Lesley Cowley OBE has been Managing Director/Chief Executive of Nominet since 2002. She is responsible for leading Nominet and for the development and implementation of strategy. She leads relationship building and liaison with Nominet members and stakeholders and international representation and leadership in the Internet field. In 2011, Lesley was awarded an OBE for services to the Internet and e-commerce. In 2010 she was the Chairman’s award winner at the Institute of Directors London & SE Director of the Year.
In 2007, she won the CBI First Women Award for Technology and in 2006 she was a top five finalist in Britain’s Best Boss awards and received a special commendation. Lesley is an elected Council Member and Chair of the Country Code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) of ICANN. She is a Fellow of: The Institute of Directors, The British Computer Society, The Institute of Credit Management, The Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Society for Arts. She is a Member of The Inspirational Women Network, is a STEM Ambassador to schools and a Freeman at The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. Lesley was a founding Trustee of the Nominet Trust charity and served on the Board of the Trust until December 2010. She is currently a Trustee of the Jenner Hall Charity. She has an MBA, with distinction.