A .uk Policy Stakeholder Committee has been set up to support and enable the policy process. Members of the Committee bring a range of experience representing a range of interests and will help in engaging stakeholders in the process.
Roger Darlington - Acting Chair
Roger Darlington is a portfolio worker, specialising in consumer affairs and the communications industry. His appointments include the Communications Consumer Panel, Consumer Focus, and Postwatch. He is a consultant to Connect, the communications sector of the trade union Prospect and also carries out training.
His career includes roles as a Special Adviser to Rt Hon Merlyn Rees MP and as a trade union researcher and negotiator before taking special responsibility for strategic, technological and regulatory issues in both the postal and telecommunications industries at the Communication Workers Union, from where he retired in 2002.
Roger was the first independent Chair of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).
Tania Baumann - Head of Secretariat
Tania Baumann is Head of Secretariat at Nominet, where she is responsible for managing the .uk policy process, including bringing .uk policy recommendations to the Nominet Board and stakeholder engagement. Prior to her appointment to Nominet in December 2010, she was the Acting Director of the International Chamber of Commerce (UK) leading its policy and advocacy activities.
Tim Brown started his career as a professional web designer and IT consultant. He was then engaged in 2001 as the first full time employee of Demys Limited, a company specialising in Internet intellectual property, and is now Director of Equity Services. Tim has responsibility for the specialist and operational aspects of the business through which he maintains a first-rate knowledge of Internet systems and infrastructure, including web, email and DNS service provision.
Tim is also heavily involved in Demys' intellectual property division and has advised on Internet IP matters to some of the world's best known brands over the past ten years.
Abi Saul is the Senior Policy Officer - Strategic Liaison, Business and Industry Group at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), where she is responsible for policy and liaison in areas such as telecommunications and the internet, marketing, anti-fraud initiatives and technology.
The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. It is an accredited provider of the Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB) course in data protection.
Carolyn Kimber is the past Chairman of the Communications Management Association, CMA. She has been a CMA member since 1988 and Trustee for six years from 1999 and again since 2007. During this time on the board she was responsible for PR, masterminded the name change and re-branding project, and held the post of Treasurer.
Carolyn represents CMA on the Parliamentary ITC Forum (PICTFor) – formerly known as PITCOM, being an elected member of Council serving on its Programme and Communications Committees – helping to provide a programme of events to MPs to further their understanding of the ICT industry and its impact upon their constituents’ lives.
As Chair of the Olympics Trade Committee Carolyn is heavily involved in an advisory capacity in defining an enduring programme to leverage and maximise potential benefits from the Games for UK plc.
Dr Vicki Nash is Research and Policy Fellow and Director of Graduate Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, where her work seeks to draw out the policy implications of OII’s research into Internet and technology use. Recent projects have included efforts to map the legal and regulatory trends shaping freedom of expression online for UNESCO, and building links between child protection and free speech communities. She is currently undertaking a programme of research investigating children’s experience of online risks and the extent and frequency of any resulting harm.
As Director of Graduate Studies, Vicki recently established a new OII MSc programme in Social Science of the Internet, and teaches on two of the courses for this degree; she also teaches Political Theory at Trinity College, Oxford.
Dave Thomas began working in the domain industry in 2010 for Sedo who are the market leader in the secondary domain market and by 2012 he oversaw their entire UK operation. During his time with the business he was responsible for brokering some of the most significant sales in the company’s history.
Moving to the ICANN accredited Registrar NetNames in 2013 he now advises clients on domain management, brand protection and acquisition.
Pete McDougall is Head of Internet Content and Standards at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). DCMS develops Government policy for the communications, creative, media, cultural, tourism, sport and leisure industries. The Department is responsible for regulating and enabling growth in telecoms and the digital economy and facilitating the delivery of superfast broadband and universal access. The Department administers internet policy and governance, including net neutrality, safer internet, and copyright theft and oversees implementation of the Digital Economy Act.