Committee members

The Nominet Stakeholder Committee was established 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.

Jacob Colton

Jacob is a Director at catalyst2, a managed hosting business that has seen year on year growth exceeding 15% since 2004 and now serves over 10,000 customers. catalyst2 has won 7 ISPAs (Internet Service Provider Awards) over the last 4 years, in particular for customer service. catalyst2 believe that building trust with their customers has been central to their success.

Jacob has co-led catalyst2 for the last 6 years. In that time Jacob has headed up the commercial side of the business and has focussed on putting in place processes and systems to improve service delivery and internal operations. This has resulted in the business achieving an NPR score of 60 or higher every year since 2012.

Jacob has previously been involved in a number of online ventures. These include starting his first enterprise, an IT support business, aged 16. Subsequently building and running an online confectionery business called Posh Pick ‘n Mix that served corporate and individual customers. Jacob also worked for innocent drinks for 3 years, in their commercial team building their schools channel from nothing to £1.3M revenue during his time with the business.

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.

Carolyn Kimber

Carolyn is Secretary General of the Digital Policy Alliance (DPA).  DPA is a politically neutral, cross party voice of the internet and technology sector that alerts Parliamentarians and policy makers to the potential impacts, implications and unintended consequences of policies which interact with and leverage online and digital technologies. She is also a member of PICTFor and was formerly an elected member to the council of its predecessor, PITCOM.

Her previous lives have included: Olympic Champion for the ICT Sector at UK Trade & Investment chairing a committee defining an enduring programme to leverage and maximise the ICT Olympic legacy for UK plc; Fellow of the Communications Management Association (CMA), serving as a trustee for six years from 1999 and again from 2007 for a further 5 years during which time she was responsible for PR, masterminded its name change and re-branding project, held the post of Treasurer and served as Chairman for 3 years on two occasions; Member of Women in Telecoms & Technology, serving on the board for three years.

She previously ran an international private network for a transatlantic container shipping company spanning the UK, USA, Europe and Canada.

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.

Abi Saul

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.

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.

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