Lesley Cowley


Lesley brings more than 15 years of experience in registry operations, internet governance and policy and TLD management to the Architelos team.  Most recently, she was the CEO of  Nominet , where she led the registry through significant change, rapid growth and development, building it into one of the world’s premier registries.

As part of a portfolio career that utilizes her passions for IT and digital, the DNS and cybersecurity, Lesley has chosen to continue her work in the Domain Name Sector with Architelos, working as an Executive Coach and Consultant. She continues to volunteer withICANN both as a  Women in DNS co-founder and organizer, and as an elected Councilor of the ccNSO (Country Code Name Supporting Organization).

In other arenas, she is Chair of DVLA –the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency where she works with the Chief Executive on transforming the services it provides, particularly via digital technology. She is also a Non-Executive Director of  aql [AR1] , the award-winning telecommunications, mobile messaging and data centre business.


Additionally, Lesley continues with several voluntary roles, including being a Panel Member of the  RUSI Independent Review of UK Surveillance, BCS PPAB Board Member and a  speaker for schools , hoping to inspire the next generation of girls into IT.


Lesley has an MBA (with distinction) and an OBE, for services to the internet and ecommerce.