Restoring Nominet’s Purpose

Despite repeated calls for reform from its own members and self-commissioned independent experts; Professor Bob Garratt in 2008 (report), and Sir Michael Lyons in 2015 (report), Nominet’s executive board could be operating in such a way as to threaten Nominet's independence.

From 2016 - 2020 they have;

As members we have the responsibility and power to ensure that Nominet is run according to its Articles.

EGM Monday 22nd March @15:00

Look for an email in your inbox to take part;
From: "takepart@cesvotes.com"
Subject: "Notice of EGM — we need your help to secure a stable future for Nominet"

You may choose "the person named below" and enter "Simon Blackler" if you don't trust the Chair to vote YES on your behalf. (Should look like this)

We secured the 5% needed to call the EGM and are now aiming for 35% to show the Nominet board we're serious about meaningful change.

30.6% of Votes Secured

Pledge your support

Goals for Nominet

Increase Public Benefit Donations

1. Increase Public Benefit Donations

Reduce .uk wholesale prices

2. Reduce.uk prices

(Achieved via reducing Director remuneration and expensive future diversifications)

Improve communications with members

3. Improve communications with members and listen to their feedback on key topics.

Adopt the UK Corporate Governance Code

4. Adopt the “UK Corporate Governance Code”.

Ensure Nominet’s independence

5. Ensure Nominet remains independent and has a strong financial future.

"The original founders may not have anticipated such a commercial success when Nominet was created in 1996 but, by common account, they were clear that in the ccTLD they were dealing with a public asset and were at pains to ensure that it should be developed and exploited for wider public benefit and not for the narrow financial interests of a few.”

- Sir Michael Lyons
From his report to the board, 27th October 2015

Nominet at a glance, 2011 onwards

2016 to 2020: Revenue +50%, Public Donations -38%, Top 3 Director pay +70%

Top 3 Director Pay Public Benefit Donations Revenue

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Note 1:
There's no 2017 data as Nominet changed its accounting period. As a result 2018 covers 18 months.
Note 2:
In the 5 years pre-Haworth (2011-2015) Public Benefit donations totalled £26m. In the 5 years since his first full year of office (2016-2020) Public Benefit donations totalled £9.8m. (That's down 65%)

"Bad corporate governance can cast doubt on a company's reliability, integrity, or obligation to shareholders - all of which can have implications on the firm's financial health.”

- Investopedia

Timeline Highlights

2013
  • Closes .uk “consultation”, having entirely ignored member input creating future .uk fiasco.
2017/18
  • Diversifies into Autonomous Vehicles.
  • Nominet separates from own Charitable Trust.
  • Nominet discounts unwanted .uk domains names to encourage adoption.
2020
  • Nominet shuts down members forum mid-AGM!
  • Shutters spectrum management and autonomous vehicle diversifications with 1-liner in Annual Report.
  • Nominet acquires CyGlass inc for £5.3 million (on turnover of £85k with annual losses of £2.2M)
2008
  • Diversification into ENUM narrowly passes membership vote.
2015
  • Russell Haworth appointed as CEO.
  • Prices to rise by 50% from £2.50 to £3.75 “to deal with additional costs”
  • Nominet Trust senior management walk out en-masse.
  • Sir Michael Lyons' report calls for increased member engagement.
2019
  • Haworth calls The Register “Fake News”.
  • Prices to increase from £3.75 to £3.90

“As a UK company limited by guarantee Nominet has no shareholders (and no dividend or share of profits is possible, recognising that Nominet was never intended to be a profit maximising company) but the company is ultimately accountable to its members.”

- Sir Michael Lyons
From his report to the board, 27th October 2015

The 2 step CREDIBLE PLAN

Having successfully called an EGM on 02/02/2021 with 11.9% of the voting rights (we needed 5%) we have a clear and strong path to recovery and continued self-governance.

This new team will have a strong member-backed mandate to implement the Goals listed above, therefore ensuring Nominet flourishes, independent, for another 25 years.

25 years of Independence

The .UK namespace is critical infrastructure; vital to the national interest, commerce and the wider Internet community. Nominet is an incredible organisation that can proudly boast superb technical capabilities, a deep and passionate community and an altruistic spirit.

For the last 25 years Nominet has managed itself and we members must demonstrate to industry and government that we have the means to continue to do so. If we do not, Nominet could be the target of Government intervention.

Step 1 - Problem Removal
(Ordinary Resolution 1)

THAT the following persons be removed from their respective offices as directors of the Company with immediate effect pursuant to section 168(1) of the Act:

  • (a) Eleanor Hester Bradley
  • (b) Russell Adam Haworth
  • (c) Benjamin Edwin Hill
  • (d) Jane Elizabeth Tozer
  • (e) Mark William Wood

Step 2 - replacement Directors

Immediately after the EGM closes the remaining 6 members of the board can hold another meeting to determine what would best to promote the future success of the company.

It is assumed that they will want to usher in a new age of a not-for-profit Nominet in accordance with the strong desire expressed by the membership and therefore appoint Sir Michael and Axel to the board as Chair and Deputy chair respectively.

