I’m the Director of Technology for Amey, one of the UK’s largest engineering and infrastructure services companies, and part of the Ferrovial Group. Previously, I was IBM UK’s Executive Architect for Smarter Cities.
Amey make better places for people to live, work and travel: but the way that we live, work and travel is changing, driven by astonishing advances in digital technology.
I am responsible for driving those advances into the technology platforms that support and improve the services and infrastructure that Amey is responsible for, and that are used by millions of people every day.
I’m a member of the UK Government’s Smart Cities Forum; a Fellow of the British Computer Society and the RSA; a member of the Academy of Urbanism; and a contributor to UBM’s Future Cities community, who included me in their list of the “Top 20 leaders in urbanization“, and the Sustainable Cities Collective.
In my home city of Birmingham, where I’ve lived for 25 years, I’m a founder and the current Chair of the Steering Group for the Birmingham Smart City Alliance, a member of Birmingham City Council’s Smart City Commission, a member of the Birmingham Science City Board, and a non-Executive Director of Innovation Birmingham.
In previous roles I was responsible for IBM’s strategy and first-of-a-kind project delivery in areas such as social media, service-oriented architecture and distributed computing. I hold a PhD in the physics of superconducting devices from the University of Birmingham, and am a visiting Research Fellow at WMG at the University of Warwick where my interests include dynamic supply chains, regional economic development and healthcare technology.
You can connect with me on Twitter where I’m @dr_rick, or contact me through Linked-In where I’ll respond to connection requests from people I know, or that are accompanied by a message that starts a meaningful discussion.
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