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 a Fellow at the University of Bristol's Cabot  Institute.   He is also a non exec Director of the Bristol Pound  - the leading local currency.

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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.


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 working for BFG to support user and business acceptance testing of ICT products and services and the development and implementation of a quality Framework for the West of England 5G Smart Tourism project.


Lycia is a complex systems practitioner, helping people think and work systemically in order to develop healthier human systems. Lycia works on leadership development, organisational culture and change, sustainability and community partnerships. Lycia is working for BFG on Civic Universitues.


Sarah is a chartered civil engineer with 27 years’ experience working in the public, private, not-for-profit and academic sectors in the UK and internationally. Sarah is currently Bristol’s Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) and is part of the 100 Resilient Cities global network. Sarah is working for BFG on Civic Universities.


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. Steve is working for BFG on the Local Full Fibre Networks programme.


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.


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