aql are an Ofcom regulated telecommunications operator. We provide wholesale integrated communications services ranging from mobile messaging, IP telephony, fibre and wireless leased lines, secure datacentre hosting to machine-to-machine (m2m) services for the growing demand of the Internet of things (IoT) marketplace.
Our wholesale focus means that we usually service the end customer in partnership with other technology suppliers, such as systems integrators, specialist telecommunications operators and internet service providers.
We also supply direct to larger enterprise who manage the integration function in house. We have 16 years experience in the integration of our services to help streamline b2b and b2c communications. We strive to serve the accelerated digital needs of global businesses.
Our goal is to help businesses and cities keep pace with the latest technological changes by leveraging the power of high bandwidth, secure storage, mobile connectivity and innovation. We are at the heart of smart city initiatives, from the secure SIM cards embedded in remote devices, through to providing the datacentre space for e-health, logistics and security sectors.
We've an experienced board with a strong emphasis on security and an understanding of how the internet has evolved into a critical delivery platform for all businesses with a digital need.
Dr Adam Beaumont - aql CEO and founder
Adam started his career as a Lecturer in Thermodynamics (the study of the interchange of heat and energy). Following this, he was appointed by an agency of the MOD to design and build secure internet infrastructure. Adam founded aql in 1999.
He is regarded as one of the UK's authorities in datacentre security and also datacentre efficiency. He has a holistic knowledge of communications, spanning many verticals and is a regular public speaker and advisor in areas of fast moving technology, such as the internet-of-things, e-health and financial technology.
He is also a board member of the Northern Internet exchange - IXLeeds, governor of Leeds City College (the largest college of it's kind in the UK), CISP Champion for Yorkshire and Humber, a founder of the Leeds Sustainable development group, founder of Northinvest (an angel investment platform for the North of England), co-founder of a child welfare company and co-investor in a computing-for-schools initiative. He's passionate about supporting businesses and co-operation within the Leeds Region.
Lesley Cowley OBE - Non-Executive Director
As well as being a Non-Executive Director of aql, Lesley is the first ever Chair of DVLA and a non-executive Director of CERT-UK, a Member of the British Computer Society Policy & Public Affairs Board and a Council Member of ICANN's Country Code Names Supporting Organisation.
She was previously CEO of Nominet, a role that she held from 2002-2014, after joining the organisation in 1999 as Operations Director. Under her leadership, Nominet became the trusted guardian of a vital part of the UK internet, providing services relied upon by millions of businesses and consumers. This success enabled £25m to be donated to its charitable foundation, the Nominet Trust, of which Lesley was a founding Trustee.
She has an MBA (with distinction) and an Honorary Doctorate in Technology. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Institute of Credit Management and the British Computer Society. Lesley was made OBE for services to the internet and e-commerce in 2011. In 2013, she was the recipient of the inaugural ICANN Leadership award and in 2014, she was named by the Sunday Times & Debretts as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK.