Beyond Parliament: Plugging in to the smart cities network

Wednesday 1st November, House of Commons
19.00 – 22.00

With a keynote speech from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, this event heard from city region representatives from around the country on the issue of how devolution can drive the advancement of the smart cities agenda. The reception was chaired by Iain Stewart MP, Chair of the APPG on Smart Cities, with other speakers including:

  • Mayor Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England
  • Cllr Robin Howe, Deputy Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
  • Sean Pearce, Director of Finance, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Keith Wilson Economic Strategy Manager, Tees Valley Combined Authority
  • Alex Gilbert, Managing Director, Amey Consulting

The event also saw the launch of the Top Tips for City Mayors booklet, with contributions and recommendations from APPG members.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Amey Consulting, for their generous support of this event.



Wednesday 12th June, House of Commons
16.00 – 17.00

APPG Smart Cities AGM Minutes 12.07.17

Income and Expenditure Statement 07.07.17

Income and Expenditure Statement 2016-17

Delivering the Digital Economy

(Tuesday 21 February, House of Commons)

Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock MP, spoke at this event, outlining his work on the Digital Economy Bill and the opportunities it will bring to the UK’s smart city sector. He also shared the Government’s ambitions for maximising UK investment in the digital economy.


New Year Reception: Going Global Exporting Britain’s Smart City Expertise

(Wednesday 1st February, House of Commons)
Sponsored by Space Syntax

With a keynote speech from Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Greg Hands MP, this event addressed the global opportunities for Britain’s smart city sector and promoted the UK’s smart city expertise. The full text of the Minister’s speech can be accessed here.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Space Syntax, for their support.


How can cities implement a smart energy system?

(Wednesday 19th October, House of Commons)

  1. Claire Maugham, Director of Policy and Communications at Smart Energy GB
  2. Mark Pearson,Director of Business Growth at Surrey County Council
  3. James Wilson, Energy Projects and Programmes Team Leader, Islington Council
  4. Dan Meredith, Head of Public Affairs at E.ON
  5. James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Renewable Energy Association



Tuesday 28th June, House of Commons
16.00 – 17.00

APPG Smart Cities AGM Minutes 12.07.16

Income and Expenditure statement 120716

The Internet of Things

(Wednesday 6th July, House of Commons)

  1. Jen Hawes-Hewitt, Director of Global Cities Strategy at Accenture
  2. Mark Pearson,Director of Business Growth at Surrey County Council
  3. Jonny Voon, Lead Technologist in IoT and Cyber Security at Innovate UK
  4. Professor Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean at Henley Business School

Smart Cities with Ed Vaizey, Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for digital industries

(Wednesday 13th April, House of Commons)


Making London smarter: Improving mobility in the capital

(Wednesday 9th March, House of Commons)

  1. Dr Philipp Rode, Executive Director and Senior Research Fellow at LSE’s Cities Department
  2. Iain Macbeth, Automotive & Intelligent Mobility Programme Manager – ‎Transport for London
  3. Kulveer Ranger, Director of Digital Public Services at Atos UK
  4. Neil Herron, CEO and Founder of GRID Smarter Cities


UKTI: Opportunities in the Nordic and Baltic nations

(Thursday 4th February, House of Commons)


Smart Cities: Policy into Practice with Rt Hon Greg Clark MP 

(Wednesday 18th November 2015,  House of Commons)

  1. Chair – Mark Prisk MP
  2. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark MP


Collaborative Cities :Design and delivery in Manchester 

(Thursday 8th October 2015,  Siemens’ R&D Centre, The Crystal, London)

  1. Chair – Mark Prisk MP
  2. Shadow Transport Minister, Jonathan Reynolds MP 
  3. Steve Turner, Head of future cities, Manchester City Council
  4. Vin Sumner, Founder and CEO, Clicks and Links
  5. Tacis Gavoyannis, Head of Business Transformation and Market Development, Connected Communities


Putting citizens at the heart of city services 

(Tuesday 15th September, 2015,  18.45 – 20.30, Church House, Westminster)

  1. Chair – Mark Prisk MP
  2. Nick Gregg, Managing Director of Amey’s Local Government division
  3. Inigo Jodra, Centre of Excellence for Cities Director at Ferrovial Services
  4. John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council
  5. Priya Prakash, entrepreneur and CEO of Design for Social Change


Smart Buildings in the Smart City: A New Age of Smarter Built Environment

(Tuesday 23rd June, 2015, Westminster)

  1. Chair – Mark Prisk MP
  2. David Wilts, Associate Principal, Arup
  3. Paul Doherty, President and CEO, Digit Group
  4. Dr Theo Tryfonas, Senior Lecturer in Systems Engineering, University of Bristol


APPG & ODI Event – Open Platforms as enabler of Smart Cities

(20thApril, 2015,  London)

  1. Volker Buscher, Arup
  2. Tom Heath, ODI


Financing Smart Cities (event jointly held with the GIB)

(24th March, 2015, Westminster)

  1. Shaun Kingsbury, GIB CEO
  2. Mark Prisk MP, Chair of the APPG
  3. Peter Madden
  4. Glasgow City Council


What do City Councils want from Smart Cities Technology?

