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Sunderland City Council Chief Executive appointed to 5G advisory board

Patrick Melia

Chief Executive of Sunderland City Council Patrick Melia, is one of nine new additions to the board of UK5G. 

UK5G is the national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the industrial application of 5G in the UK. 

It is supported by a senior national advisory board who provide expertise and feedback from their industry knowledge and experience, which supports the identification of priorities and future areas of focus, including the UK Government’s 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme.

Melia will sit alongside representatives from organisations such as BAM Nuttall Ltd and BT Sport. 

He said: “I am passionate about using technology and infrastructure to benefit the lives of all in society, and I hope to bring the experience I’ve gained in my home city of Sunderland to the UK5G Advisory Board, to extend the opportunities that technology can bring to benefit people and places across the UK.”

Bob Driver, Head of UK5G, added: “We were specifically looking for members to join the board in the final year of DCMS’ 5G Testbed & Trials programme who could provide guidance and advice from the demand side of the 5G ecosystem. 

“In particular we were keen to welcome individuals who not only represented key vertical sectors, but also places. Patrick was therefore a great fit and we’re excited to have him bring his insights and perspectives to the board.” 


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