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.

Dr. Andrew Tickle

Dr. Andrew Tickle is is both a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Physicist (CPhys) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He is currently an Assistant Professor / Senior Lecturer in Electrical / Electronic Engineering at Coventry University with 15 years’ experience where he teaches fundamental electronics, machine vision, and advanced robotics.

He also actively works in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Maths) to motivate the next generation of engineers has served in various roles within the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) being one of the longest serving Young Professionals chair for over 8 years, Local Network chair for Coventry and Warwickshire and is now a YPCC mentor and professional registration advisor (PRA). Andrew also helped organised the annual Robot Day event in Coventry which will lead into City of Culture 2021.

Andrew is an independent Director for IX Liverpool who also sits on the Buildings Certification scheme committee to inspect and audit our agreed framework that we certify the regions buildings against.

Sacha Keating - Finance Director & Company Secretary

Sacha is an extensive & varied PA/Company Secretary background in both the public, not for profit & private sector & worked within the NHS for several years, supporting Board members & Chief Executive/Chair level.

Sacha’s educational background is predominantly Computing & Multimedia having studied for a BSc(Hons) in Multimedia Systems at Liverpool John Moores University & assisted several companies in designing their websites during this time.

Sacha is a keen fitness enthusiast, particularly weightlifting & is also a qualified personal trainer.

Alex Mitton - Director of Infrastructure

Alex is a system engineer for his own company RefineSystems. He is currently working voluntarily for various charities across Merseyside, whilst studying a part-time BSc (hons) degree in Computing and IT.

He has great passion for the IT sector, forever improving a broad range of IT skills. Experience in web development, hosting, linux & remote monitoring since the age of 13, since then a strong interest in communications & IoT has developed which is the reason for studying his degree. He strongly believes in the values of IX Liverpool and believes it’s exactly what’s needed to improve our region’s infrastructure.

Hopes to one day travel around the world bringing technology to those who need it most. Combining an adventurous nature with love for technology and commitment to helping others.

Callum Longworth

With a Higher National Diploma Level 4 and 5 in Graphic Design, 26 year old technical expert and creative artist Callum Longworth runs his exclusive broadband telecommunications, website design and web hosting company SPARKZ NETWORK, based in Liverpool England UK. Founded in 2015, SPARKZ NETWORK offers premium specialist business services operating efficiently and safely handling data for both small and large UK and International corporations.

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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Mick ord - Media Adviser

Mick spent 30 years at the BBC during which time he was a reporter, producer, editor and ultimately BBC Radio Merseyside’s longest-serving manager at a radio station with more listeners than any other in the BBC local chain outside London.

Having spent the last 3 years of his BBC career at Media City in Salford  Mick left the corporation in 2015 to set up Ltd  – a media relations consultancy specialising in media training, crisis communications and P.R.

Based in Liverpool’s Baltic Creative Quarter Mick is a passionate advocate of the city’s digital sector and sees IX Liverpool as a hugely important driver towards achieving a digital economy which is fit for purpose for the 21st century as Liverpool City Region embarks on an exciting future for everyone who is lucky enough to live and work here.

David Copley

David has a background in automotive electronics having worked at major OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers over the last 10 years. Now working as Industrial Systems Specialist at Sensor City on the LCR4.0 programme, he currently assists local SMEs in adopting Industry 4.0 technologies including IoT and Integrated Systems.

Alan Holdsworth CEng MIET

Alan is a Chartered Engineer and member of The IET with 20+ years of experience working in the IT industry, specializing in the design and operation of Enterprise Networks. Cisco certified, he is experienced with: BGP, OSPF, RIP, MPLS, VRFs, STP, IPsec, DMVPN, Cisco IOS ZBF, DWDM, WAN Optimisation and SD-WAN. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry and has studied martial arts for 35 years, attaining black belt in Tae Kwon-Do and now studying Iaido.

John Fox

Experienced infrastructure and web operations professional focusing on hosting and web operations across a range of environments supporting HA business critical systems remotely for clients across the globe.  As well as being a keen distance runner with two marathons completed so far this year!

