The UK Spectrum Policy Forum is chaired by David Meyer MA FBCS CITP
David served in the British Army as a Royal Signals officer from 1978-2010, during which he worked in a variety of roles and units around the world, but with a consistent theme of using, managing and exploiting spectrum from LF to the upper reaches of SHF, for a range of applications. His last army post was as the deputy CIO in MOD in which he was responsible for reform of MOD's spectrum policy following Martin Cave's audit of public sector spectrum holdings in 2005. He drove the policy changes in Whitehall that enabled release of MOD spectrum, including Ofcom's forthcoming auction of former MOD 2.3 and 3.4GHz holdings. Given this background he is particularly keen to pursue opportunities for release (or possibly sharing) of commercially valuable public sector spectrum in future.
On leaving the Army and MOD David joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Chief Information Officer in 2010. He remained there for three years, leaving on a major reorganisation of the IT function in the FCO. He set up his own company and has worked as a consultant since then, covering cyber and technology issues for public and private sector clients. He has maintained his connection to spectrum issues through membership of Ofcom's Spectrum Advisory Board since 2010. He has chaired the Board for Ofcom since 2011 and his tenure as chairman has just been extended to 2018.
David has worked over the years with many of the companies represented within techUK and its predecessor. He greatly looks forward to engaging with all those involved in the Spectrum Policy Forum, in both private and public sectors.
Steering Board - Chair
The Steering Board is chaired by Chris Cheeseman, Spectrum Strategy Director, BT Group plc.
Chris is responsible for BT's spectrum strategy (mobile, fixed microwave and satellite networks) and plays a leading role in the development of BT's future mobile plans. He has played an active role for many years in a wide range of external industry and regulatory groups and has extensive international experience of spectrum management work in bodies such as the ITU and the European CEPT organisation. Within the UK Chris plays an active role in groups such as the techUK Communications Infrastructure Council and the UK Spectrum Strategy Forum. He deals on a regular basis with Ofcom and Government on a wide range of spectrum and regulatory issues.
During his career with BT he has gained 30 years of experience in wireless communications since graduating from Queen Mary College (London University) in 1985. Chris is a UK Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Steering Board - Vice Chair
The Vice Chair of the Steering Board is Daniela Genta, VP, Radio Regulatory Affairs and Policy of Airbus Defence and Space. Daniela Genta looks back at 20 years of experience in business development and regulatory affairs in the aero-space sector.
Daniela is specialized in radio spectrum policies for communications systems and market access strategy for connectivity services. She started her career with Eutelsat in Paris in the context of the global liberalization of the telecommunications.
After leading the public affairs team of Solaris Mobile, Daniela joined Thales Alenia Space international business development and since January 2014 she is responsible for Policy and Market Access Regulation at Airbus. Daniela is the Chair of the EMEA Satellite Operators Association Working Group on ITU.
Daniela graduated in International Law from La Sapienza in Pisa in 1995, has a post graduate degree in International Trade Law from the University of Torino and a MSS degree from the International Space University in Strasbourg.
Cluster 1: Spectrum Demand and Availability
Chair of Cluster 1 is Janette Stewart, a Principal with Analysys Mason, a consultancy specialising in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors, where she focuses on spectrum matters.
Janette joined Analysys Mason in 2001 and since then has led many of Analysys Mason's engagements with clients on spectrum matters including advice to national regulators, fixed and mobile network operators and spectrum end users.
Janette is experienced in advising on wireless technologies and network strategy, spectrum valuation, spectrum policy, demands for spectrum and wireless co-existence issues. She began her career in the Radiocommunications Agency (now Ofcom), and was part of the RA 3G auction team responsible for awarding 2.1GHz 3G licences in 2000. Janette studied as an electronic engineer focussing on radio frequency engineering and has a B.Eng. from Edinburgh University as well as an M.Sc. in radio engineering from the University of Bradford. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET).
Cluster 2/3: Spectrum Access, Use and Value
Cluster 2/3 is co-chaired by Peter Curnow-Ford, CEO, Viatec Associates and Chairman of Growth Innovators Group Ltd.
Peter Curnow-Ford is the Chief Executive Officer of Viatec Associates, advising PE/Investment Bank/Hedge Fund clients on the Telecoms and Wireless sector including spectrum. He is a Board Advisor/Associate to many technology companies including LYA, Inc. who provide spectrum auction simulation systems, spectrum strategy and spectrum valuation services to Regulators and mobile operators and Dahl Mobile Technology AB a manufacturer of mobile handsets. Previous roles include Chairman at Eisar, manufacture of mobile handset products in China, VP of Sales at LCC International Inc, a supplier of wireless RF engineering services; General Manager for Europe at Repeater Technologies Inc., responsible for 3G business; and spent 10 years with Nortel in senior roles.
He is experienced in cellular, infrastructure and wireless telecoms markets and investment and Wireless, LTE, WiFi, 5G, 4G, 3G and other technologies. He is a Participating Member of the ETSI ISG mWT for mmWave spectrum and a member of the techUK Communication Policy Council.
Cluster 2/3 is co-chaired by Tony Lavender, CEO, Plum Consulting
Tony Lavender is the CEO of Plum Consulting. He has extensive experience across a wide range of telecommunication and technology industry issues gained through working as a consultant, for the UK telecommunications regulator Oftel and for a network operator over a period of more than 30 years. Tony is particularly interested in public policy, regulation and the relationship between technology, and the economy. In recent years Tony has focused on radio spectrum issues and much of his client work at Plum has focused on the benefits of innovation in the radio spectrum field.
Cluster 4: International Matters
Cluster 4 is chaired by Simon Pike.
Simon has more than thirty years experience in spectrum policy and radio engineering, from 1.6MHz to 100GHz. For sixteen years, he was Chief Engineer, Spectrum and Regulatory for Vodafone, which he represented in CEPT, ITU, GSMA and other international bodies. He has played an active role in the last five ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences and has contributed to the European regulatory framework for 2.6GHz, 3.5GHz, 800MHz and 700MHz mobile bands, and for UWB.
Before joining Vodafone, Simon worked for Lucent Technologies and Motorola, defining the RF architecture for base stations and representing them in standards bodies. He was chair of the ETSI SMG8 and TFES committees, responsible for developing the Harmonised Standards for GSM and 3G.
Simon has a BA in physics from the University of Oxford, and is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the IET.