Alison McKenzie Folan,Deputy Chief Executive Deputy Chief Executive, Wigan Council
Alison Mckenzie-Folan is Director – Deputy Chief Executive and part of the Senior Management Team at Wigan Council with strategic responsibility for a range of services including policy, strategy and transformation, revenues and benefits, customer services, ICT, public relations and HR and OD. Alison is currently leading the #digitalwigan strategy.
Previous to this role, Alison was Head of HR & OD for Wigan Council and also the Interim Director of HR and OD for NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT. She joined local government in 2008, after a career in central government culminating in roles as Head of Finance and Deputy Director HR for the Health & Safety Executive.
She has extensive experience in business transformation and organisational development with a passion for modernising services to deliver tangible ‘business’ performance outcomes and value for money for residents and customers.
A Fellow of the CIPD she has also completed an MA in Strategic HRM, assessing “how far is the psychological contract a useful concept in devising strategies to manage the employment relationship?”
Alison has strategic responsibility for the councils transformation programmes and public service reform.
Tony Lloyd, interim Mayor of Greater Manchester
Tony was born in Stretford in 1950 and attended local schools in Stretford and Old Trafford before studying Mathematics at the University of Nottingham and Business Administration at Manchester Business School. He taught at Salford University in the Department of Business and in 1979 Tony was elected to Trafford Council where he served until 1984, and was sometime Deputy Leader of the Labour Group.
Tony was elected to Parliament in 1983 for the Stretford constituency and following significant boundary changes in 1997, represented Manchester Central until he stood down on 22 October 2012 to contest the Police and Crime Commissioner election.
In June 2015, Tony was appointed interim Mayor of Greater Manchester.
Drew Hemment, Founder and CEO, FutureEverything and Dundee Fellow & Reader at The University of Dundee
Drew is an artist, curator and academic researcher. He is Founder and CEO of FutureEverything, and a Dundee Fellow, Reader at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.
Over 20 years, his work in digital culture and innovation has been covered by New York Times, BBC and NBC and recognised by awards from the arts, technology and business sectors, including Lever Prize 2010 (Winner) and Prix Ars Electronica 2008 (Honorary Mention). Projects include the emoto data visualisation of the London 2012 Olympics and Open Data Cities / DataGM, the Greater Manchester Datastore.
Drew is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Leonardo journal of art, science and technology. In 1999 he was awarded a PhD at Lancaster University, in 2009 elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK), and in 2010 an Eyebeam resident (USA).
Ms Foo Chi Hsia, High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore
Ms Foo Chi Hsia is High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to the United Kingdom.
Ms Foo graduated with a Bachelor of Law, and obtained a Master in Public Management, both from the National University of Singapore.
Ms Foo served at the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York from 1997 to 2003, during Singapore’s only term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council from 2001 to 2002. At the Ministry HQ, her various appointments include being responsible for Americas, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Africa, Singapore’s only case before the International Court of Justice, as well as APEC and WTO matters.
Ms Foo was conferred the Public Administration Medal by the Government of Singapore in 2008, and the Dame Commander of the Victorian Order (DCVO) by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II in 2014.
Steve Turner, Head of Future Cities, Manchester City Council
Steve is strategic lead for the design, co-ordination and delivery of the ‘Manchester Future Cities’ programme in collaboration with a range of key private, public and academic partners. He led the design of Manchester’s successful €24m EU Lighthouse submission -Triangulum, for which he is programme director and the £10m UK Internet of Things City Demonstrator – CityVerve. He has led and secured a number of strategic relationships with China, leading work on the EU-China Smart City Forum as well as establishing joint collaboration projects with Digital China and Wuhan. He has held a number of external positions, advising both UK Government and the European Commission on their respective smart city initiatives.
Previously, he worked at the New Economy where he was Head of Low Carbon Economy for five years, during which time he secured Greater Manchester as the UK’s first Low Carbon Economic Area for the Built Environment as well as establishing a joint venture with the Green Investment Bank. He has also spent time in private sector consultancy working on a range of economic development projects for a broad global client base and managed sustainable regeneration projects in Bankside and Peckham whilst at the London Borough of Southwark.
He studied Geography at the University of Sheffield and holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London. He is a Knowledge Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and a member of the UK City Standards Institute Board.
He lives in Manchester.
Ewen Gibb , Innovation & the Lab, Future Cities Catapult
Future Cities Catapult are one of ten Catapults in the UK, each specialising in a different type of technology. We receive core public funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s Government-funded innovation agency.
Our aims are to accelerate urban ideas to market, to grow the economy and make cities better. We bring together businesses, universities and city leaders so that they can work with each other to solve the problems that cities face.
Ewen splits his time between – our Cities Lab, which provides data analysis, modelling and visualisation capabilities to understand and elucidate city problems – and leading our current innovation projects in UAE.
