The Rt Hon Lord Henley

Lord Henley was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 27 October 2017.

He was a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from 21 December 2016 to 15 June 2017, and a Lord in Waiting (Government Whip) from 21 November 2016 to 15 June 2017.

Lord Henley served as Minister of State for Crime Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction from September 2011 to September 2012. He served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2010 to 2011.

Lord Henley held a number of positions in the previous Conservative government, including Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Social Security, the Department for Employment and the Ministry of Defence. He was also Minister of State for the Department of Education and Employment. In Opposition, he served as Chief Whip, Deputy Speaker and was Opposition spokesperson for Legal Affairs and Justice.

He was educated at Clifton College, Bristol and Durham University. He was called to the Bar in 1977.


Darren Jones, Labour MP for Bristol North West and a member of the APPG on Smart Cities

Darren is the Labour MP for Bristol North West and a member of the APPG on Smart Cities, as well as the Science & Technology Select Committee. Before his election, Darren was legal counsel at BT Group specialising in consumer and advertising law, and data/privacy issues including preparation for and implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation. He has experience working across fixed and mobile communications, broadband/wifi, and broadcasting regulation. As part of his role, Darren was involved in pan-European trade bodies in the lobbying of EU legislation, and its implementation into UK law including through regulatory guidance and enforcement actions, including reforms to legal framework for telecommunications.


The Rt Hon. the Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC PC, Former UK Security Minister

Until February 2006 Lord West was First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, making him head of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, responsible for the fighting effectiveness of Britain’s Naval Service.

During his career he led the Falklands War victory parade in London, led the study into women's employment in the Royal Navy which led to women serving at sea and their full integration into the service, and was also Commander in Chief and Chief of Defence Intelligence.

As well as serving as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office from 2007 to 2010, he advised both the Conservative and Labour parties on defence and security – producing the UK's first ever National Security Strategy and Cyber-Security Strategy, as well as formulating the latest counter-terrorist policy.

Declan Hadley, Digital Health Lead, Lancashire and Cumbria Change Programme

Declan has worked in the NHS for over twenty years. He started his NHS career as a Psychiatric Nurse, moving quickly into Information Management in the 1990s where he worked in a number of different roles across the North West.

Over the last ten years, Declan has been working as Health Informatics Director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, where he has overseen the development innovative mobile solutions, new clinical applications and technology to support an agile workforce.



Fergie Miller, Business Development, European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)

Fergie is the UK Smart Cities lead for EIT Digital, a pan-European Innovation Agency that supports startups and large scale innovation projects with their fundraising and business development activities. Fergie read Economics at The University of Edinburgh, started his first business when he was 22, currently mentors on the Transport Systems Catapult Accelerator and has worked on taking innovations to market across a number of industries in Asia, Europe and the UK.

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Debbie Brown, Director of Service Reform, Salford City Council

Debbie has worked for the City Council for over 20 years having started her career in the electricity supply industry.

 Her background and specialism is HR and organisational development and has delivered a number of major workforce strategy projects.   

Debbie was appointed as the Director of Service Reform in April 2015, to lead the delivery of the City Council’s ambitious transformation programme.  This is delivering savings of up to £10m, through modernisation and innovation to develop and transform services. Adopting a digital first approach, Debbie is committed to making sure this means access to services is quicker, easier, better and no-one is left behind in being able to benefit from all digital has to offer.

Alison Mitchell, Executive Director, Sensor City

Alison Mitchell is executive director at Sensor City, a collaborative venture between Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool, and a flagship University Enterprise Zone which will drive sensor technology and development across the UK. 

Alison, who will lead the venture to establish it as a viable business and a key driver of economic growth for the Liverpool City Region, joined Sensor City from BT Business, where she was Chief Information Officer – a position in which she helped transform the telecom giant's products and services and technical delivery.

Her career spans 30 years in senior marketing, product development and business leadership roles across a range of small to large companies. Alison has two masters including an MBA from Cranfield University.

Priya Prakash, Founder, D4SC

Priya is founder of London-based award-winning Design for Social Change (D4SC). Her focus is improving public infrastructure planning and development in real time, by combining big data with active citizen engagement.

D4SC’s Changify and Citizen Canvas platforms have been piloted in UK and Europe with plans for rollout in SE Asia. She is on ‘Tech City Insider 100’, IBM’s ‘People for Smarter Cities’.

Before D4SC, Priya led the global design team as Head of Mobile Phone User Experience at Nokia. At the BBC, she was lead-designer and co-inventor of iPlayer with joint patents.

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Vishal Chatrath, CEO and co-founder, PROWLER.io

Vishal Chatrath is CEO and co-founder of PROWLER.io, a decision making platform (DMP) that will simplify the future.