  • (a) Sir Michael Lyons (Chair)
  • (b) Axel Pawlik (Deputy Chair)

Proposed new Directors

Sir Michael Lyons (Chair)
Sir Michael Lyons (Chair)

Former Chairman of the BBC Trust, Sir Michael was commissioned by Nominet in 2015 to carry out an independent review of the organisations membership and corporate structure. The report provided a number of recommendations on improving governance and engaging with the membership to restore broken trust. Most were ignored.

"I would welcome an invitation from the Members to play a part in shaping the future direction of Nominet." - Sir Michael Lyons

Axel Pawlik
Axel Pawlik

For 20 years Axel was the Managing Director of the RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) responsible for overseeing all IP resource management in Europe and the Middle East. A membership organisation, it grew from 1,600 to over 20,000 members during his tenure, and throughout Axel engaged with the membership to shape the organisation. read more

"Over the last decades my professional focus has been on openness and transparency and understanding members’ needs.

Given the opportunity I would take pride in bringing my experience to benefit Nominet and its members and stakeholders." - Axel Pawlik

What Sir Michael & Axel have committed to:

Terms of employment
  • Interim non-exec position
  • Fixed term 12 month contract (pending membership renewal at September AGM)
  • A capped annual fee in line with the daily rate for corporate advisers
  • Standard expenses and secretarial support
  • No bonuses
Five point plan to restore the trust and public benefit
  1. Reestablish Nominet's Public Benefit Mission
  2. Immediate establishment of communication channels with members; early action to garner insight into members' views on the organisation's direction
  3. Conduct a full review of the company's strategic direction, including diversification
  4. Conduct a review of remuneration
  5. Examine the UK Corporate Governance Code with view to commitment to follow

Subject to approval by Nominet UK's board of directors.

"I urge all Nominet members to support this EGM motion and
return Nominet to its original aims of serving the UK internet."


- Nigel Titley
Nominet Founder

Current Support

Supporting Members

495

Supporting Members

Voting Rights

2,155,968

Voting Rights

Voting Rights Needed

30.6%

of Voting Rights
(5% Needed)

74%

of UK TOP 50 members

Undecided UK TOP 50 members
  • #8 Iomart Hosting (Easyspace, Bytemark, Memset)
  • #10 UK2
  • #22 Nom-IQ Limited t/a Com Laude
  • #28 Safenames
  • #29 British Telecommunications
  • #33 Media Elite Holding
  • #35 KCOM Group t/a KCOM GROUP

The "Top 20"

While Nominet has around 2,500 members most decisions have historically been made by a small minority who control a large number of votes.
Here’s where the Top 20 currently sit on this issue.

3 Against
Rank Name Domains Votes
#1 GoDaddy.com (123-reg, Heart, TSOHost, Daily, Domain Monster) 3,571,178 208,154
#2 1&1 Ionos (Ionos, Fasthosts) 1,648,555 208,154
#14 One.com 86,068 87,433
6 of Top 20 Undecided
Rank Name Domains Votes
#3 Namesco (LCN) 584,774 208,154
#5 Register.com (Web.com, Arvixe, HostGator, Bluehost, iPage, A Small Orange, JustHost, Site 5, NetworkSolutions) 345,737 208,154
#7 CSC Corporate Domains 147,118 148,483
#8 Iomart Hosting (Easyspace, Bytemark, Memset) 140,977 142,342
#10 UK2 126,763 128,128
#17 Markmonitor 46,332 47,697
3 Abstaining
Rank Name Domains Votes
#9 Key-Systems (CentralNic, InternetBS) 136,224 137,589
#13 Google 97,561 98,926
#19 OVH 36,989 38,354

