FUTURE DRIVEN


Meet the awesome team who make everything we do possible

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Laurence Oakes-Ash

CO-FOUNDER & 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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Glenn Woodcock

CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN

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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Edward Campbell PhD (he/him)

CTO

Ed joined City Science after a year away from work, cycle touring through Asia and Europe. Before that adventure he was Senior Product Manager for Data Products at the Met Office, driving the development of APIs and the migration of services to the cloud. Passionate about all things data, he's worked in startups and multinationals, switching between coding and business development throughout his career. Ed studied at Cambridge, obtaining a first in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Astrophysics. When he's not cycling, running or swimming, you'll find him baking bread.

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Simon Lusby (he/him)

HEAD OF TRANSPORT & SUSTAINABILITY

Simon is our strategic consulting, policy and planning lead, responsible for expanding our transport planning, sustainability and energy businesses and client application of our award winning transport product - Cadence. He brings experience with numerous transport modelling software packages, and a breadth of transport planning project leadership experience from the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom and Australasia. Most recently Simon was a senior manager within Transport for London’s City Planning Directorate, responsible for public transport strategy. Between his passion for sustainable transport and spending time with his two young daughters, he fits in time to train for marathons. So far he has completed 3 of the 6 World Majors.

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Simon Drake

FINANCE & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Simon is our Finance & Operations Director, bringing a wealth of experience from a top 30 accountancy practice where he managed a diverse client portfolio, held a senior position in the firm’s Technology, Innovation and Growth team, and provided technical accountancy support to colleagues throughout the region. Simon also has diverse commercial experience, including working for one of Europe’s largest regional airlines, adding additional commerciality to his strong technical background. Simon left practice to focus his attention on delivering the greatest level of impact to a business that could really make a difference. City Science was the perfect fit and he’s never looked back!

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Jo Muncaster (she/her)

SENIOR CARBON ACCOUNTANT

Jo is our Senior Carbon Accountant, heading up our Carbon Accounting and Net Zero offering. She is ACA and Prince2 qualified and brings an array of experience from working in top 10 accountancy practices, Plc conglomerates, and even from a stint in the Falkland Islands. She chairs the ICAEW Sustainability Committee for the South, South-West and Wales. Attention to detail and a firm belief in decarbonisation are what drives her through the day. When she’s not working, Jo spends her time with her family, and all things woolly.

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Oliver Stradling (he/him)

SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT

Graduating amid a climate crisis, Oli is passionate about making as big of an impact as possible by providing tools, low carbon solutions and actionable frameworks to organisations working with City Science. Previously working in the sustainability team of a large online retailer and being a first class graduate from the University of Exeter, he pairs his technical expertise of climate mitigations scenarios, with an understanding of the issues and barriers faced by organisations in reducing their emissions in a holistic, robust and immediate manner. Outside of work, Oli enjoys chasing waves along the Cornish coast.

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Elliot Reid

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, TRANSPORT POLICY & PLANNING LEAD

Elliot is an Associate Director at City Science, with particular experience in transport strategy and transport appraisal studies including leading Transport Assessments for a variety of development sites in both Scotland and the South East. Alongside Cadence, he has analytical skills across a range of transport modelling packages including SATURN, S-Paramics and LinSig. When he's not hard at work, he can be found watching his beloved Aberdeen FC play, cycle touring around the UK or perfecting his Cities Skylines masterpiece. He also grows vegetables, although nothing that is yet edible.

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Heather Watkinson (she/her)

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, NET ZERO TRANSPORT LEAD

Heather leads our net zero transport offer including road decarbonisation, air quality, zero emission vehicles and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Passionate about addressing the climate emergency, Heather brings over 20 years’ experience of developing successful decarbonisation, air quality and sustainability projects and strategies. Most recently Heather developed and delivered Transport for London’s world leading projects including the Ultra Low Emission Zone, changes to the Congestion Charge Zone and London’s latest electric vehicle infrastructure strategy. Outside of work Heather is bringing up two sustainably conscious young people and is a real people person, so long as she can get to you by bike.

