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At Connected Places Catapult we connect people, places and businesses for a future of sustainable growth and prosperity.
To deliver jobs and growth for regional economies multiple stakeholders need to work and innovate together; from every mode of transport to every type of building, the infrastructure that underpins them, and the data and digital platforms that connect them.
Join us for two days of interactive content, live project showcases, inspiring thought leadership and opportunities to connect with peers from technology, transport, mobility, cities, academia, and Government.
The Connected Places Summit will harness the collective ingenuity, innovation, and collaboration of our community to innovate together – as for innovation to flourish you need to be connected.
Susan Aitken has been Leader of Glasgow City Council since May 2017 and is the first SNP Leader of the Council. She was elected as Leader of the Council for a second time in May 2022. For her work to deliver equal pay justice for thousands of women in the city, she was awarded Scottish Local Government Politician of the Year.
Under her leadership Glasgow has been named the host of COP26, a Global Green City, and the European Capital of Sport for 2023. She is an advisory board member of the Cities Climate Investment Commission, which is addressing the challenge of financing Net Zero transition in major cities across the UK.
Susan has worked in a variety of policy and research roles in the Scottish Parliament and the third sector, and as a freelance writer and editor specialising in health and social care policy. She is a graduate of both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.
Sir John Armitt is the Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission. In September 2013, Sir John published an independent review on long term infrastructure planning in the UK. The recommendations in the Armitt Review received widespread support and resulted in the creation of the National Infrastructure Commission in 2015.
After leaving John Laing plc in 1993, where Sir John had been Chairman of Laing’s International and Civil Engineering divisions, he became Chief Executive of Union Railways. In 1997 he became Chief Executive of Costain, a position he held until 2001, after which became Chief Executive of Railtrack (later Network Rail), until 2007. From 2007 he was Chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Nick was previously Chief Business Adviser and Director General, Enterprise at the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, where his portfolio spanned business engagement, growth and investment.
Prior to this, Nick was Global Chair of Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare at KPMG. As Deputy Head of Global Clients and Markets, he was responsible for KPMG’s sectors programme, focused on how industry experts could engage better with new technologies to create better solutions globally. He represented KPMG on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the CBI Infrastructure Board, and at the World Economic Forum. As global head of infrastructure at KPMG, Nick oversaw the growth of an advisory business active in more than 120 countries worldwide.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
He is chair of the Connected Places Catapult (CPC), the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport and place-leadership, and Chair of the UK Cities Commission for Climate Investment (3Ci) which convenes city leaders and urban investors to finance a just net zero transition. He is a Board member of Transport for London (TfL) and the London LEP. He chairs TfL’s new Land and Property Committee that oversees TfL low carbon property and housing company (TTLP). He is a member of the WEF Global Future Council on Cities & Urbanisation and a member of the Bloomberg NEF Council on Cities. He is Hon Prof of Urban Innovation at Strathclyde University and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is author of 10 books and 100 reports on cities, innovation, investment and place-leadership. His monthly column: The Planet of Cities, is hosted by RICS. He is Global Cities expert on the BBC World Service Series, My Perfect City.
Greg is a world expert on cities, urban innovation, investment, and the net zero transition. Over 35 years, he has worked with more than 300 cities, 40 national governments, 20 multilateral institutions, and multiple global corporates and investors. His previous roles include Group Advisor, Future Cities & New Industries at HSBC Investment Bank, Chair of the OECD Forum of Cities & Regions, Global Fellow on Cities and Metropolitan leadership at the Brookings Institution, and Global Fellow on Urban Investment at the Urban land Institute. He was Lead Advisor on Cities to the UK Gov, and was Executive Director of the London Development Agency and Managing Director of Greater London Enterprise. He has been a senior advisor on urban investment to the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and the European Investment Bank.
He has chaired more than 20 internal advisory boards for individual cities that are reformulating their future investment strategies, long term plans, and governance, including New York, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Sydney, Auckland, Barcelona, Vienna, and Oslo. He has led comparative studies on Chinese, Australian, European, North American, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Chinese, ASEAN, and Indian Cities. Since 2020 he has been tracking the impact of the COVID pandemic on 100 cities globally, and has developed a unique framework for assessing the post-pandemic city.
