Speakers Presentations & Biographies

Space Technology Solutions for Urban Transport


Dr. Geoff Davis

Andrew Fennell

Simon Mathieson

Steve Dibnah

Ed Metcalfe

Prof. Paul Monks

John Ievers

Luke Bateson

Prof. Terry Moore

Stephen Watson

David Convers

Catherine Holt

James Turner & Karla Jakeman

Sean McCarthy



Geoff DavisDr. Geoff Davis, Keynote Speaker

Chief Commercial and Technical Officer, MIRA

Dr Davis joined MIRA in 2009 following 10 years at Ricardo - the technical, engineering and management consultancy. He is an experienced engineering consultancy professional with a solid grounding in engineering fundamentals, has up-to-date experience in the latest automotive technologies and trends and has first-hand experience of working across a comprehensive range of overseas territories and industry sectors. As part of the new executive team Geoff has overseen the development of the brand and marketing activity, implemented the international platform that will enable MIRAs future growth plans, whilst working closely alongside his colleagues with the development of the organisation’s commercial and technical capability, and future corporate strategy.

Geoff’s background gives him a unique insight into the global automotive, defence and off-highway industries and he has spent considerable time in Asian, European and South American markets creating entities, developing new business and delivering engineering and strategic consultancy projects.


Technology Challenges

Andrew FennellAndrew Fennell

Head of Innovation Capability, Network Rail

Andrew is Head of Innovation Capability for Network Rail, his role is a simple one; achieve a step change in Network Rails innovation capability and create a culture where innovation activities are aligned, coherent, coordinated, visible, well managed and deliver value. He has spent the last decade or so doing this for a diverse range of international organisations and sectors from automotive through to pharmaceuticals and has also overseen numerous EU grant funded collaborative programmes.

Simon MathiesonSimon Mathieson

Area Director East, Arriva

Graduated from Aston University in 2002 with a Transport Management degree and joined the Graduate Development Scheme with Stagecoach UK Bus.  Held various positions with Stagecoach across the UK including periods as Operations Manager at Nuneaton and Oxford.  Joined National Express West Midlands in 2008 and held Director level positions in Dundee and the West Midlands before joining Arriva in October 2013.  Simon looks after depots in Leicestershire, Derby and East Staffordshire for Arriva Midlands with 300 buses and 800 employees.

Steve DibnahSteve Dibnah

Director of Sustainable Economic Growth, Leicester City Council

Steve is Director of Sustainable Economic Growth at Leicester City Council in the United Kingdom. He is a highly experienced business development leader and manager, with over 25 years public and private sector experience in UK and overseas, promoting economic development, enterprise, innovation and business growth. A strategic thinker with the ability to set the agenda; lead, motivate and influence others, he has a strong track record of delivering real change on the ground. Steve has built excellent links in the business community, with higher education institutions and government organisations at UK and European levels. He also has a successful track record in securing and managing complex European and national government- funded programmes.

Steve is currently Project Coordinator of THE ISSUE Project, a major Trans-National transport innovation project involving 13 European partners, which received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. THE ISSUE has recently published its Programme of Priority RTD Innovation Actions (2014-2020) that aims to deliver an integrated programme of innovative transport and urban mobility solutions to address the impact of transport on the economic, environmental and social health of cities and regions across Europe.

Ed MetcalfeEd Metcalfe

Research Director, Institute for Sustainability

Ed Metcalfe is co-founder and since 2010 Research Director at the Institute for Sustainability. The Institute aims to develop the evidence base through pilots and demonstrators to help drive investment to address the challenges of sustainability and climate change, with a particular focus on systemic innovations at urban scale.

Following an academic career as Professor of Materials Chemistry and head of department at the University of Greenwich, Ed became Chief Scientific Advisor for the South East England Development Agency (2002-2010). As the UK innovation lead for the regions and devolved administrations he set up a working party to develop the 2009 report on “The impact of space derived services and data” to help make the case for space to the government and bring industry and academic partners together for a successful £40m proposal to UK government for Harwell International Space Innovation Campus.

