About NICC

NICC is a technical forum for the UK communications sector that develops interoperability standards for public communications networks and services in the UK. Under the new arrangements, NICC is an independent organisation owned and run by its members.

The new arrangements build on the successful model employed by NICC to date. NICC will therefore continue to rely on its members to define its work programme and to contribute the resources to develop standards. NICC itself has neither technical staff nor contracts with consultants to undertake technical work.

Board of Directors

Current composition of the Board of Directors.

Sir John O’Reilly
Sir John O’Reilly
Chairman
Andy Rawnsley
Andy Rawnsley
Gamma Telecom
Nick Kelly
Nick Kelly
TalkTalk
Ian Lawrence
Ian Lawrence
Openreach
Justin Orde
Justin Orde
Paul Rosbotham
Paul Rosbotham
Vodafone
Jane Humphrey
Jane Humphrey
Ericsson
Steve Cantrill
Steve Cantrill
O2
Paul Beaumont
Paul Beaumont
Virgin Media
Andy Cook
Andy Cook
Telent
Steve Kingdom
Steve Kingdom
Huawei
Chris Croot
Chris Croot
KCOM

Observer Members

Ofcom
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Board meetings

The NICC Board last met on 20 January 2021.

Subsequent meetings are currently scheduled as follows:

Board Date
Board 55 19 January 2022
Board 56 26 April 2022
Board 57 14 July 2022
Board 58 27 October 2022

UK Government Organisations

UK Trade Associations

International Standards Organisations

Get in touch

For more information, contact the secretary: secretary@niccstandards.org.uk

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Sir John O’Reilly
Sir John O’Reilly
Chairman

Sir John’s career began with an apprenticeship at the Royal Radar Establishment with the Ministry of Aviation and has since spanned industry, universities and government. Industry appointments include periods with Ultra Electronics Ltd, British Telecommunications and in the SME sector (IDB Ltd, CAST Ltd). He held university appointments at Essex, Bangor and at UCL – where he was Chair of Telecommunications – and following a five year term as Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council he was Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University. UK government appointments included Director General, Knowledge and Innovation within the Business Department. Internationally he has served in an advisory capacity to Industry, the EU and various government bodies around the world; he is currently Chairman of the Science and Engineering Advisory Council of A*STAR, Singapore. His contributions to science and engineering have been recognized in the UK by the election as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, by the Institution of Engineering and Technology with the award of the Thompson Medal for contributions to electronic engineering and Honorary Fellowship. He received a Knighthood in the 2007 New Year Honours List. International recognition includes election as an International Member of Academia das Ciências de Lisboa, award of the Ciencia (Science) Medal of the government of Portugal and the Honorary Citizen Award of the government of Singapore.

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Andy Rawnsley
Andy Rawnsley
Gamma Telecom

Andy has over 30 years’ experience across the telecommunications industry having worked in AT&T, Global Crossing and Gamma. Currently Andy is Gamma’s Chief Architect with technical leadership responsibility across the business including network and system architecture, design, technology standardisation and the strategic technical direction for the business.

Andy’s tenure as an NICC Director began in 2010 and was appointed Company Secretary in 2016. Andy is an Engineering Graduate of Aston University, a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

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Nick Kelly
Nick Kelly
TalkTalk

Nick Kelly is the Director of Innovation Strategy for TalkTalk.  Nick has 28 years’ experience in technology, primarily in telecommunications, as well as a broad range of experience across computer engineering and digital technologies. He has been with TalkTalk since 2007, holding a number of senior technology roles covering network and systems architecture and delivery. His current role is focused on technology strategy for the business.  Nick has a PhD and an honours degree in Theoretical Physics.

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Ian Lawrence
Ian Lawrence
Openreach

Ian has 34 years’ experience working in different aspects of telecommunications and is currently a Director in Openreach Ltd, leading a large team of desk and field engineers, responsible for the maintenance of the Openreach network and delivering complex engineering solutions to customers.

Prior to this, Ian has held various senior leadership positions which included the responsibility for driving forward BT’s Deep Fibre Technology Strategy, development & introduction of new technology, as well as the design of new innovative solutions for enabling 100% Broadband coverage.  He has also led the development and testing work for new DSL technologies, driven BT’s position in International Standards and provided the direction and prioritisation of BT’s Access Research Programme.  Ian is a Chartered Engineer with the IET, a Fellow & Chartered Manager with the CMI and a Fellow of the ITP.

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Justin Orde
Justin Orde

Justin Orde was founder and Joint Managing Director of Spitfire Network Services Limited, a London based Communications Provider between 1988 and 2018.  He has served in the UK telecommunications industry since leaving the Armed Forces.  Justin is currently seeking a new role in the telecommunications industry.

