- Founder & Chairman, aql
As a consistent innovator and technologist with a strong cyber security background, Professor Adam Beaumont is the Founder and Chairman of trusted communications specialist, aql and CEO of Isle of Man based telecommunications company, BlueWave. He is also the driving force behind establishing both IXLeeds, a fully independent internet exchange outside London and the Isle of Man’s first and only internet exchange, ManxIX. An active angel investor, Adam founded not-for-profit investment platform, NorthInvest which propels co-investment in tech start-ups across the North of the UK.
Adam started his communications career in secure mobile networking for an agency of the MoD. His passion for future technology and its positive impact on the economy and society was recognised by the Maserati 100 to which he became a member in 2019. He is also an ex-lecturer at the University of Leeds and supports its students through an awards scheme to promote the next generation scientists and technologists, The Beaumont Awards and offers scholarships for underprivileged students.
As a devoted environmentalist, he is a Trustee of the Eden Project and non-executive board director of Eden Project International Ltd (EPIL). Adam is also the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia championing trade and close relations with the UK.
- Techno-economic assessment of wireless options and strategies, Real Wireless
Julie has worked in the wireless industry for over 15 years. At Real Wireless, she is a thought leader in 5G business case analysis including understanding 5G use cases, quantifying (in financial terms) the operational and socio-economic benefits of 5G services and understanding network dimensioning and cost implications under 5G virtualised networks.
She has most recently led Real Wireless’ techno-economic analysis on the EC Horizon 2020 5G-MoNArch project. Inspired by the project’s smart sea port testbed constructed by HPA, Nokia and DT in the Port of Hamburg, this analysis included quantifying the operational benefits of 5G to port authorities and other port users and the cost implications of delivering these industrial grade wireless services from existing mobile infrastructure via network slicing supported via the virtualised 5G-MoNArch network architecture.
Previously, Julie was Communications Engineer at QinetiQ UK, consultant at PA Consulting UK, and Senior Systems Engineer for Airvana UK.
Caroline has been engaged in technology analysis, research and consulting for 30 years and since 2002, has been focused entirely on mobile and wireless. As co-founder and research director of Rethink Technology Research, Caroline has developed a significant research base and forecast methodology, based around deep contacts with mobile and converged operators round the world. This addresses critical issues and trends in mobile and wireless infrastructure, and particularly operator deployment intentions for 4G, 5G, small cells, Cloud-RAN and other technologies. She is also a senior contributor to Analysys Mason’s Next Generation Wireless research programme. She has led research and consulting projects with a wide range of clients, including mobile infrastructure vendors, large and start-up operators, regulators, trade bodies, government agencies and financial institutions. Her advice and forecasts have helped inform strategic decisions at a wide range of vendors, operators, start-ups and finance houses. Prior to setting up Rethink, Caroline held various executive positions at VNU Business Publishing BV, then Europe’s largest producer of technology related B2B reports and publications. She was the European content and research director, and was a member of the leadership team for VNU’s online business. She holds an MA from the University of Oxford.
Raj has over 20 years of experience in short range and wireless communications technology R&D, business development and marketing. Raj was part of initial IEEE 802.11 team to define first WLAN standard in 1996 – a technology which has now shipped over 5bn units. Raj also helped pioneer the first 3G data transmissions working with Motorola and others to demonstrate one of the first video calls at the 3GSM show in 1998 – many years before 3G licences were awarded. He has also been awarded a number of patents including short range wireless technologies. Raj was a founder member of startup UbiNetics (1999), which successfully exited in 2005 for over $120m USD. As part of that deal, Raj joined CSR and ultimately took the role of VP Marketing where he was part of the team that acquired SiRF Technologies for $136m (2009) to add GPS technology to CSR portfolio. More recently in 2012, he helped sell CSR’s handset business to Samsung in a deal worth $310m for 310 staff to form the SCSC division. As part of that deal, Raj took up the role of VP Marketing responsible for defining future wireless products. In 2014, Raj was promoted to head up the SCSC division leading the silicon and software development for Samsung’s connectivity solutions.
Noelle Godfrey is a member of the Board of Directors for Light Blue Fibre, having led the work to establish the joint venture with the University of Cambridge to deliver cutting edge connectivity solutions that support academia, business and communities. As Programme Director for the Connecting Cambridgeshire and Smart Cambridge programmes at Cambridgeshire County Council, she is leading on the delivery of a future facing digital infrastructure for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region.
After completing a degree in Pure Maths, Rosemary started her career as a graduate programmer, spending 21 years in the private sector, on the design, development and manufacture of secure, high grade communication equipment. 12 years ago Rosemary set up her own business, RLK Partnerships, providing business support and facilitating collaborative working across sectors.
Rosemary also spent 18 years as an Associate Lecturer on Open University programmes, including the NHS Leadership Academy and MBA, specialising in entrepreneurship and leadership.
Rosemary has headed up the eHealth Cluster Ltd from 2015, bringing care providers, technology companies and public bodies together to drive health and social care innovation for the Liverpool City Region. She has published reports and practical guidance on procurement and commissioning. Rosemary has lead the eHealth Cluster involvement for the Liverpool City Council Innovative procurement project to digitise home care services and is currently leading on the Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care Testbed.
- Director for 5G/SatComs Hybrid Networks, CGI
Andy leads CGI’s 5G programmes in Space and Defence. His team have delivered the European Space Agency’s 5G/6G Hub, showcasing how space can enable future generations of telecommunications and connected applications, CGI’s Carnot-Sat hybrid networks planning tool, and their hybrid networks Management and Orchestration toolset, underpinned by CGI’s 5G Accelerator facility in Leatherhead.
