Our advisory board comprises senior figures who help us to build bridges and improve understanding between the wireless industry, spectrum owners, regulators and wireless users. They do this through the application of their extensive skills, experience and contacts in both the wireless industry and a variety of vertical industry and public sector users of wireless. The Board provides input to our strategy and development and helps us tailor our offering to meet customer needs.
Chair, Advisory Board
Roger is an independent non-executive director of a London-listed Venture Capital Trust (Downing Three VCT plc), chairman of AIM-listed software company Zoo Digital plc, chairman of mxData Limited, and a director of Charborough Media Limited.
Roger’s early career included a number of senior technical, marketing and general management roles at IBM, EMC and Pyramid Technology in the UK, Italy and the USA. From 1997 to 2006 he was Chief Operating Officer of Interregnum plc, the technology merchant bank, serving as a non-executive director or chairman on the boards of more than a dozen investee companies and founding Interregnum’s Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) practice. A mathematics graduate of Sheffield University and Fellow of the RSA, Roger also holds a certificate in investment management from IIMR, and is Visiting Professor of Management Practice in the Lord Ashcroft International Business School of Anglia Ruskin University.
Gregory Bensberg is the General Manager of Digital 3&4. This manages the broadcasting of ITV and Channel 4′s digital terrestrial services in the UK.
He has previously worked as a policy and technical expert at Ofcom and the Independent Television Commission for over 20 years.
He acted as a key technical and regulatory adviser to UK Government Ministers whilst they were developing the UK government’s switchover policy. He was also responsible for leading Ofcom’s spectrum clearance programme (800 MHz and 2.6GHz); which the UK’s 4G spectrum auction in 2013.
He led the planning and licensing of the UK’s digital switchover programme including its UHF spectrum strategy) and its adoption of the DVB-T2 standard and the launch of terrestrial HD services in 2009. He also led Ofcom’s Digital Dividend Review project in 2005/06 which laid out the process and principles for the eventual European digital dividend programme.
Gregory is a chartered engineer and holds an MBA and BSc. He was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for his work in communications and media by being made an MBE in 2014.
Rob Ray is Group Director of Digital & Information Technology, the Football Association. He is a senior business and technology executive with more than 25 years in experience including 16 years working in media. He combines real start-up experience with the needs and demands of today’s global corporations. The FA appointed Rob Ray CIO back in 2010. He has worked to ensure that the FA’s centre of excellence, St. George’s Park would be able to bring benefits to the rest of the country, by delivering a set of websites that include content on coaching on a weekly basis. Under Ray, the FA has also introduced the Whole Game system – a single point of administration to deal with affiliation, sanctioning, discipline and finance through an online portal. Rob is amongst Computing’s top 100 IT leaders in the UK.
MA, MBA, CEng, MIET
Graham chairs DVB’s Commercial Module, one of its key working groups defining requirements for digital TV standards. Graham has recently retired from a career in BT where he was a strategy director in BT’s Technology, Service & Operations division. He has been at the forefront of several major innovations in digital media and communications. He was a founder of the Digital TV Group (DTG) helping the UK to be first to launch digital terrestrial TV. He has led BT¹s audio / video conferencing business and launched new products & services including a pioneering conferencing product for desktop PCs. He has worked on BT¹s broadband services, from the early trials of video on demand to the launch of broadband Internet services. He has an honours degree in engineering from Cambridge, an MBA from Cranfield and is a Chartered Engineer (MIET).
OBE, BSc, CEng, FIET
Mike Goddard has 40 years’ experience in spectrum planning nationally and internationally in the UK administration. He was a member of the Radiocommunications Agency’s senior management team and was acting Chief Executive of the Agency when its functions were transferred to Ofcom. He was a member of the Board, and for a short period Chairman, of RSI International, a joint venture consulting business in the field of spectrum management. He has played a leading role in the development of spectrum reviews, national spectrum strategies, and more recently the development and implementation of ground-breaking spectrum reform in the public sector. Mike was also Director, Spectrum and International Policy, in the United Kingdom’s communications regulator, Ofcom.