Lesley Cowley, OBE, MBA - Chief Executive
Lesley has been CEO of one of the world’s largest internet domain name registries since 2002.
Under her leadership, Nominet has become the trusted guardian of a vital part of the UK internet, providing services relied upon by millions of businesses and consumers. This success has enabled £32m to be donated to its charitable foundation, the Nominet Trust, of which Lesley was a founding Trustee.
Respected in the international internet community, Lesley is a Council Member of ICANN's Country Code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) and served as Chair from 2011 until 2013.
Lesley was made OBE for services to the internet and e-commerce in 2011. She champions women in computing and IT and was named as one of the top five most influential women in UK IT by Computer Weekly in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, she was the recipient of the inaugural ICANN Leadership Award for her leadership in the multi stakeholder community, involving the ccNSO and Women in DNS, together with her leadership of Nominet. She is a member of the UK Government's Cyber Crime Reduction Partnership.
Eleanor Bradley - Chief Operating Officer
Eleanor is responsible for operations and corporate services at Nominet - this includes customer service, dispute resolution, policy development, and the finance, legal and HR functions.
She also leads Nominet’s business continuity and risk management team, key areas of focus in a company operating at the heart of the UK Internet.
Eleanor has 15 years experience in the internet industry with a focus on customer service, continuous improvement and stakeholder engagement.
She has been an Executive Director since December 2012.
Simon McCalla - Chief Technology Officer
Simon leads the team responsible for the technology behind Nominet’s world class registry services, providing a vital resource on which millions of businesses and individuals depend.
Building on Nominet’s expertise with the Domain Name System, Simon provides technical leadership within the UK and international internet communities, regularly representing Nominet with technical, government and media audiences. In 2011, Simon co-ordinated an international review of the security and stability of the global Domain Name System.
Tasked with driving Nominet’s diversification, Simon has introduced a new emphasis on technical research and development. Under his direction, Nominet’s Research labs have developed technology that allowed them to identify a major bug in the global internet infrastructure.
Simon is a fellow of the British Computer Society, and has over 20 years experience overseeing information technology for global enterprises across retail, entertainment and consultancy sectors.
Simon joined the Board of Nominet as an Executive Director in November 2012.
Adam Leach - Director of Research and Development
Adam joined Nominet in July 2013 and is responsible for leading Nominet's R&D initiatives, managing innovation and new product development.
Previously Adam was at Ovum, a global analyst firm, leading Ovum’s research in smart devices providing market insight and intelligence on consumer technology. Whilst at Ovum he was a regular commentator on the technology news in the press, appearing on the BBC News, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and The Financial Times. Prior to this Adam worked for Vodafone defining its software strategy for smartphones.
Adam's background is in software engineering and he was the technical lead for the world’s first smartphone the Nokia Communicator.
Alex Blowers - Director of Legal and Policy
Alex joined Nominet in January 2011 as Director of Legal and Policy. Prior to this, Alex was International Director at Ofcom, responsible for Ofcom’s engagement with key international institutions and for negotiations within the European Union. He also was the Project Director for the Strategic Review of Telecommunications completed by Ofcom in 2005.
Alex’s early career was spent in the public sector. In 1991, he joined the DTI team implementing the Duopoly Review, and spent three years at Oftel in the mid-1990s working on strategic market-opening projects. Alex also worked on competition policy issues at the DTI, and on European policy issues at the Cabinet Office. Before joining Ofcom, Alex spent six years with the cable company NTL, latterly as Director of Regulatory Affairs.
Gill Crowther – Director of HR
Gill joined Nominet in June 2007 where she introduced a successful employee engagement strategy to make the company an employer of choice, while helping everyone to be as productive, challenged and fulfilled as possible while at work.
Prior to joining Nominet Gill worked as a leadership and management development consultant. She has more than 10 years HR experience gained in a variety of roles at Microsoft, GlaxoWelcome and Ford Motor Company. Gill is a chartered member of the CIPD and an Engineering and Business Studies graduate of Warwick University. Gill is also a school governor.
Glenn Hayward – Director of Finance
Glenn was appointed Director of Finance in 2008 and also takes responsibility for Nominet's Business Development and Business Analysis functions.
Prior to Nominet, Glenn was the Finance Director for the SME division of Northgate Information Solutions. He has also performed senior finance and analysis roles for Psion, Go Fly, easyJet and worked in the Assurance and Business Advisory division of Arthur Andersen.
Glenn qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998.
Helen Tomes – Director of Service Delivery
Helen has overall responsibility for the complete end-to-end service that Nominet delivers, managing a team of people who strive to provide the very highest levels of service to our customers whilst ensuring they bring a human touch to everything we do. Helen’s role includes overseeing our customer service, compliance, business continuity, risk management and data quality functions.
Helen joined Nominet in March 2012 as Head of Channel Relations and was appointed Director of Service Delivery in August 2013. Primarily from a publishing background, Helen has a mix of experience from different market sectors and across many disciplines including operations, marketing, customer and client services in both B2C and B2B environments.