FUTURE DRIVEN


Meet the awesome team who make everything we do possible

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Laurence Oakes-Ash

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO

Previously holding senior trading positions at Investment banks in London and New York Laurence spent his career bringing together vast complex data sets and developing systems to create actionable insights. An adept operator, lead generator and strategist, he managed £30bn of annual deal flow and was consistently achieving a #1 market share on the London Stock Exchange. This exposure to real-time data and automation within Financial Services fired Laurence’s interest in its applications to cities. Laurence is an award-winning management accountant and member of the CIHT. Laurence now lives in Devon, where in his spare time (i.e. rarely), he likes sailing and eating barbeque (with brisket, pulled pork and mac n cheese – New York style).

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Robert Byrne PhD

CTO

A phenomenal talent dressed in plain clothes, Rob spent the last 15 years hacking complex trading platforms in The City. During this time he secretly built a warp drive. We’re very fortunate to have found him because the processing we do at City Science requires some serious juice. Rob is an incredible coder, but he’s very humble about it. He got the highest score we’ve ever seen in Codility and launches servers, quicker than you can open your emails. For some reason, when anyone’s looking he likes to pretend he’s doing a PowerPoint presentation. You don’t fool us Rob, we know you harbour a passionate hatred for all things Office. Rob has now carefully folded up his suit in the hope of putting the awesome power of his warp drive to a more meaningful use.

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Glenn Woodcock

CO-FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN AND SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR.

Glenn is a serial entrepreneur, an incredible source of vision, passion and direction. With 25 years in senior management positions across venture capital, product development, and risk, he brings a wealth of experience to the City Science board. He has taken a number of businesses from inception, investment and deep value creation through to successful exit. He holds a number of directorships, including being Director of Oxygen House. Glenn is a physicist and a Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy. When not thinking up ideas for his next start-up, Glenn can be found spending time with his family, sheep and chickens on Dartmoor.

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Paul Hewson (a.k.a Professor Paul)

SENIOR SCIENTIST

Paul joins City Science from Plymouth University where he was Associate Professor in Statistics. With a career that has spanned Bayesian methods, air quality issues and literacy and numeracy, Paul is passionate not only about the transport data, but also about spreading and disseminating his knowledge. A fantastic communicator, Paul has won prestigious national awards for his teaching and is a regular speaker on Transport-related issues around the UK and further afield. He is a determined and driven researcher, bringing his exceptional skills and experience to the City Science team.

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Stephen Dunphy

DATA CONSULTANT AND MAAS EVANGALIST

Stephen finds new ways of collecting data. The sniffer dog of the team, he keeps himself busy digging out the data sources for our analysts to work their magic on. He develops data relationships and collaborations with a range of stakeholders, but also uses his unsurpassed technical experience in M2M and IoT networks to develop new data-sources that no one else can acquire. He is a local and national evangelist for MaaS, and loves dreaming up wild congestion busting ideas as he cycles past the lines of single occupancy vehicles on his way to work. Stephen is so nice that even before we get to MaaS, he’ll always offer to give you a lift on his bike.

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Joanna Ward

TRANSPORT PLANNER AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT EXPERT

Joanna has always been deeply interested in the patterns of movement of people and goods. A Geographer with an enquiring mind, she has worked all over the county on major transport assignments, delivering successful schemes and behaviour change programs. Joanna lead the Ucycle Nottingham Project Team; working with 6 partner organisations to encourage more people to cycle. Achievements included developing the largest long-term bike hire scheme outside London. She also worked with B&Q to coordinate and supply the provision of travel planning services across their UK estate. Having discovered the joy of cycling, she is a vocal advocate for sustainable modes and regularly promotes their benefits at conferences and seminars. As board member of the Transport Planning Society, she hopes to shape a world where every child can safely ride a bicycle. She is excited about the opportunity for data and modelling to provide the evidence for the design of better places. When she is not cycling, paddle boarding or making full use of the train service between the office in Exeter and her home in Nottingham, she likes nothing better than enjoying a cup of tea and slice of cake!

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Alex Dawn

TRANSPORT CONSULTANT AND HUMAN DATABASE OF ROADS AND BRIDGES

Alex is an expert transport modeller, having worked on major highway schemes across five countries. With a Masters in Physics, he has a deep understanding of the intricacies of transport modelling and processes. He loves coding, GIS visualisations and is a big advocate of open data. He likes to travel, mainly to visit “interesting” junction configurations. As a result, he’s not particularly fun to have on road trips and has many “fun facts” about the UK’s roads and bridges. When he doesn’t have his head in code or explaining the intricacies of transport problems you will find him hiking or climbing through his native Devon. A massive fan of Futurama, he was a contestant in the Hyperloop global challenge and dreams that one day we will all travel by tubes and rocket ships.

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Anthony Vickers MEng

ENERGY CONSULTANT AND JUST A LITTLE BIT TOO GOOD AT IT

Anthony has a first class masters of Engineering degree and a background in energy and renewables. Anthony has experience in large-scale renewable energy construction projects, overseeing the successful installation of an off-grid re-manufactured turbine wind farm for a Chilean mine in both analytical and managerial roles. At City Science, Anthony manages the energy department’s clients and development of new technical offerings. He indulges himself in Python (probably a little too much) analysing energy data and battery techno-financial viability, and provides energy monitoring, analysis, auditing, DEC assessment services to clients.

