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Board of Directors

The LONAP board consists of four elected directors and the managing director. The elected directors serve for a term of four years and are elected or re-elected at the annual general meetings by the members. The managing director is a permanent member of staff.

The elected directors hold a largely non-executive role in the company, setting high-level strategy, direction and goals. Day to day operations are carried out by the permanent staff.

The board select a chairperson and a finance director from their number. The current Chair of LONAP is Peter Taphouse.

Elected Directors

    • David Croft
    • David Croft More » Director (Elected 14 January 2020) view profile

      David runs Sargasso Networks, manages the network at Electromagnetic Field and joined our board as a director in January 2020.

    • Martin Levy
    • Martin Levy More » Director (Elected 15 December 2015) view profile

      Martin Levy recently retired after being a Distinguished Engineer at Cloudflare, a global web infrastructure and website security company based in San Francisco, California. He has been involved in the operational world of TCP/IP for more than 40 years and has spent nearly half of that time focused on the well-being of Internet backbones, peering and efficient distribution of content.

      Martin worked at the prestigious Bell Telephone Laboratories in the early 80s with a career that revolved around the early days of deploying TCP/IP, DNS and routing protocols on Unix boxes. He has since worked on both early TCP/IP application development along with building global IP networks from the mid 90s to mid 2000s. Martin is mainly known for his dedication and unrelenting pursuit of the deployment of IPv6 within the global Internet along with safe and secure BGP routing. This is well documented online. From March 2014 to January 2021 he worked for LONAP member Cloudflare (and prior to that for Hurricane Electric, another LONAP member).

      Whilst recently retired, he still holds a strong passion and desire for a successful growing Internet. In fact, maybe more-so these days, he tries to help the cultivation of a new generation of Internet technical leaders!

      Martin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing and Cybernetics from the University of Kent, Canterbury. He was born in London and has traveled extensively throughout his life. He now resides in California and has done so for well over half his life. He’s a UK/US dual citizen.

    • Andy Rawnsley More » Director (Elected 28 April 2021) view profile

      Andy Rawnsley is the Chief Architect of Gamma. He is responsible for Gamma’s high-level architecture, network design, technology standardisation and the firm’s strategy towards technology. Andy joined Gamma in 2002, during the early days of the telco’s foundation.

      Andy is also a board member of the NICC, a technical forum which develops interoperability standards for public communications networks and services in the UK. NICC is an independent organisation owned and run by its members.

      Prior to Gamma, Andy worked for AT&T and Global Crossing in a series of roles involving account management, sales, technical sales, product development and product management.

      Andy graduated from Aston University with a degree in Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.

    • Peter Taphouse
    • Peter Taphouse More » Finance Director (Chair) (Elected 11 October 2017) view profile

      Peter co-founded Bytemark Hosting in 2002 and acted as a director until a successful sale to IOMart PLC in 2018. While there he was responsible for the company’s servers, network, and data centres, implemented its ISO27001 certified ISMS and until 2016 managed the finances. Since being elected to the board of LONAP in 2017 he has taken on the role of Finance Director and overseen the transition to new accountants, VAT review and overhauled the company’s management accounts. Peter has a Degree in Maths and Computer Science from Queens’ College, Cambridge.

Staff Directors

    • Richard Irving
    • Richard Irving More » Director view profile

      Richard has over 30 years industry experience in the Telecommunications and Internet Service Provider environment.

      He started his career with British Rail’s Telecommunications division and specialised in various aspects of the BR Packet Switched data network including IBM SNA/HDLC and Radio. More recently he has worked for GTS/Ebone, KPNQwest, Sprint, Cogent, TATA and AboveNet, holding both Operational and Commercial roles.

Elected Directors remuneration

  • The elected directors are each paid for 8 days a year plus a 7.5% pension contribution as required by law. The director overseeing finance is paid an additional 2 days (total 10) and the chairman is paid an additional 8 days (total 16).

    The elected directors are also paid for "Additional work managing the exchange"; this relates to activities such as helping with training courses, providing skills that the staff don't have and engaging with the community at events like RIPE. The MD agrees with the individual on what days will be paid, in advance.

    For the Financial Year ending March 2022, the following day rates apply:

    Directors responsibilities, ie Board Meetings etc £519.68
    Managing an Internet Exchange, ie any other work £403.97