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Paul Rosbotham
Paul Rosbotham
Vodafone

Paul Rosbotham has worked in the telecoms industry for over 30 years, specialising in Technology Regulation, Radio Spectrum and Network Interconnection. He formed part of the team that pioneered number portability in the UK in the mid-1990s, and managed the pan-industry implementation of the year 2000 number changes that saw the introduction of the 020 area code for London and 07 number range for mobile services. More recently, Paul has led initiatives to streamline network interconnection in an IP era, and now manages Vodafone’s radio spectrum strategy.

Paul acts as vice chairman of NICC TSG, which agrees interconnect arrangements for UK networks, having previously chaired this group.  He holds a Master of Engineering and Master’s in Business Administration, and is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

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Jane Humphrey
Jane Humphrey
Ericsson
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Steve Cantrill
Steve Cantrill
O2

Steve has been involved in the telecoms industry for over 29 years. Starting but in BT in 1989 involved in new project and services within the core network focusing on London and National Code Changes and international service connectivity to the core and early IN platforms. Transferred across to look at signalling within the core and IN networks before moving to Cellnet in 1998 to look at mobile signalling architecture and strategy. At this point became involved in the PNO standards groups looking at mobile number portability. Steve has led the signalling design and planning areas of Telefonica UKs core SS7 network and technical lead for early network monitoring solutions deployed within O2. In recent years he has been focusing on 4G/IMS/VoLTE deployments specifically around the design of diameter routing elements. Steve is currently engaged in the selection process for the new 5G Signalling components, along with an involvement in signalling firewall deployments for the Telefonica UK network.

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Paul Beaumont
Paul Beaumont
Virgin Media

Paul has 40+ years’ experience in telecommunications industry; having worked in BT, Sky and Virgin Media/Liberty Global. In previous roles in VM/LG responsible for the strategy, architecture & deployment of next gen Fixed and Mobile comms platforms in UK as well as Europe. This is in addition to maintaining the legacy telephony infrastructure. Member of the IET and Fellow of the Cybernetics Society. Guest Lecturer at UCL on MSc in Telecoms.

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Andy Cook
Andy Cook
Telent

Andy has spent his whole working career, over 30 years, in the Telecommunications industry, initially working for Plessey and continuing through many changes to now be working for Telent Communications Services Limited.  Andy continues to be proactively involved with design and development of the System X PSTN switch and has been involved in UK standards activities since the mid 1990’s.  Andy is an Engineering Graduate of Birmingham University, a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

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Steve Kingdom
Steve Kingdom
Huawei

As Chief Architect, Steve is responsible for all Fixed Network Architecture Solutions for Huawei in the UK (both Active and Passive).  He is leading Huawei future Standards & Industry Development activities for Fixed Networks and also developing new opportunities for Huawei in the UK tech sector (Fixed, Mobile, AI, Medical Devices, ICT etc).

With over 25 years’ experience in the Telecoms Industry, Steve has worked for Huawei for over 10 years.  Prior to that he spent several years working for NEC and a decade working for the KCOM subsidiary KTL, where he was responsible for global regulatory approvals for a number of blue-chip vendors.

Steve has been involved with the NICC (and its predecessor) for over 20 years, mainly focussing activities around the DSL TG.  He has also been an active member of the BBF for more than 20 years, where he has held several leadership positions on the Board of Directors and he also served as President.

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Chris Croot
Chris Croot
KCOM

Chris joined KCOM in 2020 as Head of Network Architecture after 15+ years at BT in various wide ranging roles. These have included positions driving the architecture for the convergence of BT’s fixed and mobile networks, network programmability with SDN and NFV, Broadband Enterprise architecture, developing BT’s DLM systems, UK Access Network architect and other roles innovating and driving the increase of revenue in the access network. Before BT, he worked for a business and technology consultancy supporting corporate IT systems, a telecommunications equipment vendor as IT and Telecoms Manager and DSL expert and he also ran his own IT and Telecoms consultancy. He has approximately 20 patents filed against his name and won several BT and external organisation awards. Chris is a Chartered Engineer and mentor.

Chris represented BT at several standards organisations and held leadership positions. He was awarded the Broadband Forum’s Leadership Award for his leadership of the SDN/NFV Work Area, the Fibre to the DP Work Area and the Operations & Network Management Working Group. As well as holding the directorship at the NICC, he is the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Architecture & Requirements and vice chair of the Access Technology Task Group. Outside of work he is a local Parish Council member and Treasurer of the village hall management committee.