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Kate Allen

OPERATIONS AND BUSINESS ANALYST - EXPERT MULTI-TASKER

Kate graduated top of her year in Computer Science and Business at Warwick with a dissertation covering the emergence of Intelligent Mobility and the Sharing Economy. As a result, she is deeply interested in how new innovations are changing the way cities work. Kate ensures projects are executed seamlessly and that our operations show continuous improvement (through analytics… as you would expect). When not working her way through her to-do list Kate enjoys the beach, playing the flute (jazz and hip hop), or digitally promoting her analogue photography (Kate’s Polaroid photography account has 5000 followers on Instagram!). We don’t know how she makes time for it all. In short, everyone needs a Kate.

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Sion Williams

DEVOPS ENGINEER

Sion lives and breathes DevOps, bringing best-in-class engineering to our data science and tool development. This is a critical part of what we do to deliver replicable science at the scale of a city. Sion has rugby in his veins and when he’s not acting as Scrum Master (forgive the pun), he’s watching or talking about it. Sion once broke both of his legs after a rugby match (?!) then walked home. How he did that after the game still remains a mystery, but we admire his commitment to getting home in time for dinner.

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Steve Day

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT LEAD AND LOW CARBON DIY HOBBYIST

Steve loves doing good things with technology, for people, the environment and society. Steve specialised his computer science degree in HCI and is more interested in the big picture, user experience and what code can do to help the user than the nitty gritty of how that happens. Steve previously worked at mysociety.org keeping tabs on politicians, fixing streets, releasing information and generally giving normal people power over those in power. He also worked for the Met Office getting the data from the supercomputer to the customers and building a solar flare forecasting system. In his spare time Steve cycles and has an ambition to do the transcontinental (4000km non-stop unsupported across Europe). He also enjoys surfing, growing his own veg and doing lots of DIY energy efficiency improvements to his house (documented here).

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Bob Merrison-Hort PhD

BACK-END DEVELOPER AND SIMULATION WIZARD

Prior to joining City Science, Bob was a lecturer in embedded systems and parallel computing. He spent the past five years building computational simulations of neural networks… in tadpoles – something he insists (at great length) has huge similarities with transport modelling. Bob also led the development of software used to design and launch some of the UK’s best musical firework displays! Outside of work, when he’s not spending time with his family Bob enjoys tinkering with electronics, and has a long-term project of building a house-spanning autonomous model railway. He also enjoys playing guitar (badly) and solving cryptic crosswords (passably).

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Shaun Salter MSc

DATA SCIENTIST AND OPTIMISATION ENTHUSIAST

Shaun describes his hobbies as “Optimisation”. Optimisation is on his mind more often than is safe for humans. Whether he is pursuing adrenaline on a mountain bike, finding his physical peak to compete in a triathlon, or using analytical techniques to solve a complex problem, he is always striving to analyse in order to optimise his performance. It is the challenge of optimising city systems which motivates him more than anything else – using mathematical techniques to make a positive impact on the environment, health and the quality of our day-to-day lives. He also hopes to solve the P verses NP problem at some point, but is currently too deep in code.

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Isabel Chen PhD

DATA SCIENTIST AND FERMENTATION HOBBYIST

Isabel is an international woman of mystery, having lived in more countries than most of us have had jobs. The team is currently trying to optimise her air miles which are still too high (getting the tail wind right can make a significant difference in our model), and in her spare time we have her building a solar-powered plane. Isabel is a coding queen and expert in pure mathematics. With a PhD in complex networks and applied research experience from Duke University, she brings an incredible set of skill to the City Science team. She’s also a fermentation hobbyist, although we’re all still trying to work out exactly what that means.

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Dalibor Nenadic MEng

FRONT-END DEVELOPER AND CRUMPET CONNOISSEUR

Dalibor creates rich visualisations to communicate scientific knowledge. With a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and expertise in visualisation, software design and UX, Dalibor provides a link between City Science’s back-end work and a range of users and stakeholders. Dalibor is an artist - when not wrangling with code and datasets he expands his mastery of digital photography (he’s very partial to the Valencia filter on Instagram). He also plays the drums, enjoys computer games and eats crumpets. The complete all-rounder.

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Louise Moxhay

FRONT-END DEVELOPER AND VIRTUAL REALITY HEROINE

Louise has a passion for coding smooth animation and transitions and is the most competitive person we know. This is a great skill set to ensure we have the best animations and transitions in the business. She also loves Virtual Reality. According to her she likes it more than actual reality – possibly because the animations and transitions are slightly better when there is no physical interface. She has 2 dogs (which both have avatars) and she showers them with gifts (obviously purchased with BitCoin). She also makes jewellery and used to compete for Great Britain as a synchronised swimmer! In actual reality she didn’t win gold at the Rio Olympics - but in Virtual Reality she did.

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Ange Johnson

HR BUSINESS PARTNER, UNLOCKING ALL OF OUR POTENTIAL

Ange partners with the team from a people perspective. She feels very fortunate to be able to mix her passion for shaping, building and developing people plans, initiatives and structures whilst at the same time knowing this will enable big and vital change to the way our city functions. Ange is passionate about enabling businesses reach their highest potential through their people. Her enthusiasm, sense of humour and structured, pragmatic style make her the HR Business Partner you dream of. She’s also loves dogs, DIY, camping and gin!

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Lucie Roberts

RECRUITMENT MANAGER AND DREAMS OF OWNING AN ALPACA

Lucie is the Recruitment Manager for City Science. She is constantly looking for talent to join the team. Most days you will see her flying around the building interviewing candidates, running assessment days and working closely with the senior managers and CEO. She is passionate about the environment and sustainability and how we can all work together to make cities a better place to live. In her spare time, Lucie likes to walk on Dartmoor, grow her own food and spend time with her family although dreams about owning a field of alpacas.