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Senior management

Dr Jeremy Silver – CEO

Jeremy Silver is CEO of the Digital Catapult. He is an author and entrepreneur specialising in digital media, big data, music and the creative industries. He is a non-executive director of a number of early stage companies in music and media. He is a member of the UK Creative Industries Council and was Executive Chairman of Semetric Ltd (acquired by Apple), CEO of Sibelius Software (acquired by Avid) and Worldwide Vice-President of New Media for EMI Group in Los Angeles. He was an advisor to the founders of Shazam. He co-founded Uplister in San Francisco, which was the world’s first playlist-sharing music service. He is the author of an acclaimed book Digital Medieval: the first twenty years of music on the web – and the next twenty. His discussion paper Blockchain or Chaingang was published by CREATe at the University of Glasgow, where he is an Industry Fellow.

Jessica Rushworth

Jessica Rushworth – Director of Government Engagement and Policy

Jessica joined the Digital Catapult in November 2015 in the role of Director of Government Engagement and Policy. Her 15 year civil service career has covered many roles; including leading industry engagement with the cyber security sector while at the Cabinet Office and examining high profile issues including emerging technologies, cyber security skills and research and the Life Sciences strategy while at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport. Most recently she has worked with a large number of stakeholders to develop the innovative IoTUK programme. She will use her experience in policy-making, programme development and the interface between government and business to help the Catapult to develop deeper relationships and greater collaboration across government.

Noeline Sanders - Chief Financial Officer

Noeline Sanders – Chief Financial Officer

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 startup and entrepreneurial companies, where she helped commercialise e-commerce, cloud based technologies and gained experience of SMEs. Her early career as a chartered accountant was with 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 Digital Catapult.

Marko Balabanovic, Chief Technology Officer

Marko Balabanovic – Chief Technology Officer

Marko is a creative technology leader with over 20 years’ experience developing innovations in academia, corporations and start-ups in both the UK and US. A key part of his role is to drive innovation by bringing together expertise from the creative, research and development fields and to ensure the Digital Catapult remains at the forefront of key trends and emerging technologies. Marko has been instrumental in bringing several new technologies to market including the first betting exchange. Most recently he worked at a startup, State, to launch a digital global opinion network. Formerly, he was head of innovation at lastminute.com, where he designed an array of award winning mobile apps. Marko studied Computer Science at Cambridge University, has a PhD from Stanford and is also a non-executive director at NHS Digital, representing innovation, emerging technologies, partnerships and technology transfer.

Richard French

Richard French – Legal Director

A barrister with more than 18 years of experience, Richard joined Digital Catapult from Cisco, where he was director of legal services and managed a team to support the company in the emerging markets. As well as a period as a barrister in independent practice in chambers, Richard has formerly provided in-house counsel to Xerox, Netigy (later bought by ThruPoint), StreamServe and PA Consulting.  Richard has a broad role encompassing Catapult legal compliance and risk management, intellectual property capture and exploitation, and advises on contractual and regulatory aspects of digital commerce, media and IT development and acquisition, and has particular interests in open innovation, startup formation and financing, and web welfare law. Richard has a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Exeter, a CPE Diploma in Law from the College of Law in London and was called to the Bar in 1995. Richard is also company secretary.

Allyssa Gregory

Allyssa Gregory – HR Director

Allyssa joined the Digital Catapult in November 2014. As HR Director, she is responsible for the strategic direction and management of all HR activities. Allyssa is focused on building the organisation so that it can scale and has depth of expertise, as well as building an agile and open team environment that is both rewarding and fun. Allyssa’s early career was in Executive Search, where she was instrumental in placing proven business leaders into early stage VC backed technology businesses. More recently, she has held HR leadership roles in a number of entrepreneurial technology organisations, including mBlox Ltd, where she was VP Global HR and Facilities Operations. Allyssa has a French degree from Warwick University and is a member of the CIPD.

