The FISP Board is comprised of a non-executive Chairman, two Executive Directors and six non-Executive Directors.
The primary purpose of the Board is the administration and management of FISP. FISP has no employees and Board Members are not remunerated.
Chairman: Derek Wyatt
Derek Wyatt has been a long-serving member of the FISP Advisory Network and in 2015/16 played a leading role in our flagship ‘Digital for Londoners’ project. He became Chairman of FISP at the beginning of 2017, having previously served as a non-executive director.
He was a Founder of a computer channel on Sky (dot.tv), the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group, the Oxford Internet Institute and also served as Member of Parliament for Sittingbourne and Sheppey from1997 to 2010. Prior to 2017 he chaired NISE – an IP hub within the NHS.
Derek also chairs Royal Trinity Hospice, is a trustee of the Book Trust, a non-executive director at Code Investing, member of RIBA’s Library Committee and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts..
Company Secretary: Nick White
Nick is Executive Vice President of the International Telecommunications Users Group and a member of the CMA Board having served as TMA Chairman from 1990-1993.
He has been responsible for global information technology and communications for Reuters, Midland Bank (HSBC) and Unilever during an ICT career of nearly 50 years.
He continues to be active in influencing ICT policy on behalf of business users through his role at INTUG representing them at ITU, OECD and the European Commission/BEREC. Nick is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of CMA.
Operations Director: David Brunnen
David has more than 50 years experience in the telecommunications industry. In 1980/81 he was primarily responsible for the introduction of the UK’s first nationwide eMail service – Telecom Gold. David went on to create new telecom ventures including: Network Nine (a chain of high-tech serviced offices), Rendezvous (an advanced conference call service) and EDInet ( the UK’s first EDIFACT eCommerce transaction service).
Leaving BT in 1992 he established Advanced Business Facilities Ltd (ABFL) which, a decade later evolved into Groupe Intellex – a specialist consultancy focussed on broadband developments. Groupe Intellex is now an on-line publication and David Brunnen serves as Managing Editor. His writing and international speaking engagements are informed by his work in Further Education, Sustainable Economies, the development of Intelligent Communities, Study Tours, support for the NextGen series of UK conferences and exhibitions and creation of the UK’s annual Digital Challenge awards programme. He served as Governor and Vice-Chair of the board of Eastleigh FE College (2004-2011) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
From 1986 to 1989, as an Air Commodore, he was the Director of Military Communications for the Air Force Department in the Ministry of Defence, from where he left to join the systems engineering company, EDS, as Divisional Manager, Civil Systems. He left EDS in 1991 to join the Telecommunications Managers Association (now CMA) as Director General.
David handed over his chief executive role in CMA in October 2002. He continued to lead CMA’s Regulatory Affairs Forum until Jan 2014, acting as the business user interface with the UK’s National Regulatory Authority. He retains his interest in strategic and regulatory issues in the communications sector, both as a director of FISP and by contributing to discussions in other forums. David served as FISP Secretary from 2012 to 2016.
He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of CMA and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Michael Rowbory BSc (Eng), MIET, MCMA, TEM
Michael Rowbory has over 40 years senior management experience in ICT project development and implementation.
After a 20 year career in the British Army, where he gained a degree in electrical engineering and a post-graduate qualification in Telecommunications Engineering Management and attended the Army’s Staff College, and during which time he was closely involved in the development of major military ICT equipment programmes, he left to work for a leading international Systems Integrator.
During this 2nd career spanning 25 years he was involved in many large national and international ICT infrastructure, managed services and outsourcing programmes for Government, Telecoms Service Provider, Publishing, Broadcasting, Retail and Education sectors. Latterly his focus was in delivering MNO and MVNO infrastructure and telecoms value added services programmes internationally.
In recent years he has been a Board member of the Communications Management Association, the CMA, representing the interests of ICT business users, retiring as Chairman in 2013. He is currently a director of a number of start-up technology based companies assisting innovators and entrepreneurs in bringing their ideas to market. Michael served FISP as Chairman from 2012 to 2016.
Malcolm Taylor has worked in the telecoms industry since 1967, with Cable & Wireless, Emirtel UAE, W S Atkins, Energis, Telewest, Virgin Media and Cable Europe Labs (the technology arm of the industry’s trade association).
From 2000-2015, he was Managing Director of EuroCableCertification bvba, a Belgium based company responsible for certification testing of equipment used by the cable industry, notably the EuroDOCSIS technology used for high speed broadband.
He has been closely involved with UK telecoms policy and regulatory issues since 1982 and with broadband policy development since 2000, particularly with the Broadband Stakeholder Group between 2000 and 2007. Malcolm previously served FISP as Operations Director from 2012 to 2016
Anna is a senior finance executive who has earned success as a “respected regulatory finance expert” in international organisations. Now an independent analyst she advises on regulatory consultations and cases, network business plans Cost of Capital for fixed and mobile networks and recently a major project for the Malaysian Regulator on accounting, transfer charges and CCA valuation methods. Anna has led training programmes for Regulators and Operators on spectrum finance and recently developed a business plan for an innovative telehealth network service.
She was previously Head of Access and Price Control Royal Mail, on market evaluation cases and led the regulatory finance unit working with Postcomm (now Ofcom). Earlier Anna held various senior finance appointments in BT International and originally in BT Cable. Her professional career began with law firms, at Wedlake Bell and then Baker McKenzie before qualifying as an accountant with Pannell Kerr Forster (now BDO). Anna has an honours degree with University of London and speaks fluent English, French, Polish and some Russian.
Claire Milne, MBE
Claire Milne has 40 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector. She entered BT in 1975 as an Executive Engineer, progressed through teletraffic, network design and planning roles, and in 1983-5 was part of the team that set up the new liberalised regime and BT’s first operating licence. After spells in marketing strategy and mobile communications, she left BT in 1989, since when she has been an international telecoms policy and regulatory consultant, first with Ovum and later, independently, as Antelope Consulting. Consultancy has taken her to scores of countries in all continents and at all stages of development. As well as general regulatory assignments, she has specialised in numbering, and in universal service and consumer affairs.
She has also served on various boards, including those of the former premium rate regulator ICSTIS, the Internet Watch Foundation, and the former Telephone Helplines Association. From 2008 to 2014 she chaired the Consumer Forum for Communications, an umbrella body supported by Ofcom. Since 1990 she has worked closely with the Essential Services Access Network, and since 2001 has been a member of Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Expert Panel. She is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics, where she teaches a graduate course in telecoms policy.
Dr. Richard Cadman is a senior strategy, policy, and market consultant specialising in the electronic communications industry. Richard has 35 years work experience in both large and small businesses, including 25 years as a consultant. His clients include major telecommunications companies, mobile phone networks, industry associations satellite and cable companies as well as national and supra-national government bodies.
He is an Associate of the Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia, from where he was awarded a PhD in 2015. He has a MA in Competition and Regulation Policy from UEA and and a Bachelors degree in Politics and Economics from York University.
Richard joined the FISP Board in 2016 having previously been an active contributor to the FISP Advisory Network
FISP Advisory Network
The work of FISP is supported by a team of senior independent expert Advisors – colloquially known as ‘our gurus’. The independent Advisors play no part in the management of FISP but contribute, on a voluntary basis, to the development of selected FISP Papers and their subsequent presentation to public policy developers. Taken in aggregate with the specialist knowledge of Board Members, FISP and its Advisors represent over 500 years of telecommunications/networking experience.
FISP has been supported by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) with engagement represented by David Nash