Meet the Committee

Chair Person: Peter Hopton MBCS

Peter HoptonPeter is a respected thought leader and expert in the field of energy efficiency in data centres and IT. He has been a long term committee member of both the DCSG and is also deputy chair of FCS. He is the founder of Iceotope, an innovative "total liquid cooling" technology company backed by, amongst others, Schneider Electric and Solvay. Peter is also heavily involved in the EU Exa-Scale computing project under EuroEXA and ExaNeSt. Peter’s ambition as Chair is to help drive evolution and innovation in the industry.

Treasurer: John Booth MBCS

John BoothI own and run Carbon3IT Ltd, a sustainable IT consultancy. We provide IT energy auditing software and physical smart metering solutions. We also provide Sustainable IT consultancy. I have recently completed a BSc in Technology with Environment and Development with the Open University. I have been in the industry since 1981 when I started my apprenticeship with BT, I have bid and project management experience, am a certified PRINCE 2 practitioner, hold the ISEB/BCS Foundation Certificate in Green IT & the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres I live in a tiny village outside of Warwick. My website is www.carbon3it.com

Membership Secretary & Secretary: Gary Thornton CEng MBCS MIET

Gary Thornton

Gary started his career in High Power Electrical Engineering, and moved across into Telecommunications & IT 30 years ago. He has been involved in the development & support of some very large data networks and in the roll-out of European cellular networks.

Until 2013 he was a major shareholder in the leading independent global provider of data centre & telecommunications training where he played a central role in the development of internationally recognised qualifications such as Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP), Certified Data Centre Management Professional (CDCMP) and Certified Data Centre Energy Professional (CDCEP), as well as working with the European Commission and the US Department of Energy (DoE) on piloting new data centre energy efficiency initiatives.

He is currently involved in attracting young talent into the IT & communications sector and in developing learning & development programmes to meet the present & future needs of the industry.

Gary can be contacted by email gary@aet4it.com

Industry Representative: Eur Ing Mark Acton BSc, CEng, CITP, FBCS, FIET

Mark ActonMark represents Norland Managed Services as Critical Products Director.

With over 25 years experience in the IT industry Mark has specialised in the field of Data Centre Operations for over 15 years, concentrating on the delivery of business critical services from highly reliable, world class 24x365 Data Centres. This has included consultancy and technical advice as well as senior management roles responsible for service delivery and both strategic and operational management within the industry. A Technical Operations Manager with extensive international experience and solid technical skills covering both Data Centre Facilities Design and IT Operational and Technical Management.

A regular public speaker and industry advisor on data centre technical issues, currently acting as consultant to a number of data centre operators and solutions developers.

Education Liaison Officer: Stephen Bowes-Phipps

Steve Bowes-PhippsSteve Bowes-Phipps has over 25 years of operational systems management experience. After five years managing Financial Services Data Centres and IT operations in the UK and Ireland, joined ambitious web hosting company GlobalCenter who were expanding from the US into Europe. Sitting on the senior management team of GlobalCenter Europe, oversaw the building of five internet data centres in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich and Paris until Exodus Internet bought the company in 2001. There, moved into a more strategic role, dealing with blue chip customer issues and relationship management, process improvement and building a culture of continuous improvement.

Spent four years in Visa Europe managing strategically important projects and processes. In 2007, joined his Alma Mater, Hertfordshire University, to become their head of Data Centres and worked with the UK’s Higher and Further Education IT funding arm, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), to assist in embedding Green IT in UK HE and FE institutions, and throughout the EU. In 2010, the University of Hertfordshire became the first European university to comply with the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres, and has won in categories at the European Datacentre Leaders Awards 2010, the Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT (GEITTM) 2011 and the EAUC Green Gown Awards 2011.

Steve joined PTS Consulting as their Senior Consultant on Data Centres in January 2015, and has presented at many conferences in the UK and abroad on Best Practices in Green IT and Data Centre case studies. He represents PTS on the Board of Governors of the Data Centre Alliance and is also involved in various industry bodies forming new international standards and metrics for IT and Data Centre efficiency.

Member: Ian Bitterlin MBCS

Ian BitterlinIan is CTO at Emerson Network Power Systems, EMEA and a Visiting Professor at Leeds University. He is a leading expert in the field of high performance data centres and is a well respected presenter at international conferences. He is known for cutting through the 'fog' that sometimes surrounds data centre topics and thus highlighting and dispelling many common misconceptions.

Member: Ian Holford

Member: Rudi Nizinkiewicz