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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

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Also on the Advisory Committee

Chief scientist for the BBC's research and development team and the man who first registered bbc.co.uk, 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.

Chris Russell

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Also on the UKNOF Programme Committee as Chair

Chris used to be the the Systems and DataCentres manager for a regional ISP and Services Provider, Knowledge IT in the North East of England. Knowledge IT were responsible for, amongst other things, the largest Wi-Fi campus network in Northern Europe (so Cisco told us) & the first Campus ipv6 lan in the North-East (as far as we know) whereas we used 2 full /48's (ND PFD). Knowledge was purchased by The Onyx Group in December 2014, and in turn Onyx were purchased by Pulsant whereas Chris is now a Senior Network Engineer within the Networks team whereas he continues to design solutions and work in core networks.

Debbie Casey

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Denesh Bhabuta (Co-ordinator)

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Also on the UKIF Limited Board of Directors

Denesh began his career in the Internet industry 24 years ago in 1993, and although he officially began his Events Management career in 2006, his events experience spans back 30 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 UKNOF Programme Committee as Vice-Chair

Keith Mitchell

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Also on the UKIF Limited Board of Directors as Managing Director and UKNOF Programme Committee

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

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Also on the UKNOF Programme Committee

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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