Directors' Biographies

Sir John O’Reilly FREng Hon FIET
Visiting Professor UCL;
Chairman, ERA Foundation Ltd.

Sir John’s career has spanned universities, industry and government service. Industrial experience in Telecommunications includes periods with the (then) Post Office Research Centre and subsequently BT Laboratories. Past university appointments include Chair of Telecommunications at UCL, where he now continues as a Visiting Professor. In addition, he was recently appointed as a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield. Public sector/government appointments have included: Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Director General in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

His research has resulted in some 400+ journal/conference publications, a number of patents and thee books on Telecommunications. Active in the profession with various national and international bodies (IET, EUREL, IEEE etc.) he is a past President of the IEE/IET and has twice served on Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Internationally he chairs the Science and Engineering Research Council in Singapore, the External Review Committee for the Carnegie-Mellon Portugal Program in ICT and the International Advisory Committee for the Institute of Telecommunications in Portugal.

He received the J J Thompson Medal of the IEE (now IET) for contributions to electronic engineering, is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and received a knighthood (2007) for his contributions to science and engineering.

Paul Rosbotham

Paul Rosbotham has worked in the telecoms industry for over 25 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 heads NICC TSG, which agrees interconnect arrangements for UK networks, and also the Nuisance Calling/CLI 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.

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.

Ian Lawrence

Ian has 33 years’ experience working in different aspects of telecommunications and is currently a Director in Openreach Ltd, leading a team responsible for Network Investment and Engineering.  Primarily focused on delivering a better service, through targeted network investment and improving engineering skills and capability.

Prior to this, Ian has held various senior 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.

Andy Rawnsley

As Gamma’s Chief Architect Andy has responsibility for all aspects of technology including the high-level architectural systems and network designing, technology standardisation and establishing the strategic technical direction for the business. Current focus is the development of IP based product and market opportunities and capitalising on the lead Gamma has established through deployment of the first ‘all VoIP’ core telco network in the UK.

Andy has been with Gamma since 2002 joining shortly after the company was formed. Prior to Gamma this Andy spent the previous 14 years in a range of senior Account Management, Sales, Technical Sales, Product Development and Product Management roles with both AT&T and Global Crossing. Whilst at AT&T Andy participated in the Executive Leadership Continuity Programme. Andy is an Engineering Graduate of Aston University, a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

Paul Beaumont

Paul has 37+ years’ experience in telecommunications industry; having worked in BT, Sky and Virgin Media, prior to its acquisition by Liberty Global. As VP for Communication Platforms within LG, Paul is responsible for network architecture and design of Fixed, Mobile and Converged communication platforms and products across 12 countries in Europe. Current focus is around transformations in Fixed from TDM/NGN to IMS and Mobile from Thin to Thick MVNO. He is a guest lecturer at University College London on the Masters in Telecommunications programme and is a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

Nick Kelly

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.

Andy Cook

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.

Steve Cantrill

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 signaling 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.

Jane Humphrey

Jane works for Ericsson and became a NICC Director in 2016.

Steve Kingdom

Steve works for Huawei and became a NICC Director in 2017.

Mohamed Hammady

Mohamed works for Sky and became a NICC Director in 2010.