Technology Solutions

Stephen WatsonStephen Watson

Director of Product, Microlise

Steve joined Microlise in February 2002 and has 16 years of experience in the analysis, planning, development and delivery of intelligent integrated solutions into transport sectors.  Prior to joining Microlise, Steve held positions with both British Airways in the UK and Qantas Airways in Australia delivering complex transportation planning, management and execution systems. Steve has held roles as a Software Developer, Team Leader, and Product Manager at Microlise before becoming Director of Product. Steve has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics Engineering from Leeds Metropolitan University.

John IeversJohn Ievers

Director, CDR Group

John Ievers has 35 years experience in specialised mapping and recording geographic information.  After qualifying as a Cartographer in the Military Survey branch of the Royal Engineers and serving as a Terrain Analyst in Germany, he joined British Telecom’s Regional Record Office in Sheffield.  This involved the management of BT’s network records from local to trunk network.

Since joining CDR in 1992, John Ievers has been involved in a wide variety of projects utilising MapInfo software applications.  John also studied Geographic Information Systems at a post-graduate level. His clients include Nottinghamshire County Council, The Woodland Trust, ICI, The Environment Agency and South Yorkshire Police.  He became a Director of the company in 1998 and currently leads the MapInfo software sales and development team. He has led the company to the status of a MapInfo Premier Partner (now Pitney Bowes Premier Partner) and resulted in the accolade of Partner of the Year 2000. John’s many varied roles give him a unique position of GIS specialist with immense depth of knowledge.

Paul MonksProfessor Paul Monks

University of Leicester

Prof Paul Monks is the Director of G-STEP at the University of Leicester; where he is a Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation. He has over 25 years of research experience in remote sensing, atmospheric science and policy support. He is a member of the Space Leadership Council chaired by the UK Minister for Science, and NERC council (governing body). Paul is a Fellow on Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Paul is the lead for EMBRACE and the lead contact for the University of Leicester.

Luke BatesonLuke Bateson

Senior Remote Sensing Geologist, British Geological Survey

Luke Bateson has over 14 years experience of Earth Observation applied to Geological issues. Experience has covered a wide range of research areas including investigation of vegetation stress as a proxy for leaking CCS sites and the development of hyperspectral techniques to ‘image’ leaking CO2. His experience of optical data is strengthened by the use of radar derived measurements of ground motion to better understand geological processes. Over the past few years Luke has managed the BGS inputs to several large European projects, which have focused on the derivation of products and services from radar derived ground motions. Luke has also helped develop and test GeoVisionary, an innovative 3D visualisation, data integration and interpretation environment. Luke is also the chairman of the Geological Remote Sensing Group, a special interest group of the Geological Society of London: https://www.grsg.org.uk/.

Terry Moore 1Professor Terry Moore

Director of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute

The University of Nottingham

Prof Terry Moore is Director of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute at the University of Nottingham; where he is the Professor of Satellite Navigation. He holds a BSc degree in Civil Engineering and PhD degree in Space Geodesy, both from the University of Nottingham. He has almost 30 years research experience in surveying, positioning and navigation technologies and is a consultant and adviser to UK and European governments and industry. He is a Member of Council and a Fellow of both the Royal Institute of Navigation and the US Institute of Navigation; a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors; and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Terry is the institutional lead for the University of Nottingham team. Terry will chair the EMBRACE board.

David ConversDavid Convers

Project Manager, Aerospace Valley

Graduated from Telecom Saint-Etienne with a MSc in Telecom Engineering, David Convers graduated from the University School of Management of Saint-Etienne with a Master in Innovation Management. He is now project manager for Aerospace Valley, the world competitiveness cluster in Aeronautics,  Space and Embedded Systems. Since joining Aerospace Valley in 2012, David has been involved in various projects linked to the emergence of innovation in Aeronautics through open innovation approaches. He has been also highly involved in the coordination or the creation of collaborative projects on the use of Space Applications to the service of urban transportation and mobility.

