The Committee

Behind F4RN is a team of people who have dedicated a huge amount of time and effort to get the project off the ground. We are local people who care deeply about the lack of quality broadband in our communities and are determined to do something about it. Between us there is a range of skills spanning everything from network design, engineering, IT, community engagement, marketing, management and business development. Below are short biographies of the main people who form the interim management committee tasked with getting the project off the blocks. There are many other people who offer very valuable specialist advice and contribute their time and effort and for whose input we are very grateful.

 

Chris HorneDr Chris Horne – Chair

Chris is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Having completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge his career has included the design, manufacture and maintenance of electrical and control systems for ships before moving to the power industry with Powergen and E.ON.  He has extensive experience in power generation and control systems, including the design, procurement, project management, installation and commissioning of power station control and metering systems.   He established and led the E.ON power station metering business in the UK, has led a large electrical engineering department and now heads up an international department focussed on bringing innovation to new solutions for low carbon generation, improving energy efficiency and providing end customers with more control over their energy usage.

Chris has spearheaded the campaign to bring high speed broadband to Fiskerton and Morton.  He is passionate about ensuring that this community and others in Nottinghamshire are provided with an affordable, reliable and high performance Fibre to the Home (FTTH) broadband solution.

Chris has lived in Fiskerton for 11 years.  His three children attend the Minster School in Southwell and his wife, Allison, works in the Diocesan Education Department.  He firmly believes that decent internet connectivity is essential for education, work and entertainment in the 21st Century and that through a combined Community effort it is possible to deliver a solution for the rural “final third” that is far superior to the BT Commercial and Government backed programmes.

 

Steve DickmanSteve Dickman

Steve is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.  He is currently ‘working’ as IT Manager at Nottingham Forest Football Club (which as everyone knows is the best team on the planet!)

Steve has worked in telecommunications, networks and computers for many years, starting as an apprentice for Post Office Telecommunications (now BT) before attending Loughborough University to gain a 1st in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Since graduating his career has included circuit, system and software design of telecommunication, switching and networking technologies in addition to systems for the security and defence industries. Later moving to become an Engineering Director at Lucent Technologies in Silicon Valley, California, in addition Steve worked as a Systems Engineering Reviewer for Bell Labs.

Steve moved into Fiskerton in 1988 and only misses out on the ’25 years to become a local’ by his 8 years in the US. He sits on the Parish Council and has been actively involved in village events for many years.

Steve, and a business partner designed, set up and operated 4tons VCB (Village Community Broadband), a WiFi based broadband service for Fiskerton and Rolleston in 2003 when BT were unable to provide Bleasby Exchange with ADSL. His interest in providing high speed broadband has never wavered since that time and his focus is now to bring ultra high speed broadband to the community via fibre to the home, the only true way to future proof deliver of broadband services.

 

Lee FarrarLee Farrar

Lee is Head of Strategics for a golf division in the adidas® Group for UK, Ireland and Benelux.

For the past 17 years Lee has been in the sales sector of the Golf industry and the latter 15 years with the adidas® group.  His responsibilities involve managing a team of Area Sales Managers and Key Account Mangers ensuring that all aspects of the Go-To-Market for our key partners are executed without issues.  This comprises of a lot of planning and preparation before the implementation of such projects.  Lee is also responsible for forecasting sales, sales analysis and transaction negotiation, as well as having to work very closely with the Marketing, Finance and Product teams to ensure that all the Key Performance Indicators are delivered in the plan.

Lee moved to Fiskerton 6 years ago with his wife Sam and started a family and now are the proud parents of twins.  A technically minded person himself, with a great eye for detail, he is very passionate to ensure that a high quality broadband service is available for the parish now and future generations to come.                                 

    Gez Major – F4RN Secretary                       

Gez worked in Secondary Education for over 30 years teaching Mathematics and running a department. The majority of his time was spent working in difficult schools where students were challenging but required guidance, support and encouragement.

Gez moved to Fiskerton in 2004, he is now retired but likes to go back to his home town of Scarborough to hear the seagulls and the sound of the North Sea. He is a strong believer in community projects and bringing together skills and knowledge of those that live locally. Gez believes that high speed broadband is an essential part of life and that rural areas have been dealt a poor hand by successive governments. His past times include the guitar, salsa dancing and of course broadband.

