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Smart Cities seminar - #FoSB

  • Smith & Williamson Portwall Lane Bristol, England, BS1 6NA United Kingdom (map)

The Future Economy Network is proud to be presenting this seminar with subscribers and sponsors TLT. They will be joined by representatives from Centre of Sustainable Energy, JLL, TM Forum and Bristol City Council.


Bristol is leading the way in its smart city achievements. How can other city leaders learn from the achievements within the city? What are its next steps and what will this mean for the business community?
Chaired by Maria Connolly, Head of Real Estate and Clean Energy, TLT LLP

Freyja Lockwood, Smart City & Innovation Team Manager, Bristol City Council: Bristol’s New Smart City Strategy

Freyja will talk on the lessons learnt over the decade by the team and how they have shaped the Smart City Strategy development and the challenges they still face.

Alex Edds, Director of Innovation, JLL: Smart city. Sounds wonderful. Where do I start? Turning a smart city vision into reality.

Alex Edds, Director of innovation at JLL will give his perspective on how to realise the vision of smart cities. He will talk about the importance of public/private engagement and the role that technology can play to support the vision.

Simon Roberts OBE, Chief Executive, Centre for Sustainable Energy: Towards a smart energy city in a net zero world

Drawing on experiences in Bristol and London and his wider engagement with technical, regulatory and policy aspects of the emerging smarter energy system in the UK, Simon will explore the opportunities and challenges of establishing a smart energy city and ask whether a city makes sense as an organising scale for a zero carbon energy system.


Up till 13:00 – Visit exhibition and have lunch at Millennium Square (see below)

13:30 – 13:55 – Registration and tea & coffee

13:55 – 14:00 – Introduction from The Future Economy Network

14:00 – 14:20 – Paul Wilson, TM Forum

14:10 – 14:30 – Representative from Smith & Williamson

14:30 – 14:50 – Freyja Lockwood, Bristol City Council

14:50 – 15:10 – Alex Edds, JLL

15:10 – 15:30 – Simon Roberts OBE, Centre for Sustainable Energy

15:30 – 15:55 – Panel Discussion

15:55 – 16:00 – Closing remarks

16:00 - 16:30 – Networking


As part of your ticket, you will receive a lunch voucher to exchange at our Sustainable Food Zone at Millennium Square.


Maria Connolly, Head of Real Estate and Clean Energy, TLT LLP

Maria is head of TLT's national clean energy team and she has significant expertise in clean energy having acted in relation to several hundred wind, solar, energy storage, biomass, hydro and combined technology projects. Maria advises on a wide spectrum of property matters including acquisitions of existing clean energy projects, drafting bespoke documentation, negotiation of exclusivity agreements, option agreements and leases and undertaking full due diligence. Maria acted on 40% of the Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) battery storage projects and a significant number subsequently including those which are stand-alone, co-located and behind the meter.  Maria is currently advising on some of the first electric vehicle charging infrastructure projects to be implemented in the UK. Maria is independently recognised as an expert in the field of Energy & Natural Resources by Chambers UK and as a leading individual in the field of Energy by Legal 500. Maria is a mentor for the Regen Entrepreneurial Women in Renewable Energy programme and is a regular speaker at industry events.

Alex Edds, Director of Innovation, JLL

As Director of Innovation, Alex advises the Board and service line leaders on technological and systemic disruption facing the property industry. He supports the development of new business strategies which seek to embrace and capitalise on market opportunities across the whole value chain of the property lifecycle. Prior to this role, Alex has served as Head of Sustainability at JLL, Head of Responsible Property Investment at TH Real Estate, and was Director of the Upstream Sustainability team at JLL. Alex takes pride in challenging the status quo, and believes there is huge opportunity to improve the built environment by fundamentally changing the way we design, build and manage physical spaces. Alex is an environmentalist at heart and keen world traveller. He has recently returned from a 4 month sabbatical in Colombia.

Freyja Lockwood, Smart City & Innovation Team Manager, Bristol City Council

Freyja Lockwood C.ErgHF MIEHF, FRSA joined Bristol City Council in 2018 to lead the City Innovation Team. She has delivered Bristol’s new Smart City Strategy which provides the vision and strategic direction for the Council’s Smart City programme. She advocates a people-centred philosophy to technology-driven change so that ‘smart’ technology is applied to address real-world city challenges, provide world-class public services and deliver better outcomes for people in Bristol and the wider region. Prior to her role with Bristol Council, Freyja successfully led the delivery of contract research, advice and consultancy to a diverse international client-base across industry, government, and academia. Most recently Freyja was a leading member of QinetiQ’s Insights Team providing thought leadership, strategic foresight and investigating how industry and government sectors are being reshaped by disruptive innovation and global strategic trends. Freyja is a Chartered member of the Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors, a member of the South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) Steering Board, a £6.5 million project to expand the use of creative technologies across the south west of England, the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) Transport Sector Executive Committee and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Simon Roberts OBE, Chief Executive, Centre for Sustainable Energy

Simon helps people, organisations and policy-makers develop effective responses to tackle the threat of climate change and avoid the misery of cold homes. He has been Chief Executive of the Bristol-based charity the Centre for Sustainable Energy since 2002, after senior roles for Triodos Bank and Friends of the Earth. He provides policy advice to BEIS and Ofgem, including as a member of the Smart Systems Forum, and he serves on the consumer challenge groups for both National Grid Electricity System Operator and Western Power Distribution. He led the Bristol Smart Energy City Collaboration (2015-17) and worked with the Greater London Authority to provide the analysis to underpin the Mayor of London’s recent smart energy strategy. Simon is also chair of Thrive Renewables Plc, a board director of Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC and a member of Bristol’s newly established Environmental Sustainability Board. He was awarded an OBE for his work in 2011.

The Future Economy Group are working with carbon offset provider, The Converging World to calculate Festival attendee’s carbon footprint. Attendees for the seminars have the option to add this to their ticket price when completing their Eventbrite booking, with a suggested donation of £1 per attendee. It is hoped that this will help those attending to consider their carbon footprint in their everyday activities. For those who decide against offsetting their carbon, The Future Economy Group will make their payment. All payments will be made to our chosen charity, The Converging World. Find out more information here.

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