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Dr Jacqui Taylor, Co-Founder and CEO of FlyingBinary

Jacqui is recognised as one of the 100 most powerful UK entrepreneurs and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of her international web science work.

Her company has been successfully awarded all ten H.M.Government G-Cloud frameworks underpinning Secured European Cloud Services for Big Data, Smart Cities and IoT, which implement GDPR with no reliance on EU/US Privacy Shield arrangements. FlyingBinary has been recognised with an IoT international techtrailblazer award and is one of the GovTech 100 UK companies credited with transforming the UK government. She is personally recognised as one of the one of the 10 most influential global IoT leaders, one of the UK’s most influential Women in Tech, one of the 34 IoT Influencers on Twitter, one of the 20 global entrepreneurs to watch, a UK Smart City leader in 2018. She was shortlisted for Cyber Security Unsung Heroes industry award in 2018 for her European work. Her company has been recognised as one of 20 Global Innovative IoT companies to watch in 2018.

Jacqui has published four books which articulate the futurist agenda based on her web science research and the datajournalism industry she co-founded. As a prominent digital European leader she has developed a new Trust and Privacy model to underpin the Future of IoT in a GDPR enabled Europe. As a Visiting Professor at LSBU she is articulating the contribution of the Internet of Things to enhance the entrepreneurial offering of the university, the UK’s most entrepreneurial University.

She is globally recognised as a Smart City Tzar. She is a Strategic Advisor to the UK Government on Smart Cities, and Cities lead on Digital Built Britain. She is a Principal UK Expert lead for the British Standards Institute (BSI) team with international colleagues on the top level ISO and JTC 1 technical committees for Smart Cities and AI. As the technical author of BSI PAS 183 a UK Smart City standard she has articulated the future role of data and IT services and their value in the domain. She worked with the UK CPNI (Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure) team to define the new governance model required to secure UK Smart Cities using new European Cyber legislation. She is one of 16 International Smart City experts advising the Chinese Government on their Smart City Programme.
Ken Cooper, Managing Director, British Business Bank

Ken Cooper is responsible for the design and delivery of a range of British Business Bank programmes that support the flow of venture investment into smaller UK businesses.

Ken has been responsible for designing and managing a range of UK Government-backed equity support programmes such as the Angel Co-Fund, the Enterprise Capital Funds and the VC Catalyst alongside regional funding initiatives such as the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine investment funds. Together these provide more than £3bn of finance to smaller businesses with at least another £200m committed to venture funds annually.

Previously Ken had a similar role in Capital for Enterprise and before that was responsible for the UK Government’s SME finance policy within the Small Business Service.
Dylan Thomas, Deputy Director, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Advanced Manufacturing International Trade and Investment Department for International Trade (DIT)

As Deputy Director of Technology, Entrepreneurship and Advanced Manufacturing at the Department for International Trade, Dylan leads a team of industry specialists and account managers responsible for attracting inward investment from international technology companies and promoting UK Tech exports in overseas markets.

Dylan re-joined the public sector in 2017 after almost ten years working in sales management and business development roles in the technology industry with a focus on ‘Safe and Smart cities’, for some of the world’s leading technology companies such as SAS, Microsoft and Hitachi. During his career in the private sector Dylan led on negotiations and won business with a diverse range of customers in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East as well as throughout Europe.

Dylan started his career in the public sector 20 years ago as a parliamentary researcher for Dr Liam Fox MP at the House of Commons. Following that he served in the British Army as an Officer (Captain) in the Intelligence Corps including operational service in Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland. Dylan has an honours degree in History from the University of Edinburgh.
Kathy Nothstine, Lead, Future Cities, Nesta

Kathy is the Lead for Future Cities in Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, where she investigates emerging trends and opportunities and convenes multisector partners around issues of urban transport and future cities. She is currently leading the Flying High Challenge (http://flyinghighchallenge.org/) to empower cities to explore the future of urban drone operations.

Previously, Kathy was with the National Association of Counties, where she convened leadership networks of local government officials with national, philanthropic, civic and business leaders to drive innovation, by identifying and scaling up transformative new approaches to creating stronger communities and economies based on local assets and place-based strategies.

She has designed and delivered peer learning and capacity-building networks and technical assistance programmes on a variety of topics related to planning, economic development, transport and sustainability in both urban and rural places. She has also worked in the private sector on planning, design and real estate development projects. Kathy holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a political science degree from Villanova University.

Twitter: @KathyQNothstine and @nesta_uk
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John David, CEO and founder, Amnick

John David is a leading expert on creating large-scale business change and digital transformation across public-sector authorities. As founder of Amnick Social Enterprise, he has led on national share and support campaigns, creating new jobs and think-tanks with the Government. He is leading Amnick towards the creation of the next generation of public services in education, environment, housing, health and transportation, in partnership with universities, local authorities, mayors, ministers, research centres, public- and private-sector organisations.
Allan Mayo, Smart Cities Strategist, Digital Greenwich

After a long career as a senior civil servant at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Allan joined Digital Greenwich to help develop the Borough’s Smart City Strategy, which was launched on 22 October. He brings his extensive knowledge of Whitehall, the European Commission and member states, particularly in relation to smart cities and innovation policy. He has recently been conferred the title of Honorary Professor by the University of Birmingham, where he has close links with the Business School’s City-Region Economic Development Institute
Roy Grant, Shared Head of ICT, City of York Council

Bio coming soon.
Hugo D’Ulisse, Technical Director, Public Sector - SAS UK

Hugo D’Ulisse leads the technical and analytical team within the Public Sector organisation at SAS

He is passionate about the opportunity that data and analytics offers to transform the way in which public services are designed and delivered and sees many opportunities for different bodies to share analytical methods, models as well as data.

Hugo and his team developed the SAS Big Data Innovation Lab proposition to accelerate how customers experiment with analysis of new and existing data types to create innovation in their organisations.

Before working in the software industry he worked in the Lloyds and London Insurance Markets as a specialist risks broker and underwriter. This experience has been invaluable in helping understand differing risks and challenges customers face in the changing world Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Analytics.
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David Cullen, Director, Regulation and Policy, its Technology Group

David is a Board Member of INCA (Independent Network Cooperative Association) and holds strong connections within the public sector. David’s in depth knowledge of network funding models allows him to offer priceless consultancy. David is a well respected regular on the speaker circuit.
Fergie Miller, UK Smart Cities & Intelligent Mobility Lead, EIT

Bio coming soon
Ian Meikle, Director - Clean Growth & Infrastructure, Innovate UK

He was previously Director - Infrastructure Systems, a role he took up in April 2016. This saw him lead Innovate UK’s energy, transport systems and future cities programmes of work.

Ian has been at Innovate UK since 2009. Initially, he ran the low impact buildings programme and more recently he was Head of Agriculture and Food, which included setting up the four AgriTech innovation centres funded by the AgriTech Industrial Strategy.

His working background includes a broad range of sectors: financial services, insurance, manufacturing, consultancy, third-sector, construction, IT and retail.
Innovation and Technology Manager, Tricuro

Richard has a wealth of experience in driving innovation and change within health and social care, working with local government and the NHS across Dorset and Hampshire, and consulting on digital innovation initiatives including the development learning games platforms for the RNLI, Salesforce and Credit Suisse. A keen advocate of the power of immersive technology to improve and enhance the way we deliver care and support, Richard is passionate about the power of Virtual Reality to change lives in social care.