Programme Committee

Fearghas McKay
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Fearghas McKay

Co-Chair
Fearghas McKay

Fearghas McKay

Co-Chair
James Bensely
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James Bensely

Chair
James Bensely

James Bensely

Chair

James’s technical career background to date is based on network design and operations, and programming. He’s worked for various service providers across the UK designing, building and maintaining networks and automating their operations. UKNOF is an essential part of network operations in the UK which is how James discovered UKNOF himself.

The social and communal aspect of James’s career to date has been based on active participation within the networking community, both within the UK and abroad. He is proud of the passionate and supportive industry community that exists within the UK. He both attends and speaks at industry events such as UKNOF, LINX, RIPE and NetLdn. He is one of the co-founders and organisers of NetLdn and is now thrilled to be part of the UKNOF PC.

Ben Carter
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Ben Carter

Ben Carter

Ben Carter

Ben Cartwright-Cox

Ben Cartwright-Cox

Tim Chown
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Tim Chown

Tim Chown

Tim Chown

James’s technical career background to date is based on network design and operations, and programming. He’s worked for various service providers across the UK designing, building and maintaining networks and automating their operations. UKNOF is an essential part of network operations in the UK which is how James discovered UKNOF himself.

The social and communal aspect of James’s career to date has been based on active participation within the networking community, both within the UK and abroad. He is proud of the passionate and supportive industry community that exists within the UK. He both attends and speaks at industry events such as UKNOF, LINX, RIPE and NetLdn. He is one of the co-founders and organisers of NetLdn and is now thrilled to be part of the UKNOF PC.

Marek Isalski
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Marek Isalski

Co-Chair
Marek Isalski

Marek Isalski

Co-Chair

Marek has been a freelance network engineer for over a decade, helping businesses by finding the technologies, skills and suppliers they need to start pushing their own packets. He believes that every day is a school day – never stop learning!

Keith Mitchell

Keith Mitchell

Also on the UKIF Limited Board of Directors as Managing Director and UKNOF Meeting 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.

Hal Ponton
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Hal Ponton

Hal Ponton

Hal Ponton

Nick Ryce
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Nick Ryce

Nick Ryce

Nick Ryce

Nick Ryce is a Senior Network Architect for a major ISP based in Scotland. Nick has over a decade of experience working within the Service Provider industry and has worked with a variety of IT start ups as well long established operators within the industry.

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