Nigel Titley – 2021 ICANN Board Seat 9

Nigel Titley

I graduated from Oxford University in Engineering Science and Economics, more years ago than I care to remember, and started work at British Telecom’s research labs in Martlesham Heath in Suffolk, UK, where I worked for a number of years on several different projects, eventually gravitating towards the new Internet protocol in the late 1980s. I played a part in the bringing of the Internet to the UK, and Europe, by arranging for BT to be a substantial player in the early days and by designing and operating the first (unofficial) BT email relay, shifting email between BT’s internal systems and the Internet.

After helping to design and operate BT’s first commercial Internet service I left to design and oversee the applications services (DNS, Email, NTP and Usenet news) in Level 3’s new European network. The advent of ethernet over IP led to my becoming one of the founders of PacketExchange, a company which set out to exploit the technology.

From there I went on to become peering manager for FLAG Telecom and then finally to Easynet, where I remained until early 2014. My current job involves the development of my long-time small business designing and selling environmental logging equipment and specialist electronic components. On the way I found time to help found the London InterNet eXchange (LINX) and serve on its board for 12 years, to found Nominet (the UK country registry), to act as co-chair for the RIPE Database Working Group, to launch 6UK (an organisation dedicated to encouraging IPv6 use by businesses in the UK), and, of course, to serve on the RIPE NCC Executive Board, which I joined in 1999 and left in 2018, having held the position of Chairman for nine years. Over the years I worked hard to ensure that RIPE NCC facilities were available to as many members as possible to vote and take part in the governance of the RIPE NCC.

I have been active in the RIPE community for many years, having co-authored a number of policy proposals related to transfer policy, fair run-out, certification, and recovery and re-use of IPv4 resources.

My private interests are fairly wide-ranging: gardening (especially herbaceous peonies), choral music, campanology, breeding grand-children and building home automation systems are just a few.

As an ICANN Board member I would bring a lifetime’s experience in practical involvement in Internet services, together with more than twenty years work in Internet governance.

Last modified on 21/12/2020

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