Smart London Board

The Smart London Board shapes the vision for London's smart cities agenda and investment in data infrastructure. It advises the Mayor on implementing new digital technologies aimed at the highest level of performance across London's infrastructure, utilities and public services.

The board also advises on how technology should influence and feature in the wider set of mayoral strategies and policies. It helps open up opportunities for new digital public services and to improve existing public services.


The board is made up of leading figures from the tech sector alongside entrepreneurs and academics. The board members advise on how London can put digital technology and data at the heart of making the capital an even better place to live, work and visit.

Members of the board

Interim Chair: Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer

  • Julie Alexander, Director of Urban Development and Smart Cities Lead, Siemens
  • Dr. Volker Buscher, Director, Arup Digital
  • Eddie Copeland, Director of Government Innovation, Nesta
  • Jarmo Eskelinen, Chief Innovation & Technology Officer (CITO), Future Cities Catapult
  • Jen Hawes-Hewitt, Global Cities Management Consulting Lead Director, Accenture Health and Public Service
  • Professor Andrew Hudson-Smith, Director, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London
  • Sabrina Kavanagh, Researcher, Hansard Society, Associate Content Developer, Toynbee Hall, and Lecturer in Law, University of London
  • Ekaterina Lichtenstein, Associate Director, Farrells
  • Alwin Magimay, Digital Partner, McKinsey
  • Claire Maugham, Communications expert
  • Linda O’Halloran, Advisor, National, International and Research Group, Government Digital Service
  • Professor John Polak, Professor of Transport Demand and Director of the Urban Systems Laboratory, Imperial College London
  • Miranda Sharp, Smart Cities Practice Lead, Ordnance Survey
  • Omid Shiraji, Chief Information Officer, London Borough of Camden
  • Dr. Duncan Wilson, Director of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute
  • Rikesh Shah, Head of Commercial Innovation, Transport for London
  • Jim Wood, Director of IT and Information Services, London Legacy Development Corporation

Our goals

The goals of the Smart London Board are to: 

  • Inform and support the Mayor's efforts to deliver data and digital-driven improvements to London
  • Develop partnerships which bring resources for (new) smart technology projects and programmes
  • Guide the Mayor with best practice and benchmarking London against other world cities
  • Be ambassadors for the Mayor and the smart cities sector in London and overseas

Smarter London Together

The board supports the delivery of Smarter London Together, the Mayor's roadmap to make London 'the smartest city in the world'. 

This roadmap sets out how the Mayor will collaborate with the capital's boroughs and services from Transport for London to the NHS. The Mayor also wants to work more effectively with the tech community, our universities and other cities.

Finally, the Mayor sees London's future as a global test-bed city for innovation where the best ideas - e.g. from the AI sector - are developed here with the highest standards for privacy and security and then spread around the world.

Meetings and events

The board meets four times a year. Published agendas and minutes from previous meetings held are available to view below.


SLB meeting - 16 January Agenda | SummaryPresentation


SLB meeting - 17 January Agenda | Summary | Presentation

SLB meeting - 15 May Agenda | Summary | Presentation

SLB meeting - 24 July Agenda | Summary

SLB meeting - 16 October Agenda | Summary | Presentation

Contact us

For more information please contact the Smart London team at [email protected].