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 and Cluster 3: Spectrum Value and Efficiency
The Chair of the Steering Board and Cluster 3 is 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.
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: Future Spectrum Demand
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: Spectrum Access and Sharing
Cluster 2 is 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 4: International Spectrum Issues
Cluster 4 is chaired by Barry Lewis.
Barry has been engaged in the radio spectrum regulatory arena for 25 years. During this time he has driven forward the interests of industry in both the fixed and mobile sectors. He has worked with regulators both nationally and internationally and was a member of the UK delegation at ITU-R WRC-15. Barry has engaged with industry colleagues on regulatory matters of mutual interest during the preparatory process for several ITU-R study cycles.
Most recently Barry has been involved in the mobile sector and working for Samsung Electronics, he helped initiate and drive forward the 5G spectrum matters both in CEPT and the ITU-R.