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Involved in Nominet's creation
Founder Mr Keith Mitchell
Founder Mr Nigel Titley
Founder Mr Richard Almeida
Founder Mr Ivan Pope
Mr Steve Dyer
8 of Top 20 Supporting
Rank Name Domains Votes
#4 TUCOWS (OpenSRS, Enom) 401,638 208,154
#6 Namecheap 234,758 208,154
#11 Gandi 118,829 120,194
#12 20i 110,169 111,534
#15 Krystal Hosting 49,781 51,146
#16 Coherent 48,790 50,155
#18 ANY-Web 41,747 43,112
#20 TwentyTwentyMedia 34,803 36,168
486 Other Members in Support
Name Domains Votes
Hosting Concepts B.V. 31,961 33,326
ukfast.net 29,801 31,166
3DWeb Online Services 29,378 30,743
Zen Internet 27,548 28,913
Freeola 27,463 28,828
Hostek Limited t/a Hostek 20,397 21,762
Nokta Internet Teknolojileri Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. 19,263 20,628
34SP.com 17,404 18,769
Unlimited Web Hosting UK 15,297 16,662
Easy Internet Solutions 14,967 16,332
ICUK Computing Services 13,330 14,695
Enix (HostPresto) 12,056 13,421
eUKhost 11,858 13,223
COLCATWEB Limited t/a UK-Cheapest.co.uk 11,498 12,863
Above.com Pty. 11,164 12,529
M247 9,389 10,754
Giant Games 9,067 10,432
Claranet 8,659 10,024
Sonexo B.V. 8,586 9,951
Promo People 7,761 9,126
NetEarth UK 7,345 8,710
Mythic Beasts 7,038 8,403
Cloud Next 6,973 8,338
Behrendt Professional Corporation 6,857 8,222
Netcetera 6,681 8,046
Kualo 6,576 7,941
Titan Hancocks Lomax 6,406 7,771
Astutium 6,170 7,535
UKDedicated LTD t/a UKDedicated 5,897 7,262
Tool Domains Ltd t/a ToolDomains 5,714 7,079
Total Web Solutions 5,640 7,005
4UH 5,474 6,839
Bee Internet 5,390 6,755
Sub 6 5,336 6,701
Nimbus Hosting 5,225 6,590
Elite 5,173 6,538
Elife 4,902 6,267
BB Online UK Ltd t/a BB Online 4,742 6,107
STENNING LIMITED t/a Stenning.net 4,516 5,881
Metaregistrar BV 4,358 5,723
Christopher Clark 3,784 5,149
Nuco Technologies 3,468 4,833
Andrews & Arnold 3,418 4,783
Really Useful Domains 3,344 4,709
Ecenica 3,226 4,591
Adsonline LLP 3,206 4,571
Centraserve 3,194 4,559
Create Internet Ltd t/a Create 3,181 4,546
Islam Hegazy 3,174 4,539
The Hosting Heroes 3,132 4,497
Mr Paul Hughes t/a UKHost4u.com 3,094 4,459
Stablepoint 3,073 4,438
Pipe Ten Hosting 2,999 4,364
Dennis Nind t/a Brixly Web Solutions 2,979 4,344
Zebra Electronics Limited t/a Domaincheck 2,871 4,236
SafetyNet Systems 2,776 4,141
Freethought Internet 2,627 3,992
Mr George Marshall 2,459 3,824
Adelere Aodu 2,353 3,718
Nutty About Hosting 2,332 3,697
Portfast 2,330 3,695
Andrew Bell t/a DomainsForSale.co.uk 2,289 3,654
Ben Hay 2,214 3,579
Calico Internet 2,201 3,566
Netistrar 2,151 3,516
On-Line Marketing and Sales Ltd t/a Swift Internet 2,120 3,485
iRack 2,098 3,463
Web Wiz Ltd. t/a Web Wiz 2,053 3,418
Sitefinders Net 2,047 3,412
BWF Hosting Ltd t/a Big Wet Fish Hosting 1,962 3,327
YNH Limited t/a Your Name Here 1,957 3,322
NetHosted 1,799 3,164
Lively 1,778 3,143
JustHostMe 1,763 3,128
Vision Internet 1,744 3,109
Layershift 1,722 3,087
Chris Conwell 1,645 3,010
Mr Robert Morrison 1,566 2,931
Netpresto 1,565 2,930
Webspeed 1,531 2,896
Mailbox Internet 1,489 2,854
Shores 1,473 2,838
Paul Marks 1,462 2,827
NameWeb BVBA 1,423 2,788
UK Internet Services 1,416 2,781
DOMAINLORE 1,412 2,777
Andrew Shorten t/a Trendmedia 1,410 2,775
Mr L R Wilson 1,363 2,728
Dark Group 1,345 2,710
Memorable Domains 1,324 2,689
Jonathan Gregory 1,177 2,542
Servitor 1,152 2,517
Third Party Formations Ltd t/a The Company Warehouse 1,145 2,510
PAC WebHosting 1,125 2,490
Fubra 1,123 2,488
Premkumar Veerabadran 1,118 2,483
Anthony Appleby t/a designconsultancy 1,106 2,471
Seem Internet Solutions 1,070 2,435
Vital Domains 1,048 2,413
Simon Dooner 1,035 2,400
The Positive Internet Company 1,015 2,380
Ian Paterson 995 2,360
Monkey Tree Hosting 971 2,336
Net-Work Internet 955 2,320
Wentrow Media 955 2,320
Misk.com 954 2,319
Webber Multimedia 932 2,297