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Joshua Jiao PhD (he/him)

PRINCIPAL TRANSPORT CONSULTANT

Joshua is an award-winning transport modeller with experience in transport modelling and appraisals. His projects experience covers demand modelling and economic cases for highways, local roads, rail services/stations and active travel schemes. Before joining City Science, he held a substantive role in the traffic and economics team on the Lower Thames Crossing project. Joshua also worked as an academic researcher in the Cities and Transport group at Cambridge, from where he has granted his PhD degree. His research on travel demand modelling for recreational trips was awarded the Neil Mansfield Memorial Award at the 2019 European Transport Conference. In his spare time, he’s now working towards his fourth degree (second Master’s degree) in City and Transport Planning at UCL.

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Grace Solsby BSc (Hons) MSc MCIHT (she/her)

PRINCIPAL TRANSPORT PLANNING & MODELLING CONSULTANT

Grace brings a wide range of strong technical capabilities, gained from small to large multi-disciplinary projects. She leads many of our transport modelling disciplines, specialising in developing technical evidence bases, analysis, GIS modelling and appraisal, for non-technical audiences. She is adept at handling and manipulating large datasets and assisting the build of bespoke tools. She has experience working with strategic models (SATURN, VISUM), micro-simulation models (S-Paramics, VISSIM) and traffic engineering models (ARCADY, PICADY and LinSig), including a secondment to the DfT to scrutinise modelling and appraisal for business cases to support major investment decisions. Grace is originally from the Lake District and enjoys embracing her outdoor roots.

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Chloe Bates (she/her)

SENIOR TRANSPORT CONSULTANT

Chloe is a Senior Consultant at City Science. She brings a wealth of experience in highways and climate modelling, as well as data analysis. She is passionate about utilising her numerical and analytical skills to help create a sustainable transport future. Her drive for greater knowledge sharing and inclusivity means she strives for transparency and accessibility in all her work. When she's not hard at work she enjoys spending time in her garden encouraging wildlife through plants and exploring the local countryside with her dog.

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Felicia Baily

TRANSPORT CONSULTANT

Having completed her masters degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Southampton, Felicia joined City Science as a Transport Consultant in November 2020. With previous experience in transport modelling, programming and data analysis, she is excited to bring her skills to the decarbonisation of the transport sector. Before becoming a member of the team, Felicia spent a winter in Canada teaching children to ski. These days she spends her weekends chasing escaped sheep around the family farm.

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Cleo Au (he/him)

TRANSPORT CONSULTANT

Cleo Au is a transport consultant who specialises in town and transport planning and joined City Science in March 2022. After completing his master’s degree in Smart Cities and Urban Analytics (Planning Pathway) at UCL Bartlett CASA in 2019, he worked on transport model development for local highways authorities and drafted planning statements for major infrastructure projects. He has experience in data manipulation, cartography and policy writing for public bodies and private sector clients. In his spare time, he enjoys getting lost and discovering new places with his partner. He also goes on a hiking weekend every year with friends he met from his university hiking club.

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Aoife Dudley

TRANSPORT CONSULTANT

Aoife joined City Science in April 2022, after spending three years at Atkins on their transport planning graduate scheme. She has experience in a broad range of transport planning disciplines, from policy and strategy to modelling, economics and evaluation, and she is looking forward to applying this expertise to the decarbonisation of the transport sector. Outside of work, Aoife can either be found making music, out on a run, or creating something new in the kitchen.

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Katie Sharp

GRADUATE TRANSPORT & SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT

Katie joined City Science in June 2022 as a Graduate Transport and Sustainability Consultant. Her degrees in BSc Geography and MSc Global Sustainability Solutions from the University of Exeter allowed Katie to gain an extensive breadth of academic knowledge in environmental problems and how to mitigate them, as well as develop high quality writing, research, data and geo-spatial skills. She is excited to apply these skills in order to provide support across transport and sustainability projects within City Science. Outside of work you can catch Katie in a boxing ring or playing with her cockerpoo, Odin.

