Alan Turing Institute, Anglian Water, Arup, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Bentley Systems, Esri, Frazer-Nash, Iotics, L&Q, National Highways, Network Rail, Mott McDonald, Ofcom, Palantir and Sunderland City Council join the Board to drive the creation of connected digital twins

Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport and place leadership announced today the inaugural members of the new DT Hub Strategic Board, which includes Liz St Louis Sunderland City Council’s director of smart cities.

Dr Alison Vincent, new chair of the Board, announced the 15 Board members, selected from over 100 applicants, who will steer the DT Hub and help build its community, at the Hub’s weekly stand-up Gemini call with the digital twin community.  She also outlined her vision for the DT Hub.

Dr Vincent said: “The board’s strength and value will grow with the connections we make and the collaborations we facilitate to move the community forward. Our aim is to deliver a purposeful, mission-driven voice for industry, engaging with new sectors, accelerating standards and enabling interoperability. The need for connected digital twins to meet the challenges of this changing world has never been greater and we want to make sure we lead the way.”

Together with Alison and vice chair Mark Enzer, the Board comprises: Benjamin Ford (Network Rail), Charles Kennelly (Chief Technology Officer at Esri UK), Cristina Data (Director of Policy and Analysis at Ofcom), Davin Crowley-Sweet (National Highways), Harkirat Singh (Technical Director, Public Sector at Palantir Technologies UK), Johnny Furlong (BIM Strategy Lead at L&Q), Liz St Louis (Director, Smart Cities at Sunderland City Council), Mark Coates (International Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Bentley Systems), Mark Girolami(Chief Scientist at The Alan Turing Institute), Matt Edwards (Chief Data Officer at Anglian Water Services), Melissa Zanocco (Head of Programmes at the Infrastructure Client Group), Paul Lam (Strategy and Policy Officer for Digital and Technology at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank), Peter van Manen (Principal Consultant at Frazer-Nash Consultancy) and Simon Evans (Global Digital Energy Leader and Global Digital Twin Leader at Arup).

The Digital Twin Hub sits at the heart of the UK’s digital twin community, shaping and promoting the development and use of this technology motivated by complex challenges that require a connected collaborative approach.

Visit the Strategic Board page and read the biographies in full.


Notes to editors

About the Digital Twin Hub

The Digital Twin (DT) Hub was created by the Centre for Digital Britain at the University of Cambridge as part of the UK government’s National Digital Twin programme. In 2022, the DT Hub transitioned to a multi-sector Industry and Catapult Network partnership housed at the Connected Places Catapult (CPC).

Digital twins and interoperable, connected digital twins, are significant tools for fighting global systemic challenges like pandemics, climate change and resilience. They are key enablers for ensuring better outcomes for people and nature through aiding a collaborative and co-ordinated approach to problem-solving.

The DT Hub is a network for finding partners and collaborators. It is a place for learning and sharing experiences; for driving innovation, developing expertise and for showing the art of the possible with digital twin technology. It identifies good practice, produces guidance and shapes standards on data sharing as well as showcasing the benefits of collaborative, connected digital twins.

The DT Hub is funded by CPC and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy via Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

About Connected Places Catapult

Connected Places Catapult is the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and places.

We provide impartial ‘innovation as a service’ for public bodies, businesses, and infrastructure providers to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel.

We connect businesses and public sector leaders to cutting-edge research to spark innovation and grow new markets.

We run technology demonstrators and SME accelerators to scale new solutions that drive growth, spread prosperity, and reduce carbon emissions.

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