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How 5G Will Change Our Lives Forever, and What it Means for Your Business (Two Part Event)

Tuesday, 8th February 2022 0945hrs – 1600hrs

How 5G Will Change Our Lives Forever, and What it Means for Your Business (Part One)

The fifth generation of mobile data, 5G, promises to provide truly transformational opportunities for businesses.

While undoubtedly faster than its predecessors, 5G also brings with it greater capacity and lower latency, allowing for the simultaneous connection of thousands of enabled devices, and the rapid, secure transfer of huge amounts of data.

With a wide variety of connected devices gathering and sharing information in real time, 5G can provide a range of possible applications. From reducing road and traffic accidents, monitoring site safety, guiding autonomous vehicles or production lines that can automatically adjust processes – with 5G, the opportunities are endless. 

Join us at the Built Environment Network event, supported by West Midlands 5G (WM5G), to discuss how 5G will change our lives and the way we connect, forever. This free-to-attend event will delve into the uses and capabilities of 5G and its impact on the built environment to understand future needs and opportunities.

The 5G rollout is happening now and happening fast. Many businesses aren’t aware of the game-changing opportunities the technology presents for their operations. The event will explore the impact of 5G on many sectors including infrastructure, healthcare, and transport.

Our line-up of exciting speakers will be announced very shortly…

Event information

This free online event is split into two parts, a total of 12 hours between two-day events.

  • Tuesday 8th February 2022. 9:45am–4pm.
  • Tuesday 15th February 2022. 9:45am-4pm.

Attendance at the first part will mean you are automatically registered for part two. Joining links will be sent to attendees ahead of the second event.

Attendees can earn 12 hours of CPD points through their attendance at the event. The event is funded by ERDF for qualifying SMEs*.

Qualifying SMEs definition: The category of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is made up of enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million. Businesses must be registered in England.

The event is supported by WM5G who are accelerating the UK roll out of 5G. With over 50 tested and proven transformational use cases in infrastructure, transport, manufacturing and healthcare.

If you attend part 1 of this event on 08 February 2022, you will be be auto registered for part 2. Joining links will be sent out to you ahead of the event.

Speakers for this event include:

Agenda and Programme:

09:45-10:00 Virtual Doors Open

Ensure you’re logged in and ahead of the game ready for the event to kickstart on the Main Stage at 10am.

10:00-10:15 Introductions and Conference Welcome

Built Environment Networking; Phil Laycock, Director

10:15-10:45 Session One: The State of 5G

This is a keynote which will reflect on where we are now with 5G and how it will change our lives in the coming future.

Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; Tony Sceales, Head of Programme Development


10:45-11:15 Session Two: 5G Explainer – The 5G Difference and What It Means For Business

This session will bring together industry leaders to explain 5G incredibly clearly – comparing to other connectivity options with practical applications.

WM5G; Kevin Hegarty, Network Lead


11:15-11:30 Networking Break

A short break to allow a short networking period between other attendees and guests at the event.

11:30-12:20 Session Three: Building and Implementing 5G

How can the industry build and implement 5G networks into their projects – whether education, healthcare, housing and more.

Chair: Built Environment Networking; Fahmida Nisa, Event Host

WM5G; Rhys Enfield, Director of Infrastructure Acceleration

Other speakers TBC

12:20-12:25 Networking Break

A short break to allow a short networking period between other attendees and guests at the event.

12:25-13:10 Session Four: 5G – Transforming Transport

We’ll take to the stage with numerous figures from the transport and infrastructure sector to discuss how 5G is being enabled and integrated into future transport projects. 

WM5G; Chris Deakin, Project Manager (Transport)

WM5G; Martin Thirlaway, Project Manager (Transport)

13:10-14:00 Lunch & Networking Break

We’ll take a pause from our main stage to allow delegates to connect and network.

14:00-15:00 Session Five: Private 5G Networks

Those leading the 5G charge from the private sector will take to the stage to discuss their upcoming and future schemes, and their vision for the future.

WM5G; Andy Welch, Technical Director

15:00-15:05 Networking Break

A short break to allow a networking period between other attendees and guests at the event.

15:05-15:50 Session Six: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Explained

AI can be confusing at times, but this session will explain the basics behind it in our industry and how it will be implemented moving forward.

Youth4AI; Kari Lawler, Founder

15:50-16:00 Event Summary and Close

Proceedings will conclude with a few closing remarks from our event host West Midlands 5G.

WM5G; Clare Mckee, Business and Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Agenda and Programme:

09:45-10:00 Virtual Doors Open

Ensure you’re logged in and ahead of the game ready for the event to kickstart on the Main Stage at 10am.