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David Fraser (he/him)

SENIOR DEVELOPER

David specialises in building complex web-apps while making them look simple. He joins City Science from a career delivering such websites for household names in the travel and automotive sectors. With a degree in Graphic Design and a quarter of a century tinkering with computers David bridges the gap between design and development. He isn't just passionate about creating powerful digital tools, he also cares about making them clear and pleasing to use too. When he's not thinking up better UX or writing more elegant code he can be found in the more analogue world passing time with friends and family, in the garage working on motorcycles or out enjoying the open road.

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Kathryn Mason

SCIENTIFIC SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Kathryn is a scientific software developer at City Science where she creates complex code to model transport systems. Prior to City Science, Kathryn spent 12 years at TRL where she developed software and new features for ARCADY and TRANSYT. She has extensive experience developing software for Smart Motorways and using optimisation techniques to manage real-time traffic flows. Kathryn also likes getting her hands dirty - with physical computer hardware, building robots and finding novel applications for Raspberry Pi’s. She also likes getting her hands dirty gardening - a pastime she describes as the “secret of happiness”. One day she hopes to combine her passion for robotics and nature by building a robotic weeding machine. City Science are eagerly awaiting the patent rights.

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Andy Allen PhD

ANALYTICS & APPLIED SCIENCE LEAD

Andy joined City Science from Nottingham University where was Leverhulme research fellow within the Laboratory for Urban Complexity and Sustainability. He has worked on building energy modelling, energy conversion systems, mass flow analysis, transport models & even helped to build the Spaceguard centre’s new telescope dome. He has a PhD in Plasma physics and used to be a ju-jitsu instructor.

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Joe McQuillen MEng

PRINCIPAL ENERGY CONSULTANT

Joe is an experienced energy systems and environmental consultant, with a broad range of experience spanning across the energy sector having worked in the built environment, Combined Heat and Power (CHP), aviation, shipping, heavy industry, carbon capture and Anaerobic Digestion (AD). He’s been involved in some of the UK’s major government energy programmes, having been a key member behind BEIS’s Combined Heat & Power Quality Assurance (CHPQA) programme and audited 100s of renewable heating systems via Ofgem’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. Joe also has a passion for programming and working with data; he hopes to combine his programming skills and his enthusiasm for energy to accelerate our transition towards net zero. When Joe isn’t writing code or thinking about the future of energy, you might catch him running, swimming, or cycling, in preparation for his next triathlon.

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Ben Gilbart PhD (he/him)

ENERGY CONSULTANT

Ben is an energy consultant at City Science, who recently completed a PhD in low-temperature plasma simulation at the University of Liverpool. Before that he worked at Western Power Distribution, helping to increase efficiency across the electricity network. He now uses the knowledge he gained to help us reach net zero by forecasting future energy systems through modelling, data analysis and optimisation. Outside of work, Ben is usually found scouring the map to find the steepest possible hill to cycle up, or writing soothing music for the piano.

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Jade Baker-Edwards (she/her)

ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT

Originally from a commercial and project management background, Jade embarked on an engineering degree at The Open University to achieve her life and career goal of making the maximum impact on climate change and decarbonisation. PRINCE2 qualified, she oversees and manages a variety of our key transport and energy projects and contributes to a variety of strategies, reports and white papers. Outside of City Science Jade spends an (un)healthy amount of time on the yoga mat and obsesses over applying structural engineering principles to yoga postures.

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Kerensa Froome MPhys (she/her)

GRADUATE ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT

Kerensa enjoys applying her diverse skill set to solving sustainability related challenges, she joined City Science after graduating from the University of Manchester with a first class masters degree in Theoretical Physics. During her masters year she expanded her computational and mathematical skills by developing a machine learning model for medical image manipulation, whilst also participating in multiple sustainability campaigns in her local area. When she’s not working, she likes to volunteer with climate action groups; go on runs and host dinner parties.

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Bob Hickish PhD

PRINCIPAL TRANSPORT & SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT

Bob is interested by networks, values the societal benefit of transport, and is passionate about decarbonisation and sustainability. This combination led to a PhD where he developed software to optimise rail networks specifically for maximum passenger benefit - it is unknown whether or not this was an act of pure self-interest from a frequent rail user. His subsequent postdoctoral research focused on the storage of energy regenerated during train braking. Bob’s passion for environmental sustainability stems, in part, from a love of the natural world and being outside. A keen rock climber and surfer, he enjoys pursuing these activities in wild places and looks forward to this being enabled by sustainable transportation systems.

