Speakers at Digital Exchange event

We have a great line up of speakers and panellists for our event Digital Exchanges: plugging the gap in infrastructure transformation on 27 January in London.

Details of the event and registration here

Eventbrite - Digital Exchanges: plugging the gap in infrastructure transformation

John Souter

John SouterJohn Souter joined LINX as CEO in March 2001. He has also been a Board member and Treasurer of Euro-IX since inception in 2001.

John had a 20 year career with the British Standards Institution, culminating in his directorship of BSI Quality Assurance. In 1996 he became vice president for systems and operations with Mobile Systems International Plc.

In 1998 he became managing director of AAH Meditel Ltd, and in 2000 was appointed as UK managing director of Varetis Communications, which provided Internet, WAP-based and directory computer systems to telephone companies.

He is co-author of a technical book on Portable Modula-2 Programming.

Mike Kelly

mikekellyCEO Datacentred Ltd

Dr Mike Kelly founded and developed £1.3billion business TeleCity plc. Most recently he established DataCentred Ltd, which is pioneering a new model of data centre, combining co-location services with next generation computer and storage solutions.

In the late 1990s Dr Kelly identified the opportunity to establish a pan-European colocation company and in 1998 founded TeleCity. With Dr Kelly as Chief Executive, Telecity achieved annual turnover of £32.5 million within three years of its founding and he designed and rolled out across Europe the first large data centres in Manchester, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris, Stockholm, Frankfurt and Munich.

Since 2011, Dr Kelly has focused on DataCentred, pioneering regional colocation services combined with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) next generation computer and storage solutions.

Dr Kelly has an MBA from the University of Manchester as well as a PhD in High Energy Physics from the University of Liverpool and a BSc from Imperial College. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the British Computer Society.


Andy Hirst IEng, MIET , ATD

Andy HirstAndy Hirst, is the Technical Director at the award winning critical infrastructure specialist Sudlows, Andy is an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and member of the MIET. Alongside his role as Board Director at Sudlows, Andy is currently Chairman for the ICCT (Information Communication & Controls Technology) Group of the ECA (Electrical Contractors Association). He is also a fully Accredited Tier Designer (ATD) awarded by the Uptime Institute. Andy Hirst is a passionate ambassador for new datacentre technology and has committed his career to championing technical innovation and development along with promoting the European code of conduct – driving energy efficiency and green data centres.


Malcolm Corbett

Malcolm CorbettMalcolm Corbett is the founder and CEO of the Independent Networks Co-operative Association (www.inca.coop) linking public, private and community organisations promoting the development of next generation fibre and wireless digital infrastructure in the UK.

Prior to setting up INCA, Malcolm ran the Community Broadband Network which he founded in 2004 to support local broadband initiatives through mentoring, advice and consultancy.

Malcolm has a background in the Internet industry. He was a director of one of the first UK ISPs, Poptel, and he co-invented the .coop global Internet domain. He has also been active in social enterprise  and co-operative movements in the UK and internationally.

Malcolm has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Surrey.

Iain Bennett

IainBennettIain is a digital economy and cities consultant with 25 years’ senior management experience in private and public sectors. His work emphasises the leading role of creative industries and the digital economy in the renewal and growth of places, spaces and economies. He was Sector Leader for Digital & Creative Industries at Northwest Regional Development Agency (2006-11). From 2012-14 he was project manager for the Department for Culture, Media & Sport’s £150m Superconnected Cities programme.

Peter Eyres

peter_eyresPeter is a co-founder of Netfuse telecom, a Brighton-based network working at the interface between telecoms networks and business software. Prior to Netfuse, he worked as a strategic consultant to organisations ranging from Asda, Kellogg’s and General Electric to the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Bank. He is currently completing an MSc in Innovation Studies at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.

The organisers

Lorne Mitchell will chair

LorneMitchellLorne Mitchell is Founder and Managing Director of Objective Designers. He is a seasoned consultant, commentator, interviewer and presenter at industry conferences in the Telecoms, Media and Technology sectors, having previously held senior positions in BT, MCI, AT&T, PwC and IBM. Lorne’s real passion shines through when he is moderating or leading discussions on the latest trends, disruptive services and innovative technologies that will force the industry to change over the next few years. With Shaun Fensom, Lorne has designed and developed the early stages of the Digital Exchange concept in Brighton and is looking forward to implementing the model in new cities over the next few years.

Shaun Fensom will present the concept

Shaun FensomWorking with consultants CBN, Shaun Fensom advises on digital infrastructure deployment as a tool for economic and social development, covering technical feasibility, business case, business planning and governance issues.

Together with Lorne Mitchell, Shaun developed the ‘Digital Exchange’ concept and helped design and deliver the Brighton Digital Exchange.

Shaun is secretary of the Manchester Digital trade association, which he helped found in 2001. In the early 1980s Shaun co-founded Poptel, one of the UK’s first ISPs and a pioneer in the use of on-line technology by campaigning and development organisations.

20. January 2016 by Shaun
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