10:00-10:05 Introductions and Conference Welcome

Built Environment Networking; Phil Laycock, Director

10:05-10:35 Session One: Fireside Chat – What 5G can mean for your business

Discover everything you need to know about what 5G can do for you at a micro level.

Nachural; Ninder Johal, Managing Director

WM5G; Lesley Holt, Accelerator & Communications Director

10:35-10:40 Networking Break

A short break to allow a networking period between other attendees and guests at the event.

10:40-11:20 Session Two: 5G Challenges We Identified In The 5PRING 5G Programme

We will address the challenges we found a within construction, transport and smart cities programme


Clarke Telecom; Nigel Newton, Managing Director

Galliford Try; Andy Duggins, Operations Director

Smart Cities:

Wolverhampton Council; Heather Clark, Head of External Funding and Digital Projects / Digital Co-ordinator Strategy

Black Country Consortium; Ravi Kumar, Digital Lead

11:20-11:30 Networking Break

Facilitated business learning within the break in networking rooms – so please join us!

11:30-12:15 Session Three: 5G Innovator Showcase & Q&A

We want to hear from you and answer any queries you have regarding discussions so far. Ask your questions!

Chair: WM5G; Clare Mckee, Business and Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Bikal; Raj Sandhu, Chief Executive Officer

PLINX; Tommy Williams, Chief Executive Officer

Hello Lamp Post; Tiernan Mines, CEO & Co-Founder

Mafic; Will Woodhead, Chief Executive Officer and Founder

12:15-12:20 Networking Break

A short break to allow a short networking period between other attendees and guests at the event.

12:20-13:10 Session Four: Common Industry Challenges & Leveraging Innovation

This will be a panel discussion where we dig deeper in to challenges and offer quick fire solutions.

Chair: WM5G; Judith Ferrarin, Infrastructure Acceleration Lead Project Manager

Gateley Hamer; Jonathan Stott, Managing Director

BAM Nuttall; Colin Evison, Head of Innovation

13:10-14:00 Lunch Break and Networking
14:00-14:30 Session Five: Internet of Things:5G – Is It What IoT Has Been Waiting For?

We will hear from experts of IoT about how you can utilise this in your business and answer the most important question- why should you?

IoT Foundry; Neil Carter, Chief Technology Officer

Other speakers TBC

14:30-14:45 Networking Break

A short break to allow a short networking period between other attendees and guests at the event.

14:45-15:20 Session Six: Getting 5G done

What it actually takes to put 5G on the agenda and follow through? We will discuss infrastructure, including planning permissions and PSTI codes.

WM5G; Judith Ferrarin, Infrastructure Acceleration Lead Project Manager

WM5G; Dave Kinshott, Digital and Mobile Connectivity Consultant

15:20-15:25 Networking Break

A short break to allow a short networking period between other attendees and guests at the event.

15:25-15:50 Session Seven: Innovation Funding & Business Support Opportunities

Find out about funding and business support available to access.

Innovate UK; Sunny Claire, Senior Business Growth Specialist

15:50-16:00 Wrap up and Certification

Closing remarks for both days and certification completion.

WM5G; Judith Ferrarin, Infrastructure Acceleration Lead Project Manager

We’re set to have an exceptional line-up of speakers who’ll be sharing their knowledge and intel into the sector. They include:

WM5G – Dave Kinshott, Digital and Mobile Connectivity Consultant

Dave is an infrastructure Acceleration Consultant at WM5G. Dave has over 20 years of telecoms experience, previously working with Nokia and Orange.

Dave leads and manages a number of key projects that require his in-depth specialist knowledge and experience.

WM5G – Andy Welch, Technical Director

Andy Welch is technical director at WM5G, being associated with the programme since the award to WMCA.

Andy has a background working for CxOs in the telecoms industry for twenty years from startups to FTSE 100 companies in the UK and across Europe. This has included strategy and architecture leadership roles, interim management and consulting assignments most recently specialising in organisation startup and large programme mobilisation.

Youth4AI – Kari Lawler, Founder

Kari Lawler was accepted onto the Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f) incubator at just 14 years old, where she became the youngest ever start-up and entrepreneur on the Innovation Birmingham campus, providing knowledge and expertise for businesses in the subject of AI.

Kari’s rapid rise within the tech world has been acknowledged with multiple awards, including her winning the coveted UK Space Agency SatelLife challenge ‘18, for her AI proposal. Was the youngest ever nominee and winner at of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Future Face of Technology & Innovation ’18. Plus, most recently in acknowledgement of the work she is doing to help businesses and young people understand AI, was named Barclays Entrepreneur Awards ‘19 “Icon of the Year” winner for the Midlands region.


