Andrew Ferguson

Editor at thinkbroadband.com (Chairman)


Andrew is editor of thinkbroadband.com, the largest independent guide to Broadband in the UK. Providing news on progress of broadband updates across the UK and advice to consumers on solving a wide range of broadband problems and attempting to unravel the complexities of broadband for the mainstream press and consumers alike. Andrew also brings a raft of experience on the relative performance of UK broadband providers via his work on the popular thinkbroadband speed test.


Prof. Michael Rotert

Honorary President, eco, Association of the German Internet Industry

In 1991 Prof. Rotert was a founding member of the Internet Society. In 1993 Prof. Rotert founded one of the first ISPs in Germany (Xlink). In 2000 he was appointed Senior Vice President for research and development at KPNQwest. Afterwards he was Managing Director of several Service Providers. Prof. Rotert has been President and Vice President of EuroISPA. He is now President of eco, the Association of the German Internet Industry.


James Blessing

Head of IT Development, Freedom Fibre

Former ISPA Chair, James Blessing is currently Head of IT Development at Freedom Fibre. He has over twenty years of experience in internet technologies. Previously he was Deputy Director at Jisc, CTO at Relish, Strategic Relations Manager, EMEA at Limelight Networks, COO at Entanet, technical support manager and technical development manager at Zen Internet; senior project manager at Eunite; senior producer at Kiss102 and Kiss105; and a technical director at Net Nannies.


Alex Cruz Farmer

Product Manager, Security at Cloudflare

Alex set up his Brighton based company NetSumo in 2005 and in less than four years the company has become one of the leading and most respected Networking Consultancy firms in the service provider industry. He then went on to become Technical Director of C4L, VP of NSFOCUS, before becoming Product Manager at Cludflare . Alex has been involved with many organisations and is also a member of the LINX Programme Committee.



Helen Anderson

Legal Counsel, Accenture

Helen Anderson is a technology, media and telecoms lawyer, with a broad experience advising clients on a variety of outsourcing and technology agreements as well as data protection, digital media, intellectual property and e-commerce issues. Having spent several years at Dentons and Axiom Law, she is now works at Accenture as Legal Counsel to Accenture’s Interactive business.


Jolanta Stanke

Research Director, Point Topic

Jolanta Stanke has 14 years experience in telecoms, broadband and technology research. She joined Point Topic as Senior Editor in 2009 and became Research Director in 2015. Jolanta’s main areas of work are research and analysis of broadband market trends, including availability, take-up and pricing both in the UK and globally, as well as recruiting and training an international research network of highly skilled broadband analysts.

Previously, Jolanta worked and led on a number of research projects focusing on entrepreneurship, start ups, high tech sector and public policy while working at Kaunas University of Technology, UCL, Cambridge and Oxford Universities. A Cambridge graduate in Economics and a Fulbright scholar, she has an MBA and PhD in Management Studies



Brian Fitzsimons

Technology Consultant

Brian has worked with some of Europe's largest ISP's to bring innovative products to market like Mobile Broadband, Fixed Broadband, WiFi, VoIP and IPTV. He specializes in product design with an emphasis on developing award winning product and user experiences. In the past decade he has positively influenced policy advancement at industry level, run industry groups, technology conferences and also advised on the design of a number of well known consumer devices. Brands Brian has worked with span from BT, Telefonica, TalkTalk, O2, UPC and Dell. He occasionally appears in publications online or in the broadsheets.


Meredith Sharples

Regional CEO, Digicel

Since 2000, when he joined the telecom industry, Meredith has achieved remarkable success at driving customer-centric transformation and innovative new propositions within the UK and worldwide.

In 2014, Meredith spearheaded the successful launch of Vodafone's fixed broadband market entry in the UK, leading to rapid growth and the launch of an innovative customer proposition that laid the foundations for the current growth.

For more than four years, Meredith led the Post Office Telecoms business, transforming it into one of the larger broadband and fibre-focused ISPs. After
identifying an opportunity for divestment, he led negotiations for both the sale and smooth transfer of the business to Shell in 2021.

Today, Meredith is a Regional CEO for Digicel, bringing fixed and mobile connectivity to consumers and businesses across the Caribbean, including
Grenada, Dominica, St Vincents and the Grenadines.


Rob Chambers

Managing Director at Total Telecom

Rob is managing director and publisher of industry media owner, Total Telecom. As well as providing insight into telecom industry in the UK and across the world, Total Telecom organise a range of industry events including the award winning Connected Britain – the leading annual gathering of those shaping Britain’s digital future. Rob brings a broad range of experience derived from more than twenty years of working in the ICT sector.

James Robinson

Senior Analyst at Assembly Research

James has over a decade of experience in the telecoms industry during which time he has worked as an analyst, consultant, and policy advisor. He has broad knowledge and experience across spectrum, digital policy, M&A, and operator strategy.
Prior to joining Assembly, James was a lead analyst at the GSMA and before that a competition policy manager at Ofcom where he was project manager for the team advising the CMA and EC on the BT/EE and O2/Three merger reviews. He also led a market review of the 070 number range, and took the lead on various workstreams within the regulator’s Openreach quality of service project. James has a BSc in Economics and a LLM in International Competition Law and Policy from the University of East Anglia.

Francesca Lee

Chief Commercial Officer at Voneus

Francesca Lee is the Chief Commercial Officer for Voneus Broadband and leads the Sales, Marketing, Community Engagement and Customer Service teams to help bridge the digital divide that exists between the UK’s urban and rural locations. She has vast experience of delivering effective commercial strategies based on customer and market insights within the telecommunications sector, as well as a passion for delivering change.

Francesca has almost 20 years’ experience across telecommunications, having worked at Virgin Mobile and Virgin Media, before joining BT Consumer and BT Enterprise in various commercial roles across BT Sport, acquisition propositions, retention, digital and strategic partnership roles.

Catriona Biggart

Senior Vice President at Clarity

Cat has over 20 years experience working across B2B and B2C communications. She previously focused on telecommunications, leading the Mobile & Communications practice at Hotwire and working with the likes of O2, ZTE, Orange, BlackBerry, BroadSoft and Cable&Wirelss. At Clarity, she is currently working with a broad range of companies across AI, fintech, sustainability and blockchain, reporting to both entrepreneurs and Board members, making their messages more easily understood by their customers and developing communications strategies that deliver real impact.

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