Thursday 1 November marks Simon's first day as CEO. He was announced as Robert Driver's successor in September following a thorough recruitment process by the CW board. He comes to CW straight from the University of Essex where he ran the Eastern Enterprise Hub, delivering mentor-driven networking programmes to support SMEs and social enterprises.
With a full autumn calendar of CW SIG events lined up, Simon is diving straight into the business of getting to know CW's members and supporters over the coming weeks. His first event will be on Thursday 8 November, "Small Cells: Realising the 5G Opportunity for Pioneering Spectrum Access - Beyond Exclusive Licensing", in London.
The announcement was made in May that Robert Driver, CEO of Cambridge Wireless for three years, was stepping down from the helm of the technology membership organisation. During this time, turnover has increased by 60% and the organisation has won several major contracts that complement the activity of its 19 Special Interest Groups. Highlights include CW being asked by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to lead the UK5G Innovation Network, a nationwide collaborative project that will accelerate the commercial deployment of 5G in the UK; and delivering multiple technology accelerators for multinationals such as ghd that harness the creativity and skills of the CW start-up community. While Bob is standing down from the post of CEO, he continues as a Director on the CW Board, as the lead for UK5G and as a member of the CW Journal Editorial Panel.
The CW team would like to thank Bob for his friendship and leadership during his time as CEO, and welcomes Simon to the team. If anyone would like to contact either Bob or Simon, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the CW office on +44 1223 967101.