(9th March, 2015, Westminster)

  1. Manchester City Council – Sir Richard Leese (Invited)
  2. Bristol City Council – Stephen Hilton
  3. Birmingham City Council – Councillor Lisa Trickett
  4. Leeds City Council – Tom Knowland


Seizing the Global Commercial Opportunity in Smart Cities

(23rd February, 2015, BIS Conference Centre)

  1. Mark Prisk MP – Chair of APPG
  2. Bob Driver – UKTI
  3. Alan Kell OBE – Cambridge Cleantech
  4. Julie Alexander – Siemens


APPG Site Visit –Smart Mobility in Practice with Crossrail

(9th February, 2015, Canary Wharf)

  1. Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail CEO (Accepted)
  2. John Pelton, Crossrail Strategic Project Director (Accepted)


APPG Site Visit – the Ordnance Survey

(12th January, 2015, Southampton)

  1. Andrew Loveless, Director the Ordnance Survey
  2. Dan Byles MP, Vice Chair APPG on Smart Cities


Meeting with Indian Tamil Nadu Delegation – Smart Cities Opportunities

(20th January 2015, UKTI)

  1. S Krishan, Principal Secretary to Government
  2. N. Eswara Rao, President AMRL Hitech City Ltd
  3. M. Velmurugan, Vice Chairman, Guidance Bureau, Tamil Nadu Government
  4. Shrunkhal Shah, Senior Consultant, GRID, PwC
  5. Indranil, Dasgupta, Chief Executive Officer, SREI
  6. C.V. Sankar, Chief Secretary to Government, Tamil Nadu Gvt
  7. Corin Wilson, Smart Cities Lead, UKTI
  8. Dan Byles MP, Vice Chair APPG on Smart Cities
  9. Charles Malissard, APPG Secretariat


 The Connectivity Focus

(16th December, 2014)

  1. Mark Prisk MP
  2. Ed Vaizey MP
  3. Jen Hawes-Hewitt, Global Cities Accenture, role of city in the information age
  4. Ian Jones – Intel


 APPG – The role of Local Enterprise Partnerships in the development of smart cities

(24th November 2014)

  1. Mark Prisk MP
  2. Dr Ann Limb OBE, Chair of the South East Midlands LEP
  3. Geoff Snelson, Director of Strategy, Milton Keynes Council
  4. Alan Ward, BT


Smart City in Context – SEMLEP

(24th November, 2014)

  1.  Mark Prisk MP
  2. - Dr Ann Limb OBE, Chair of the South East Midlands LEP
  3. - Geoff Snelson, Director of Strategy, Milton Keynes Council
  4. - Alan Ward, BT

Barcelona World Smart City Expo

(18/20th November, 2014)

  1. Dan Byles MP
  2. Charles Malissard
  3. UKTI
  4. Arup

Indian Ministerial Delegation Visit

(6th November, 2014)

  1. Stephen Timms MP
  2. Lord Erroll
  3. Ministers from India


Big Data and Governance: balancing risks and rewards

(6th Nov 2014, 13:15 – 15:00)

Researchers, government agencies and commercial organisations collect and analyse huge quantities of data about what we do and buy, what health and lifestyle choices we make, and who we interact with on social media. The seminar will take the form of a panel discussion chaired by Mr Alberto Nardelli, Data Editor at The Guardian. It will bring together experts from across academia, government, industry and the third sector to debate where this balance should lie and different means of achieving it, based on issues raised by POST’s big data work and questions from the audience.


Information Age Reception

(6th Nov 2014, 15:15 – 18:00)

POST’s 2014 annual reception celebrates the opening of Information Age, a new permanent gallery at the Science Museum that tells the story of how information and communication technologies have transformed our lives over the last 200 years. This reception will give attendees the opportunity to hear from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, and meet researchers involved in the collection, processing and interpretation of data. Guests will also be invited to meet the team behind the Information Age gallery and explore exhibits provided by the Science Museum, Cubic Transportation Systems and Elsevier, showcasing information and communication technologies past and present.

This is immediately preceded by the Big Data and Governance seminar, please see above.


Smart Cities in the UK: Where We’re At & Where We Could Be?

(15th October, 2014)

  1. Mat Hancock MP, Minister of State for Energy & Business
  2. Dan Byles MP
  3. John Morrison, Huawei
  4. Paul Chandler, Skanska
  5. Steve Bowyer, Chief Executive, Opportunity Peterborough

Field Trip, Smart Cities Conference in Leeds

(16th October, 2014)

  1. Dan Byles MP

External Event – The ARM  Forum – The Internet of Things

(16th September, 2014)

  1. The Hon Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for digital industries
  2. Simon Segars, CEO, ARM
  3. Clive Selley, CIO, BT Group & CEO, BT Technology Service & Operations
  4. Pilgrim Beart, IoT entrepreneur, developer of AlertMe smart home platform and CEO, 1248

APPG Inaugural Meeting – An Introduction to Smart Cities

(10th September, 2014)

  1. Sir Mark Walport
  2. Volker Buscher
  3. Dan Byles MP
  4. David Burrows, Microsoft

Further Event Information

APPG Inaugural Event – key take away points

Joint event with APPG on Regeneration through Innovation – Finance: How can cities and towns attract investment for regeneration?

(2nd September, 2014)

  1. Richard Graham MP
  2. Gavin Stewart, Investment Strategy Director, Scottish Widows
  3. Chris Paterson, Director of In town Retail and Shopping Centres, Aviva Investors

Microsoft Citynext initiative Presentation

(21st July, 2014)