Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board (OSAB)
The Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board (OSAB) provides independent advice to Ofcom on strategic spectrum management issues.
Provision of independent strategic advice helps Ofcom to carry out its remit in securing optimal use of the radio spectrum, taking account of the different needs and interests of all users.
Professor Linda Doyle (Chair)
Linda Doyle is the President and Provost of Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, Ireland.
She is Professor of Engineering and the Arts at Trinity College, University of Dublin, where she is also a Fellow. Linda was Vice-President for Research before being elected as Provost. She was the founding Director of CONNECT, a national research centre co-funded by both the Science Foundation Ireland and industry, which focuses on future networks and communications. Professor Doyle was also the Director of CTVR, Ireland’s national telecommunications research centre, which has since been succeeded by CONNECT. Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices.
She has raised over €70 million in research funding in the past decade and has published widely in her field. Professor Doyle has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at both a national and international level. She is on the Board of the Festival of Curiosity a STEM outreach activity for children based on a city-centre yearly science festival. She is a judge in the BT Young Scientist, Ireland's premier science competition for school children. She is the Chair of the Board of the Douglas Hyde Gallery.
Professor Mischa Dohler
Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence. He is a serial entrepreneur; composer and pianist with five albums on Spotify/iTunes; and fluent in six languages. He acts as policy advisor on issues related to digital, skills and education. He has had ample coverage by national and international press and media.
He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker, and has received numerous awards. He has pioneered several research fields, contributed to numerous wireless broadband, IoT/M2M and cyber security standards, holds a dozen patents, organised and chaired numerous conferences, was the Editor-in-Chief of two journals, has more than 200 highly-cited publications, and authored several books.
He was the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King’s from 2014-2018. He is the co-founder of the Smart Cities pioneering company Worldsensing, where he was the CTO from 2008-2014. He also worked as a Senior Researcher at Orange/France Telecom from 2005-2008.
Gavin’s current role is as Head of the Fixed Access Centre of Excellence within Vodafone. He is responsible within Vodafone Group for the fixed broadband access strategy, architecture and deployment practises across the 17 countries where Vodafone currently has fixed access assets.
Gavin was previously Head of Strategy & Planning in Cable & Wireless Worldwide leading a team of architects responsible for the technology architecture and strategy. He had previously worked at Bulldog Communications (later acquired by C&W Worldwide) where he held a variety of responsibilities from product development through to network operations and CTO. Prior to that Gavin lead the Access Architecture & Design team at BT.
Gavin was a founding director of the Broadband Forum where he was overall Technical Chairman for twelve years. In addition he has been co-chair of the UK21CN consultation’s Broadband Group, chair of the UK NICC’s DSL Task Group and also vice-chair of the NICC Ethernet Access Task Group. Gavin also serves on the IET Communications Policy Panel, the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board (OSAB) and the Broadband Forum’s executive advisory board. Gavin is a member of the IEEE, Fellow of the IET and Distinguished Fellow of the Broadband Forum.
Gregory Bensberg is the Managing Director of Digital 3&4 Limited, the UK’s main commercial public service DTT multiplex, carrying ITV and Channel 4 services to over 98% of UK households. He is a leading authority on both the technical and regulatory aspects of digital broadcasting and has over 30 years’ experience as a regulator and digital broadcast engineer. He is also the chair of the 5G Media Action Group’s regulatory, spectrum and policy group.
He has previously worked as a policy and technical expert for Ofcom, the UK government and the Independent Television Commission for over 20 years. He acted as a key technical and regulatory adviser to the UK Government during the development of the UK government’s switchover policy. He was also responsible for leading Ofcom’s spectrum clearance programme (800 MHz and 2.6GHz) which enabled the UK’s 4G spectrum auction in 2013 and the development of the UK’s UHF spectrum strategy.
Gregory is a chartered engineer and holds an MBA and BSc. He joined the ITC in 1992 after spells working for Marconi, the IBA, Quantel and Thames Television. He was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to communications and media.
Niall is CEO & Co-Founder of EVRYTHNG, a pioneer of the internet of things managing billions of digital identities on the web for consumer products and organising the world’s ecosystem of product lifecycle data. EVRYTHNG is a World Economic Forum Global Innovator. A computer scientist by training, Niall is a technologist, serial-entrepreneur and angel investor. With 25 years of experience in innovation and future thinking, Niall has built pioneering businesses in internet infrastructure, the mobile internet and web services in Europe, the US and Africa.
Wassim Chourbaji is Qualcomm’s Senior Vice President and Head of Government Affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He oversees Qualcomm’s public policy, regulatory affairs and senior government relations in the region. Mr Chourbaji leads a senior team dealing with innovation, 5G, intellectual property, digital economy, spectrum, standardisation, data protection and antitrust policy. Mr Chourbaji studied engineering and mathematics.
