Judging panel

Judging panel

The judging panel for the Connected Cities competition is made up of:

Ian Dalton, President, Global Government & Health, BT

Ian DaltonIan is in charge of BT’s business with customers across the UK’s public sector. The projects Ian is responsible for are some of the largest and most complex networking and IT contracts in the world. With 27 years’ experience in the NHS and social care, Ian was one of England’s most senior healthcare leaders. Before BT, he was COO and deputy CEO for NHS England and held a number of senior roles in the NHS and the Department for Health.

Anna Easton, Director, Sustainable Business, BT

Anna EastonBT’s aim is to bring the benefits of a connected society to everyone. This includes helping 10 million socially disadvantaged people get access to better healthcare, learning or employment opportunities by 2020. It also means helping our customers cut their carbon emissions by at least three times our own carbon impact by 2020. Anna’s owns the strategy and plan for achieving these ambitions, advising the Chairman, Board and Operating Committee on trends and strategy as well as directing BT's resources in this area. Key responsibilities include identifying and driving the development of strategic business opportunities that match the capabilities of the business to society’s global challenges.

Anna sits on the Government Digital Service (GDS) Digital Inclusion Advisory Board and is BT’s representative on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. A particular theme of interest is the role that technology plays in promoting and reinforcing the rights of the child: Anna was instrumental in developing BT’s partnership with UNICEF to deliver online safety workshops across the UK and volunteers to deliver those in South West London.

Bernadette Kelly, CB, DG, Department for Transport

Bernadette KellyBernadette Kelly became Director General, Rail Group, Department for Transport in September 2015. From September 2013 Bernadette was Director General, Business and Local Growth. Prior to that she was Director General, Fair Markets in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Bernadette joined the Civil Service after graduating.

She has spent most of her career working on public policy in relation to business and the economy. She has led work in government to strengthen the regulation of utility sectors; reform the planning regime in the UK; increase housing supply; and control public sector pay and expenditure.

While Bernadette has worked principally in BIS and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), she has also worked at HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office, and in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit; as well as on secondment to ICI plc. From 2000 to 2002 she was Director of Corporate Law and Governance in DTI where she led work to strengthen company law and corporate governance.

Bernadette was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2010.

Gerry Pennell, Crown Representative, Cabinet Office

Gerry PennellGerry was appointed as Crown Representative by the Cabinet Office in December 2015. Prior to that he was director of IT at Manchester University, leading an IT transformation programme. He was formerly CIO at Co-operative Financial Services and IT director for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. He was awarded an OBE for his role in the successful delivery of the 2012 Olympics.

Geoff Snelson

Geoff SnelsonGeoff has worked at Milton Keynes Council since 1998. His wider role embraces the promotion of Milton Keynes to external audiences and investors and leading major projects to secure the long-term economic success and sustainability of the city – which is the fastest growing place in the UK. This included planning to be a host city for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Geoff has established the Milton Keynes Future City Programme as a nationally prominent collaboration between industry, academia and the public sector. The programme provides a city-wide innovation environment and is deploying commercial and public service applications at scale. Projects include the MK:Smart city data hub (with the Open University and BT), a city-wide internet of things network, the FALCON smart power grid, satellite data services, and low carbon and intelligent mobility - including the UK Autodrive driverless cars and the LUTZ autonomous pods projects.

Elizabeth Varley, Co-founder and CEO, TechHub

Elizabeth VarleyElizabeth is involved in the digital and content sectors. Previously, Elizabeth set up Online Content UK as an organisation for online content professionals running an industry-focused community & regular events. She has also worked with NMK & Chinwag to programme and produce digital industry events & training covering search and recommendation, mobile and location-based services, SEO/SEM, games, web writing, marketing to 50+ and older consumers, future of media, magazines, radio, TV and newspapers. Elizabeth is committed to supporting the wider industry and was one of the founding steering committee members of the DigitalEve women in technology organisation in the UK.

Dr. Tim Whitley, MD Research & Innovation, Adastral Park, BT

Tim WhitleyDr Timothy Whitley is a BT Distinguished Engineer and serves as MD Research and Innovation for BT and MD of BT’s R&D Campus ‘Adastral Park’ in Suffolk, England. He is accountable for all aspects of BT’s Global Research and Innovation activities, which includes applied research, technology scouting and partnerships with world leading universities.

From 2007 to 2011 he was BT Group Strategy Director. Tim holds a BSc in Physics, a PhD in Optical Fibre Systems, is a Policy Fellow with the Centre for Science & Policy, University of Cambridge, England and is a Board member for the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Professor Tony Young, National Clinical Lead for Innovation, NHS England

Professor Tony Young, National Clinical Lead for Innovation, NHS EnglandTony is a practicing frontline NHS surgeon, Director of Medical Innovation at Anglia Ruskin University, and has founded 4 Med-Tech start-ups. He has also co-founded the £500m Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus which will become one of the world’s largest health innovation spaces.

In 2014 he was appointed as National Clinical Director for Innovation at NHS England and in February 2016 became the first National Clinical Lead for Innovation. In this role he provides clinical leadership and support in delivering improved health outcomes in England and drives the uptake of proven innovations across the NHS, promotes economic growth through innovation and helps make the NHS the go place on the planet for medical innovation.

If you’ve got an idea which could change lives then we’d really like to hear from you.

Complete the application form and send us a short video.

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 13 March 2016.