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Expert group appointed to advise on 5G for Wales

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 5 Oct 2018
  • Last modified 9 Oct 2018
Innovation Point, Wales’ leading digital business growth agency, today announces the first meeting of an expert group set up to prepare and shape a coherent national 5G programme in Wales which will support the wider UK5G ecosystem and help to position Wales as a world leader in the development and delivery of 5G.

Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) have huge global potential. They are set to make mobile and wireless communication far faster than previous generations opening up huge potential for mobile data users – think phones, automotive connectivity, personal medical devices and so much more.

Wales is already establishing itself as a leader in the digital innovation space, through initiatives like The Compound Semiconductor Cluster based in South Wales – a world first in the development and large-scale production of IoT devices with a widespread application over multiple sectors and industries. 5G enabled technologies coupled with these compound semiconductors will transform the way in which our future industries grow; will inform how future digital public services engage with citizens and will help to develop the kind of social innovations which will make for more inclusive, fair and equal communities.

5G will undoubtedly be an enabler of new technologies, which can only support and accelerate wider digital opportunity across Wales. Programmes already set out by Welsh Government, such as the Tech Valleys Strategic Plan (designed to regenerate the South Wales valleys area as a globally recognised centre for the development and delivery of emerging technologies in the automotive sector) and the exciting City and Growth Deal partnerships being rolled out across Wales, could easily be early prime beneficiaries.


  • Professor Simon J. Gibson, CBE – [Chair] Chairman Innovation Point, the Alacrity Graduate Entrepreneurship Foundation and Chief Executive of Wesley Clover Corporation.
  • Mike Galvin - Leading on the digital project within the Swansea Bay City Deal.
  • David Homer - Vice President at HPE, Enterprise Account Executive for Ericsson Worldwide.
  • Dr Anil Shukla (QinetiQ Fellow)
  • Phil Smith - Former Chief Executive and Chairman of Cisco UK & Ireland, Senior Independent Director of IQE, Chair of Innovate UK, Chair of the Tech Partnership, co-Chair of the Digital Skills Partnership and on the board of the Digital Economy Council.
  • David Warrender – CEO Innovation Point
  • Professor Paul J Tasker – School of Engineering, Cardiff University
  • Professor Matt Jones - Head of The College of Science at Swansea University

Chaired by Simon Gibson CBE, this group has a wealth of experience and includes representatives from the academic, scientific, industrial and technology sectors.


Simon Gibson (pictured) said: “The potential of 5G is significant and presents a timely opportunity for Wales to improve economic performance, people’s quality of life and the connectivity of our communities.

The creation of this specialist group has been formed to ensure Wales is able to take advantage of the benefits created by 5G and establish areas where Wales can demonstrate original thinking and capitalise upon the resulting innovations.”



For further information on the Welsh Government’s digital infrastructure strategy visit gov.wales.  

INNOVATION POINT Innovation Point has been the catalyst for other exciting digital business growth initiatives for Wales, including hosting a record-breaking 2,500+ delegates at The Digital Festival event in Cardiff and running Wales first private-equity-backed Internet of Things Accelerator programme, which successfully attracted a number of high-growth potential IoT companies to setup in Wales from across the UK, Europe and USA. For more information please visit www.innovationpoint.uk


Professor Simon J. Gibson, CBE
Simon is Chairman Innovation Point, the Alacrity Graduate Entrepreneurship Foundation and Chief Executive of Wesley Clover Corporation. Before joining Wesley Clover, he was co-founder, President and CEO of Ubiquity Software Corporation.

Simon was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to industry and to the community in South Wales in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours list. In the 2018 New Year’s Honours list he become a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Mike Galvin
Mike has held a number of Managing Director positions in BT plc, including overall responsibility for the rollout of BT’s fibre network. With over 15 years of experience working at board level in technology research & innovation and in telecommunications, Mike has a wealth of experience in both fixed and mobile networks. He has an MSc in Telecommunication Engineering and is a member of the IET and Fellow of the ITP. He has formerly held non-exec positions with the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and with Nominet.

Currently, he is leading on the digital project within the Swansea Bay City Deal. The project will improve infrastructure, create skilled high value employment and attract innovation, inward investment and enhanced public services to the region. Mike is a strong believer in the power of digital technologies to creating thriving economic growth, regeneration, improved services and bring environmental benefits.

