Board of Directors

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UKIF Ltd (Company No. 05296550, registered in England), is a non-profit Company Limited by Guarantee which is the legal entity for UKNOF.

Current directors

Denesh Bhabuta (Executive Director)

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Denesh began his career in the Internet industry 21 years ago in 1993, and although he officially began his Events Management career in 2006, his events experience spans back 27 years to 1987.

Over the years, he has been involved in technical, policy and governance aspects of the Internet - in various roles ranging up to Director level within commercial (such as Demon Internet) and non-commercial organisations (such as LONAP and UK ENUM Consortium) in addition to contributing his time as co-chair of the RIPE Policy Working Group and Policy Advisor to Nominet. He also ran his own hosting and network infrastructure company.

Denesh currently runs Meidan Ventures Limited (Business and IT Consultancy, Event Management) in the UK, and D&A Events Limitada in Portugal. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Nominet UK.

Dr Willie Black (Chairman)

Person WillieBlack.jpg Has over 30 years' experience in implementing IT and networking solutions and in managing IT and networking projects.

Dr Black also brings wide experience of setting up, managing and developing businesses in the IT sector. Most recently, as founder, first Managing Director and chairman of Nominet UK, where he was involved not only in the technical aspects of the business, but also in the financial, legal and political aspects.

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Keith Mitchell (Managing Director)

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Keith Mitchell from 2008 until 2012 served as Vice President of Systems Engineering at the Internet Systems Consortium, where he had responsibility for ISC's infrastructure and open-source software development. This included operation of ISC's F-root, DNS and public benefit hosting network infrastructure. Prior to this at ISC he managed the OARC programme for DNS operators, since 2012 serving as President of the now-autonomous nonprofit OARC Inc.

Keith conceived the UK Network Operators' Forum UKNOF in 2005, and has been leading this for its past twenty-six successful meetings. He has previously been involved in Internet engineering and governance for some 25 years, founding the London Internet Exchange (LINX) in 1994 where he was Executive Chairman until starting up XchangePoint in 2000. He has served as a non-executive Director of Nominet UK, Chairman of the RIPE NCC Executive Board and co-founded the UK's first Internet startup, PIPEX, in 1992.

Mike Hughes

Person MikeHughes.jpg Mike is a freelance consultant with over 15 years of industry experience, specialising in areas of multi-stakeholder relations, peering & interconnect, and technical evangelism.

Having a degree which has nothing to do with computing, Mike's technical skills were forged in the fires of dial-up ISP tech support and network ops in the mid- to late-1990s, having to do mighty hacks to make things work, and the power of asking someone to "Reboot and if it still doesn't work, phone back".

Mike is also Chair of the Board of Trustees at University of Greenwich Students' Union.

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Nat Morris

Person NatMorris.jpg Nat runs the consultancy Esgob Ltd, operates a global anycast network and is an Architect for Cumulus Networks, he lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

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Nigel Titley

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