Lesley Cowley

Lesley has been a member of the ccNSO Council 2007 and she served as ccNSO Chair 2011-13.

She has a portfolio of Non-Executive Director, executive coaching and consultancy roles and is currently Chair of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the UK. DVLA maintains the register of 82m driver and vehicle records, collects £6b a year in excise duty and employs 5,000 staff. She is also a non-executive director of aql, a Consultant and Coach with Architelos, a Panel Member of the RUSI Independent Review of UK Surveillance, a BCS Policy and Public Affairs Board Member and a Founder and Organising Committee Member of DNS Women.

Lesley was previously CEO of Nominet, the .uk Registry Operator, a role she held from 2004-14. Under her leadership, Nominet became the trusted guardian of a vital part of the UK Internet, providing services relied upon by millions of businesses and consumers. She also served as ICANN ccNSO Chair and as a Member of the UK Government Cyber Crime Reduction Partnership. Prior to this, she was Operations Director and Company Secretary of Nominet, Director of Corporate Services at New College Swindon and has held other Executive and voluntary roles during the course of her long career.

Lesley was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen for services to the internet and e-commerce in 2011. She champions women in computing and IT and was named as one of the top five most influential women in UK IT by Computer Weekly, in both 2012 and 2013. She is one of the Debretts 500 list members and is listed in Who's Who.

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