Neil has worked in Arthur Andersen, Rank Xerox and Compaq before joining Cisco where he worked for 14 years. His roles there included leadership of Cisco's European solutions marketing, EMEA capital financing business, Cisco's global business with BT and Cisco's UK Public Sector business. He successfully led Cisco's sponsorship bid for The London Olympics 2012 where he was responsible for the delivery of all Cisco's technology and services, marketing and a major digital legacy program working with the UK digital research, incubator and business communities. He is a Governor at Coventry University and on the Great Britain Executive Board of C-Operation Ireland the largest Irish peace charity.
Noeline has over 15 years of Finance Director leadership in Blue chip International and European organisations. She has developed, coordinated and implemented financial strategies in high growth digital technology and telecoms organisations including Apple and Equant. In addition Noeline has over 5 years management leadership in UK start-up and entrepreneurial companies where she helped commercialise e-commerce, cloud based technologies and gained experience of SME's. Her early career as a Chartered Accountant was with was Ernst & Young. She is on the Trustee Board of St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in the City, London. She is particularly interested in commercialising technologies and the role of technology innovation for societal good. Noeline is responsible for Finance and Operations at the CDEC.
Maurizio is a technologist, innovator and strategist with over 20 year experience in the digital sector. He worked for 10 years in a corporate R&D environment at Hewlett Packard Laboratories as senior scientist where he led a number of advanced R&D projects in multimedia and imaging. He then spent 2 years as associate director in a private equity firm specialized early-stage funding and of high-technology start-up companies. In the last 4 years he worked at the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, where he led on a number of strategic initiatives and multi-million pound investments. Maurizio holds dozens of US patents and has published over 30 scientific articles in refereed conferences and journals. He holds a Doctorate in Computer Vision from the University of Edinburgh and an Executive MBA from the Bath School of Management.
Chris has worked at the forefront of the UK design, media and technology landscape since he joined D&AD in 2001 where he stayed as Director of Education and Professional Development until 2007. He then joined Ravensbourne where he developed the industry engagement strategy, corporate partnerships and SME engagement programmes that were pivotal to its successful London Relocation in 2010. In 2011 he set up his own company, Gray Digital Limited, through which he developed many new industry-education partnerships, digital business modeling labs and innovation projects. Chris is a strong advocate of user centred design, creative excellence and the power of technology and creativity coming together through joined up thinking to create joined up solutions.
Lewis brings extensive experience in design, process and systems tools for collaborative innovation. As Global VP at Electronic Data Systems, he created and led EDS' Box innovation centre at London School of Economics, where he became an Institute of Social Psychology Fellow, and later spun out Box as his own business for seven years. Previously, with The Boston Consulting Group and as a partner with Coopers&Lybrand, he specialised in high technology industries and change, before working as a NASA Space Grant Fellow and contractor in satellite applications, asteroid geophysics, and space policy. Lewis completed his Bachelor of Science at MIT, his Masters as a Fulbright Scholar at LSE, and his Juris Doctorate in international law and planetary geophysics at the University of Hawaii.
Clare has over 15 years of Human Resources experience, working for small, medium and large global organisations primarily across the technology industry. More recent roles have included managing European HR Operations at Aptiv Solutions, partnering with the R&D function in EMEA for RIM (Blackberry), and holding a number of senior HR positions at McAfee International including Regional HR Lead for Northern Europe and leading European and Global HR projects. Clare has a MSc in Human Resource Management, is MCIPD qualified and has a post grad qualification in Coaching & Mentoring.
Derek has engaged in a career transitioning between academic research (Cambridge, Glasgow and Nottingham Universities), commercial research (founding member of labs for Microsoft, Marconi and Intel), and roles in several successful startups, most recently XenSource and Netronome. He is Professor of Digital Economy in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham and Director of the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute; his research has covered ubiquitous computing, computer architecture, networking, photonics, distributed systems and operating systems. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and member of the UKCRC, a computing research expert panel of the IET and BCS.
Sade was a journalist prior to joining the catapult and worked as a reporter for specialist publications at The Guardian and the Financial Times. She was also responsible for digital and social media during her time as a journalist and helping to build online communities. Sade is responsible for digital engagement and content at the catapult, leading a strong focus on digital first at the organisation.