PROWLER.io's team of Cambridge-based, world-class researchers creates Machine Learning technologies to help you understand, guide and optimise the millions of micro-decisions that occur in complex, dynamic environments.

Its platform will transform fields like systems engineering, autonomous vehicles, game design and smart city planning.

Vishal was previously head of automotive at Nokia, founder of Chleon Automotive and Chief Business Officer of VocalIQ, which was acquired by Apple in 2015.

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Benjamin Snow, CEO and Cofounder, Civocracy

Civocracy is an award-winning civic tech company that's active in four countries. It was borne from a desire to create a space for better interaction and in-depth discussions between governments and their people, combined with the realisation of the potential for social media to transform the political sphere. 

The smart cities platform and strategy consultancy empowers governments to undertake citizen participation in an effective and constructive way, and  uses the power of machine learning and big data. 

Benjamin's passion for tech and politics comes from a decade of public sector, startup, and NGO experience. He holds an MPP with a focus on democratic innovation from the Hertie School of Governance, is a WEF Global Shaper, and was named as a social entrepreneur to watch 2016. He writes and speaks on civic engagement, participation and tech's role in reengaging people with politics.

Peter Baeck, Head of Collaborative Economy Research,  Nesta

Peter lead much of Nesta's research into crowdfunding and P2P lending as an innovative way of financing products and services in the UK, and has co-authored the industry reports Understanding Alternative FinancePushing Boundaries and Crowdfunding Good Causes. Alongside this peter has also worked a number of practical tools programmes for those interested in crowdfunding such as Working the Crowd, the online crowdfunding directory, Crowdingin.com and the arts and heritage matched crowdfunding pilot.    

Alongside this he has been involved in Nesta research projects on public sector innovation labs and leads Nesta's research on digital social innovation

Peter has also delivered research and project management for People Powered Health (PPH) - a one year Nesta programme that, through a partnership with six UK health localities, explored how coproduction for people living with long term health conditions, can be taken to scale within health services. A particular focus of PPH is capturing evidence on the impact on patient outcomes and cost of health services by coproduced solutions. 

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James Willison BA MA MSyI, Founder Unified Security Ltd, Vice Chair ASIS European Convergence /ESRM committee

James Willison BA MA MSyI is Founder of Unified Security Ltd and Vice Chair of the ASIS European Convergence/ESRM committee. James was awarded the Imbert Prize for an 'outstanding contribution to the Security Industry in 2011' for his work on convergence with ASIS Europe and the Information Security Awareness Forum.

He has more than 20 years of management experience in the physical and information security industry, including posts as Advisor on Convergence to the Mitie TSM Board, Senior lecturer in Security Management at Loughborough University and Digital Security Expert with the European Union. He is an ISACA Academic Advocate and member of the Security Institute. He is currently working on a SMART City Security white paper.

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Tim Daniels, Director, Videalert Ltd

Tim Daniels is a Director of Videalert Ltd, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of traffic enforcement and management solutions.  The company provides an intelligent digital video platform that supports multiple traffic enforcement, traffic management, crime prevention, community safety and Clean Air Zone enforcement applications simultaneously from the same infrastructure.

With over 30 years in the software industry, Tim has extensive experience in driving the growth of small to medium sized software companies having held senior sales and regional operational management roles (in UK and EMEA) with companies such as IBM, BMC Software, Acta Technology (acquired by Business Objects who in turn were acquired by SAP) and more recently Informatica Corporation where he was Managing Director of the UK subsidiary company.

In 2008 Tim along with his fellow Director, Dave Richmond acquired a controlling equity stake in the Videalert business. Tim has a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies from London Metropolitan University.

Richard Woodling, BSC ENG, MIET, APM, Ordnance Survey

Richard Woodling is a Client and Programme Manager currently leading projects within OS’s Smart City practice.  He is a Member of the Institute for Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Registered Project Professional at the Association for Project Management (APM).

Originally an Electronic design engineer, for more than 25 years, Richard is a highly experienced, Project Manager versed in delivering complex projects across many industries where tight cost and change control is important, building efficiencies to ensure that programmes and projects deliver value for money on time.  Richard has a strong technical background and coupled with his project delivery skills, has enabled Richard to be the ideal choice for the recent 5G research project with Met Office and 5GIC to understand the effects of the geo-spatial environment on 5G mmwave signal propagation. 

He typically manages project teams of more than 20 people across multiple sites, including across multiple countries, and has been responsible for managing concurrent projects worth over £15m.  Richard has an excellent record of delivery through collaborative working and building trusted relationships with both customers and suppliers.

