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The written entry deadline for all entries is 29th March 2018


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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

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

VP, Cloud Services at NSFOCUS

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 before becoming VP of NSFOCUS. 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

Digital marketing consultant, Wordpress and social media expert and owner at Flavourfy

Mark set up Flavourfy in 2014, a Dorset based business that helps new and small businesses get the best from the Internet be that websites, using social media or online marketing.
Since the mid-90s Mark has held a number of positions with various Internet and telecom providers. From 1995 to 1997 he set up and ran Demon Internet's commercial web sales and support team.  Whilst at Demon Internet, Mark also ran the Hostmaster team (domain names, IP addresses and DNS) and set up one of the first ISP network abuse teams which dealt with complaints about misuse of the Internet. This network abuse role was the catalyst to what turned out to be a 15 years career in Internet and telecoms law and regulatory compliance building up expertise in Internet and telecoms regulation, particularly in content liability. Between 1997 and 2014 Mark was involved in setting company and industry policies, working with UK law enforcement, negotiating legislation with the UK and EU parliaments and leading the internet industry through his involvement in the Internet Watch Foundation, the Internet Service Providers Association (which he was also Chair) and numerous government working groups.


Karen Mason

Solicitor, Director - Novalex Solicitors

Karen Mason trained and, in 1993, qualified as a solicitor with international law firm, Clifford Chance. Since commercial use of the internet began to develop, she has been working at the forefront of the fast-evolving legal frameworks which impact on the use of technology by individuals and organisations.
In the 1990s, Karen met regularly with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). She was an invited industry delegate at the G8 Conference On Security And Confidence In Cyberspace in 2000 and was a contributing author to "A Practitioner’s Guide To The Regulation Of The Internet" published in 2001.
During a career spanning over 20 years, Karen has worked closely with a whole range of businesses and charities from the BBC and Demon Internet in London to Lynx Networks and Worktree in Milton Keynes. Karen specialises in the laws relating to the internet, IT, e-commerce, media, intellectual property, confidentiality, agency, distribution, franchises, distance selling and data protection.


Kathleen Hall

Senior Reporter, The Register

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, SmallBusiness.co.uk, Business XL, Growth Company Investor, BBC Southern Counties, What’s on Stage, The Nottingham Evening Post, Bristol Evening Post and Barnsley Chronicle.


Steve Ranger

Editor-In-Chief, ZDNet

I am a tech reporter with a strong track record of exclusive reporting and award-winning feature writing, backed by in-depth knowledge of worldwide technology industry trends.  As an editor I have extensive experience of building and developing high quality, high performance editorial teams and setting editorial strategy both online and in print. I'm also well versed in product development, launches and developing social media strategies, including creating and developing online communities.

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