ISPA Awards 2020
Written entry deadline is 27th March!
Click here to find the submission forms

The #ISP industry is working flat out to maintain network performance at this important time. Feedback from our members shows that UK's network is coping well, you can see a short factsheet we have produced on our website


Andrew Ferguson

Editor at (Chairman)


Andrew is editor of, 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

Deputy Director, Network Architecture at Jisc

Former ISPA Chair, James Blessing is currently Deputy Director at Jisc. He has over twenty years of experience in internet technologies. Previously he was 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.



Annelise Berendt

Senior Analyst, Point Topic

Annelise is a senior analyst with Point Topic, editing its UK Plus service and looking particularly at the more innovatory section of the UK broadband market. Point Topic provides information on broadband communications services and is internationally recognised as one of the best sources on broadband. Before joining Point Topic, Annelise spent eight years with Ovum as a service manager and analyst. Prior to this she edited telecom and media industry magazines.



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.



Mark Gracey

Owner of Digital Compliance Hub

Mark Gracey began working in the internet industry in the mid-90s when he joined Demon Internet to set up their commercial web sales and support team; this was the early days of the web: before Google; before social media. From there Mark set up one of the UK’s first network abuse teams which led to a fifteen year career in internet regulation dealing with everything from internet content liability to data protection and police liaison. Responsible for ensuring internal compliance and influencing external stakeholders he’s worked with the government, law enforcement and advised the House of Lords on internet policy matters as well as influencing the outcomes of a number of pieces of legislation, chairing the national ISP trade body, ISPA, and sitting on the board of the Internet Watch Foundation.

In June 2014 he set up Flavourfy Digital, a digital strategy consultancy which focuses on data protection, privacy, marketing compliance and data security.  Flavourfy Digital offers everything from GDPR audits, data protection consultancy and management (DPO) to website security and digital marketing compliance advice and guidance. In 2017 Flavourfy Digital launched the Digital Compliance Hub an online resource to help businesses meet their online compliance needs.

Mark has a Computer Science Degree (BSc Hons) and a Masters Degree (LLM) in Computer and Communications Law and has worked at businesses like Demon Internet, THUS plc, Cable&Wireless and Vodafone.

Journalist with broad experience of writing about law, business, technology, digital policy, government IT, finance and culture. I have written for: Private Eye, The Register, The FT, The Law Society Gazette, Computer Weekly,, Business XL, Growth Company Investor, BBC Southern Counties, What’s on Stage, The Nottingham Evening Post, Bristol Evening Post and Barnsley Chronicle.


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