Ofcom names new Spectrum Director

UK Communications regulator Ofcom has recently announced the appointment of David Willis as the new head of its Spectrum Group.

Willis, who has over 30 years of experience in the technology and telecoms sector, will join Ofcom as Spectrum Group Director – after former appointment Dan Lloyd was unable to take up the position due to family reasons. 

He will join from the Canadian government’s Communications Research Centre, where he led research into advanced wireless telecommunications and spectrum management.

Before this Willis led the Spectrum Engineering and Planning team at Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada. Here his work included international spectrum standards; wireless spectrum engineering and planning; satellite spectrum policy, licensing and coordination; and leading the Canadian delegation at the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference.

He will take over from Helen Hearn, Ofcom’s senior spectrum director who has led the Spectrum Group on an interim basis since January and will continue in place until the summer to handover to Willis.

Sophie James

Sophie James

Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy, techUK

Manuel R. Marti

Manuel R. Marti

Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, techUK

Julia Ofori-Addo

Julia Ofori-Addo

Programme Assistant, Central Government, Digital Connectivity Forum, Comms Infrastructure, UK SPF, , techUK