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 - CEO 

Itret Latif joined the FCS board in 2009 and was appointed FCS Deputy Chairman in summer 2016. He also brings more than 18 years of telecoms and energy industry leadership, regulatory and policy development expertise and management experience. Itret has held several leading non-executive director positions in Telecoms and Energy and has been invited to provide evidence to both the House of Commons and House of Lords on telecoms and energy. In his evidence to the House of Lords in 2012 he was first to identify broadband as an essential service and a utility. At the same hearing, he called for Regulatory change and restructuring of BT with Openreach being separated to become a legal entity owning both the infrastructure assets and engineering operation.

As a  former senior executive of Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE), he established and headed highly profitable SSE retail telecoms and gas businesses. Other roles include Chairman respectively of the Gas Forum and SPAA organisations where he led on behalf of members the development of industry governance arrangements for the gas supply industry retail competition. He has considerable experience ad appreciation of the challenges faced by new entrants. He brings a wealth of leadership, business policy development and regulatory experience to the FCS Board. 

 

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.

 

Martyn King - Non Executive Director

Martyn King is an experienced operations professional with over 35 years in the telecommunications industry; including an extensive technical background in BT, Mercury/Cable and Wireless and CableTel/Ntl: (now Virgin Media). Throughout his career he gained detailed telephone switching, transmission systems, CATV, fixed radio access, network management and submarine cable systems experience. 

He has held previous management/director positions in a number of UK companies including Ionica, Redstone Telecom, Band-X and Zimo Communications.  He is currently Managing Director of Nexbridge Communications and Director of UK conference call business WHYPAY?.

Martyn set up the BT IP Exchange Customer Forum in 2011; an environment for fellow CPs of IP Exchange to discuss operational concerns and help develop and shape the product.  He chaired the forum for over 6 years.  Martyn has also been an active member of the OTA Number Port Executive Steering Group since its inception.

In his spare time, Martyn is a trustee and treasurer for registered charity South Powys Youth Music in his home town of Brecon.

 

Richard Russell - Non Executive Director

With a diverse a diverse telecommunications career spanning 38 years, Richard Russell gained extensive experience in Business and Mission Critical narrow and broadband radio communication technologies. 

Richard is proud to have joined Tait Communications in July 2018 as Business Development & Indirect Chanel Sales Manager UK & Ireland. Focused on critical communications for Utilities, Transportation and in particular Public Safety and development of distribution channels sales. Richard is convinced “This is an area of special relevance with exciting developments of solutions from Tait that will add real-life value to our front-line services”.

Richard spent 25 years at Motorola, having numerous technical and business positions including Product Management of Devices and Infrastructure, Business Development for Accessories & Energy and Go-To-Market Product Specialist. Having worked with Fire Rescue Service and SCBA manufacturers, Richard drove a development program of fire ground incident communications and SCBA communication solutions to significantly improve the quality of fire fighter communications and enhance their safety.

After leaving Motorola, Richard obtained valuable experience at Roadphone NRB, who specialise in resilient (life safety) digital radio communications infrastructure solutions. They have been deployed across Critical National Infrastructure, corporate (high profile), high value facilities and iconic real estate through-out London and UK.

Richard is a contributor & adviser to industry journals and is proud to be a non-executive director with the FCS and volunteers time and support of British APCO as an Executive Committee Member of BAPCO.

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

 

Richard Gill - Head of Regulatory Affairs

Richard has over 36 years of telecommunications experience working in BT performing a wide range of managerial roles. Since the inception of Openreach Richard has been a Product Manager for; LLU, Service Products, FTTP and for the five years up to June 2019 was their product lead for FTTC. In all these roles Richard worked closely with CPs to enhance the specification and service offered. He has attended and presented to many of the regular industry forums and is familiar with the Concept to Market process. He has lots of experience working with the OTA and Ofcom on regulatory matters.
Richard ensures FCS members are kept up to date with all the latest product and regulatory developments in the Access market, runs the monthly FCS Customer Service Providers call and will do his best to answer any queries you may have.
He lives in Wiltshire, ironically in a non-fibre enabled village, with his wife Jenny and enjoys golf, tennis, cycling and walking.

 

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 Trainer & Auditor 

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.

 

Rachael Scott – Membership Administrator

Rachael handles all FCS membership enquiries and works on the day to day running of the membership. An invaluable member of the team she also provides administrative support for the sub committees and board members.

Contact Rachael for all membership enquiries.

 

Leona Waggott - Membership Adminstrator

Leona works alongside Rachael to administer all FCS's day to day membership enquiries.

Contact Leona for all membership enquiries.

 

Tracey Christy - Finance Team

Tracey is your first point of contact for membership payment and supplier invoice enquiries

Contact Tracey for all FCS membership finance enquiries.

 

Claire Westgate - Events Manager

Claire is a professional conference and event manager with over 14 years’ experience and a full member of ABPCO (Association for Professional Conference Organisers). She started her career working in London for specialised B2B media groups - EMAP and Centaur Media where she delivered events for publications such as Retail Week, Architects Journal and The Lawyer. Claire is the project manager for FCS’s conference and events.

Contact Claire for all FCS event enquiries.

 

Nicole Dixon - Sponsorship and Exhibition Manager

Nicole is an experienced sponsorship manager with a thorough understanding of the opportunities that event sponsorship can provide. Nicole worked for a number of large London based conference specialists including Clarion Events, Financial Times and Ascential Events. Nicole manages all sponsorship for FCS’s conferences and builds relationships with our partners which create real opportunities for investors.  

Contact Nicole for all sponsorship enquiries.