Additionally, she has now at the age of 17 years old become an inspirational and in-demand event speaker, a champion of young entrepreneurship and Generation Z voices, plus has spent the last couple of years building up and running her AI youth initiative, YOUTH4AI. Through which, she has introduced thousands of young minds, many from disadvantaged backgrounds to the topic of AI and Data Ethics

WM5G – Rhys Enfield, Director of Infrastructure Acceleration

An expert in mobile network deployment, previously working for both Operators and vendors in the telco sector since the mid 90’s. Rhys is WM5G’s Director of Infrastructure Acceleration and has the primary role of accelerating 5G across the region by removing barriers, improving processes and facilitating relationships between the mobile operators and the local councils. A key focus for Rhys and the team is to always act as an ‘honest broker’, fostering a more collaborative and cooperative approach between both the operators and the councils, working to ensure citizens of the West Midlands are the first to benefit from the socioeconomic improvements that 5G will bring.

WM5G – Clare McKee, Business and Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Clare brings SMEs, innovators and innovation together. Facilitating the 5G 5PRING accelerator programme where large enterprises set challenges for innovators to crack using 5G to make lasting change to industry. And stakeholder management of several sector focused SME digital adoption programmes, including transport, infrastructure and healthcare.

Clare helps SMEs explore the art of the possible. Finding workable solutions to chronic problems. Clare has previously managed Government funded SME business support programmes, helping over 1000 SMEs.

Clarke Telecom – Nigel Newton, Managing Director

Nigel trained as a Quantity Surveyor in general construction and worked his way up to be Managing Director. In 1996, he moved into the telecoms network rollout sector and in 2001 set up his own business which later merged into Clarke Telecom. Nigel is passionate about training “We want our people to be the best they can be and so our investment in their training and development is really important to us. During the past 12 months our people have participated in an average of 8.25 training days per person against a UK average of 4.7 days.”

WM5G – Kevin Hegerty, Network Lead

A disciplined and versatile technical project manager, with considerable management expertise working in UK government and mobile telecommunication sectors.  Expert knowledge of 3GPP 4G/LTE and 5G/NR technologies.

Recently project managed the delivery of a £14M public/private funded project for UK’s first Commercial 5G/IoT Application Accelerator as part of DCMS UCC Testbed and Trials Programme.

Wolverhampton Council – Heather Clark, Head of External Funding and Digital Projects / Digital Co-ordinator Strategy

Heather is the Wolverhampton City’s Digital Co-ordinator supporting the rollout of future proofed digital infrastructure including full fibre broadband and 5G.  The role includes liaising across council departments to remove barriers and introduce new systems and procedures and standardising agreements to facilitate the rollout adopting best practice from elsewhere.  The role also includes ensuring residents and businesses benefit through combatting the digital divide and addressing digital skills of residents and businesses.  Heather has over 20 years’ experience in local government in a range of economic development and regeneration roles and is an experienced bid writer.  She has postgraduate qualifications in Urban Regeneration and Economics.

Gateley Hamer – Jonathan Stott, Managing Director

Jonathan has significant expertise dealing with all matters relating to land assembly, compulsory purchase and compensation. He is a RICS accredited expert witness and is a leading authority in the provision of strategic advice to scheme promoters throughout the promotion and implementation of compulsory purchase powers and the negotiation of compensation claims.

He also acts for commercial property owners and developers, advising them on how to respond to the threat of compulsory purchase and how to protect and maximise their compensation entitlement.

He has many years’ experience dealing with compulsory purchase matters and has given evidence to public inquiries, hearings and select committees. He is Chair of the Compulsory Purchase Association and has provided input to the RICS Professional Statement for Surveyors advising in relation to compulsory purchase and compensation.

WM5G – Chris Deakin, Project Manager (Transport)

Chris Deakin project manages a number of WM5G transport projects. Companies worked at include: Jaguar Land Rover, Greenroad Telematics, LloydsTSB Autolease,  Arval Fleet Leasing

Experience & Skilled in Vehicle and Rail Connectivity, Connected Vehicle Programme Management

Working with partners – including mobile network operators, broadcasters, public transport operators, and the automotive sector – WM5G are looking for ways to implement 5G with the aim of:

  • Making transport more efficient and reliable
  • Improving access to work, study and leisure

Enhancing the experience of travellers by improving services and products across the transport system

WM5G – Judith Ferrarin, Infrastructure Acceleration Lead Project Manager

Judith Ferrarin manages the Barrier Busting Infrastructure Acceleration team within WM5G

An expert in mobile networks acquisition and deployment, Judith holds a key role in promoting the acceleration of 5G across the West Midlands region by facilitating engagement and collaboration between local authorities and Mobile Network Operators.