Ian has been working in the online and digital industry for over 13 years. After gaining an MSc in Information Technology, he started out as a Software Developer working in digital agencies and a year at Cisco Systems. He went onto join GlaxoSmithKline leading a team building online applications within EMEA and US. Ianjoined the BBC in 2006 working first in Interactive Factual and Learning (iF&L). He subsequently moved into BBC Future Media as a Technical PM leading the release of the BBC's Media Playout product as part of the very first BBC iPlayer release in 2007 which went onto win a Bafta. Ian spent nearly 7 years at the BBC where he continued to work on AV Media Playout and many other key products and areas. Ian joined the Connected Digital Economy Catapult in April 2013.
Paul has spearheaded information security for more than 15 years, commercialising innovations that have been acquired by Cisco, Computervision, Convergys, Oracle and Thales. At UK SMEs nCipher, Secerno and Cellcrypt, he worked on internet delivery, security protocols, secure identity, digital asset protection and secure payment systems, and with UK and US government on classified mobile security. He was an early member of the Jericho Forum, thought leaders on security in the cloud, and the Trusted Computer Group, which develops and promotes open standards for trusted computing. At Computervision, Telxon and Prime, Paul developed one of the first Wi-Fi technologies and mobile handheld systems, after spearheading 3D modelling and realistic imaging for engineering design and manufacturing, and geographic information systems. He has a doctorate and MA in science from Cambridge University.
Irene has worked in multidisciplinary ICT research and in academic, public and industry environments, for almost 20 years. She has a background in social science, with extensive experience in European Affairs and Architecture. Her passion is to understand the complex relationship between society, technology and evolving physical and digital environments. Irene enjoys networking and the challenges posed by multi-party, multi-country international R&D&I, with both commercial and research objectives.
Meredith brings 13 years' experience in human resources, most recently working in the people innovation team at eBay, which was set up to partner with HR and learning and organisational development to support the global people strategy across eBay. She focused on a range of projects across the behavioural and organisational psychology space. Prior to this, she was Head of HR for an international project and change management business where she set up the HR function and was responsible for the people agenda internationally. Meredith is currently doing an MSc in Business Psychology, which she is due to finish in 2014.
David previously served as Operations Director at Box Exchange Ltd, a spin out of HP Enterprise Services closely linked to London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Over seven years in helping develop a commercial business around this unique innovation and collaboration space, his roles spanned business development and relationship building; facilities, interactive media, and event management; and procurement and general services support. David worked with clients such as Shell, EADS, Accenture and GSK. Prior to this he enjoyed a successful career as a headhunter in professional services and as a hedge fund manager and trader working on the London International Financial Futures Exchange (Liffe) and latterly at Wharton Asset Management.
Alex brings 10 years' experience in creating and delivering portfolios of industry-leading events all over the world, working across the aviation, technology, education, publishing, marketing, travel, corporate governance and legal sectors. He joins us from multi-platform publisher Ink, where he spent the last four years setting up the company's events divisions in London and Shanghai. Prior to that, he was Head of Events at the Independent Schools Council, running conferences, workshops and seminars around the UK. Alex is a keen writer, having produced a number of plays for the stage, screen and radio. While at Ink, he wrote extensively on aviation issues and edited industry publication AR.News, frequently speaking at events in Europe and Asia.
Eric has 12 years worth of experience as a customer relationship management administrator. He has worked at organisations such as PRS for Music, the UK's leading music performing rights society and at Red Commerce Ltd, one of the leading SAP recruitment organisations in Europe. He successfully led and provided strategic direction to CRM and database teams while at PRS for Music and was instrumental in developing, managing and overseeing CRM process strategies for data management and data gathering while at Red Commerce. Eric also holds a BA honours degree in Product Design, gained at the University of Bedfordshire.
Nithin has more than 13 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. Before joining the catapult, he worked with one of the leading telecommunications software and service providers, Amdocs, and was responsible for managing and delivering OSS projects, PAN European wide, to one of the largest telecom service providers in the world, UPC/Liberty Global. Nithin has a varied technical background. During his career he has held a few technical roles, including senior software engineer, systems analyst and technical consultant. At the Digital Catapult, Nithin is responsible for managing development programmes/projects.