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Birmingham 26 June 2014

David Frost CBE - Chair

David has an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University. David Frost was Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce, where he represented and promoted the interests of 100,000 businesses within the UK, which earned him a CBE in 2011. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and  Business Link. In 2011 he also co-chaired with Dame Carol Black, on behalf of the Government, an Independent Review of Sickness Absence within the UK.

Emer Coleman

Emer has been around tech for a while including Open Data, Social Media and Digital Government. But she also works as a journalist and consultant and writes about how technology impacts organisational development. She was the architect of The London Datastore. Emer holds a BA in History and Sociology from University College Cork and an MPA from Warwick Business School. She is the founder of DSRPTN a consultancy specialising in leadership and change and also the Business Development Director with Placr a start-up powering innovation and change in transport. Emer has been named in Wired Magazines Top 100 Digital Power Influencers List 2011 and served as a judge for the Rockerfeller Foundation 2012 Innovation Challenge Decoding Data. She was also a speaker at the Code for America Summit 2012 in San Francisco. Emer has recently contributed to Beyond Transparency Open Data and The Future of Civic Innovation published by Code for America and launched at their summit in October 2013. Mostly Emer is about change.

Lisa Trickett

Lisa Trickett is Councillor for Moseley and Kings Heath in Birmingham, and Cabinet Member for Green, Smart and Sustainable.

Raj Mack

Raj is Head of Digital Birmingham, which is a city-wide partnership made up of over 40 organisations from the private, public and third sectors, working together to exploit the economic and social benefits of digital technologies for businesses and citizens across the city. Raj is a graduate of Aston University. Digital technologies are one of the major drivers of economic growth, underpinning innovation and through the partnership, Digital Birmingham is influencing the use of technologies to deliver inclusive and local solutions to encourage and develop skills that will enable Birmingham businesses and citizens to exploit the economic, environmental and social benefits of digital innovation.

Steve Rose

Steve is Head of Strategic Research at Birmingham City Council. Following an early career in sales and marketing analytics, he entered the public sector with West Midlands Police where he led the development of intelligence and analysis systems an delivered one of the first public access crime mapping websites. Following a period at the Gambling Commission he joined Birmingham City Council. Here he has implemented a customer insight and research transformation programme that is delivering innovative service change by using customer based evidence. Current projects include parent perspectives into the Adoption and Child Protection processes, behaviour change strategies supporting public health and freeing up data within the council to support coordinated intelligence.

Chris Naylor

Chris Naylor has been Chief Operating Officer at the London Borough of Barnet since January 2013. Prior to that he was Corporate Director of Resources at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in a new role created to join up the council’s ‘strategic core’ as the engine room of efficiency, productivity and service transformation. £70m of savings were delivered over 36 months with no discernible impact on service outcomes. Previous roles have included Director of Resident Services at the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, where he pioneered the use of customer insight and customer led service design leading to material reductions in cost and significant improvements in customer satisfaction, and Head of Planning and Performance at the Improvement and Developement Agency.

Shane O'Neill

Shane O'Neill is a leading figure in the UK Government information and publishing industries. A member of the Government's Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information ( as well as the Local Public Data Panel, Shane advises Government and industry on transparency, innovation and regulatory publishing issues. In 2011 Shane led a management buy out of ELGIN, a nationwide roadworks portal, with an innovative public -private governance structure and a mission to support the Government's Open Data agenda. Now re-launched as the ELGIN Roadworks Portal is the largest database of roadworks in the UK. Shane also advises both Government and private sector on current developments in policy and innovation - clients and partners include the Cabinet Office, National Archives, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ( BIS), and industry bodies such as the PPA, as well as some of the best known names in information publishing (see

Pete Johnston

Pete is a Programme Manager responsible for delivering Information Systems at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). He is currently responsible for the delivery of improved travel information systems and highway network efficiency measures after a successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund bid with the Department for Transport.  This work includes the extended provision of Open Data, particularly from real-time transport sensors on vehicles and across the road network.  Pete has spent over ten years working for TfGM in a variety of roles and has experience of delivering and managing a wide variety of transport and enterprise information systems.

Neil Crockett

Neil is CEO of the Connected Digital Economy Catapult. He worked at 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 programme 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.

Jas Bains MBE

Jas Bains is Chief Executive of Ashram Moseley Housing Association which operates in South and East Birmingham and Coventry. In his role as an Executive Director in the Accord Group, Jas also has the remit for social enterprise and community economic development. He has helped to develop a number of social enterprises including Hub Launchpad Ltd, which is a Cabinet Office sponsored social incubator venture fund, Black Country Make CIC, estate based community regeneration vehicle, Social Breakfast, platform for youth civic engagement and a number of resident led micro enterprises incubated within Accord. He was a member of Birmingham City Council's Youth Employment Commission and is a member of the Smart Cities Commission. He is also a Trustee of Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and formerly on the board of AWM.

Sam German

Sam German is Programme Director of Healthy Villages, which focuses on improving health and wellbeing and preventing health issues arising. Healthy Villages is a partnership between the communities of Birmingham, 3rd Sector, NHS & Local Authority to co-produce ground breaking solutions to the wicked issues facing the City in-terms of health and well-being.

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