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Future Cities Catapult appoints Nicola Yates OBE as Chief Executive

The board of Future Cities Catapult is delighted to confirm that following an extensive recruitment process, Nicola Yates OBE has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, taking up position on 22 May 2017.

Nicola joins us as a leading thinker and practitioner on public service delivery, and has been at the forefront of urban regeneration for the past 10 years. She’s previously held CEO positions at Bristol City Council, Hull City Council and North Shropshire District Council, and amongst multiple successes in delivering local economic prosperity, she helped establish the internationally recognised ‘Bristol is Open’ initiative in 2014, working with Nokia, NEC, and Interdigital Ltd.

During her time at Bristol City Council Nicola oversaw numerous successes. She delivered the European Commission awarded ‘European Green Capital 2015’, firmly positioning Bristol amongst the ranks of previous winners that includes Stockholm, Hamburg and Copenhagen. Other achievements under Nicola’s tenure include the UK City Index naming Bristol as the leading Smart City outside of London, and the city being declared the ‘Best Place to Live’ in England in 2016 by the Sunday Times.

On announcing the appointment, Chair, Keith Clarke, said:

“I am delighted that Nicola Yates will be joining us as Chief Executive Officer of Future Cities Catapult. Nicola is a globally respected figure both in the sector and in government with an impressive record in leading and supporting public sector delivery.

“With a wealth of experience in smart city policy and practice, Nicola is the perfect fit to lead our business as it continues grow both in the UK, and internationally.

“We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Peter Madden OBE, who helped build the organisation into what it is today, and we wish him well for the future. I am pleased that he will continue working with the board and executive management team in a part-time ambassador role from July.”

Nicola Yates OBE, said:

“I’m thrilled to be taking up the position of Chief Executive at Future Cities Catapult. It’s a massive opportunity to drive forward the UK’s Advanced Urban Services sector to make infrastructure smarter and improve how cities function.

“I look forward to working with the brilliant entrepreneurial team here to break new ground in our mission to advance urban innovation, to grow UK companies, and ultimately, to make cities better.”

Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief Executive at Innovate UK, said:

“The mission of the Future Cities Catapult is to advance urban innovation, to grow UK companies, to make cities better. Innovate UK is looking forward to the impact Nicola Yates will make in her role to succeed in this exciting task.”

Our current CEO, Peter Madden OBE, will support Nicola in the transition and remain with the organisation in a part-time ambassador role from July onwards.  This will enable him to spend more time with his wife and two young daughters at home in Bristol.

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