Dr Alison Vincent PhD FREng FBCS FIET has been named as the chair of the new board that will oversee the UK’s Digital Twin Hub. She will be joined by Mark Enzer OBE FREng, who takes up the role of vice-chair.
The Digital Twin Hub recently transferred from the University of Cambridge to its new home at Connected Places Catapult in a move designed to deliver stronger engagement with multi-sector industries and improve access to expertise across Innovate UK’s Catapult Network.
The Hub identifies good practice, develops guidance and shapes standards on data sharing as well as showcasing the benefits of collaborative, connected digital twins.
Dr Vincent sits as a non-executive director and technical adviser to multiple private and public companies. She has previously held senior technical positions at organisations including Cisco, HSBC and IBM. Her roles have spanned cyber security, research and development, strategy execution, product management and business development.
She has a PhD in cryptography from London University and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Computing Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. She is also a non-executive director on the board of Connected Places Catapult.
“The Digital Twin Hub is a key player in the world of digitisation and a vehicle to help the UK digitise at speed.”
National Digital Twin
Enzer is the former head of the National Digital Twin programme. He served as Mott MacDonald’s CTO for five years and now acts as strategic adviser to its digital advisory business.
The full list of board members will be announced towards the end of July.
Dr Vincent said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Digital Twin Hub at such an important time in the development of digital twin technology in the UK and around the world. Digital twins are already helping to find the best solar panel locations in Singapore, manage people flow at train stations in London, and simulate the impact of natural disasters in Seoul.”
Digitising at speed
“Ultimately, digital twins and connected digital twins will give us a clear advantage in fighting global, systemic challenges like pandemics, climate change and inequality. The Digital Twin Hub is a key player in the world of digitisation and a vehicle to help the UK digitise at speed,” she added.
Prof Greg Clark CBE, chair of the board at Connected Places Catapult, said: “We recognise the immense opportunities presented by digital twins in better understanding our built environment, mobility systems, and decarbonisation pathways; enabling the creation of digital twin ecosystems for public good.
“With Alison and Mark at the helm, I am confident that the Digital Twin Hub will accelerate in providing the community with a network to learn from, resources to draw from, and opportunities to work collaboratively to take these technologies to the next level.”
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