With specialist knowledge and extensive telecommunication experience, Judith provides mobile telecommunication expertise, guidance and education with regards to all aspects of acquisition and build processes plus Town & Country planning.

Judith has been within telecommunications since graduating from a BT apprentice scheme and has worked within the areas of external civils implementation and the mobile telecoms environment.

Judith is working for WM5G Barrier Busting / Infrastructure Acceleration Lead Project Manager.

Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – Tony Sceales, Head of Programme Development

Tony Sceales is Head of Programme Development on the DCMS 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme.

The £200m Programme has been central to the funding and development of a wide range of 5G testbeds, creating momentum and accelerating deployment of 5G networks across the UK. 

Tony has spent over 25 years in the telecoms and technology industries, working on major projects at global firms including BT, IBM, Telstra, KPN, Swisscom, Prudential and China Gas, as well as with growth start-up innovators. 

He is an Ambassador and former Executive Committee member of the TM Forum, and collaborated in producing some of the key thinking around partnership business models and B2B2X trading.

His role at DCMS is to drive engagement with key players across industry sectors to encourage successful 5G investment and adoption in the UK.

IoT Foundry – Neil Carter, CTO

Neil has 30 years’ experience working in SME’s and Start-ups architecting and building scalable systems providing actionable insight from transactional data. In the last few years, he has been responsible for leading the design and build of end-to-end IoT solutions in the Industrial and connected worker markets using the latest communications protocols in most parts of the world. These include a solution delivering wearable connected worker IoT solution to high-risk industries such as oil and gas and construction and are deployed in a range of industries for many Public listed companies including Sisk,  British Petroleum , Abu Dhabi Ports,  and Volvo Trucks in Brazil

Built Environment Networking – Fahmida Nisa, Online Event Manager

Nisa is a research, marketing and content specialist at Built Environment Networking. She will be hosting a number of the sessions throughout the day, running the day’s proceedings and managing the interaction between our virtual delegates and the speakers.

BAM Nuttall – Colin Evison, Head of Innovation

Colin Evison, Head of Innovation at BAM Nuttall, was instrumental in setting up the BAM led consortium that was successful in Round 2 of the DCMS 5G Create competition.

In collaboration with BRE and AttoCore the 5G-AMC2 (Accelerate Maximise Create for Construction) project has designed and deployed two private 5G networks at BAM Nuttall’s Scotland base in Kilsyth and at a construction project in Shetland.

The team have identified five exemplar themes which seek to take advantage of the 5G network capability and aim to improve productivity in the construction sector.

Galliford Try – Andy Duggins, Operations Director

Andy heads up Galliford Try’s dedicated Telecoms business as well as the GT Security team. He has been responsible for the successful delivery of several wireless network deployment programmes for over 20 years, with over 25,000 individual sites installed. This experience and knowledge of the telecoms industry has enabled Andy to implement approved products and develop the most cost effective, sustainable and compliant delivery solutions for telecoms projects and frameworks for GT’s clients including Cornerstone, Telefonica, BT and Vodafone.

With a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and as a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Andy’s construction knowledge and experience has resulted in long-established collaborative relationships, which engender a genuine sense of partnership, providing a forum for innovation in design and project management, and creating operational efficiencies through continuous improvement and learning from experience. Andy and his team are always looking for new and innovative solutions, which is why GT participated in the 5G Accelerator workshops.

Built Environment Networking – Amanda Griffiths, Director

Amanda is one of the Co-Founder’s of Built Environment Networking – formed almost 10 years ago.

She’ll be hosting a number of the sessions throughout the day, running the days proceedings and managing the interaction between our virtual delegates and the speakers.

PLINX – Tommy Williams, Chief Acquisitions Officer

PLINX has developed a private 5G system for use on construction sites, their system provides flexible ultra-fast/low-latency networks and modems that connect construction businesses with their projects. PLINX help their clients to adopt digital technologies by radically increasing the speed of data from hard-to-reach locations. The system offers opportunities to improve safety, environmental productivity security and quality issues.

Tommy is an award winning product designer and engineer, developing leading-edge geospatial and communications technologies, he is the founder of PLINX, a construction technology business that improves safety, security, and quality of large construction infrastructure projects such as HS2.

Mafic – Will Woodhead, Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Will Woodhead is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mafic, a construction intelligence company which uses information from wearables to better understand how projects perform at a granular level to allow future projects to perform at a higher level. Mafic Safeguard is a wearable device which uses machine learning to understand the activity someone is performing from the movement of their head. 


