Committee members

A .UK Policy Stakeholder Committee has been set up to support and enable the policy process. Members of the Committee bring a range of experience representing a range of interests and will help in engaging stakeholders in the process.

Timothy barnes

Tim has managed large and small organisations in the private and public sectors ranging from universities to venture capital firms. He has led start-up companies, charities, political campaigns and public bodies. His latest project is The Rain Gods, which he founded in February 2016 and which works to help start-ups reach their full potential.

Tim has previously worked as Head of UCL Enterprise Operations where he was responsible for the University’s outward-facing business engagement activities. He became director of UCL Advances in 2007 when the centre was first launched and built it into one of the largest such activities in the world, offering thousands of places to UCL students each year to undertake entrepreneurial activities and offering direct support to hundreds of businesses. He has managed stakeholders from senior academic faculty and government ministers to students and high-level business leaders and been successful in navigating their respective needs and working styles.

Prior to 2007, Tim spent six years running his own business, which helped universities and large corporations to spin-out high technology companies.

In 2010 Tim founded the globally successful Citrus Saturday, a non-profit enterprise that aims to drive entrepreneurial ambition in school-age children that now runs in fourteen countries. He is currently a director of UCL Consultants Ltd and Capital Enterprise Ltd as well as being a Trustee of the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE). He graduated from UCL in 1997 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2014 Tim was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for life.

Garreth Cameron (shares position with Abi Saul)

Garreth is the Group Manager for Business and Industry at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and is responsible for working with key influencers in the private sector to uphold information rights in the public interest and promote data privacy for individuals. Much of his work is with the technology, telecommunications, financial services and utilities industries.

Garreth has a consumer protection background having started his career in local government trading standards where his areas of expertise were in the fields of fair trading, fraud, consumer credit and intellectual property. He has a keen interest in the legal and policy challenges arising from the emergence of the information society.

Lorna gradden

Lorna is co-owner and Operations Director of Com Laude, a specialist domain name management company. She has worked in domain name management since 1994 and co-founded Com Laude with Nick Wood. She is known for having client interests at heart in all aspects of her work and ensures all aspects of Com Laude run smoothly, taking responsibility for order fulfilment, registry relationships and information systems. A regular speaker at industry events, Lorna loves the ever-changing nature of the domain name space.

She previously co-founded Net Searchers, a company described by Legal Business magazine as “possibly the best domain name management company in the world and certainly the first to treat domains as IP, not IT”.  After Net Searchers was sold, she joined VeriSign DBMS in 2003 as head of client management for EMEA. For Lorna, job satisfaction comes from getting to work with fantastic people and she says that her law degree is not quite as useful today as it was during the five years she spent managing a successful band.

Colin Griffiths

Colin is a Policy Manager at Citizen’s Advice where he is involved in issues around smart homes, new data-driven consumer services, as well as consumer data issues more widely. Recently his work has focused particularly on the consumer experience of smart metering, ensuring consumers retain control and transparency of how their data is used and technical issues with potential impacts on consumers. His goal in this work has been to ensure that the rollout of smart meters delivers a net benefit to consumers and keeps their needs at its heart.

Richard hyde

Richard cover Telecommunications, Cyber-Security, and Home Affairs policy work for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). He holds an undergraduate degree from Keele University and post-graduate degrees from the Universities of Hull and London. After university he worked for three and a half years at the University of Kingston Business School before moving into public policy; first at Which? before moving on to the Law Society of England and Wales and latterly the FSB.

Carolyn Kimber

Carolyn Kimber is the past Chairman of the Communications Management Association, CMA. She has been a CMA member since 1988 and Trustee for six years from 1999 and again since 2007.

During this time on the board she was responsible for PR, masterminded the name change and re-branding project, and held the post of Treasurer.

Carolyn represents CMA on the Parliamentary ITC Forum (PICTFor) – formerly known as PITCOM, being an elected member of Council serving on its Programme and Communications Committees – helping to provide a programme of events to MPs to further their understanding of the ICT industry and its impact upon their constituents’ lives.