Valentin P. Castillou

Valentin has arrived in Liverpool recently, inspired by its vibrant digital & creative community, and is keen to contribute to it. He has a varied background spanning video editing, sales and wine tasting teaching. Passionate about communication and human behavior, he is always looking to learn something new.

Mark Fisher - Technical Director

Mark is an I.T professional based in Liverpool and runs the I.T company Unified Comms. As Technical director of IX Liverpool he leads a team of volunteers to keep the exchange running 24/7 while welcoming new members on board so they can connect technically with other networks present.

Tim Higgs

Tim has always had an interest in delivering the best in class internet access to everyone everywhere. He grew up in rural Kent where the lack of good internet access drove an interest in working for an ISP to deliver better broadband to rural communities.

While at college he started working part-time for Telabria, which was one of the first Wireless Internet Service Providers back in 2005 when ADSL was still considered to be new and coverage was still poor. Telabria provided an alternative that didn’t require BT phone lines and instead used Satellite or the Public Service Network to provide the backhaul. Vfast Internet later bought Telabria and Tim worked for Vfast and Orbital Net expanding the network to eventually cover most of Kent.

He also worked for Moovera and then Icomera which specialise in on-vehicle connectivity. There he worked on the design of the Moovbox product range, firmware testing, installation, support and account management.

Currently he is working a day and night shift rota at Custodian Data Centre in Maidstone as a Network Operation Centre Engineer. There he monitors all aspects of the data centres power, cooling and connectivity to ensure that everything is running as it should be.

In his spare time he is a hobbyist drone pilot and photographer with CAA Permission for Commercial Operation.

Ian Parr - Website Administrator

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

Liam Givens

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.

Liam Rice

Liam is an IT Student located in the Merseyside region with a strong passion for technology and has a growing background in software development and cyber security. He is always searching to get involved with some of the most ambitious projects and to connect with great people along the way.

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.

Michael Farrell

Michael is an a developer with over 20 years experience creating systems for a range of organisations including Experian, DX mail, Hill Dickinson LLP, the Royal college of physicians London and the  Chartered Institute of Securities and investments. Currently he is the Lead developer for Mersey Fire and rescue,  working on national systems to prevent fires. A specialist in the Microsoft stack, Michael is currently researching the use of Azure AI tools in predictive analysis.  In his spare time he is a keen Liverpool supporter, and advocate for animal rights.

Connor Di Leo

Connor Di Leo is a young Tech Entrepreneur, founder of Zooniversal Ltd and inventor of several tech-based solutions. Having just graduated from LIPA in 2018, Connor is now working with passionate members of the community to improve how the world sees and interacts with the city of Liverpool.
You can find him in his studio “The Zooniverse”, a space he created for the artistic community within Liverpool to come together and work (and play) as one.

Matt Wilson - Director

Matt is a Internet Entrepreneur and Technologist, he is founder and CEO of Business Wireless ISP Baltic Broadband and Internet of Things Limited.

He’s a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and was accorded the title of visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship in Liverpool John Moores University in 2013 and Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2014.

He’s been involved in the Internet since 1994, helping bring it to the masses by establishing Liverpool’s first ISP, building his own Data Centres, Wireless Networks and end user content delivery services and today as Chair of IX Liverpool he is leading a team to build better Internet infrastructure here in the Liverpool City Region.

In his spare time, he’s a qualified pilot and likes to travel around the UK and Europe while he regularly gives talks and seminars at conferences around the region.


Will Larter

Will is Network specialist experienced in enterprise networking predominantly working with Juniper Networks hardware. He has knowledge over a range of enterprise technologies such as Layer 2 switching and security, ‘Next-Gen’ firewalls, infrastructure virtualisation, wireless networking, and site-to-site VPN tunnels as well as exposure to WAN technologies such as BGP and OSPF.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing football and has a keen interest in PC building and repair.

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.