|Mr Nigel Titley |
Nigel Titley graduated from Oxford University in 1976 and went to work for British Telecom (BT) at their research laboratories at Martlesham Heath in Suffolk, in the UK. After work on a variety of projects mostly involving the design and programming of embedded microprocessor systems he began to drift towards networking as a speciality via the related field of system administration. DECnet and OSI gave way to TCP/IP and he found himself operating a highly unofficial gateway between the Internet and BT's research network. In 1992 - 1993 he was part of the team that designed BT's Internet offering, moving over to operate the network in late 1993. As network manager of the Dante European Research Network for six months in 1995, he came in contact with many of the friends and colleagues that he still values today.
Leaving BT in 1996 he joined Level 3 and helped build their European network starting in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Brussels. He managed the peering and transit policies for Level 3 in both Europe and the Far East and generally pursued an open peering policy.
Seeing the potentials of Ethernet over MPLS, he and a group of four others from Level 3 formed PacketExchange, a small startup dedicated to providing Ethernet point to point connectivity. Despite mistiming the launch of this company to coincide with the dotcom collapse of the early 2000s, PacketExchange is still up and trading today, although Nigel parted company with it in 2003 for personal reasons and went to work for Flag Telecom, managing their global peering strategy. There he developed a better understanding of the Far Eastern market attending APRICOT meetings whenever possible and presenting on a variety of subjects.
After FLAG outsourced most of its operations to India he moved to Easynet, a UK corporate ISP, recently purchased by Sky, the satellite broadcast company. At Easynet he has been in charge of peering and transit policy but is also acting Head of Capacity Planning.
Nigel has been involved with the RIPE NCC for many years, serving three previous terms on the Executive Board. He is passionately committed to the continuation of the RIPE NCC, and in the delivery of its core service, the delivery of network resources. Other services should be justified on merit, "good of the Internet", and sound business grounds. During his time on the Executive Board he has concentrated on ensuring that services such as the RIPE Meetings are properly accounted for, that members get the best value for money, and that the RIPE NCC keeps its core service in full view.
Nigel is also co-chair of the Database Working group, a director of the UK ENUM consortium, co-chair of the UK Network Operators Forum, and a member of the LINX Program committee. Rumours that he is the RIPE NCC Executive Board representative in the Secret Working Group are greatly exaggerated.