Steve has worked in digital delivery across the UK and at all levels of Government. These role’s include Commercial Director - DCMS; Programme Manager – Superconnected Cities Edinburgh; and National Strategy lead for Tourism – Scottish Natural Heritage. In 2015 Steve established Scotland’s Public Wireless Programme for the Scottish Government – working with Scotland’s seven cities and others to better use digital technologies to create innovative public benefits. Working across Scotland’s cities and regions, and including world heritage sites extending from Orkney to Edinburgh, the work has led to supporting the recent successful fellow bid for DCMS 5G funding made by Strathclyde University and partners. Steve is a qualified project and programme manager with a passion for service design. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Kings College London with further qualifications in environmental management and public service commissioning.
With experience in local and national government , Suzanne Wilson is experienced at research, innovation and smart city policy development and implementation. As Bristol City Council’s City Innovation Manager, Suzanne spoke at key national events and addressed several international delegations regarding smart cities. She supported inward investment, and led successful grant applications as well as delivered major smart city projects in the fields of data, energy and mobility. She is interested in supporting change in communities, organisations, sectors and cities; and how technology can support people in urban environments to live healthy, sustainable, flourishing lives.
Helen has gained a wealth of experience across many sectors including ICT consultancy, flocal government, local, national and European bids and programme management. Helen programme managed the Super Connected Cities programme on behalf of Bristol City Council, a high profile programme consisting of five projects with a value in excess of £11m - of which Bristol Is Open was born. As an experienced Prince2 project manager, MSP Programme Manager and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute, Helen has an in depth knowledge of technologies and infrastructure supporting Smart Cities development.
DR CHRIS TUPPEN
Dr Chris Tuppen has been involved in sustainability for over twenty years. He runs Advancing Sustainability Ltd is Visiting Professor of Smart Technologies at University Campus Suffolk and an Honorary Professor at Keele University. He was previously BT Group's Chief Sustainability Officer. Chris specialises in smart cities, sustainability impact assessments and the circular economy. Chris and Stephen Hilton launched the Bristol Smart City Strategy in 2011.