Garner Media 916 2,281
Daniel Golding 911 2,276
Machine Networks 850 2,215
Steven Parry Kevin Parry and John Bowden t/a Tx Group 820 2,185
NetWeaver.com 811 2,176
Index eBusiness 810 2,175
RM Education 807 2,172
Netnorth 794 2,159
Infinity Developments Ltd t/a IDNet 779 2,144
Simon Fox 778 2,143
Craig Wistow 750 2,115
Anaclara Systems 749 2,114
1 Click Services Limited t/a 1 Click Cloud 748 2,113
Public Internet 732 2,097
Focus Digital 727 2,092
Enterfirst 724 2,089
Xperience Web Hosting 720 2,085
Domain Snipe 701 2,066
Orbital Net 680 2,045
Mrs Ellen Badat 679 2,044
Misterweb SL 672 2,037
BGP Tecno 666 2,031
Sysgroup Trading 634 1,999
Registration Transfers 615 1,980
Invictanet 604 1,969
Grade1 Internet Solutions 600 1,965
Mr Peter Colman 597 1,962
Oldroyd Publishing Group 596 1,961
Steven Morgan t/a Look2 Services 596 1,961
Daniel Boon 582 1,947
Mr L Ippolito t/a NAME2NET 570 1,935
Karl Beaney 568 1,933
YorkUK Hosting 561 1,926
Mr Jude O'Kelly 540 1,905
Voove 530 1,895
Sam Charles 527 1,892
Solid Designs Internet Solutions Ltd t/a Solid Designs 527 1,892
Online SAS t/a BookMyName 526 1,891
Kevin Moore 509 1,874
ADMT Limited t/a Koder 506 1,871
Hughes Media Internet 503 1,868
Mr Robert Matthews, Mrs Tracy Matthews t/a Future Internet Services 478 1,843
Snappy Host Ltd t/a Snappy Host 476 1,841
Laughing Banana Enterprises 475 1,840
Semtec Limited trading as SAQ 471 1,836
Mark Ayres t/a Splashweb 466 1,831
EX Networks Limited t/a Express Hosting UK 465 1,830
Host Lincoln Limited t/a Jolt.co.uk 463 1,828
Unattend Limited t/a I-tec WeHostYou AttendIT StroudyIT 458 1,823
FidoNet Registration Services Ltd t/a fido.net 455 1,820
Datacenta Hosting 444 1,809
Lovell Developments 443 1,808
G Young 441 1,806
Robert Prime 439 1,804
Red Oblong 437 1,802
UMKY Limited t/a UMKY Marketing 437 1,802
Greg Findley 435 1,800
Cambridge Search Engine 434 1,799
Image Logistics 432 1,797
Mr Pravesh Solanki t/a The Fresh Dental Marketing 430 1,795
ADM Computer Services Ltd t/a ADM Computing 427 1,792
Awareness Software 417 1,782
Hey.co.uk 417 1,782
SharpStack Hosting Ltd t/a Prostack 409 1,774
i612.net 407 1,772
nigel ankin 404 1,769
Force 10 Hosting 401 1,766
Mr Martyn Ford t/a YesNo 400 1,765
USIC Internet Services 397 1,762
James Baldock 393 1,758
Tim Hall 392 1,757
Jim McIlroy 388 1,753
Netserve Consultants 388 1,753
Pulse 8 Internet Ltd t/a Pulse8 382 1,747
Untagged 377 1,742
smallbusiness.host 375 1,740
Ctrl-Alt-Del IT 370 1,735
Mr Matthew Haines t/a Purple PC 365 1,730
Mr DJ Wood 363 1,728
VPW Systems (UK) 362 1,727
Dr M D Harper t/a Herald Information Systems 355 1,720
Esentra 329 1,694
Razorblue 327 1,692
Bonus Media 322 1,687
Echo Internet 321 1,686
Netservers 312 1,677
John Poller 308 1,673
Penuptra 308 1,673
Axia Computer Systems Ltd t/a Axianet 307 1,672
Sota Solutions 307 1,672
James Bradford 305 1,670
Web Smart Media 303 1,668
Graeme Wingate 300 1,665
USP Networks Limited t/a USP Networks 300 1,665
Enigma Technology Services 299 1,664
Mr M Jannetta t/a Arcada Design 297 1,662
Ishop 293 1,658
Linten Technologies 288 1,653
Converged Communication Solutions 287 1,652
Forfront Limited t/a Forfront 285 1,650
NetFocus ICT 282 1,647
Colin Smith 277 1,642
Solidblueliquid LTD t/a Solidblueliquid 274 1,639
Mark Cavanagh t/a ukdomains.org.uk 273 1,638
X6 273 1,638
Intersys Ltd t/a Intersys 272 1,637
Uni-Mark Internetworking Services LLP t/a umis.net 272 1,637
TJS Online 267 1,632
MS Storage Equipment 266 1,631
ITGROO 264 1,629
Matthew Davis t/a CatchDrop.uk 264 1,629
Green Net 262 1,627
HighSpeed Office Limited t/a hSo 258 1,623
Mr Keith Hanshaw 258 1,623
Freetimers Communications Limited t/a Freetimers Communications 256 1,621
Edge Telecom 255 1,620
Imageo 254 1,619
Spellings Business Services Ltd t/a XenCentric 253 1,618
Green Duck Ltd t/a Green Duck 252 1,617
