Updated March 2017

David Burns

David is the founder and chairman of the UK Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (UKWISPA). He is also the managing director of Boundless Networks who provide high speed internet services to around 5,000 wireless subscribers in Yorkshire and Lancashire. David has enjoyed a successful career in a number of high technology and software firms over the past 30 years and has developed several award winning software innovations in areas such as natural language processing and mobile mapping.

Nigel King

Nigel represents UKWISPA for all matters Reglatory, such as fair access to spectrum and planning. Nigel is highly regarded globally in the wireless industry and has been responsible for the design and development of a number of leading wireless technologies over an extremely illustrious career. Nigel is the group Chief Technology Officer at Cambium Networks.

Chris Cope

Chris is a bit of a techie at heart but equally has buckets of sales, commercial, product, programme, strategy and operational experience – quite an all rounder.

Chris has held senior roles in the data, telecoms and managed services industries for over 20 years. Formerly a Technical Design Authority at BT labs designing enterprise class Internet services, founder and Managing Director of Applicable and several management consulting roles along the way.
Chris has a wealth of experience in wireless technology and has designed wireless solutions for a diverse range of applications including Formula 1, 2012 Olympic Games (a counter terrorism solution which won the Security Project of the year), the Police, county wide wireless WANs, city wide CCTV, live broadcast TV, distribution centres at -25C and mission critical campus connectivity including a highly resilient LTE network across Heathrow airport.
More recently Chris managed the first winning wireless bid for Relish under the BDUK Superfast Broadband programme.  He is currently working on high capacity track-to-train solutions for rail, developing small cell propositions for rural broadband, as well as working as Solution Director on large complex bids for Relish Networks plc.
In addition to having experience of many vendors and solutions, Chris also delivers a number of certified wireless technology training programmes both internally and into the channel.
Chris has degrees in Electronic Computer Systems, and Data, Telecommunications and Computer Networks from Salford University and an MBA from Bath University.  Outside of work he coaches kids football, fancies himself as a chef and shoots clays.

Tim Robinson

Tim worked at Motorola Mobile Devices in Basingstoke for around 20 years. He was initially involved with type approval and compliance certification of ETACS and GSM mobile devices. He moved on to various marketing roles before managing a team of field test software engineers.
He left Motorola in 2007 to start his own VoIP company, TxRx Communications Ltd. The company launched a small WISP in around 2010 to fill in for gaps in the FTTC deployment in his town, and it has grown from that.

Shaffin Jaffer

Shaffin is a chemical engineer by profession and has come to the telecommunications industry by investing in Kencomp Internet.  Prior to joining Kencomp Shaffin worked as a design engineer on offshore oil and gas projects and also as an economic analyst for a major oil company.  Shaffin’s other roles include working in the Acquisitions and Divestments team for GE Capital and running a group of hotels.

Hal Ponton

Hal Ponton is the Senior Network Engineer for Buzcom and FibreWiFi, the leading Wireless Internet Service Provider for the East of England.

Hal joined in 2012 and has played an integral role in overhauling the network and designing robust redundancy to keep customers connected to the Internet.

Prior to joining Buzcom and FibreWiFi Hal worked as a field engineer in IT support for companies in Essex. 

Outside of work Hal enjoys Snooker, Bowling, and Scuba Diving.