 Paul CookPaul Cook

Paul has worked in the IT & Communications industry since 1996. He spent a number of years with Cisco Partners, before joining Cisco in 2005, and VMware in 2013. Working for two of the largest and most innovative businesses in the sector has allowed Paul to be deeply involved with some very high profile projects, and on three occasions he has presented findings to the European Commission. Currently his focus is with the large London Acute hospitals, as well as Genomics England and UK-CRIS, who are research organisations using big data modelling to progress treatment for Cancer, Dementia and many rare genetic conditions.

Paul has been a home worker since 1997, when he used a 28k modem to check email. The emergence of real time communications such as IP telephony and video, really highlights the village’s poor broadband provision, and is causing him significant problems. He certainly never envisaged being the wrong side of the digital divide!

Having lived in Fiskerton since 2003, Paul is married with 2 children, who attend Bleasby School and the Minster School.

                                                                                                                                              

Ted Ward                           

Ted spent over 35 years in sales within communications industry, initially with Plessey and then for 25 years with Ericcson of Sweden. He held number of sales management positions within Ericcson such as Sales Manager for Call Centres, Sales Director for Local Government projects and Account Director for the BBC Managed Service Contract.

A born and bred scouser and fervent supporter of Liverpool FC, Ted is married to Chris (her family are Evertonians) but this is a testament to “mixed marriages”.

Having lived in Southwell for 16 years before moving to Morton in 1996 Ted found home working essential but also vastly frustrating having to suffer from an appalling broadband service from BT all his working life.

Early retirement in 2007 enabled Ted and his wife Chris to spend much of the summer months in rural France where even the quality of the broadband is better than that supplied in Morton by BT. The F4RN service is felt by Ted to be the logical way of providing superfast internet access at a cost comparable to that charged by established providers but with a quality of service that is far superior.

 

Chris PriceChris Price (Crom)

Chris is a local farmer, coming from a family that has farmed in and around Fiskerton and Morton for several generations. He has lived in Fiskerton for 37 years, having grown up in the village.

Crom is committed to the vitality of the villages  and rural  communities in general – he chairs the Parish Council and can often be found in and around the two villages – from leading litter picking to ensuring that the drainage gullies are clear, engaging with District and County Councillors or supporting the local pubs he is always approachable and keen to understand and represent local opinion. .

Crom firmly believes that high speed broadband is essential for rural communities if they are to continue to be attractive places to live and work.  He has campaigned for Fiskerton and Morton to be included in the BT roll out but now believes that we will always be left in the slow lane unless we build our own fibre optic network.

 

Peter WheeldonPeter Wheeldon

Peter is Managing Director of his own business brokerage, trading as PSW Industries Ltd, having lived in Southwell for 30 years and recently moved to Fiskerton. He has owned or invested in a number of companies since leaving corporate life in the early 1990’s.  He strongly believes that broadband is no longer just a useful facility but is now a utility, the reliance on which will increase each and every year. A residential or business property without access to at least superfast broadband is and will be at a distinct disadvantage both in appeal and value.  

 

Paul NewtonDr Paul Newton

Paul gained an MA and then D.Phil from Oxford in Natural Sciences (Chemistry), and later an MBA from Loughborough.  Until retirement in 2009 he was a Chartered Chemist (MRSC).

Paul had a career of over 30 years with Boots Manufacturing division in Nottingham, spanning pharmaceutical research chemist, chemical plant production manager, pharmaceutical production manager, New Products Project manager, and Technical Group manager.

Paul and his wife Janet moved to Morton in 2011, and are enthusiastic about involvement in the community.  They have 3 daughters, now living in St Albans, Bingham, and Manchester, so are very keenly aware of the internet demands and expectations for a modern family home, especially when the children and their families now visit from ‘superfast’ areas!

Paul and Janet have run a small mail-order internet business from home for over 10 years, which would certainly benefit from improvements in connection speeds.  It has necessitated a fairly competent working knowledge of electronics and internet systems.

Paul is keen on most areas of DIY, and believes in getting things done at the practical level, currently directed at modernising their house in Morton.

 

Roger SummertonRoger Summerton

Roger is a semi-retired chartered accountant who was previously a partner at KPMG one of the major accounting firms. He now manages the Family Office of a wealthy East Midlands family. He and Nicky have lived in Morton for over 25 years and although their IT abilities are limited, with two grown up children living away, they understand the need to stay connected!

 

We’re always pleased to have new volunteers!  if you would like to join the committee or want to help us build, operate and administer the broadband network then please get in touch.  

We would love to welcome you to the team!

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