Squarehost Ltd t/a SQUAREHOST 252 1,617
KDA Web Services 251 1,616
CSY Retail Systems 246 1,611
Odyssey Systems 244 1,609
Yellowstone Electronic Solutions 244 1,609
Continental Ltd t/a Webnetism.com 240 1,605
Alamex 235 1,600
Navertech Ltd t/a Navertech 234 1,599
Synergic UK 234 1,599
Mr C Davies 225 1,590
Paul Thewlis 225 1,590
Webguru 225 1,590
Impreza Computer Services 224 1,589
Steve Morley 223 1,588
ANU Internet Services 220 1,585
Net Energy Internet 219 1,584
Sean Warburton & Gillian Warburton 217 1,582
Aquiss Limited t/a Aquiss 216 1,581
TDR Networks 216 1,581
Dataplan Payroll 214 1,579
Webarch Co-operative Limited t/a Webarchitects 213 1,578
Mr Gary Waudby t/a Idweb 209 1,574
E-Limelight 205 1,570
Digific 204 1,569
Dr Peter Houston t/a Openstrike 201 1,566
DWebs 200 1,565
Red Dragon I.T. 191 1,556
All Simple Internet Services LLP 190 1,555
Eonic Associates LLP 188 1,553
Gigastream 185 1,550
XhostTellnet 185 1,550
Elive 183 1,548
PRT Systems 182 1,547
Internet Solutions Services Ltd t/a ISSL 181 1,546
Force36 179 1,544
I.I.R.C. 177 1,542
Omniweb 175 1,540
JM Internet 174 1,539
Merula 169 1,534
Monaghan Consultants 168 1,533
Richard Gray 167 1,532
HelpQuick Limited t/a HelpQuick 166 1,531
Dave Searle 164 1,529
Designition 163 1,528
Pier Consultancy 163 1,528
Gatenby Services 160 1,525
Design Technology Ltd t/a Transcom ISP 157 1,522
New Casinos 156 1,521
Laminar Systems 154 1,519
MJRCC 152 1,517
Stung 150 1,515
Trunk Networks 150 1,515
Web-Hoster 149 1,514
Interfire 147 1,512
Shahbaz Akbar t/a SoftProg 145 1,510
The Net Effect (World Wide) Ltd t/a The Net Effect (World Wide) 144 1,509
Mr Jason Wright 142 1,507
Aabyss 141 1,506
Addactive 138 1,503
Kalnet4u 136 1,501
PrimeXeon 135 1,500
Recipero 133 1,498
SpaceReg 132 1,497
Burstfire Networks 131 1,496
Aidan Hammond 128 1,493
Datasouth UK 128 1,493
Stratagem Solutions Ltd t/a Stratagem Hosting 128 1,493
Andrew Sweeting & Alison Sweeting t/a BlueShift Internet 127 1,492
Mr James Conaghan t/a Name Dropper (Name Dropper) 127 1,492
Mr K M Marsden t/a UK Trading 127 1,492
Brainstorm Systems 126 1,491
Mr Chris Meakes t/a Fidget Media 126 1,491
Shireglobe Computers Limited t/a SCL Internet 126 1,491
dataIP 125 1,490
Arrowhead Systems 124 1,489
Inovica 122 1,487
Zenith Networks 122 1,487
Murray Gardener 121 1,486
Mr David A Munro 120 1,485
Hiltonian Media Ltd t/a Hiltonian Media 119 1,484
Pageworks Limited t/a Pageworks 119 1,484
Domainmaster Limited t/a Hotlinks Internet Services 118 1,483
Stream Networks 118 1,483
Bongo IT Ltd t/a BongoIT 113 1,478
OWA Digital 113 1,478
Data Pacific 111 1,476
Netcalibre Ltd t/a LCHost 109 1,474
Domain Registrar Services 107 1,472
Derek Weedon 106 1,471
Mr David Raza t/a Rochweb 106 1,471
127 Solutions 105 1,470
GIRLNEXTDOOR 105 1,470
Stitchbob Limited t/a Stitchbob 103 1,468
Vispa 102 1,467
Alistair Maylum 100 1,465
NM Consulting 100 1,465
Net Primates 98 1,463
Graphitas 95 1,460
Subset Solutions UK Limited t/a Subset UK Group 95 1,460
B S Net 94 1,459
Igeek Ltd t/a igeek 94 1,459
Zenesis 94 1,459
BRIGHTWORK OPS LIMITED t/a Brightwork 93 1,458
Kevin Middleton t/a Middleton 90 1,455
Mr Terry Froy t/a Spilsby Internet Solutions 90 1,455
Price Engines 90 1,455
Psand Limited t/a Psand.net 89 1,454
Yorkshire Tech 89 1,454
Lovell Fuller 88 1,453
Gladserv 87 1,452
Internet Software 87 1,452
Smart Media 86 1,451
Sytec - Systems & Technology Ltd t/a Sytec 86 1,451
Web4Africa Ltd. t/a Web4Africa 86 1,451
ITOPS UK Limited t/a ITOPS 85 1,450
Precedence Technologies 85 1,450
Bogons 84 1,449
Minotaur IT 84 1,449
Watchfront 82 1,447
Glastonbury Online 81 1,446
OuterEdge UK 81 1,446
James Oliver 80 1,445
Mr B Higgins & Mrs E Higgins t/a Allness IT 78 1,443
Mr David Link 77 1,442
Matt Tricot 76 1,441
Berkeley Publishing 74 1,439
Model Tourism 74 1,439
