Tim Stranack
John Tarleton

John is a highly experienced business development professional with over 30 years’ experience in geospatial solutions. John has spent the previous 20 years in the Telecommunications and Utilities industries working with many major UK companies to improve their asset information, operational effectiveness, and customer service. Earlier this year John joined IQGeo to focus on assisting companies undertaking fibre rollout programmes.

Alastair Taylor

Alastair is the Chief Executive Designate at NYnet and the Programme Director for Superfast North Yorkshire (SFNY). As well as SFNY, Alastair runs the Local Full Fibre Network programme installing 180km of new fibre and the Digital Infrastructure programme installing Public Wi-Fi in 17 towns and a North Yorkshire wide LoRaWAN Network.

Charl Tintinger

Charl has extensive experience in building and operating alternate networks since early 2000s across UK, Ireland, Middle East, South Africa and New Zealand.

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 also a qualified agile coach, helping large organisations adopt agile working practises and working with product teams to maximise their potential.

Simon Wade
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.

Lloyd Warn

Lloyd is the the UK Sales Director at PacketFront Software , his role is to work with both our existing customers & cultivate net new opportunities.

Darren Woods

An experienced CFO and business leader who has successfully operated in large, mid sized, small and start-up organisations, as well as internationally. Darren brings knowledge and experience gained across a range of sectors including Manufacturing, Construction, Asset Rental, Private Equity and more recently Telecomms. He is a chartered management accountant who has headed-up progressive change programmes including M&A, business-wide IT implementations, supply chain restructuring and outsourcing. Part of the team that successfully sold FibreNation to CityFibre in March 2020.