Ray Lamb – Director of Programme Delivery

As Director of Programme Delivery, Ray is responsible for ensuring Digital Catapult’s programme of projects and services are delivered on schedule and to budget whilst delivering targeted impact.

Ray graduated from the University of London with a degree in Physics with Astrophysics, before spending 16 years at the National Physically Laboratory as a Research Scientist and Programme Manager. Ray also worked for a further seven years as a Programme Director and Contract Director for Serco, managing a series of programmes and contracts for central government. More recently, he has successfully delivered a range of small and large scale projects in the higher education sectors, primarily acting as a Consultant to the Vice Chancellor’s Group in a number of universities.

With a career in programme and operational management, alongside a technical background, Ray is keen to support his colleagues at Digital Catapult to deliver the greatest possible impact for the UK digital economy.

Paul Durrant

Paul Durrant – Creative Leader in Residence

Paul Durrant is a creative business development specialist with a focus on creating win/win impacts arising from public and private sector collaborations in the digital economy. Paul has a bio-business related MSc awarded by Brunel University. He’s worked extensively across the skills, talent and research agendas at the interface of universities and business. Paul pioneered and developed the Dare to be Digital competition, recognised as international best practice in video games talent development. Dare is the exclusive pathway to a BAFTA award and was celebrated in Channel 4’s Crunchtime documentary series. Paul also developed, fundraised and delivered the UK Video Games Prototype Fund which supported over 70 UK companies. Paul is the Founder and Chief Executive of UK Games Talent and Finance Community Interest Company. He is also a Director of stakeholder engagement consultancy Proving Ground Ltd and software company Speech Sentinel.

Technology Experts

Rebecca Gregory-Clarke – Lead Technologist (Immersive Technology)

Rebecca is the Lead Technologist in immersive technology, exploring new applications for virtual and augmented reality in a variety of industries. She is working to push forward the possibilities of VR and AR. Previously, Rebecca worked as a Development Producer for BBC Connected Studio, delivering a range of digital innovation projects, including a set of ambitious experimental VR pilots. Prior to this, she worked as a Research Engineer for BBC R&D, where her main focus was on developing front-end software for prototypes that enhance the viewing of large, live events such as the Commonwealth Games 2014. Rebecca has also worked as an Antenna Engineer at Deltenna Ltd, and more recently as a producer on BBC Click. Her background is in Electronic Engineering, having studied at the University of Bristol and Télécom Paris.

Caroline Gorski – Head of Internet of Things

Caroline Gorski is the Head of Internet of Things (IoT) at Digital Catapult. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a strategy consultant, specialising in helping organisations to transform their businesses using internet-based technologies and has worked with companies including Telefonica, Sodexo, Pearson, TATA Group and Forrester Research. Most recently, Caroline established Telefonica UK’s Internet of Things business unit, and was involved in developing products in the connected car and connected home sectors.

Aurelien Simon – Head of Immersive

As Head of Immersive at Digital Catapult, Aurelien’s goal is to help drive the immersive technology market in the UK at this crucial point. He was previously Head of VR at innovation studio UNIT9. In his time there, he led immersive projects for Google, Samsung, Microsoft and Oculus. His work includes SXSW’s Innovation Awards finalist “Samsung: Bedtime VR Stories”, as well as immersive films “Backwater” and “Real Memories” for MINI.

Coming from the creative and media industry, Aurelien has led VFX Studio FGreat and acted as the Head of Development for Opus Entertainment. His content production expertise covers a broad range from digital, film, VFX and gaming.

