Our Makeup

IFFOR comprises a Board, Policy Council and staff which work together in developing and approving IFFOR’s work.

The Board comprises three members, on two-year terms, one of whom is chosen by ICM Registry. You can view Board meeting minutes here.

The Policy Council comprises nine members, representing four stakeholder groups. Five members represent the sponsored community for dot-xxx domains, and then there is one representative for each of the other groups that represent: free expression; child advocacy; privacy and security. The ninth member is chosen by ICM Registry.

The staff comprises an Executive Director and Manager of Public of Participation, and an Ombudsman.

Our Approach

In broad terms, the Executive Director runs the organization and the Manager of Public Participation manages policy processes, turning to the Policy Council to develop and approve new or revised policies. The Board acts as the final overseer and approver of IFFOR’s work. The Ombudsman act as an independent reviewer of that work.

For more information on IFFOR’s structure and work approach, please review our bylaws. For more information on the Ombuds role, please go to the Ombudsman page.

Meet the Team

We come from widely different backgrounds – journalism, conflict resolution, law enforcement – bringing a wide range of skills and perspective to a complex and multi-faceted job.


Kieren McCarthy

Executive Director

An authority on internet governance, Kieren has written for a wide range of national and international newspapers. He has lengthy experience in public policy and engagement, and wrote a book on a fight over the internet’s most valuable address, Sex.com.


Bruce MacAllister


Bruce is a recognized expert in conflict resolution system design, compliance reviews, and in facilitating conflict resolution. He is the founder of Business Excellence Solutions, holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology and a Juris Doctorate degree.


Sharon Girling

Child Protection Advocate

Sharon Girling OBE is a specialist in the field of child online safety having served as a special investigator for the UK police in a 30-year career. She has advised both the British Prime Minister and President of the United States on child protection issues.

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