We’re delighted to announce the judges for the 2019 Smart Cities Awards. We’ll be adding more experts to the judging panel shortly.

Fiona Carragher, Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England

Fiona Carragher is the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for England, supporting the head of profession for the 50,000 healthcare science workforce in the NHS and associated bodies – embracing more than 50 separate scientific specialisms. A Consultant Clinical Biochemist by background, Fiona has a broad portfolio of policy responsibilities, providing professional leadership and expert clinical advice across the health and care system as well as working with senior clinical leaders within both the NHS England and the wider NHS. 

Fiona has a strong background in both public health and treatment & care, having led and worked in multi-professional teams for two decades at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and Kings College Hospital, London – with a focus on providing high quality, innovative laboratory services. More recently she led a number of specialised laboratories for the diagnosis and monitoring of inherited metabolic disease and was Director of Newborn Screening for the South East Thames Region. 

She has led a number of broader healthcare science projects including technology adoption and leadership development, and created a proactive scientific and diagnostics network across London that supports quality improvement and effective commissioning.

Daniel Clarke, Smart Cities Programme Manager, Smart Cambridge

Daniel led Cambridgeshire Future Transport which was an innovative programme which developed alternative models for public transport. The programme was accepted onto the first round of the NESTA Creative Councils process. He is developing a ‘Smart Cities’ programme for Cambridge and is working on a number of ‘Internet of Things’ projects and ‘Intelligent Mobility’ projects. He acts as a champion for digital transformation within Cambridgeshire County Council. He has successfully managed multi-million pound programmes and has in-depth knowledge of the application of technologies in cities. His experience covers digital transformation in the public sector, transport and the move to Intelligent Mobility, the use of data to support innovation and transformation, city applications of the ‘Internet of Things’ and delivery of connectivity projects.

Dr Samer Bagaeen, Professor of Planning, Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent

Samer Bagaeen is currently Founding Professor of Planning at the University of Kent. Before that, he worked with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation as Associate Director with the City Relationships team. He established the planning school in Brighton in 2008 and before that worked at the universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde in Scotland. He served as Director of Urban Studies at the National Resources Investment and Development Cooperation (Mawared) in Jordan with responsibility for master planning former military sites. Some of his recent published works include Sustainable Regeneration of Former Military Sites (Routledge, 2016) and Beyond Gated Communities (Foreword by Saskia Sassen) (Routledge 2015). Samer is a serving Trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association in London. He completed his architecture and planning education at the Bartlett, University College London.


Nathan Pierce, Head of Smart London Team & Programme Director of Sharing Cities

Nathan Pierce is determined to find ways to make government more sustainable, efficient and citizen focused. Nathan is the Programme Director for Sharing Cities, a pan-European programme of work that explores ways in which smart city solutions can be scaled up from city level to national and international level.

This will result in the development of new business and investment models which other cities can replicate and benefit from, leading to more sustainable and pleasant places to live.  Based in the Greater London Authority in the UK Nathan has 15 years’ experience across a range of public bodies having led on major service design and commissioning projects within London and at a European level. Nathan is passionate about improving lives for regular people through making government more responsive and innovative.