Who we are

Introducing FCS

Dave Dadds - Chairman

Dave Dadds has over 30 years experience in the telecoms business, starting at British Telecom and then going on to establish DRD Communications Ltd in 1986. Originally involved in the fixed line Business System market, call minutes and mobile phones, the business has evolved since 2005 into a "Cloud" application provider for business communications under the vanillaIP.com and qudo.com brands.

Dave is a director of the FCS and Merton Chamber of Commerce; he was elected to Chair in 2016. He lives with his partner in South London along with his 3 children.  In his spare time Dave likes to play golf and enjoy life!
 

Itret Latif

Itret Latif - Interim CEO & Deputy Chairman

Itret Latif is the former Telecoms Business Manager of Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE), where he worked since 1991. In that time, Itret was instrumental in developing SSE’s retail communications business in the domestic sector. He therefore has experience of the challenges faced by new players in this market. Previous roles within SSE include the development of SSE’s Gas Supply business and, as an Executive member and Chairman of the Gas Forum, the development of industry governance arrangements for the gas supply industry. He brings a wealth of regulatory experience to the Board.

 

 

Roy Pierce

Roy Pierce - Non Executive Director

Roy Pierce has been involved in many aspects of the electronics industry during his working life but always with a predominant interest in radio communication.
Roy qualified as a Chartered Engineer following a student apprenticeship with what was then Vidor Burndept and became involved with the design and manufacture of Radio/TV, Process Control, Military Communications and Private Mobile Radio. Burndept, a company originally founded in 1922, developed a strong market position in the supply of Police Radio in the 70’s and 80s and became the predominant world supplier of military survival radios for aircrew with the SARBE product. Roy rose to become Managing Director of Burndept before eventually leaving to set up Procom Communication Services in 1985. Procom is based in the south east and provides design, sales and maintenance of two way radio systems. Roy Pierce has been involved with the FCS as a Council member for many years and most recently as Chairman of the Business Radio Council. Roy was appointed to the Board in January 2009.

 

John Thomson - Non Executive Director

John Thomson is Product Development Manager at Panorama Antennas Ltd, designers and manufacturers of antennas for a wide range of wireless technologies. John has always worked in Telecoms, starting as an apprentice with Post Office Telephones, then running his own company specialising in the supply and installation of mobile radio, BT Radiophone and cellular. This was followed by a spell at Talkland, (a service provider), where John developed a vehicle installation and field maintenance team and franchised repair centres. He has worked at Panorama Antennas since 1995 and his current role involves technical support and working with both OEM and end users to develop antenna solutions.

He is co-chairman of FCS Installers Committee, leads the antenna working group within the FCS 1362 code of practice review and recently worked on a review project with the Energy Institute to produce an updated installation document for fuel carrying vehicles. In his spare time, John is a parent Governor at his children’s school, enjoys dinghy sailing and spending time with his family. John was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in January 2008.

 

Kieron James - Non Executive Director

Kieron James, who chairs the FCS’s Numbering working group, has founded and developed several start-ups and held key positions in larger organisations.

In 1997 he established Da Vinci Design and Publishing Ltd, before accepting the position of Business Development Director at Domainnames.com. Kieron was promoted to Region Manager, Latin America at Domainnames.com based in Buenos Aires in 2000. He later returned to Madrid as European Business Development Director for VeriSign and was subsequently promoted Managing Director for VeriSign in the UK, assuming overall operational and strategic control of the business.

Kieron founded Zimo Communications in February 2005 and remained CEO at the company until its sale to j2 Global, Inc. in 2012, when he took up the role of Chairman at Nexbridge. He was appointed Chairman of the FCS Numbering Group in 2006 and has represented the industry in many consultation meetings and in the preparation of documents for industry regulators Ofcom and PhonepayPlus.

 

Megan Corcoran - Non Executive Director 

Megan Corcoran is Operations Director of leading south coast small communication provider, Sprint Ltd T/A SCS who provide Wholesale Line Rental and Discounted Call Charges, SCS provides a range of business products and services, including Telephone Systems, IP Telephony, Business Mobiles, Superfast Fibre / Broadband, Ethernet Services, and Inbound Numbers. Having started her career in telecoms in technical support and as a cad technician in 1999, she joined SCS in 2003 as Ops Manager and went on to becoming Operations Director in 2007 at 27 years old, seeing SCS through substantial growth. Megan brings deep operational understanding along with passion for championing the smaller communication provider, the business market, the rights of the end consumer and the careers of women in the telecoms industry.

Megan is highly active within various industry forums and has been a member of FCS since 2005 and Co-Chair of CSP (formerly FSP) since 2012, where she has driven many changes to the benefit of industry. She has represented the smaller CP and the business market in numerous consultations and developments and is the voice of the small provider at fixed line industry forums such as SMF, constantly pushing for improvements including escalations and billing.

Outside of telecoms Megan is a keen horse racing fan and self-proclaimed foodie with weekends spent either at the races or at food markets then experimenting in the kitchen!

 

David Alldritt - Non Executive Director

David’s background includes a long military career, then building and selling a retail business before an accidental move into the world of telecoms from which he has never looked back.  David joined HighNet from Caudwell Communications in 2005, working in channel partner development until his interest in VoIP technology and the potential of cloud services saw him move through product management and into his current role.  Significant milestones with HighNet include the build of their business-only ISP network in 2011/12, being amongst the first movers into Scotland’s only Internet Exchange in Edinburgh a few years later, and recently driving Glasgow’s connectivity into the Gigabit age in partnership with CityFibre.  As an advocate of growth through digital innovation, David has been active in informing and lobbying industry bodies, regulators and government for greater investment in national digital infrastructure and skills.

David is married with 3 daughters, and outside of business he enjoys whitewater kayaking, skiing and golf. 

 

 

 

Introducing the Staff

 

Laura Beard - Sales Manager

Laura has worked for over 14 years in sales, she brings with her a wealth of sales experience from many industry sectors. Laura joined the FCS as a sales executive in 2010 and has since been promoted to sales manager.

Laura lives with her 2 sons in Bromley and in her spare time she enjoys reading and swimming.

 

 

Cathy Gerosa - Head of Regulatory Affairs

Cathy has worked in the regulatory side of the telecoms industry for about 25 years; this includes 12 years with PhonepayPlus, four years as Compliance Manager for a network operator and two years as Membership and Regulatory Manager for a smaller telecoms association.

Prior to getting into the world of telecoms Cathy worked for the Post Office HQ in what would now be called “equalities policy” and did a two year stint as a driving instructor.

 

 

   

    Sharyar Ahmed - Membership and Operations Administrator

 

 

 

 

     Nazeef Bajwa - Membership and Events Administrator 

 

 

Tim Cull - Head of Business Radio

Tim Cull has been engaged in professional radio communications for all his business career.  Tim owns and manages Telecom Policy Services Ltd which provides contracted support to companies over a range of topics from the provision of professional (operational) radio-communications services through to environmental policy support.

He brings this knowledge to his work with FCS, where he has been Head of Business Radio for the last seven years.

 

 

Jason McComb - FITAS Scheme Manager

Jason has been managing the FITAS accreditation scheme for 5 years.  During that time he has introduced the successful ‘fast-track’ accreditation programme for experienced technicians, and is currently trail-blazing a new ‘Journeyman’ route to FITAS for individuals who have a motor industry background but little prior knowledge of vehicle electronics. He is a time-served vehicle electrician of 25 years.

Jason holds CIPD qualifications as an industry trainer, and is the lead auditor on the FITAS scheme.