Advice on Partnerships & Funding

Catherine HoltCatherine Holt

Horizon 2020 UK National Contact Point for Space, Innovate UK

Catherine Holt is the UK designated Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for the space area and has extensive experience in the delivery of EU funding support across a range of disciplines. Since 1998 she has been involved with successive EU research programmes, promoting and assisting applicants in the automotive and steel sectors and has been National Contact Point for Standards, Measurement and Testing, the SME scheme, Food and the Environment. She has also been the nominated National Contact Point for LIFE, an EU funded programme for environmental and climate change issues.

James TurnerJames Turner

Lead Technologies for Transport Systems, Innovate UK

Lead Technologies for Transport Systems - InnovateUK focussing on integrated and fused transport modes, intelligent mobility and the technologies that will facilitate such. Working alongside Karla Jakeman and Nick Jones heading up a new Innovation Platform within InnovateUK. I have a broad technical background heavily focussed on Defence and Law Enforcement and the hard-to-do technical challenges facing these domains.  It’s providing an interesting translation into Transport systems.

An active musician, have produced/recorded other artists, written projects for Sci-Fi and have supported large USA acts on UK tours. Current project is based in the Rockabilly genre.  I also love photography, all things technical and of course….baking.

Employment History:

UK MoD - Defence Science & technology Laboratory - PTA

  • Cyber Systems
  • Operational Cyber capabilities
  • Counter IED
  • Blue Sky research
  • Deployed with HM Forces as operational SME

Canadian Commercial - Telocate Systems Ltd – Director of R&D

Design and manufacture of Geo-location asset tracking and bespoke Audio systems for Law Enforcement and Military use. Contract R&D and gap analysis. Leading design effort. Audio beam forming techniques & intelligence egress techniques.

UK Serious Organised Crime Agency – Senior Technical Officer

  • R&D
  • Technical Counter Measures
  • Novel Power systems
  • Operational Activities, International liaison for R&D
  • Technical support in the counter organised crime effort


UK National Crime Squad

UK Radio-Communications Agency

Karla JakemanKarla Jakeman

Portfolio Manager- Transport Systems, Innovate UK

Karla started at Innovate UK as the Portfolio Manager in the Transport Systems Team in January 2015. She is currently working on a number of competitions as well as co-developing a new transport systems Innovation Platform.

Her work career started having graduated from Sheffield University with a BA Hons in Japanese Studies, and then spending 16 years working at 3 different Honda companies.

In 1998 she started at Honda Trading Europe Ltd as Account Manager dealing with imports/exports and buying precious metals for catalyst bricks.

Two years later she moved to Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd and worked in Engine Quality as a Japanese/English translator and lead engineer for quality concerns for parts from Japan.

For the last 12 years, Karla worked in Design Quality at Honda R&D Europe Ltd as Project Engineer working on quality projects, developing systems and processes and was also the Design Quality Project Leader on the first European development for Honda the Civic Tourer. In addition to this she was an IQS quality test driver at proving grounds such as MIRA and Millbrook.

Sean McCarthySean McCarthy, BSc.

Head of Market Facing Programmes, Satellite Applications Catapult

Sean McCarthy is responsible for coordinating the Maritime and Transport programmes of the Satellite Applications Catapult.

Specifically the Transport programme includes projects related to the use of robust GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and hybrid communications for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). In addition the Catapult is investigating improvement of efficiency for inter modal and multi modal transport.

Sean has been involved in ITS and road pricing trials as well as analysing production and routes to market for car component OEMs.

Prior to the Catapult, Sean was in the Geospatial Intelligence team at QinetiQ, integrating satellite data and other forms of information for use in environmental and transport applications.

Sean has a degree in Biology and Geography and has an interest in energy efficiency solutions and environmental monitoring by terrestrial and space based sensors.

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