Carolyn is now Secretary General of The Digital Policy Alliance (EURIM) and as Chair of the Olympics Trade Committee Carolyn is heavily involved in an advisory capacity in defining an enduring programme to leverage and maximise potential benefits from the Games for UK plc.

chris marsden

Chris is a renowned international expert on Internet and new media law, having researched and taught in the field for over twenty years. He has been Professor of Internet Law at the University of Sussex since 2013. He has authored five monographs on Internet law covering areas such as Net Neutrality and Internet Co-regulation as well as the “Oxford Bibliography of Internet Law” (2012) and chapters on Internet law in several handbooks.

Chris researches regulation by code – whether legal, software or social code. Chris is a committed inter-disciplinarian, having published several jointly written papers, book chapters and articles with economists, computer scientists, and social scientists.

Chris has also worked in the corporate (WorldCom 2001-2, ShortMedia 2000-2001, World Economic Forum 1993-4, MediaWeek 1989-91) and government (Independent Television Commission 2001) sectors, has advised many government and inter-governmental clients since 1998, and served on the advisory board of many national and international scientific projects.

His work has been cited by the European Parliament, in national government policy on five continents, and in leading media such as the BBC, ABC, Economist, Wall St Journal, El Pais, Ars Technica.

simon rice

Simon is the Group Manager for Technology at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). His focus is to lead and manage the technical and information security expertise within the ICO. His team delivers advice on the technical aspects of complaints received and data breach investigations and advises on technical areas of policy.

Prior to becoming the group’s manager Simon worked to establish the technology function within the ICO. Simon has a background as a database and software developer.

Gilad Rosner

Gilad is Visiting Researcher at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute and an independent consultant focused on identity management, privacy and public policy. His work looks at national policy, digital identity and the interplay between governments, commercial markets and standards. He has substantive research experience of a number of digital and internet policy issues such as data protection, big data and identity.

He has over 15 years of industry experience in IT, broadband telecommunications and digital media and prior to becoming a researcher, he helped design, prototype and then manufacture the Emmy Award-winning robotic video migration system known as SAMMA.

Abi Saul (shares position with Garreth Cameron)

Abi Saul is the Group Manager of the Business and Industry Group at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), where she is responsible for policy and liaison in areas such as telecommunications and the internet, marketing, anti-fraud initiatives and technology.

Duraid silarbi

Duraid Silarbi is a Senior Policy Adviser within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) focusing on internet content & regulation policy, including net neutrality, digital advertising and implications for the UK of EU regulations on Open Internet Access.

Prior to taking up this position he was with the Skills Strategy Unit within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) where he worked on reforms of adult vocational education & apprenticeships and establishing new National Colleges to address technical and professional skills gaps in key sectors, including digital skills and the creative industries.

In an earlier role with DCMS he was part of the Government Olympic Executive, leading on the 2012 Games in Weymouth & Portland, which hosted the sailing events. This work focussed particularly on stakeholder relationship manager and the interface between national and local operational delivery.

dave thomas

Dave Thomas began working in the domain industry in 2010 for Sedo who are the market leader in the secondary domain market and by 2012 he oversaw their entire UK operation. During his time with the business he was responsible for brokering some of the most significant sales in the company’s history.

Moving to the ICANN accredited Registrar NetNames in 2013 he now advises clients on domain management, brand protection and acquisition.

antony walker

Antony Walker is deputy CEO of techUK, the UK’s leading digital technology trade association, which he played a lead role in launching in November 2013. Antony is a member of the senior leadership team and has overall responsibility for techUK’s policy work.

Prior to his appointment in July 2012 Antony was chief executive of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), the UK’s independent advisory group on broadband policy. Antony was closely involved in the development of broadband policy development in the UK since the BSG was established in 2001 and authored several major reports to government. He also led the development of the UK’s world leading Open Internet Code of Practice that addresses the issue of net neutrality in the UK.

Prior to setting up the BSG, Antony spent six years working in Brussels for the American Chamber of Commerce following and writing about telecoms issues and as a consultant working on EU social affairs and environmental issues. Antony has a history degree from Aberdeen University and an MA from the Institute of European Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

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