Working Groups


The UK has an ambition to be a world leader in 5G. This Working Group will develop the UK's international proposition for 5G and work with Government to channel it effectively.

The UK Government’s Digital Strategy states that ‘We want the UK to take a leading role in the development and roll-out of 5G'. The aims of the DCMS 5G Testbed & Trials Programme include fostering the development of the UK’s 5G eco-system to ensure that the UK and UK businesses are well placed to maximise the efficiency and productivity benefits of 5G by:

  • Creating opportunities for UK businesses, including SMEs, to develop new 5G applications and services that they can market at home and overseas.
  • Creating a forum where 5G best practice and knowledge from across the UK can be shared and a clear brand for the UK’s 5G activities.

DCMS has identified three focussed activity areas in support of these international 5G aims:

  • Learnings - Learn from 5G approaches taken globally to inform our 5G Testbed & Trials Programme, 5G policy and help to shape the wider UK 5G eco-system.
  • Trade and Investment - Help to stimulate the 5G eco-system in the UK - and benefit to the UK overall - by exploring opportunities to create and expand footprints of 5G-related UK businesses overseas and helping to encourage appropriate inward investment into the UK 5G eco-system.
  • Perception – Gauge how the UK is viewed globally as one of the leading countries in 5G.

The objectives of this working group are likely to evolve over time, but in the short/medium term, they will include:

  • Development of UK proposition: advice and support to Department for International Trade (DIT) and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in developing the UK’s 5G offer, to support their trade and investment activity.
  • Development of engagement plan with overseas government and industry bodies
  • Development of engagement plan at UK and overseas trade fairs and events

Core Working Group documents

Working group champions

  • Andrew Lambert
    Electronic Media Services

    Andrew Lambert CEng FIET MIoD is the Founder and CEO of Electronic Media Services Ltd (EMS) and Founder and COO of Fibre Ltd. Andrew is a Chartered Engineer and an experienced board level executive with a proven record of developing new technology to solve business problems with extensive practical experience of working in Europe and Asia.

    In 1995 he founded EMS, a Technology Consultancy and Telecoms Company, which manufactures, the award winning i-MO® 4G/5G WAN router appliances and associated Optibond® Software Defined Networking (SDN) cloud management software.

    Andrew is a Founder and COO for Fibre Ltd a telecoms company that installs fibre broadband to new housing developments. Andrew is a former SME board member of The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and chairs the Enterprise and Innovation Action Group.

    Andrew is a member of the UK5G LEP & SMEs Working Group and the UK5G International Working Group.

    He is also chair of the Institute of Directors (IoD) London International Trade Special Interest Group.

  • Mike Short
    Chief Scientific Adviser
    Department for International Trade

    Chair of the UK5G International Working Group

  • David Altabev
    Project Director
    Future Cities Catapult

    David is an urban technology and smart cities specialist, working with cities, governments and startups around the world to develop innovative new solutions to overcome key challenges. 

    He currently works as the Head of Urban Connected Communities for the 5G Testbed & Trials team at DCMS, and as Head of Cities for PUBLIC, a GovTech venture firm, leading the successful UrbanChallenge programme. 

    Previously he was Director for Data & Demonstrators at the Future Cities Catapult, a UK Government backed innovation centre of excellence, leading a team of data scientists and urban technologists. Before that he led Nesta’s cities work in their Government Innovation department, and before worked on Innovate UK’s £35m Future Cities Demonstrator Programme. He is also a CABE Built Environment Expert for the Design Council, offering his expertise in urban development and renewal. He’s a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Chartered Engineer with the Royal Academy of Engineer.

  • David Rayner
    Sector Specialist
    Department for International Trade
  • Dimitra Simeonidou
    The University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab

    Dimitra Simeonidou is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Director of the Smart Internet Lab and Head of the High-Performance Networks group (HPN). Her research is focusing in the fields of high performance networks, programmable networks, wireless-optical convergence and smart city infrastructures. Dimitra has been the Technical Architect and the CTO of the smart city project Bristol Is Open. She is currently leading Bristol’s 5G urban pilots.

    She is the author and co-author of over 400 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards.

    She has been co-founder of two spin-out companies, the latest being the University of Bristol VC funded spin-out Zeetta Networks,, delivering SDN solutions for enterprise networks.

    Dimitra is a Royal Society Wolfson scholar.

  • Francesca Serravalle
    Technology Consultant

    Francesca is a Telecom exec with 15 years of experience with roles spanning solution strategy, technical and strategic marketing, and business development.

    She is currently working at Colt Technology Services as Emerging Technology Directorwith key responsability in transforming tech trends in innovative solution and incunating them into markets.

    Prior to joining Colt Technology Services, she has worked shortly for Ofcom as Technology Consultant with key focus on 5G security and resilience and previously she has worked for ICT vendor NEC for 15 years holding various senior roles across diverse technologies: AI, IoT, smart city/data platform, LTE, 5G, NFV/SDN.

    In her latest role in NEC, Francesca has led the business incubation activity of digital transformation solutions. Key responsibilities included developing synergies across business units, technology partners and emerging technologies to enable the realization of the digital agenda of city authorities across Europe as well as the definition of network transformation roadmap for service providers.

