- Head of Digital Economy and Creative Industries, The KTN
Andy Curtis is Head of Digital Economy and Creative Industries at KTN. He has a professional background in the Creative, Media and Digital industries and his career has also encompassed many other technology and innovation led sectors, niches and business markets. He has worked with businesses, local and national governments and Universities in client cities and regions in the UK, Europe and North America to support business growth initiatives in innovative technology sectors.
- Head, UK5G
Bob leads the UK5G programme. CW is the lead partner for a consortium chosen by the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport, to create and deliver the national 5G Innovation Network called UK5G. UK5G brings together and markets the UK’s 5G eco-system - including the national Testbed & Trials programme along with other business-led 5G initiatives.
Bob was CEO of CW from May 2015 to November 2018 focussing on leading the development of the organisation, broadening its reach with other sectors and clusters, while retaining the unique culture and dynamism of the CW community.
Prior to working at CW, Bob was Director for Technology at UK Trade & Investment (now part of the Department for International Trade) where he successfully led national teams helping UK tech companies to access overseas opportunities as well as attracting technology inward investment into the UK. He also coordinated the UKTI science and innovation agenda and was responsible for the delivery of UKTI events from small missions to large trade fairs.
Jessica Ellis is Head of Programme Development on the DCMS 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme. The £200m Programme has been central to the funding and development of a wide range of 5G testbeds across the UK, facilitating 5G and Connected Community trials across multiple sectors and places.
Prior to DCMS Jessica worked at Bristol Is Open, one of the UK’s leading testbeds at the time, working with public and private sector partners to facilitate trials on the test network in the city region.
Her role in DCMS is to drive successful programmes of work and collaboration across the 5G Testbed and Trials projects to align with Digital Infrastructure Directorate objectives. Jessica brings extensive experience and passion, working across public and private sectors on advanced network and digital technologies which will, when brought together, change the ways citizens interact with the places they live and work.
- Digital Economy & IoT, The KTN, Delivery Team, UK5G
Richard works with IoT and 5G in the team with close connection to KTN 'smart' cities and the manufacturing, health, energy and infrastructure sectors. Richard supports organisations and people who are into IoT or 'smart', data and the systems for catching, shifting, chopping and slicing, including wireless transports for solving business problems in any space. This includes organisations involved with IoT, I4.0, LPWAN, NB-IoT, LTE-M, 5G, cloud, 'smart X', digitisation and digitalisation.
Richard works across sectors helping companies and people accelerate their ideas into real-world solutions. He guides them through significant Industrial and Digital Strategies opportunities, obtain expertise and forge connections like new clients and investors.
Richard's background is in science including chemistry, biochemistry and device physics in businesses of all sizes. Before joining KTN, Richard also worked on innovation support measures.
- Senior 5G Adviser, Digital Catapult
Alistair Munro is currently Senior Expert Advisor on 5G at the Digital Catapult in London, UK. He is responsible for technical coordination between the projects of the Industrial 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme of DCMS.
He worked previously at Airbus Defence and Space where he was Technical Lead for communications, spectrum management and security in the UK ASTRAEA project, which was concerned with the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into non-segregated airspace. Before that he held the Toshiba Chair in Communications networks at Bristol University, UK.
Having obtained his BSc in Mathematics from Imperial College in 1975, London and PhD from University of Manchester, UK in 1983, he has over 30 years experience in the specification, design and implementation, and performance analysis of distributed computing systems and a wide range of telecommunications technologies. He has collaborated widely with industry and academia in the UK, Europe, the USA and Japan, mainly on communications standards.
Telecommunications Engineering BEng CISMP Mobile telecommunications subject specialist: providing technical and delivery guidance on the testing and trialling of 4G and 5G systems to MNOs and the public sector. On behalf of DCMS, David's role as Technical Design Authority is to provide technical guidance to DCMS and to support DCMS with the technical management of the 5GTT projects.
Tony Sceales is Head of Programme Development on the DCMS 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme.
The £200m Programme has been central to the funding and development of a wide range of 5G testbeds, creating momentum and accelerating deployment of 5G networks across the UK.
Tony has spent over 25 years in the telecoms and technology industries, working on major projects at global firms including BT, IBM, Telstra, KPN, Swisscom, Prudential and China Gas, as well as with growth start-up innovators.
He is an Ambassador and former Executive Committee member of the TM Forum, and collaborated in producing some of the key thinking around partnership business models and B2B2X trading.
His role at DCMS is to drive engagement with key players across industry sectors to encourage successful 5G investment and adoption in the UK.
- Chair, Advisory Board, UK5G
Rosalind Singleton is a CEO, board chair, NED, advisor and investor with over 30 years of experience in the technology sector. She is the CEO of Spring Fibre, an FTTH start up and the Chair of the UK5G Advisory Board. UK5G is the national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK, providing advice to and working closely with the Department for Digital, Cultural, Media and Sport (DCMS).
For the last six years Rosalind has been an active angel investor and mentor and has led several deals, focussing on tech businesses with a female founder. She is a member of the Angel Academe Advisory Board.
Rosalind joined UK Broadband in 2013 and was Managing Director from 2017 until it integrated into its parent company in 2019 having held senior roles at BT Openreach, Cable and Wireless, Vodafone, various VNOs, and international operators.
Rosalind is a member of the UK Government’s Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council and Ofcom’s Spectrum Advisory Board. She is an Independent NED on the board of Alphawave PLC and serves as an INCA Board Member.
Ian is the Programme Director for the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme which will deliver the Government's ambition to be a world leader in 5G. He has over 20 years’ experience in the Telecoms Industry with a wide range of experience of Designing, Building and Operating both fixed and Mobile networks. He has worked for both Operators and Vendors. Ian Joined DCMS from Ericsson where he was the Head of UK Design, Plan and Deployment team delivering services and infrastructure for all the UK Operators.
Matt Warman was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 26 July 2019. He was an Assistant Government Whip from 23 April 2019 to 25 July 2019.
- Senior Advisor, UK5G, Founder, Vision Formers
Peter is Senior Advisor at UK5G, where he has been leading work on inter-project collaboration, along with supporting a wide range of other UK5G delivery initiatives.
Peter is also Founder & CEO of Vision Formers, the specialist consultancy that helps visionary technology businesses get product to market and turn ideas into reality.
Vision Formers works with start-ups and scale-ups, providing significant expertise in accelerating business growth through a focus on developing a robust product strategy, growing and coaching product and development teams, and providing operational excellence. Peter has a long track record of conceiving, developing and marketing successful technology-based solutions, deployed at scale, globally. Innovative products Peter has brought to market in digital, cloud, AI, consumer electronics and telecommunications have been used by countless millions of people on a daily basis globally, badged by the world’s leading digital and technology brands. Peter is a board member of CW (Cambridge Wireless), and co-leads its Artificial Intelligence special interest group.