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James Rayner, Board Director, Broadway Malyan, BSc (Hons) MLD RTPI MLI

With over 20 years of worldwide experience in the design and urban-planning of complex large scale developments, James leads Broadway Malyan’s Urbanism & Masterplanning team. Based in the London studio, James has worked across a full range of sectors and scales right across the globe – from Canada to China, Angola to Abu Dhabi. He was invited to join the Broadway Malyan Holdings Ltd board as a director in 2014.

A chartered urban planner and landscape designer, James’ knowledge lies in developing successful urban planning and urban design strategies for major projects, with a particular emphasis on the delivery of Transit Orientated Developments and sustainable, liveable and integrated cities and communities. With proven experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the delivery of complex regeneration projects, James deals with all aspects of client and stakeholder management as well as managing internal and external consultant teams.

James has led award-winning projects, including North Yas New Town in Abu Dhabi, East Village in Calgary, Canada and Luanda City, Angola and is currently leading an international consultant team to prepare an integrated city transit and development plan for Daar Es Salaam, Tanzania.


George Johnston, Founder, Nitrous

George Johnston is passionate about using technology to shape the cities of the future. He believes that this can be achieved through building a self-sustaining innovation ecosystem based on data, knowledge and connections.

He founded Nitrous to fuel effective collaboration between startups and the public sector. Having successfully completed an innovation programme with Transport for London, Nitrous is building upon its transportation expertise to run more programmes with partners, further developing its open data platform and expanding into Asia.

George has provided counsel to the then Department of Business, Innovation and Skills around EU digital policy, and more recently, to the Greater London Authority and Mayor’s Office around London’s digital strategy.

Richard Veal, Managing Director, New Mind tellUS

Richard Veal is UK Managing Director of award-winning, new-media company New Mind tellUs. Founded in 1999, the company has extensive experience in the provision of e-tourism solutions and currently works with over 250 cities and destinations across Europe.

With offices in Liverpool, Bergen and Oslo, Richard heads up a 60+ team of project managers, software developers, designers and digital marketing professionals. Under his stewardship, the company has become globally recognised as a leading supplier to public sector tourism and has now won significant contracts in the UK, Spain, Norway, Sweden and the UAE.

Still retaining a true passion for technology, Richard is constantly striving to find  innovative ways in which destinations can connect their tourism businesses with visitors and the local community through digital means. The websites and apps that New Mind produce receive traffic in excess of 100 million users per year and the company holds an aggregated database of all UK tourism product that can be accessed by their API.

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Nathan Pierce, Programme Director, Sharing Cities

Nathan Pierce is determined to find ways to make government more sustainable, efficient and citizen focused. Nathan is the Programme Director for Sharing Cities, a pan-European programme of work that explores ways in which smart city solutions can be scaled up from city level to national and international level.

This will result in the development of new business and investment models which other cities can replicate and benefit from, leading to more sustainable and pleasant places to live.  Based in the Greater London Authority in the UK Nathan has 15 years’ experience across a range of public bodies having led on major service design and commissioning projects within London and at a European level. Nathan is passionate about improving lives for regular people through making government more responsive and innovative.


Daniele Russolillo, Programme Manager, Planet Idea

Daniele Russolillo serves as Senior Programme Manager at Planet Idea where he coordinates the Planet Idea Smart City Alliance both in Italy and Brazil.

He is also in charge of the programme management for the smart projects aimed at real estate developers worldwide.

He matured more than 15 years experience on the economic regulation of local public services, on energy policy and on the stakeholder analysis of complex projects.

He enjoys writing papers on peer-reviewed publications, recently he was amongst the editors of the Palgrave Macmillan handbook "The political economy of local regulation. Theoretical frameworks and international case studies" (2017)  and he wrote the Italian chapter of the Edward Elgar manual "A guide to EU Renewable Energy Policy" (2017).

He lives in Italy (Turin) and in the UK (Leeds) and has a great passion for innovative processes that encompass economic regulation, smart technology, environmental sustainability and social inclusion.

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Dr David J Hardman MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Birmingham Ltd

David’s career over the last twenty years has been in knowledge transfer; working at the interface between applied research and commercial application and exploitation. His expertise and interests are directed at creating appropriate partnerships and infrastructures to promote the development and success of cross sectorial knowledge-based businesses.

He started out as a PhD microbiologist, with research interests in the application of microbes in what is now described as ‘clean technology’. In 1992 co-founded and led a start-up biotech venture based on the application of biocatalysts to the paper industry. This experience developed into a wider interest in the translation of science into good and applicable technologies.

In 1998 he moved to the Babraham Institute in Cambridge to establish and lead a new Commercial Affairs Office, which developed into a wholly owned trading subsidiary, Babraham Bioscience Technologies Ltd. As a knowledge transfer company the focus became the development of the commercial aspects of the Babraham Research Campus.