Lucie Burgess – Head of Personal Data and Trust

Lucie Burgess is Head of Personal Data and Trust at Digital Catapult, developing programmes in digital health and social care, within our ‘data-driven’ technology layer – incorporating personal data, privacy, cybersecurity and distributed trust. Lucie’s research and commercial interests are in responsible innovation with personal data and the privacy and ethical issues associated with personal data exchange in the digital economy.  She has over 20 years experience of digital strategy, technology development and implementation working with the University of Oxford, the British Library, commercial publisher United Business Media, consulting firm Deloitte and clients in the media and information services. Lucie has an undergraduate and master’s degree in Physics from the University of Oxford gained in 1997 and holds a Senior Research Fellowship at Hertford College, University of Oxford. She is a board adviser to Bibliotech, a scale-up company which distributes and publishes academic e-books, an adviser to the National Library of Israel on their digital strategy and is currently studying for an Msc in Computer Science at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Michele Nati

Michele Nati – Lead Technologist (Personal Data and Trust)

Michele Nati is Lead Technologist for Personal Data and Trust at Digital Catapult. He works on identifying barriers and defining required interventions for creating new personal data-driven, user-centric services, while retaining user privacy and building trust. He focuses on different sectors, including health and wellbeing and digital manufacturing. He’s currently investigating the impact and role of decentralized solutions (blockchain, IPFS, Solid and other) in the personal data ecosystem as well as the creation of other compliance tools and implications of the GDPR. He helps to manage the Personal Data and Trust Network.

Previously, Michele was Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), University of Surrey, where he was Principal Investigator on a number of EU funded projects, at the intersection between the Internet of Things, mobile phone sensing and personal data. He obtained a PhD degree in Computer Science in 2008 from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and worked as researcher at the Northeastern University of Boston.

Alex Gluhak

Alex Gluhak – Head of Technology, Lead Technologist IoT

Dr Alex Gluhak is the Lead Technologist for IoT at Digitial Catapult, where he is responsible for setting the technology directions in the area of IoT and the creation of strategic programmes and their delivery.  He has nearly 15 years’ of research experience in academia and industry. Since 2006 he has been working in the area of mobile computing and IoT at companies such as Intel Labs, Ericsson and at the University of Surrey. He completed a Dipl.-Ing.(FH) degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg, Germany in 2002 and a PhD degree at the University of Surrey in 2006.

Alex has extensive experience in collaborative Research and Innovation (R&I) activities both at a national and European level. Since 2006 he has successfully initiated over 10 large scale R&I projects and testbeds in the area of IoT. He has co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers on IoT related research in application fields such as smart cities, energy and water systems. He has a holistic understanding of IoT systems from devices to cloud, including communications, information processing, data management and application enablement. His current work focuses on lowering barriers for innovation around Low Power Wide Area Networks and establishing common market places for IoT data across heterogeneous IoT platforms.

Andrea Gaglione – IoT Technologist

Dr Andrea Gaglione is an IoT Technologist at Digital Catapult, where he is responsible for initiating and developing new innovation projects in the area of the Internet of Things (IoT). He has over 10 years’ experience in academia and industry, researching networked embedded systems, especially sensor networks and wearable systems, and their integration into the IoT. His current work focuses on fostering and driving business adoption of IoT and Low Power Wide Area Networks, and establishing common market places for IoT data across heterogeneous platforms. Andrea was previously a senior researcher at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, and a research scholar at the University of Southern California. Andrea holds a PhD in Computer and Automation Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli.

Justin Grace

Justin Grace – Lead Technologist (Data)

Justin Grace is Lead Technologist at Digital Catapult. He leads on data and intelligent systems with a focus on applications for data sharing and blending, machine learning and general data science. Current projects include natural language processing and graphical models to understand the SME landscape, neural networks and AI, probabilistic data linkage, research into industrial strategy for machine learning and AI, and ethics for machine learning.

Previously, Justin was Lead Data Scientist at PlayStation (Sony Interactive Entertainment) and at The Guardian. Before entering commercial data science, he worked in scientific research in biostatistics and public health for stroke medicine (King’s College London), applied neuroscience and linguistics (Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour) and investigating human-computer interaction, with a focus on mobile devices, in virtual environments (University College London). Justin holds an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and an MA in both Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh.

