Advisory Board


Smart IoT is the event to interpret, as well as describe, the IoT and the opportunities it brings, providing a route map for organisations looking to develop their IoT strategies.

The 2019 event will be guided by a board of patrons comprised of some of the world’s leading IoT innovators, practitioners and thought leaders. They will help us define the most relevant subject matters and identify the best speakers for the conference.

Currently confirmed for the Smart IoT 2019 advisory board:

Danny Wootton 

Head of Innovation, Ministry of Defence


Danny Wootton

Danny joined MoD as Head of Innovation for ISS on 1st August 2016, working with the ISS teams and the broader defence community to create a proactive, repeatable and agile innovation model for ICT across MoD.

The ISS Innovation team are responsible for: technology scouting & horizon scanning, partner & SME engagements to leverage innovation from industry across all sectors, running internal & external innovation challenges & hackathons and the management of innovation activities such as an innovation radar and funnel.  The Innovation Realisation part of the team are responsible for the delivery of Alpha and Beta projects and for ‘delivery readiness’ as projects are moved through to the delivery organisations.  Other areas include creating innovative commercial models and practices for defence to improve our speed of response to the market.

Prior to joining MoD, Danny was Director of Internet of Things and Innovation at CGI.  Previous roles have included creating and supporting a range of start-up businesses as well as director level positions in Solution and Product Management, Commercial Management, Product Marketing and Finance at Lucent Technologies and AT&T.

Danny has been married to Mary for 32 years.  His interests include photography, music and motorsport.  He plays football regularly and is a loyal Aston Villa despite the clubs ups and many downs.

Jacqui Taylor

Strategic Advisor to UK Government, FlyingBinary

Jacqui Taylor

Jacqui is recognised as one of the 100 most powerful UK entrepreneurs and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of her international web science work. One of the 10 Global IoT innovators, UK’s most influential Women in Tech 2017 & 2018, 34 IoT Influencers
on Twitter and 20 global entrepreneurs to watch, a UK Smart City leader in 2018. She is the world’s first Smart City Tsar. Her company has been recognised as one of 20 Global IoT companies to watch in 2018. She has published five books as an international web scientist and is a Visiting Professor at LSBU.

Her company has been successfully awarded all ten H.M.Government G-Cloud frameworks underpinning Secured European Cloud Services for Big Data and IoT, which implement GDPR with no reliance on Privacy Shield arrangements.

She is a Strategic Advisor to the UK and Chinese Governments on Smart Cities and a principle UK expert for the International British Standards Institute (BSI) team on the top level ISO and JTC 1 Technical Committees for Smart Cities and AI. She is part of the UK CPNI team (Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure) who have defined the new governance model required to secure the UK Smart Cities using new European Cyber legislation. She is also the Technical Author of 1 BSI and Editorfor 3 ISO smart city standards.

Anne Mette


Director, Leonardo Internet of Things Solutions, 


Anne Mette Hoyer

Anne is an IoT expert who started her career at SAP in 2015 and quickly progressed to a global role in the industry. Now heading the Business Consulting practice for the SAP Innovation portfolio at CGI France.

Prior to that, with her MBA, Anne has held various positions in the media industry from sales to market research over radio and podcast host.

In 2017 Anne was named one of the top 30 inspirational women in Technology by and since then she has been contributing in strengthening the confidence of young professionals in the industry through mentorships and motivational speeches.

Anne hold several boards seats in the tech space and is a frequent keynote speaker on the topic of IoT and diversity.



Principal Data Scientist, University of Oxford


Ajit Joakar
Ajit Jaokar is the founder of the London based publishing and research company futuretext ( focussed on emerging Web and Mobile technologies. In 2009-2010, Ajit was nominated as part of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet by the world economic forum. He hopes to use this opportunity to further extend the pragmatic viewpoint of the evolution of Telecoms networks in an open ecosystem. Ajit chairs Oxford University's Next generation mobile applications panel and conducts a course on Web 2.0, Social networking, Mobile Web 2.0 and LTE services at Oxford University.

Ajit’s thinking is widely followed in the industry and his blog, the OpenGardensBlog (, which was recently rated a top 20 wireless blog worldwide. He is currently doing a PhD on Internet of Things, Privacy and Reputation systems at UCL in London.