Luis Fernando Arboleda Gonzalez, President, Findeter, Colombia
Caldense, Business Manager, specialist in Public Service Administration of the Iberoamerican Institute of Public Administration of Spain, with studies in Senior Management at the University of Los Andes, Inalde and the Institute of Public Administration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
With over 32 years of experience in infrastructure projects, Luis Fernando Arboleda Gonzales has an excellent management as a technical, social, economic and political project leader in several institutions and public companies. He has held important positions as mayor of Manizales and the Management of Public Enterprises of Manizales, Aguas de Manizales, Triple A – and Metroagua SA Santa Marta. During the past 3 years he has served as president of FINDETER.
In addition, he managed the Modernization Program for the Ministry of Development in partnership with the World Bank.
He has lectured on the topic of Public Services for the World Bank-IADB-AIDIS in the United States, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Argentina, Paraguay, Israel, Spain and Colombia. He was speaker of the Global Poverty Program, Boston, USA at Harvard Business School, co-author with John A. Pinto and Luis F. Ulloa’s book “The SMEs in Public Services.”
Miranda Sharp, Head of the Smart Practice, Ordnance Survey
Miranda Sharp heads up Ordnance Survey’s dynamic Smart Cities team: a business-wide unit of world-renowned experienced geospatial experts, all advocating better uses and remits for location-data and emerging geospatial technologies.
Here in the UK (and overseas), Miranda’s team is exploring the advantages of ‘place’ as a unique common denominator. OS plays a formative role in shaping emerging Smart standards worldwide, and, as members of competition-winning consortia worth over £10m, Ordnance Survey is actively helping partners of all kinds to visualise their own data-sets more efficiently and effectively via the integration of mapping technology.
Nic Cary, Head of Digital Transformation, Department of Transport
Nic leads the team responsible for transforming digital services and technology at the Department’s 19 agencies and public bodies. His role shapes the Government Digital Strategy to the context of a Department which helps keep the UK on the move. Prior to Transport he worked for the Cabinet Office. Here he was loaned to the Army to write and implement a cost-saving and multi award-winning digital recruiting strategy. He then led the ICT procurement of a ‘1Bn MoD outsourcing programme. He founded his own internet consultancy in 1995 and has since undertaken a wide variety of technology roles, including that of programmer, technical architect and head of infrastructure. Previously he had a successful career in marketing communications.
Esteve Almirall, Director of the Center for Innovation in Cities & Lecturer of the Department of Information Systems Management, ESADE, Barcelona
Esteve Almirall serves as Associate Professor in Esade Business School where his research focus on Innovation, particularly on Open Innovation. His work has been referenced in HBR and he is a frequent speaker in conferences around Innovation, Smart Cities, Living Labs and Open Data/Gov. His background is a mix of Management Science (PhD,MRes,MBA) and Computer Science (MSc, MRes). Esteve is also highly involved in European Projects and EU organizations having coordinated and participated in many EU projects on Innovation and Smart Cities. He is passionate about how we can use IT to redefine governance and reinvent citizenship in the XXI century transforming cities from service providers to ecosystem orchestrators and therefore fostering growth and promoting entrepreneurship.
Melanie Johnson, Chair of The UK Cards Association
Melanie Johnson was appointed as its first non-industry Chair of The UK Cards Association in September 2009.
She was the Labour MP for Welwyn Hatfield from 1997 until 2005 and served under several ministerial posts as Economic Secretary at HM Treasury; at the former Department of Trade and Industry (DTI; now the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)) as Minister for Competition, Consumers and Markets; and latterly at the Department of Health as Minister for Public Health.
In her time at the DTI, Melanie undertook the first review of consumer credit legislation for more than 30 years and protected consumers against abuse of their rights through the introduction of stop-now orders. Her past experience lends itself to the work of The UK Cards Association, progressing the industry in both a consumer focused way, and building on our reputation as a pro-active trade association.
Robert Coop, User Experience Lead and Agile Product Owner, Care Identity Services at The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
Robert has been designing user experiences for enterprise applications for over 20 years in the public and private sectors. Since 2012, Robert has been working within the health and social care sector, mainly involved in delivering Identity Services to the National Health Service in England. He recently was a key part of the team delivered the NHS Care Identity Service – an internally built Identity, Access and Smartcard service, one of the largest of its kind, which supports over 1 Million Health and Care Workers.
Robert is currently working within HSCIC’s Digital Delivery Centre, driving the effort to ensure a more user-centred approach to digital delivery, as well as acting as Product Owner on a number of key projects.
Ian Wright, Head of Insight, Passenger Focus
As an insight specialist Ian has spent his career uncovering what makes consumers tick in many sectors, to understand their needs and motivations. This has been whilst working for research agencies, consultancies, client companies and his own company. In his current role as Head of Insight at Transport Focus this means growing the organisation’s understanding of transport users, including smart ticketing and futures work streams. Previous roles have also included a focus on car drivers (Ford was a major client when at Goldfarb Consultants) and air passengers, when at British Airways.