Aaron Clifford 73 1,438
Ikiji 73 1,438
Chris Burton t/a 8086 Consultancy 71 1,436
Mr David Seymour-King 71 1,436
Andy Cameron 70 1,435
Meidan Ventures 69 1,434
Sensical Services Ltd t/a Sensical.net 69 1,434
Scott McKeown t/a redIT 68 1,433
Completely Different Solutions Ltd t/a CDS 67 1,432
Mr John Batten t/a Internet Insurance Services 67 1,432
Canterbury Web Services 66 1,431
jeff smith 66 1,431
E Business Services Ltd t/a E Business Services 65 1,430
RX Host 65 1,430
Chris Hackett 64 1,429
Concept Coders 64 1,429
Gurg 64 1,429
STEM Learning Limited t/a National Science Learning Centre 64 1,429
Hybrid Host UK 63 1,428
APII.IO Limited t/a APII.IO 62 1,427
Bozboz 61 1,426
Acknowledgement 60 1,425
Starworks 60 1,425
jb-it-uk 58 1,423
Mr Dale Hubbard t/a Hubbard Media 58 1,423
Scorpion Research 58 1,423
Mr Brian Tran t/a Perfectday Internet 57 1,422
CED Services Limited t/a Network Birmingham 55 1,420
Euan Robertson 55 1,420
INCUBATEC GmbH - Srl 54 1,419
Loho 54 1,419
Adaptive Web 53 1,418
HCI Data 53 1,418
Mr Tim Rustige t/a TR Computers 52 1,417
PRO OnLine Services 52 1,417
Communicate & Control Ltd t/a GreatADSL 51 1,416
John Mounsey 51 1,416
Emmet Hart 50 1,415
IntoNET Technology 50 1,415
Mr Paul Cienciala 50 1,415
Gatekeeper Technology 49 1,414
Momentium 49 1,414
Thorcom Systems 49 1,414
Xela Technologies 49 1,414
Arachsys Internet Services 48 1,413
IQ in IT 48 1,413
Paul Monckton t/a Pryanet 48 1,413
Grizzlyware 48 1,413
Mr Ian MacDonald t/a MacWare 45 1,410
Verstech 45 1,410
John Sisk 44 1,409
Jump Networks 44 1,409
Matthew Ashton 43 1,408
Coaley Peak Ltd t/a Coaley Peak 42 1,407
ISP Service eG 42 1,407
Kinetix 42 1,407
Scott Luty 41 1,406
David Middlehurst 39 1,404
Mr Mike Albon 39 1,404
FastVision 38 1,403
Direct Technical 36 1,401
Fluency Communications Ltd t/a Fluency 36 1,401
Mitsu 36 1,401
Mr Darren Edmundson 36 1,401
Vivaciti 36 1,401
World-Force 36 1,401
Bytefetch 33 1,398
Consider IT 32 1,397
DS4A 32 1,397
Graham Bell Design (Sussex) 32 1,397
Jamie Marshall Ltd t/a JAM internet 30 1,395
Mr A Knee t/a Keen Computers 30 1,395
UnityHosting.Com 30 1,395
Adam Matthew Archer Roberts Ltd t/a A.M.A.R Hosting 29 1,394
ReadyWeb 29 1,394
Mr G Mellon & Dr E Mellon t/a Seneca Group 28 1,393
SWBROADBAND 28 1,393
Bairwell 26 1,391
Mr Ian Kirk 26 1,391
Breakline 25 1,390
Dave Marshall t/a ATST Solutions 25 1,390
Digital Image 25 1,390
LogicForge Limited t/a logicforge 25 1,390
Paul Greenhalgh Services 25 1,390
The Fluidconnections Co (UK) 25 1,390
I.T. Synergy 23 1,388
Rachel Hollin 23 1,388
Bagpuss 22 1,387
Infogration Ltd t/a Infogration 22 1,387
Marlin Computer AB 22 1,387
DC Web Hosting 21 1,386
AdWeb 20 1,385
ExNet 20 1,385
Firstm 20 1,385
Klarity Solutions 20 1,385
Michael Drabble 20 1,385
Get On The Web 19 1,384
Mr Colin Tulley & Mr Ken Tulley t/a Tullnet Internet Services 19 1,384
Yokin Limited t/a Whatever.UK 19 1,384
Ibex 18 1,383
Mr Ted Stockton t/a Manchester Business Resources 18 1,383
Watershed Arts Trust 18 1,383
Jamie Lee Marks 17 1,382
VWE Internet 16 1,381
ForeverUnLimited t/a The.Domain.Name 15 1,380
Cirrologic 13 1,378
EH7 Internet 13 1,378
nickety 13 1,378
The Networking People (TNP) Limited t/a TNP 13 1,378
NetClient 11 1,376
Arwenack 10 1,375
CST Group 10 1,375
ICT London 10 1,375
John Cook 10 1,375
RMLH CONSULTING 10 1,375
Labcourt Limited t/a Hartland Multimedia 9 1,374
4A1 8 1,373
CW Business Group 8 1,373
Carl Churchill 7 1,372
Dr James Reather 7 1,372
Sculptor 7 1,372
GB Direct 5 1,370
Staclar 5 1,370
Jennifer Clifford t/a UKFSN 4 1,369
James Porter 3 1,368
Mr Stephen Peters 3 1,368
jewellerybox 2 1,367
Digital Craftsmen 0 1,365
Kevin Flanagan t/a BP Investments 0 1,365
Letterbox Delivery 0 1,365
Mrs Madeleine Rollason t/a MRWebfix 0 1,365
Omniscot 0 1,365
Tecnocratica Centro de Datos, S.L. t/a Virtualname 0 1,365

