The Team


IX Liverpool is governed by an experienced board of directors and advisers who are elected by our members and rely on the great help and support from a number of volunteers from the Internet and Digital Community. In addition to this, each member of IX Liverpool can nominate a director to represent their organisation on the board.

Matt Wilson - Chairman

Matt is Strategic leader, founder and chairman of Telecoms Cloud Limited, an API-driven telecommunications platform for internet connected devices that gives developers the tools they require to incorporate scalable, highly-available telecoms functionality within their applications.

Liam Givens - Technical Director

Liam has had a strong interest in technology from an early age and that interest has only grown over the years into a passion for technology. He is always thinking of ways to introduce technology into everyday life using IoT. Liam has a growing background in systems administration and networking. Some of Liam’s other interests include; Aviation, Photography and Motorsports.

Nick O'Neill - Principal Network Engineer

Almost 30 years of experience working in the IT industry, specializing in networking.

Specialities: Enterprise network design and deployment. Expert level in MP-BGP, OSPF, RIP, EIGRP, MPLS, VRF’s, QinQ, STP, RSTP, MSTP, Multicast, IPv4 and IPv6. Mainly working with Cisco and HP platforms.

Good experience and knowledge of Cisco ASA/PIX, Cisco IOS Security features and surrounding technologies such as IPSec VPNs, Cisco DMVPN, AAA, RADIUS, TACACS+. Some experience with Cisco ACS and RSA SecurID.

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Mark Russell

I have been living and working in Liverpool for the last 7 years. Over my time in this great city I have lived the student experience and enjoyed helping a number of local businesses with marketing expertise. Since finishing my studies and internships, I have been working at the digital marketing agency, Ph.Creative, where I worked many roles across the agency and started to develop and grow my understanding of applying marketing theory into businesses of all sizes, local and national.

David Parr - Finance Director & Company Secretary

David is a Chartered Engineer, and is currently employed by Kratos Analytical Ltd. A member of their Senior Management Team, he has taken on the role of MALDI Research & Development Manager, leading a team of Physicists, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, and Project Managers, engaged in the development of specialised instrumentation.

He has been involved in telecommunications design and management roles for much of his career. Initially joining Plessey (later taken over by Marconi) in Liverpool as a Graduate Trainee in 1977, he worked on the development of the System X digital network. David is a Professional Registration Adviser for the IET, and regularly advises candidates applying for Professional Registration. He is also a CPD Adviser, charity trustee, and serves on various IET committees and working parties.

Ian Parr - Website Administrator

Web developer, designer, do-er and thinker Specialties: Web development, wordpress, seo, markup

Simon Holgate - Member Nominated Director

Dr. Holgate has over 10 years’ experience in research and innovations with the Internet of Things, particularly in his primary field of expertise; sea level science. His day-to-day job is that of Chief Scientist at Sea Level Research, where he has been credited with some truly world-changing scientific advancements, not least with his involvement in the aftermath of the Sumatra tsunami of Boxing Day 2004 where he developed the world’s first low-powered, real-time sea level monitoring system with global coverage and bi-directional communication, based on Inmarsat’s BGAN technology.

Richard Spragg - Member Nominated Director

Richard is currently Technical Director at Aimes, a DC in Liverpool.