In late 2008 he moved to Birmingham to develop and implement a new strategy to build on the legacy of what was then Aston Science Park’s 27 year history as the third oldest science park in the UK. This resulted in the creation of the Innovation Birmingham Campus offering; an urban focal point promoting digital innovation across all sectors that impact the smart city agenda. The Campus is currently home to 160 early stage businesses and the new Srenedip® incubator working with several corporate partners. The campus a meeting place for Birmingham’s Tech community and an interconnected centre linking this to a virtual community of interest across the UK and beyond.

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Phil Beecher, President, Wi-SUN Alliance

Phil Beecher is the chairman of the Wi-SUN Alliance, an industry organisation which promotes standards-based interoperable wireless communications products for Smart Ubiquitous Networks, Smart Cities and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and implements a rigorous testing and certification program to achieve its aims.

Since 1997, Phil has played a key role in the development of communications standards including Bluetooth, WiFi, IETF, IEEE and cellular and the specification of test plans for a number of Smart Utilities Network standards, including Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Home Energy Management Systems.

He was chairman of IEEE 802.15 TG4g (a wireless standard for Smart Utility Networks), chairman of IEEE802.15 TG4u and TG4v (defining RF spectrum for IoT networks globally), vice chairman of IEEE 802.15 TG4m (TV Whitespace), vice chairman of the WiFi Alliance Smart Grid Task Group, chairman of OpenSG Edge Conformity Task Group, Contributing Editor to IEEE802.15.4-2006 and has held positions in the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Test and Certification Committee, Telecom Industry Association and Bluetooth SIG.

He is a graduate of the University of Sussex with a degree in Electronic Engineering and holds patents in communications and networking technology.


Les Pyle, Chief Executive, ICW

Les Pyle was appointed as Chief Executive of ICW in 2001 having previously been a member of the ICW board.

This followed a career in the I.T. industry, including 18 years as a director with ICL, latterly Fujitsu, primarily in International Procurement / Supply Chain activities. As part of the integration of ICL into Fujitsu, Les was appointed to the board of a number of Fujitsu International Group Companies, specifically Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain.

In addition to ICW Les is also a board member of Networking For Industry, the Parliamentary networking group.

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Andrew Tsonchev, Director of Technology, Darktrace Industrial

Andrew oversees Darktrace's OT security offerings, providing cyber defense solutions for industrial environments.

Andrew has worked extensively across all aspects of Darktrace's technical and commercial operations, and advises Darktrace's strategic Fortune 500 customers on advanced threat detection, machine learning and autonomous response.

Andrew has a technical background in threat analysis and research, and holds a first-class degree in physics from Oxford University and a first-class degree in philosophy from King's College London.


Dr Jacqui Taylor, CEO of FlyingBinary & Smart Cities Advisor to HM Government

Jacqui is recognised as one of the 100 most powerful UK entrepreneurs and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of her IoT work.

After implementing a banking regulatory change programme with Web 3.0 tools she co-founded FlyingBinary a web science company which changes the world with data, one of the original 250 TechCity companies. She is a high profile mentor in the world’s number one digital hub, Tech City. Jacqui mentors Founders specifically to accelerate their technology and funding options for growth.

An appointment for the third year as an Independent Ministerial Advisor in the Cabinet Office of H.M. Government recognised her as a web scientist of influence in the era of Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT). Her company FlyingBinary has been recognised with an IoT international techtrailblazer award. She is personally recognised as one of the UKs most influential Women in Tech, one of the 34 IoT Influencers on twitter and one of the 20 global entrepreneurs to watch as part of #GEW2016.

Jacqui collaborated with datajournalism thought leaders to produce her fourth publication, a new PhD primer for journalism using her web science work which connects 34 million citizens across the web. She has articulated the global future of the data journalism industry, she co-founded. As a prominent leader in the the Digital Enlightenment Forum, Jacqui contributed a chapter to the European Yearbook and presented a new Trust and Privacy model which will underpin the Future of IoT in Europe. As a Visiting Professor at LSBU she is articulating the contribution of the Internet of Things to the New and Convergent Media domains.

Her company has been successfully awarded all nine frameworks under H. M. Government’s industry leading cloud initiative, G-Cloud and is recognised as one of the 100 UK companies transforming government using GovTech. FlyingBinary’s latest innovations are underpinning Secured European Cloud Services for Big Data and IoT, which implement GDPR and have no reliance on Privacy Shield arrangements.

She is an expert lead for the British Standards Institute (BSI) team with international colleagues on the top level ISO technical Committee and is the editor for two ISO Smart City standards. As the technical author for the latest British Standards Institute Smart City standard she has articulated the future role of IoT data and services and their value in the domain.


Dougal Shaw, Digital Current Affairs, BBC

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