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 a Internet Entrepreneur and Technologist, he is founder of the Communications platform for the Internet of Things – Telecoms Cloud and owner of several other businesses including the Business ISP Baltic Broadband.

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.

He’s been involved in the internet since 1994, helping bring it to the masses and 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 the Internet here in the Liverpool City Region.


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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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 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.

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.

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.