Peter Pitsch currently consults for the C-Band Alliance. Until May 2018, he was Associate General Counsel at Intel Corporation, specialising in communications policy matters. Peter was the Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the FCC from 1987 to 1989 and Chief of Office of Plans and Policy from 1981 to 1987. From 1980 to 1981, Peter was a staff member of the Reagan Administration Transition Team.
Peter received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1973 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Centre in 1976.
Rosalind Singleton is a board level executive with over 25 years of experience in the sector. She is also a Chair, adviser, speaker and angel investor.
Rosalind is the Chair of the UK5G Advisory Board. UK5G is the national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK, providing advice to and working closely with the Department for Digital, Cultural, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Rosalind joined UK Broadband in 2013 and was Managing Director from 2017 until it integrated into its parent company in 2019 following their delivery of the ThreeBroadband 5G launch network. She has previously held senior roles at BT Openreach, Cable and Wireless, Vodafone, various VNOs, and other international operators from start-ups to incumbents.
UK Broadband delivers wireless broadband to customers across the country and delivers campus and Enterprise wireless solutions to critical national infrastructure providers and local government customers across the UK.
For the last four years Rosalind has been an active angel investor and mentor and has led several deals. She is focused primarily on tech businesses with a female founder. One of Rosalind’s deals won “Female Led Investment of the Year” at the UKBAA 2018 awards. Her investments span wearables, products, software, soft drinks, big data and blockchain in both B2B and B2C spheres. She is a member of the Angel Academe Advisory Board.
Peter Hadinger is the Chief Technology Officer at Inmarsat. Peter and his high calibre engineering team are developing next generation technologies and satellite infrastructure that will enable innovative connectivity services and solutions across land, sea and in the air. These services and solutions sustain operational, safety and mission critical applications for businesses and governments across the world.
After joining Inmarsat in 2011 to help develop the market-leading Global Xpress programme, Peter became President of the business unit responsible for US Government sales and programmes at Inmarsat and subsequently became CTO in late 2017.
Prior to joining Inmarsat, Peter spent 30 years as a leader in technology development, engineering and government spacecraft programmes at Northrop Grumman. He holds multiple patents in advanced communications technology and systems.
He also has a diverse regulatory and policy background, having successfully led industry efforts in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Telecom Services Agreement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) World Radio Conference Advisory Committee, the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, plus a one-year fellowship in the United States Senate.
Peter received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, an MBA with emphasis in finance and strategic planning from George Mason University and serves on engineering advisory boards at Virginia Tech. He was inducted into the Cal Poly Pomona Engineering Hall of Fame in 2014.
Alastair Macpherson is the partner leading PwC’s economic practice and specialising in the communications and other regulated sectors. He has advised numerous operators, regulators and governments around the globe. A major part of his interest and work has focused around the debate defining the appropriate form of regulatory intervention in the case of market failure in the communications and technology sectors in the face for technology change. He also advises clients in other regulated sectors including posts, health and water. Alastair has acted as an expert in regulatory, competition and arbitration proceedings including the UK Competition Commission, Competition Appeals Tribunal, European Commission DG Competition and the London Court of International Arbitration.
Prior to joining PwC Alastair worked at BT plc where he held various roles in corporate finance, new businesses and regulatory affairs.
David is a former central government Chief Information Officer and was previously a senior army officer in the Royal Corps of Signals. In the course of his career he has worked in the UK Government digital and cyber risk fields, and on electromagnetic spectrum policy issues with Ofcom, industry and the Government.
David chairs a private limited company, DMSL, trading as 'at800', and has been a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board since 2009. He has also chaired an industrial technical body, the Spectrum Policy Forum, since 2016.
Dr. Robert Pepper
Robert Pepper is Head of Global Connectivity Policy and Planning at Facebook focusing on global, regional and national infrastructure and connectivity including new technology development, deployment, adoption and policy/regulation. Pepper was previously Cisco’s Vice President for Global Technology Policy, helping governments develop national digital strategies, address wireless and spectrum policy, security, privacy and Internet governance.
Pepper was Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development at the United States' Federal Communications Commission for fifteen years where he led teams designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions, developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, and planning for the transition to digital television. He also led the Office of Policy and Development at United States' National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
His academic appointments included faculty positions at the Universities of Iowa, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, and as a research affiliate at Harvard University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society and the board of the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute and is a member of advisory boards at Columbia University and Michigan State University. He is a member of OSAB, has chaired the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and served on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Spectrum Management Advisory.
Pepper received his BA. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.