Meeting Committee

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The following individuals are the current members of the Meeting Committee, responsible for the logistics of running UKNOF Events:

Brandon Butterworth

Person Brandon.png Chief scientist for the BBC's research and development team and the man who first registered, Brandon Butterworth was responsible for the corporation's first faltering steps online and continued to force digital communication on a reluctant analogue colossus until it finally relented. He pioneered streaming radio on the web and was still personally backing up the whole BBC website until 2003.

Also on the Advisory Committee

Chris Russell

Person ChrisRussell.jpg Chris is currently the Systems and DataCentres manager for a regional ISP and Services Provider, Knowledge IT in the North East of England.

Also on the Programme Committee

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Debbie Casey

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Also on the Programme Committee

Denesh Bhabuta (Co-ordinator)

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Also on the Board of Directors and is the Meeting Committee Liaison to the Programme Committee

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.

Fearghas McKay

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Also on the Programme Committee

Keith Mitchell

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Also on the Board of Directors and Programme Committee

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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Tom Bird


Will Hargrave

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Also on the Advisory Committee

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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