Professor Adam Beaumont is the founder and CEO of telecoms innovator aql and the not-for-profit investment platform NorthInvest, along with being the CEO of BlueWave Communications. He’s helped build key parts of the UK’s northern internet infrastructure, being co-founder in 2008 of the only independent internet exchange outside of London, IXLeeds. A leading figure in the Northern Powerhouse, Adam is a UK 5G advisory board member, and a professor of cyber security at the University of Leeds.
His overseas links with innovation include working closely with Estonia - a leading digital nation, which was recognised by his appointment as their Honorary Consul General to the Northern England and the Isle of Man.
Shelley is the Managing Director of BlueWave Communications and has steered the company’s growth to become a fully licensed telecommunications operator on the Isle of Man, regulated by the Isle of Man Communications Commission and Ofcom, along with gaining full GSMA member status. She is also a founding member of ManxIX.
With a strong background working in the telecoms industry in the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom before moving to the international blue chip, SES Satellites, Shelley spent time working across the continent in Luxembourg, The Netherlands, France and Spain.
Shelley is passionate about supporting the local community and its engagement across the Island and is a member of the Local Advisory Board for Career Ready Isle of Man and Junior Achievement Isle of Man Company Programme Mentor.