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Executive

Lesley Cowley, OBE, MBA - Chief Executive

Lesley Cowley has been CEO of one of the world’s largest internet domain name registries since 2002.

Under Lesley's 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 Cowley was made OBE for services to the internet and e-commerce in 2011. She champions IT skills and women in computing and IT and was named as one of the the 500 Most Influential People in the UK by Debretts & The Sunday Times in 2014 and 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 and a member of the BCS Policy and Public Affairs Board.

Lesley is a Fellow of a number of respected bodies including; the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; The Institute of Directors; The British Computer Society; The Institute of Credit Management and The Chartered Management Institute. She is a Freeman at The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, a Member of The Inspirational Women Network, and a STEM speaker for schools.

Lesley has been Chief Executive of Nominet since 2002.

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. 

Antonia Seymour - Chief Commerical Officer

Antonia joined Nominet in January 2014 and is responsible for leading Nominet’s Marketing, Communications, Channel Management and Business Development activities and is an Executive Director on the Nominet Board.

Prior to joining Nominet, Antonia worked in scientific, technical and medical publishing in a variety of senior executive roles with a business growth and expansion remit, most latterly as the Vice President and Director of Business Development at John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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.

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. 

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