Stephen Hilton is an internationally recognised smart cities expert. At Bristol City Council he created and led Bristol Futures, a high profile, award-winning team that achieved great success. The highlights include, winning the title of European Green Capital 2015; becoming the first UK Rockefeller Global 100 Resilient city; securing official designations as a UK Super Connected City and Future City Demonstrator; developing Engine Shed and Invest in Bristol & Bath, Bristol is Open and the Bristol-Brussels office; co-creating Playable City and securing funding for many successful projects on driverless cars, smart meters, smart grids, open data and large scale technology demonstrators. In his early career, Stephen worked on technology and democracy and digital inclusion, establishing the Connecting Bristol  partnership, the National Digital Challenge network and winning an award as Government Innovator of the Year for his work with the Oxford Internet Institute and Napier University.  Stephen is Strategic Adviser on Smart Cities and Regions to the West of England Combined Authority, a Fellow at the University of Bristol, a Trustee of Bristol Architecture Centre and a non exec Director of the Bristol Pound 

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SARAH TOY - RESEARCH DIRECTOR  Sarah is an experienced research manager, social innovator chartered civil engineer with 27 years’ experience working in the public, private, not-for-profit and academic sectors in the UK and internationally. Sarah was Bristol’s Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), part of the 100 Resilient Cities global network.    

RUTH DELANEY - SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER   Ruth is a qualified PRINCE 2 project manager who has extensive experience of major digital innovation and ICT projects in Bristol. Ruth’s experience includes, Bristol is Open, Engine Shed and Education IT. Ruth is managing the 5G Smart Tourism project for the West of England Combined Authority..

HELEN BREAM - SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGER  Helen has gained a wealth of experience across many sectors including ICT consultancy, local 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. Helen is working for BFG on a variety of 5G projects and bids.

SUZANNE WILSON - ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT experienced Suzanne 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.