Dr  Jacqui Taylor, Government Advisor on Smart Cities, CEO, FlyingBinary

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.


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.

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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.

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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