The Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification (TSCD) Advisory Council is a non-statutory advisory committee of independent members set up to provide ongoing advice to the government on telecoms diversification. In particular, they advise on the implementation of the 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy.

The Advisory Council is made up of the following individuals:

Simon Blagden CBE - Chair
Clive Selley, Openreach
David Hennessy, Three
David Rogers, Copper Horse
Deborah Okenla, Your Startup, Your Story
Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol
Howard Watson, BT
Jessica Rushworth, Digital Catapult
Rahim Tafazolli, University of Surrey
Ros Singleton, UK5G
Scott Petty, Vodafone
Scott Steedman, BSI Group

The following officials are also available to the Advisory Council to provide technical expertise:

Dr Ian Levy (NCSC, Technical Director)
Lindsey Fussell (Ofcom, Group Director for Networks and Communications)

Meet Simon Blagden CBE

UK5G interviewed Simon Blagden, Chair of the Advisory Council, for the Innovation Briefing journal. With a solid grounding in telecoms he spoke about his career to date, his vision for diversifying telecoms and the opportunities for international collaboration.

Read the Interview
Advisory Council Terms of Reference

The Advisory Council operates according to terms of reference that have received approval from the Minister of State for Media, Data, and Digital Infrastructure, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The document outlines principles around council membership, ways of working and engagement with media.

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