Thank you for your support!

Notes:

1: Nominet has a non-trivial weighted voting system whereby each member gets a fixed amount of votes that represent 25% of all voting rights, with the remaining 75% allocated based on the number of domains under management (DUM). For a requisition, a cap of 3% applies assuming ALL members vote, hence why the top 6 members all have the same amount of votes.

2: This data is based on the last publicly available data which was 21st August 2020. We've added a large margin of error to ensure we exceed the threshold for calling the meeting. At the meeting itself only a simple majority of 50% is needed to pass each resolution. The 3% cap will also apply but only on those members that vote.

"History has shown that the membership will support the company to take risks and to make fundamental changes but will, in whole or in part, assert itself if it does not feel confident about the direction the company is taking."

- Sir Michael Lyons
From his report to the board, 27th October 2015

FAQs

Why are you doing this?

Because the money that should have been heading towards Public Benefit Donations over the last 5 years has instead been funneled into completely unnecessary "diversifications", expensive acquisitions and Directors pockets.

This is completely unacceptable behaviour for a company that has a public benefit purpose, so important it's enshrined in the Articles as the very first thing after the definitions.

There's never been a more obvious time in Nominet's history where it could be making a real impact and benefitting the public; COVID, Climate Change, homelessness, etc, etc.

This is not a VC-backed Silicon Valley startup that needs to take risks, make speculative acquisitions, "pivot" or worry about unnecessary diversifications. This is Nominet, the guardian of the .UK namespace and we'd like it back, please.

Can Nominet penalise me for signing this EGM resolution?

No. At least not legally.

We have followed Nominet’s members code of conduct and outlined the issues in a professional way with integrity and accountability.

The Nominet directors are legally bound to carry out a requisition from a group of members under section 303 of the Companies Act 2006. Our EGM requisition has been legally drafted by a solicitor and does not make any vexatious statements.

How long until we can have the EGM?

Nominet's board of directors is required to call the EGM within 21 days of receiving notice from the members to call it.

That meeting must be held on a date not more than 28 days from the date on which notice to convene the meeting has been given by them. In total that's a maximum of 49 days from when we submit the notice, which we'll do once we've got a comfortable margin of error.

What happens if Nominet refuses to hold the EGM?

They cannot refuse a legal and valid request from the members to participate in the operation of the company. If necessary a court order can be used to compel the meeting.

Do you think that this action will succeed?

Absolutely.

The current board has run the business in such a way that anyone can see things could be better. Treating the membership as an inconvenience, ratcheting up prices to fund acquisitions, unnecessary diversifications and eye-watering Director pay (which is higher than the Upper Quartile of the AIM!), deliberately opaque behaviour and the issue that got me to start this movement; the MASSIVE reduction in Public Benefit Donations compared to previous levels.

The relationship between management and members has been strained for years. In recent times it's become somewhat more aggressive. Russell Haworth has called The Register "fake news" for reporting on fact, and most recently he closed down the members forum, mid-AGM. With it went the last easy line of communication.

The membership aren't stupid. Quite the opposite. For years the board have ignored their input and carried out their own agenda, behind closed doors, citing that they can't provide the expected and previously common meeting minutes anymore because "Nominet is a PLC type board" (Mark Wood, Chair)

Another worrying trend is Nominet's attempt to conflate Public Benefit Donations with impact. For example, counting EVERY member of the Scouts towards their 2020 goal of "Improving the lives of 1 million young people through technology" (actually 721,777) doesn't detract from the fact that Nominet has donated less than £2M in 2020, down from over £5M average per year between 2011 and 2015, before Russell Haworth arrived.

Its clear ALL members and the public will benefit from a leaner Nominet board that focusses on its core business of running a secure .uk namespace.

What will happen after the new Directors get on the board?

The first order of business will be to re-open lines of communication with the membership and start to engage them on key issues.

Can you guarantee that the new Directors will reduce prices?

No, nothing is being guaranteed. However, it’s fair to assume that if the company returns to its core business, ceases to pursue expensive acquisitions/diversifications and pays Directors salaries commensurate with appropriate comparable public sector organisations, there will be surplus profit and cash in the business. That will allow the board to simultaneously increase Public Benefit Donations AND reduce .uk prices. Win/win.