Keiron Sparrowhawk, CEO, MyCognition
Sparrowhawk is a successful serial entrepreneur and former neuroscientist, with 40 years of leadership in the biopharmaceutical industry, leading or contributing to the development of numerous medical products.
He is the Founder/CEO of MyCognition, developing innovative, digital, cognitive health products. Previously he co-founded PriceSpective, the most successful market access pharma consultancy at the time of sale.
He is the Chair and Board Director of several healthcare/personal development companies. He devised the Cambridge University Executive Diploma in “Biopharmaceutical Pricing and Market Access Strategy” and he lectures on the Cambridge Masters in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE).
He undertakes voluntary work through his local church and enjoys keeping fit, galleries and exhibitions. He lives with his partner in London and has two grown-up children.
Matthew Pencharz, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Greater London Authority
Matthew was appointed Environment Advisor following the Mayor’s re-election in May 2012 to lead the GLA and its functional bodies’ work with relation to carbon emissions reduction, a secure and affordable energy supply, improving air quality, the protection, improvement and creation of green space, waste policy, water efficiency and drainage and making London more resilient in the face of more frequent extreme weather.
He has since been appointed Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy following taking on responsibility for the Smart London Board, chairing the London Hydrogen Partnership and a leading role in the co-ordination of utilities’ works for London’s Opportunity Areas through the Infrastructure Delivery Board.
The Mayor has appointed Matthew as his Independent Member on the London Waste and Recycling Board, to the London Green Fund Investment Committee and the Infrastructure Delivery Board. He has also been appointed to the Board of the Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation. Matthew is the Mayor’s nominee on the Steering Committee of the C40 Climate Leadership Group and has been appointed to be one of the Steering Committee’s representatives to the C40 Management Board, where he serves as Board Secretary.
Matthew first joined the Mayor’s team at City Hall from the BBC in November 2009. He worked on the network section of Politics Show, focussing primarily on environment and energy stories, and was latterly responsible for the political output of BBC Breakfast. He had worked previously at the London Borough of Barnet, where he started work on the Council’s ground-breaking compulsory recycling scheme, and at the House of Commons.
He has lived in London most of his life. Having grown up in north London, he’s now crossed the Thames and cycles into City Hall from Brixton.
Robert Mitchell MSLL, Director, Business Development, Global Systems, Philips Lighting
Rob has 20 years’ experience dedicated to the professional B2B lighting sector, with deep know-how in the software, systems and services space around lighting. His work continues to drive thought leadership around Smart LED Systems for public lighting.
Rob joined Philips in 1992, working predominantly in the indoor and commercial lighting sectors. In 2004 he was appointed general manager of the group’s Controls business in the UK. In 2012, he moved to the outdoor public lighting sector where he has played a leading role in the development of CityTouch from an incubator-stage start-up to a global market leader.
Within four years from launch, CityTouch had won more than 500 contracts in 23 countries across the globe, including “first-of-a-kind” solutions and mega-city projects in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Rob’s experience spans product and portfolio development, market introductions and applications development for software and hardware, including Philips’ collaboration with SAP to deliver 91,000 connected street poles in Buenos Aires.
“With open technology platforms, we can see the Smart City sharing data across many verticals. Using standard web-service APIs, data can be securely exchanged in a simple, automated and cost effective way”, says Rob, “This is the true Smart City – and that can be delivered, in scale, today.”
Cécile Faraud , Circular Economy Lead, Peterborough DNA Programme, Peterborough City Council
Cécile has a leading role in delivering the ‘Peterborough DNA’ programme that aims to make Peterborough a truly smart UK city.
Cécile’s strategic focus is to give life to a practical citywide Circular Economy strategy. Her work includes defining and implanting the new concept of a circular city for Peterborough and establishing a collaborative and innovative Sharing Economy model amongst Peterborough businesses.
Cécile holds an MSc in International Relations from IRIS, Paris and an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development with distinction, awarded by University College London (UCL). She has over 5 years of international experience working on urban sustainability challenges.
Amanda Coleman, Head of Corporate Communications, Greater Manchester Police
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Amanda has more than 20 years’ experience both as a journalist and in communication roles. For the past 16 years she has worked in senior communication roles within the police service and is currently responsible for Corporate Communications at Greater Manchester Police.
Initially, Amanda worked on local newspapers throughout the North West of England before moving into public relations working for a number of public sector organisations.
She has led the communication team at Greater Manchester Police during some challenging times including the murder of two police officers, August 2011 riots, death of the former Chief Constable and numerous counter terrorism investigations.
Amanda has been chair of the national Association of Police Communicators (APComm) since January 2013.