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.
David Meyer served in the British Army's Royal Corps of Signals from 1979-2010, leaving as Brigadier and Deputy CIO. During his career he held positions delivering operational information systems and services; leading units responsible for policy, procurement, operations, signals intelligence and computer network defence; and serving overseas in Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Afghanistan. David joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Chief Information Officer in December 2010. He holds a Master's degree in International Studies and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional. In addition to his OSAB membership he also chairs the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and is the non-exec Chairman of Digital Mobile Spectrum Ltd.
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 the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder of the pioneering smart city company Worldsensing, Fellow of the IEEE and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence.
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, organized and chaired numerous conferences, was the Editor-in-Chief of two journals, has more than 200 highly-cited publications, and authored several books.
He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, former Minister David Willetts’ 8 Great Technology Fund, UK Regulator Ofcom, UK Ministries, No 10, EPSRC ICT Strategy Advisory Team, European Commission, Tech London Advocate, ISO Smart City working group, and various start-ups.
He is also an entrepreneur; composer & pianist with 5 albums on iTunes and an artist-verified Spotify account; as well as fluent in 6 languages. He has talked twice at TEDx. He had coverage by national and international TV & radio, and his contributions have featured on the BBC, the Wall Street Journal and many others.
David is Director of Technology Strategy in Ofcom. He is responsible for leading Ofcom’s technical research programme and supporting Ofcom policy development across a wide range of areas including: white space and cognitive radio, unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum, radio switchover, network neutrality and next generation broadband access. David led the UHF Strategy project, which sought to identify the how to best balance the competing demands for UHF spectrum by different services including terrestrial broadcasting and mobile broadband. More recently he has been leading working on new approaches to spectrum sharing to increase the future supply of spectrum for mobile broadband and machine to machine applications.
Before joining Ofcom, David worked for the Independent Television Commission where he held the position of Deputy Director of Technology, and before that led the high frequency research and development activities in Thomson Multimedia based in Rennes.
David has published numerous technical papers on RF and high frequency engineering and holds 12 patents. David has a first class honours degree and PhD in Electrical and Electronic engineering. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Hendon is a senior advisor at Ofcom, working on spectrum, international strategy and network resilience issues. He is a member of the Smart Meters Strategic Programme Board at the Department of Energy & Climate Change and a non-executive director of Multiple Access Communications Ltd and ContinuumBridge Ltd. He is independent Chairman of the 4G/TV Co-existence Oversight Board established by DCMS. He is a Visiting Professor at Surrey University, deputy-chairman of the Radio Communications Foundation and a member of the IET’s Communications Sector Panel.
From 2002 to 2011, David was a Director in the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills where he was responsible for BIS's business-facing activities and policy in communications networks, internet, software and computer services, information and cyber security, electronics, digital content, media, publishing and postal sectors and, from 2010, the Office for Life Sciences.He was previously Chief Executive of the Radiocommunications Agency, which managed UK radio spectrum prior to the establishment of Ofcom. His earlier career included appointments in the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office, Cabinet Office and the Department of Trade & Industry, all involving electronic communications. He was Chairman of the Board of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute from 1996 to 1999 and a council member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2006 to 2009. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
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 General Manager of Digital UK Ltd, 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 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 a number of Government Ministers between 2002 and 2003 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 enabled the UK’s 4G spectrum auction in 2013.
He developed and 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 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.
Mike is an independent consultant in telecommunications. Until his retirement in September 2009, he was the Group Research and Development Director for the Vodafone Group of companies, with the responsibility for the Group’s research activities, intellectual property and technology standards worldwide. He is a Vodafone Fellow and an Executive Technical Advisor to Vodafone. From 2011-2013 he was Head of School for Natural and Mathematical Sciences at King’s College London. He is a member of the Board of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, having been chairman for the 2008-2011 Board period. Until January 2017, Mike was a non-executive director of Avanti and is a Trustee of the Alacrity Foundation. He holds the Vodafone Chair in Telecommunications at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Wireless World Research Forum. Mike is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and until June 2011 served as a member of Council of the Academy. He was the President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications for the Presidential term 2010-2011. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the University of Plymouth in 2011. He is an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway, University of London. He was appointed an OBE in June 2009 for his services to the telecommunications industry.
Niall is Founder and CEO of EVRYTHNG, an internet of things software company providing a digital identity on the Web for billions of consumer products. 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. Prior to founding EVRYTHNG, Niall co-founded pan European WiFi network The Cloud, acquired by BSkyB in 2011. In the mid 90s he founded one of the first internet service providers in Africa, later acquired by UUnet. Niall co-founded scenario thinking consultancy The Digital Thinking Network in 1994. He has presented around the world, including at TED, was a co-author of the WiFi roaming framework adopted by the IETF, and has co-authored a number of patents.
Linda Doyle is Professor of Engineering and The Arts in Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, and Director of CONNECT. CONNECT is a national research centre focused on future networks and communications and is co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland and industry. CONNECT is headquartered in Trinity College and is spread over ten different academic institutions in Ireland. Professor Doyle’s expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices. She has raised over 80 million in research funding in the past decade and has published widely in her field. Professor Doyle is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. 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 Douglas Hyde Gallery and on the Board of Pallas Project Studios.
Wassim Chourbaji is Qualcomm’s Vice President and Head of Government Affairs for Europe and the EU, Middle East and North Africa. He is a member of Qualcomm’s Europe Leadership and the Managing Director of the EU Brussels Office. He oversees Qualcomm’s public policy, regulatory affairs and senior government relations in the region. Mr Chourbaji leads a senior team in Brussels, London, Paris, Munich, Rome and Dubai responsible for innovation, technology, intellectual property, digital economy, spectrum, standardization, data protection and antitrust policy. He has been appointed member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and is also the Chairman of TechUK Communication Infrastructure Council. Mr Chourbaji studied engineering and mathematics.
Peter Pitsch is Associate General Counsel and Executive Director of Federal Relations for Intel Corporation. He manages Intel’s U.S. government affairs team.
Pitsch 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, Pitsch was a staff member of the Reagan Administration Transition Team.
Mr. Pitsch received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1973 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976.
24 July 2017
The Ofcom Wales team represents Ofcom in Wales and Wales within Ofcom – managing relationships and communications with the general public and a wide range of industry stakeholders, including politicians, industry and the media.
16 June 2017
The Ofcom team in Belfast represents Ofcom in Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland in Ofcom. We ensure that we keep in touch with the views and opinions of citizens and consumers, the regulated industries and stakeholders more generally in Northern Ireland and factor these into our policy and decision making.
16 March 2017
The Content Board is a committee of the main Board and it sets and enforces quality and standards for television and radio.
06 March 2017
The Broadcast and On Demand bulletin reports on investigations into potential breaches of Ofcom’s codes and rules for TV, radio and video-on-demand programmes.