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The Scotland 5G Centre Appoints Two Non-Exec Directors

The Scotland 5G Centre has appointed two Non-Executive Directors to formally join the S5GC Board, led by the Centre’s chair, Julie Snell.

These appointments are critical in the development of the strategy for the Centre’s long-term future alongside rolling out the S5GConnect Programme across Scotland.

Fiona Smith, Group Head of Aerodrome Strategy for AGS Airports Ltd, is an experienced leader in the aviation sector, specialising in technology identification and its application in operational settings.

With experience gained across seven airports internationally and for the UK CAA, Fiona is a leading figure in the sector. She is a founding member of the industry governance framework on Airspace Modernisation, and Project Director for Future Flight project CAELUS, an Innovate UK funded consortium of 16 companies demonstrating viability of a drone enabled national network serving NHS in Scotland.
She passionately supports initiatives driving social inclusion, sustainability and diversity and inclusion.

Also joining the S5GC Board as a Non-Executive Director, Mark Hanson, Commercial Director at Logicomms.

Mark has a wealth of experience driving growth for entrepreneurial technology companies in Scotland which include; high end audio manufacturer Linn Products, quantum pioneer M Squared Lasers and digital communications specialist Logicomms. Having held a variety of senior leadership positions within engineering, procurement, sales and operations, he understands what it takes to take ideas from concept through to delivery and commercial success.

Mark is proud of Scotland’s engineering heritage and looks forward to helping the centre deliver the wider societal benefits that 5G will bring to the country.

Julie Snell, Chair, The Scotland 5G Centre said: “I’m pleased to welcome Fiona and Mark to the Scotland 5G Centre’s Board of Directors.

The Scotland 5G Centre is a fast-growing organisation, playing a key role in the digital revolution and Fiona and Mark’s role will bring to the forefront, the commercial potential and impact of 5G, and will contribute to the wider digital ambitions across Scotland.”

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The Scotland 5G Centre was set up in October 2019 as the national centre for accelerating the deployment and adoption of 5G and realising its economic and societal potential for Scotland. The Centre enables all types of businesses to reap the benefits of this new technology. It is an innovative partnership between the University of Strathclyde (which hosts the Centre), the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Futures Trust, with investment from the Scottish Government.

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