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.
David is Nominet’s Head of Policy and leads our team across its work in the development of policies for .UK, .cymru, and .wales domain names, our engagement work with political and regulatory stakeholders in the UK and EU, and our involvement in global internet governance. He started his professional life as a political consultant at LLM Communications where he built up the telecoms, technology, and regulatory practice working for major brands like Orange and Hewlett-Packard. He became an equity partner before the sale of LLM to Financial Dynamics and the subsequent sale of Financial Dynamics to FTI Consulting. David then spent five years working at Ofcom where he directed investigations and enforcement programmes covering competition law, dispute resolution and consumer protection. David joined Nominet in 2012.
Garreth is the Group Manager for Business and Industry at the Information Commissioner’s Office, 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 areas 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.
Liz Coll is a consumer policy analyst and expert on consumer behaviour in the digital age, exploring the impact of connected, digital technology on business, consumers, governments and regulation. At Consumer Futures, the UK’s statutory consumer body, Liz has led work on: delivering public services online, collaborative peer to peer networks and the role of personal data in consumer empowerment. Her most recent publication Realising consumer rights: from JFK to the digital age explored six influential digital trends and called for a more joined up understanding of the way connected digital technology impacts consumers and markets.
She sits on the UK government’s midata strategy board, is a strategic advisor to Consumers International Digital Age programme, and has recently been Rapporteur for the Consumers digital innovation session at the European Commission’s 2014 Consumer Summit, and keynote speaker at the International Seoul e-commerce conference on cross border online trade and redress.
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.
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.
Pete McDougall is Head of Internet Content and Standards at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). DCMS develops Government policy for the communications, creative, media, cultural, tourism, sport and leisure industries. The Department is responsible for regulating and enabling growth in telecoms and the digital economy and facilitating the delivery of superfast broadband and universal access. The Department administers internet policy and governance, including net neutrality, safer internet, and copyright theft and oversees implementation of the Digital Economy Act.
Dr Vicki Nash is Research and Policy Fellow and Director of Graduate Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, where her work seeks to draw out the policy implications of OII’s research into Internet and technology use. Recent projects have included efforts to map the legal and regulatory trends shaping freedom of expression online for UNESCO, and building links between child protection and free speech communities. She is currently undertaking a programme of research investigating children’s experience of online risks and the extent and frequency of any resulting harm.
As Director of Graduate Studies, Vicki recently established a new OII MSc programme in Social Science of the Internet, and teaches on two of the courses for this degree; she also teaches Political Theory at Trinity College, Oxford.
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.
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.