The Scotland 5G Centre makes new appointments

THE newly created Scotland 5G Centre has made two new appointments to lead the organisation. 

Julie Snell has been named as chair and Paul Coffey is taking up the role of chief executive officer.

The Scotland 5G Centre was set up in October 2019 to accelerate the adoption of 5G and realise its economic and societal potential for Scotland.

Julie, who recently concluded her role as chief executive officer and director of Bristol is Open said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us how important it is to ensure everyone has access to good quality connectivity. Business, healthcare and education, amongst others, are all having to adapt to more digital ways of working. For me, innovation should improve the quality of people’s lives – particularly technology that focuses on the end user and can engage all diverse groups into the digital world.

“One of my key focus areas will be to support inward investment in 5G technology into Scotland, working with government bodies, companies and academic institutions to explore new opportunities. As the centre moves to its next phase, I am excited to be working with Paul and the wider 5G community to build on their progress and explore wider opportunities for Scotland.”

Paul, who established his own consultancy practice and previously worked at EE said: “Scotland is in a great position to harness the potential of 5G to enable new industries and inject new innovation into the value chain.”

The centre brings together academics, businesses and government allowing people access to expertise that can benefit their organisations and prepare them for the possible. It will also enable rapid development and innovation utilising cutting-edge technology in a safe environment, supporting businesses to develop, share and ultimately succeed.

Scotland’s connectivity minister Paul Wheelhouse said“The Scottish Government is investing £5.3m in the Scotland 5G Centre to take forward our 5G strategy, to accelerate the adoption of 5G – particularly in key areas such as healthcare, energy and transport – and to realise its economic and social potential for Scotland.

“The roles that Julie and Paul will undertake will be key to achieving this and I look forward to engaging closely with them.”

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