Andy has 15 years’ experience working in the Space industry, delivering critical solutions for customers including OneWeb, SES, Inmarsat and AST SpaceMobile.
- Regional Vice President, Europe & MENA, Intelsat
Rhys Morgan leads Intelsat sales activities across all commercial vertical markets in the European and MENA regions He has more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing in the Europe and Africa regions. That experience includes 18 years in the telecommunications industry, with expertise spanning telecom infrastructure, media distribution and enterprise data networks.
Since joining Intelsat in 2002, Mr. Morgan has held a number of sales positions, most recently Director, Media and Broadband Sales for Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that role, his positions included: Interim Managing Director, Africa Sales; Managing Sales Director, Broadcast Services; and Managing Sales Director, Western Europe.
Mr. Morgan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in European Languages and Business from Leeds Beckett University.
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live.
Abhi is the CEO, Founder of the Product as a Service Consortium and CCO of CW Cambridge Wireless. Abhi was the CEO and Founder of Zone V, a Cambridge start-up backed by Qualcomm and ARM focused on empowering people with aging eyes and visual impairment through inclusively designed smartphone software. He held senior roles at Powermat, San Jose-based Synaptics and advisory roles for Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake in the area of mobile user interface technologies. Abhi is a senior advisor to an autonomous vehicle mobility scale up, Conigital, Industry Partner for Arjun Infrastructure Partners with 3 Billion Euros of assets under management and an Ambassador for the United Nations Global Sustainability Index Institute. Abhi studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering, has an MBA in International Marketing and was approached by Cambridge University Press to co-author a book with Peter Whale of Qualcomm on Mobile Handset Design.
- Chief Commercial Officer, Zizo Software
With 15 years of IT sales & marketing experience, Matthew’s primary focus is to continually increase thought leadership and global brand awareness to deliver business results. Matthew also works closely with our key technology partners, Intel & IBM, to bring the Zizo analytics platform and in-memory database services to a global audience. In addition to this, Matthew has been working alongside global FMCG & logistics companies to harness the power of the Internet of Things through new product developments & designs, all built around data.
- Senior Advisor, Regulatory & Space Policy, OneWeb
Ruth Pritchard-Kelly is an expert on satellite regulatory policy with over 30 years of experience. She is currently the Senior Advisor for Regulatory & Space Policy at OneWeb where she advises a global team of legal & technical policy analysts who work on satellite policies internationally. Pritchard-Kelly has also worked at O3b, now SES Networks, and American Mobile Satellite Corporation. She has a Master’s Degree in space and telecommunications policy from George Washington University and a J.D. from the University of Maryland. Ms. Pritchard-Kelly is on the US Commerce Department’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, the board of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, and the Advisory Committee for the Secure World Foundation.
- Manufacturing Market Lead, Digital Catapult
Dr David Pugh sits at the interface between advanced digital technologies and industrial adopters to provide real business impact. David’s focus at Digital Catapult is around supporting industry in making their activities more sustainable, designing for a circular economy and the development of innovative new business models to transform the way the UK industry operates. David is passionate about using digital technologies to enable positive environmental and social impact and leads Digital Catapults Industrial Net Zero Innovation Centre (INZIC), with a focus on supporting the UK Government's goal of reaching Net Zero by 2050.
Prof. Simon Saunders is an independent advisor and researcher with deep industry and academic background in communication systems technology and a burgeoning interest in the intersection between real and artificial neural systems, communication systems and music. He is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and Trustee of the charity Music for All.
Simon is a specialist in the technology of wireless communications, with a technical and commercial background derived from senior appointments in both industry (including Google, Motorola and Philips), academia (University of Surrey, Trinity College Dublin) and regulation (Ofcom).
He founded the Small Cell Forum and chaired this industry association from 2007-12, growing membership to 150 companies and working with 3GPP to create the first standards for small cells. He acted as Director of Emerging & Online Technology for Ofcom, leading Ofcom’s Emerging Technology programme and creating their Online Tech team. At Google (2015-20), he worked with operators globally to enhance wireless connectivity via a range of advanced technology initiatives, combining wireless networks, artificial intelligence and network virtualisation. As co-founder and Director of Technology for independent wireless strategy advisory firm Real Wireless (2006-15), he was responsible for overall technical capability and direction, providing independent wireless expertise and advice to operators, regulators, technology and law firms and wireless users. In 2019 Simon organised the world’s first 5G music lesson on behalf of charity Music for All, led by famous musician Jamie Cullum.
He is an author of over 150 articles, books and book chapters, including a popular textbook on antennas and propagation. He has invented over 15 patented wireless technologies and served on technical advisory boards of several companies and universities.
- Commissioning and Contract manager, Liverpool City Council
Ann Williams is Commissioning and Contracts Manager of Adult Social services at Liverpool City Council, where she finds innovative ways to deliver care against a decreasing budget and increasing needs.
Ann has played a lead role in securing the 5G testbed trial for Health and Social Care at Liverpool. As part of the EU’s STOP&GO programme she focused on digitalising domiciliary care services and introducing IoT sensors to homes. She worked in local and regional Citizen Advice Bureau management for 19 years.
Ann is driven by a strong sense of social justice. Working with the most marginalised in society has heightened her awareness of societal inequalities and the current financial challenges to household and public budgets.
Ann is a member of Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Advisory Committee on Microbiological Safety of Food and of the Campylobacter Group, where she’s working on a report into controlling campylobacter in food supplies. She is Vice Chair of Liverpool’s Central Local Research Ethics Committee and a core member of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Public Health Advisory Group.