Steve Sheppard

Steve Sheppard

Steve has a PhD from the University of Cambridge in the fields of economic development and regeneration.  He has worked in industry, academia and consultancy establishing a wealth of experience and knowledge in these fields over the last 25 years.  His professional background comprises a hybrid mix of economics, technology, real-estate development, land use planning, social policy and politics – enabling him to see a problem from several different perspectives.

Steve offers expertise across the life-cycles of strategies, programmes and projects:

  • Conceptualisation and strategy formulation
  • Market, economic and social research
  • Business case making, including options appraisal, economic impact, cost-benefit analysis and financial appraisal
  • Project and programme monitoring, interim and final evaluation

Iain Bennett

Iain BennettIain is an associate of Community Broadband Network with over 25 years’ experience of digital strategy development and project/programme management in both private and public sectors. He is a recognised authority on developing innovative public sector interventions in digital connectivity. He was a member of the previous Mayor of London’s Connectivity Group (2015-16), whose work led to the issue of the standard wayleave agreement by City of London and the appointment of WiredScore to manage a Connectivity Rating scheme for commercial properties. Iain is a member of the CBN team developing the Livepoool City Region Combined Authority’s Digital Infrastructure Action Plan.

Iain was Project Director of Superconnected Cities Programme for Broadband Delivery UK (2012-14) – project manager and board member for eight cities (Manchester, Salford, Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London). At BDUK, Iain was part of the team that conceived the idea of the connection voucher as a means to transfer de minimis aid to SMEs. The resulting mix of vouchers for FTTP, fixed wireless and pre-approved FTTC services were taken up by 55,000+ businesses.

Brian Condon

Brian CondonBrian is a board director of CBN with over 20 years experience as a consultant and business developer. His work includes negotiating telecoms joint ventures in Ukraine, scenario planning for business and government and leading business development activity and client relationships. He has a PhD in Physics from the University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

He has worked with CBN on a range of projects and now works across the private and public sectors problem-solving and advising on decision-making in complex environments. Brian has recently been involved in SFB projects in Manchester, Nottingham, the West Midlands and Oxfordshire.  He was a member of the Regional Advisory Group on Next Generation Broadband for NWDA providing strategic input for the Region and has been an independent adviser to Manchester City Council.  Recently, he produced an independent report for INCA on ‘The State of the Art’ of financing SFB which was considered by the House of Lords Communications Committee as part of its current enquiry.

He is a very experienced event manager and facilitator, working with community groups and events ranging from 10 to 500 participants.  He has chaired the NextGen Roadshows and the NextGen national conferences for the last 3 years.  He uses social media and blogging to cover events.  You can see his account of the NextGen Roadshow in York in March 2012 here: http://bit.ly/NextGenYork where he chaired, Tweeted and blogged from the platform.

Daniel Heery

Daniel HeeryIn 2003 Daniel set up Cybermoor and has gone on to establish several projects to improve broadband in hard to reach areas.  These have often taken the form of partnerships between private, public and community organisations across the UK using a mixture of technologies.

Cybermoor Networks was set up as a co-operative to own broadband infrastructure – the cables and ducts that link homes remote villages.  The network was successfully built using a mixture of community contributions, private sector investment and funds from the UK Government.  Sharing network infrastructure with JANET, CLEO and Network Rail Telecoms has given Daniel practical experience for the CBN “Dig Once” advice service.  Cybermoor originally started with a wireless broadband service that has evolved over the years, giving Daniel an excellent insight into hybrid wireless / fibre solutions. 

In order to stimulate demand for broadband, Daniel has also set up telehealth projects to support carers and help elderly people stay fit and healthy.  These EU funded research projects have capitalised on bandwidth from the Cybermoor fibre network.

He was a founder member of Independent Networks Cooperative Association and Community Broadband Network and is a Director of both organisations.  As Vice Chair of Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership, he is passionate about the role that co-operatives can play in getting people involved in their local services and infrastructure.  He is a member of Cumbria LEP Private Sector Advisory Group and the Cumbria 3rd Sector Executive.

Shaun Fensom

Shaun Fensom is chair of CBN with particular expertise in digital infrastructure renewal for social and economic development and 25 years’ experience in the industry. He has worked with public, private and third sector bodies advising on technical, business and governance questions in building and operating new infrastructure, including next generation networks and open hosting facilities.

Shaun is a founding director of the Manchester Digital trade association, which represents and promotes Manchester’s lively digital sector.

After studying electronic engineering at University, he co-founded Poptel, which became known in the 1980′s and 1990′s for its pioneering work encouraging the use of on-line communications and information services by non-profit organisations.

Shaun has led the CBN work on the Brighton Digital Exchange and with Tameside MBC.