Ian was the Programme Director for the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme which will deliver the Government’s ambition to be a world leader in 5G. The interventions from the Programme support industry, academia and local authorities realize the benefits of high-speed networks and create new commercial opportunities. To date, the Programme under Ian’s leadership has initiated 34 projects from five competitions. Between them, they cover 14 different sectors, including agritech, healthcare, manufacturing, creative industries and public services.
Ian has over 20 years of experience in the Telecoms Industry with a wide range of experience in designing, building and operating both fixed and mobile networks. He has worked for both Operators and Vendors from EE to T-Mobile and One2One. With experience delivering large scale technology and transformation Programmes for the public and private sector.
Ian joined DCMS from Ericsson where he was the Head of UK Design, Plan and Deployment team delivering services and infrastructure for all the UK Operators.
Ian is a keen rugby fan and ex player, as well as big Motorsport enthusiast who has built his own sports car. He also has a great passion for sailing in his spare time.