It might take a while before any reduction can happen as the new Directors will need to review the business and understand its financial position.

For the avoidance of doubt; I didn’t start this action so Krystal could pay less for it’s .uk domain names. I started this action to rescue a national treasure and restore public benefit donations to previous levels. As you can see from the table above Krystal has a fairly modest number of domains but if there is a price reduction I can guarantee that Krystal will pass that on to end users.

Did you approach Nominet prior to forcing the EGM?

Yes. I was alarmed enough by Russell Haworth closing down the forum mid-AGM to want to see what was going on. I have spoken, or attempted to speak, to all of the member-elected NEDs with varying degrees of success.

Anne Taylor

23/09/2020 - Made contact via LinkedIn
24/09/2020 - Scheduled call for 30th.
30/09/2020 - Call postponed by Anne.
06/10/2020 - Productive Zoom call. Alerted Anne to serious members disquiet over recent Board actions (including closing forum at AGM) and asked her to communicate that to the Board. Impressed with Anne’s positioning and members-first attitude.
10/11/2020 - Sent LinkedIn message requesting update. No reply.
04/01/2021 - Sent LinkedIn message requesting update. No reply.
19/01/2021 - Sent LinkedIn message requesting update. No reply.

Last successful contact: October 2020



James Bladel

08/10/2020 - Introduced through mutual contact via email. Asked for a Zoom call.
10/11/2020 - Followed up, arranged call for 13th November 2020.
13/11/2020 - I missed call because of another appointment, we rescheduled for 20th November.
20/11/2020 - Had excellent Zoom call where we had a wide-ranging conversation that included personal background, motivations for becoming non-exec, how Nominet board runs, it’s characteristics and challenges. Ran out of time but hoped to talk again shortly. Very positive chat.
22/12/2020 - Sent email proposing catchup. James suggested we catch up after the holidays.
05/01/2021 - Sent email proposing catchup.
19/01/2021 - Sent email proposing catchup Arranged for the 22nd
22/01/2021 - James explained my emails have been getting spammed and apologised. Had another excellent chat. We talked more about Nominet’s public purpose origins and the need (or lack thereof) for survival, and thus diversification, the difficulties of balancing “profit with a purpose” vs. commercial goals, and the validity of setting pay scales for Nominet against US tech companies vs. public sector companies in the UK. Once again ran out of time but satisfied that James has been a robust and valuable presence on the board.

Last successful contact: January 2021



David Thornton

01/01/2021 - Introduced via mutual contact as couldn’t find LinkedIn profile
05/01/2021 - First contact. Notified by David that Nominet Company Secretary would be informed of contact.
18/01/2021 - Call scheduled for 20th January
20/01/2021 - Had a Zoom with David to try and understand position and role. David favours a commercially orientated Nominet and possible devolution from the membership structure. In role on Remuneration Committee explained that top salaries need to be paid to retain “top talent”. We disagreed on the necessity of diversification (I think it’s unnecessary) but it was an honest and frank dialogue and I am very grateful for his time.

Last successful contact: January 2021



Phil Buckingham

In the lead up to NED elections, Phil was very active on LinkedIn talking to me to solicit Krystal’s votes for his candidacy. Phil stood on a platform of re-balancing Nominet weighted voting system and engaging with the membership.

10/08/2020 - Phil writes. We talk.
11/08/2020 - Phil writes. We talk.
31/08/2020 - Phil writes. We talk.
06/09/2020 - Phil writes. We talk.

18/09/2020 - Phil Buckingham is elected as the latest non-exec.

22/09/2020 - I write congratulating Phil on win and ask for a chat. Message read. No reply.

29/09/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
06/10/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
13/10/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
27/10/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
03/11/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
10/11/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
17/11/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
24/11/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
01/12/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
08/12/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
15/12/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
22/12/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
29/12/2020 - I follow up. Message read. No reply.
04/01/2021 - Phil admits to mutual contact he’s been ignoring communications from members, not just mine. Having sought advice from Nominet secretary Rory Kelly he’s advised to talk to membership. We’re put in touch via email by said mutual contact, no reply.

12/01/2021 - I follow up. No reply.
19/01/2021 - I follow up. No reply.

Last successful contact: September 2020

Simon Blackler

Questions? Concerns? Comments?

My name is Simon Blackler. I'm the founder of Krystal (a Hosting company) & Katapult (a Cloud platform) but I've created this campaign as a long-time fan of Nominet and concerned Internet citizen.

If successful, this initiative will send a very strong message about what Nominet's purpose is (run the .uk namespace), and who it should benefit (members and the wider public). Foremost in our mind is the continued success of Nominet as a self-governed steward of an essential commons resource.

We are confident that we have a clear path to passing the resolutions and would appreciate your support.

I am available every day to discuss this action with anyone who's interested. Below is a link to my calendar scheduler. I look forward to talking with you.