LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION | REPLAY

Unlocking thriving towns

through digital innovation

Join the live panel and Q&A with our very special guests to discuss how councils can access innovative solutions that aim to standardise their assets and data, drive efficiencies and promote liveable, accessible, sustainable, thriving towns.

Watch the webinar replay with our special guests

Steve Birdsall
Steve Birdsall

CEO, Gaist

Stephen Stead
Stephen Stead

Director, SSE Enterprise

Ben Boutcher-West - Head of Mobility at AppyWay
Ben Boutcher-West

Head of Mobility, AppyWay

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Why tune in?

Struggling high streets, out of date processes, diminished community engagement and inability to share data plague local governments.

As technology and behaviours evolve, the public sector is often left scrambling to rectify policy issues and play technology catch-up, sometimes to the detriment of their local communities. Central government actively funds private sector innovation to solve a range of these issues from the complex to the niche.

Innovation and the digital transformation it triggers can seem like a future endeavour, a tomorrow problem, this feeling is compounded by local government budget issues and pressing challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want to lift the lid on innovative projects, demystify digital transformation, and showcase how through central government funded private sector collaboration projects, solutions have been created to tackle today’s most urgent challenges whilst preparing towns and cities for the future.

What's being discussed?

  • Innovation funding and its benefits to local governments
  • Authority challenges and digital transformation barriers
  • Data accuracy, standardisation, interrogation, and integration
  • Notable projects benefits of innovative initiatives

Meet the Contributors

Their expertise and insights brought this valuable eBook to life
Steve Birdsall

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A leader in his field, Steve has more than 30 years’ experience in specialist data management systems and the strategic management of infrastructure and assets. Since founding Gaist in 2007, Steve and his senior management team have gone on to create one of the most innovative, technologically advanced companies across the Highways and Geospatial sectors. Gaist's advanced mapping and modelling capabilities are enabling new possibilities for understanding the world around us, forcing sectors to rethink how they manage processes, data and information.

Steve Birdsall

CEO, Gaist

Stephen Stead

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Stephen has over twenty five years experience of selling products and services into the energy sector. Most recently he has been tasked with establishing a Digital Services business targeting areas such as Smart City, Energy as a Service, EV Charging and Smart Asset Management.
This is alongside his responsibility for SSE Enterprise’s strategy encompassing its Utilities, Telecoms, Contracting and Rail business units. For the past ten years his work has primarily focused on smart solutions and low carbon technologies including hydrogen-based energy systems.

Steven Stead

Director, SSE Enterprise

Ben Boutcher-West - Head of Mobility at AppyWay

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As an urbanist living city pain points, Ben’s mission is to enable access to all and remove friction using the latest mobility technology. An autonomous vehicle expert, with a degree in Design Engineering from Brunel and 10 years industry experience across global corporates and SME’s, Ben brings technical knowledge, commercial acumen, industry insight and passion for sustainable city technology to develop future products and services in cities worldwide.This is alongside his responsibility for SSE Enterprise’s strategy encompassing its Utilities, Telecoms, Contracting and Rail business units. For the past ten years his work has primarily focused on smart solutions and low carbon technologies including hydrogen-based energy systems.

Ben Boutcher-West

Head of Mobility, AppyWay

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Our host for the webinar.

Garry Thornton

VP Marketing & Sales, AppyWay

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Who is it for?

Local authorities

Councils are hungry for their communities to thrive and continue to thrive as the future of mobility becomes the mobility of today. Authorities are faced with sizable hurdles on their path to digital transformation, but the immediate challenges of today do require the innovative tools of tomorrow.

Mobility professionals 

Thriving towns need innovative ideas and solutions. With the right tools and private sector partnerships, local authorities can be empowered with the data, tools and solutions they need to tackle their urgent challenges and prepare for the future of transport. Tune in to find out how you can help.

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