George Negrescu - Director
George is a Telecom Strategy and Technology specialist who was part of the early leadership teams in start-ups such as F&W, City Fibre and Geo Networks. Working alongside KPMG, he wrote the technical specs of the original £2.1Bn BDUK contract. With a vision for large projects, he also enjoys delivering his concepts.
Having a background in Service Design and Fibre Optics, he also established a Telecom construction company, taking Principal Contractor roles alongside the big names of UK’s fibre industry (e.g. City Fibre, Community Fibre, Virgin Media, BT). To date, it has built over 12,000 FTTP connections in various environments ranging from rural Scotland to the urban forests of London.
George is also a speaker in public events such as the World Broadband Forum and holds a Computer Science degree and an MBA from Sheffield University.
Stephen Gray - Director
Stephen has a specialist focus on strategy across the digital place. He is an experienced digital transformation and fibre/5G infrastructure consultant and delivery director and works in support of 5G and LFFN programmes, adding commercial and technical experience to clients.
He supports organisations on strategic change, technology enablement and place based strategies for digital transformation and the deployment of 5G and fibre that enable smart places and cities. He develops strategies and investments cases that drive external funding campaigns and organisational transformation programmes.
He combines both an astute commercial view of digital transformation – a Digital ROI – and an ability to innovate and help clients to re-think and ‘disrupt’ service delivery. Stephen is recognised as a leader and innovator in the creation of new commercials models, an ability to design and establish new service models and create entities that benefit not only the client but also promote wider economic growth.
Ioan Demeter - Senior Associate (5G)
Ioan is a senior specialist in telecoms, 5G and IoT. He combines a strategic focus on business combining innovative 5G, (I)IoT and AI and has worked with major telecoms and infrastructure players in the industry including Vodafone, (as former CIO), Huawei as Technology Consultant Director and Swisscom.
He has developed enterprises strategy and road maps Industry 4.0; Providing IoT gap analysis and maturity models and modelled 5G business use cases (Osterwalder canvas) for the public and private sectors and use cases and architecture (VR/AR/E-gaming). He was extensively involved in 5G use case development at Huawei and the development of IoT platforms. Ioan has also led the creation of a ISP start-up with FTTH, with triple-play (voice, data, IPTV) and help launch the first 3G-UMTS network. Set up the first M-Pesa Mobile Money implementation in Europe and pioneered NB-IoT in Europe
David Wilde - Senior Associate (Place)
David is a former as a CIO for a number of Councils and in central government, notably leading Essex County Council, Westminster and Waltham Forest Councils. David has led many successful reviews and turnaround programmes across IT and digital as well creating and establishing award winning technology strategies and delivering the programmes that make them work.
He was Place director at Essex, leading the overall strategic direction for the Superfast Essex programme, the largest fibre roll-out scheme in the UK at the time. He has subsequently advised a wide number of councils on place-based and infrastructure strategies and maintains a strong network with the private sector.
David has a strong engagement and collaborative style and helps bring new skills and capabilities to local government IT developments as a coach and experienced leader.
Sophie Newbound - Procurement & Contracts Specialist
Sophie is a senior public technology contracts expert, with over 20 years’ public projects experience starting in private finance at a global management consultancy. Sophie works closely with senior public officers responsible for achieving the most economically advantageous, legally robust and lowest risk environments when spending significant amounts of taxpayers' money.
Sophie helps organisations to develop policies and procedures to ensure social value, data protection and crime reduction (for example Modern Slavery, anti-corruption, money laundering, anti-fraud) are embedded into their public procurement practices and make a real positive difference to the lives of those impacted by large complex supply chains.
Over recent years, Sophie has worked on several major technology programmes such as the Police ICT Company (Digital Programmes and central tech purchasing) the Home Office Emergency Service Networks, the Foreign Office Brexit Deal/No Deal Commercial Operations Risk Planning and the Met Office Supercomputing 2020+ Programme.
Steve Dolan - Commercial Advisor
Steve is a commercial advisor have worked across both public and private sector, advising both on procurements and being part of successful bid teams. He is a highly experienced advisor, consultant and financial director, a former Big 4 senior consultant with KPMG, technical/infrastructure professional advisory services with civil engineering companies such as Jacobs/LeighFisher as well as overseeing major UK projects with Local Partnerships (JV between the UK Treasury and LGA).
He has developed LFNN and superfast broadband commercial business cases and successful bids with several local bodies.
He has an excellent track record of financial and business programme delivery that ranges from organisational efficiency, to strategic outsourcing through to PFI/PPP, across Local and Central Government and the Private Sectors. He leads in the construction of service delivery strategies, business cases and the delivery of service improvement initiatives ranging from internal improvement through to strategic outsourcing.
Niyantre Reddy - Researcher and Analyst
Niya is a researcher and analyst leading a number of research projects. These include supporting the team on the customer research and competitor analysis, place based infrastructure research, and the design of organisational functions. Projects include researching best practise across councils on digital infrastructure and services, market analysis on infrastructure technology and automation suppliers across the UK.
She is a Law graduate from the University of Essex where she was exposed to new ideas and modes of thinking. Niya is a strong social value advocate. She is a member of Education for All, a charity that help raises money for girls around the world to have access to education.
Alongside work, she also volunteers as a child support worker for a Domestic Violence and Child Welfare charity, where she aims to make a positive impact on young people’s lives by giving them the tools to live independently.