Mafic has positioned itself at the forefront of data communications within industrial environments and so building it’s technical road map around 5G capabilities is fundamental to the company’s success.


Will is an Engineer by trade and spent the first 20 years of his career working overseas in shipyards in China, Japan and Korea. He has been part of the most complex offshore projects the oil and gas industry has seen and worked in cultures and environments alien to many. He studied Mandarin in Shanghai Jiao tong University and more recently worked for Samsung Heavy Industries where he wrestled with managing large workforces over large areas in sometimes harsh environments. It was here where the idea of Mafic came to Will and he brought his family back to the UK to start a new chapter in their lives and a new chapter in the construction industry.

Innovate UK – Sunny Claire, Senior Business Growth Specialist

Sunny helps ambitious SME businesses navigate the business support landscape. Helping businesses grow both in the UK and internationally.

Sunny is an advisor with The Enterprise Europe Network which plays a key role in the EU’s strategy to boost growth and jobs. Bringing together more than 600 business support organisations from over 60 countries, helping businesses seize the unparalleled business opportunities in the EU Single Market.

The Network has been referred to as ‘the biggest support network for enterprises in the world’.

WM5G – Lesley Holt, Accelerator & Communications Director

Lesley leads our three accelerators in the region and communications for West Midlands 5G (WM5G).  WM5G stakeholders represent a broad range of organisations in a variety of sectors and scenarios.  Lesley’s prior private and public sector experience, including with local and combined authorities, central government, and a wide range of private sector organisations, gives a breadth of knowledge across a variety of sectors and range of stakeholders.  Lesley’s background has covered account management, stakeholder engagement and communications, business development and business transformation.  Her key strengths have been in the development of successful relationships with colleagues and clients, establishing credibility and ensuring achievement of shared goals and key benefits – these attributes align well with the aims and ambitions of WM5G.

WM5G – Martin Thirlaway, Project Manager (Transport)

Martin has over 30 years’ experience delivering a wide variety of Transport and Automotive projects. Companies worked at include Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, British Gas, Vodafone, AT & T.

Recent projects have utilised the mobile network for communication i.e. emergency call systems, stolen vehicle and fleet tracking and driver behaviour.

At WM5G Martin manages 3 Transport use case projects;

Road Sensor Network – deploying over 300 road sensors throughout West Midlands to help monitor traffic, vehicle emissions, traveller behaviour, weather and air quality, resulting lower traffic congestion and improved air quality.

Capacity Manager – Development of real time simulated route planning for more effective traffic management by Regional Traffic Agencies in support of both planned and unplanned traffic incidents, making better use of Key Route Network capacity.

Occupancy – accurate passenger counting on public transport, enabling improved business efficiencies, passenger fraud detection, upto date passenger information, improving passenger experience.

Nachural – Ninder Johal, Managing Director

Ninder has been running a record label for over 25 years and is still the only British Asian label to have registered a No.5 in the UK mainstream charts and a further 9 number 1’s across the globe, including a number 7 in the US charts and is still a member of the premier bhangra band – achanak – who still tour today. The production company has now ventured into creative services including film and video production and event production.

Ninder’s event production company ( Nachural ) hosts 5 large corporate events a year.  Outside of his day job – Ninder is the Vice Chair of Sandwell College, Board member of the Black Country LEP,  Board Governor of the University of Wolverhampton, Elected member of the West Midlands CBI, NED at  Accord Housing, Trustee of Albion Foundation ( part of WBA ), Trustee of Victoria Academy ( set of primary schools ), Previously Chair of the Black Country Asian Business Association and Chair of Charity – Steps to Work. He is also a Board member of the West Midlands Growth Company and deputises at the West Midlands Combined Authority.

He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands in Feb 2019 in recognition of his work for the region.

Our online conferences will merge our face-to-face conferences with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, exceptional panel discussions and debates, speaker presentations and an exhibition hall.

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online events…

You’ll receive unique log-in details to join our online event via computer or phone – and you’ll be greeted with an easy navigation tool. You’ll be able to navigate to:

Main Stage

Where our ‘Programme’ will take place with excellent speakers and content. You’ll be able to get involved, asking questions and taking part in live polls.

Networking Area

Just like a real conference you’ll be able to meet and connect with new people in our forum. You can directly request to chat with someone or you can enter our ‘speed networking’ area to meet numerous new people within the industry. Get your elevator pitch ready!

Sponsor / Exhibitor Area

Meet our partners and sponsors – view what they’re all about, video chat with them and download their literature and product information.


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