Paul Galwas

Paul Galwas – Security Architect

Paul Galwas has spearheaded information security for more than 20 years, and has commercialized innovative technologies that were acquired by Cisco, Computervision, Convergys, Oracle and Thales, and now form a significant part of the fabric of enterprise cyber security.

At nCipher, Secerno and Cellcrypt, he worked on security protocols, secure identity, cryptography, digital asset protection and secure payment systems, and with UK and US Governments on classified mobile security. He was an early member of Open Group Jericho Forum – thought leaders on security in the cloud – and the Trusted Computer Group, which develops and promotes open standards for trusted computing.

His experience extends from enterprise and government cyber security architectures, software and hardware technologies at chip, embedded and system levels, and formal Information Assurance (IA) frameworks including Common Criteria, UK CAPS and US FIPS. He has developed Protection Profiles with NSA/NIAP and drafted multiple patents.

Previously while at Computervision, Telxon and Prime, Paul developed one of the first Wi-Fi technologies – now widely deployed – 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.

Dritan Kaleshi

Dritan Kaleshi – Lead Technologist (Future Networks, 5G Fellow)

Dritan is an experienced technologist and researcher in communication networks, distributed system design and data interoperability in IoT for over 20 years. Dritan joined Digital Catapult as a 5G Fellow from the University of Bristol. There he led a 15-strong research team, strategically combining fundamental research with strong industrial collaboration, making a wide range of contributions and practical implementations in networking, interoperability, smart energy, cities and digital health, including large projects like SPHERE and Bristol Is Open demonstrators.

As 5G Fellow, his interests are on national 5G testbeds’ coordination which best support SME innovation and technical advances on new 5G network architectures, identity and user profile data management and IoT support. Dritan has published over 65 papers, holds three patents and has edited two international standards on interoperability. He has represented the UK in various international standardization bodies and served on/chaired international conferences and technical committees. He is seconded as a 5G Fellow to the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey, and is also a Visiting Research Fellow with the University of Bristol. Dritan received his PhD from the University of Bristol and an Electronic Engineering MEng degree (with Excellence) from Polytechnic University of Tirana.

Frederic Francois – 5G Research Engineer

Frederic is a 5G Research Engineer currently working on advancing the state of the art in mobile communication systems using 5G. His main research focus lies in developing a generic information framework to enable the scalable and secure collection, storage and sharing of the relevant state and policies inside the network (including user equipment and users). Moreover, he is developing new network and computer related components for the 5G virtualized infrastructure. Frederic was previously a research associate at Imperial College London where he developed novel network protocols for datacentre and wide area networks. He also worked on testbed federations at the University of Bristol. He obtained his PhD (2013) at the University of Surrey and his MEng (1st Class, 2010) at the University of Sheffield.

Teresa Macchia – Experiential Researcher

Teresa Macchia is an Experiential Researcher at Digital Catapult, where she is carrying out research for enhancing the next generation of the Internet of Things (IoT). Teresa has spent the last 10 years in multidisciplinary private and public environments in applied information technology and human-computer interaction research and development. Her passion for understanding human and technological innovation, and her competencies and degrees in art, sociology, and computer science brought her to work at the Aalto Media Lab, the Finnish National Gallery and the University of California.

Dr. Irene Lopez de Vallejo – Director of Collaborative Research, Regional and International Development

Irene has devoted the last 20 years to multidisciplinary applied technology research and international policy development, across the fields of robotics, high-value manufacturing and the Internet of Things. With a background in social sciences and architecture, her long-standing passion is to understand the complex relationships underlying societies, technologies and continuously evolving physical and digital environments. She currently leads a terrific team building the Digital Catapult’s collaborative R&D programmes across the UK, EU and internationally, as well as the organisation’s regional and international development strategy. Irene thoroughly enjoys networking, finding unique people and ideas and bring them together to solve societal and economic challenges posed by multi-party, multi-country technology collaborations.

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