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Letter from Gordon Dick & Sebastien Lahtinen
to Bob Gilbert & Lesley Cowley
Nov 12th 2008

 

Dear Bob & Lesley,

We write in response to the allegations and demands in a letter Jim Davies published on public mailing lists and in the media.

We shall confine the scope of this letter to deal with the damaging and unwarranted suggestions from Mr Davies that you are unsuited to your roles, the other allegations are, properly, a matter to respond to as a company.

We believe that you have both worked tirelessly to further the development of Nominet and the ".uk" domain in the interests of our members and all stakeholders since your appointment and to suggest otherwise is palpable nonsense.

We note Lesley's consistently high performance in her stewardship of the company where it has gone from strength to strength in financial performance, technical innovation, customer service and playing a leading role in the industry internationally.

We note Bob's passion and effectiveness in chairing the Board in meetings and providing the support required for the CEO and senior management team between Board meetings. We have no doubt that his performance as Chairman has been first class and in the best interests of Nominet, it's members and all stakeholders.

We note the importance to the UK economy of Nominet and the ".uk" domain name working effectively and the concern the Department for Business has already shown in the current governance structures which have brought about the current troubles.

We believe in a strong independent Nominet, free from vested interests, in the private sector, with a public purpose, a vision we know you share passionately. We therefore urge you to reject Mr Davies' call for your resignations and to continue to work with us in these troubling times to safeguard the future of Nominet and the ".uk" name space on behalf of our members and all stakeholders.

We call upon all Nominet members, stakeholders and government to work in partnership with us to ensure that Nominet can emerge stronger from the current challenges with it's private sector, public purpose ethos intact.

Yours sincerely,

Gordon Dick
Deputy Chairman & Non-Executive Director.

Sebastien Lahtinen
Non-Executive Director.

Various statements and letters
Letter from BERR - Oct 15th 2008
Nom Announce - Oct 29th 2008
Nominet Board Communique -Oct 29th 2008
Letter from Jim Davies to Bob Gilbert - Nov 7th 2008
Letter from ex-non-execs to Bob Gilbert - Nov 11th 2008
Letter from 2 current non-execs to Bob Gilbert & Lesley Cowley - Nov 12th 2008
Resignation letter from Angus Hanton, Non Executive Director - Nov 12th 2008
Andrew Bennett's call for EGM and Vote of No Confidence - Nov 15th 2008
Governance Update from Nominet - Nov 18th 2008
Nominet Board Communique - Nov 18th 2008
A Government Perspective - David Hendon of BERR speaks - Nov 19th 2008
A letter addressed to all .uk stakeholders from the registries for Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Norway and ".org" - Nov 18th 2008
Statement from Lesley Cowley - Nominet CEO - Nov 27th 2008
Nom-Announce (Governance Update) - Dec 4th 2008