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New Non-Executive Chairman joins Bristol Is Open

Graeme Hobbs, Non-Executive Chairman of Bristol Is Open

24 January 2017

Graeme Hobbs has joined Bristol Is Open as its new Non-Executive Chairman, commencing his role from 2 January 2017. Together with the rest of the Board he will further develop the project in order to successfully make Bristol the first open programmable city in the world.

Bristol Is Open is a joint venture between the Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol. The project was launched in 2015 and uses infrastructure owned by the council combined with cutting-edge technology developed at the High Performance Networks group at the University to build an experimentation platform. This living lab will provide academics and companies with the opportunity to test a whole range of applications and services in a real-life environment.

Graeme’s appointment marks a welcome return to his alma mater of the University of Bristol where he completed his undergraduate studies in electronic engineering followed by a Masters in Radio Communication from the University of Birmingham.

Graeme has previously held leadership roles at Marconi Communications Systems Ltd and Ascom Radicom Ltd before joining Motorola in 1994 where he worked in product management, sales, project management and operations. As Chairman, his role also focused on building relationships with key Government bodies as well as forging links with universities specialising in mobile communications technology.

In addition, Graeme has served on the techUK board, chaired the UK Spectrum Policy Steering Group and is a trustee of the Institution of Engineering Technology. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering Technology and enjoys promoting engineering to young people via the Royal Academy’s Engineering Leadership Advanced Award scheme.

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