    At NEC she has been responsible of strategy, business incubation and GTM activities of both customer experience and innovative small cell solutions.

    Francesca is driven by passion for technology and innovation and has been a key contributor in the standardization of LTE technology holding a number of patents on important functionalities including Self Organizing Network, Ran Sharing Enhancement, and 4G security.

  • Keith Willetts
    TM Forum

    Keith Willetts is the founder and former Chairman/ CEO of the TM Forum, the international consortium of over 800 communications and media companies around the world. He has advised many companies and works with service providers; software companies and consulting firms around the world where he is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on the on digital transformation of businesses and organizations. He is a member of the UK5G Advisory Board.

    His achievements have been internationally recognized and has been voted 4 times in the Top 100 most influential people in the communications industry; awarded the GTB lifetime achievement award; the TM Forum lifetime achievement award; honoured twice in the Communications Week “Top 25” awards for industry visionaries; awarded the British Computer Society’s Gold Medal for innovation and the BT Gold Medal for innovation. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a Fellow of the Chartered institute of Management and author of influential books “The Lean Communications Provider” and “Unzipping the Digital World”.

  • Mansoor Hanif
    Executive Director - Neom

    Chair of the UK5G Testbeds & Trials Review Working Group
    Executive Director, Neom

    Mansoor has 25 years experience of planning, building, optimising and operating mobile networks around the world. In 2011 he joined EE and was accountable for the technical launch of 4G as well as the Integration of the 2G/3G Orange and T-Mobile networks. Mansoor was Director of Radio Networks and a board member of MBNL (the joint venture of EE with H3G) until 2016. At BT he was Director of the Converged Networks Research Lab from 2016 to 2018. From September 2018 to December 2019 Mansoor was the CTO of Ofcom, the UK telecoms and media regulator. As CTO he was head of the technology profession across the organisation, ensuring that the technology aspects of all Ofcom’s policy work are informed and robust, and was a member of the Policy and Management Board. He also lead Ofcom’s activities in network security & resilience as well as engagement with CTOs at our stakeholders, industry bodies and with Government. Outside of Ofcom, Mansoor is patron of the ITP, a member of the Steering Board of the UK5G Innovation Network, and on the Advisory Boards of the Satellite Applications Catapult and UCL Electrical and Electronic Engineering Dept.

  • Mohammad Lari
    Cross-Government and International Coordination Lead
    Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
  • Nektaria Efthymiou
    Technical Director
    Atkins, Member of the SNC-Lavalin Group

    Nektaria comes from an engineering background and has worked in the Mobile Industry for over 20 years and gained significant experience in various disciplines in the industry working with Mobile Network Operators (Telefonica and Three), manufactures (NEC, Motorola, Fujitsu) and EC research (RACE, ACTS and H2020). She has led strategic initiatives ranging from spectrum strategy and acquisition to multi-technologies network, handsets and other connected devices and network solutions. She holds 10 international patents  and her qualifications include an MSc, MBA and PhD on Telecommunications. She is a Technical Director in Atkins Intelligent Mobility and Smart Technologies group and act as specialist advisor on technology and network connectivity requirements, mainly driven by current or future use cases of connectivity with focus on 5G, smart cities and smart mobility.

  • Simon Fletcher
    Real Wireless

    Chair of the UK5G International Working Group

    Simon takes responsibility for overall technical and innovation strategy at Real Wireless. In the UK5G Advisory Board he leads the International Engagement Working Group, and has recently signed an MoU with South Korea on behalf of UK5G.

  • Sylvia Lu
    Head of Technology Strategy at u-blox and Director of CW

    Deputy Chair of the UK5G International Working Group

    A multi-award-winning engineer and inventor, a non-executive director, advisor and ambassador, Sylvia has over a decade of hands-on experience in the Telecom industry for four mobile generations (2G, 3G, 4G and 5G) and was recently recognised as UK's Top 50 Women in Engineering. She leads technology strategy at u-blox and provides technical direction and guidance on major inter-sector, multi-country projects. She also provides industry-focused, independent advice to policy panels and national 5G networks on future plans for 5G development.

    Sylvia is an elected Board Director of CW (Cambridge Wireless) and was appointed to the Advisory Board of UK5G in 2018. She was appointed as Vice-chair of UK5G International Working Group in 2019, co-leading development of UK proposition and engagement plan with overseas government and industry bodies. Sylvia also serves on the IET UK Digital Panel, helps to raise awareness of societal impacts of emerging technologies and resilience of cross-sector infrastructure.

    In 2020, Sylvia was elected to the Board of 5G-ACIA (5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation) to set strategic direction, vision and policies, colloborating with global stakeholders to infleunce 5G development and development in line with industrieal imperatives. 

    Sylvia was handpicked as an Ambassador of the Women of the Future (WoF) programme; inspires and empowers female engineers and future leaders as a role model and through appearances and talks at schools and universities. Sylvia promotes diversity and inclusion, winning several special recognitions for work on empowering future female trailblazers. Sylvia is also an amateur artist.