WM5G’s mission is to accelerate the deployment of 5G technology across the region and to test, prove and scale new 5G services across the West Midlands. The company is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme.

Ian arrives as a board level director with more than 25 years’ experience in the real estate and investment sectors. He is currently responsible for developing a strategy for the WMCA’s capital investment programme, which is on track to deliver £8bn worth of benefits to the region – including key projects relating to HS2, the extension of West Midlands Metro and the regeneration of Coventry city centre.

Ian, who is a trained Town Planner and qualified Chartered Surveyor, was a former head at the Government’s housing accelerator, Homes England, was a regional Director at Lloyds Bank and has also worked as an Associate Director at real estate firm, JLL – operating across both the UK and Hong Kong.

On his appointment, Ian said:

“I am excited to have joined a team accelerating the pace at which 5G will become a positive part of everyday life. I will be eagerly contributing to several exciting initiatives, while also advising on commercial and investment activities. The potential of 5G is huge and the West Midlands should be proud to have been selected as one of the first testbeds by central Government.”

Igor Leprince, Chair of the WM5G Board, added:

“We welcome Ian and look forward to leveraging his extensive experience. Throughout his career, he has dealt with substantial investment sums and is well versed in considering the commercial attractiveness of business proposals. Ian’s know-how and proficiency in this industry will allow us to better collaborate with private and public sector businesses, which will in turn allow 5G to transform the way that people live and work over the next decade.”

Article Source: WM5G