With over 40 years’ experience across the finance, transport and technology sectors, Vernon is the Transport Commissioner for Greater Manchester. He advises Mayor Andy Burnham on the development of the Bee Network, a fully-integrated, London-style transport system for this growing 3 million strong city-region.
From 2007 to January 2022 he was Managing Director for Customers, Communication and Technology at Transport for London and held a number of other senior jobs there. Vernon’s primary focus was on putting customers at the heart of transport strategy and operations, including how integration of services, city planning, technology and data can deliver better journeys. He led the successful pan-Government and transport industry marketing and communications strategy for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the largest ever integrated campaign of its kind.
Vernon has worked at senior level at the Financial Services Authority and the Bank of England over the previous 18 years in a variety of banking, regulatory, corporate and communications roles.
Vernon is a non-executive director of Transport for Wales, is senior advisor to the consultancy Teneo and chairs the National Grid ESO Technology Advisory Council as the generation and distribution of energy across the country is transformed.
Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder and director of Experimentalista, a novel type of nomadic and creative office specialized in cities – and that constantly shifts shape to accommodate high-level, transdisciplinary collaborations across the world. She was also the former Chief Creative Officer of Mexico City, and the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad (2013 – 2018), the award-winning experimental arm and creative think-tank of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor.
Besides her fascination with all things city, Gabriella is a journalist, visual artist, and director of documentary films, as well as a creative advisor to several cities, universities and companies. She has received several international recognitions for her work in different fields, such as the first prize in the Audi Urban Future Award, the Best Art Practice Award given by the Italian government, The Creative Bureaucrats Award by the city of Berlin, and the TED City 2.0 Prize, among others. She was also named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company magazine.
Gabriella is currently a Visiting Professor of Practice and Senior Policy Fellow at UCL Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), invited by economist Mariana Mazzucato. She is also a Yale World Fellow, TED Senior Fellow, MIT Director´s Fellow, Georgetown University Visiting Fellow, Canadian Urban Institute Senior Fellow, Institute for the Future Fellow, a Salzburg Seminar Fellow, a Fabrica Alumni and a World Cities Summit Young Leader.
Andrew Haldane is the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He was formerly Chief Economist at the Bank of England and a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee. Andrew is Founder and President of the charity Pro Bono Economics, Vice-Chair of the charity National Numeracy and Chair of the National Numeracy Leadership Council. Andrew chairs the Government’s Levelling Up Advisory Council and is a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Economic Advisors. He was the Permanent Secretary for Levelling Up at the Cabinet Office from September 2021 to March 2022. Among other positions, he is Honorary Professor at the Universities of Nottingham, Manchester and Exeter, Visiting Professor at King’s College, London and a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Social Sciences.
Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill, and Imber in the County of Wiltshire, CBE, Chair, Network Rail and the London Legacy Development Corporation Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill, has been the Chair of Network Rail since July 2015, and Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation since July 2017.
Peter was previously Commissioner of Transport for London for nearly 10 years. He started his transport career in 1975 as a London Transport graduate trainee.
He is a trustee of London’s Transport Museum and of the Science Museum Group. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List, having been made CBE in 2006.
He was made a peer as part of the 2022 Special Honours and was introduced in the House of Lords in December 2022.
Catherine brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked for decades across finance, law and public policy. She is the immediate past Chair of the City of London’s Policy & Resources Committee, where she served a five-year term from 2017 – 2022.
As Policy Chair she played a leading role in the City’s work with the financial and related professional services sector. She was deputy chair of The CityUK, and a member of the Professional & Business Services Council (where she still co-chairs the International Trade Group). As one of London’s leaders she was also an active participant in London Councils, sitting on the Leaders’ Committee and Executive Committee.
She has been closely involved in a number of green finance initiatives, was a director of the Green Finance Institute, and is a member of the UK Voluntary Carbon Markets Forum, the Distinguished Advisory Group of the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market, and the Scottish Taskforce for Green and Sustainable Financial Services.
A solicitor by training, she practised in financial services law for several years, and continues to chair the City of London LawTech Sounding Board.