David Homer
David Homer is currently a Vice President at HPE and the Enterprise Account Executive for Ericsson Worldwide. Prior to this he was the Vice president of Solution Sales for the CME Industry Vertical in EMEA and the Account General Manager for the BT Account.

Previously he served as Director of Strategic Outsourcing at IBM Global Services, having joined IBM in 1984 and performed a variety of roles, including as Director for Telecommunications Industry for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Client Director at British Telecommunications plc. He served strategic business development and sales positions at IBM, working closely with its tele-comms industry clients such as British Telecommunications and Cable & Wireless in the U.K., Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

David is a member of the Institute of Directors and served on the board of March Networks from 2003 to 2011. He is also the Founder of Odyssey to Insight and Executive Coaching company focused in helping individuals grow via their own insight.

Dr Anil Shukla (QinetiQ Fellow)
Dr Anil Shukla (FIET) has extensive experience related to radio-systems applications, radio technologies, signal propagation and spectrum regulation. His expertise ranges from medium-wave systems to mm-waves systems and his current research interests include: “Operating Radio Systems in Difficult Environments“, “Physical Layer Security and Resilience”, and “Cognitive / Intelligent Radios”. He is currently leading the initiative to develop a UK National Spectrum Research centre in Wales to “Accelerate Spectrum Innovations through Experimentation”. He is a member of the UK Spectrum Policy Board, chairs the UK “Defence Manufacturers Spectrum Forum”, is an honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham, and a sub-editor of the IET Microwaves Antennas and Propagation Journal.

Phil Smith
Phil is a Chairman and Director as well as an advisor mentor and speaker. As former Chief Executive and Chairman of Cisco UK & Ireland, Phil is passionate about innovation, skills, technology, digitisation and leadership. Phil is Senior Independent Director of IQE PLC, a leading advanced materials solutions company, based in Cardiff focused on the Compound Semiconductor market.

Phil is also chair of Innovate UK, the Government’s innova1on agency as well as Chair of the Tech Partnership which is an employer led organisa1on championing digital skills. In his industry and

government roles he also co-Chair of the Digital Skills Partnership and is on the board of the Digital Economy Council.

Phil championed and is passionate about, innovation, entrepreneurship and productivity whilst at Cisco and continues now in many of his roles. He is founder member of the Productivity Leadership Group and a trustee of ‘Be the Business’.

David Warrender
His role as CEO follows on from his previous position as Director for Digital Wales in Welsh Government where he was responsible for establishing and leading the Digital Wales programme, growing the ICT & tech economy in Wales and for leading Welsh Government’s partnership role on external initiatives such as the Alacrity Foundation, the National Software Academy, and the research foundation with Airbus.   Before joining Welsh Government, David spent ten years at Accenture, the global consulting organisation, where he was a Partner focused on supporting businesses in the Communications and High-Tech sectors.

Professor Paul J Tasker
Paul joined Cardiff University in 1995. His research addresses the problems encountered in the field of non-0linear RF and microwave circuit design. Prior to his present appointment he was a Senior Research Associate at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA and then a project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF), Freiburg, Germany. At Cornell University he managed a world-leading research programme in the area of fabrication, design, characterisation (DC and microwave) and modelling (analytical and numerical) of compound semiconductor devices.

Paul has expertise in the area of fabrication, design and characterisation of high frequency (microwave and millimetre wave) compound semiconductor electronic and optoelectronic devices and circuits. He has developed a number of microwave and millimetre wave, s-parameters, noise parameters and non-linear parameter, measurement systems along with the associated analysis and extraction techniques for characterising transistors and developing CAD models. As a consequence of this work he has contributed to over 100 technical papers and publications including two book chapters.

Professor Matt Jones
Matt Jones is Head of Science at Swansea University. He is a multidisciplinary Computer Scientist who has worked on mobile interaction design for the past 20 years. He is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder for his work on mobile systems for resource constrained communities around the world.

Professor of Computer Science, Swansea University, UK
Hon. Professor of Computer Science, UCT, South Africa

Innovation Point 5G team

Enquiries To:

Jo Golley, Head of Engagement, Innovation Point Jo.golley@innovationpoint.uk