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James Lewis PhD (he/him)

DATA MODELLING CONSULTANT

Before joining City Science in May 2019, James was at Durham University earning his PhD developing breakthrough algorithms to analyse the structure of highly complex functional materials. He went on to become P&G Portfolio Manager at the University, working to develop a range of collaborative research projects to meet industry challenges across Computer Sciences, Engineering, Physical and Life Sciences. James is now using his multi-disciplinary talent at City Science to meet the modelling needs of the future. When he isn’t doing that, James is a keen sportsman having turned his hand to most sports you can name, including Snow Polo and Cheese Rolling. But algorithms are his true passion - he uses them in every aspect of life, and even developed one to create the seating plan for his wedding.

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Jamie Ridley

FRONT END DEVELOPER

Jamie makes data look beautiful and interactive. Prior to joining City Science, Jamie helped academics visualise scientific concepts. His unique skill-set combines an intricate understanding of Physics with all the modern tools to make data look great. He has a growing portfolio of scientific animations and an encyclopedic knowledge of engineering. You could say he’s a modern day polymath - like Leonardo Da Vinci before him he loves illustrating, writing and thinking - you’ll often see him carrying around heavily bound notebooks wherever he goes. But unlike Da Vinci, he also loves video games and secretly wants to win X-Factor.

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Nick Maynard

SUPPORT & DEVOPS ENGINEER

Nick is our support & DevOps engineer. He brings over 14 years of experience with a vast knowledge of IT infrastructure and systems improvement, specialising in Microsoft and Office 365. He is a colossal Lego collector who owns more than 163 sets and over 500 mini-figures, and one day would like to build a working computer from Lego.

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Chris Underwood PhD

SCIENTIFIC SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Chris is a scientific software developer at City Science. He joined from the University of York where he was completing his PhD on laser-driven particle acceleration in the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training. Although making electrons travel very fast was highly enjoyable, Chris is now turning his skills to a more pressing need, decarbonisation of transport and energy systems. Outside of work Chris is a keen outdoors enthusiast, spending his weekends getting cold and damp climbing mountains and crags all around the UK.

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Sarah Felfel

HR BUSINESS PARTNER

Sarah 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. Sarah 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 an awesome dancer, still waiting for her call up to Strictly, and until that happens, she spends her time keeping fit through boxing, circuits and Pilates.

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Lucie Roberts

RECRUITMENT MANAGER

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.

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Phan Nguyen PhD

KTP ASSOCIATE

Phan is a KTP associate in partnership with the University of Exeter. He joined the company from the University of Birmingham, where he completed a PhD in Computer Science. His expertise is in discrete & continuous optimisation techniques, especially gradient-free methods. Phan is working closely with an academic team from the University to build a rich, robust optimisation capability for our existing software environment. Outside of work, he loves playing video games and spending time outdoors with his friends.

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Lia Palosanu (she/her)

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Lia is a software developer at City Science. She joined from the University of Essex where she studied Computer Science. After travelling South-East Asia during her year abroad, she discovered her passion for tackling the climate crisis. As a result, her final year project was focused on environmental conservation using machine learning. She hopes to use her skills in the race to net-zero. In her spare time, she likes to play video games, go on hikes and spend time with friends and family.

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Sarah McCoy

SCIENTIFIC SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Sarah is a scientific software developer at City Science. Before joining the team, she worked within the Education sector, where she taught Maths alongside her data analysis and IT training roles. Prior to this, she completed her degree in Maths from the University of Exeter. Sarah brings together her love of problem-solving, numerical skills and her passion for tackling climate change within her work. She is currently located in Brighton and Hove and enjoys runs along the beach, long walks in the South Downs and exploring the City with friends and family.

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Joe Fuller-Gray

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Joe is a software developer at City Science. He used to work for a utilities asset manager as a GIS developer, where he learned his craft. Before that, he read Computer Science at the University of Essex. He lives on a small farm in Fenland where he keeps chickens and grows vegetables, keeping his Dachshund, Pointer, and farm cat company.