Stephen joined Core Cities UK in October 2022 as Director, bringing together the councils of the 11 major cities across the UK. Prior to this role, Stephen spent nearly two decades in the civil service, working across multiple departments, most recently as the Director of the Cities and Local Growth Unit.
Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG was appointed Minister of State on 20 September 2022.
Lucy joined the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer in October 2013 and served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual property from July 2014 until July 2016, becoming Minister of State in July 2016. Lucy also served as Commercial Secretary to the Treasury from December 2016 to June 2017.
She sat on the House of Lords EU committee from 2017 to 2021 and chaired the Built Environment Committee from 2021 to September 2022.
In December 2021, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions appointed her to lead the independent review into the State Pension age, which concluded in September 2022.
Liz Peace has more than 35 years’ experience in government and the property sector. She spent her early career in the Ministry of Defence, eventually becoming a key player in the team that created QinetiQ plc. She subsequently served as Chief Executive of the British Property Federation (BPF) for thirteen years where she regards her key achievement as being the introduction of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS). She was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to the property industry.
Having retired from the BPF at the end of 2014, Liz now has a portfolio career with a range of non-executive, advisory and charity roles, at Howard de Walden Estates, RPS Group plc, RDI REIT plc, the Churches Conservation Trust, and Whiteley Village Trust. She is Chairman of the Architectural Heritage Fund, Centre for London and Real Estate Balance, the property industry’s leading diversity organisation. She is also President of the Property Litigation Association.
In 2017 Liz was appointed Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) and in 2018 she became Chair of the Sponsor Board for the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme.
An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he directs the Senseable City Lab, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from
the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.
A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life and design, Carlo has co-authored over 500 publications, including “The City of Tomorrow” (Yale University Press, with Matthew Claudel), and holds several technical patents. His articles and interviews have appeared on international media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, Project Syndicate, Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore, Domus. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum
in London, MAXXI in Rome, and MoMA in New York City.
Carlo has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best & Brightest’ list and in Thames & Hudson’s selection of ‘60 innovators’ shaping our creative future. Blueprint Magazine included him as one of the ‘25 People Who Will Change the World of Design’, Forbes listed him as one of the ‘Names You Need To Know’ and Fast Company named him as one of the ’50 Most Influen-tial Designers in America’. He was also featured in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. Three of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion, the Copenhagen Wheel and Scribit – have been included by TIME Magazine in the
list of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.
Carlo has been a presenter at TED (in 2011 and 2015), program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, curator of the BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin, and was named Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government. He was the curator of the Future Food District pavilion for the 2015 World
Expo in Milan and chief curator of the “Eyes of the City” section at the 2019 UABB Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism of Shenzhen. He is currently serving as cochair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization.
Mark has served as Executive Director of C40 Cities since December 2013. Mark’s aim as Executive Director is to ensure C40 is equally focused on science-based climate action and political leadership for climate justice. C40 has grown dramatically in scope and ambition under Mark’s tenure and now represents nearly 100 of the world’s leading cities, across 50 countries, and around 700 million residents. As of 2022, C40 employs nearly 300 staff across offices in London, New York, Oslo, Copenhagen, Beijing, Rio De Janeiro, Singapore and Johannesburg and other locations across six continents.
During his time as Executive Director, Mark has ensured that C40 leads the way in bold climate action by being amongst the first organisations to adopt 1.5°C and halving global emissions by 2030 as its principal targets. Mark’s emphasis on increasing coalition building with civil movements, unions, business and youth climate leaders has expanded C40’s influence and helped to deliver initiatives such as Cities Race to Zero, a programme which supports inclusive climate action in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, now with over 1,000 city and local government signatories, making it the largest and most ambitious set of climate commitments in history.
Prior to joining C40 Cities, Mark was a director at pioneering engineering and design firm, Arup; and previous to that position, he was a senior adviser to the Mayor of London, in which role the London Evening Standard described him as “the intellectual force behind Ken Livingstone’s drive to make London a leading light of the battle against global warming.”
As Executive Director of C40 Cities, Mark reports to the C40 Chairperson and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the C40 Board President, Michael R. Bloomberg. Mark is a member of the board of P4G.
Outside of work, Mark can usually be found running up a mountain, steering a canal boat, or enthusiastically proclaiming the discovery of a great new band.
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