Meet The Team

Board of Directors

Pieter Knook

LINX Chairman

As well as Chair of LINX Pieter Knook is also Chairman of Altitude Angel, an aviation technology company enabling the safe integration and use of fully autonomous drones into global airspace.

Pieter is also Deputy Chairman at Pulsant, a hosting and cloud provider, and serves on the board of Bio-Key. He is also an advisor to HIG Europe, Wonder and an angel investor through Cambridge Angels.

Mr Knook's has considerable board level experience over many years, both in the UK and internationally Previously serving as director of Coromatic, TDC and Bullit among others. His executive career also includes Vodafine where he served on the Strategy Board, the Marketing Board, the CEO Council, the Group Marketing Leadership team and also on the Ventures Board.

Before Vodafone Pieter spent 18 years at Microsoft ending up as one of the top 25 executives. He traversed technical, sales, marketing and business management roles across three different organisations including several start-ups.

Kurt Erik Lindqvist

LINX Chief Executive Officer

Kurt Erik “Kurtis” Lindqvist has a broad background in engineering and business development of ISP and worldwide carrier networks. He has spent the past 20 years working actively in the Internet community in several varied roles.

From 2002 to 2015 he was the CEO of Netnod. Kurt Erik has been the chairman of Euro-IX since 2003. He is also a dedicated WG Chair for RIPE where he has serve d as NCC-Services WG Chair since 2004. He is a regular and appreciated speaker at several International Internet conferences such as RIPE, APRICOT and Nanog.

Previously Kurt Erik has chaired the Multi6, shim6 and v6ops WGs in the IETF. He is also the co-author of two RFCs. Kurt Erik has served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board between 2005-2009.

Over the years Kurt Erik has participated actively in the development, standardisation and deployment of IPv6 in the IETF and various other operational forums. In addition Kurt Erik served as an adviser to the Swedish Minister of Information Technology and Energy cooperating with Anna-Karin Hatt and the Swedish Minister of foreign affairs, Carl Bildt.

Simon Woodhead

Simwood

Simon's early career was in finance as a fund manager, within what became Deutsche Bank and Barclays Wealth. Simon had discretion to manage over £40m+ of funds before age 21, becoming the youngest qualified member of the Securities Institute. He had a reputation and track record for stock-picking, particularly of technology companies but found his career focussing on senior roles in business recovery and technology troubleshooting.

Simwood was founded in 1996 and Simon left finance in 1999 to focus on it and a number of other start-ups. He was usually co-founder and occupied roles from CEO to CTO, exiting all of them except Simwood by 2005. As CEO and architect, he shaped the current business of Simwood to be the wholesale voice and mobile operator it is today.

Simwood joined LINX in 2011 and Simon has been a member of the LINX Programme Committee from 2012 through to election as a Non-Executive Director of LINX in May 2016. Simon is currently Chairman and chair of the Finance, Risk and Security Sub-Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Seb Lahtinen

NetConnex

An entrepreneur with a strong interest in Internet related projects, Sebastien is a director of hosting company NetConnex and co-founder of independent broadband information site thinkbroadband.com.

Prior to joining LINX, he was Senior Independent Director at Nominet, the .uk domain name registry and has previously served as Chairman of LONAP and Chair of Nominet's Policy Advisory Board.

Sebastien holds B.Sc. Management and M.Sc. Information Systems degrees from the London School of Economics.

Mike Blanche

Google

Mike has a broad range of experience in the Internet industry over the past 20 years. He currently works for Google, in their Telecoms Strategic Relationships team.

His first role at Google was as as their first peering coordinator located in Europe ten years ago. Over time this evolved to managing Google's content delivery strategy, and overall relationships with telecoms operators. Mike is also involved in public policy issues related to the Open Internet, peering, interconnection and content delivery.

Previous to Google Mike has been CTO at the VoIP company Callserve, Technical Director at Onyx Internet (also a LINX member), worked with Manx Telecom on helping them establish their LINX presence, and in the late 1990s he founded, grew, and sold a web hosting and colocation business.

Mike has an MA in Engineering & Computer Science from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Lee Hetherington

Facebook

Lee is employed by LINX member Facebook, in the team responsible for Global Edge network planning and strategy, where he leads Edge Network and Caching strategy across the EU. He had previously focused on Network Engineering and Architecture, building networks of varying scales, both inside and outside the Data Centre for Symantec, and later leading IP Network strategy for Amazon Web Services in the EU.

Lee has been involved with LINX since 2009 whilst working for LINX member MessageLabs, being involved initially with the Member Endorsements Panel and later the programme committee since 2015.

Neil McRae

BT

Proud to be named after Neil Armstrong; Neil McRae has been working in the Internet industry since it started; working in technical roles and senior engineering and technology roles over the last 25 years, including Demon Internet, COLT, C&W and more recently at BT as BT Group Chief Architect and MD Strategy and Architecture. This is Neil's 20th year serving on (and off!) the board of the LINX and he has been involved in the company since it was first suggested as a concept. Neil also advises a number of network technology startups and more established network companies. Neil is married with one daughter and two amazing grandchildren! Out of the office Neil is a huge space enthusiast and studies the history of telecommunications as part of the manned space program. Neil also plays video games and pinball and participates at the national and world championships.

Steve Wright

Steve is an experienced technology and operations consultant and non-executive director. His career has been focussed on building and developing cloud based businesses with a passion for delivering outstanding customer service. He is currently a non-executive director of LINX member Elite Limited (AS29611), a director of LINX member 4D Data Centres (AS31463), and provides his services to Cogendo, a leading employee performance management platform. Previous roles have focussed on delivering high availability business critical services, long term growth and business scaling for a number of LINX members and wider technology businesses.

He has been involved with LINX since ~2004 and was a member of the LPC (LINX Program Committee) during 2011 and early 2012 before being elected to the Board. Steve is currently a member of the Audit and Governance Committees.

Richard Petrie

LINX Chief Technical Officer

Richard has been with LINX since 2014, running the technology group, responsible for all of LINX’s exchanges across the UK and in North America.

Previously, Richard has held senior operations and engineering positions with service providers, Colt Technology and IPC Network Services as well as within financial services companies such as Bloomberg and BGC Partners. He has over fifteen years experience in delivering high volume, low latency and agile network solutions.

Malcolm Hutty

LINX Head of Public Affairs

Malcolm’s role involves liaising with government and regulatory authorities on behalf of the LINX membership, representing the interests of members to government and briefing members on regulatory developments.

Malcolm acts as Regulatory Affairs spokesman for Euro-IX, the European association of Internet Exchanges. He is a director of ISPA UK, and a member of a number of organisations relating to Internet regulation. He has acted as an expert witness in ground-breaking court cases concerning network blocking in the UK (the Newzbin2 case, BT’s challenge to the Digital Economy Act) and Ireland (EMI v Eircom), and has testified to Select Committee hearings of both the UK House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Malcolm has previously served as Chair of the Network Security Information Exchange, a Director of the Internet Watch Foundation and as an elected member of the Nominet Policy Advisory Board. From 2008-2013 he served as President of EuroISPA, the pan-European organisation of membership associations representing the interests of Internet Service Providers.