Strategic advisory board

The strategic advisory board is fundamental to the running of 5GIC, incorporating both advisory and governance roles.


The responsibilities of the strategic advisory board include the following key functions: 

  • To agree on core research themes and to agree and approve the core research projects identified by the University to be undertaken under the core research programme and generally advise on, and encourage good research practice (such as the appointment of industry mentors' to support specific research areas)
  • To agree principles around 5GIC IP exploitation and contributions to standards bodies if made
  • To agree appropriate mechanisms for the approval of the use of background IP in core research projects

Members of the strategic advisory board

The strategic advisory board is comprised of representatives from our members.

Member Name Role
Aeroflex (Cobham) Li-Ke Huang Research & Technology Director
Aircom (TEOCO) Dimitris Dernikas  
BBC Chris Nokes Principal Engineer - Distribution Core Technologies
BT Paul Crane Head of Wireless, Network Services & Sustainability
EE Paul Ceeley  
Fujitsu Sunil Vadgama  
Huawei Peiying Zhu Fellow/Senior Director, Wirelss Technology Lab
OFCOM David Harrison and Steve Unger  
Rohde & Schwarz Ralf Gibbemeyer  
Samsung Howard Benn Head of Standards and Industrial Affairs
Telefonica David Owens and Brendan O’Rourke Brendan O’Rourke is CIO of Telefonica UK
Vodafone Luke Ibbetson Group R&D Director

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