David Mudd

Global Digital and Connected Product Certification Director, BSI

David Mudd

David joined BSI in 2017 to lead their Internet of Things product certification business, since expanding it to cover digital and connected products.  A frequent speaker and thought leader on IoT, he provides support and insight on IoT globally to a wide range of industries including the built environment, healthcare, food, aerospace and automotive.  David has over 30 years’ experience in industry involving IoT and related technologies. Originally training as an electronics engineer with the BBC, he then served as an Engineering Officer in the RAF  involving electronic warfare and cybersecurity.  Since then he has delivered major secure IT projects for the MoD and complex optical telecommunications projects,  moving into microelectronics and LED lighting, including development of IoT-based smart home systems. After moving into consultancy and testing services for commercial and domestic IoT-related markets,  David joined BSI in June 2017



VP, Head of Development, 

LivingPlan IT

Dan Byles

Dan Byles is a former soldier and MP. Whilst in Parliament he was a member of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee and the founding Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities.

In addition to being Chairman of SmarterUK, Dan is also Vice President of Corporate Development at Living PlanIT where he has responsibility for building and leading the company's strategic corporate development relationships.



Knowledge Transfer Manager, Digital, KTN

Richard Foggie

Thirty years’ experience in health, science & technology and Whitehall, Richard has been advocating and working to advance eHealth and Technology Enabled Care Services for much of his career.

Now an innovation broker with the KTN he strives to create business and service innovations that address societal challenges within the UK and EU.

Henrik Von Scheel

Henrik Von Scheel
Best known as the originator of the “4th Industrial Revolution” (Industry 4.0) and the mastermind of the European Digital Revolution (German Digital Agenda), which ignited the global themes of today.  

Henrik is proactively engaged in shaping the future themes in various councils, forums and committees.  

Named by Financial Times as one of the leading authority and business thinkers on strategy and competitiveness.  

Henrik is one of the most influential board members, such as Gazprom, Industry 4.0 Council and Digital Advisory Council at 9 countries, US Energy Committee 2030, Advisor to Expo2020, OECD National Competitive Council, to name a few. 

As a previous Google advisory board member, Henrik is quoted by Eric Schmidt as "One of the most pre-eminent strategic advisors of his generation”. In this endeavour, he has profoundly impacted the economies of nations and shaped the performance of the fastest growing fortune 100 companies. 

At the present, he frontiers the implementation of the next generation of wealth creation with the leading "Artificial Intelligence Trading Service” provider and an "Industry 4.0 investment firm”. 

A sought-after speaker and prolific writer with 6 books and over 40 articles. Henrik's work is applied to national economies, triggered global themes, influenced GDP growth, reset policies in governments, set standards that are applied by 26 NATO members.

2020 Advisory Board to be announced soon...



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  • "Smart IoT has helped bring together a community of practitioners to talk about IoT and intelligent edge, develop new ideas and create networks. Smart IoT differentiates itself through excellent speakers talking on relevant topics and the quality of the delegates. I think every conversation has been valuable. First time I have run out of business cards by 3pm!"
    Intelligent Edge Lead, HPe
  • "Arrow see Smart IoT and Cloud Expo Europe as a strategic event where we have the opportunity to bring the entire force of Arrow’s business to a place with customers relevant to all of our divisions and show the scale and ability of our One Arrow strategy"
    CTO, Arrow
  • "The show is good, we were here last year and we’ve definitely been busier on our stand than we were. It’s been a good morning so far, it’s important for us to get across, not just our technology, but the company as a whole and we’re meeting with lots of different people from lots of different verticals so this is key. We’re already talking about about booking a stand for next year."
    Regional Sales Director UK & Ireland, Telit
  • "We were looking for return on investment on our stand and activities at Smart IoT, so we set our targets of how many strong contacts we needed to make at the show. The teams at Closerstill Media and KTN really got behind us and we exceeded our targets."
    CEO, SmartWorld Connect
  • "It’s our first time at the show – we’ve found it very illuminating – to see what the industry is doing and to see how fast the industry is moving. It’s enabled us to promote into new areas, into new people. And, still enabled us to have that understanding from the customer base of where Siemens is, and what we do and how we fit into the world of digitisation"
    Business Director Data Services- Siemens