Steering Group


Pauline Roche (Chair)

My company RnR Organisation provides project and operational management and event/unconference management to mission-driven organisations and SMEs in the voluntary and community sector , and to grassroots and minority cultural and community groups.

RnR Organisation is a small #techforgood infrastructure social enterprise, supporting the use of tech for impact and social justice.


Stuart Lester

Digital Projects Officer, Transport for West Midlands

Secialises in spatial data


Chris Price (Secretary)

digiconsultancy formerly of BCC and Digital Birmingham.


Glyn Simpson

Systems Development Manager at West Midlands Combined Authority


Hugo Russell

Project Manager, Innovation Birmingham Limited
ODI Node Birmingham


Jason Davies

Team Leader, Data Intelligence Hub, West Midlands Fire Service


Darren Wright

Director at Inside Outcomes CIC


Teresa Jolley

Future Highways Programme Lead and Secretariat, ODI Birmingham, Director at DEFT153 Ltd; Founder,


Heike Schuster-James

Senior Development Manager – Institute for Sustainable Futures

Connecting research and application to businesses and the public sector to build skills and business models based on big data processing and the Internet of Things. Working with research groups in Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing and Digital Productivity, Cyber Security and Digital Media Technologies to add value to data and open data.


Si Chun Lam

Corporate Performance Officer for Coventry City Council

Ravi Kumar

Ravi works as an Economic Development Coordinator for the Black Country Consortium, supporting collaborative partnership approaches across the Black Country and working with designated projects and identifying and bringing together capacity from within stakeholders. He is the Project Manager for the Black Country Local Broadband Plan, which involves working with a range of stakeholders, local authorities, BT, and BDUK to ensure the successful implementation of Super-Fast Broadband across the Black Country, and helping secure further funding from Government to extend fibre coverage.

Additionally, Ravi works a 2-day secondment, for Birmingham Science City, via the West Midlands Academic Health Network. Situated in the Institute for Translational Medicine building in the heart of the Life Sciences Cluster in Birmingham, with a particular focus on Innovative Healthcare across the West Midlands.

Ardavan Amini

Ardavan is professor of enterprise systems at Birmingham City University with expertise in systems engineering and cognitive digital systems.  He is an advisor to Birmingham City Council on digital systems and architecture, and has initiated a number of projects in the region such as the Data-Intercative Smart Cities, Big Data corridor and innovation Engine in collaboration with industry and public sector organisation. He is also the co-founder of the west midland open data forum and a  member of ODI. He is an influencer on digital systems and open data for the west midland combined authority. His research and industrial projects are currently focusing on building an industry 4.0 eco-systems regionally based on cognitive approach and machine learning to automate complexity and enable innovation through collaboration

Birmingham City University, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Built Environments

Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG

Tel: 0121 331 5400

Fax: 0121 331 5401

Mobile: 07572171630

Supporting Organisations

Bethan Bishop

Making an impact in healthcare. Creating opportunity, unlocking potential. Innovation through collaboration